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President's Message

Welcome to our last E-News addition before we take a communications break for summer. I hope you all have some time off planned for rest and relaxation before we head into what is sure to be an interesting and unique September.

We are happy to share the exciting news out of the Prime Minister’s office in June about expanded funding for hiring students through the SWPP initiative and Canada Summer Jobs program. The Canadian government has committed to funding 20,000 additional placements through the Student Work Placement Program, and an additional 10,000 placements through Canada Summer Jobs. You can read more here:

As you may have noticed, I have been sending requests to our members to fill out surveys related to our pan-institution projects funded under the BC Government Co-op and WIL Initiative. Thank you for taking the time to answer these surveys, to ensure that the projects we’ve undertaken can respond to the needs of your programs and institutions. As more projects ramp up, more surveys will also be coming out to gather information as projects get underway. Thank you for contributing to the body of knowledge that will underpin these future initiatives.

Are you interested in contributing to ACE-WIL? Check out our various committees and the work they do here ( If you would like to join a committee or have ideas for a future initiative, see contact information for our committee chairs is listed above with each committee description. And ACE-WIL board members can be found here ( Please feel free to reach out any time. We welcome your ideas and talent.

I will sign off by saying thank you, again, for rising to the challenges we face and continuing to support each other in the work that we do. I really am thankful to be a part of such a warm, welcoming, and collaborative team. Have a lovely and safe summer!

Thank you,

Collage of images with exterior office of RebalanceMD, CEO Stefan Fletcher and WIL student Ronak Sheiki.
2019 ACE-WIL Industry Partner of the Year

ACE-WIL BC/Yukon is pleased to announce RebalanceMD as the 2019 Industry Partner of the Year for their ongoing commitment to providing highly sought after, valuable and unique learning opportunities for students since 2013. RebalanceMD has hired co-operative education and work integrated learning students .... Read more
Student Success Stories: Emily Spargo

Emily Spargo is a Psychology student at the University of Victoria. In 2019 she was nominated for UVic’s Co-op student of the year for her eight-month work term in the Education and Research department of Victoria Hospice. Describing her responsibilities at Victoria Hospice, Emily told ACE-WIL;
“My role was quite diverse ....
Read more
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#WILFROMHOME - Mary Ziel Boncajes

The #WILFromHome series shows how students and their supervisors are overcoming the challenges presented by working from home.

One of the WIL students working from home is Mary Ziel Boncajes. Mary is currently an Information and Operations Assistant at the University of Victoria. Mary works via the UVic Co-op and Career portal extracting and manipulating data to produce reporting statistics for the University’s various Co-op programs .... Read more
Two Surveys to Support Professional Development

SFU is leading a project to develop resources to enhance the availability of
professional development (PD) opportunities. More project details here

You can help this project by completing two online surveys –
10 minute survey on PD Interests
15 minute survey on WIL learning and teaching

Multiple responses per institution are encouraged.

Any questions about these projects or your participation can be directed to Natalie Shearer.
BC Chamber Covid-19 Business Impacts Survey

The BC Chamber of Commerce (and its 120-member chamber network) in partnership with Small Business BC, The BC Economic Development Association, and Community Futures BC, launched a survey on March 13 to understand specific impacts BC businesses are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and hear their proposed solutions.
Read about the results
The ACE-WIL Membership Committee is looking for volunteers to
join our team!

What are some initiatives?
  • Send welcome messages to new members
  • Create/lead an activity during professional development sessions
  • Develop membership building programs
  • Connect new and veteran members in order to build best practices
  • Interview current members in a blog post that gets sent to members as part of the ACE-WIL newsletter
What is the commitment?
  • Convene on an as needed basis by teleconference, normally once a month
  • Participate in professional development sessions
If you would like to learn more, contact Greig Baird at
Ideas Flow During Town Hall on Pivoting WIL Curriculum Online
by Carmen Wright

On Tuesday, June 18, about 60 WIL practitioners got together for a collaborative session to discuss pivoting their WIL curriculum online during an ACE-WIL BC/Yukon townhall. The townhall was hosted by Helena Prins, BCcampus, and facilitated by Jennie Nilsson, ACE-WIL President.

Since the theme of the day was sharing ideas, challenges, questions and inspiration, most of the townhall was spent in two breakout room sessions with about five or six people taking part in each room. The session also used the annotations feature in Zoom to record hoped-for and actual takeaways.

Most were looking for new ideas and creative approaches to learning, engagement, planning and best practices.

Check the full blog post summary to read about the highlights and takeaways from the session.

ACE-WIL BC/Yukon is pleased to introduce new board members for 2020/2021
Stephanie Greaves has over 25 years' experience in the educational sector. Having worked in both private and public institutions, her roles have encompassed marketing, recruitment, student affairs, advising, and teaching - both locally and internationally. During her 15 years at SFU, she has worked for over 10 years in co-operative education, having been a Co-op Coordinator in the School of Communication, Beedie School of Business, and most recently School of Interactive Arts and Technology.
New Board Member:
Stephanie Greaves
Stephanie Greaves
New Board Member: Jamie Snow
Jamie Snow
Jamie Snow is the Associate Director, Community Relations for the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan with over a decade of experience in Co-op, WIL, and Community Engagement. Jamie specializes in building community and throughout her time at UBC’s Okanagan campus, her scope has broadened while her focus on providing meaningful experiences that enhance the academic mission, preparing students for the next challenge, and creating connections and partnerships within our communities remained the same. As a dedicated, long-standing member of ACE-WIL, Jamie understands the impact of the work ACE-WIL has on the work integrated learning eco-system within the province, the country and internationally.
Erin Pedro is a Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Coordinator at Okanagan College. Although she is new to the College and work integrated learning, she always has had a passion for helping students succeed and reach their full potential. Previous to starting at the College in March 2020, she was a Digital Financial Advisor at the RBC on Campus for students at both UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. In this role, she regularly helped students with their resumes, cover letters and mock interviews. Erin always knew she had a passion for helping students, but this role helped her discover the importance of work integrated learning and led her to where she is today.
New Board Member: Erin Pedro
Erin Pedro
New Co-Chair Sara Gibson
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New Communications
Committee Co-Chair

Sarah Gibson has worked in BC Post-Secondary since 2005 and is a Co-op Coordinator at Thompson Rivers University. She has a professional background in Communications and Marketing working in public, private, and not for profit sectors.
Be sure to stop by the new ACE-WIL BC/Yukon LinkedIn page to catch the latest updates