Wednesday, December 15, 2010

40 after 40: Arleigh Bell


According to Arleigh Bell, Douglas College is a place where you can “continue an education, start a profession or achieve a dream.” And she should know. Arleigh, who had always wanted to be a nurse, came to Douglas in 1990 and took Criminology, General Studies and, of course, Nursing.

She says she was never a great student, though her hands-on skills were excellent. With the encouragement and support of her instructors she was able to achieve her goal, and graduated as president of the 1992 Nursing class.

“Many times I thought I would not be successful, but I found some great classmates and instructors who assisted me with my way of learning, instead of trying to make me memorize a textbook,” Arleigh recalls. “Once I graduated, and passed the RN exams, I realized I could achieve anything I really wanted to achieve with hard work and determination.”


Since graduation, Arleigh has completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria, a Master of Nursing from Athabasca University,  a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix (she completed her two masters degrees while working full-time at the BC Cancer Agency) and her Oncology Nursing Distance Education Certification from the University of Calgary. She has been a full-time faculty member in the BSN program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for six years.

Shortly after graduating from Douglas she became active in both the BC Nurse’s Union and the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). She became an ambassador for nursing throughout BC and at the international level with the CRNBC.

Arleigh has also stayed involved with Douglas, as a member of the College’s Alumni Association.

“Douglas was my first stepping stone to building a nursing career,” she explains. “I continue to see my role as a mentor to others so that Douglas can continue to be a place to continue an education, start a profession, or achieve a dream.”

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.