Friday, June 16, 2017

Last chance to help shape Douglas’s technology future June 20-23

Blogs, social media, cloud-based infrastructure, or collaborative online software; how should Douglas College use technology in the future?

Douglas wants to enhance the student and employee technology experience at the College, both inside and outside the classroom. But, we can't do this without your involvement.

Drop by one of the Technology Future open houses at either campus to share your thoughts. This is your last chance to shape the way technology will be used at Douglas in the future.

New Westminster

When: June 20-22 (Tues-Thurs)
Where: Fishbowl, in the concourse
Time: 10am-2pm


When: June 23 (Fri)
Where: Atrium, A/B Building
Time: 10am-2pm

All information provided will remain anonymous and be used to inform a comprehensive technology strategy that aligns with and supports the successful execution of the College's Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and beyond. Read more...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A change in perspective: Nursing grad chronicles her journey from caregiver to patient

You can make it through hell and back. And Meagan Doumont is living proof.

The Douglas College Nursing grad has survived two devastating incidents that hit her back-to-back in a few short weeks, but she’s not giving up on her dream to help others.

On Aug. 3, one day after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the self-described go-getter was involved in a collision with a semi-truck that drove her off the road and landed her in the hospital. The accident forced the neonatal nurse to take a month off from her dream job at B.C. Women’s Hospital to recover, both physically and mentally.

“I was four days into working by myself in NICU and then I wasn’t able to work. I couldn’t even dress myself, I was in so much pain,” Doumont said.

During that time off, the 30-year-old received a call that a long-awaited MRI to investigate hearing loss in one ear was to be scheduled. The hearing loss had been persisting for one year, but Doumont was positive nothing would come of it. She was a nurse, after all. Being a patient, she said, felt foreign to her.

“When the MRI was complete, the lady working was white as a ghost. In that moment, I knew that she saw something. I got in my car and cried the whole way home,” Doumont recalled. “Then I received the call asking me to come in and see the doctor immediately, and I just started freaking out. I knew it wasn’t good.”

On Sept. 8, 2016, at 10:15am, Doumont was told that she had a non-malignant, slow-growing brain tumour that was the size of a golf ball.

“I was basically in shock for three weeks. But I ended up having to go back to work two days after being diagnosed and I was in a weird spot. It wasn’t safe for me to be there. So, for the first time in my life, I was forced to slow down and take medical leave,” she said.

After learning her tumour was just slightly too large for radiation by a mere two percent, Doumont again steeled herself for another hurdle: a sub-occipital craniotomy at Vancouver General Hospital. With only one set of doctors in the entire province available to do the surgery, Doumont was told it would take six weeks before she would see a specialist, and another two for the neurosurgeon.

“There is nothing worse than being told you have a brain tumor and having to wait to talk to the person who is going to fix it. I literally thought I was going insane,” Doumont recalled. “A single day did not go by without an outburst of tears.”

As a way to cope with all that was going on, Doumont turned to writing. She created a blog, where she chronicled each step of her road to surgery and recovery.

The blog was not only a way to help her navigate the changes that were unfolding her life, but a way to reach out to others going through similar experiences.

“I still had this need to help others. And since I couldn’t do that physically, this was the way I was going to do it,” she said.

Everything that Doumont thought of – whether it was the fear or losing her ability to smile due to facial paralysis after surgery to the anger of being knocked off the path that she had worked so hard to get to – is chronicled in the blog.

And then finally, the day came.

On Feb. 14, Doumont underwent her surgery. The 10-hour-long procedure removed the tumour from her brain, but left her with some new obstacles – hearing loss in one ear and balance issues.

“Let me tell you, you do not realize the importance of your vestibular system until you don’t have it any more,” Doumont writes in her blog.

And, if this experience has proven anything, it’s that nothing can keep Doumont down. In fact, she is already looking forward to a speaking engagement at Douglas College. Invited by one of her BSN instructors, Doumont will talk about her journey firsthand on Nov. 27.

“If you are going through hell, keep going. Even if all you do today is breathe, tomorrow is another day that will be closer to the end of your storm. Be gentle with yourself and accept the help that is offered,” Doumont said.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

A decade of leadership: Student Ambassadors celebrate 10-year milestone

This year, the Douglas College Student Ambassadors mark a milestone with their 10-year anniversary.
Though it may be the largest and longest-running student-leadership program at Douglas, the program had humble beginnings. What started with 12 students who volunteered to assist with graduation in 2007 turned into a thriving group that now boasts 500 alumni. To mark the anniversary, Douglas College is highlighting five notable alums, including Associate of Science Degree grad Divya Krishnan, who is currently studying to become a medical doctor.

1. What drew you to join the Student Ambassadors program?
I was first introduced to the Ambassadors Program by the Office for New Students (ONS) staff and the Student Ambassadors (SAs) themselves because I interviewed and was accepted for a position as Orientation Leader. During Orientation Week, I met volunteers who were Student Ambassadors and many of them mentioned that I should join. I haven't looked back since. I became very active, not only because I wanted to get volunteer hours, but more so because I wanted to have fun and learn lots from a diverse group of people from many different disciplines on campus.

