In this issue:
  1. President's message
  2. Important Reminder: Early Bird Pricing for the ACE-WIL BC 2024 Conference is only available until December 31, 2023
  3. Learning & Development opportunity coming in January 2024!
  4. Invitation to next WIL Community of Practice Feb 20, 2024 12:00 PM

President's Message

December 2023:

It’s so hard to believe that the holiday season is just around the corner! This fall has been an incredibly productive one for us. I want to thank all of our hard-working volunteers that continuously give their time and talent so generously to the Board and the Committees that they serve on.
Our association can be proud of the supportive and collaborative community that its collectively created and I look forward to the prospect of meeting many of you in person at our up-coming conference this May 2024!

I wish you all a wonderful and restful holiday season.

Stephanie Greaves, President, ACE-WIL

ACE-WIL Conference Early Bird Pricing

Act Now for Exclusive Savings! Early Bird Deadline for WILful Together Conference

Don't miss out on the chance to join the transformative WILful Together Conference at Anvil Centre in New West, BC! Mark your calendars and take advantage of exclusive savings with our early bird registration, available until December 31st for ACE-WIL BC members.
Engage in an event that fosters collaboration, creates synergy, and reinvigorates your Work-Integrated Learning practice. Seize this opportunity to be part of a dynamic experience!

Plan ahead and secure your spot today to ensure you don't miss the deadline. Explore registration rates and reserve your place for an enriching conference experience.

Check out our website for Early Bird Rates: ACE-WIL BC Conference 2024 Registration

Learning & Development opportunity

coming in January 2024!

The ACE-WIL Professional Development (PD) Committee is pleased to announce a learning and development opportunity coming your way in January 2024!

Subject: Sneak Peek into 2024: Professional Development Blog Series!

We have some exciting news from the Thompson Rivers University Career and Experiential Learning Department!

Get ready for an immersive dive into professional development with our upcoming blog series in 2024. We're excited to share our Open Education Textbook titled "From University to Career – Creating a Successful Transition," designed to guide students seamlessly from post-secondary into the professional world.

Blog PD Highlights
  • Integrating an open education textbook into your curriculum
  • Free for all students
  • Adaptable by other post-secondary institutions
  • Hear from 12 authors about their chapters
Discover how these authors have woven this textbook into a co-op prep course, sharing their strategies and success stories. Stay tuned for the inaugural blog post in January 2024.

Invitation to Next WIL Community of Practice

You are invited to join the next WIL-CoP to be held on Feb 20, 2024 12:00 PM
The meeting will be hosted online bi-monthly.

Please register in advance using this link:
What is this WIL-CoP?
WIL stands for Work Integrated Learning (which currently includes 9 types based on CEWIL Canada’s definition, including co-operative education, internships, apprenticeships, and more, and CoP stands for Community of Practice. In essence this is a regular (bi-monthly) meetup where people in the WIL ecosystem come to share their experiences with WIL. Each meeting will have a designated “speaker” who will share some elements of their work.

Who is this for?
Any professional who is working, practicing, researching and/or is engaged with Work Integrated Learning in higher-education in BC. ACEWIL membership is not required to attend this CoP meeting.

What’s in it for me?
Learn from others about the diversity of WIL programs in BC’s higher education sector, build connections and be part of a community of passionate WIL educators and practitioners.

This upcoming meeting:
As part of the WIL-CoP, Larissa Petrillo will share her work at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, exploring the role of learning outcomes in Work-Integrated Learning. Join us to see what it means to have set ‘outcomes’ rather than expected ‘hours’ and discover the guidebooks at KPU’s new Work-Integrated Learning website:

Larissa Petrillo (B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D) is Lead Advisor, Work-Integrated Learning, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. At KPU for more than a decade, Larissa has worked closely with organizations in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. She has been involved in experiential learning since 2007, with her direct work at UBC’s Learning Exchange and later at KPU. Partnering with municipal governments, local First Nations communities, and non-profit organizations, Larissa Petrillo has developed expertise through her teaching and, later, through her leadership roles. Larissa has chaired KPU’s Working Group for the Carnegie Community Engagement Canadian Pilot and been closely involved in the university-wide response to the call for greater community engagement, beginning in 2019 with KPU’s inclusion in the Carnegie Canadian Pilot.

How do I join?
WIL CoP are hosted via zoom. Simply register using the zoom registration link below.
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