Alumna’s avidity for enviro conservation carries on in career

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March 14, 2019
Protecting and preserving the environment is second nature to this Class of 2016 Lakeland College alumna.
Codie Lee Yasieniuk
Codie Lee Yasieniuk is a conservation program specialist for Ducks Unlimited Canada. Working out of their Camrose, Alta. office, Yasieniuk builds positive working relationships with local governments, landowners, industry, agricultural producers and other conservation agencies.
“I do everything from surveying and paperwork to growing Ducks’ partnerships and relationships with landowners. I am the first point of contact for most people in helping them improve their operations for the benefit of the environment. I love what I do because each day is different. I get to help people change their environmental footprint, and be a part of their journey from beginning to end – it is a rewarding experience,” says Yasieniuk, an environmental conservation and reclamation grad.
Yasieniuk has always had a deep passion for the environment. The environmental enthusiast grew up on her family’s ranch on the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve in Hafford, Sask. The biosphere is one of 18 biosphere reserves in Canada and the only one in Saskatchewan. Naturally, her family’s ranching methods demonstrate strong environmental ethics and practices.
“I thought our practices were normal until I left for post-secondary. There I learned of different ranching methods that didn’t put the environment first – it was shocking,” she says.
After a year of university, Yasieniuk enrolled in Lakeland’s School of Environmental Sciences for the hands-on learning opportunities that were lacking in her previous education. She says it was the best decision she made.
“In our first week of class, we went on a field trip and studied grass. It was amazing. Instead of sitting in a classroom and learning about it theoretically, I was getting dirt under my nails and getting the hands-on experience I needed.”
After Lakeland, Yasieniuk worked for the Peace Country Beef and Forage Association in Fairview, Alta., ATCO Electric as a member of their vegetation management team and in Sturgeon County as a vegetation management technician. As she fulfills her duties with Ducks Unlimited, Yasieniuk explains she uses a little bit of everything from her Lakeland education. This includes more than 20 applied skills, including site and risk assessments, management and conservation of soils, and plant identification.
“In some of the courses, I regretfully remember thinking ‘I’m never going to need this’ and ‘Why are we memorizing all these plants?’ Now, I can appreciate all those things. In my role I am able to meet with landowners and use this foundational knowledge to answer their questions. It’s great to have my foot in every door.”
Yasieniuk is one of several Lakeland alumni who work with Ducks Unlimited Canada. In fact, Yasieniuk is based out of DUC’s Camrose office with Angus Bryan, Class of 2015. Bryan took over from long-time DUC staffer Robbin Hunka, Class of 1976. Bryan and Yasieniuk are also colleagues of Andy Van Imshoot, Class of 1977.
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With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

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Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

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There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

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– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

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I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

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The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience