WIL Student of the Year Awards 2018

The voice of post-secondary co-operative education in Ontario

The EWO WIL Student of the Year Award recognizes one student attending a university and one student attending a college, who have showcased exceptional job accomplishment, extra-curricular involvement, academic achievement and a strong contribution to Work-Integrated Learning.

Students nominated:

Swikriti Sharma, Conestoga College
Cristina Pereira, Sheridan College

Stephanie Lasica, Brock University
Rebecca Andre, Carleton University
Stephanie Ellis, Carleton University
Tamara Vojinovic, University of Toronto

Our Committee is pleased to announce the winners for the College and University Awards for 2018:

College Winner: Christina Pereira, Sheridan College
“Life has taken me on many journeys, but nothing will break my determination and ambitions”. Cristina Pereira.  Growing up, home was not always the safe and supportive environment that it should be for a child.  Cristina went on to experience bullying at school, which led to anxiety, depression and at times, suicidal thoughts.  Early on, Cristina decided she wanted to dedicate her life to supporting the marginalized.  She designed and delivered an award-winning program to educate youth about the dangers of drugs. She raised funds for community projects, and engaged young women with addictions through soccer, empowering them to make meaningful lifestyle changes.  Following a workplace accident, Cristina needed to re-train due to a chronic injury and the Social Worker Diploma program at Sheridan was a natural choice.  She has quickly become nurturing support for classmates.  She motivates and supports them and helps them to excel.  At Sheridan, Cristina maintains an enviable academic record, has excelled on her professional practice, all the while juggling the responsibilities of motherhood.

University Winner: Stephanie lasica, Brock University
 Stephanie Lasica is a fourth year student in Brock University’s (Honours) Media and Communications Studies program with a Concentration in Digital Culture.  Upon graduating in June of 2019, she aspires to pursue a degree in Public Relations.  Within her capstone internship course this year, she has helped facilitate the annual Terry O’Malley Lecture and Grant Dobson Case Competition that are highly visible and well attended events on the campus.  This term, she will continue her work applying theory to practice as she plans and delivers the annual Connect Networking event hosted by This is My Niagara.  Aside from executing large events and all that goes with it, Stephanie uses the opportunity to hone her teamwork, critical thinking and presentation skills, knowing that her experience with the in-class and in-field aspects of her experiential courses have contributed to her personal narrative and personal brand, which ultimately will share her future career.

EWO 2018 WIL Student of the Year Award Committee:

Ashley Carnrite (Georgian College)
Alexis Trejgo (George Brown College)
Lauren Broderick (University of Waterloo)
Bettyna Bélizaire (University of Ottawa)
Tammy McDowell (Georgian College)
Trent Jarvis (Mohawk College)
Andrew Bassingthwaighte (Brock University)