The Mount Co-op Employer of the Year Award was established in 2009 to recognize the important contributions of our co-op employer partners and mark the 30th anniversary of co-operative education at the Mount. In 2019, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, the awards were expanded to include two distinct categories: New Mount Co-op Employer of the Year and Longstanding Mount Co-op Employer of the Year. We are pleased to acknowledge co-op employers each year who have supported co-operative education at the Mount by demonstrating commitment to the program and providing excellent work term opportunities for students. These partnerships are critical for the success of our program.

The selection criteria included consideration of the work environment, leadership and mentorship, the supervisor’s demonstrated support of student learning, and the employer’s longstanding commitment to co-op.

We are please to announce the 2021 recipients of the Mount Co-op Employer of the Year Awards.

New Public Relations Co-op Employer of the Year 2021

Kathleen Yurchesyn, Former CEO and Melissa Vickers, Office and Events Coordinator
Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sydney, NS
Nominated by: Michaela Epifano, BPR Co-op Student

Longstanding Public Relations Co-op Employer of the Year 2021

Coady Slaunwhite, Acting Partnering and Engagement Officer
Parks Canada, Louisburg, NS
Nominated by: Alyson Oliver, BPR Co-op Student

New Business Co-op Employer of the Year 2021

Angela Rafuse, Executive Director
Sisters of Charity – Halifax, Halifax, NS
Nominated by: Bradley Watson, BBA Co-op Student

The selection committee was comprised of members of the Mount Co-op Office and a senior co-op student representative.

Mount Co-op Employer of the Year Awards (2022)

The Co-op Team is currently accepting nominations for the Mount Co-op Employer of the Year Award (2022). Complete the online nomination here.

The deadline to submit nominations to the Co-op Team for the Mount Co-op Employer of the Year Awards (2022): Monday, January 30, 2023.