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In this issue:
  1. President's Message
  2. Past President's Message
  3. Introducing your new ACE-WIL Board Members
  4. Add your project to the ACE-WIL Resource Hub
  5. ACE WIL Symposium Keynote Speaker Recap
  6. April PD Anti-racism training Recap
  7. Save-the-date - next ACE-WIL Town Hall
  8. Talent MATCH Program - Employer Resource for Hiring For and Cultivating Initiative
  9. IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Story Feature - Maaria Zafar

President's Message

Greetings ACE-WIL Membership,

I’m writing to you today from what is now known as Vancouver on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), be (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, who have lived on and cared for these lands since time immemorial. I am grateful to have been born, to have grown up, and to continue to live on these lands with many members of my family, who first immigrated here just around 50 years ago from the Philippines.

As I rejoin the Board and start my term as president of ACE-WIL, I want to thank the board and Past President, Jennie Nilsson, for the outstanding job they have done in leading ACE-WIL over the last two years—much of this time during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic. I want to also thank the new members who have joined the ACE-WIL Board. I’m grateful for your experience and readiness to take on these roles, and I look forward to collaborating with all of you.

This past year has demonstrated how our ACE-WIL community has shown innovation and adaptability in supporting our membership and partners to continue providing rich learning experiences for our students. Last week, we successful wrapped our inaugural virtual symposium, the first of two symposiums this year. Look out for more information on our October symposium soon!

During this time, our board has also led the development of a new logo, website, and five-year strategic plan. This plan continues some of the work first set out by our previous strategic plan as well as envisions new directions for our association. I’m excited to be able to finalize the plan and start its implementation.

We are awaiting more details for the $5.5 million from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training earmarked for investing in training and employment opportunities for youth through work-integrated learning and look forward to sharing what we learn with all of you.

I have truly enjoyed being part of the ACE-WIL community, and I’m excited to work with all of you and get to know all our members I haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet!

Anna Jubilo (She/Her/Hers)

Past President's Message

Hello ACE- WIL Membership,

What an incredible honour and joy it has been to serve as your ACE-WIL president for the past two years. Thank you for putting your trust in me!

I’d like to start by acknowledging with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory I write this message from, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

I am incredibly excited to work with our incoming President, Anna Jubilo from UBC, and President-Elect, Celina Duarte from Selkirk College, as well as our newly elected board members. If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your network, work with amazing colleagues across the province, and have fun, I highly recommend getting involved in one of our committees or joining our board next year! Feel free or reach out to us at info@acewilbc.ca to learn more.

As many of you may have heard, I have taken on a temporary opportunity to work with CEWIL’s iHub. Our third round of funding is accepting proposals until June 15, to support your institution’s innovative WIL! Feel free to reach out to me at jennien@cewilcanada.ca to learn more—I am thrilled to support you as your Western Regional Associate Director for CEWIL.

In closing, I’d like to just say again what an amazing opportunity it has been to work with ACE-WIL and all of the membership. BC has a tremendous network of co-op and WIL practitioners and it has been a highlight of my career to meet, get to know, and work with so many truly incredible colleagues.

Jennie Nilsson (She/Her/Hers)

Welcome to our new ACE-WIL Board members

Anna Jubilo

Celina Duarte - Selkirk

Directors at Large
Anita Sangha - KPU
Kim Pham - Selkirk
Melissa Fournier - College of New Caledonia

Many thanks to Allison Benner, Helen Kobrc and Shawn Erikson for their service as Directors at Large

Add your project and resources to the new Resource Hub!

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 at the ACE-WIL website: www.acewilbc.ca.

For Project leads: 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 Langrana (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.

Additions to the Resource Hub may take some time as the updates will be done by volunteers and WIL students who aren’t working full time on this, so don’t wait until your project is wrapping up and your extra resources are gone! Email Noshir today.


ACE-WIL Symposium May 2021 - Keynote Speaker Linda Edgecombe Recap

Resilient Living in 2021- How to get started in a state of Overwhelm
By Heather Workman

Linda Edgecombe kicked off the Keynote address with a bang by issuing a challenge for attendees: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t? and encouraged us all to stay at “the 30,000 foot level, at the idea level” as we move through our sessions to stay curious and encourage creativity. And reminding us that treasures are in our triggers – look at why something I hear, bugs me or why I disagree with something that was said. Read more....
Linda Edgecombe

April 2021 PD Recap - Anti-Racism Training

On April 29th, 57 ACE-WIL educators representing 18 post-secondary institutions in BC came together for our Spring PD session on Anti-Racism Training (A.R.T) with skilled facilitators Thanh Tazumi, Naomi Wolfe and Sanchit Mittal.

The session included rich conversation, powerful personal stories, interactive activities, and tools on how to be an active witness to racism. Read more...

Save the Date: ACE-WIL Town Hall: B.C. WIL Council Employer/Community Partner Survey Results

Join us on June 22, when Julie Walchli, along with Camilo Peña and Lisvet Parra, from UBC’s Planning and Institutional Research Office, will share the results of the B.C. WIL Council Employer/Community Partner Final Survey, distributed in May.

Date: June 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Details: here
Save the Date for the May 2021 Symposium!

Talent MATCH Program - Employer Resource for Hiring For and Cultivating Initiative

By Debby Reis

Does the idea of micromanaging a student employee prevent you from hiring a student? You’re not alone.

The Conference Board of Canada and The Future Skills Centre published an Impact Paper identifying the number one barrier to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) participating in work-integrated learning: they do not have staff and support to onboard and mentor students. Read more....

Student Story Feature - Maaria Zafar

Every month, we are featuring one of the student stories from our student story inventory generated through IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Story Showcase.

This month, lets celebrate Maaria Zafar, an internship student at UFV whos WIL Coordinator submitted this story:

“Maaria Zafar is a Bachelor of Criminology student and is a WIL intern hired to help implement the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into a university credit career development course and conduct an evaluation of the university’s student services’ potential for incorporating the SDGs into their programming. With support, Maaria designed the evaluation survey instrument and planned the data collection process. The evaluation measured the impact student service has in terms of preparing students for success and post-university life using the SDGs to frame complex problems facing our world. She also helped with multiple online events through facilitating student discussions, moderating employer panels, and supporting breakout groups at Canada’s National Career Development conference, Cannexus. Maaria’s WIL supervisor believes that Maaria’s work has the potential to influence how students align their skills and talents to addressing critical problems facing many employers and community organizations.”

Want access to our inventory of student stories? Members can access them on the project page in the resource hub here.
Want to submit content for an ACE-WIL e-newsletter?

Submit your content to Sanya Sivic at sanya.sivic@ubc.ca and Sarah Gibson at sgibson@tru.ca. Please include any necessary images or links.
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