My Ode to You

First Nations Studies

An ode to the fallen and the stolen. 

By: Maddi G 3410 reads | 0 comments

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirited: What You Should Know

Indigenous Issues

The Q&A you never knew you needed… but you do. Answering commonly asked questions around the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  Here is one perspective using Indigenous pedagogy. 

By: Maddi Grier 7408 reads | 0 comments

Discovering a new campus

Health and Counselling Services

Puppy Therapy, Laughter Yoga, and Knitting Clubs - need I say more? After eight months of working as the Marketing and Communications Assistant with SFU Health and Counselling, I’ve been able to help plan and promote all these great programs on campus. 

By: Megan Lo 5185 reads | 0 comments

A Career Path to City Hall: Conversations with my Co-op Colleague


Touring city hall with Darryl McCarron, it was clear just how passionate he is about his work with the City of Surrey. Despite his prominent role in communications now, however, his career path began quite differently.

By: Alexis Tyller 11990 reads | 0 comments

Learning the Ropes at the BCTIA


There are some things I have known for a long time, such as what toppings I like on my pizza and which Backstreet Boy will always be my favourite. With that being said, I am still continuously learning new things through the different experiences I take on. 

By: Layla Clarkson 11852 reads | 0 comments
Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
Organization Information
Goh Ballet Academy
Organization Profile: 
Established in 1978, the Goh Ballet Academy is an internationally renowned institute, recognized for its high caliber ballet training and performances, providing students with advanced knowledge to prepare them for a flourishing career in the field of dance. The Goh Ballet was founded by Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh and is now under the direction of Chan Hon Goh, former Prima Ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada. The academy introduces new interpretations of classic full–length productions, nurtures and cultivates award–winning aspiring dancers and commissions new works by some of the world’s most renowned and sought–after choreographers. The Goh Ballet Academy has received international acclaim as one of Canada’s preeminent ballet schools, giving rise to young talent, with its graduates filling the ranks of world–renowned ballet companies. This recognition has enabled the Goh Ballet to offer invaluable opportunities for students to perform internationally, work with professional dancers, and represent Canada around the globe as an ambassador for Canadian dance and arts culture. An acclaimed and dedicated faculty well versed in the Vaganova and Royal Academy of Dance methods aims to foster each individual talent to reach their fullest potential. Mission The Goh Ballet Academy achieves the highest levels of professionalism in classical ballet training and performance productions while supporting our students' passion for dance and dedication to their art. We foster the development of creative innovation and artistic expression. Since its establishment in 1978, The Goh Ballet has been fully committed to offering the highest caliber of education to your dance experience. The Goh Ballet Academy has become an internationally renowned leader in training and performance productions.
Experience Details
Position Title: 
Communications and Administrative Assistant
Responsibilites / Tasks: 
• Coordination and execution of public events and presentations involving media and government officials • Update systems and procedure manuals in relations to seasonal activities, ensure they are being followed by staff • Write and participate in the formatting of Academy’s marketing materials, brochures, notices, program notes, announcements and other publicity related communications • Promoting and marketing of Academy’s various programs • Coordinate and assist with communications and administrative work related to Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Projects / Initiatives: 
- Managed "The Nutcracker Shop", which included ordering items for the shop and displaying them in an appealling way - Processed work permits in a timely manner for 7 of our dancers, allowing them to dance in the Vancouver Opera's production of Aida - Coordinated a raffle ticket selling event at Metrotown Mall in support of Goh Ballet's production of The Nutcracker
What did you learn: 
- How to use applications such as Microsoft Outlook and StudioMAN - How to work as a team in an office environment in order to promote unity and effectiveness - How to effectively balance performing communications and administrative duties with attending to the needs of our students and parents, who were regularly flowing in and out of the office
Tips / Advice: 
- Keep a list of priorities - Write down every task that you are assigned, no matter how menial, because the office can get very busy and you are sure to forget a few things

Going Green: Employer Highlights: Vancity and BC Used Oil


During "SFU's Sustainability Week" the OLC features two outstanding 'green' companies. So what does this 'greening' look like in the workplace? Find out how workplace sustainable practices are changing the way Vancity and BC Used Oil do business.

By: Kelsey Newsham 7657 reads | 0 comments

Tips for Writing Effective E-Mail

Workplace Transition

For many of us, "business writing" now means e-mail. It's the medium we use most often to communicate ideas and information to colleagues, managers, clients and the world at large. And if we want the e-mail we send to help us meet our goals, we need to stop thinking of it as something we can just "dash off." Read more here.

By: Janis Fisher Chan & Natasha Terk 14094 reads | 0 comments

Starting a Career in Communications with IABC

International Association of Business Communicators

Co-op student Arthur Yee explores his career path in Communications by getting involved in professional events presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

By: Arthur Yee 20634 reads | 0 comments

Summer of Wildfires: Memories of Boot Camp

Workplace Success

When I accepted the position of Fire Information Officer for the BC Forest Service, I knew that the job might entail long hours, a steep learning curve and a major lifestyle adjustment. What I did not know was that the whole experience would set off with a week at firefighter boot camp.

By: Adam Brayford 9152 reads | 0 comments
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