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In this issue:
  1. President's Message
  2. Upcoming EI Community of Practice Session: Resilience and Well-being - Register now!
  3. ACE-WIL Fall Symposium - Register now!
  4. BC Provincial Funding Update: Phase II of the Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning (COWIL) Initiative
  5. IMPACT 2020: WIL Student Story Feature - Avalon Shavers

President's Message

Greetings ACE-WIL Membership,

It's October, and I watch the colours outside my window change to signal the fall. Around this time, I often see this unattributed quote that brings me calm and a sense of quiet joy: “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go." I know I'm trying to let go of the extreme busyness of the start of the term as well as continuing to unlearn things that I had once learned.

October for me is typically a time of thanksgiving. Thank you to all those who participated in our first town hall of this academic year on October 5 and to Helena Prins and team at BCcampus for their continued support of our town halls. I had a great time connecting one-on-one with three members new to me in our rapid "Mad Tea" networking activity. I look forward to connecting with more of you at our Symposium series on Tuesdays in November.

Thank you also to Hannah Ahluwalia, the COWIL project manager, who gave us all a short intro to the ACE-WIL Resource Hub. For those who missed the town hall, the session was recorded, so hopefully we’ll be able to share out the link for this The recording and slides are now available here: event page. 😊
soon. There are a number of great resources in the Hub, including some great guides and approaches to accessibility, so do check them out.

Our e-news this month features a number of updates as well as reminders for professional development opportunities. I hope the extreme busyness of the start of the term is slowing falling away for you as well and you’ll all be able to find time to participate in these.


Anna Jubilo (She/Her/Hers)

Register now:

EI Community of Practice session

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Friday October 22nd, 2021. 11-12pm

To attend this event, please RSVP at this link: RSVP Form

As we enter the 19th month of the pandemic, the emotional toll of Covid-19 has impacted both our personal and professional lives. Thankfully, we have a built-in survival skill helping us adapt, persist, and thrive during this unpredictable time – Resilience.

The next Community of Practice PD session will explore the themes of resilience and well-being, key components of emotional intelligence.

‘The session examines how emotional intelligence can be used to develop and enhance resilience. We will focus on emotions that enable us to control behaviour, to commit to working with others, and to manage stress. We will also explore the importance of well-being.’
– Hayley, EI Advantage

If you are interested in learning more about resilience, check out these recommended books from EI Advantage.

We will be sending out a calendar invite and Zoom link a week before the event, to those who have signed up in the RSVP link.

ACE-WIL Fall Symposium

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Register now to attend the ACE-WIL BC/Yukon Fall 2021 Symposium, featuring learnings and impacts from many of the 66 Work-Integrated Learning initiatives spearheaded by public post-secondary institutions across British Columbia and funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Running over three Tuesday afternoons in November, attendees will be able to tune into panel discussions and presentations featuring key outcomes across a range of topics, including employer engagement and recruitment, indigenous student initiatives, WIL curriculum development, and much more.

Don’t miss out on this chance to gain insights you’ll be able to apply to your own WIL projects and programming, and to network with WIL colleagues across Canada.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, November 9, November 16 and November 23, 2021
  • Symposium presentations: 12 pm to 5 pm PST
  • Cost: Free for ACE-WIL members. $99 for non-members. Includes access to recordings of all presentations for 30 days.
Register now: https://www.accelevents.com/e/acewilbcfallsymposium
Learn more about ACE-WIL and check out our new Resource Hub: https://acewilbc.ca/

BC Provincial Funding Update

In June 2021, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (Ministry) announced an additional $5.5 million in funds towards the COWIL Initiative. Proposals were submitted and the Ministry approved 46 projects at 25 different public post-secondary institutions in BC.
Themes of COWIL Phase II
Graphs from October 2021 COWIL Initiative Newsletter, visit the resource hub for the full analysis.

Visit the Support for COWIL Initiative project page on the ACE-WIL Resource hub for:
  • List of Phase II Projects
  • October 2021 COWIL Initiative Newsletter
  • How-to upload to the ACE-WIL Resource Hub and tips for projects
Questions? Contact Hannah Ahluwalia, Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Initiative Project Manager at cowilpm@uvic.ca.
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Student Story Feature - Avalon Shavers

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

I chose to peruse a career in Environmental Technology, because I’m passionate about ecosystem preservation, environmental remediation, restoration, and technological innovation. I also wanted a co-op work term that reflected those values and found that with Defence Construction Canada (DCC). As the Environmental Coordinator, my duties included reviewing and providing comments on environmental protection plans, environmental site inspections, assisting in the preparation of environmental specifications, and filing contract and project documents. I collaborated with another co-op student to update, implement, and present a Recycling Plan for all DCC offices in CFB Esquimalt. I have since executed the plan and delivered an interactive presentation to a large group of DCC employees. Additionally, I managed and proposed a business case for the use of electric bicycles for DCC staff which received positive feedback. After graduation, I accepted a full-time position with DCC as a Level 7 Environmental Coordinator.
Be sure to stop by the new ACE-WIL BC/Yukon LinkedIn page to catch the latest updates https://www.linkedin.com/company/ace-wil-bc-yukon.