Jaimy Simmonds co-op experience with Strategic Forest Management demonstrated that she is capable of stretching her knowledge in technical areas. As an Associate of Arts degree student majoring in Geography, she accepted the challenging position of Jr. GIS Technician despite having limited exposure to mapping, database management, and graphic design. The opportunity to apply her coursework and gain new technical skills helped Jaimy achieve “many personal development goals and learn more about geography and the workplace than can be taught in a classroom” she states. She also gives credit to Strategic Forest Management for providing her with a working environment that facilitated her learning and realize her strengths. Brad Sedola, GIS Coordinator with Strategic Forest Management highlighted Jaimy’s “eye for detail and ability to focus” as reasons why she proved to be a valuable asset to the GIS team. Gloria Darroch, Director of Camosun College’s Co-operative Education and Student Employment department highlighted Jaimy’s contributions and project management skills as well, “the amount of trust Jaimy has earned is evident in the increasing responsibility she (was) given.” This accomplishment is particularly rewarding for Jaimy as she initially relocated to Victoria in order to attend Camosun and assist her father who is coping with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, Jaimy attributes her “full and inspired life” to the challenges and realities of her family situation. Her caring, passionate personality is further evidenced by her fondness for the experience she gained through co-op working with Strategic Forest Management in Port McNeil, “[My] time here has extended beyond the reaches of the office and employment to include an understanding and breadth in my field that I could not have imagined.
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.