I started working in co-operative education as a program assistant in May 2008 and other than 2 years away, I have been in co-op ever since. I’ve been a Co-op Coordinator for 5 months now in my current role at Wood Products Processing, Faculty of Forestry at UBC and I am loving it!
I really enjoy helping students. I wanted to have a career in which I could make a difference, help people and have fun. This job encompasses all those things! Teaching students valuable employment skills that they can use for the rest of their lives is incredibly rewarding.
The most valuable aspect of being an ACE member is being connected with the other members. We get to share stories, hear best practices and learn from one another. I am a big believer in practicing what you preach and since we teach our co-op students to continuously improve and learn, I strive to do the same for myself and my work.
The best piece of career advice comes from my parents and mostly from example. They have taught me to always work hard, believe in myself and to be respectful of all other people, regardless of who they are.
Something surprising about me – I have done television acting before. Among the few things I’ve done, I had a small role in Season 1, Episode 7 of the television show “Arrow”.