Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It

August 25, 2020 11:06 am Published by 3 Comments

This blog is my last blog of the summer, and in preparation for this blog, I have allowed myself to reflect on the previous 4 months of work and the last 2 months of blogging. As my summer position at Tolko grinds down to a halt, and I pack my things to move back to Calgary for school, I wonder how the time can fly by so fast. It feels like yesterday, I drove home from Calgary because Covid-19 was on its upswing, and now I have worked, and I’m on my way back to the big city in the upcoming week.

Jace wearing his PPE during a shift

Figure 1: One of the first photos of Jace Timmer working his 2020 summer job with Tolko.

Reflecting allows me to realize how lucky I truly am to work in the forestry industry. Firstly, I was able to be employed through this crazy time in history, which is not what a lot of my other fellow students could say. This employment allows me to spend my school year without the stress regarding my finances. Secondly, ever since I had come to Tolko last summer, I have had amazing supervisors. This year I got the pleasure to work under an amazing woman named Candace Eymann. She has taught me more than she thinks she has and has made for working in the forestry industry that much more enjoyable while making lifelong memories. Finally, I am incredibly fortunate to be blessed with the opportunity to be a Green Dream blogger. This opportunity of blogging is very new and intimidating to me; it has been a fantastic experience that I have really come to enjoy.

Jace and Candice standing in front of the mill

Figure 1: Jace Timmer (left) and Candace Eymann (right) standing in front of the mill.

These blogs have been a glimpse into what it is like working in the forestry industry. In my experience, the forestry industry has everything a person could ask for. The industry is filled with amazing jobs that pay well, are rewarding and allow you to advance in your career. Myself being a business student goes to show the variety of work to be done in this industry. In my opinion, living in a beautiful location, working an excellent job, and surrounded by great people who care is the dream. If you learned anything from my rookie blogging, you learned how spectacular it is to work in the forestry industry.

Finally, I would love to express my gratitude. To the Greenest Workplace, thank you for this awesome opportunity that I did not take for granted. Blogging has allowed me to have a creative outlet to speak to the forestry industry and what it has to offer, and for that, I am thankful. To Tolko, thank you for employing me for the last two summers through the Youth Recruitment program. Every summer, the staff at Tolko welcome me with open arms and teach me extraordinary amounts. It is a pleasure to work for a company like yours.

This summer was my longest in terms of days, but it felt like the shortest in terms of time. My advice to everyone is to enjoy each and every day. I love Calgary, and it’s a fantastic city, but leaving Meadow Lake and my family is always hard. This may be my last blog, so I would love to extend a big thank you to my readers. I enjoyed reading your comments and am glad to see that you all are supporting my blog by reading them every other week. I hope I have brought you some knowledge about the forestry industry and a little joy to your day with each blog I wrote. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer the comments.

Signing off,

Jace Timmer


  • Mike says:

    Congratulations on a great summer of blogging. You represented forestry very well with your blogs. Hope to read more blogs from you in the future potentially. You should be very proud!

  • Candace Eymann says:

    I really enjoyed working with you this summer, it’s been great!

    Great job on the blog, and all the lean projects.

    Good luck and be safe.

  • Michelle Mercer says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blogs Jace! Thank you for sharing your work and life experiences! Good luck back at school.

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