Charlotte Sander


What program were you in?

BBA, Business Management.


Where did you have your co-op work placement?

I ended up working at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (DIANE). I was an Integrated Environmental Management Systems Coordinator and was there for a year and a half.


What’s the biggest takeaway from your co-op experience?

Being able to take initiative and create opportunities for myself was very powerful.


What work are you doing now?

I ended one of my co-op terms early because I had the opportunity to take a job back home in Haida Gwaii. When my position ended, I went into the Forestry industry, but it wasn’t for me. I’m currently working at First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) as a Human Resources Analyst.


How did your co-op jobs prepare you for the work that you’re doing now?

My co-op was in the First Nations Federal Government and it helped me build relationships, become familiar with other First Nations reserves, and build a lot of connections. I became familiar with databases, reporting, and how systems work within government. Technically, I’m not in a government job right now, but my work is very similar and I understand the processes and procedures.


Looking forward, where would you like your career to go?

I feel pretty clear. My driving passion is the well-being of First Nations people – my people. There’s a lot of room for me to grow here at FNHA and I know there will be lots of opportunities down the road.


What would you say to someone who asks you about co-op?

Don’t settle. Go for something you’re passionate about. Get employed as much as you can and build your reputation in the industry.