Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Elevator repairs to boost level of service at New Westminster Campus

Douglas College is raising the level of service for visitors, staff and students with upgrades to one of the New Westminster parkade elevator.

As of May 1, the parkade elevator located on the south side of the College will be out of service as it undergoes a major replacement, including an upgrade from hydraulic to a traction-cable lift system that will improve reliability and speed. The project is slated for completion on Sept. 18.

Noisy work will be completed during afterhours and some minor noises, such as drilling, might be heard during the day.

For elevator access from the parkade while repairs are underway, park on Level P1 and use the North Elevator (access from P1 to level 4) or the 0600 elevator (access from P1 to level 1). All stairs will be open for use during this project.

Additional accessible parking stalls will be added on P1.

Douglas College apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience during this project.

Project schedule

May 1-14: Removal of existing elevators

May 1-July 15: Hoarding installation and elevator shaft changes

July 16-Sept. 15:
New elevator installation

Sept. 18: Approximate completion date

Monday, April 24, 2017

Build your career: April 2017

Student success story 

“My health-care career in corrections started with the decision to return to classes at Douglas College as an older student. From the first class I enrolled in upon my return, every instructor I came across was supportive and encouraging. I graduated with a Certificate in Criminal Justice Studies and then a Diploma in Criminology in 2014.  Upon my graduation, I began working with the Student Employment Centre. They met with me and listened to what my career goals were. Each time I came across a position that interested me I was able to call or email them and ask questions about to expect when applying. They provided me with guidance that led to confidence and proper preparation at each stage. Finally, in December 2016, the perfect position came along that combined my passion for working in corrections with my love of working in health care.  I immediately contacted the Student Employment Centre and they helped me prep a cover letter and resumé that led to me getting an interview. After a very long and agonizing process of security clearances and safety training, I am now doing what I love.”

- Toby Stoeff, Criminology Diploma 2014

What’s new

The past three months have been exceptionally busy for the Student Employment Centre (SEC) and Co-operative Education. Here’s the overview:

• Seven on-campus employer-related events hosted on campus
• More than 1,200 paid and volunteer opportunities were added to the SEC job board
• 230 employers registered to use the job board
• 160 new students registered to access the job board and other SEC services
• 90 new co-op work-term opportunities were added to the Co-op job board

April’s hot job

Shaw Communications is hiring. There are many full-time and part-time positions available – perfect opportunities for Douglas students and grads!

Check here for details on the following available positions:

• Customer Service Rep, e-Care and Technical Support Rep, e-Care (Online Chat Department)
• Customer Solutions Expert, Outbound Call Centre
• Technical Support Rep, Inbound Call Centre

Questions? Contact Barb at

April events

Job Club – Every Tuesday - Exchange ideas and tips while crafting your resume and cover letter with fellow students at the Job Club from 12-2pm at the New Westminster Campus, room 2844.

Mentoring opportunities 

Access: Student Career Development Program (Burnaby Board of Trade)
This is a unique career development program that provides graduating students with the connections and tools they need to compete in the job market. The program is a year-long dynamic program that is flexible to meet the demands of a busy student schedule. To register for the program or for more information, click here.

Leaders of Tomorrow Mentorship Program (Vancouver Board of Trade)
The Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) is a mentorship program that connects top post-secondary students with leading industry professionals. Launched in 1999, LOT is recognized as the premier mentorship program in British Columbia. Candidates go through a competitive and rigorous selection process to experience a year of accelerated professional and personal growth. To register for the program or for more information, click here.

Stay in the loop 

Register with the Student Employment Centre now [] and be the first to know when employers are coming to campus, or to receive job alerts for off-campus work opportunities posted on our job board.

Join us for a noon-hour workshop. Workshops are at both campuses and there’s a new topic each day:

Monday - Resumé writing
Tuesday - Cover letter preparation
Wednesday - Interviewing skills
Thursday – Job search strategies


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Douglas College to host hip-hop dance competition on May 5

David Denofreo photo 

Whether you love to pop, lock or break, Douglas College is the place to be May 5.

The New Westminster Campus’ gymnasium will be transformed into a hip-hop hot spot for the fifth-annual Redemption Hip-Hop Dance Competition.

