A partnership between Teck Trail Operations and Selkirk College has created an annual fund to provide support for Selkirk College students to undertake a community-based research project in the West Kootenay Boundary Region. Building on the program's success in recent years, we are happy to announce the Teck Serv Student Research Internship opportunity in 2019.
Community-based service organizations involved in rural development are eligible to apply for the Teck Serv Student Research Internship. Applications may be submitted either individually or in partnership by completing the Teck Serv Funding Application Form (included below in the application package). The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on February 15, 2019. Interested applicants are encourage to contact Adela Kincaid to discuss their project idea.
Up to $10,000 in student internship funding is available to conduct an applied research project that will support rural development at the community or regional level. Applied research involves the use of new or existing knowledge to solve real-world challenges or questions. This internship aims to:
2017’s Teck Serv internship allowed Alexandre Landry, a student of the geographic information systems bachelor degree program to work with the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute to support the Economic Development Commission of the East Shore of Kootenay Lake (EDC) during an initial stage of their Asset Based Community Development Project. Alexandre designed data models and a data collection framework which lead to the launching of an asset inventory project focusing on organizations and businesses on the East shore of Kootenay Lake. The information collected from this asset inventory will be used by the EDC for strategic planning during the next stages of their longer term Asset Based Community Development Project. Final report can be viewed here.
2016's Teck Serv internship allowed Tu Anh Phung, a student in Selkirk College's Business Administration Program to work with the Skills Centre to better understand poverty in the Lower Columbia Region. The purpose of the project was to compile research that would help with the development of a poverty reduction strategy in the Lower Columbia Region. The Surviving, Not Thriving: Poverty in the Lower Columbia Region report was produced.
2015’s Teck Serv internship allowed Spencer Paolone, a student in Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Med Program, to work with the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative to better understand the region’s early childcare sector. Activities focused on updating the Understanding the Early Years (2007-2009) report, including updating resource inventories and the compiling socio-economic statistics. This project led to the production of the State of the Family report.
2014’s Teck Serv internship allowed Dana Burgess, a student in Selkirk College’s Social Service Worker program, to work with the Nelson CARES Society and its Age Friendly Community initiative. The project researched isolation in rural seniors and uncovered issues related to mobility, socialization, transportation, and access to health and information services and resulted in the Reaching Out: Identifying Isolated Rural Seniors and Determining Their Priority Needs report. “In addition to sharpening her applied research skills, Dana was able to work one on one with vulnerable seniors and community organizations,” said Dr. Terri MacDonald, Regional Innovation Chair at the RDI. “Dana has subsequently secured employment with the sponsoring agency which is an added bonus.”
The aim of the 2012 research project, led by Yasodhara Ashram, was to address the issue of energy resilience on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake by looking at both community and household level options for distributed generation. The focus was on alternative and renewable sources of energy. Suitable solutions were identified through a combination of research and community engagement including meetings and tours. In addition to the final report entitled, Rural Alternative Energy & Resiliency, an informational booklet was published for use by local households and communities. Learn more about the 2013 Teck Serv recipient.
The 2012 research project focused on better understanding housing need and demand in Castlegar and was led by New Vision Housing Society. New Vision Housing Society works to increase the housing inventory within Castlegar and the region to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and to move them towards stable and secure housing. Learn more about the 2012 Teck Serv recipient and the Castlegar & Area Housing Need and Demand Study.
In 2011, the Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre Society (FAIR) received funding from Teck Serv to implement The Boys Connection Project. View Executive Summary.