Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Zambia intern gets new outlook on life

By Emma Hughes

I walked down the dusty road in Kitwe, Zambia, holding Joseph, our adventurous, troublemaking four-year-old neighbour, on my hip. As usual, the sun was beating down through the trees onto the kids playing soccer on our front lawn. Moments like this are why I decided to come to Zambia: playing with the kids, learning their language and making a difference just by being there.

I joined the program in hopes I would utilize the skills I had learned through the Douglas College Theatre Program and teaching drama classes at the YMCA. When I arrived, I realized that it would become much more than that. My goal of becoming a drama and English teacher was being realized, along with using my public speaking skills as a debate coach and sexual education counsellor in high schools in the area.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Creative Writing student blogs about Scotland

She made it: Laurie Mackie stands triumphant at the top of Arthur's Seat, in Edinburgh.  

After more than three decades working in accounting and taxation, Laurie Mackie took the plunge and came back to school full-time to pursue her love of words. Now earning her Associate of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Douglas, Laurie took part in the 2012 Scotland Field School as part of her studies. Read her blog, "Halò, fàilte gu Alba!" - or "Welcome to Scotland!" for those of you do not speak Scottish Gaelic - to discover what life was like for her on the other side of the pond.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Psychiatric Nursing grad takes leadership role in mental health

Shannon Flannery
does not know the meaning of “slow day.”

Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, Douglas College, 1994; Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, Douglas College, 2010; Master of Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University, ongoing

Coordinator, Vancouver Mental Health Emergency Services – a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vancouver Police Department

Monday, July 16, 2012

Field school student makes lasting memories in Belize

Maria Asselin-Roy photo
By Sarah Taylor

As a Douglas College science student, I was fortunate to attend the 2011 Belize Field School, which had an arts-based curriculum. Being from a different program allowed me to have unique experiences on the class excursions. We saw many of Belize’s hidden treasures, such as the Actun Cabal cave, which we visited as part of our anthropology class. This was a rare opportunity as the cave is in a remote part of the Chiquibul Forest. Several of the locals reassured us about how lucky we were to explore the caves, as they had not yet had this opportunity themselves.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Douglas offers first step in becoming certified financial planner

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Get your
Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Services and Administration, and you’re on your way to a lucrative career in banking, investment advising or financial planning. But did you know that this Douglas degree also offers you the first step in becoming a Certified Financial Planner?

Getting your Certified Financial Planner designation means gaining the skills, savvy and confidence needed to help clients make key financial and investment decisions.

Douglas is approved as a CFP core curriculum provider by the Financial Planning Standards Council. If you complete the eight CFP core curriculum courses as part of your BBA, then you qualify to write the CFP level 1 exam. The CFP is the leading financial services designation in Canada and is recognized worldwide.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Child and Youth Care student helps Aboriginal youth grow and prosper

Lacy Morin-Dejarlais dances at the opening of the Aboriginal Gathering Place Jan. 19.                                                                            David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Lacy Morin-Dejarlais’ desire to give back runs deep. A member of Saskatchewan’s Saulteaux First Nation and Métis, Lacy grew up in foster care. She believes it is her duty to help young Aboriginal people tackle the types of hurdles she experienced and give them the strength and guidance to grow and prosper.

That’s why she chose to study Child and Youth Care at Douglas.

“Because of the residential school system and other aspects of First Nations history, a lot of our young people are in care,” Lacy says. “Many access services in the community that give them extra support, yet you don't see a lot of First Nations people in the decision-making positions. I feel it's my responsibility to be part of that community of support and to be in those positions.”

Her love of dance runs deep, too. Last year Lacy founded the Douglas College group Powwow: Dancing the Beginning, with the aim of fostering community among Aboriginal students and passing on the teachings of the pow wow, a dance of celebration. Her passion for pow wow is so strong, she feels it’s part of her very identity.

“My regalia - my colours, my symbols, everything - speak to who I am. And the power of that drum – it’s like our whole nation's heartbeat, and I'm dancing to it. It makes me feel like I'm home wherever I am. I could be in Vancouver, I could be on the island or all the way across the country on the East Coast in Mi’kmaq territory, but when I hear that drum I immediately feel a sense of home.”

Monday, July 9, 2012

REAL Leadership Program provides real opportunities for Douglas students

Thanks to his experience with the REAL Leadership Program, Robert Prince got hired by Hoops, a basketball camp that integrates life skills with sport.    
By Toby Reeve

Two Douglas College students are taking part in a new leadership program that has exceeded all expectations for success.

Douglife’s REAL Leadership Program places students in local community programs to work with children and youth. The program is part of a partnership between Douglas College and the City of New Westminster’s Community Schools and Parks and Recreation Board.

While it just launched in January, the program is already getting rave reviews.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Belize field school students spend five weeks in paradise

Eight students and two faculty recently finished up five weeks in Belize as part of the 2012 Belize field school

Belize Field School focuses on the study of the landscapes of Latin America, Mayan archaeology and sustainable development.

Participants also got the chance to visit Mayan pyramids, go jungle camping, explore caves and spend four days on a tropical island surrounded by coral reefs.

To learn more about the Belize field school, visit the web page. And check out the gorgeous pics by participant Chelsea Reist on Flickr!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Scotland field school students return

Field school students and instructors at the Scottish National Monument, in  Edinburgh.

They're back! The 23 students who took part in the 2012 Scotland Field School at the University of Edinburgh finished up their studies June 27.

 Participants earned 10 university-transferable Douglas College credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas instructors. They also visited art galleries, theatres and museums, walked up glacial hills and extinct volcanoes, visited writing and poetry museums, and listened to Scottish authors talk about their work.