Monday, July 27, 2015

Douglas College grad from Croatia finds success in the fries business


If asked to come up with a bold and innovative new business idea, few entrepreneurs would probably say, “I’m going to sell French fries!”

After all, there’s nothing interesting about fries, right? They’re just a sidekick for hamburgers.

Well, not to Andrija Čolak.

While many might see limited marketing potential in fries, Andrija sees a sizzling-hot opportunity. In fact, the former Douglas College marketing student is co-founder and CEO of Surf’n’Fries, a company with dozens of fries stands across Europe and beyond.

By taking a creative approach to the packaging and product, Andrija’s company is transforming fries from boring side dish into exciting feature food.

“People were laughing at me when I told them about the concept. They thought I went crazy,” Andrija says. “They would say, ‘Why would you sell fries? Everyone sells fries. It’s nothing new.’ However, it turned out they were very wrong.”

Since the first Surf’n’Fries shop opened in 2009, the franchise-based company has grown to include 40 locations in 11 countries. This year, the company even won the International Franchise Association NextGen award.

What’s so unique about the Surf’n’Fries concept?

For one, health-conscious consumers might like the fact the fries aren’t deep fried in oil. Instead, they’re cooked to crispy perfection using steam and hot air.

Also, instead of shoving the fries into a greasy bag or clunky cardboard box, they’re served in a unique cone-shaped container. The idea behind the functional, easy-to-hold design is to enable customers to conveniently snack while on the go.

And to top it all off (literally) there are 15 dipping sauces to choose from.

While Andrija grew up in Croatia and lives there now, he came to Canada over a decade ago when his girlfriend moved here to study.

As an international student, Andrija enrolled at Douglas College and says he enjoyed his experience as a student, particularly the courses he took in the marketing program.

“Everything was straightforward and there were lots of case studies, which I liked a lot,” he says. “The professors were open and wanted to help.”

And now, with his Surf’n’Fries business taking off, Andrija might be about to make a return of sorts.

“I hope we will launch in Vancouver one day soon.”



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: July 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 "I don’t know" by Alex Toews.

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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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nepal earthquake fundraising events at Douglas College on July 9 and 24



                                         My Good Images / Shutterstock.com
Everyone is invited to attend two educational and fundraising events this month at Douglas College to support children affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Visit the Concourse on the New Westminster Campus on July 9 and 24 to watch Canadian, Japanese and Nepali artists perform songs, dances and recite poetry. Donations and proceeds will go to Childreach Nepal.

Event details


Thursday, July 9
5-8pm
Douglas College
New Westminster Campus
Concourse

Friday, July 24
4-8pm
Douglas College
New Westminster Campus
Concourse

The events at Douglas College, organized in collaboration with college faculty, are part of a series of events called Kizuna: Gather for Nepal. Other events are being held at Language Studies International on July 16 and at UBC on July 17 and 23.

For more information, check out Kizuna: Gather for Nepal on Facebook and Twitter.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Child and Youth Care student inspired to work with aboriginal youth

                                                                  David Denofreo Photo
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 Métis 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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