DCVI luncheon celebrates local businesses supporting Co-op program

From left, this semester’s St. Marys DCVI Co-op students for the St. Marys Independent Newspaper and Grant Haven Management Inc., Spencer Seymour and Edie Johnson (respectively) pose Wednesday during DCVI’s Co-op appreciation luncheon. Both Seymour and Johnson have been regulars in the Independent office at 36 Water Street South since February.

As her Co-op supervisor (and principal) April Smith looks on, DCVI Co-op student Bailey Wiffen, left, describes the jobs and responsibilities she had during her placement at the high school to the crowd of other students and local business representatives gathered at Damen's Restaurant Wednesday for the school's annual Co-op appreciation luncheon.
As her Co-op supervisor (and principal) April Smith looks on, DCVI Co-op student Bailey Wiffen, left, describes the jobs and responsibilities she had during her placement at the high school to the crowd of other students and local business representatives gathered at Damen’s Restaurant Wednesday for the school’s annual Co-op appreciation luncheon.

By Dan Rankin

“It’s not just job skills you’re giving our students,” DCVI Principal April Smith said Wednesday afternoon at Damen’s Restaurant. “It’s life skills.”

Representatives from a host of local businesses in a wide range of fields, from education to automotive repair and from veterinary science to floral design, attended alongside the DCVI co-op students they’ve been mentoring and showing the ropes for the past few months.

“The experience you provide to students is invaluable, and our Co-op program is always growing,” said DCVI Co-op teacher Les Brunton. “It’s nice that now I even see students who I’ve taught and who have gone through this program becoming supervisors for new Co-op students at local businesses. It shows that this is a success.”

Brunton indicated that DCVI would be knocking on local businesses’ doors once more in September to line up Co-op placements for a whole new cohort of students.

 Businesses involved with DCVI Co-op 2016:

Ashton Tire

Bob Smiberts Fitness Studio

Cubberley Electric

Delta Power Equipment (Great Lakes New Holland)

Easy Lift Doors

Evolution Web Management

Fawcett Tractor

Finnie Distributing

Frayne Custom Cabinets

Glenwood Fur Farm

Grant Haven Management

Harris-Greig Automotive

Hubbard Pharmacy

JSB Construction

Karl Weselan Dentistry

Kingsway Lodge

Lannin Electric

Little Falls Public School

Lucky Dog Grooming & Kennels

Luyten Farms

Lyric Flowers

MacPherson Arts and Crafts

Marziali Garage

MCC Contractors

McCurdy Manufacturing

McIntosh Sports Performance & Rehabilitation

Nairvale Fur Farm

Newman’s Automotive

Pass It On

PB Smith Woodworks

Purple Hill Air

Radar Auto Parts

Reidhaven Farms

Rianna’s Family Restaurant

St. Marys Curling Club

St. Marys D.C.V.I.

St. Marys Early Learning Centre

St. Marys Emporium

St. Marys Ford

St. Marys Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

St. Marys Public Library

St. Marys Rentals

St. Marys Veterinary Clinic

Salvation Army Thrift Store

Shalimar Beauty Salon

South Perth Centennial PS

Stonetown Physiotherapy

SunRayz

The Chocolate Factory

The Flower Shop

The Friendship Centre

The St. Marys Independent Newspaper

Town of St. Marys – Human Resources

Worlds Coolest Music Store

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