Founded by Douglas College student Morgan Wilson, the annual competition will feature dancers of all genres battling it out for glory and prizes.

Looking back at how he first discovered his love for dance – and what spurred him into organizing the competition - Wilson notes it was all a matter of chance.

If he hadn’t been at his aunt’s house on the particular day that an episode of the television dance competition So You Think You Can Dance aired, she would never have showed him the routine of one contestant – Mr. Fantastic – and he may not have felt that initial spark that has led to a years-long passion.

“I think about that a lot,” Wilson said. “It was like a series of dominoes falling into place.”

Since that day, dancing has become a prevalent part of Wilson’s identity. After joining his high school’s dance team, he knew he wanted to take it to the next level with a competition. The end result was the Redemption Hip-Hop Competition.

This year, Wilson partnered with Douglas College to host the event and draw an even larger crowd.

“When I came to Douglas, I knew I should bring the event here. It perfectly vibes with Douglas’s fun and inclusive atmosphere,” Wilson said. “I think people will be surprised. They may think of it as a typical dance event or recital, but it’s more than that. Everyone is hype, everyone is socializing - which we really encourage.

“There is a competitive edge, but it’s all in fun.”

The one-day event will feature performances by Dj Firespin, Raw Robots and Wreckage Fam. Local high school teams will also perform a variety of dance styles, including hip hop, popping, locking, break dancing, waacking, new jack, as well as contemporary and experimental pieces.

Prizes will consist of trophies and medals.

Tickets at the door: $10 general, $5 Douglas College students

For more information, visit


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Poem of the Month: April 2017

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 "Antique Piano" by Vera Tsang.

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 Read more...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Douglas College Poem of the Month: March 2016

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

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Fabricated Girl" by Marcelle Warren.

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. Read more...

Business plan propels Douglas students to final round of provincial competition

A team of Douglas College business students put their skills to the test, making it to the final round the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC’s (CPABC) annual Business Case Competition.

The province-wide competition sees more than 25 teams, made up of post-secondary students, create a business plan in a limited amount of time.

As part of the first round, the teams received a business case and, within 48 hours, submitted a video with their recommendations on how the business could re-open and make a profit. Eight teams were chosen to advance to the final round – including the Douglas College team, consisting of Thomas den Hartog (Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting), Monica Tomas (Business Management Diploma) and Shirin Rashidi (Accounting Post-Baccalaureate Degree).

“It was interesting to see the different approaches to the same problem and how important it is to think out of the box,” Rashidi said. “The support and encouragement we received from our coaches (Douglas College instructors) Robin Sandhawalia and Shirley Mauger was amazing.”

Once they had advanced to the final round, the teams had just three hours to solve a case and 15 minutes to present their recommendations to the panel of CPA judges. While they did not win the competition, the experience allowed them to network with students from other post-secondary institutions and professionals in their field of interest.

“I loved the experience. It tested our analytical and critical thinking, as well as organizational skills and our ability to work as a team under pressure,” said den Hartog. Read more...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

myDouglas to be deactivated at the end of April

Douglas College will be deactivating the myDouglas portal at the end of April, completing the switch to Office 365.

As part of this process, any emails remaining in your myDouglas account will be automatically deleted and will not be automatically transferred to your new Office 365 email account. If you would like to keep any of your myDouglas emails, you will need to transfer them to your Office 365 or another email account.

All Douglas College students will receive an email account to replace the myDouglas email services through the free Office 365 package, which allows you to use Office applications in the Canadian cloud (or in your devices, if you prefer to download them).

Access to your Office 365 account is available now. It’s in this account that you’ll receive all the College official communications and Blackboard messages.

For more information about Office 365, visit If you have questions about myDouglas email services, please contact the CEIT Help Desk at or 604 527 5330. Read more...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Business Management student ready to put her (beauty) mark on the business world

David Denofreo photo

It took a lot of time for Falon Bottley to embrace her natural hair.

The Douglas College Business Management Diploma student, who is of African-American and Fijian descent, had spent most of her life using chemicals to colour and tame her natural curls for a sleeker look.

