2015 Undergraduate Student of the Year
Major: Honours Political Science with International Relations

Each year, the Arts Co-op Program recognizes an Arts Co-op undergraduate student for outstanding achievement in academics, workplace performance, contribution to co-operative education, and extra-curricular activities. This year’s winner, Audrey Tong, was recognized for her work term as a Research Assistant at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), her dedication to the Arts Co-op community through her work with the Arts Co-op Students’ Association (ACSA) as Co-President, and impressive academic achievements throughout the year.

Excellence in the Workplace

As a Research Assistant for the Specific Claims Branch of INAC, Audrey worked on an impressive 34 claims and 4 letters of offer, and researched historical models and claim summaries, amongst other projects. During her time at INAC, Audrey excelled both professionally and personally. Audrey’s supervisor noted that she became an integral part of the team, and he praised her organizational skills and her ability to remain calm and adaptable to ever-changing circumstances. Her supervisor also noted that she was able to navigate complex issues that arose during her work, making her one of the best students that the Specific Claims Branch has employed.

Along with her excellent work performance, Audrey has given back to the Arts Co-op community through her involvement with ACSA. As this year’s Co-President of ACSA, Audrey has developed her leadership and interpersonal skills. As a former Mentorship Co-Chair, Audrey coordinated and connected current students with senior students and alumni for the annual mentorship program.

“Co-operative education has exposed me to new ideas, different ways of working, and more importantly, a diverse world of experience and skill sets,” Audrey says, reflecting on her co-op experience. Audrey will graduate in May 2016, and is “planning to pursue a Master of Public Policy to further enhance [her] communication and policy skills, as well as the knowledge and tools to navigate policy changes.” Her work terms at INAC make it possible to bridge into the public sector in the future, and she looks forward to “a renewed commitment to lifelong learning.”