New watershed co-ordinator now on the job

If you ask Adam Scott about his hometown, he immediately rolls his eyes, sighs, and says, “Yes. I know her. She and my sister were friends back in grade school and we have lots of old home video of her.”
The “her” he’s referring to is pop star Avril Lavigne—clearly the most famous export from the town of Napanee in eastern Ontario. But Scott has been making his own mark upon the landscape lately.
Scott officially took over as co-ordinator of the Rainy River First Nations watershed program on Monday—a post that has been vacant since September when Martin Nantel left to take a position with the Environmental Protection Branch in Thunder Bay.
He took a few minutes yesterday to talk about what he has been doing over the last few years.
Scott, who gives his age as “mid-20s,” graduated from Brock University in St. Catharines in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. But it was what he did during the summer after his second year that steered him toward a course that ultimately led him to Rainy River District.
“I took a trip with a group of people down to Brazil, where we saw first-hand what was being done to the environment,” he explained. “I saw a lot of destruction of the rain forest and that was a pivotal moment for me.”
Scott said he had been involved in environmental issues for some time, but had never really found a focus for his interest until his trip to Brazil.
So the following year, he enrolled at Niagara College for an intense, one-year course in Environmental Management and Assessment. He graduated in the fall of 2003.
Last year, he spent about seven months in Hay River in the Northwest Territories doing an environmental analysis for a consulting firm.
Once again, as in Brazil, Scott saw the connection between aboriginal people and the environment, so when the opening here came up, it seemed like a natural fit.
“It was a no-brainer to apply for it,” he remarked.
For now, Scott is commuting from Fort Frances while he gets his feet wet in his new position.
He said it’s still far too early to discuss plans and projects in any detail, but noted the first order of business is to bring himself up to speed on current projects, including the annual ManOMin conference taking place March 30-April 2 in Fort Frances.