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EWO Co-op Students of the Year 2011
The EWO 2011 Co-op Student of the Year Committee is pleased to announce that Patricia Alderson, a Bachelor of Applied Technology – School of Construction Management and Trades co-op student at George Brown College, in Toronto, has been selected as the 2011 Co-op Student of the Year in the College category. Patricia was nominated for her outstanding work while employed as an Assistant Project Manager at Aecon Buildings, a Division of Aecon Construction Group Inc. There, Patricia brought her enthusiasm and goal driven attitude to the site where she immediately made a difference to the team by helping with a change order management project that required over 1000 changes during her work term.
In addition to this outstanding work at Aecon Patricia has been involved in many extra-curricular activities through the industry partners of George Brown College. These activities include participation in events with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, the Toronto Construction Association and volunteering time with the Habitat for Humanity. Patricia has also been awarded several scholarships including: the Eastern Construction Award and the General Contractors award. As demonstrated, Patricia Alderson is an excellent choice for EWO Co-op Student of the Year.
We are also pleased to announce that Valerie Aguiar, a Bachelor of Business Administration – Management Co-op student at the University of Toronto Scarborough has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Co-op Student of the Year Award in the University category. Valerie was nominated for her outstanding work while employed as a Customer Business Analyst at Nestlé Canada Inc. While on her 4 month work term, Valerie contributed immediately to the largest Customer Team of Loblaws where she was the dedicated Analyst to ensure all 100+ Field Sales Reps had the best information and tools available to them to drive sales. Through Valerie’s quick learning, she was able to support this team and others in tracking, in-depth analysis and overall achieving cost savings to the organization. Not only did Valerie exceed the expectations of her team, but also showcased her “can do” attitude and undeniable passion for her role, earning her a full time role with Nestlé upon graduation.
The scope of Valerie’s contributions is also evident through her leadership roles on and off campus as President of the Co-op Students’ Association, serving as an Advisor to the Mentors in Co-op program, competing in DECA U (where she earned 2nd place) and serving as a Content Development Coordinator for Impact Entrepreneurship Group. Valerie is an excellent choice for EWO Co-op Student of the Year.
Each of these students will receive a certificate and cheque for $500. Congratulations to the winners of these prestigious awards! Our Committee wishes to thank all of the nominees and their supporting employers and institutions for their participation.
The following are the candidates submitted by EWO institution members:
|University Nominees 2011|
|Valerie Aguiar||University of Toronto Scarborough||Bachelor of Business Administration - Management Co-op|
|Mei Chen||University of Waterloo||Accounting & Financial Management|
|Christina Lippa||University of Guelph||Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing Management Co-op|
|Prashanth Mohan||University of Toronto Scarborough||Bachelor of Business Administration - Management Co-op|
|Janet Nguyen||University of Waterloo||Bachelor of Science - Honours Co-operative Biology|
|Lauren Patrick||University of Guelph||Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Engineeing Co-op|
|College Nominees 2011|
|Patricia Alderson||George Brown College||Bachelor of Applied Technology - Construction Science and Management|
|Matthew Chominiec||Conestoga College||Electronics Engineering Technology - Telecommunications Systems Co-op|
|Jessica Prain||Conestoga College||Architecture - Project & Facility Management Co-op|
Your EWO 2011 Co-op Student of the Year Committee:
Kathleen McDowell (University of Toronto Scarborough) Kathleen Winningham (Centennial College), Daniela Ibarra (Ryerson University) & June Martin (Georgian College)