Maria Tepina

ACE Co-op Student of the Year, College Category

Maria Tepina, an international Human Resources Management student at Camosun College, completed her summer Co-op work term with GSB Enterprises Ltd (a Franchise Company of McDonald's restaurants). In her role as Hiring Manager, “Maria has substantially outperformed both my subjective expectations and my objective criteria”, according to her supervisor Grant Reid (GSB Enterprises Ltd – Director). She did this by developing and applying communication, negotiation and leadership skills during staff recruitment, selection and retention processes. Prior to attending Camosun College, Maria graduated with a PhD in Personality Psychology from the South Federal University of Rostov-on-Don, Russia in 2008. This Co-op term gave Maria the opportunity to apply the theories learned at Camosun College in a real life setting while gaining valuable Canadian work experience as she feels “without Canadian experience it is a big challenge to find a job and build a career”.


Co-op Student of the Year Awards

The Co-op Student of the Year 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.