2. What was your first experience with the ambassadors like? Do you have a story about your first experience with them?
To be completely honest, I cannot pinpoint my first experience. All I can recall is that everyone was so willing to introduce themselves and get to know me. When I wasn’t visiting the office on breaks, I would be running errands or making preparations for our upcoming events to ensure good turnout and good organization. I was very passionate about the program and dedicated every bit of my extra time towards it by attending every single event that did not clash with my classes.

3. What did you gain from being a Student Ambassador?
The Student Ambassadors Program allowed me explore and understand my own personality, including my strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of the people around me in order to best accommodate everyone. This is something that I believe should be a part of every workplace as it ensures the harmony of the team as they are all willing to adapt to the needs of their colleagues. Furthermore, the SA program helped me cultivate my communication, interpersonal, leadership and public speaking skills. These are skills that have helped me throughout my time after Douglas College, from transferring to the University of British Columbia (UBC) to moving to St. Kitts for my medical education. Read more...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Need help? Find support with Douglas College Counselling Services.

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 or have an urgent concern, a drop-in appointment is available most afternoons.

Locations and hours

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

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

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


Seven things you need to know about CEIT services

As a Douglas College student, you have access to a variety of services to help you thrive. Some of them are the IT services provided by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT). Take a look at what you need to know to start your semester with confidence.

1. Student ID card: You’ll need yours to pick up library materials and access our campuses outside regular hours. Also, when taking transit, you must carry your student ID card with your U-Pass BC on Compass Card. If you don’t provide both when asked, you might get a fine and your Compass Card could be confiscated. Check when and where to get your student ID.

2. College Network Access: To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi and other network-related services, use your CNA username — your 9-digit student number — and password — by default, your 6-digit birthdate (DDMMYY). For the Wi-Fi, connect to the Douglas College Internal network.
NOTE: For security, change your default password on the first login.

3. Email registration for password reset: Register your personal email address (not your College email address) at If you ever forget your CNA password and use the Self-Service Password Reset, a code will be sent to this address to verify your identity and allow you to create a new password.

4. Office 365: This Canadian cloud service gives to all registered students free access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 1 Terabyte of OneDrive space and a new College email address. Use this email address and your CNA password to log in. The exact address is sent to the personal email you provided to Douglas. Check more information and the FAQs.

5. myAccount and Blackboard: myAccount provides useful information such as course registration, waitlists and tuition fees. Blackboard gives students taking online or hybrid courses access to materials uploaded by instructors — become familiar with the Student Resources section.
NOTE: For access from, hover over the Login drop-down menu at the top and click your option. Your myAccount credentials are your 9-digit student number and 6-digit birthdate. Blackboard requires the same credentials used for myAccount. Remember this after changing the default myAccount PIN.

6. CEIT Support: Our Service Counters provide student ID cards, and assistance with password/PIN resets, login issues and wireless connectivity. If you have difficulty with College-owned technology, you can also contact the Help Desk.

7. Printing: Every semester you may print up to 300 pages for free from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the New West glassed-in area in the concourse). For extra copies, use the PayPrint stations at both campus libraries, room N6212 (New West) and room A2270 (Coquitlam). Your quota is reset to 300 pages at the beginning of each semester. Considering the environment, print only what’s necessary.

For complete information about our IT services, check GET IT – IT Services for Students. Read more...

Get help from fellow students at the Learning Centre

Is philosophy giving you fits? Is APA absolutely agonizing? Is Excel making you enraged? If so, you may want to check out the Douglas College Learning Centre for free help with your courses.

The Learning Centre (or the “LC”) uses a student-led approach to learning that helps you evaluate and improve your study skills to succeed in both current and future courses. The LC has branches at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses, offering free help for writing and college courses.

LC tutors are peer tutors; they are students just like you, taking classes at Douglas or other post-secondary institutions. In addition to helping you with coursework, they can help you with essay writing, math skills and computer skills. Plus, they can coach you on how to study more effectively.

If you are having trouble with a course, don’t wait until it’s too late. From the LC homepage, you can register for an account, log into WCOnline and find a time that’s right for you for a 25-minute appointment. Bookings can be done 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to hesitate. You can also apply for a weekly, ongoing 50-minute session with a tutor. All Learning Centre tutoring is free to Douglas College students.

Another option is to send your written assignments to an online tutor. You can send in your written work at any time, seven days a week. Getting help is as easy as going to our website and choosing the option that works best for you.

The LC also offers computer skills help at the New Westminster campus. If you’re having trouble with a program or need a hand with formatting, ask one of our computer skills tutors. You can find them at the computer skills desk, which is located in the library, just outside the Learning Centre.

The Learning Centre is open during the following hours for the Summer 2017 semester, starting May 8.

New Westminster Room 2105, in the Library
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm

Coquitlam Room A1040, beside the Atrium
Mon-Thurs: 10:30am-4:30pm

Computer Skills Desk (at New Westminster only; hours are subject to change) Mon-Fri: 10:30am-3:30pm Read more...

