Student stories

Co-op students making a difference in the community

Evan Johnston-Robertson

Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria

For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria (BBBSV) has been supporting children and youth in Victoria and the surrounding areas, working to enhance their sense of belonging and self-worth through mentorship programs. A strong supporter of the University of Victoria (UVic)’s Co-operative Education program (co-op), BBBSV has been hiring students since 2014. 

The UVic Co-op Program allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world, gaining hands-on experience that prepares them for their future careers. Co-op students at BBBSV gain a range of experiences and actively contribute to event planning, marketing and communications and new project development. 

Executive Director Rhonda Brown welcomes the benefits of hiring co-op students. “We have appreciated the dedication and commitment of the students we have employed,” says Brown. “They strive for excellence and are eager to take on a project and see it through to completion.”

UVic social sciences co-op student Evan Johnston-Robertson has been a valued member of the BBBSV team. With a background in sociology and computer science, Johnston-Robertson is applying his studies to become an active agent of social change. “This experience has helped me make a positive impact on the well-being of vulnerable children and youth in the community,” says Johnston-Robertson.

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