Friday, July 1, 2016

Douglas College Poem of the Month: July 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 poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "In Retrospect" by D'arcy Arseneau.

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. Read more...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Video: Meet Marketing Diploma grad Horia Dumitru

Horia Dumitru has also been drawn to the world of promotion and sales. His desire to know more - and to pursue a career in the field - drew him to Douglas College, where he enrolled in the Marketing Diploma Program.

Now, Dumitru is putting the skills he learned at Douglas College and through his practicum to use with a new job at a point-of-sales software company where he is currently working on technical support and sales. 

Check out this video to learn more about Horia:

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Video: Meet Associate of Arts - Intercultural and International Studies student Surya Viswanathan

Before coming to Douglas College, Surya Viswanathan had plans to make it to the big leagues as a baseball player. But after accepting an invite to a meeting hosted by the College's Student Ambassador's program, that all changed. Through the mentoring of those heading up the program, Surya discovered a career he had never considered that combined his passion for travelling and for helping others - a diplomat.

After enrolling in the Intercultural and International Relations program at Douglas College, Surya is ready to trade the outfield for the world stage.

Check out this video to learn Surya's story:

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Douglas College



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

Coquitlam Campus - June 22

Bannock Making Workshop
10am to 12pm
Room A1230

Indian Taco Lunch
11:30am to 1:30pm
Rooms A1061 and A1062

Performance by Tsatsu Stalqaya & Friends
12:30pm to 1:30pm
AB Atrium

Strain and Conflict in Criminology: An Aboriginal Context
2pm to 3pm
Room A1170

Weaving Workshop
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Room A2050

Aboriginal Film Series
Room A1470

8th Fire: Indigenous in the City
8:30am to 9:30am

8th Fire: It's time.
9:30am to 10:30am 

Musqueam Through Time
10:30am to 11.00am 

Kanehsatake: 270 Year of Resistance
12:30pm to 2:30pm  

Canyon War
2:30pm to 3:30pm 

New Westminster Campus - June 23

Bannock Making Workshop
10am to 12pm
Aboriginal Gathering Place (room 4650)

Bannock and Chowder Lunch
11:30am to 1:30pm
Aboriginal Gathering Place

Performance by Tsatsu Stalqaya & Friends
12pm to 1pm  
Concourse

Strain and Conflict in Criminology: An Aboriginal Context
1pm to 2pm
Aboriginal Gathering Place

Weaving Workshop
2pm to 3pm 
Aboriginal Gathering Place

Aboriginal Film Series
Room 4920

8th Fire: Indigenous in the City
8:30am to 9:30am

8th Fire: It's time.
9:30am to 10:30am 

Musqueam Through Time
10:30am to 11.00am 

Kanehsatake: 270 Year of Resistance
12:30pm to 2:30pm  

Canyon War
2:30pm to 3:30pm 



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Friday, June 10, 2016

Douglas College BPEC alum to head SFU men's basketball team




Douglas College alum Steve Hanson has made a slam dunk, snagging the title of head coach for SFU’s men’s basketball team.

A graduate of Douglas College’s Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program, Hanson was named to the position on May 25, after more than a decade of coaching the Terry Fox Secondary Ravens. Hanson was also the lead assistant coach on the SFU Clan’s past season and has been interim head coach of the program since April 7.

“When the position opened up, I saw a chance to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a head coach at the post-secondary level,” Hanson said. “I had only been assistant coach for a year, but that’s life – when opportunity comes, you have to take it.”

Hanson says the gig comes with its challenges. As the only Canadian team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, problems can come up when playing in an American league with American rules. Adding to that are SFU’s high academic standards.

“We’ve got to work hard to find high-level athletes who are excellent students as well,” Hanson said. “Our pitch has to be different to potential athletes.”

Despite the obstacles, Hanson is setting big goals. The 41-year-old aims to win a Great Northwest Athletic Conference and become the first-ever SFU men’s basketball team to make it to the NCAA championships.

