Co-op Student of the Year Awards
About this Award
Since 1994, CEWIL Canada, formerly known as CAFCE, has chosen a student each year to receive the Co-op Student of the Year Award (CSOTYA). This award recognizes a wide variety of achievements -- job performance, academic performance and responsibility, and particular contributions to their co-op employer, to Co-operative Education, and the community-at-large.The award is presented to a college and a university Co-operative Education student. The two winning students will be celebrated during National Co-operative Education Week. They receive a certificate and a $500 cash award from CAFCE to recognize their achievements. All nominated students will receive a letter and certificate of recognition for their national nomination.
In addition, the two winning students will receive the Emery-Dufault Award ($500) in recognition of the contributions of two of the founding fathers of Co-operative Education in Canada, Dr. Charles Leslie (Les) Emery and Professor George Joseph Dufault.
Congratulations to all students nominated for for Co-op Student of the Year (2017)!
Co-op Student of the Year Awards 2017
Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) announces the 2017 Co-op Students of the Year: Emily Pass, University of Waterloo and Robin Stone, Camosun College.
Rising to the top, from a field of 27 nominees, Emily and Robin embodied all the attributes of outstanding co-op students by making a significant impact in their co-op work term, achieving high academic performance, showing commitment to enhancing the profile of co-operative education at their post-secondary institutions, and making a difference in their communities.
Emily Pass, Faculty of Science, Astronomy and Physics
Work term: Centre for Planetary and Space Exploration, University of Western Ontario
Robin Stone is currently completing the fourth year of her Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting degree at Camosun College and completed her second co-op work term in the IM/IT Capital Investment Branch within the Ministry of Citizens’ Services for the BC Government.
During her work term, Robin played an integral role in the successful completion of two major projects the first of which revolved around the investment intake cycle and its use of a new online application system. Robin developed training materials and sessions for all ministries using the new application system, and led the generation of quantitative and qualitative analysis on each case submitted.
The second project involved a learning/training program Robin developed and proposed. This program, titled “The League of Digital Heroes”, connected leadership training and peer-support learning across the ministry and utilized a unique gamified platform. It is a program that provides leaders a practical way by which to apply any theoretical leadership concepts to a real-world setting.
Robin had a tremendously positive impact on the Ministry of Citizens’ Services during her work term and also on her community. She is an active member of Toastmasters where she holds various leadership roles and mentors other members in addition to leadership roles with Camosun’s student business competition group DECA and advocacy roles of the co-op program to her peers.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Victoria Marando from McMaster University and Shannon Nordal of Red River College College.
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Wall of Fame
- 2016: Brianna Guild (University of Guelph) and Kaye Mao (Sheridan College)
- 2015: Rachel McDonald (University of Waterloo) and Shauna-Kay Jones (Sheridan College)
- 2014: Andrew Andrade (University of Waterloo) and Rumman Ullah Khan (Fanshawe College)
- 2013: Alex Chen (University of British Columbia) and Kristen Leigh Metz (Sheridan College)
- 2012: Hangrui (Henry) Shi (University of Waterloo) and Mohammed Mahfuz Chowdhury (Sheridan College)
- 2011: Lisa Hodgins (Assiniboine Community College) and Laura Pittman (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
- 2010: Melissa Bailey (University of Manitoba) and Sven Hansen (Georgian College)
- 2009: Mona Jalili (Simon Fraser University) and Lori-Beth Pentsa (Conestoga College)
- 2008: Katelyn Mueller (Simon Fraser University) and Daryl Walker (College of the North Atlantic)
- 2007: Kate Gardiner (University of Waterloo) and Kevin Ginley (Camosun College)
- 2006: Kristin Harris (University of Waterloo) and Marisa Havens (Conestoga College)
- 2005: Jit Seng Chen (University of Waterloo) and Jaksa Panic (Conestoga College)
- 2004: Jan Verspoor (Simon Fraser University)
- 2003: Marc Slingerland (University of Lethbridge)
- 2002: Jane Nunnikhoven(Simon Fraser University)
- 2001: Jodi Powers (McMaster University)
- 2000: Russell Goodman(University of Lethbridge)
- 1999: Jennifer Motuz (University of Waterloo) (Update)
- 1998: Tammy Lee (University of Guelph)
- 1997: David Landry(McMaster University)
- 1996: Andrea Baldwin (Mount Saint Vincent University)
- 1995: Amy Lajoie (Wilfrid Laurier University)
- 1994: Stephen Kranabetter (University of Victoria)