Safer Walk program available at Douglas College campuses

Want some friendly company when walking at night from campus?

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

Safer Walk trips are available by request Monday to Friday, from 7 to 11pm. These trips will depart from the New Westminster Security Kiosks located in the Concourse. At the Coquitlam Campus, Safer Walk trips will also depart from the Security Kiosk located in the main floor atrium, building A/B.

In addition to the Safer Walk program, at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses, security provides escorts to the parkades and surface parking lots at any time during campus hours.

For more information, please contact the New Westminster Security Kiosk at 604 527 5405 (non-emergency), the Coquitlam Security Kiosk at 604 777 6254 or the Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management at 604 527 5828.


Get involved and have fun outside of class with Student Life

Discover the other half of the college experience!

Head to the Student Life website to learn more about how you can get oriented, healthy, involved, and gain experience! You’ll find information about new student programs, academic success, wellness, student leadership programs, employment opportunities, and campus events.

Your tuition fees include a membership to the College’s fitness centers at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Fitness classes such as yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, and boot camp, are offered at both campuses. Hours of operation are listed online.

Douglas College Student Leadership and Peer Programs, as well as Student Union Clubs are a great way to get involved and include the Business Association, the Photography Club, the International Association, several dance clubs and many more. Get the complete list on the DSU website.
Why get involved?

Believe it or not, students who invest their free time in getting involved on campus are more likely to do well academically.

Get Oriented: There are a few key steps that all successful students take to get settled at the College. Visit the new Student Life blog, Life at DC, to learn about these steps from your fellow students who’ve been there, done that. 

Getting involved: There are lots of college events and programs that you can join, and if you do, you’ll meet new people. While you’re at Douglas College, we want you to make new friends and have fun doing it. 
Get Healthy: You need to be well to do well. Getting exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and taking good care of your mental health will set you up for academic success. 

Get Experience: You want to graduate with a resume that grabs attention and gets you hired. We want to help you! Getting involved on campus, being a student leader, and working in Student Life are great ways to get experience that shows employers what you’re capable of.

Don’t be the last to know what’s happening at Douglas College! Follow Student Life on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Life at DC blog.


A decade of leadership: Student Ambassadors celebrate 10-year milestone

This year, the Douglas College Student Ambassadors mark a milestone with their 10-year anniversary.
Though it may be the largest and longest-running student-leadership program at Douglas, the program had humble beginnings. What started with 12 students who volunteered to assist with graduation in 2007 turned into a thriving group that now boasts 500 alumni. To mark the anniversary, Douglas College is highlighting five notable alums, including Commerce and Business Administration Diploma grad Kim Banh, who is currently a senior financial planner with Scotiabank.

What drew you to the Student Ambassador program?
My experience with the Student Ambassador program started after my first semester. As a new student, I was bored just going to class and going home right after. I wanted to meet new people and make new friends. I also wanted to gain new skills and experiences that I could bring to the workplace when I graduated.

What was your first experience with the ambassadors like?
My first major experience with the program started with New Student Orientation. I volunteered as an orientation leader. I didn't attend New Student Orientation as a student but working as an orientation leader showed me how instrumental it was in getting integrated into college life.

What did you gain from being an Ambassador?
I started off as a volunteer and became a student assistant for the Office of New Students after a couple semesters. I learned a lot in that position, from how to run workshops to presenting in front of a crowd of 150 new students. I was able to really move outside my comfort zone. All of these experiences helped me in the classroom and now in the workplace.


Friday, May 19, 2017

A decade of leadership: Student Ambassadors celebrate 10-year milestone

This year, the Douglas College Student Ambassadors mark a milestone with their 10-year anniversary.
Though it may be the largest and longest-running student-leadership program at Douglas, the program had humble beginnings. What started with 12 students who volunteered to assist with graduation in 2007 turned into a thriving group that now boasts 500 alumni. To mark the anniversary, Douglas College is highlighting five notable alums, including Music Diploma grad Jay Schreiber, who is currently working as an account executive for Steel and Oak Brewing Company.

What drew you to the Student Ambassador program?

Being a Student Ambassador was an opportunity to get involved at the College beyond sitting in class and taking notes. It was a great chance for meeting and interacting with students of other disciplines and networking in the broader community at Douglas. Post-secondary is where you transition into being an adult, and the Ambassador program helps instill confidence and leadership in students.

What was your first experience with the ambassadors like?
The experience that really stands out is getting to know other people on a more personal level, rather than just as classmates. I learned how to create friendships and foster relationships, which have made me successful in my professional life after school. This skill was most helpful for when I transferred out of Douglas to university and needed to start over meeting new people. The best stories I have are from New Student Orientation, where we got to see students really connect and engage with the College.

What did you gain from being an Ambassador?
Being an ambassador helped me gain confidence and leadership skills that I have applied to every other aspect of my life. To know how to take control of situations and not be a passenger in adulthood is a key element to the post-secondary experience. I would encourage every student to leave their comfort zone at some time in their college career in order to truly discover who they are as people and the skills and talents they can contribute to their community.