KENTVILLE, NS - Recognizing the potential in a burgeoning wine industry and in the Annapolis Valley tourism industry in general, she’s working to position herself to be part of that success.
18-year-old Rebecca Holleman of Lakeville, a first-year Tourism Management student at the Nova Scotia Community College Kingstec Campus, said she’s settling in nicely with her post-secondary studies and is enjoying the experience. She’s excited about the possibilities the future may hold.
She said the two-year program involves a lot of practical, hands-on, learning and she’s been gaining valuable industry experience. Holleman said she wasn’t certain in high school what career path she wanted to follow but realized after attending an open house at the college that Tourism Management might be for her.
“What really interested me with the program is everything they do with the wine industry and that’s what kind of got me thinking about the program,” Holleman said.
With a plethora of new wineries and vineyards opening, she hopes to find work in the industry after she graduates. Holleman recognizes that there are also many distilleries and craft breweries popping up, many using local, Valley ingredients. This also presents opportunity for Tourism Management students.
She hopes to explore various options. With more trails being established in the Valley, Holleman also sees tourism potential for another of her passions, working with horses.
“The industry is so wide-spread that there are so many possibilities and room for opportunity,” Holleman said.
She has been volunteering with the Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association at the Rohan Wood Stables in Aylesford for about two years. Holleman helps with lessons at least once a week, leading horses or side walking with clients.
“It’s really amazing because I get to see the clients learn and progress,” she said.
Holleman used to volunteer as treasurer and secretary of her 4H club and now volunteers with Pony Club as the regional youth representative. She was recently elected national active member director.
Holleman said she chose Kingstec because she likes the college atmosphere and smaller class sizes. She also likes that the campus is fairly close to home, making it easier to continue with her extra-curricular volunteering.
Bursary a big help
A graduate of Central Kings Rural High School, Holleman said she was excited to receive a $1,000 RBC Award bursary to help with the costs of her post-secondary studies.
Spokeswoman Lia McKay said the program recognizes high school students who are inspirational in their dedication to community, fellow students and academics.
“While reviewing nominations, I came across Rebecca’s and thought it was a great example of hard work, dedication and commitment to community, at such a young age,” McKay said.
Recipients are selected through a nomination process involving principals and guidance counsellors. In the past decade, RBC has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to more than 1,600 high school students across the Atlantic Provinces.
The RBC Award program is part of Future Launch, RBC’s 10-year, $500 million investment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. For more information on the program, visit www.rbc.com/futurelaunch.