TRCA Seeking Mentors for Camp Bolton Redevelopment
Lucia Piccini, Program Manager, Bolton Camp Redevelopment
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
In 2011 Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) purchased the Bolton Camp property with the goal of developing a concept plan and re-purposing the site from its previous use as an overnight summer camp to a community hub.
For the past two summers, TRCA has hired about 100 post-secondary and high school students as part of this program, to assist with the first phase of site redevelopment. To date, the students have restored 4 km of trails, restored sightlines to the landscape, refurbished 5 cabins, and hosted a series of community events. To complement the summer work activities the students receive mentorship opportunities with professionals in a variety of disciplines such as ecology, architecture, design and media.
TRCA is looking to connect with architectural firms that may be interested in working with youth in a mentorship capacity during the summer.
Mentorship and Project Overview:
- Each learning session will consist of mentoring a group of up to 12 students with the project planning and restoration of two of the cabins located at the Bolton Camp site
- Learning sessions with students take place on site, on a weekly basis, for 8 weeks, commencing week of July 4 – week of August 22, 2016
- Sessions are usually 2 hrs, and take place once a week
- Mentorship consists of Project Monitoring, Task Assignment, Assignment Review
- Task Assignment includes restoration tasks such as rebuilding stairs and decking, replacing windows and doors, sanding and painting
- Project planning tasks may include identifying resources, materials, and project constraints
Assignment Review includes evaluating the students’ work, ensuring work meets code and providing feedback
To learn more about getting involved with this wonderful initiative, please contact Lucia Piccini, Program Manager, Bolton Camp Redevelopment at email@example.com!