WatCACE launches co-op supervisor support tools
by Judene Pretti.
In 2012, co-op students employed by 12 different units on campus conducted a joint research project to explore what it means to be a model co-op employer. Last year, the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) continued to explore this area of research. A grant from Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF) helped enable us to study the factors affecting the quality of work experiences for co-op students.
Research involved a qualitative phase of interviews with co-op students from all six faculties, followed by a quantitative phase involving 1,937 co-op student participants. Research will be presented in Japan in August at the World Association of Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education (WACE) conference. Further details about our research can be found on our website
The WatCACE mandate goes beyond conducting research related to co-operative education, and ensures research is used to inform and enhance the practice of co-operative education. As a result of this project, WatCACE will be launching a set of support tools for supervisors and students in areas identified as contributing to a quality work experience. Employer resources can be accessed on our website. WatCACE will collect feedback from supervisors who use our resource tools, and provide updates to employers who request it.
WatCACE is grateful for the funding received by OHCRIF, and to all those in Co-operative Education & Career Action and across campus who have provided feedback and support for this research.
Peace Camp's Ripple Effect: small actions with big impact
Between August 10 and August 15, youth in the Waterloo Region will be discovering community through peace. The MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement’s fifth annual Peace Camp is a day camp run at Conrad Grebel University College. Youth aged 11 to 14 are experiencing a week packed with exciting activities, crafts, games, and field trips, all with a social justice spin that encourages youth to inspire lives, strengthen ties and make peace happen in Waterloo Region.
This summer’s theme of “Ripple Effect” will allow youth to participate in activities that will teach them how their actions, no matter how small, impact those around them. Together with the dynamic Peace Camp staff, youth will learn about various issues in their local and global communities by hearing from organizations across Waterloo Region, including Homelessness Everywhere Lacking Publicity and Food Not Waste. Campers will gain an understanding of social justice and peacebuilding, while having fun and making lasting friendships.
As a non-profit organization, Peace Camp receives a 5-year grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation and on-going sponsorship from Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Josslin Insurance, and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Fund. With KWCF’s support, Peace Camp 2015 is providing 17 campers with subsidized registration.
Peace Camp runs from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campers will be going on a field trip to one of the Patchwork Community Gardens in KW on August 12 and will visit Bring on the Sunshine’s African Culture Camp on August 13.
Human Resources is reporting that Myron Flett died on July 5. Myron started working at Waterloo in May of 1987. He was a co-ordinator in Co-operative Education and Career Services (now CECA) prior to retiring in December 1995. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary.
Human Resources is also reporting that retired professor Aubrey Diem died on July 16. A native of Detroit, Diem joined the University of Waterloo as an associate professor in 1962 when he and a number of other professors departed Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) to form the Faculty of Arts's Geography department, which later joined the Faculty of Environmental Studies (now Faculty of Environment) in 1969. Diem was named a full Professor in 1967. He specialized in the geography of Western Europe, the geography of the Alps, avalanches and environmental degradation. Published widely in academic journals, Diem also wrote a novel entitled First Rains of Autumn, a WW2-era thriller, and H is for Holocaust, a chronology and lexicon of the events leading up to the terrible events from 1933 and 1945 in Europe. Diem also wrote the first guidebook for the Bruce Trail, the popular hiking trail that follows the length of the Niagara Escarpment.
Diem retired in September 1996 under the Special Early Retirement Program (SERP). He moved to Zinal, a small village in the mountains of Canton Valais, Switzerland.