Monday, June 29, 2015

Child and Youth Care student inspired to work with aboriginal youth

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Ravina Dhaliwal’s final years of high school weren’t easy. As a new mother and a student working towards graduation, she juggled a lot of responsibilities. 

But with the help of her school’s aboriginal support workers, she stayed on track. In fact, the experience inspired her to pursue her own career as an aboriginal support worker. 

“I want to work with aboriginal youth because I want to give back,” she says. “I had a hard time in high school, and my support workers helped me stay on a good path.” 

Achieving that career goal is what drew Ravina to the Child and Youth Care program. As an aboriginal student, she was particularly interested in the unique learning opportunity provided through the program’s Aboriginal Stream. 

The Aboriginal Stream enabled her to start her program by taking courses developed in partnership with local First Nations groups and taught by First Nations and M├ętis faculty. She also completed a practicum as an aboriginal support worker at a local elementary school.

"My practicum experience was personally fulfilling,” she says. “But I also saw how I was making a positive difference for the students."

Learn more about the Child and Youth Care program on the Douglas College website.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: June 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 "Us Girls" by Amina Nezic.

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.



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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Douglas College in the news: June 2015


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


Douglas College celebrates 10 years of international work in Uganda
New Westminster News Leader

Chamber partners with Douglas College
New Westminster News Leader

Burnaby NOW sports briefs
Burnaby Now

Adjusting to life after school
Toronto Sun



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

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day June 23 + 25


Join members of the Douglas College community to celebrate National Aboriginal Day! Events are planned at both campuses this week and everyone is invited.

New Westminster Campus - Tuesday, June 23


10:40-11:40am
Aboriginal Gathering Place
Bannock Workshop

  • Learn how to cook bannock and taste your creation afterwards. Great with jam.

11:30am-2:30pm
DSU building
Bannock and burgers

12:30-3pm
Concourse
Entertainment and info

  • Singer—Fara Palmer & the Sister Clan (12:30‐1:15pm)
  • #notyourstereotype campaign booth
  • Truth and Reconciliation info booth
8:30am-5pm
Room 2201
Documentary screenings

  • 8:40‐9:25am: It’s Time! ‐ Challenges Canadians with this reality: if we don't improve our relationship with Aboriginal people, we will cripple our economy. 45 minutes.
  • 9:30‐10am: Pow Wow ‐ Explains the powwow's evolution from the age of the buffalo hunt and warrior societies to the more social event it is today. 25 minutes.
  • 10:15‐11:45am: Smoke Signals ‐ A humorous yet serious story about Victor, a young man who Director Chris Eyre describes as "trying to forgive his father." The movie gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world. 90 minutes.
  • 12‐1pm: Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance ‐ Presents the history of the conflict between the Canadian government and the Kwakiutl Indians of the Northwest Pacific over the ritual of the Potlatch. 55 minutes.
  • 1:15‐2pm: A Tribe of One ‐ A documentary about a BC woman who learned that she was a member of the New Westminster First Nation after believing she was Chinese and French. 40 minutes.
  • 2:15‐3pm: In the Land of War Canoes ‐ The plot concerns the efforts of a young man, Motana, son of a great chief, to obtain a bride and how he is thwarted by a wicked sorcerer. 45 minutes.
  • Repeat of movies

Coquitlam Campus - Thursday, June 25

11:45am
A1061
Bannock and clam chowder
(served as long as supplies last)

10:40am-11:40am
A1230
Bannock Workshop

  • Learn how to cook bannock and taste your creation afterwards. Great with jam

12:30-3pm
A/B Atrium
Entertainment and info

  • Singer—Fara Palmer & the Sister Clan (12:30‐1:15pm)
  • #notyourstereotype campaign booth
  • Truth and Reconciliation info booth