Fortunately, for the team, Hanson has the resume to back up his sky-high goals. He was head coach of the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance program, coaching with the 3D Basketball Academy and his Level 3 certification from the National Coaching Certification program. For six years he worked with players in the NFL, CFL and NHL as a speed and strength specialist with Gridiron Sports Development.

While coaching at Terry Fox Secondary, Hanson decided to take his career to the next level with post-secondary education in 2007. That led him Douglas to enroll in the BPEC program as a mature student, graduating in 2011. He followed that up with a Bachelor of Education from SFU in 2013.

“I look back at my time at Douglas very fondly. It was a very exciting time for me, especially coming back as a mature student, wondering if I could keep up with the young bucks,” Hanson said. “All the instructors were a huge influence on me. The practical experience I gained at Douglas College was crucial in my development as a coach and teacher. I am a very proud Douglas College Sport Science alum.” Read more...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New Westminster Police Chief named 2016 Honorary Fellow

New Westminster Police Chief Dave Jones has been named to Douglas College's highest distinction - the 2016 Honorary Fellow.

The Douglas College Criminology grad was nominated for his tireless work in law enforcement, which first began in 1982 as a volunteer with the Reserve Police Section of the NWPD, before being hired on as a full-time officer in 1986.

“It feels really special to be recognized. I truly appreciate the nomination and receiving the award,” Jones said. “Douglas College was my first experience with post-secondary education and it was very beneficial to my overall career.”

In the Honorary Fellow nomination form, Jones is recognized for “an unwavering commitment to the safety, security and enhancement of [his] community.”

Throughout his career, Jones has worked in a variety of units, including patrol, major crimes, the special operations unit, drugs section, community services and street crime.

“Chief Jones is an integral part of this community. His dedication to this city and its residents is admirable,” College President Kathy Denton said. “We’re always excited to have Chief Jones come in to the classroom as a guest lecturer and hope he continues to share his vast knowledge with our students.”

For his dedication to serving and protecting his community, Jones has also received recognition for various investigations and events in the form of a Chief Constable Commendation, Sr. Officer’s Commendation, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In May 2013, the Governor General of Canada presented the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces medal to Jones, recognizing his commitment to this country and honouring a career of exceptional service within policing in Canada.

“I truly appreciate the recognition, but I’m always reminded that there have been a lot of other great people I’ve worked with who have been invaluable in all of the projects or changes we’ve seen over the years,” Jones said.

Outside of his work with the NWPD, Jones has strong roots in the community through youth sports teams. Jones currently chairs the Westminster District Boys' Soccer program along with the Coquitlam Field Sports Association.

Jones will be presented as a 2016 Douglas College Honorary Fellow on Thursday, June 9. Read more...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Doing what they love: Douglas College valedictorians

This week, many students will end their time at Douglas College and begin their journey to a career they love. At Douglas, we're proud to have so many remarkable students making up our community. We know that each one has their own story, so we'd like to share those of our valedictorians before they head off to do what they love.























Brittany Bailey
Bachelor of Performing Arts

What drew you to study at Douglas College?
The Bachelor of Performing Arts program, itself, was the initial draw, but once I attended my audition for the program in person at the Douglas College campus, I also liked the whole vibe of the school. There is something about the feel of the school that reminds me a bit of the College campus in my hometown, which put me at ease early on. I felt welcome to ask questions and wasn't intimidated by both the space and the people.

Were there any highlights from your time as a student you would want to share?
I was missing many of the credits that are required to enter into the program in May. I was given the opportunity to enter, provided I completed the English courses and the missing upper level performing arts credits before the start of the program. The project I was offered to work on to complete the credits stands out as an eye-opening and stimulating experience for me. Myself and another future "BPA'er" classmate got to work together to assist Deborah Neville on Douglas College Theatre Department's production of Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Tale. I had been out of the theatre industry for a few years, and my experience with the dramaturgy element and helping coach actors one on one reignited my own passion for theatre and music. I was reminded of the things I love about mentorship and coaching, and how it can relate to my work as a performer.

