Friday, September 4, 2015

Food Bank available for students at DSU

Douglas College students struggling to make ends meet are able to utilize a valuable resource through the College’s student union.

The Douglas College food bank serves students at both campuses and was established to help students with tight budgets, explains Douglas College Students’ Union Co-ordinator Deepa Singh.

“The high cost of tuition and housing can leave very little for food,” she said.

According to Singh, approximately 100 students use the food bank per month.

“We’ve seen an increase in numbers,” Singh said, noting that more awareness of the food bank may be a factor.

All that is required in order to access the food bank is valid Douglas College identification. The food banks are located at both campuses at the DSU. At the New Westminster campus, the food bank is located near the main office of the DSU building. For Coquitlam students, the food bank is located at the DSU kiosk in the AB atrium.

The food bank can be accessed Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

To donate to the food bank, unopened, non-perishable items can be dropped off at either DSU office at the front desk. Read more...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

VLAFF comes to Douglas College

Douglas College's New Westminster campus will roll out the red carpet this month for the 13th annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

The third edition of the Travelling Colombian Media Arts Festival (Festival Itinerante de Artes Audiovisuales Colombianas) will be taking place at VLAFF and will feature a selection of programs at the College.

¡PACIFISTA!, Medellin in one minute and Antioquia in one minute are slated for the big screen at the concourse, located on the second floor, on Sept. 9, starting at 7pm.

¡PACIFISTA!, a Vice Colombia project, is a platform for peacemaking that contributes to the opening of spaces for analysis and reflection in Colombia through documentary filmmaking.

Medellin in one minute and Antioquia in one minute focus on the environment, identity and memory in one-minute shorts.

On Sept. 14, Agarrando Pueblo - a 30-minute film from 1977 - and Entornos Protectores will play at 2:30pm at the College's Lecture Theatre 1614, located on the first floor.

Agarrando Pueblo focuses on staging Latin American realities to foreign audiences for profit, while Entornos Protectores is a selection of shorts by locals about Antioquian culture, created by an initiative supporting those at risk of sexual or domestic violence and drug abuse.

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

The Douglas College New Westminster Campus is located at 700 Royal Ave, New Westminster, two blocks north of the New Westminster Skytrain Station.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Future Teachers grad prepares for career in the classroom

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Imagine having a job where you’re surrounded every day by people who make you smile. 

That’s what appeals to Terralynn Price about becoming an elementary school teacher. “I love working with kids,” she says. “They have such a positive outlook on the world and are so eager to learn.” 

To prepare for a teaching career, Terralynn has completed the Associate of Arts – Future Teachers program. She picked the program because it provides a clear path to the teacher training program at SFU. That’s where she plans to head after graduating from Douglas. 

But first she’s finishing up a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology. As part of the Applied Psychology program, she’s doing a specialization in Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis. The knowledge and practical experience she gains will help her support students with autism and other challenges. 

“I think the training will help me turn my classroom into a better learning environment for every student,” she says.

Want to do what Terralynn's doing? Come to an info session to find out more about our Associate of Arts - Future Teachers and BA Applied Psychology programs. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lockdown drills slated for mid-September

In mid-September, Douglas College will hold lockdown drills at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses to show you how to stay safe in the event of a violent intruder on campus.

What will the drills be like?

An announcement will come over the PA system letting you know the drill is about to begin.
  • Approximately one minute later, a lockdown alert will be issued over the PA. Follow the instructions announced and immediately go to the nearest room. Once inside:
  • Lock and barricade the door.
  • Close and cover windows.
  • Turn out all lights and audio equipment.
  • Stay low and stay quiet.
  • Turn cellphones to silent.
If you are in an open space, such as the cafeteria or concourse, follow the directions of College personnel. If you are outside when the drill starts, or is in progress, remain outside and move away from the building.
Once the drill is over, you will receive an all-clear message. Upon receiving the all-clear message, it is OK to return to your regular campus activities. 

Why are we doing this?

 At Douglas College we take your personal safety on our campuses seriously. Although an incident of serious violence on campus is unlikely, we must take steps to plan, practise and prepare. 

