Volunteer Service Award

The Volunteer Service Award was instituted 1989 to recognize meritorious service to Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning by its members.

Volunteers have served to support the development of co-operative education and work-integrated learning in Canada, and the service our members provided to CEWIL Canada demonstrates their dedication and professional commitment to the advancement of co-operative education and work-integrated learning.

CEWIL Canada’s Board of Directors recognizes and appreciates the active members whose support, effort, and initiative have fostered the development of co-operative education and work-integrated learning across Canada and globally.  We also recognize the support that each college and university gives to members in order for them to pursue this service, and we extend our appreciation to the institutions for this consideration.


  1. Nominee and Nominator must be members of CEWIL Canada.
  2. In the case of CEWIL Canada Committee projects, the committee may grant awards jointly to team members.
  3. No member may nominate himself or herself.

Although the award is available each year, the Nomination and Awards Committee reserves the right to withhold bestowal of the award. 

Nominations are closed for 2019-2020.


2019, Anne Fannon, University of Waterloo


Anne has been an active and engaged CEWIL member for many years serving on the Professional Development (PD) Committee as member and chair, in a three-year term as our incoming-president-outgoing, and as chair and co-chair of the Government and External Relations (GER) committee. It was certainly in her term as president that the unprecedented interest and activity in the space of work-integrated learning emerged. Anne's incredible interpersonal and relationship building skills and her adept communication style allowed her to shepherd a critical expansion of our association's mandate to include other forms of WIL. Anne continued to call upon these skills as she single-handedly developed CEWIL's GER mandate into the important pillar of activity that it is today. 







Previous Recipients

  • 2017: Muriel Klemetski: Simon Fraser University
  • 2015: CAFCE Web & Stats Database Committee - Sandy Cowan, Gwen Litchfield, Christine Arsenault, Andrea Giles
  • 2014: Norah McCrae, University of Victoria 
  • 2013: Linda Hart
  • 2012: Jenny Reilly, University of British Columbia
  • 2009: Bruce Wilson, University of Guelph
  • 2008: Tony Botelho, Simon Fraser University
  • 2006: Jeela Jones, University of Ottawa
  • 2005: Michelle Benjamin, McMaster University
  • 2004: Paul MacDonald, Dalhousie University; Mausi Reinbold, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • 2003: Laurie Lahn, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 2002: Sonya Horsburgh, Mount Saint Vincent University; Stefan Kerry, Ryerson University
  • 2001 Members received "The Year of Volunteers" certificates in recognition for their volunteerism
  • 2000: Michael Blais, McMaster University; Toni Burton, Camosun College; Andrea Giles, University of Victoria; Joanne Thomas, University of Victoria
  • 1999: Sonya Horsburgh, Mount Saint Vincent University; Lori Baker-Leigh, Dalhousie University; John MacDonald, Dalhousie University
  • 1998: Heidi Janes, College of the North Atlantic; Peter Lapointe, SIAST; Karen McCargar, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 1997: Liz Grigg, Acadia University
  • 1996: Richard Pullin, University of Waterloo
  • 1995: Dexter MacRae, University of the Fraser Valley
  • 1994: Mark Foley, HRDC; Bill Stevenson, Treasury Board, Government Of Canada
  • 1993: John Gunn, Doane Raymond Pannell, CA; A. John Joyner, University of Guelph
  • 1992: George Clapham, Centennial College; Andrew Crichton, Memorial University; Pamela Racher, Mount Royal College
  • 1991: Nancy Chiang, University of Waterloo; John Fiset, Concordia University; Toni Lebold, University of Waterloo; Mac McMartin, University of Waterloo 
  • 1990: Tyrone Lester, Memorial University 


on Volunteering with CEWIL (formerly CAFCE)

Anne Fannon, University of Waterloo - Volunteering on the CEWIL board and acting as the association’s President has been the single most transformative professional development experience of my career.   I had the opportunity to build relationships with government representatives, industry leaders and WIL practitioners and experts from across the country.  Through these interactions, my understanding of work-integrated learning and its importance for all of our stakeholders has improved in immeasurable ways.  I would strongly recommend that any young professional who is looking to develop their network, gain valuable skills and contribute to the future of education in Canada consider volunteering with CEWIL.

