Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68FOCUS - DECEMBER 2016 33 Warm holiday wishes Assurance |Accounting |Taxation |Advisory Services 1 – 1 Brock St E, Uxbridge 905 852 9714 Reach & Northport Rd., Port Perry 905-985-0802 Since 1996 signs vehicle lettering & graphics boat names & numbers 1888 Scugog St. 905-985-1890 At Kotya Peekin’ SantaSale FASHION OUTLET UP TO 80% OFF SELECTED STOCK Sale ends January 31/17 Not every story runs in Focus on Scugog immediately after its drafting. Sarah Townson’s was one of those, one presumed to be unaffected by the short passage between creation and publication. Goes to show, though, as much has transpired in Sarah’s world since mid-summer. “I was extended at my Lockhart Garrett placement, then spent time in the UK with my boyfriend [a native of Manchester, England] while job searching.” That search, she reports, appears to have been successful. “I have a tentative offer to return to Lockhart Garrett in England next March as an Assistant Ecologist. This would be an eight-month contract running through the survey season.” In the interim, Sarah’s plans include her return to home and family, albeit briefly. “After coming home in November, I’ll be volunteering again at Wild at Heart Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, just outside of Sudbury.” Unless she finds full-time work in Canada in the meantime, she’ll be back in the UK, a prospect which excites her. “Yes, I’d love to go back,” she says without reservation. The ending of Sarah’s story is far from complete. The best is almost certainly yet to come. Update Letter informing Sarah that she had received the prestigious Prince of Wales award recognizing her dedication to sustainable forestry. THE PRINCE OF WALES FOREST LEADERSHIP AWARD But the rest of the picture, she admits, remains hazy for now. “I’d like to be a Conservation Officer. That means I’d be enforcing environmental law in a place like Algonquin, and dealing with issues like hunting, gun use, and tres- passing. But now that I’ve been introduced to consultancy, I have second thoughts about pursuing that direction.” Both possibilities, she says, offer unlimited potential for job satisfaction in her chosen field. But for the mo- ment, there’s an interesting and challenging assignment in England to wrap up. Any sense of urgency about the future will wait until tomorrow, when perhaps circum- stances will help to reveal the answer. Whatever direction she ultimately decides to follow, the environment will be better for it. Songwriter Marvin Gaye, were he here to comment, would surely approve. By Scott Mercer, Focus on Scugog