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Events & Opportunities

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Special Meeting of the Members- January 27th

You’re invited to an ACE-WIL Special Meeting of the Members, to take place on Wednesday, January 27th,12pm to 1pm. Your presence is requested to vote on changes to our bylaws, that will have a significant impact on the Board composition and nomination process. The Special Meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion and questions ahead of voting on the proposed changes. Should time permit, we will also provide an update on the current initiatives the Board has undertaken for 2021.

Check out the proposed bylaw changes and ACE-WIL bylaws here.

IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Story Showcase

2020 was a year of change, adaptation and recovery for business and organizations around BC. Many of us have seen how WIL students bring the kind of skills needed to help their employers pivot during these turbulent times.

As part of ACE-WIL's strategic planning initiatives, we want to help employers to see the benefits of hiring WIL students to support post-pandemic recovery. IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Story Showcase is what came out of this strategic initiative.

IMPACT 2020 is offering a $250 prize for up to 5 students for 150 word stories about work-integrated learning students who made a positive impact, brought innovation, or contributed to a new initiative in the workplace in 2020. Students, employers or work-integrated learning coordinators/faculty can submit a story to IMPACT 2020.

We encourage you to share this opportunity with your institutional network of employers, students and colleagues:

Email and social media templates: https://acewilbc.ca/impact2020-templates/

Submission information and submission form: https://acewilbc.ca/students/impact2020/

Nominations for the ACE-WIL Student of the Year Awards close on January 25th!

ACE-WIL BC /Yukon is looking to recognize students that participated in work-integrated learning (WIL) and you can help! The four awards recognize a college and a university student participating in co-operative education, and a college and a university student participating in other forms of work-integrated learning. Each of the four winning students, their institutions, and partner organizations will receive provincial recognition. Each winning student will receive a $500 cash award.

An ACE-WIL BC/Yukon institutional member may nominate one (1) candidate per award type (Co-op or Other Forms of WIL) with the support of the host organization/employer and approval of the student. Nominations are open now and will close on January 25th. Visit our website for more information and to download the application package.

Save the Date for the May 2021 Symposium!

In May 2021 ACE-WIL is hosting a symposium to showcase the outcomes of the 66 Ministry funded projects. This will be the first of two symposia, the next will be held in Fall 2021.

Keep an eye on your inbox for presentation info coming soon!

Dates: Thursday May 6th, 13th and 20th from 1-4pm
Save the Date for the May 2021 Symposium!


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Reminder: New ACE-WIL URL

In December, we announced our new URL: https://acewilbc.ca/. We’re all about WIL, so it was time to move on from the old https://co-op.bc.ca. Don’t worry, if you visit using an old bookmark you will be automatically redirected. However, if your program’s web pages include a link to ACE-WIL (and we hope they do!), please pass along the new URL to your web team so they can ensure everything’s up-to-date.

Talent Forward Program Launches

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This January, the BC Chamber of Commerce and ACE-WIL launched Talent Forward, a program that seeks to raise awareness in the BC business community about the value of bringing work-integrated learning and co-op students onboard.

Through Talent Forward, businesses can access free one-to-one consulting from a trusted advisor at the BC Chamber who will guide them in finding WIL and co-op programs offered at public BC post-secondary schools. In addition, businesses can find information on hiring student talent and funding options through on-demand webinars and downloadable tip sheets. All of these services are available cost-free to businesses in BC.

History of ACE-WIL Survey

We are collecting information and memorabilia on the history of ACE-WIL to add to our handbook, website and archives.

If you're a member who has been with ACE-WIL for a while, you've seen some major changes, or you have photos/memorabilia to share, we want to hear from you!

Please fill out the quick survey below.

Want to submit content for next month's 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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