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Employers thanked at co-op appreciation night

APPRECIATION NIGHT: (L to R:) Imran Arshad, policy analyst, Awareness & Learning Unit (ALU), Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC); Brian Chung, co-op student; Jean Viel, manager, ALU, HRSDC; Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, v-p (academic) and dean; Yao Adam Liu, co-op student; Prof. Franco Vaccarino, principal; and Roger Francis, director, arts & science co-op. (Photos by Ken Jones.)

by Loredana Polidoro

“Thank you” was the phrase of the evening at a recent gathering of more than 100 people who came to U of T Scarborough for an employer appreciation night hosted by the arts and science co-op programs.

Held at Bluff’s Restaurant in the Student Centre, the night drew to the campus some 42 employers who hire co-op students. Held on June 6, it was the first event of its kind to recognize employer partners for their continued support of the programs.

The employers represented a number of industries that provide meaningful co-op opportunities for more than 650 students, organizers said. To view more photos of the event taken by Ken Jones, click here.

"We are celebrating the success of our programs and our students," said Roger Francis, director of arts and science co-op. “Through stewardship we have the opportunity to express our thanks to our employer partners for their significant contributions to the student experience through meaningful co-op and internship placements.”

Guests were hosted at a dinner reception attended by Prof. Franco Vaccarino, principal of U of T Scarborough, and Prof. Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz, vice principal (academic) and dean. The principal and dean presented awards to employer organizations that have had a longstanding association with the campus.

Presentations were made to IBM Canada Ltd., Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, International Readings at Harbourfront and Harbourfront Centre, Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), the Ministry of the Environment, Mural Routes, St. Michael’s Hospital and World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Officials said that these employers have provided exceptional patronage to the arts and science co-op programs at U of T Scarborough during the more than 25 years of their history.

Two Co-op Ambassador Awards were presented to recognize individuals for their advocacy of the co-op programs both on and off campus. Recipients were: Daniel O’Brien from the National Historic Sites Alliance of Ontario, and Prof. Clare Hasenkampf from the department of biological sciences at U of T Scarborough.

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