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Conservancy -Iqmes 1 1 Internship program, 11 years old, honors Avalon High graduate BY ELIZABETH BAILEY For 11 years, the Catalina Island Conservancy's Rose Ellen Gardner Internship has been help- ing train the next generation of Island leaders. The REGI program is named in honor of Rose Ellen Gardner, the former CEO and president of the Conservancy. She is an Avalon High School graduate who is dedicated to the advancement of the students on Catalina Island. The program offers a select group of Avalon High School students the opportunity to learn about conservation work and gain valuable job skills that will help prepare them for the future. This summer, the Conservancy welcomed back Joseph Vickers for his fourth REGI summer and Ariella Markowitz for her third. Newcomers Susanna Savitt and Clara Alvarez were excellent addi- tions to the program. After completing the REGI pro- gram, Joseph left for his freshman year at the College of Wooster in Ohio. The other three interns Rural Health From page 2 needs of Catalina Island's residents and visitors. Catalina Island Medical Group, the doctors' office component of the facility, provides primary medi- cal care that includes prenatal care, well-child checks and immuniza- tions and vaccinations. Procedures available include laceration repair, suture removal, pulmonary func- tion testing, skin biopsy, mole and wart removal, pap smears and hear- ing and vision assessment. Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management counseling services are also avail- able. Programs available for low- income individuals at the medical group office include CHDP, which provides free health screenings and immunizations to low-income, non-insured children; CPSP, a pre- natal program for Medi-Cal eli- gible pregnant women, and PACT, which provides family planning services for low-income men and women. CIMC's Social Services depart- ment supports the island's patients through counseling with a licensed clinical social worker, medi- cal social services and referrals and Home Help for seniors. On- island counseling can be supported through tele-medicine visits with a psychiatrist. Have you thanked a healthcare staff member late- ly? Doctors, nurses, technicians, counselors, clerical and reception services, facilities management and everyone at Catalina Island Medical Center does their job so that patients can have the quality of life they deserve. For more information about the services CIMC offers or to make an appointment, call 310-510-0096. Catalina Island Medical Center's mission remains to provide quality healthcare to each individual and improve the overall health of our community. began their senior year at Avalon High School this fall and are look-- ing forward to completing their college application process. Each of the interns was dedi- cated, enthusiastic and motivated every day. It was a very successful summer for all participants. The Conservancy created the REGI program to give young adults the opportunity to experi- ence potential career paths, while learning about their Island home and the work of the Conservancy. The REGis--the name the Conservancy uses for the interns-- are preparing to enter college and will soon have to make decisions about the type of lives they'll lead. This internship makes it possible for students to work with profes- sionals who do a variety of jobs. The Conservancy hopes to inspire these students to become stewards of the Island and to be aware of the environment wher- ever they may work. Each year, the Conservancy selects three to five students for the REGI program through a written application, letters of recommendation and face-to-face interviews. Once selected, the REGIs spend, six weeks working alongside Conservancy employees across the organization. Each participant is awarded a stipend at the end of the program. At the . Conservancy, the REGIs typically work a 40-hour week and have the opportunity to gain experience in each department. They work on maintenance of the organization's facilities, botan- ic garden, trails and the fencing used to keep deer from feeding on new plants; plant ecology and monitoring; airport services; wild- life and field biology; GIS map- ping; administration; and educa- tion. This year, the REGIs had the opportunity to work with the Institute for Wildlife Studies mon- itoring bald eagles, as well as Dr. Wendy Teeter and the California State University, Northridge Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School. For those interested in the REGI program, the application process begins in the spring with selections made before the end of the school year. The Conservancy is looking for energetic, passionate and committed students for our 2015 REGI year. Any questions may be addressed to the Education Department of the Conservancy at 10,510-0954. Elizabeth Bailey works with the REGI program as the edu- cation program assistant at the Catalina Island Conservancy. For information, visit www. catalinaconservancy.org. ~in the internship program this year. (Photo by Elizabeth Bailey) The Catalina Island Conservancy's Rose Ellen Gardner Internship program participants (left to right) Joseph Vickers, Ariella Markowitz, Susanna Savitt and Clara Alvarez relax after a day of werk at the Laura Stein Volunteer Camp on Catalina Island. Four Avalon students participated 1 1 D Come Visit D Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All Ages! Pet Supplies Games Puzzles Arts and Crafts Books. Educational Toys. Video Games Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items And so much more! 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