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In this issue:
  1. President's Message
  2. ACE-WIL Fall Symposium Wrap Up
  3. Symposium Survey Reminder
  4. IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Story Feature - Daisy Chen

President's Message

Greetings ACE-WIL Membership,

In December, it's hard not to take a retrospective look at the year. This year has again been a year of significant transitions and challenges--most recently the "atmospheric river" events, which have led to evaluations in many areas in our region and to so much damage.

I know the membership is a hard-working bunch and that many have been working even harder throughout the pandemic and through these challenges.

Thank you for all you've contributed to our community, to your institutions, and your students this year.

I hope you are all able to find time to relax during the holidays break--to celebrate your own resilience, reconnect with family and friends, and collectively take a breather from our everyday work.

I wish you all a festive and restful holiday break. I look forward to reconnecting at one of our town halls in the new year. All the very best for 2022!


Anna Jubilo (She/Her/Hers)
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That is a wrap on our ACE-WIL BC Symposia! Thank you to the 135 speakers who presented at both the May and November Symposia on their project learnings. It has been incredible to see the wide array of projects from supports to diverse student groups to practitioner professional development and the hard work, dedication and collaboration across our province. We drew attendees from across Canada looking to learn from our BC trail blazers!

We had a total of 354 attendees and 66 sessions with thought provoking key note speakers, and diverse panel discussions.

If you missed any of the sessions or would like to go back and watch them again, you can now find the recordings on the ACE-WIL Resource Hub! Find the recordings here:

ACE-WIL Fall Symposium Survey Reminder

Please let us know what you thought of the Symposia:


Student Story Feature - Daisy Chen

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

2020 was a stressful year for co-op student communities. The fear of not being able to land on any co-op due to the economic downturn led by the pandemic outbreak and the longlines from self-isolation made it the most difficult time for every co-op student.

Hi, I’m Daisy Chen, the founder of SFU Co-op Student Hub, from Simon Fraser University. And this is my 2020 WIL story. Sensing the anxiety among the co-op student community, I was inspired and motivated to help the community. With the help of my co-op advisor, I started to reach out to many other like-minded students. By the end of Summer 2020, we gathered a group of driven students passionate about influencing the co-op program. I am so proud of the community we have created, a community built on supporting one another and helping each other during these arduous and separated times.
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