“That kind of curly hair wasn’t something I saw on other people when I was younger. It was poufy and difficult to deal with. I started chemically processing my hair so it would be straight like everyone else’s because, of course, we all want to fit in,” Bottley said.

Then, in Grade 12, Bottley had an epiphany of sorts. After a friend suggested she go back to her natural hue and texture, she did some soul searching.

“After all the colouring and the styling, my hair still wasn’t like everyone else’s. And I just reached that point where I stopped caring so much about other people’s opinions. So I started my transition to natural – and that’s when I fell in love with my hair again,” Bottley said.

Bottley’s experience as a woman of colour, and the pressure to conform to society’s perceptions of beauty, made her realize there was a huge gap in the market for products designed for natural hair. She applied at Douglas to help her turn that concept into reality.

“I’ve always loved hair and makeup,” Bottley said. “I wanted to find a way to use my strengths and personal experience to work with something I’m passionate about. So I thought it would be a good start to look at hair and makeup for women of colour from a business perspective.

“I would be able to combine business with creativity.”

Once she was at Douglas, Bottley received valuable advice from her accounting instructor, Robin Sandhawalia, who explained the importance of finding a career path that strikes a balance between making money and being happy.

“That cemented it for me. I want to do more than just earn a paycheque. I want to make a difference,” she said.

Once she graduates with her diploma, Bottley plans to delve right into the beauty business to gain work experience and lay the groundwork to build her own brand.

“I want to educate people on hair and beauty for women of colour and would love to start my own company that focuses on that niche market. That is a goal of mine. I can see there is a demand for it in the Lower Mainland, whether it’s access to products or access to knowledge,” she said. Read more...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Input requested for Douglas College sexual violence and misconduct policy

The province has tasked all B.C. post-secondary schools to develop policies that directly address sexual violence and sexual misconduct.

Douglas College continues to be committed to providing a learning and working environment free from disruptive and violent behaviours, including sexual violence and sexual misconduct. This includes the many support services and resources currently available to those directly, or indirectly, affected by sexual violence. Students can access these through Student Services and employees can access them through DC Connect.

The Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy working group - composed of representatives from the College’s unions, administration, faculty, staff and students - has been working hard over the last seven months to develop a policy for our College community.

The new policy addresses the prevention of sexual violence and sexual misconduct in the College environment, as well as responses of members of the College community to disclosures and reports of sexual violence and sexual misconduct.

A draft of the policy is now available and your input and feedback is requested and valued. All members of the Douglas College community are encouraged to review the draft policy by March 29, 2017.

Once input is reviewed and incorporated, the policy will go to the College’s leadership team for endorsement, then to the College Board for approval before May this year.

Read draft policy now.

Provide input now.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Royals soccer star and Sport Science student charts dual career paths

David Denofreo photo

Race Williams can still recall the day his soccer career began.

The then-10-year-old had been playing with his classmates before coming home and telling his dad he wanted to join a team.

“It was a Tuesday. I told my dad, and he said ‘get in the truck,’ and we drove around the city and saw a team playing. My dad got out of the car and asked if I could join the team,” Williams said. “That’s how it all started.”

Flash-forward 11 years, and the Douglas College Sport Science Diploma student has played as a striker for professional teams in Italy, Spain and England, and wants to go pro. He balances that out with a plan to become a physiotherapist once he’s done being the next Lionel Messi.

Williams – who received the Royals Men’s Soccer Athletic Award of Distinction in 2016 - says that even if he can’t play, he still wants to be part of the team - as a physiotherapist.

“Throughout my sports career, I’ve had a lot of injuries. So I know what it’s like to want to get back on the field and get back to doing what you love. And if I can do that for others, and get them where they need to be as soon as possible, that would be great.”

Academics haven’t always been as enjoyable as sports for Williams. In high school, his laser focus on the Beautiful Game resulted in poor grades. But with a push from his grandmother – and a little self-discipline – he said he’s able to balance the two out now.

“I think Douglas was the right step for me. The class sizes at SFU and UBC would have been too much for me straight out of high school,” he said.

After he completes his Sport Science Diploma, Williams aims to transfer to UBC and complete his bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. That is, unless his dream of playing for Barcelona don’t come true first. Read more...