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University of Windsor

Reception demonstrates appreciation for co-op employers

Hiring students through the University's co-operative education program gives employers access to a good quality, flexible workforce, says Mary Seewald of the Gerald Duthie & Company accounting firm.

"Co-op students bring in a youthful enthusiasm; they are eager and ready to learn," Seewald said Thursday after accepting an award recognizing the company as a Co-op Employer Partner in Excellence.

It was one of a number of awards made at a breakfast reception Thursday to celebrate the University's co-op programs, and especially the contributions of participating employers.

The Gerald Duthie company has been involved for about 10 years, hiring at least one accounting student each semester. Seewald said she welcomes the influx of talent: "The University always provides us with a good slate of candidates."

It was a theme picked up by Matthew Devine of Hydro One Networks Inc., which also was named a Co-op Employer Partner in Excellence.

"We deal with schools around the country, but the reason we keep coming back to the University of Windsor is that it is a good fit for our program," he said. "The school is so customer-focused, and always tries to meet our needs."

Other awards given Thursday included:
  • the Students' Choice Outstanding Co-op Supervisor Award to Eckhard Specht of Schaeffler KG Schweinfurt and Caitlin Howlett of Research in Motion
  • the Co-op Rising Star Award to student Megan Harris, who served a co-op term with Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
  • the Co-op Faculty Partners in Excellence Award to Jennifer Johrendt of the Department of Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering
  • the Students' Choice Outstanding Volunteer Internship Program Supervisor Award to Shelley Whittaker of Roseland Public School and Michelle Suchiu of YMCA Windsor-Essex County
  • the Outstanding VIP Student Award to Jillian Faraci, who coordinated an Asthma Education Day for the Lung Association


Mary Seewald of Gerald Duthie & Company accepts a Co-op Employer Partners in Excellence Award from UWindsor president Alan Wildeman at a reception hosted by the Centre for Career Education last Thursday.