Growing up on a farm in New Brunswick imbued Jamie Thomas with a love and curiosity about the natural world. After arriving in Yukon in 2010, Jamie enrolled in the online Yukon Fisheries Field Assistant certificate program before tackling the Renewable Resources Management (RRM) diploma program.
“Yukon College is the right fit for me. I grew up in a small town and have no desire to attend a large university or college with huge classes,” said Jamie.
“The programs here have equipped me well for working in Yukon. I got to see a lot of the territory while learning about the history and natural environment, as well as the Umbrella Final Agreement and Self-Government Agreements—which make me more employable.”
Alongside her studies, Jamie has worked at the McIntyre Creek Salmon Incubation Facility, water quality labs, in fisheries and forestry.
“I’m passionate about fish, but I am open to any job in this field of wildlife and natural resources.”
Her proudest moment so far is crossing the stage to receive her RRM diploma.
“To have my daughter witness that, to show her that by working hard you accomplish your goals in life, was incredible. That moment, plus her witnessing the rewards of me doing a job I love, really teach the value of education.”
Now enrolled in the Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree program, Jamie recently presented research in Toronto about monitoring Fox Lake for mercury and other contaminants on behalf of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council.
“Such an amazing opportunity was only open to me because I am at Yukon College.”