Summer Internship with the Purdy Crawford Chair

Today is my last day of work, it was a fast 12 weeks that came and went, and I am glad to have experienced this internship working with the Purdy Crawford Chair.  Working with the Chair has allowed me to improve my knowledge of economic development practices in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.  I have met a lot of nice people here on/off campus, enjoyed the hikes, the temperature, swimming in the ocean and living on campus for the summer.

One of the festivities I had attended while touring Cape Breton was the Eskasoni annual Powwow, it was filled with beautiful dancers and wonderful singers.  While looking for something to eat at the powwow, we found a place that sold Indian taco’s which is made with fried scone, chili, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream, this meal made my day.

The other festival was the Dragon Boat Race, this was pretty nice to participate in, the weather cooperated and everyone was happy.  Though we didn’t get first place, it was all for a good cause (cancer survivor's) and having fun on the water.  There was face painting, a delicious bbq and wonderful people all around which made that a good day.

While at CBU we attended a couple of MBA classes, that improved my experience and knowledge in the area of business.  One class was Canadian Public Policy and the other was Comparative Development, both classes were really interesting, we participated and had some pretty good discussions. 

Though there were many things I didn’t get to do, that I wanted to do, there may be a next time.   I would like to thank the Purdy Crawford Chair for letting me contribute to this project, and to work with fellow students from across Canada.

Vern