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Media Release
Release Date: March 13, 2017

For the tenth 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.

Electronics & Computer Engineering program student Gavin Poole is this year’s recipient of the prestigious award. It recognizes Gavin’s outstanding achievements in his course work and the tremendous and lasting impact he had on his recent co-op education work term with the Canadian Coast Guard. “It feels really good to win this award because school hasn't always been a strong point for me,” says Gavin. “I struggled with my first endeavours in post-secondary and it wasn't until coming to Camosun that I was really able to turn that around.” 

The ACE BC Co-op Education College Student of the Year Award is awarded to a BC or Yukon Co-op student who demonstrates an outstanding level of achievement in their Co-op placement experience, combined with a strong academic record, volunteer activities, and significant contributions to promoting Co-op Education in their school and in the community.

Gavin is also an Yvonne Thompson Page Award recipient for 2016. He recently completed his co-op work term with the Canadian Coast Guard as a Communications Technician. Gavin was given the task of trouble-shooting, fixing and modernizing electronics devices on the aging Coast Guard fleet. During his co-op he was chosen to travel to the Search and Rescue station in Gimli, Manitoba, a trip co-op students aren’t usually sent on but because of Gavin’s strong work ethic and experience an exception was made. His duties included aiding in the replacement of the navigation computer aboard the rescue boat, installing a new radio antenna on the base, and repairing the headset communication system on the Zodiac. Gavin also remained on the Dean’s Honour Roll throughout his entire time at Camosun, balancing his classroom learning with his volunteer “repair and share computer” contributions to the community.

“The Coast Guard Co-op position ended up being a perfect fit for me,” says Gavin. “It helped me realize what I wanted to do once I finish school and that's why I think it's so important for people to take advantage of the Co-op programs at their schools if possible.” 

Co-operative Education and Career Services offer services to all Camosun students and alumni, and to employers in the community.


Nancy Sly
Director, Applied Learning

Gavin Poole, ACE BC Co-op Student of the Year

Yvonne Thompson Page Award recipients

Chelsea Dunbar, Environmental Technology Diploma
Employed by Pacific Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada

Melanie Gold, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
Employed by BC Timber Sales, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Julia Macartney, Hospitality Management Diploma
Employed by Sea Cider

Gavin Poole, Electronics & Computing Engineering Technology Diploma
Employed by Electronics Department, Canadian Coast Guard

Robin Stone, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
Employed by Real Property Operations Unit Pacific, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Peter Van Buren, Environmental Technology Diploma
Employed by Institute of Ocean Sciences, Natural Resources Canada

Last updated: March 24, 2017 1:21 pm

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