Humans of ACE - Shawn Erickson


Meet Shawn Erickson. Shawn has been working in co-operative education for 16 years. After completing his BBA with Co-operative Education at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Shawn thought he wanted to go into accounting. However, having completed one of his co-op work terms at the UFV co-op office, when an opportunity came up several years later to work as a co-op instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), he took it.

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Humans of ACE - Marion Oke

Marion is one of the kindest ACE members with over 15 years as a Co-op Coordinator. If you have met her, be assured she will love to hear about you and you will love to hear all about her fascinating life- ask her about travels in Europe.   Her students love her, and her colleagues tell us she receives standing ovations at the end of the career management courses she teaches.

Today we had the pleasure of interviewing Marion Oke from Thompson Rivers University.

Educational background

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Announcing ACE'a 2016 Co-op Student of the Year Award Winners

The Association for Co-operative Education BC / Yukon is pleased to announce the recipients of the Co-op Student of the Year Awards for 2016. These awards recognize a BC or Yukon Co-op student who demonstrates an outstanding level of achievement in their co-operative education work placement experience; combined with a strong academic record, volunteer activities, and significant contributions to promoting co-operative education in their school and in the community.

University Category: Paul Kim (University of Victoria)

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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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