Wednesday, October 6, 2010

40 after 40: John Belshaw


John Belshaw grew up in Burnaby and attended Cariboo Hill High School, graduating in 1975. Although he very much wanted to go to UBC or SFU, his grades were "far from impressive," as he puts it.

"I might have snuck under the wire, but I really lacked the confidence to succeed at university," John says. "My father, who was a single parent, encouraged and valued education but there wasn't a strong post-secondary tradition in our family. University was a place to which other people's kids went."

John felt that a year at Douglas College would help reveal whether he could make it in a post secondary environment - and it did.


Following his success at Douglas, John transferred to UBC where he completed his B.A. before heading to SFU and a Masters degree, and then on to the London School of Economics, where he completed a Ph.D.

Following his passion for teaching in a student-centered, college environment, John accepted an appointment at Cariboo College in 1989 moving to his current position as Associate Vice President for Education at North Island College in 2006.

"I continue to believe that the college system has contributed far more to the educational well-being of BC than is generally acknowledged," he says, adding that the college environment provides students with a range of opportunities that may not exist in other educational settings.”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.