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Release Date: March 19, 2015

Camosun Environmental Technology student Kyle Nelson was named the 2014 College Co-op Student of the Year this week, and BBA-Accounting student Jasmine Giesbrecht claimed the Honourable Mention. These prestigious awards, presented by the Association for Co-operative Education-BC/Yukon, recognize academic achievement, community involvement and letters of support from employers and educators.

Kyle received the top college co-op student award for his outstanding work as a Geomatics Technician with the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), a branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada based at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney. Despite having no previous experience in the challenging, technical field of hydrology, Kyle's positive attitude, his ability to learn quickly, and his high level of skill and motivation made an impression. "Kyle performed well above my expectations both as a co-op student and as an individual with his level of experience in our specialized type of work," says Bodo de Lange Boom, Engineering Project Supervisor at CHS.

Going back to school was a sea change for Kyle, whose decision to enrol at Camosun as a mature student resulted in innovative, rewarding work, and now this recognition through co-op education. Beyond his co-op success, Kyle is a dedicated volunteer and a top student. He gives back to the community through the Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness club, the CRD Ready, Set Solve program, and the Habitat Acquisition Trust, and all the while he has maintained an overall GPA of 8.76 out of 9 (97.3%), earning a place on the Dean's List.

"Kyle's extremely positive work term experiences led him to become an ambassador of co-op education," says Kathryn Le Gros, Director, Camosun Campus Community Services. "He led other students by example on how to make the most of their co-op experiences. We extend our wholehearted congratulations to Kyle on his accomplishments, and we look forward to his continued success."

Jasmine, who received honourable mention in the BC college co-op student awards, earned high praise during her work term with the Certified General Accounting firm Getz & Burden. Jasmine's positive attitude and high skill levels were noted as valuable assets by her supervisor Vern Burden.

In a final tribute to Kyle and Jasmine, both received the Camosun-based Yvonne Thompson Page award in recognition of their co-op education success.

ACE-BC/Yukon announced the award recipients during National Co-Op Week, which runs March 16 through 20.


Danella Parks
Interim Manager, Co-operative Education and Student Employment

Kyle Nelson
Kyle Nelson

Last updated: March 19, 2015 3:14 pm

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