Serge Gagnon, Kiewit / Ganotec - Why would an employer volunteer at CAFCE? On a personal level, it is a great opportunity to make new friends and have fun! The friends I have made while volunteering at CAFCE for the past 10 years are people I really enjoy spending time with.  It is a place where we share our different business practices & benefit from our diverse experiences. The Co-operative Educators are genuine people who care about their profession, their students and employers. On a professional level, it is a great place for networking with co-operative education professionals and gain a better understanding of their needs and those of the students they care for. Ultimately, it is great way for the employer to gain access to the best co-op students and eventually hire the best new graduates with great co-op work experience. We volunteer at CAFCE not only for our own personal interest, but also to help co-operative education continue its legacy to provide our Youth with the best related work experience and prepare them to successfully take on the challenges they will face in the workplace tomorrow.

Andrea Giles, University of Victoria - Volunteering for CAFCE committees  or other initiatives is an excellent way to learn more about Co-op Education in Canada as well as meet new colleagues across the country. In a country as large as Canada, it is national organizations like CAFCE that help to reduce distances and increase relationships by reminding us of our similarities rather than our differences. Through CAFCE, institutions and individual members can build partnerships on a national scale.

Karen McCargar, Wilfrid Laurier University - Volunteering with CAFCE has enabled me to connect with colleagues in many valuable ways. Along with exploring common issues, sharing best practices and comparing helpful statistical data, I have developed some great friendships!

Shani Pearson, Mount Saint Vincent University - Volunteering for CAFCE was rewarding both on a professional and personal level. I had the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain project and event management experience, and develop confidence while contributing to my professional association. In doing so, I made lifelong friendships and developed a national network of colleague. As a volunteer association, CAFCE members are the association and will is only as strong as its members.

Carmen Poulin, University of Ottawa - Volunteering to CAFCE has given me the opportunity to learn more about the profession of co-operative education and to better serve my own institution’s students and employers. For very little effort and time on my part I have not only made professional contacts throughout Canada but most importantly I have made life long friends with other volunteers and for this I am most grateful. The benefits of volunteering far outweigh the time commitment and I encourage all CAFCE members to put their name forward for a committee and to lend a helping hand!

Mausi Reinbold, Mount Saint Vincent University - As a volunteer member of CAFCE, I've grown both professionally and personally. I have received plenty of professional development and networking opportunities through my activities on the Accreditation Council as MSVU's representative, Co-chairing the CAFCE National 2004 Conference, Executive Member of CAFCE Atlantic, and as a CAFCE Board Member. I am able to apply these experiences, best practices and lessons learned to my career as a co-operative education practitioner.

Volunteering opens up an opportunity to network with experienced members from across Canada as well as providing an opportunity to develop new friendships and be a mentor to new members. I enjoy my work with CAFCE as it really is a win-win situation for all volunteer members involved. CAFCE is about volunteering and members get out of the association what they are willing to put into it. I look forward to many more years of working with CAFCE.

Joanne Thomas, University of Victoria - My main contribution to CAFCE has been through the CAFCE Accreditation Council – initially as a member and the as Chair for two years. I found this to be a very rewarding experience to connect with representatives from other Co-op institutions, to engage in stimulating discussions regarding Co-op standards, and to help move forward initiatives that promote the concept of Co-operative Education. Serving on Accreditation Review teams has helped me to link up with other Co-op practitioners across Canada and to understand better how other institutions administer their co-op programs, often tapping into the best practices of others. I would encourage everyone to serve as a reader on a review team – it is not onerous and there is much to be gained.

Kathy Verspagen, Mohawk College - Networking opportunities through the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education provided both personal and professional growth for me in my time as the Director of Co-operative Education and Graduate Employment at Mohawk College and also resulted in gains for the College’s staff and students. Co-operative Education is the best tool—for students to experience their chosen field within a monitored learning framework; for employers to make strategic investment in short-term and long-term staffing while directly impacting the curriculum and therefore skill set required within their environment; for academic institutions to facilitate real-life working scenarios contributing to the success of their students while ensuring their curriculum and programming meet the test in real-life situations. CAFCE provides professional development opportunities that highlight best practices and continually looks at ways to improve its services to members. Canadian academic institutions in particular but also employers are well advised to take advantage of the many contacts and opportunities available through CAFCE and its members.