Julie has worked in the field of co-operative education since 1997 when she founded the first co-op education program in Arts at UBC in the English Department. Since then she has helped to create an Arts-wide program for students throughout all undergraduate programs, masters programs in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and recently to PhD students in the English and History Departments. She is currently managing a multi-year, Arts-wide project to explore ways to support faculty members, staff, and students to integrate career education throughout the undergraduate experience. During 2008/09 she completed a secondment with the UBC Go Global International Learning Programs Office, creating a Student Safety Abroad policy and resources for UBC, and a handbook for faculty members leading Group Study Programs Abroad.
Julie has served in a number of leadership roles in the co-op community, including President of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education and President of the BC Co-op Association. A graduate from UBC’s B.A. and M.A. programs in English, Julie taught in the English department from 1993-97 and co-edited Landmarks: A Process Reader for Canadian Writers. Recognitions include the UBC President’s Service Award for Staff Excellence and the Association for Co-operative Education in BC/Yukon award for outstanding contributions to the Association.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A, English (Honours) & Political Science (UBC)
Graduate Degree: M.A., English (UBC)
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Sheila has been working in the career education and employment services field for over 2 decades. Starting with youth in the Vancouver School Board, she moved on to recruitment services, employment coaching, and workshop delivery with Career Services (now the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers) at UBC, and has spent the last 16 years actively involved in the growth and development of UBC’s Arts Co-op Program.
An alumna of UBC’s Psychology Program, along with a M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology, Sheila understands the value of an Arts degree, and is passionate about helping students see how they can apply their Arts degree in the workforce. As the Associate Director, Sheila oversees the Undergraduate Arts Co-op program, including the strategic direction of the prospective co-op student recruitment process and
pre-employment training/advising services offered to students.
In 2008/09 Sheila served as Acting Director of the Arts Co-op Program. In 2009/2010, she took a personal leave to act as UBC’s Loaned Representative to the United Way of the Lower Mainland and to volunteer/travel in East Africa. Sheila is the recipient of the 2008 Dean of Arts Award for Staff Excellence. She has mentored many students through the UBC Arts Tri-Mentoring Program, recently joined as a mentor with the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education’s Mentorship Program, and liaises with the Arts Co-op Alumni Network executive committee.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Psychology (UBC)
Graduate Degree: M.Ed., Counselling Psychology (UBC)
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Coordinator, Graduate Programs
Anna has been working with graduate students since 2002 and has a wide-ranging background in program coordination, librarianship, communications, and administration; extensive experience working with and participating in international exchange programs; as well as several years of experience at UBC, working with various departments and programs in the Faculty of Arts since her own time as an undergraduate student at UBC.
She first worked with Arts Co-op in 2001 during a work term as a shared Communications Assistant with the Dean of Arts Office. Her other co-op positions were as a Technical Communicator for TELUS Enterprise Solutions and as an Academic Office Assistant with the YMCA International College. While completing her M.L.I.S. degree at UBC, Anna completed her practicum and professional experience with the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, worked as a Coordinator for VPL’s Summer Readalong Program, and as a work-study student, managing the Department of Linguistics’ Reading Room.
She has been in her role with the Arts Co-op Program since 2008 and works closely with students, faculty, alumni, and employers of the graduate programs in the Faculty of Arts that offer co-op to their students.
Anna is also actively involved in the Association of Cooperative Education (ACE) of BC and Yukon as part of ACE’s PD Committee. She is currently Co-Chair of the committee and sits on the ACE Board in this role.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., English & Linguistics (UBC)
Graduate Degree: M.L.I.S. (UBC)
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Coordinator, Information Management
Having graduated from the UBC Arts Co-op Program in May 2005, Merry has first-hand knowledge of the value of co-operative education. Through the Arts Co-op Program, Merry learned how to apply the skills she developed as an International Relations major in a variety of work environments. Merry completed her co-op work terms at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (as an Assistant Program Coordinator), Atira Women’s Resource Society (as a Human Resources Assistant), and TRIUMF (as a Technology Transfer Assistant). Merry hopes that through participation in the Arts Co-op Program, students, employers, and faculty members will realize that a Liberal Arts education prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., International Relations (UBC)
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Manager, Marketing & Industry Relations
Heather’s main role at the Arts Co-op office is to expand the program through active marketing, industry outreach, and brand awareness, with the goal of significantly increasing the number of job opportunities for Arts Co-op students.
In her previous experience, Heather’s marketing initiatives have brought international attention to British Columbia’s technology industry. In 2004, she launched BC’s first International Partnering Forum at the Vancouver International Digital Festival. Through personalized business matchmaking, Heather provided an avenue for local companies to pitch the likes of international producers and distributors such as Cartoon Network, BBC, Flickr, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Most recently, Heather led product launches and interactive and print marketing for Vision Critical, makers of the world’s most adopted online research platform.
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing (UBC)
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Coby has more than 12 years experience in career education and co-op combined with a Masters Degree in Leadership (Royal Roads University) that focused on student engagement in co-operative education. Coby relies on a positive, student-centered approach along with his background in education and teaching to coach students in all aspects of their career development.
Coby brings strengths in job search strategies, networking, interview techniques, and resume writing to the Arts Co-op team. In addition to his background in career education, Coby has experience in recruitment, HR, career transition consulting and business development. Coby also previously served as the Vice-President of the BC Association for Co-operative Education (ACE).
Undergraduate Degree: B.F.A., Theatre in Education (UVic)
Graduate Degree: M.A., Leadership (Royal Roads University)
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Manager, Job Development
David, a UBC B.A. International Relations and Arts Co-op graduate, started his journey with the Arts Co-op team as its Program Assistant. During the three years in this role, David had the opportunity to build on his undergraduate experience and passion for student affairs and experiential learning by managing all aspects of the co-op hiring process.
Since June 2015, David has helped the Program expand its opportunities by cultivating new partnerships with industry as the Manager, Job Development. He also continues to leverage his career and co-op advising expertise to help students successfully transition into young professionals. From his roots as an Arts Co-op student, David is dedicated to spreading the enriching value of co-operative education to students and employers alike.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., International Relations & Psychology (UBC)
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