Sunday, July 26, 2015


Some people hang a sign, Gone Fishing, to escape from a busy day. Yet for others, like Olivia Demerse, it's part of their job description!

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Olivia attended Fanshaw Collage in London, Ontario for Marketing, then took a year at Georgian Collage in Barrie for Event Management. These courses, even if she didn't know it at the time, were perfectly chosen for her outgoing personality what she is doing today. As well, working for the Ministry of Natural Resources for four years at Emily Provincial Park, she is enjoying educating and demonstrating the Learn To Fish programme at events in Ontario such as this one in Gravenhurst.

The 3-year old Learn to Fish programme which Olivia is promoting teaches people to fish as a recreation for new Canadians and young anglers through a two-hour hands-on course. Fishing may not have been a part of the culture of some new Canadians as well as for young people, the course teaches people about fish, their anatomy and the rules around fishing and conservation. During the second hour, its time to head out on the water and fish! Rods, reels, life jackets and bait are provided and a chance to catch a fish completes the course and helps instil a love for fishing as a relaxing way to enjoy nature on the water.

The Learn to Fish programme is offered at six provincial park where there are trained instructors teaching five days a week. Check the Ministry website here more information:

OLIVIA FUN FACT: Two years ago while camping with her boyfriend, Olivia hooked an eight-pound large-mouth bass while on her first portage experience. Fishing for her cell phone (pun definitely intended!) she proudly shows a photo of the giant fish, "The excitement of it was amazing, thrilling, I brought the fish in all on my own, I was very proud of myself," she says grinning and reliving the moment. "The emotions and excitement were incredible, I'd never even held a fish before!" That night at their campsite, fresh fish was on the menu!


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