2013 Macville Foundation Continuing Award
Vancouver Island University
I am a 4th year B.Sc. student pursuing a major in computing science, with an arts minor in business. I am currently halfway through my third and final co-op placement, working at the Web Management Office in the Information Technology Department at VIU. After graduation in April 2017, I hope to gain employment as a web developer for a large academic or non-profit science-based organization. My career goal is to act in a managerial and/or facilitative role in an IT department.
Since I began my degree in 2012, I have maintained an overall GPA of 4.01 and received numerous awards in recognition of my academic achievements, including the VIU Tuition Bursary, Al Fowler Memorial Scholarship, Canadian Information Processing Society Award, Philip W. Mar Memorial Award, Municipal Information Systems Association of BC (MISA) Technology Award, and Macville Foundation Continuing Student Award.
Currently, I am serving my second term as Student Representative on the VIU Alumni Association Board of Directors, my second term on the VIU Board of Governors, and my first term as Director of Internal Relations at VIUSU.
I have learned much in the short time I have been in Web Management at VIU. The managers and my colleagues are very supportive and a pleasure to work with. I am very grateful for the opportunity to expand my knowledge and hone my skills in the field of web development. Furthermore, my experience in IT at VIU has helped inform my responsibilities in various political roles on campus. The co-op program has proven to be an integral part of my education, and I will finish my undergraduate degree with nearly three years of work experience that most students in my program will not have. Most importantly, the applied software skills for web development that I have learned in my co-op placements have enhanced the skills learned in my degree program; by analogy, each course in my degree program is like the tip of an iceberg, and my co-op placements have allowed me invaluable opportunities to explore that which lies beneath the surface of some of those bergs.