Friday, November 5, 2010

40 after 40: Heather Anderson


Douglas College has played a much bigger role in Heather Anderson’s life than that of post-secondary institution: Besides helping her discover what she wanted to do with herself, the College also introduced her to jobs―and love.

Heather came to Douglas College in 1984 to study Marketing Management. But by the end of her first year, she realized that what she really wanted was to be a teacher. To that end, she switched to the University Transfer program and began working on the requirements for an education degree.

After that first year Heather also landed a summer student position in the Personnel Department of the College, and continued to work part-time while she completed her studies. During her second year at Douglas, she also met a nice young man named Mark.

“We were married two years later and this year we will be celebrating our 23rd anniversary,” she says.

After two years at Douglas she transferred to SFU and completed her bachelor’s degree in teachable subjects. From there she came back to Douglas as a part-time Academic Advisor. Within a couple of months she had gone full-time, and kept the job till 1996. That year she entered UBC’s Bachelor of Education program.


Heather teaches Social Studies at Dr. Charles Best Secondary School, in Coquitlam, and is also completing an MA in Counselling Psychology at UBC. Her life has taken a political turn as well: She’s been mayor of the Village of Anmore since May of this year, and was a Councillor from 1993-2008.

Heather says she is proud of her connection to Douglas College and all the positive ways it has influenced her.

“Whenever I get a chance to tell my students about how Douglas College changed my life, I am proud to retell my story. And I often think that it would be wonderful to come back to Douglas College at some point and work again for the institution that gave me such a wonderful start.”

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.