UBC PhD History Student Awarded National Honours in Work-Integrated Learning

Henry John, UBC PhD candidate in history and Arts Co-op Student, has been named the 2021 University Work-Integrated Learning Student of the Year by CEWIL Canada (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada).

Henry specializes in the fields of environmental history and the global politics of anti-war movements, decolonization, and anti-colonialism. His co-op work term with the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives evolved into further shared projects between the museum and the Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation to make the museum a more inclusive space of the Indigenous history of the Lake Cowichan area in which the museum is situated.

Following his work-integrated learning experience with the Kaatza Station Museum, Henry has participated in drawing up a 5-year plan that involves a collaboration with the Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation to update and extend the museum displays, make the website more inclusive, and attract members of the Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation to become members of the Kaatza Historical Society Board.

About the CEWIL Canada Student of the Year Award

Each year CEWIL Canada recognizes outstanding co-op/work-integrated learning student achievement from both the college and university levels. The other forms of WIL awards were founded in 2018 to recognize outstanding achievement in the growing fields of work-integrated learning that occur beyond traditional co-operative education programs.