Matthew Hicks is a second-year Arts and Psychology student at Camosun College, where he works to develop his social sciences skills in pursuit of becoming a Social Worker. Having left a successful career as an electrician due to a workplace injury, he has spent the last two years studying and participating in a cooperative experience with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. During this time, he found the opportunity to share his lived experiences and education with the Ministry and his fellow students. Through live presentations related to bias, informational interviews with the BEST program, and the development of a blog for BC Public Service, he was able to shine a light on the importance of the cooperative program, the benefits of a work term with the Ministry, and towards the importance of having a deeper understanding of our thought processes in working with clients facing barriers.

Congratulations Matthew!