When will the drills happen?

 We’ll advise you of the specific date of the drills closer to the event. 

How should I prepare?

Visit for details about the College's Lockdown Procedures.
Check out the Lockdown Procedures posted in all classrooms and meeting rooms.
Sign up for DC Alerts, an emergency communication system which sends alerts to your email and mobile phone in case of an emergency situation on campus.

Still have questions?

Contact Nancy Constable, Director, Safety, Security and Risk Management, at 604 527 5828.
You can also watch our lockdown preparation video here:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Therapeutic Recreation grad takes passion to work

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Katryna Koenig learned a valuable lesson during the summers she spent working at wilderness camps for youth. She saw how a fun, recreational setting can open people up to personal growth and positive change. 

That’s why it was no surprise she decided to pursue a career in therapeutic recreation - a field in which she can use leisure activities to help improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and other challenges. 

“I believe therapeutic recreation is a platform for success for people because we focus on their strengths,” Katryna says. 

She researched therapeutic recreation programs across Canada, but decided to study at Douglas because of its strong reputation. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Katryna quickly landed a full-time job. She is now a project coordinator at Vancouver’s Strive Centre, a support centre for people with brain injuries, mental illness and other issues. 

“I’m so glad I have this opportunity to use my skills and my passion to help people,” she says. 

Interested in doing what Katryna does? Come to an info session for the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Douglas College in the News: August 2015

Want to find out what's making news at Douglas College? Check out this roundup of recent headlines:

Douglas College Maker Lab allows students to experiment with 3-D printing
The Georgia Straight
Garden workshop in Coquitlam next month
Tri-City News
Non-profit groups benefit
New Westminster NewsLeader
Teams medal silver at last week's Games
New Westminster Record

You can also find our latest news releases on the Douglas College website.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nursing grad volunteers at trauma hospital in Haiti

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As a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital, Bonn-Tien Mark provides post-surgical care to patients with cancer and other serious illnesses. 

For Bonn-Tien, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing grad, doing her job well requires more than just excellent medical knowledge and skill. It’s also about having compassion and attending to her patients’ emotional needs. 

“It’s a privilege to be able to help people that are in such vulnerable situations,” she says. 

While Bonn-Tien is passionate about her hospital work, she is also deeply motivated to help people in developing countries. She recently travelled to Haiti to volunteer in a trauma hospital. While there, she helped to provide emergency care to patients injured in serious accidents. 

“Many people don’t have access to the resources we have here in Canada. I want to help them get the health care and health education they need,” she says. “By studying at Douglas, I gained the skills and knowledge to do it.”

Nurses and other health care workers are in high demand across the province, Canada and the world. In the Vancouver Island/Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions, nursing has more job openings than any other occupation. Find out more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at an info session

Source: BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook

Sunday, August 23, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Meet your peers at orientation events

Here's what's happening at Douglas August 24-30

Tuesday, August 25

New student orientation
New Westminster Campus
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.

Wednesday, August 26

New student orientation
New Westminster Campus
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New student orientation
New Westminster Campus
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mature student orientation
New Westminster Campus
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BBA Finance student pumped to build his own business

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Building a business from the ground up is no mean feat, but Devlin Pereira has an apt role model: his father. “Watching my dad grow a simple company into a successful corporation really honed the importance of business in my life,” he says.

Devlin took the first step toward creating his own successful company by enrolling in the Bachelor of Business Administration – Financial Services program at Douglas. Though still a student, he’s already putting what he’s learned into action at his position with an HR firm. 

“My education is giving me the foundation to fully understand the concepts I’m working with every day,” he says, adding: "It’s fascinating to discover just how much business truly affects each and every one of us on a daily basis.”

Second only to careers in sales and service, careers in business, finance and administration top the list of the most in-demand jobs in B.C. over the next six years. Come to an info session to learn more about the BBA program. 

Source: BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook

Monday, August 17, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: August 2015

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "The Wild Hair Blues" by Cassandra Inglis.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website.