Jo-Ann Stefaniuk: Campground Attendant
I have a great love and respect for what we have here in the Whiteshell, and I love to share that with others.
Local 53 - Civil Service, Trades Component
In Manitoba, winters are long and often harsh. So when summer comes we’re determined to enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible. Fortunately, our province is blessed with an incredible variety of lake country, provincial parks that are second to none, and campground attendants who take great pride in their work.
“My job is to help people have a great experience when they come to the park,” says campground attendant, Jo-Ann Stefaniuk. “People should be able to pull into their spot and just begin enjoying the quiet and beauty around them. That means washroom and shower facilities, as well as the campsite itself, are clean and welcoming, and that our office has properly tracked all reservations and vacancies.”
Stefaniuk works out of the Seven Sisters district and lives close to Whiteshell Provincial Park. She makes regular outings there, even on her days off.
“I think we have some real jewels within the province, and here in Seven Sisters, tourism is the main source of income for many families in the area.”
When she trains new attendants, she stresses that they are the “face” the public sees in our parks. If a camper has questions or concerns, it’s attendants who are there to assist any way they can. In that sense, they are the ones who can make or break a family’s summer vacation.
A good part of their job involves helping campers understand how to live within a natural environment. Too often, garbage is strewn about sites, which can attract unwanted visitors like skunks and raccoons. Stefaniuk says she’s feels privileged to spend her days keeping the campground as pristine as possible and helping Manitoba families learn to do the same.
“I have a great love and respect for what we have here in the Whiteshell,” Stefaniuk says. “And I love to share that with others.”
UPDATE: After many years of dedicated service to the Province of Manitoba, Jo-Ann has now retired.