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2022 ACE-WIL STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS | HONOURABLE MENTION | CO-OP UNIVERSITY: Mary Thomson

Mary is a Capilano University student in her third year in the Tourism Management Program. She spent her summer co-op on the Sunshine Coast working at the Gibsons Public Market; a not-for-profit establishment with local food merchants, a bistro, collect -hold-release aquarium and offering community programs and events.

As the…

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2022 ACE-WIL STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS | HONOURABLE MENTION | CO-OP COLLEGE: Paterson How

Paterson How is currently in his final term of his Associate of Computer Science degree at Langara College, after completing an 8-month Co-op with the software company, Workday. The position as a Quality Assurance engineer cemented his love for technology and he was very pleased to get the opportunity to…

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2022 ACE-WIL STUDENT OF THE YEAR | CO-OP UNIVERSITY: Bethanea Chou

As a second-generation immigrant who persevered through financial adversity, Bethanea strives to make the world more equitable and emotionally intelligent through education. Bethanea exceeded expectations for a first-term Co-op student by co-creating a 1-year leadership training program for all 1,000+ Yukon Government employees in her department. By creating 20+ hours…

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2022 ACE-WIL STUDENT OF THE YEAR | WIL UNIVERSITY: Mishal Arif

Mishal Arif is a Royal Roads master’s candidate and a dedicated research technologist at the Centre for Innovation and Research into Unmanned Systems (CIRUS) at SAIT. She specializes in developing innovative solutions using remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) for a wide range of industry applications.

Mishal recognized a disaster risk…

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2022 ACE-WIL STUDENT OF THE YEAR | CO-OP COLLEGE: Molly Mifsud

During Molly‚Äôs time at Tall Tree, she had the chance to work on projects that helped the organization thrive. She made administrative changes that improved the efficiency of their care, such as revising their intake process to handle a larger volume of inquiries. The revision of these systems allowed the…

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2022 ACE-WIL Student of the Year | WIL College: Jacqueline Sperber

Jacqueline Sperber, a Post-Degree-Diploma Business Administration in Marketing student, did not only stand out in her co-op achievements through cross-functional teamwork and a solid understanding of the field she was working in, but she also was able to apply tools and strategies learned in her program to succeed in every…

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2021 ACE-WIL Student of the Year Awards | Honourable Mention | WIL University: Danielle Lowe

Danielle is in her final year of the UVic BCom program where she is specializing in entrepreneurship and service management. She is inspired by innovative companies that prioritize consumer wellbeing and the environment. Danielle is dedicated, curious, and ambitious.

Combining her love for dogs, sustainability, and business development during her…

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2021 ACE-WIL Student of the Year Awards | Honourable Mention | Co-op College: Mikayla Haynes

Mikayla is a recent graduate of Langara College, receiving her Bachelors of Business Administration (Co-operative Education) with distinction. During her time at Langara, Mikayla completed four co-op terms, two back-to-back terms at the Government of Canada as a Student Procurement Officer, a term at Accenture as a Consulting Summer Analyst,…

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2021 ACE-WIL Student of the Year Awards | Honourable Mention | Co-op University: Han Ocean

Ocean joined the Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op Program with an 8.96/9.00 GPA cumulative average. Ocean chose to major in biochemistry with a minor in physics to nurture his interdisciplinary interests in biology, chemistry, math, and physics. Through the co-op program, Ocean has had multiple research experiences, most recently, in a…

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2021 ACE-WIL Student of the Year | Co-op University: Carly Pistawka

Carly Pistawka, 22, is a fourth year undergraduate student in the joint UBC-BCIT honours in Biotechnology program. As a physically disabled student with chronic pain, Carly is passionate about pain research and clinical treatment approaches. Through research on her own condition, Carly found Dr. Caroline MacCallum, a physician specializing…

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2021 ACE-WIL Student of the Year | WIL University: Gurleen Cheema

Gurleen Cheema is a student at the University of British Columbia and a current Research Assistant for the Punjabi in BC Project at UBC. She joined this project as a means of connecting with her own community and understanding the importance of oral histories as a community-based research methodology.…

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2021 ACE-WIL Student of the Year | Co-op College: Matthew Hicks

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…