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Explore the work of ACE-WIL BC/Yukon. Here you will find inspirational stories from students, profiles of all our award winners, news, events, resources and wisdom from the wonderful humans that contribute to the vision of ACE-WIL.

Professional Development
Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning: Interviews
Reflecting on Chapter 8: Interviews “From University to Career: Creating a Successful Transition, TRU”

This post comes to you from Sarah Ladd, currently a Coordinator in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and Graduate Programs, TRU.  

When I was in my 20’s and trying to break out of…

Professional Development
Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning: Volunteering and Experiential Learning
Reflecting on Chapter 4 “From University to Career: Creating a Successful Transition, TRU”

This post comes to you from Dr. Brad Harasymchuk, currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Education, and formerly Learning Strategist and Experiential Learning Coordinator, TRU.  

I have always been passionate about volunteering and…

Professional Development
Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning: Application Documents and Open Educational Resources
Reflecting on Chapter 5 “From University to Career: Creating a Successful Transition, TRU”

This post comes to you from Noah Arney, Certified Career Development professional and Policy Specialist in the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic, TRU.  His research focuses on work-integrated learning, skills development, and educational policy.

Announcements, Professional Development
Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning: Integrating "From University to Career" into Your Curriculum
A Milestone in Co-operative Education at Thompson Rivers University 

Jamie Noakes is the editor of “University to Career: Creating a Successful Transition” and is actively planning our next writing retreat to ensure we have a new version released June 2024.

 I…

Announcements, Award Winners
Longtime WIL supporters Brian Train and Robert Douglas win prestigious WACE Award

Congratulations are in order! The World Association for Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education (WACE) has presented the 2023 Employer/Partner Contribution Award to Robert Douglas and Brian Train, both with the BC Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. The award is in recognition of and appreciation for their outstanding contributions to work-integrated…

Award Winners
2022 ACE-WIL Industry Partner of the Year, HONOURABLE MENTION

Clayton Cross, COAST Performance Rehabilitation, Honourable Mention

COAST Performance Rehabilitation (COAST) is also been recognized for their outstanding commitment and support of Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning. Nominated by Capilano University’s Work Integrated Learning and the School of Human Kinetics, COAST has been part of their Work-Integrated Learning opportunities…

Humans of ACE-WIL
Meet Chelsey Evans

Written by: Chelsey Evans

In our work, we have the privilege of regularly talking to students about their career journeys. However, it’s less often that we get to reflect on our own career journeys, so when I was invited to be part of the Humans of ACE project, I gladly…

Award Winners
2022 ACE-WIL Industry Partner of the Year

The Awards Committee is very pleased to announce the recipient for the 2022 Industry Partner of the Year Award.  A number of strong recommendations were submitted but after narrowing down the choices the committee selected Bonnie Burnside and the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

Thank…

Award Winners, Success Stories
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…

Award Winners, Success Stories
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…

Award Winners, Success Stories
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…

Award Winners, Success Stories
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…