Humans of ACE - Gerry Born

If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Gerry Born, then you’ll know just how loyal, witty and caring he can be. The perk of being a part of the ACE Membership Committee is getting to know its members. We had the pleasure of interviewing Gerry Born from the Okanagan College. Certified as an Applied Science Technologist and working within Co-op for 20 years, check out the raw, unfiltered interview with Gerry Born.

1. How long have you been working in co-operative education?

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Humans of ACE - Hannah Yao

Hannah Yao has worked in a variety of student services roles on both the west and east coast of Canada and is dedicated to seeing students succeed in both academic and professional realms.

1. What are 3 words your coworkers would use to describe you?
a. Enthusiastic learner
b. Curious listener
c. Joyful (sorry, that’s 5 words!)

2. What do you enjoy the most about your job?

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New Series: Celebrating ACE 25 Years

To kick off our ACE 25 year celebration, we have a new series dedicated to celebrating the historic changes ACE has gone through since it's establishment. We interviewed past ACE presidents to ask them what were the highlights in their time as president.

We begin with Nicholas Petryszak, ACE's President from 1994 -1995.

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Co-op Wisdom Series: Paulette Johnston

In this series, ACE bloggers will be interviewing various practitioners who have served the Co-op profession for many years and asking them to share their wisdom!

Over her career, Paulette Johnston has served as Program Manager for Arts Co-op, and Coordinator for Communication and Business Co-op at SFU. She retired in 2017 after almost 30 years working with Co-op students and employers.

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Humans of ACE - Anna Jubilo

Humans of ACE – Anna Jubilo - Arts Co-op Coordinator
UBC Arts Co-op 


Meet Anna Jubilo. Anna was part of the first Arts Co-op undergraduate cohort at UBC in 1999. Along with her BA in English Language, she also completed her Master’s in Library and Information Studies at UBC. The best career advice Anna has ever received is, “Be continually open and excited about learning. This will open up opportunities that you haven’t even thought of.”  

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ACE Nov 2016 PD Recap

On November 16, 65 Co-op educators from across BC, came together on a rainy day in Vancouver for yet another engaging day full of learning, sharing, and networking. I have been a member of the ACE PD Committee since 2009 and always look forward to our annual PD events. It fact, it often feels like a reunion with old friends and I always walk away inspired with new ideas of how to improve my practice.

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Humans of ACE - Brad Erikson

Humans of ACE – Brad Erikson - Co-op And Career Coordinator
UVIC, MBA and MGA (Master of Global Business) programs

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What about Student Engagement in the Co-op Process?

One of the most frequent topics of discussion over the years that I have had with my co-op colleagues is student engagement. For myself I have often thought about this, as well as receiving many opinions and suggestions from others as how to define it as well as possible resolutions to the issue. The following is a brief overview of what I know and the questions that I still have about it all.

Why and Why Not?

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Tenacity in the tech sector: How students from humanities, history, health and more can leverage skills and land jobs

Job development: in today’s rapidly growing technology sector, it’s more important than ever. Between the co-op technology grant from BCIC and the twelve million dollars in federal funding dedicated to increasing co-op opportunities in STEM fields, we have our work cut out for us. But what if our students aren’t in STEM programs? How can they position themselves to compete in this evolving and expanding field?

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Co-op Wisdom Series: Judith Hall

In this series, ACE bloggers will be interviewing various practitioners who have served the Co-op profession for many years and asking them to share their wisdom!

Judith Hall was a Co-operative Education Coordinator at the BC Institute of Technology for 20 years. She is now thoroughly enjoying life in retirement!


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