Monday, April 25, 2016

Video: Douglas College Music Diploma grad sets sights on career in music therapy

Meet Nicole Broughton, a graduate of the Music Diploma program at Douglas College. The multi-talented musician gained essential skills and connections while at Douglas and she is now working towards becoming a music therapist.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Douglas College co-sponsoring Human Behaviour and Evolution Society Conference

Douglas College students have the unique opportunity to hear from leading experts at the 28th Annual Human Behaviour and Evolution Conference (HBES) this summer at the Westin Bayshore hotel.

Speakers from more than 20 countries will present on topics including psychology, biology, anthropology, criminology, literature and more, with a focus on human behaviour and cognition from an evolutionary perspective. With more than 200 scheduled talks, there is something for everyone, said lead organizer and Douglas Psychology instructor Laura Dane.

"It has been my dream to have HBES come to Vancouver, since I first attended as an undergraduate student in 1998," Dane said. "Events like HBES bring the most current research, ideas and people together in one place.

"HBES is also a place were many network with their international colleagues and catch up on old friendships. I personally have started collaborations with colleagues in Australia and Germany through past HBES meetings. As a student, at past conferences, I won the Best Poster Award and was able to network with my PhD advisers."

This year, there will be two pre-conferences and a graduate student/student mentor lunch that will see 80 students meet in breakout groups to speak with mentors on a variety of topics.

The first pre-conference will be held on June 28, 8:30am-5pm at SFU Harbour Centre, Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Rooms 1400-1430. The topic will be "Cross-cultural and Developmental Perspectives on the Evolution of Behaviour and Cognition."

The second pre-conference is June 29, 9am-12pm at the Westin, The topic for this event will be "Connecting Minds in Social Neuroendocrinology and Evolution."

Douglas College Psychology student Santina Hammell, who is volunteering for the event, said she is excited to listen to the speakers, many of whom she has read about in research articles and texts.

"To be able to meet or even be in the same room as many of the speakers is absolutely mind-blowing and thrilling. I cannot wait to make connections with these incredible individuals for the future. I am positive that this experience will solidify my choice to advance my education in the field of Psychology," Hammell said.

The keynote speaker for the conference is anthropologist and "love expert" Dr. Helen Fisher of Rutgers University, who is also chief science officer for dating website

To encourage student engagement, any student who becomes an HBES member (student rate is USD$33 a year) can register for the conference for free before April 29. Early registration for students who are not members of HBES is $100.

After April 29, registration for HBES members is $125 and $150 for non-members. Registration includes all talks and the poster session, coffee and snacks from June 29-July 2, as well as a welcome reception. There will also be a barbecue held on June 30 for $40 that will feature Canada Day fireworks and a banquet on Saturday night ($47).


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Douglas College Nursing grad pursues career as a doctor

Johnny Truong knew for a long time his future involved helping others.

The Douglas College Nursing degree grad started his education at Simon Fraser University, taking General Sciences and Health Sciences before deciding on a career as a pharmacy technician.

While working in the pharmacy, Truong volunteered at a nursing home, where he was drawn to the interaction nurses had with patients.

“I’ve always had a huge passion for helping others,” he said. “I wanted that direct patient care to be a part of my career, so I decided to pursue a four-year Nursing Degree at Douglas.”

After graduating in 2014 and working in hospitals as a registered nurse, Truong is ready for the next change.

The 28-year-old applied and has been accepted to a number of medical schools in the United States, where he will pursue a career as a doctor.

As with his admission into Nursing, entry into medical school is challenging. In the interview process for medical school, Truong drew upon his experience at Douglas College to guide him.

“I had an interviewer tell me that my medical education started the day I began the Nursing program. And that’s how I grew. My time at Douglas is where I draw from when I’m being asked the questions about my experience,” he said. “Working with different teachers and people inspired me to become who I am.”

With acceptance letters to medical schools in Florida and New York, Truong is one step closer to his goal.

Truong intends to become a general practitioner with a focus on preventative care to stem the stream of people who come to the hospital. In his career as a nurse, he has come to understand the critical nature of preventative care.

“In the States, hospital visits can be expensive and not the friendliest place,” Truong said. “I want to be a primary care physician so I can help people before they reach that point.”

He notes his experience as a nurse will be essential to his success as a doctor.

“I would say the relationship between a nurse and doctor is the most important to have for positive patient outcomes. Nurses are the ones spending the most time at the bedside with patients – they are the eyes and ears for physicians,” he said. “Having trust and working together as a team is the only way to provide safe, competent and dignified care.”


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Douglas College Poem of the Month: April 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 "Satan Cometh" by Thorin Clements.

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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Co-op Success: Douglas grad lands dream job after graduation

Douglas College’s Co-operative Education is a gateway to many careers for students looking to break
into their industry of interest.

For Troy Sim, his area of interest lay in the technology sector, prompting his decision to transfer from a private college to Douglas in 2012, where he enrolled in the Computer Science and Information Systems program.

Knowing the value of work experience while studying, Sim applied and completed three different Co-ops that focused on his area of study with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the CEIT department at Douglas and finally with Avigilon – where he currently works.

“After graduation, I was offered a full-time IT position with Avigilon because my colleagues and my manager liked me and my work ethic,” Sim said. “It was always my plan to go back and work with my team at Avigilon.”

Sim notes that his experience gained from Co-op was incredibly valuable and he credits the hands-on tasks and projects that he learned out of the classroom with his success.

Through his experience at each position, Sim was able to improve on communication and problem-solving skills, and test drive what it would be like to pursue a career in the technology industry.

“At first, I was confused and had no clue what I wanted to do down the road, but Co-op helped me plan for my future and what I wanted to do after graduation,” he said. “Participating in Co-op gave me the exposure I needed in the IT industry and helped me figure out what I wanted to do when I graduated.”

