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Employee Spotlight: Meet Olivia And Carlvan

We sat down with landscape maintenance summer students Olivia and Carlvan during the heatwave. Both students have returned for their second summer with OCH. We asked them some questions about their schooling and what drew them to work at OCH.

What do you study in school? 

Olivia: I study Geology at the University of Ottawa. I am going into the third year of my second degree.

Carlvan: I am going into my third year of Social Work at Algonquin College.

What drew you to OCH?

Olivia: I knew Greg (Greg Eggleston, Landscape Maintenance Coordinator) from a previous job and other people who had done the landscape position and recommended it.

Carlvan: I was an OCH tenant and my sister worked in landscaping before taking a job in the Call Centre.

What does a typical day look like for you? 

Olivia: We start the day at the shop and get the equipment ready for the day, then we load up everything and head to the site where we will be working. Sometimes we cut grass or clear overgrowth and pick up litter.

Carlvan: Sometimes if it rains or gets too wet, we might have to switch up our work, and we concentrate more on clearing overgrowth.

What are some of your favourite things about the position?

Olivia: I really like being outside and that we learn different skills.  Some day when I own my own home, I will be able to put these skills to use. I also like the social aspect, we do BBQs and play volleyball during downtime.

Carlvan: I like that we learn new things by doing odd jobs, like fence repairs. And being part of the team is great; everyone gets along and management treats you really well.

What are some of the challenges you face? 

Olivia:  I am not fond of picking up garbage.

Carlvan:: The weather, either the heat in the summer or as it gets colder closer to the Fall can be a challenge.

Would you recommend the landscape summer student job?

Olivia: It’s not for everyone. You have to like being outside and if you do, it’s great.

Carlvan: I would totally recommend it. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun and you feel appreciated.

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