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Co-op Affairs Commissioner Exit Blog Winter 2019

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Connor Plante
Co-op Affairs Commissioner
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:30

Guest blog by Co-op Affairs Commissioner Connor Plante.

As my time as the Feds Co-op Affairs Commissioner comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to look back at the year that was.

This role gave me a little bit of everything from challenges and opportunities to successes and failures to satisfaction and frustration, sometimes all at the same time! Needless to say, there was never a dull moment in the co-op world this past year, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish for students.

There were countless worthwhile causes I had the opportunity to work and advocate on this past year, and far too many to name them all, so I will just highlight a couple that particularly stand out:

  • Co-op Fee: Building off of the fantastic work done by my predecessor Hannah Beckett, we continued our work on the Co-op Fee Deep Dive Project. This lead to two exciting announcements of the Final Report of Phase 1 [external link] of the project being released and that there will be no increase to the co-op fee this upcoming year.
  • Co-op Student Experience Project: I’ve been a part of a Steering Committee with CE on this project, which looks at the student experience of going through co-op. A survey has been developed that is now sent to all students on both recruiting and work terms to create a continuous feedback mechanism for students to share their student experience with co-op. I’m super excited for the outcomes of this project and look forward to passing it on to my successor!

Of course, none of the work on these, or any of the other projects, happens on its own. I owe a big thank you to all the students I’ve had the pleasure of working with this past year. You were the ones that continuously kept me on my toes and gave me new ideas on what to advocate on based on the issues you were having.

I also want to thank those of you who volunteered your time to sit on Co-op Students’ Council (CSC) this past year as well as the Student Society VP Academics who do their own great work advocating for co-op students.

Finally, a big thank you to all the CE staff I partnered with, especially the Student Experience Team, for always being open to my ideas and for having to put up with my constant nagging for an entire year!

While my time as CAC is just about over, Feds’ work on co-op advocacy is certainly not. I’ll be handing off all ongoing projects to whomever is chosen to be my successor, and I know they, under the leadership of our awesome VP Education Matthew Gerrits, will do a terrific job continuing to advocate for students.

As for me, after a co-op term in Gatineau this spring, I’ll have two terms left of school to finish up my undergrad at UWaterloo. And in terms of my involvement with Feds, well you can’t get rid of me quite yet as I’m returning for a second year serving on our Board of Directors!

It’s been a pleasure, fellow Warriors! Have a great summer!