The six students are Phoebe Atienza from Surrey; Owen Schellenberger from Victoria; Jay McKiernan from Port Coquitlam; and Amy Takeda, Alison Gilpin, and Chris Powell from Vancouver.
To qualify for the sponsorship, students had to be enrolled in a technical, business or professional writing program at the post-secondary level and complete an application form that included a short essay on why they wanted to become student members of the STC.
Jay, Alison, Amy and Chris are enrolled in BCIT’s Technical Writing Certificate program. Phoebe is in the Business and Technical Writing program at Vancouver Community College. Owen is working towards an Ontario College Graduate Certificate, Technical Writer, at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Amy, currently a volunteer with the Canada West Coast chapter, says the experience has been “very positive.”
“I’m meeting many inspiring professionals,” she says. “I’ve also attended informative events and had opportunities to learn more about the field of technical writing. As students we’re trying to gain confidence, learn essential skills and network with professionals, and I feel the STC provides a very supportive space for us to do so.”
Photo – top row, left to right, Alison Gilpin, Amy Takeda, Phoebe Atienza; bottom row, left to right, Jay McKiernan, Owen Schellenberger, Chris Powell.
This article was written by Stephen Gauer
Stephen is a senior technical writer with more than 20 years experience writing for corporate and hi-tech clients in Vancouver and Toronto. He is the past president of the STC Canada West Coast chapter.