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Explore the work of ACE-WIL and Co-operative Education in BC / Yukon through our blog. Here you will find inspirational stories from students, profiles of all our award winners, and wisdom from the wonderful humans that contribute to the vision of ACE-WIL.

Success Stories
#WILFromHome | Lauren Frost

Due to COVID-19, WIL students across the province have had to make the transition to working from home. It’s a difficult time for WIL students, many of whom are not able to work from home, are unsure about if they should return home not, or suddenly find themselves…

Success Stories
Student Success Stories: Kira Hewitt

Kira Hewitt is a graduate from the University of Victoria (UVic) with a degree in economics who is currently working as an Associate at Scotia Wealth Management’s Private Investment Counsel in Vancouver. Kira completed three Co-ops while at UVic. The first of these was as a member of…

Success Stories
Student Success Stories: Danelle Campbell

Danelle Campbell is a student at Camosun College, currently training as a Plumber. Before moving to Camosun, Danelle had a number of jobs but nothing really captured her passion. She told Camosun’s paper, the Nexus “I’ve come back to jobs but I’ve never worked for a year…

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Student Success Stories: Emily Spargo

Emily Spargo is a Psychology student at the University of Victoria. In 2019 she was nominated for UVic’s Co-op student of the year for her eight-month work term in the Education and Research department of Victoria Hospice. Describing her responsibilities at Victoria Hospice…

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Student Success Stories: Lily Chi

Lily Chi is a Vancouver Island University student currently enrolled in the Culinary Management Program. She is about to embark on a Co-op at Quail’s Estate Winery, one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed Restaurants. This will be her second Co-op, having previously worked for the Fairmont Banff Springs…

Award Winners , Success Stories
ACE-WIL Student of the Year Awards | Honourable Mention | Co-op University: Lena Price

Lena Price is an active, socially engaged student in her third year studying Political Science, Public Administration, and Human Dimensions of Climate Change at the University of Victoria. Her study in these three disciplines has given Lena a strong understanding of the connections between theory, policy, and practice, informing…

Award Winners , Success Stories
ACE-WIL Student of the Year Awards | Honourable Mention | WIL University: Avigail Marie Olarte

Avigail is a Filipino storyteller, mentor, and community connector. She is currently at Royal Roads University. Having practiced journalism in the Philippines and Southeast Asia for 18 years, she believes in the power of the written word and how it effects change. Prior to coming to Canada, she specialized…

Award Winners , Success Stories
ACE-WIL Student of the Year | Co-op College: Salvatore De Simone

Salvatore De Simone is an R&D engineer at Powell Canada, where he develops software and designs electronic devices that monitor ambient variables such as dust, temperature and humidity in industrial switchgear. Salvatore is a Langara student, who will be attending his graduation ceremony from the Computer Studies (co-op option)…

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ACE-WIL Student of the Year | Co-op University: Bashara Hussain

Bashara is a fourth-year Arts student majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She started her co-op journey with one term as a Talent Management Data Technician with the BC Public Service Agency, followed by two terms as an Economic Development Analyst…

Award Winners , Success Stories
ACE-WIL Student of the Year | WIL University: Michelle Zapiola

Michelle Zapiola is studying Economics and International Relations as an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia. Her time at UBC has been immensely enriched by her work-integrated learning placements as they facilitated her explorations into multiple career paths. Her placements have included working for the Canadian federal…