It's very rare to discover a gem of a Co-Op Student. By that, I mean someone who shows up ready to do the work AND be totally present.
Over the past decade, I’ve seen my fair share of less than average students who show up late, don’t care and seem unable to communicate well. Then came Dannica.
Dannica is is a shining glimmer of hope in a sea of distraction.
Every day she worked with me, she brought it! Her energy, contribution and care is nothing short of inspirational. I believe caring is the rare quality that leads to success in anything. You can teach skill but it’s very hard to teach someone how to care. Dannica cares. She cares about learning but more importantly, she cares about her contribution.
Dannica chose a co-op placement with See My Clients because she wanted to learn how to tell stories that matter.
Together, we decided to do a story on Orange Shirt Day this coming September 30th. She single-handedly put together a series of interviews with other young people, leveraging social media as a way to invite them in and to get their perspectives on the issues facing Indigenous Canadians. She wanted to get a sense from other young people about their knowledge of Orange Shirt Day and its connection to achieving Truth and Reconciliation with our Indigenous neighbours.
Dannica’s co-op placement is over, but she’s still volunteering her time this September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. She cares. She is not just in it for herself. She wants to be part of something real. Something important. To contribute to making things better for humanity. And she will. She is.
Thank you Dannica for being an inspirational example of what an amazing co-op student, dare I say human, looks like.