Thursday, February 26, 2015

Role in Les Miserables a dream come true for Douglas College grad

Cathy Wilmot has performed in dozens of theatrical productions during her career. But her role in an upcoming production of Les Miserables stands apart.

Les Miserables is my favorite musical and a show that has been on my bucket list to perform in so I am very excited,” she says.

The musical, based on a Victor Hugo novel, follows the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant and prisoner who is drawn into the revolutionary events of the 19th century.

Cathy graduated from Douglas College’s theatre program in the late 1990s and quickly landed work in theatre.

She spent years honing her singing, dancing, acting and comedy skills, while performing in productions of Rent, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.

Interested in upgrading to a degree, she entered the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, offered jointly by Douglas College, Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College.

The program gave her an opportunity to learn more about the creative process, how to market herself and culminated in a group project that was performed at the 2015 Push Festival.

“I liked the performing arts aspect of the program that I hadn't done previously but was interested in exploring,” she says.

As an ensemble member in the Arts Club production of Les Miserables, which runs July 2-August 16, Cathy will play a variety of parts. She said the Performing Arts program has prepared her well.

“What I learned is to be open to new ways of thinking about art and how it's created. I think more about the process and all elements that go into making a production now than I did before.”

Learn more about the Bachelor of Performing Arts program on the Douglas College website. And check out Cathy’s website.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: February 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 "write a poem" by Gillian Clark.

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.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Douglas College theatre student breathes life into his characters

                                                                  David Denofreo Photo
When Jackson Boudreau first came to Douglas College to study theatre, he didn’t have any experience as a stage actor.

But through the program, he has had the opportunity to perform before live audiences and discover a passion for bringing the characters he plays to life.

“Being able to do that has been so rewarding. It’s a lot of fun to be able to step into another world as someone else,” he says.

Jackson has honed his craft while taking courses in movement, voice, and theatre history. He credits his progress to the inspiration he’s received from fellow students and guidance from instructors.

Last semester, Jackson had a role in the Douglas College production of Subsequent Conversations, a series of one-act plays set in the modern, urban landscape.

This semester, his focus had shifted to the battlefields of ancient Greece. As a cast member in Trojan Women, he plays a messenger who must deliver bad news to survivors of the mythological Trojan War.

Gloomy subject matter aside, Jackson says he is enjoying building his latest character, exploring possible motivations and experimenting with different approaches to the script.

“The process of has been opened up to me since I entered the program. I don’t think everyone understands how much goes into acting,” he says.

Jackson’s love of movies is what first drew him to acting. And while he wants to pursue film acting in the future, he says he can’t imagine leaving behind the thrill of live audiences.

“It’s really been an eye-opener for me, getting to know this is what I want to do.”

Visit the Douglas College website to learn more about the Theatre Diploma and Associate of Arts in Theatre programs.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Video: Meet Lucas DeCoste, Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College

Meet Lucas DeCoste, a student in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program at Douglas College. Lucas is gaining the knowledge and experience he needs to become a teacher. Check out this video to learn more and visit


Sunday, February 22, 2015

This week at Douglas College: International Day, Pink Shirt Day, film screening and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 23-Mar. 1


Gallery exhibit
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Monday, Feb. 23

Documentary screening
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Endless Abilities is a documentary film about our ability to adapt and our ability to live. Prior to the screening, from 6-7pm, you can check out the Imagining Inclusion Photovoice Exhibit in the theatre foyer. Free, public event. Please register to attend at

Tuesday, Feb. 24

International Day
New Westminster Campus
Every year Douglas College proudly celebrates the tremendous diversity of our students, faculty and staff on International Day. This event engages more than 100 student leaders, volunteers and thousands of participants, while supporting the internationalization of Douglas College. For more information, visit Douglife.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Pink Shirt Day
New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses
Join us in taking a stand against bullying by wearing pink all day. Events are on at both campuses - everything happens in the New Westminster Concourse and Coquitlam Campus Atrium, respectively - and we're giving out free chocolate to students decked-out in pink who post a nice message on our board.

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Need to de-stress? Free workshops for Douglas College students

Douglas College Student Services is pleased to offer two free stress-reduction workshops for students. The workshops will engage students in concepts and practices relating to stress management. Students will receive peer support and a safe space to connect with each other through group discussions.