Is there any advice you would give new students?
It sounds cliche, but perhaps for a good reason. If something scares you, go at it full force. The safety net of school gives you the opportunity to try and explore things and sides of you that you might not have the guts or the financial wherewithal to try once you're out in the workforce. Also, never cite an abstract. I learned that one the hard way!

What are your plans after you graduate?
I am really motivated to get into a show at the moment. Since the BPA finished January 2016 I have been getting out to as many auditions as I can, and am also on the hunt for an agent.  Finding a balance between coaching/teaching (both music and theatre), as well as performing in various capacities (stage, film, music gigs) is the ultimate goal.

















Victoria Dawe

What drew you to study at Douglas?

The Veterinary Technology Program at Douglas College is one of only a few of its kind in B.C., and catered to all of my needs as a working student.

Were there any highlights from your time as a student that you want to share?

Having the opportunity to work with so many amazing animals alongside a great group of friends!

Is there any advice you would give to new students?

Build a support network with your fellow classmates. Particularly if you’re in a tough program, having a group of friends that can support one another will help ease you through difficult moments and make your overall experience much more enjoyable.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I will be completing a four-month internship with Canada West Veterinary Specialists, then pursuing work opportunities as a Veterinary Nurse with cheetahs and other endangered species in South Africa.























Pamela Findlay

What drew you to study at Douglas College?

I have always had my mind set on becoming a health-care professional, and being a nurse was the perfect career for me. I was passionate and determined, but as a mom of two I was also busy. I loved the program layout that Douglas College offered, so when it became time to select a seat, Douglas won hands down! 

Were there any highlights from your time as a student you would want to share?

My favourite memory is taking part in a multidisciplinary simulation with the students of the Justice Institute of British Columbia. 

Is there any advice you would give new students?

Get involved! There are a ton of opportunities to get involved, and peer support is a necessity for surviving life as a student. 

What are your plans after you graduate?

My plans after graduation are to pursue additional education to become an emergency/trauma nurse. 

















Jonathan Friesen

What drew you to study at Douglas College?

My wife and I enjoy living in Coquitlam and the College was very close. Plus, seeking a career in Early Childhood Education is my current goal after much encouragement from my family and peers.

Were there any highlights from your time as a student you would want to share?

The students I have had the privilege of working with over these two years are amazing, caring, and motivated to change the world. Many of our instructors encouraged us to do that very thing, and I think we will. 

Is there any advice you would give new students?

Never doubt your own abilities. If you don't understand something now, learning something else might lead you to it. Work hard, but also take time to rest and recover - you'll thank yourself for that one in the end. 

What are your plans after you graduate?

After I graduate, I plan to take some time away from post-secondary and enter the workforce as an Early Childhood Educator - inspired, of course, by my wife and my daughter. Also, writing stories and making puppets will factor into my future plans.


















Laura MacMillan

What drew you to study at Douglas College?

. The campus was very engaged and provided many opportunities to meet new people. After I completed the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching  program in 2012, I started working in the Registrar’s Office as an Enrolment Services Specialist. It was a great way to pay it forward to students and help them accomplish their academic goals. I was accepted to PDP at SFU, but decided that I wanted a different career path. I reviewed some job descriptions and noticed that a background in Marketing was ideal. I looked through the Marketing programs at Douglas and noticed that there was a Post-Degree Diploma in Marketing which would fit my work schedule perfectly.

Were there any highlights from your time as a student you would want to share?

Some of my favourite highlights from my time as a Douglas College student were playing on the Varsity Softball team, working as a Youth Camp Leader, and feeling connected with my peers in the BPEC and PDD Marketing programs. Going to Douglas everyday felt like going to a second home because I knew majority of my classmates and the staff/faculty. It was also amazing to work with real-life companies such as Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Share, Ian White – Life and Relationship Coach, and many more! The hands on experience have provided me with resources that other students from other institutions might not receive. This is ideal for employers since we have actual experience when we go to work for them.

Is there any advice you would give new students?

