FedNor helps youth employment, enhanced tenting tourism in Killarney

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KILLARNEY—On August 15, Marc G. Serre, MP for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for Languages, announced a $53,500 FedNor investment to help Friends of Killarney Park (FOKP) hire a youth intern as publications coordinator for a period of one year to promote camping tourism in Killarney Provincial Park. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister in charge of FedNor.

With funding provided by the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), the intern will work with Friends of Killarney Park (FOKP) to redesign the organization’s key tourist information brochures, including printed backcountry and trail tourism guides and the principal canoe guide. The enhanced marketing products target the increased number of first-time campers and include more inclusive content reflecting local Indigenous culture and history, particularly the neighboring Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and its Point Grondine Park. The intern will also create digital versions of the guidebooks for use on social media platforms to further promote online tourism.

“Investing in youth employment opportunities is a great way to help young graduates acquire valuable skills while supporting community development plans,” Minister Hajdu said. “Today’s investment of $53,500 from FedNor is a great example of this, helping Friends of Killarney Park boost camping tourism and strengthen the area’s economy.”

Mr Serre said: “This internship will provide a young graduate with valuable new skills for career advancement and will help market Killarney Park to a wider audience which in turn will bring economic benefits to the region. Investments like this allow communities like Killarney to develop tourism products and experiences that will attract more tourists throughout the year.”

Rachel Mantas, Executive Director of Friends of Killarney Park, said: “We are thrilled that FedNor saw this project as a priority for the community and our region and provided the funding so we could hire a youth intern to help us develop the park to be marketed as a premier park, camping and tourist destination. We are excited to have a young creative mind join our team to help us spread awareness of the benefits of visiting the park.”

Friends of Killarney Park’s mission is to support the environmental, educational and recreational goals of Killarney Provincial Park on behalf of its more than two hundred individual members. The FKOP office is located at the main entrance of Killarney Provincial Park, a popular attraction that saw over 150,000 visitors in 2020.