In 1976, John Bertram was a high school dropout working his way through a series of odd jobs, from paper mills to thoroughbred stables.
“In high school I didn’t see the point of my studies. I just wanted to get out and start working, but once I was out there, I didn’t find it gratifying,” Bertram recalls. “My life wasn’t really going anywhere; I was just drifting around trying to find myself.”
Dr. John Bertram is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, where he serves as Director of the Gross Anatomy Lab and the university’s Body Donation Program in addition to teaching in various programs including biology, anatomy, health sciences and engineering. But he says it was Douglas where it all began.
“I came to Douglas College at a time of major transition in my life,” says Bertram. “And it showed me what I was capable of.”
In June 2010, Bertram came back to Douglas to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Watch his acceptance video here.
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