Take advantage of as many learning opportunities as you can to develop yourselves and to become more competitive in the work force. It is better to try to understand the material and not just achieve a good grade, because we are likely to forget what we got in our second-year marketing course but we can apply the material learned from it for the rest of our lives.

And when you don’t succeed, it is okay because failure can be the best outcome when you are working towards success. 

Become involved with as many clubs or leadership opportunities as possible. This is one of the best ways to meet new people and develop life-long friendships,

What are your plans after you graduate?
I am currently the Sport Science Placement at Douglas. The department is fun and engaging to work with and I can say that I love my job! Currently, I am applying to MBA programs where I will concentrate on Sport Management. I loved the PDD in Marketing so much that I decided to combine both my passions in marketing and sports. I plan to start in March 2017, so I decided to take a five week tour of Europe in September just to have some fun between programs.






















Marlene McCaffrey

What drew you to study at Douglas College?
I started out with Douglas planning to go into the Nursing program and became very interested in biology and psychology. When I took a course in Biological Reasons for Behavior with Dr. Marshall, I found my passion. It was a blend of both of my interests. I was also able to complete my BA in an honours program where I was able to conduct research and defend a thesis. I was able to do all that with small classroom sizes, teachers who are passionate about what they are teaching and who truly care about their students. The fact that you can start at Douglas just trying a course or two and stay to complete an Honours Degree in Applied Psychology was an amazing opportunity. As a mature student, age never really occurred to me, I am a believer in life-long education. I believe that you should always challenge yourself and I consider life a journey in the pursuit of knowledge and service to others.

Were there any highlights from your time as a student you would want to share?
Graduating with my Honours Bachelor in Applied Psychology and being asked to be valedictorian has to be the biggest highlight of my educational career at Douglas College. It's been a long road to graduation for me. I started many years ago and through many challenges and a lot of perseverance, I am so pleased to have reached the end of this journey and prepare to start my next one.

Is there any advice you would give new students?
Take advantage of the many resources that Douglas College has to offer, as well as the ability to go visit professors during their office hours for assistance, advice or guidance. Find your passion in life and even if you're not sure what that is yet, take a leap and try something that interests you. You might just find, like me, your passion along the way of sampling the many courses that Douglas has to offer.

Don't be afraid to take on a challenge. Whether that is a participating in a research poster contest for group work you've done, volunteering to help a professor in your Department with a Conference or study they are conducting, helping at the Student Union Office or becoming involved in the many groups at Douglas, look for ways to challenge yourself and connect with other students and with the faculty.

What are your plans after you graduate?
My next step is to apply to graduate school. I am hoping that I will be able to minor in neuropsychology at the same time as acquiring a PhD in Psychology. My long-term goal is to work as a child psychologist either in the capacity of research or practice.























Alina Reed

What drew you to study at Douglas College?

The specific program (Child and Youth Care) that was offered close to where I live. I chose Douglas College because of the price (being cheaper than university) and because of the small, intimate classes. I had no interest  in attending an institution where I was anonymous in a large class. This also gave me an opportunity to gain one-to-one support and guidance from the faculty - which I have heard is often not possible at larger institutions. To me, that is a deal breaker.

Were there any highlights from your time as a student you would want to share?

There are many highlights that I can share from my time at Douglas, but what comes to mind is my involvement in the Uganda Project in 2014. I applied to do my practicum in Uganda, and once I was accepted my view of the world and privilege as I know it changed so much. The year preparation was key - many international practicums do not offer that, which is a shame because I got so much out of that year. Additionally, I have to say that a highlight is the support I have gotten from the faculty in the program throughout my four years - especially in my last year in preparing to enter into a Master's program in the next few years.

Is there any advice you would give new students?

Take advantage of the support and guidance from your professors, in class and outside of class - you will gain so much more than what is taught! Also, take pride in your work but don't stress too much. Coming from someone who put a lot of pressure on herself, it's not all about grades. I laugh saying that now because I had (and still have) very high expectations for myself and didn't really listen to that at all. Finally, take a class that is either outside your comfort zone or something you wouldn't normally take. You would be surprised how much your perspective can change and how much you can offer to your classmates. 

