The more you give, the more you get

When Marissa Borgford became more involved with her faculty’s co-op program, her university experience was transformed.

A fourth-year student in the environmental studies honours co-op program, Borgford took the lead and planned events like speed mentoring, which had students quizzing a roomful of professionals who work in their field.

She also played a major role in organizing a successful career expo.

The 21 year old became a strong voice for the program, which taught her project management skills, boosted her confidence and connected her with people in the industry.

The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Co-operative Education program gives student the chance to combine their classes with paid work experiences.

Borgford recently received the 2012 University of Manitoba Co-operative Education Student Champion Award, which recognizes students who show outstanding personal and professional development.

She worked at Environment Canada in the community programs division, handling grant applications for environmental projects.

Having grown up in Pinawa, Man., Borgford credits biking and canoeing trips organized by her high school for fostering her love of the outdoors and the environment. Focusing on sustainable development, she chose environmental studies because she wants to make a difference.

Borgford plans on staying in Manitoba after graduation and pursuing a career in industry compliance, helping to ensure local businesses meet environmental regulations.