Another added benefit to Co-op had to be the connections made, Sim said. Even today, he is in regular contact with his former colleagues from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and CEIT.

“Working experience is a must-have before graduation,” he said. “And that’s the beauty of Co-op. You are there to learn and gain experience.”

To learn more about Co-operative Education opportunities at Douglas College, see here. Read more...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Statistics Canada hiring students for 2016 Census data collection

Looking to improve the way your country runs and earn some extra cash doing it?

Statistics Canada is looking for students to help collect data for the 2016 Census. Hiring for the paid positions will take place until the end of June and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Why should you care about Census?

The 2016 Census will be conducted in May. Census counts are used to collect vital information that will be used to plan, develop and evaluate programs and services that affect Canadians – including post-secondary education, healthcare and public transportation. The data collected is also used to plan infrastructure – including schools, housing and roads.

Statistics Canada is hiring more than 35,000 people across the country for various positions. The temporary, part-time positions include flexible work hours, competitive wages and are available in both rural and urban areas.

Application information can be found on the Census website. Read more...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Co-op Success: Grad launches career in Canada through Douglas connections

Douglas College’s Co-operative Education department acts as a compass for many students, guiding them into careers matching their areas of study.

That was the case for Tamila Khayrullaeva. Going through co-op provided her with the opportunity to practice, gain experience and find a full-time position with a company she is thrilled to work for.

The single mother – who emigrated from Uzbekistan, where she had obtained her PhD – was stressed about plans after graduating from the Accounting Management diploma program before working with the team at co-op.

“I was worried about finding a job right after graduation. I had so many questions about the future. Co-op seemed like the perfect opportunity to get experience in my field of study,” Khayrullaeva said. “Going through co-op was a very useful experience.”

Now, Khayrullaeva is in the second year of work with the company she was connected with through co-op – Benefits by Design. She notes her communication with Benefits by Design flowed through the co-op program, creating a connection to an employer many people wouldn’t have.

She suggests all students take the time to consider co-op, especially if they’re looking for some direction on their path to a career.

“Be consistent in your search. Keep applying, update your resume and be prepared for your interview,” she said, noting she received feedback for her resume from the team at co-op, as well as useful interview tips.

“Use the resources you have available to you at co-op to help achieve your goals.”

To learn more about Co-operative Education opportunities at Douglas College, see here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Uganda Project interns to share their stories at Douglas College on March 31

Learn about the challenges – and joys - of working in a developing country through the stories 20 Uganda Project interns.

On Mar. 31, the recently-returned interns - which include Douglas College grads - will speak at a public presentation at the Coquitlam campus, room A1470, and share their experiences after six months in the East African country.

The speaker event will take place from 9am-12pm and will provide insight into what it’s like to work in a developing country, said Douglas College instructor Janice Spencer.

“Without a doubt, events like this spark insight, understanding and compassion,” Spencer said. “Events like this help to share the experience beyond the interns and promote intercultural understanding and global awareness.”

Spencer, who spearheads the project with fellow faculty member John Fox, has been travelling to Uganda for a number of years with groups of interns for the Uganda Project.

The paid internships are 28 weeks long and break into three job categories: community education worker, community health worker and community social service worker.

Interns use their skills as bridge-builders in the community while taking on various projects – including working with local, grass-root organizers, the Masaka Regional Hospital and the Uganda Community Libraries Association.

“It is personally and professionally challenging and rewarding,” Spencer said.

The College received federal funding to host the International Youth Internship Program that will see post-secondary graduates from across Canada complete internships in the East African country while gaining experience in education, health and social services.

The federal funding will send 40 interns in total over the next two years and will support intern salaries, travel and accommodations, as well as faculty time and travel. In order to qualify, Canadian youth must be between the ages of 19 to 30 and be post-secondary graduates of a diploma or degree program.

For more information on the Uganda Project, see here

Monday, March 21, 2016

Learn more about climate change and energy with annual Douglas College series

Douglas College will host an all-day event focusing on the pressing issues of climate change and energy at the third annual Sustainable Energy Series at Douglas College.

Sponsored by FortisBC, ‘Beyond the Headlines in the Climate Conversation: Energy Solutions and Innovation’ takes place Apr. 1 at the College’s New Westminster Campus.

The free series is open to the public and will feature a number of events, including a student poster showcase, a student-led dialogue, and will wrap up with a panel forum of experts.

“Climate change is arguably the biggest issue facing society today and students are keenly interested in the debate. The FortisBC series is an opportunity for students to explore some of the issues around energy use and conservation to make informed choices in their personal and professional lives,” said Hazel Postma, Douglas College’s Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations.

The student poster showcase runs from 10am-5:30pm in the College’s Concourse area and will feature displays addressing climate change and energy. Also, at 2pm, students will lead a dialogue about conservation, innovation and climate change.

The afternoon continues with a panel forum beginning at 4pm – moderated by Vancouver Sun reporter Jeff Lee – featuring industry experts, including FortisBC’s Director of Communications and External Relations David Bennett, Areef Abraham, CEO of Quality Program Services, Helen Phillips, Canada Green Building Council and Shauna Sylvester, director of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. 

Each panelist will give a 10-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at

Friday, March 18, 2016

Stock up on books and music at the annual EVENT's sale March 21-24

Stock up on some new books, movies or music while supporting the publication of great Canadian literature with the annual EVENT Magazine fundraiser book sale.

Proceeds from the popular fundraiser will support Douglas College’s long-running, award-winning literary journal.

The sale takes place March 21-24, from 10am to 5pm, in the Concourse at the New Westminster Campus.

Donations for the annual sale are welcome and can be dropped off in the field base of the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts office, Room 2600, at the New Westminster Campus or at the Foundation office at the Coquitlam Campus.