Friday, January 7, 2011

40 after 40: James Moore


James Moore always knew he wanted to enter public service. First he wanted to be a police officer, then he considered becoming a firefighter, and at one point even convinced himself he would one day be a judge.

When James came to Douglas, he took as many different courses in as many different fields as possible. He studied Criminology because he thought he might go into law enforcement. He took History because he loved it. He took Business Administration in case he decided to go on to business school.

“My goal was to find a spark that might light a fire of passion for a particular field of interest,” James explains.

In the end, he discovered his passion was political science.


After earning his BA in Political Science at the University of Northern BC, James attended graduate school at UNBC and the University of Saskatchewan. He pursued his interest in politics all the way to Ottawa, where he is Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. He’s also been the Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam for the past 10 years.

Though thousands of miles separate the Honourable James Moore from the college where his higher education began, James says Douglas played a pivotal role in his success.

“Without Douglas College – the friendships I made there, the courses I took, and the opportunity to study what I wanted, when and where I wanted – I simply would not have gone on to earn my degree. I would not have continued on to graduate school, and I would not have had the doors opened to me that have led me to elected office.”

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.