Friday, September 19, 2014

Douglas College pumped to celebrate BC Coaches Week

                                                              Jerald Walliser Photo
Douglas College will be pumping iron and going shoeless to mark BC Coaches Week from Sept. 20-27. Led by ViaSport British Columbia, BC Coaches Week is held annually to recognize the valuable contribution coaches make to sport across the province.

“Whether they’re volunteering with a youth team or providing guidance to collegiate athletes, coaches are the backbone of the sport system here in B.C. We want to celebrate their amazing contributions and have some fun at the same time, which is why we’ve organized some exciting activities for BC Coaches Week,” says Alison Gill, Fieldwork and Coaching Coordinator at Douglas College.

As part of the celebration, Douglas College is offering the public a behind-the-scenes look at how competitive athletes train. Throughout the sports season, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder leads daily 75-minute workout sessions with varsity athletes at the New Westminster Campus. During BC Coaches Week, the public is invited to watch the workouts and take part in brief Q&A discussions. Information about the sessions and registration is available on the Douglas College website. Free admission, space is limited.

As well, Douglas College students and athletes are raising funds to support Right to Play, an international organization that helps to educate and empower disadvantaged children through fun programs and activities. Students in the Sport Science program have challenged varsity athletes to take part in the “Go Shoeless” fundraiser. Those who accept the challenge must take off their shoes for an entire game or class, photograph their experience and help bring in donations.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Video: Frosh 2014 excitement at Douglas College

At Douglas College, the start of the school year just wouldn't be complete without obstacle course races, water fights, dance offs and other fun activities. Hundreds of first-year students took part in Frosh 2014 and you can check out the highlights in this video.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Douglas College Sport Science students and faculty off to national conference

A group of Sport Science students, faculty and staff from Douglas College is getting ready to attend a national student leadership conference.

The Physical Health and Education Canada Student Leadership Conference takes place Sept. 17-21 in Bancroft, Ontario.

The conference gives post-secondary students in the physical or health education fields the opportunity to meet their peers and develop leadership skills and experience through a variety of activities.

Here's what some of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching students have to say about taking part in the conference:

Lisa Trulson: "I feel honoured to be attending the PHE Leadership Conference in Ontario with my peers from BPEC. I am excited about the opportunity to meet fellow students from around Canada who are interested in the same avenues of study as well as learning from the mentors' experienced in the field. I think this will be a great chance to connect and expand our comfort zones by stepping out of them."

Jessie Trottier: "I am excited to meet new people from all over the country and learn how to be the leader I know I can be. I'm looking forward to the outdoors and experiencing Ontario in the Fall."


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Video: Douglas College student scores Vancouver Whitecaps co-op job

Ever wonder what it's like to work behind the scenes with a professional sports team? Douglas student Iain McHugh got to find out through a co-operative education placement with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Check out this video to find out what Iain got up to. More information about the Douglas College co-op program is available at

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Discount BC Lions tickets on sale for Douglas College students

Join your fellow Douglas College students and roar for the BC Lions. Discount tickets are on sale for the game against the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday, Oct. 11 at BC Place.

The deadline to buy the $20 Student Night tickets is Friday, Sept. 19. You'll also get a sharp-looking Douglas College/BC Lions hoodie as part of the deal.

For details about how to get tickets, visit

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit, concert, Frosh event and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 15-21


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out the Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases exhibit. More information:

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Frosh event
New Westminster Campus, concourse
The Douglas College Business Assocation is hosting a fun networking event for students. More information:

Thursday, Sept. 18

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Everyone is invited to this free concert as part of the Arts at One concert series. More information:

Friday, Sept. 19

Ticket deadline
Sept. 19 is the deadline to buy discount tickets for BC Lions student night. The game takes place Oct. 11. More information:

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Safer Walk program resumes at Douglas College New Westminster campus

Want some friendly company when you walk at night between the New Westminster campus and the SkyTrain station?

Douglas College offers a Safer Walk program for students and employees heading to the New Westminster SkyTrain station.

From Monday to Friday, students and employees will be offered optional escorted trips to the station by a uniformed Security Officer.

The walks will depart every 30 minutes, from 7 to 11pm, leaving from the College’s main concourse, level 2, near the West entrance of the campus.

