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Release Date: March 14, 2016

For the ninth year in a row, a Camosun College student has been named the ACE BC (Association of Co-operative Education for BC and the Yukon) College Co-op Education Student of the Year.

Camosun student Maria Tepina has won the BC College Co-op Education Student of the Year Award and the Yvonne Thompson-Page Award (Intern).

Camosun Human Resources Management Advanced Diploma student Maria Tepina is this year’s recipient of the prestigious award. It recognizes Maria’s outstanding achievements in her course work and her recent co-op education work term with GSB Enterprises Ltd.

The ACE BC Co-op Education College Student of the Year Award is assessed on the basis of GPA, community involvement, employer support and professional contribution to Co-op Education.

Maria Tepina is also this year’s recipient of Camosun’s Yvonne Thompson-Page Award (Intern). Maria recently completed her co-op work term at the GSB Enterprises Ltd. as a Hiring Manager for three McDonald Restaurants. Company owner Grant Reid reported Maria increased recruiting by 133 per cent and reduced employee turnover from 38 per cent to 19 per cent in just six months. “As a direct result of Maria’s initiative and thoughtful decision-making our sales have grown by 11 per cent as a result of having fully staffed restaurant,” says Reid.

Maria is an international student from Russia where she previously earned a PhD in Psychology. “After co-op education, I feel more confident as a professional. It is especially important for me as an international student because without Canadian experience it is a big challenge to find a job and build a career.” Maria has also managed to achieve a 95 per cent GPA in her studies, which is even more impressive when it has all been done in a second language.

Camosun student Chris Cocker received the BC Co-op Education Honourable Mention award.

Camosun Computer Systems Technology student Chris Cocker has been given this year’s ACE BC Co-op Education Honourable Mention award.

Chris completed the Professional Cook Training apprentice program at Camosun in 2005. After working in several positions in the hospitality industry he returned to school to fulfill his growing interest in technology. He has now completed two co-op work terms, his last with Reliable Controls. He is described as “detail-oriented, proactive, hard-working and extremely professional.” Chris has maintained a 100 per cent average while also providing for a young family.

Camosun Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting student Alli Rickson has been honoured with this year’s Camosun College Yvonne Thompson Page Co-op Student of the Year Award.

Alli completed three co-op work terms with Port Sidney Development, Hale Hughesman Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, and KPMG LLP. She is by her employer as “consistently delivering quality work, while always taking on more than what is asked of her.”

Alli has maintained a 98 per cent GPA in her studies, while continuing to volunteer at the Resthaven Lodge in Sidney, and work for a local company during the busy tax season. “These work terms allow me to make an informed decision about how I want to build my career upon graduation,” she says.

Camosun’s Co-op Education department invites everyone to celebrate National Co-op Week by joining in on special games, activities, awards ceremonies and cake, at both Lansdowne and Interurban campus, March 14 to 18.

For this week’s activities and details:
Co-operative Education & Student Employment


Sally Coates
Co-operative Education Marketing Officer
Camosun College

Last updated: April 16, 2019 12:40 pm

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