About Me

My name is Bethany Dyck, and I am a second-year student enrolled in the Forest Technology Program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). I live in Edson, Alberta with my partner and our six-year-old daughter. We are a very active family that enjoys recreating outdoors in all seasons. I am an Air Attack Officer (AAO) for the Government of Alberta. My career in wildfire began in 2008, as a rappel crew member. I continued working up the ranks to sub-leader, then crew leader until I began my training as an AAO in 2015.
I chose to pursue a Forest Technology diploma as my career path in Alberta Wildfire was limited without being able to register as a Professional Forest Technologist (RPFT). However, my interest that developed in GIS was unexpected. Outside of assignments and projects, I have found additional ways to include GIS into practical aspects of this program. This includes creating geo-referenced maps for use in Avenza or Field Maps for field labs and data collection.

I have always enjoyed maps as a concept; however, I had never thought to pursue mapping in post-secondary education. Using GIS to collect and interpret data has grown my interest. The Forest Technology Program contains two GIS courses: GPS/GIS I and GPS/GIS II. The first-year course used ArcGIS Tutorials that provided the foundation to use ArcMap confidently in projects. Throughout the Forest Technology Program, there have been numerous opportunities to use ArcMap and ArcOnline for projects and assignments.

Award Type
Graduation Year
Forest Technology Diploma
Bachelor of Applied Technology GIS (graduating 2024)
Awarded By
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Poster Title
Using Esri Tools: A Practical Application
In my own words...
The Esri Canada Scholarship award has benefited me in many ways. Primarily by encouraging me to pursue further education in the field of GIS. I hope to use to tools provided by Esri to augment the Bachelor of Applied Technology degree I will be taking.
Awarded By
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
2022 Type
Recipients of the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship, Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award and Esri Young Scholars Award in Canada
Recipients of the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship
Recipients of the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship and Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award in 2022

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