8:30am-5pm
A1470
Documentary screenings

  • 8:40‐9:25am: It’s Time! ‐ Challenges Canadians with this reality: if we don't improve our relationship with Aboriginal people, we will cripple our economy. 45 minutes.
  • 9:30‐10am: Pow Wow ‐ Explains the powwow's evolution from the age of the buffalo hunt and warrior societies to the more social event it is today. 25 minutes.
  • 10:15‐11:45am: Smoke Signals ‐ A humorous yet serious story about Victor, a young man who Director Chris Eyre describes as "trying to forgive his father." The movie gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world. 90 minutes.
  • 12‐1pm: Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance ‐ Presents the history of the conflict between the Canadian government and the Kwakiutl Indians of the Northwest Pacific over the ritual of the Potlatch. 55 minutes.
  • 1:15‐2pm: A Tribe of One ‐ A documentary about a BC woman who learned that she was a member of the New Westminster First Nation after believing she was Chinese and French. 40 minutes.
  • 2:15‐3pm: In the Land of War Canoes ‐ The plot concerns the efforts of a young man, Motana, son of a great chief, to obtain a bride and how he is thwarted by a wicked sorcerer. 45 minutes.
  • Repeat of movies

For more information, please contact Dave Seaweed: seaweedd@douglascollege.ca



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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

More opportunity for Douglas College CSIS students to gain experience in tech sector


The B.C. government is providing $6 million to support training in the technology sector that will benefit students at Douglas College and other institutions.

The recently announced funding will go towards the B.C. Innovation Council, which runs a co-op grants program that funds work placements at smaller tech companies for post-secondary students.

“This B.C. government announcement is fantastic news for Computing Science and Information Systems (CSIS) students here at Douglas,” says Lianne Johnston, with Douglas College Co-operative Education. “This support will create more opportunities for students to gain valuable experience working in the fast-growing tech industry.”

The Co-operative Education Program at Douglas College gives students in a variety of programs the opportunity to alternate semesters of classroom study with semesters of paid employment.

“Getting involved in the Co-op program is an excellent way to get work experience, network with employers and even land a job after graduation,” Johnston says. “Students are welcome to get in touch with us to learn about the available opportunities.”

To learn more about the Co-op program, visit the Douglas College website.



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Health Care Support Worker student makes a difference in clients’ lives


As a student in the Health Care Support Worker Certificate program, Melody Ondzik learned plenty about how to help improve the lives of people in need.

But her experience in the three-semester program has given her more than just new skills and knowledge.

“I’ve changed as a person,” she says. “The experience has taught me a lot about my own humanity. It’s taught me how to connect with people.”

The Health Care Support Worker program prepares students to work on the front lines of physical and mental health care, in a variety of settings. They learn how to assist clients with daily living and help them deal with psychosocial challenges.

For Melody, making a difference in people’s lives is important.

“I’m a single mom who struggled for years until finally deciding to return to school,” she says. “I've always loved the idea of helping people in need, and being an advocate for them.”

“I've dealt with many friends and family who have suffered from mental illness and addictions, and I know that I need to take a stand to ensure that these people, and others like them, get the help they deserve.”

During her practicum placements, Melody got hands-on experience helping people in need. She worked directly with clients in assisted living, a seniors care centre and at other sites. She found it rewarding to help clients with the small but important daily activities, enabling them lead healthier and happier lives.

“This program has undoubtedly changed my communication skills, my self-concept, and my life for the better,” she says. “There is no better feeling than waking up every day and knowing you are making a difference.”

To learn more about the Health Care Support Worker Certificate program, visit the Douglas College website.



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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Attend a philosophy talk at Douglas College


Interested in philosophy? Everyone is invited to a public lecture at Douglas College by Raj Singh, from the Brock University Philosophy Department.

Singh's talk--titled "Heidegger on Being, World, Dwelling and Thinking"--is being presented as part of the Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy at Douglas College.

The event takes place Thursday, June 25, 6:30-8:00pm in Lecture Theatre 2201 on the New Westminster Campus. A reception will follow.

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


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Engineering programs coming to Douglas


Explore. Plan. Design. Create. Sound appealing? It's what engineers do every day, using the principles of science and mathematics. And, there's no better place to get started than Douglas.

