In this issue:
  1. President's Message
  2. ACE-WIL Town Hall: Let's Connect
  3. ACE-WIL Fall Symposium - Save the Date
  4. Survey invitation - Indigenous WIL Resource Hub
  5. Students can now access Fountainhead Network Coworking and Media Space
  6. IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Story Feature - Ray Neto
  7. ACE-WIL Professional Volunteers Wanted
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President's Message

Greetings ACE-WIL Membership,

I probably ask myself this every year, but where did September go?! September is always a flurry of action and excitement with the start of the academic year and students returning to school and campus.

I finished my first week back chairing our first ACE-WIL Board meeting after the July/August break. The Board continued work on our strategic plan that we are hoping to finalize soon. We also heard that the list of funded projects from Phase 2 of WIL funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, and Skills Training will be shared shortly. I’m looking forward to learning more about all these new projects.

September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, marking a time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools. If the beginning of the month is a bit of whirlwind, as we move towards the end of September, let it be a time of reflection, awareness, and education; a time to honour Survivors, their families, and communities; and a time when we can all find ways to take action towards reconciliation.

All the best for a safe and healthy transition into the fall. I hope to connect with many of you at our next town hall scheduled for October 5!

Anna Jubilo (She/Her/Hers)

ACE-WIL Town Hall: Let's Connect

October 5, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Join your BCcampus host, Helena Prins, and Anna Jubilo, president of ACE-WIL, in exploring WIL initiatives, updates, and resources, with an opportunity to network in breakout rooms. Come and enjoy being part of a dynamic, inclusive, fun ACE-WIL community. Learn more

Dates for Fall Symposium finalized - Save these dates!

  • Tuesday November 9th, 16, 23rd from 12 – 5 pm
We look forward to seeing everyone for the Fall Symposium and sharing more innovative ideas!
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Indigenous WIL Resource Hub Survey

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Indigenous WIL Resource Hub Joint Working Group (JWG), I invite you to participate in a needs assessment survey. All WIL practitioners (ranging from those who work with a general population of WIL students to those who work with Indigenous-specific WIL initiatives) are encouraged to participate in this survey.

The Indigenous Resource Hub project aims to address Indigenous labour market disparity and inequity by developing resources that respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 7, 10(iii), 63(iii), and 92(ii-iii). We hope that you will keep these Calls to Action in mind when responding to the survey.
Please access the survey here ( This survey is designed to take 15-25 minutes to complete. Please submit your responses by September 30th.

Your responses to this survey will be anonymized, and the collected data will not be attached or traced to your name. After analysis, survey findings may be distributed to project partners and participants, included in reports and potential publications, and used as reference material in the development of the Indigenous WIL Resource Hub.

This survey has been created collaboratively with the Joint Working Group (JWG): Indigenous Programming in Co-op and Work Integrated Learning in BC Post-Secondary Institutions. The JWG includes members from the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, Okanagan College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. JWG partners have also received funding to undertake projects to develop co-op and WIL related programming that are culturally relevant and accessible to Indigenous students.

If you have questions or comments about this survey or project, please reach out to Julianna Nielsen at

With sincere gratitude for engaging in this important initiative,

Karima Ramji,
Project Lead, Indigenous WIL Resource Hub Survey
Associate Director, International, Indigenous & Strategic Initiatives
Co-operative Education Program and Career Services
University of Victoria

Students can now access Fountainhead Network Coworking and Media Space

Are you supervising a student fulfilling a WIL requirement through entrepreneurship?

The Fountainhead Network Coworking and Media Space [] in Port Coquitlam is growing their Facilitators Exchange Program. In exchange for two five-hour shifts per week, students working as entrepreneurs receive a free 24/7 Hot Desk membership, which includes access to a hot desk, meeting rooms, podcast room, monthly coaching, a professional headshot and other benefits.

For more information contact Erin Scarlett at

Student Story Feature - Ray Neto

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

In my Co-Op as a GIS Data Analyst at CBRDI, I helped governments and business to develop economic resilience during and after economic disruptions, brought by natural disasters or the current pandemics for example. Wildfire and flood are relatively common in BC and can lead the affected communities to disastrous consequences. Besides the risk to lives, these disasters might involve other impacts such as property damages and losses, shutdown of major employers and cultural business, as well as unemployment and poverty. These economic issues have also been noticed worldwide during COVID-19. In partnership with SFU, we reviewed the Official Community Plans of 8 municipalities and provided recommendations on 12 categories. I compiled and mapped results from surveys on local assets, such as critical organizations and infrastructure, to enhance preparedness and developed a web-map idea to communicate the status of local businesses as well as the available resources for relief.

Want access to our inventory of student stories? Members can access them on the project page in the resource hub here.

ACE-WIL Professional Volunteers wanted

Are thinking about contributing your professional skills and knowledge to advance the profession of Co-op Education Work Integrated Learning? ACE-WIL has many great committees, projects, and tasks where career practitioners are needed to contribute and give back to our communities of practice. Volunteering for ACE-WIL is an excellent way to expand your professional development and network with a fun group of like-minded people.

Check out the list of ACE-WIL Committees and reach out if you would like to get involved.
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