Georgian honours Co-op Student of the Year
May 23, 2013

It isn’t easy to balance a busy student life, maintain top grades and excel in volunteer activities and professional development, but Environmental Technician student Matthew Chandler, has managed to do just that. He is being honoured for his accomplishments by receiving a Co-op Student of the Year Award.

Matthew Chandler is pictured with Lisa Whalen, Manager of Georgian's Co-op / Internship and Career Services.

Matthew Chandler is pictured with Lisa Whalen, Manager of Georgian’s Co-op / Internship and Career Services.

Matthew has maintained Dean’s List standing in every academic semester at Georgian, while also serving as President of the Georgian Environmental Club, student representative for Environmental Technology and Peer Tutor for students needing assistance in math, physics and environmental science.

During his first four-month co-op work term with the City of Barrie’s Environmental Operations department, Matthew was deemed outstanding by his employer, and received recognition for having exceeded their expectations. Matthew’s research and presentation of recommendations have been adopted by the City of Barrie as well as Georgian College, where his report for the 2012 Waste Audit for the City of Barrie is being used as a teaching tool in the Waste Management Systems course as an example of a successful municipal waste audit. His proposal to implement a mattress recycling program was passed through city council and the pilot program is scheduled to begin this spring and summer.

“When my co-op ended, I was infused with a passion to take what I had learned and pass it along. With support from the Environmental program, I re-established the Georgian Students for Environmental Activism and Research (GEAR). The group is organizing events across campus and throughout the community to raise awareness and create real change that will make Georgian College even more environmentally conscious,” Matthew comments on his recent experience.

Matthew was nominated for the award by his co-op consultant Stan Ryba, who stated, “Matthew’s efforts and achievements have positively impacted his peers, colleagues at work and his community”. In his recommendation, Stan also praised Matthew for having demonstrated pride in his work, embraced the value of co-operative learning and displayed excellence, professionalism and passion in all his endeavours.