What are your plans after you graduate?

My plans now are to complete a Play Therapy Certificate through the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy this summer, and in 2017 begin my Master's Degree in Child and Youth Care Counselling in order to become a child and youth clinical counsellor. And who knows, completing my PhD in the future does not sound too far-fetched.






















Michelle Salema

What drew you to study at Douglas College?

I liked the Computer Science and Information Systems Diploma program offered at Douglas the best. I knew I wanted to get into technology - the industry is always growing and has so much opportunities - and I knew I wanted the more intimate, small class sizes I didn't want to be just a number in a class of 100 students, I wanted to build relationships with my teachers and get to know my classmates. 

Were there any highlights from your time as a student you would want to share?

Everyday felt like a highlight, to be honest. I learned something new every time I went into class. But the best feeling was in my last semester when my team and I created a really awesome mobile app. It was the first piece of work that I felt was good enough to be put into the real world. I was - and still am - very proud of it. Throughout creating the app, I overcame a lot of obstacles that I thought I couldn't get through. But with teamwork, and time, we pulled it together and created something we were proud of.

Is there any advice you would give new students?

Ask questions in class, get to know your teachers and be vocal. You are here to learn, so take advantage of all the resources that you can. Do your work and be passionate about it. It's better to learn from your mistakes in the classroom than in a real job. Remember what you came here for, and make sure you get it.

What are your plans after you graduate?

Currently, I am working as a contracted software developer for a small startup. The whole things still feels a little surreal. It's pretty cool to see how someone's idea can turn into a huge multi-million dollar business. I got the connection through Douglas College's career adviser and I will be forever thankful!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Douglas College names Robert Jeeves at its 2016 Distinguished Alumni


Douglas College will present its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Robert Jeeves, co-founder of Drive for the Cure Foundation – a B.C.-based charity raising millions for the purchase of cancer-treatment equipment.

“Receiving this award is a great surprise and honour,” Jeeves said. “It was a long time ago – in 1983 – that I started at Douglas College and it’s always nice to be recognized for the work you do in the community to help others.”

The successful realtor studied Criminology and Construction Management in the 1980s at Douglas College. Following that, Jeeves joined his family business, followed by a stint at Sleeman Breweries, before turning to a career in real estate.

In 2001, Jeeves and his friends founded Drive for the Cure Foundation in honour of one of a friend’s mother – Joy Anne Fisher. Since then, the foundation has raised more than $2.5 million for life-saving equipment, in addition to an endowment that has more than $855,000 in the fund.

All of the events and fundraising programs are designed and run by volunteers, with zero funds going towards administration fees, Jeeves said.

“It has been a real passion for the group to push this forward,” Jeeves said. “Now we are hoping our work will wear off on our children and they will continue the work we’ve started.”

Drive for the Cure Foundation fundraises through a number of events, most notably, the Drive for the Cure Golf Tournament. Proceeds from these events are used to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for those struggling with cancer.

Projects undertaken by the Drive for the Cure include the purchase of special diagnostic and treatment equipment, provision of funds for a children’s program to assist young children coping with cancer in the family or the death of a parent or grandparent and the purchase of visual aids to provide patients undergoing treatments.

The former Douglas hockey player is also active in his community through youth sports as a member and coach of Haney Neptune’s swim club and Ridge Meadows Minor hockey.



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Monday, June 6, 2016

Douglas College Poem of The Month: June 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 poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Don Draper on California" by Carson Marquardt.

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, May 31, 2016

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in style at the Sol Garden


Got plans for the longest day of the year?

Join the Institute of Urban Ecology for the grand opening of the Sustainability, Outreach and Learning Garden, a new hub for learning through our UNIBUG program.

Monday, June 20, 4-6pm
Sol Garden, south side of Coquitlam Campus 
1250 Pinetree Way
  • Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Tour of Sol garden
  • Hands-on activities for children
  • Light refreshments
This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Veronica Wahl, UNIBUG Coordinator, 604 527 5522.
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