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Limited Spaces Available in Upcoming Anti-Racism Response Training- Register ASAP!

Register now for another ACE-WIL Professional Development Session! We are excited to offer this highly interactive Anti-Racism Response Training to ACE-WIL members. This training is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses. The session will be facilitated by Thanh Tazumi, Naomi L. Wolfe & Sanchit Mittal.

Date: April 29 from 2-4pm
Location: Zoom

Registration Open for the May Symposium

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Experience the learnings and shared impacts of the 66 Work-Integrated Learning initiatives spearheaded by public post-secondary institutions across British Columbia. Projects range from capacity building with students, employer recruitment and engagement strategies, WIL program development and resources to support equity, diversity and inclusion, to name a few.

Linda Edgecombe CSP, Hall of Fame Speaker, Award Winning Philanthropist will be delivering the keynote and the event will also include an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Micro-credential Panel. Read the detailed agenda on the event page.

Dates: Thursday, May 6, May 13 and May 20, 2021
Symposium presentations: 1 pm to 4 pm
Event Page: https://www.accelevents.com/e/ACEWILBCMaySymposium

The event platform will limit total participation numbers. Registration is FREE for members. Act now to guarantee your spot!

Student of the Year Awards Event on May 13 Before Symposium Presentations Start

Log into the May 13th Symposium event early from 11:45 to 1 PM to learn about our four winning Students of the Year for 2020! It was a year like no other and these four excelled!

Please join us via the following Zoom link. See you then!

Symposium Organizing Committee

Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 11:45am - 1pm

Register in advance for this meeting: https://langara.zoom.us/meeting/register/u50pfuivqz0uHtJjRx3wp_j7zeyQw5DjXUla

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
ACE-WIL Members

ACE-WIL AGM and Board Elections May 20th- VIA ZOOM!

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2021 Annual General Meeting, where we will elect new board members and executives to the ACE-WIL Board, congratulate our Industry Partner award winner, and present our ACE-WIL Outstanding Contribution Award. Our annual report will be available on our website prior to the meeting.

Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 12 noon to 1:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Updates & Resources

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Winning Stories for IMPACT 2020

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We are delighted to announce the winning stories from IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Stories Showcase. Congratulations to the five winners and three honourable mentions!

The five winners are:

  • Shiven Khera, UBC-Okanagan
    • Management co-op student who worked with UBC on a partnership project with a local food bank to develop a new donation management system during an increase in demand during COVID-19.

  • LeSandra Archachan, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
    • Business co-op student who worked in partnership with the local School District to distribute 200 used iPads to the community's elders in response to the COVID situation.

  • Sheldon Langlois, UBC- Okanagan
    • Microbiology co-op student at Interior Health Authority who increased the efficiency of the Medical Laboratory Technicians, by performing PCR (polymerase chain reaction) on COVID, flu, and GI (gastrointestinal) parasite specimens during nights, which allowed for testing to be done 24/7.

  • Renee St. Godard, University of Victoria
    • Geography co-op student who coordinated and facilitated over 50 colleagues in an 8 week training session on "Reconciliation" with a focus on learning what reconciliation is and how it is entangled in our everyday lives.

  • Priyanka Maria Krishna, Simon Fraser University
    • Communication and Health Science co-op student employed through the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) who helped create a fully virtual initiative called "Community Conversations" that served as a space to have vital conversations around housing vs homelessness, mental health, education and environmental justice.

We are also recognizing three honourable mentions:

  • Robin Metcalfe, UBC- Okanagan
    • Social work practicum student who contributed to developing a multimedia resource that supports health researchers to engage people with disabilities as participants and co-researchers in health research.

  • Lorisa Williams, University of the Fraser Valley
    • History and Indigenous studies internship student hired who helped spearhead the launch of a new Peace and Reconciliation Centre initiative called the Collaboratorium. The Collaboratorium partners with local communities and organizations to provide student research internships.

  • Alexandra Buhr, Selkirk College
    • Integrated Environmental Planning applied research student who completed a project with the goal of encouraging acts of household emergency preparedness in local communities as part of a rural climate resilience project.

Read their detailed stories on our blog (click below), share our LinkedIn post, and stay tuned for an interview video featuring the students and their WIL supervisors!

New ACE-WIL Resource Hub “soft launch”

As a showcase for the projects, resources, the great work of ACE-WIL, the BC WIL Council and post-secondary institutions across BC- the new ACE-WIL Resource Hub is now online.

However, let’s just keep this between ourselves for now – we still have work to do to populate the Hub before we make a big splash.

For Project leads and coordinators: We’d like to add your Project to the Hub as soon as possible, even if it’s still in progress. Please reach out to Noshir (noshirlangrana@uvic.ca) for the form and instructions on what to do. There’s even a video that explains the Hub, to help you conceptualize what you’d like to do to feature your Projects and the resources you’ve created.

For members: Feel free to take a look around the Hub. It will be light on content for now, but if you have any suggestions or experience any glitches, please send them to Carmen (carmen.wright@shaw.ca) and we’ll see what we can do.

Coming soon: Once we have a good amount of content in the Resource Hub, and we’ve made some changes to the ACE-WIL website to accommodate the new Hub, we’ll send another announcement that we’re ready to share with the wide world.
Fill out the survey now!

WIL Data Management Survey

As part of the provincial project initiatives, we would like to ask for your participation in a short survey. The aim of the survey is to get more information from you about your WIL data management practices. This information will help support further professional development of our membership. The survey will not take you more than 10 minutes to complete and we greatly appreciate your time. The survey will remain open until Friday, April 23, 2021.
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