For more information, please contact the Security kiosk at 604 527 5405 (non-emergency), or the Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management at 604 527 5828.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Animal scientist Temple Grandin to deliver sold-out talk at Douglas College

Ticket Update: Due to high demand for tickets, event organizers have added a reduced-price ticket option for an overflow lecture hall room in which there will be a live webcast of the talk. While a limited number of tickets for the main theatre is expected to become available early on the week of Sept. 15, 2014, those already on the existing ticket waiting list are also encouraged to buy tickets for the overflow room to avoid disappointment. Those on the waiting list who end up with tickets for the main theatre will be refunded the cost of any overflow tickets they purchase.

Overflow room tickets are $5 and available online.

Overflow room details:
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Ave.
Lecture Hall 2201 – Live Webcast
Sunday, Sept. 28

Temple Grandin—animal-welfare advocate, autism activist and distinguished scholar—will share her insights into animal behaviour during a sold-out talk at Douglas College.

Grandin is a best-selling author and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Throughout her career, she has driven efforts to improve livestock handling and quality of life for animals. Diagnosed with autism at an early age, Grandin is also a prominent advocate for people with autism. Her life story was documented in the Emmy Award-winning HBO movie Temple Grandin.

“I have had the privilege of hearing Dr. Grandin speak several times, and I find both her and her work to be extremely inspiring. She has done more to bring positive change to the welfare of our domestic animals than almost anyone else internationally,” says Diane Boyle, Veterinary Technology Instructor at Douglas College.

“As an acclaimed, in-demand speaker who supports the Veterinary Technology profession, we are thrilled that Dr. Grandin has agreed to speak at Douglas College. She is a very down-to-earth and entertaining speaker, and we look forward to her presentation,” Boyle says.

The talk takes place Sunday, Sept. 28, 7pm, at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave. A book signing will follow. Tickets for the event have sold out. However, an online waiting list is available for any tickets that become available. All proceeds go to the Douglas College Veterinary Technology Trust Fund and the BC SPCA.

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Douglas College Counselling Services is here to help

               David Denofreo Photo
College can be a stressful and confusing time for many students. Often this has an impact on school performance. It may be helpful to talk to someone who can assist you with managing personal challenges and easing the pressure of college life.

If you are dealing with a problem that is affecting your school performance, it may be useful to talk to someone who can support you. Counsellors, located at both New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, are trained to provide short term personal counselling, career counselling and student advocacy. You may want to visit Counselling Services for free support if you are having trouble in areas such as:

  • Managing personal stressors
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief
  • Family related concerns
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Adjustment to college
  • Setting career goals
  • Making career choices
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities according to college policy

How do you make an appointment?

Simply phone or come in to make a 50-minute appointment. If you are in crisis, or if you do not require a full appointment, shorter, 20-30 minute drop-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locations and hours:

New Westminster campus, room 4600 (South)
604 527 5486 TTY: 604 527 5450
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday from 8:30am-7:00pm

Coquitlam campus, room A1050
604 777 6185 TTY: 604 777 6179
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; Tuesday from 8:30am-7:00pm

You aren’t alone – Counselling Services is here for you. More information is available on the Douglas College website


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Get involved and have fun outside of class with Douglife

Want to discover the other half of the college experience? Douglife is your one-stop shop for activities outside of class like Frosh, global internships and volunteer opportunities, student leadership, and intramurals. Douglife also supports student clubs and organizations, wellness programs, and overall student development. 

Complimentary fitness classes are offered at both campuses ranging from yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, and basic step. There are also two fitness centres accessible to Douglas College students and staff: one at the New Westminster campus and one at the Pinetree Community Centre next to the Coquitlam campus. Hours of operation are listed on the Douglife website.

Volunteer opportunities exist on and off campus. On-campus opportunities include helping run International Day and other exciting events, while off-campus opportunities exist through a variety of organizations like the Red Cross and PoCoMo Youth Services.

Some of the clubs that exist on campus are the Running Club, the Photography Club, the Social Networking Club, the International Association, and several dance clubs. Get the complete list on the Douglife website.

Why get involved?

  • Getting involved in co-curricular activities gives you the chance to meet new people with similar interests. In other words, make new friends and have fun doing it.
  • Physical activity can have a strong, positive impact on mood, and social interaction can boost cognitive performance.
  • Gain personal and professional skills that will benefit you in classroom settings and in future careers. 

So whether you want to join a sports team, develop your leadership skills, intern in Zambia or create a club, Douglife is the place you need to be. Check us out our website for more information.