We've got two new engineering programs in the works for this year: the one-year Engineering Foundations certificate, and the two-year Engineering Essentials diploma.

If you're planning on heading to university, specifically UBC, then check out the one-year certificate, All courses transfer to UBC's school of engineering, and you'll be able to improve your GPA and save a bit of money by starting at Douglas.

The two-year diploma program is where you can really start getting into the fun stuff. The second year allows students to build and design real-world applications - robots and Raspberry Pi's - and use fabrication technologies such as waterjets, laser cutters and spot welders. You'll be eligible for co-operative education, and networking opportunities will also be arranged for students.

Both programs are planned to start this year. To find out more about either program and get your name on the wait list you can attend an information session on Thursday June 11, 5:30-7pm, in room 3903 at the New Westminster Campus, or contact Barb Allen, program coordinator, at 604 527 5427 or by email.


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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Meet the Douglas College valedictorians for Summer 2015


This week 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:

Mary Dunn


"Douglas got me started on my goal of becoming a CPA. It also has provided an excellent way to network with other future professionals in my field."

Iloradanon Efimoff

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"Douglas has helped me to achieve my goals by creating a sense of community in campus, both in and out of the classroom. As an active volunteer in a variety of areas on campus, I never felt isolated."

Danielle Felices


"I just wanted to give a big thank you to my instructors at Douglas College: Janet, Denise, Claudia, June, Wayne, David, Alicia and Diana. It was evident that they really care about their students and love teaching." 

Mohammad Guivehchian


"My time at Douglas College was packed with happiest of memories, so to pick one out is really hard. I would say looking at a human eye under the slit lamp / biomicroscope for the first time was a unique experience."

Aleisha Husolo


"My best memory at Douglas college is my first day in the program. I came in not knowing what to expect and I walked into a room filled with friendly and excited students and teachers that welcome us excited to teach."

Radka Prihodova


"I have lots of great memories of Douglas College. I started at the college as a special entry student, so I was able to make friends across all graduation years. Particularly when I joined the class I am graduating with this year, I suddenly felt that this was the group of people I belonged with."

Taelor Taylor


"Well, there is no way I would be living my dream right now if I hadn’t been accepted into the CYC program. I believe that the program was a perfect fit for me in that it enhanced and built upon the skills and abilities that I brought to the program."





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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Prizm Media president Karina Hayat receives Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award


Karina Hayat has some simple advice for college students who aspire to one day start their own business.

“Just absolutely go for it. Don’t be afraid—because you only live once,” she says.

Hayat knows plenty about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

She is the co-founder and president of Prizm Media, a multi-million dollar healthcare marketing company.

In the early 2000s, while studying biology and other subjects at Douglas, she co-founded the business with Zeeshan Hayat, then her partner and now her husband.

While their initial goal was to supplement their income, the business soon became the focus of their careers.

Prizm Media is now a well-known success story in the health and wellness sector. The company has generated millions of leads for its clients and seen revenue grow by over 1,200 percent in recent years.

Hayat is also this year’s recipient of the Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award.

“I’m absolutely humbled and honoured to receive this award,” she says. “I’m very grateful for my experience as a student at Douglas College.”

“During that time, I learned to believe in myself and have confidence that I could achieve my goals.”

Originally, Hayat had planned to study nursing after Douglas.

But when the business began to take off, she decided the right move was to become a full-time entrepreneur with her husband.

“We taught ourselves everything we could about online marketing and that became the passion,” she says.

“And we combined that with our love for health care and wellness and that’s how the business was born.”

Hayat's tips for aspiring entrepreneurs


Find a mentor

“Don’t be shy. Ask. The worst thing you’re going to get is a ‘no’ and then you just move on to the next person,” she says.

Improve leadership skills

“It doesn’t matter if you are at an entry level position or if you plan to be a CEO one day. Leadership is really essential in order to work with a team,” she says.

Ask for help

“When you need help you should seek out people that have that expertise and not be shy to look within and say ‘well, I don’t know this,’” she says.



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