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President's Message

Happy September ACE-WIL members! September sure looks different than it has in years past, but it’s certainly as busy as it always has been! Just as you do on your (virtual) campuses, we have a lot going on with ACE-WIL this term.

To kick off the school year, we have again partnered with BC Campus to deliver a 1-hour virtual Town Hall on September 29th, from 12-1. More details and registration available at

Most of our projects funded under the provincial WIL initiative are well underway. Several of these are requesting assistance in either providing information through a survey, or requesting information from your other stakeholder groups, such as employers or community partners. Helping us to extend the reach of these surveys is imperative to the success of these projects, so please help us where you are able.

ACE-WIL is welcoming a new co-op student this term! Hannah Ahluwalia is a sociology student at University of Victoria. We are excited to bring Hannah on board, and you may be hearing from her in the coming months.

Best of luck as you kick off this unusual Fall semester, and as always, my sincere thanks for all of the work you do to support your students, community partners, and each other.

Warm regards,

Student Success Stories: Danelle Campbell

Danelle Campbell is a student at Camosun College, currently training as a Plumber. Before moving to Camosun, Danelle had a number of jobs but nothing really captured her passion. She told Camosun’s paper, the Nexus “I’ve come back to jobs but I’ve never worked for a year because I’d just feel bored and I’d get over it, then I’d look …

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Student Success Stories: Danelle Campbell

ACE-WIL COVID-19 Toolkit

ACE-WIL COVID-19 Toolkit offers employer and community partners tips for success
Remote work, safety protocols and virtual recruiting are now part of our post-COVID reality. That's why ACE-WIL has created a COVID-19 toolkit with tips and strategies for workplaces as they look to recruit, onboard and work with work-integrated learning (WIL) students.

The Toolkit contains six tipsheets for workplaces, covering: how to #GetWILPowered by engaging a WIL student, including funding options …

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ACE-WIL PD Committee Update

Welcome Caileigh!
Please join the ACE-WIL PD Committee to welcome Caileigh Wilson (SFU, Career Advisor – student and curriculum focused) to the committee! We will miss Darelle, who has stepped away from the PD Committee for a year to pursue other work responsibilities but we are excited to have her colleague join us.

The PD Committee met with Natalie Shearer in early August, to hear about some of the preliminary results of the ACE-WIL PD research project. In addition, the PD Committee is excited to share that plans are beginning to unfold as to how our PD Committee will collaborate with Natalie in 2020-21 to co-host ACE-WIL PD events!

Save the Date: Fall ACE-WIL PD
This Fall 2020, we are excited to invite Alden Habacon, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, Inclusion Excellence Strategy Solutions Inc., to facilitate a 3 part series of virtual workshops on the types of bias, how to disrupt bias, and how to apply that knowledge in the workplace (90 mins each). Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
  • Date: November 2020 TBD
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Guest Speaker: Alden Habacon – Unconscious Bias Training/Workshop
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Larry Iles

Meet Larry Iles

By Tara Bond & Mitch Clingo

For this issue’s Humans of Ace blog, we spoke to Larry Iles, Experiential Learning Coordinator with the Career and Experiential Learning Department of Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

Historian, Starbuck Addict, and Mildly Amusing. Larry Iles has been in Education for 25 years. He was the Chair of TRU’s Career and Experiential Learning Department from …

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Get ready for virtual recruiting this Fall

On July 14 and 15, 2020, Brainstorm Strategy Group hosted a virtual Campus Recruiting Forum, to give participants the opportunity to explore how to optimize virtual recruiting heading into Fall. Moving to virtual means that organizations need to be more thoughtful in their approach to students. Here's how WIL practitioners can help.

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