Event details

Mindfulness Workshop:
Discuss the experience of stress and ways to manage 
Wednesday, March 4th
10:30am to 12:10pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650

Yoga Workshop: 
Engage in stress-reduction practices (mats provided) 
Wednesday, March 11th
10:30am to 12:10pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650

Come to one or both workshops. To sign up, visit the reception desk at Student Services, New Westminster Campus, Room 2600. Reach the student Services Reception desk by phone at 604 527 5486.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Douglas College Career Fair returns for 2015

Get a head start on your career.

The 2015 Career Fair at Douglas College is an opportunity for students, alumni and members of the community to explore career options, and find out what kinds of skills and knowledge they need for the workplace.

Meet employers one-on-one, get job-search advice, gain interview experience, learn about job openings, submit your resume to company recruiters and more.

Event details

Tuesday, March 3 
New Westminster Campus 

Thursday, March 5 
Coquitlam Campus 

Free and open to the public

The Career Fair is hosted by the Douglas College Alumni Association and the Student Employment Centre. For more information contact the Douglas College Alumni Association at 604 777 6171 or email Read more...

Meet the Douglas College valedictorians for Winter 2015

This month has been a time for celebration for the many Douglas College students who walked across the stage as part of the Winter graduation ceremonies.

Among them was a group of students who made their mark during their time at Douglas as outstanding students. They are the valedictorians:

Linda Cunningham
Advanced Certificate in Employment Supports Specialty 

"Graduating feels surreal. The course completely absorbed me for months. The unique virtual learning environment was what I most enjoyed. My experience at Douglas College was positive and helpful from start to end. Next for me? I am going to pursue my Vocational Rehabilitation Association designations."

"I have big dreams and the Douglas College Hospitality program has opened multiple doors of opportunities for me to get closer to it. After graduation, I plan on working my way up the ladder to becoming a general manager of a hotel while, of course, travelling the world. I plan on getting my Hospitality degree in the next few years as well."

"I left a career in research in order pursue a lifelong dream of working in health care. Having graduated from the Mental Health Worker Program in 2010, returning to Douglas for the Psychiatric Nursing Degree Program was an easy decision. I have started working at the BC Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital, and am looking forward to a diverse and challenging career"


Monday, February 16, 2015

Douglas College business students invited to network with B.C.’s top employers

You’ve honed your resume. You’ve perfected your LinkedIn profile. You’ve even created your own business cards.

Now it’s time to take the next big step to advance your career: Get out there and network, network, network.

That’s where the Fab 40 networking night comes in. The April 30 event is an opportunity for business students to meet and mingle with some of B.C.’s top employers.

Douglas College business students who want to attend are now being invited to apply for 10 available spots.

Those selected from Douglas will join 30 of their peers from Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Island University.

How to apply

  • Create a two-minute YouTube video which will convince the judging panel as to why you should be a student ambassador representing Douglas College at the Fab 40 networking event. Incorporate some or all of the following into your video clip: Why you chose Douglas. Why you want to be involved in this networking event. What you want to do when you graduate.
  • Email your full name, student number and program name to Organizers will confirm you have met competition requirements and provide you with a username and password to upload your YouTube video.
  • Open to students in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration who are in their final semester and will meet graduation requirements by April 24.

Important dates

  • YouTube video submission deadline is Friday, March 13 at 4:30pm.
  • Judging of submissions to be completed by Wednesday, March 25 at 4:30 pm.
  • Celebration of the 10 winning participants will take place at Douglas College’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, New Westminster Campus, on Thursday, March 26 at 4pm.
  • The Fab 40 networking night takes place Thursday, April 30 from 5-7pm at Steamworks brew pub in Vancouver. You can visit the event website at
For more information, contact Barb Kojder at the Student Employment Centre by email or phone, 604 527 5890.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Judy Graves talk, battle of the bands and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 16-22

Monday, Feb. 16

Judy Graves talk
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1470
10:30 am
Judy Graves, Vancouver's former homeless advocate, shares her stories of working with homeless people and low-income tenants from the Downtown Eastside, and outlines solutions for getting people off the street and into safe and secure housing. Free and open to public. More info: Douglas College News.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
Arts at One presents a performance by graduate students of the UBC Piano Program, directed by Corey Hamm. Free and open to public. More info: Arts Events.

Opening reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Friday, Feb. 20

Artist's talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Battle of the bands
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
Join us for a loud and fun evening of music at the Community Music School Battle of the Bands. Tickets for the show - which can be purchased at the door or by calling 604-527-5469 - are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

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