Brad Bruder Receives Co-Op Student of the Year Recognition
St. Jerome’s University congratulates Brad Bruder for recently being recognized by the University of Waterloo as one of its 2020 Co-op Student of the Year Award recipients. The annual awards recognize one student from each faculty for exceptional contributions to employers during co-op work term placements. Nominations are selected from co-op students that worked in the winter, spring, and fall terms of the previous calendar year. Six students were selected for the 2020 awards, including Bruder, representing the Faculty of Environment.
Bruder is being recognized for his work at Habitat for Humanity where he has completed several co-op term placements working in strategic initiatives, urban planning, and management. Habitat provided opportunities for Bruder to integrate and evolve his academic studies in Environmental Planning and Management, Land Development Planning from working alongside families directly, to the planning side of the organization. He spent much of his time helping to develop Habitat’s sustainable housing model/strategy, a complex task given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and a changing national housing market. He led a team in delivering 600 affordable housing units in the organization’s development pipeline, and supported the Halton Region in an affordable housing hotel concept, which provides 50 plus affordable short-stay housing units for vulnerable populations in Burlington, specifically targeting those impacted by COVID-19. Bruder’s efforts also earned him a full-time role in the organization.
“Habitat has shown me how to be a good leader and how to work on a team, especially during trying times like COVID,” Bruder noted, adding that resilience became increasingly important in a remote co-op work setting.
Supporting meaningful work is not new to Bruder. Motivated by his fondness for the St. Jerome’s University community, which he describes as a place where he has always felt connected and belonged, he became actively involved on campus and in student life, while maintaining Dean’s list standing in his academics. His contributions include being a university Experience Guide; a member of the Students’ Union Executive; and a Relay for Life supporter. He was also a Residence Life Don at the University of Waterloo. He considers his experiences at SJU and the University of Waterloo as being a big part of his personal growth.
As he prepares to graduate in June 2021, and transition to a new role at a local urban planning firm, Brad Bruder adds the recognition of becoming a University of Waterloo 2020 Coop Student of the Year award recipient to an impressive undergraduate journey.
“I’m a huge believer in what you do outside of the classroom, such as leadership experiences, and the importance of this in addition to academics,” stated Bruder. “The co-op award was a great acknowledgement, but it was my whole student experience for me that really provided the opportunities to help me grow.”
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