Thursday, June 26, 2014

Video: Meet Jaycee Clarkson, Douglas College General Studies

Where does the food we eat come from? That question is often on the mind of Douglas College student Jaycee Clarkson. This video looks at Jaycee’s interest in sustainable food and local agriculture and its role in her student and daily life.

Information about General Studies is available on the Douglas College website.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: June 2014

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "How a Moose Passes the Time" by Melissa Pomerleau.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Become a peer tutor at Douglas College this fall

Help fellow students with their studies while earning money and gaining valuable skills and experience.

The Douglas College Learning Centre is now recruiting students to work as peer tutors for the fall semester.

Those hired will gain experience as student leaders while working flexible hours that provide room for their own studies and other responsibilities.

Tutors are needed in the following areas:
  • Computer skills or Computer Science
  • FINC 1231, BUSN 2429, ECON 1150 and 1250
  • CHEM 1110 and 1210
  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 1103, 1105, 1109, 1203, 1205, 1209)
  • PHIL 1101 and POLI 1101
  • Writing for History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Political Science
  • Writing for English Literature
To learn more, attend an information session at the Learning Centre on Tuesday, June 24, 1:30-2pm. The centre is located in the Library on the New Westminster Campus. You can also visit the Learning Centre’s website to get in touch and find out more.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Opinion: Northern Gateway approval poses environmental and political risks

By Darin Nesbitt
Chair of Political Science
Douglas College

Dr. Darin Nesbitt.
The Northern Gateway pipeline is one of the most ambitious, controversial, and potentially dangerous projects ever proposed in Canada. The 1,177-kilometre twin pipeline, which will carry diluted bitumen from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., will traverse some of B.C.’s most remote, pristine, and geologically unstable terrain. The federal government, as widely expected, approved its construction this week—yet it is a decision almost as risky politically as it is environmentally.

Supporters led by Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., the pipeline’s designer and builder, claim it will generate billions of dollars in economic activity. Opponents are concerned about the environmental damage of in-land and coastal spills that could cost billions to clean up—if bitumen released in coastal waters can even be captured. While the media often describes the pipeline’s main adversaries as “environmentalists and First Nations,” polling numbers reveal most British Columbians oppose it.

A clear and decisive majority—between 60 to 65 per cent—disapprove of the pipeline. Opposition rises higher when British Columbians are further asked their views of shipping bitumen by supertankers through the Douglas Channel. The level of opposition is noteworthy given the extraordinary public relations efforts by Enbridge and other influential pipeline advocates.

Enbridge saturated B.C. with television, newspaper, and internet advocacy—in addition to lobbying regional, municipal, and First Nations governments in central B.C.—to counter public opinion. The energy and resource industries extolled the economic benefits of extracting and selling Canada’s natural resources through extensive national media campaigns. The federal government itself is singularly committed as a matter of policy to Canada becoming an “energy superpower.” Some ministers revealed the federal cabinet’s support of the pipeline while the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel was still assessing the proposal.

In spite of these forceful actors and decision-makers, opposition to the pipeline in B.C. remains deep and widespread. Kitimat rejected the pipeline in a local plebiscite even though the town would be the main beneficiary of the B.C. jobs generated by it. The Yinka Dene Alliance of five First Nations posted public notices and warnings to Enbridge employees not to trespass on their lands. There is even an effort to launch a provincial initiative—the same plebiscitary device that forced the B.C. provincial government to repeal the despised harmonized sales tax.

Governments frequently (and frustratingly) defy the public will, but there are electoral consequences doing so. The proposed pipeline is not—as often so with natural resource projects—dividing rural and urban British Columbians. The issue also transcends political party affiliation for voters, which means the federal government’s decision may alienate its own supporters in B.C.

The Harper government currently represents 21 of the 36 B.C. federal ridings. How British Columbians voted in the last federal election was the difference between Mr. Harper and the federal Conservatives leading a majority or a minority government. B.C. will have 42 seats in the next national election—an increase of six based on population growth over the past 10 years. If approving an unpopular pipeline festers like an open wound amongst British Columbians—as did the HST—Mr. Harper’s government may pay a steep political price for its decision.

Opinions expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Douglas College.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Douglas College marks National Aboriginal Day 2014

You are invited to celebrate and explore Aboriginal culture at Douglas College. The college has planned a series of fun and educational events this week leading up to National Aboriginal Day on June 21.

There's plenty to check out. Learn how to make your own dream catcher. Enjoy eating bannock, a traditional bread dish. Or watch films about Aboriginal history, including the Second World War movie Windtalkers.

Here is what's planned

New Westminster campus
Wednesday, June 18

8:30am-3pm, room 2201 (lecture theatre)

Bannock Workshop
10-11am, room 4650 (Aboriginal Gathering Place)

Lunch (clam chowder and bannock)
12-1pm, room 4650 (Aboriginal Gathering Place)

Dream Catchers
2-3pm, Concourse

Coquitlam campus
Thursday, June 19

8:30am-4pm, room A1470 (lecture theatre)

Bannock Workshop
10-11am, room A1230

Lunch (clam chowder and bannock)
11:45am, room A1230

Dream Catchers
10am-2pm, Atrium

For details about the film screenings, click to enlarge the pamphlet below:

All activities are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator Dave Seaweed.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Meet the Douglas College valedictorians for Summer 2014

With this month's graduation ceremonies, many Douglas College students were recognized for their accomplishments. It was also an opportunity to honour a group of the college's most academically successful students: the valedictorians. And here they are...

Alexandra Berry
Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care

Alexandra believes that loving what you do is the key to success. In her case, that means helping children and families.

A child-support worker, Alexandra started at Douglas in 2010. Since then, she says, the college has become a second home.

“Douglas has offered me a supportive place to thrive not only as a student but also as a community member. I will truly miss being here.”

Alexandra is known for excelling in her classes and being demanding of herself. As one instructor says: “I knew that if Alex did not get a top grade, she would be in my office within days to discuss how she could improve her performance.”

With her time at Douglas coming to a close, Alexandra now plans to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Victoria.

Devin Carlson
Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

Devin wants a career in which he can make a positive impact in people’s lives. After several years in the construction industry, he came to Douglas College to pursue that goal.

“I returned to school so that I could pursue a career that I love and Douglas has provided me with the education and practical experience to do so successfully.”

During his time at Douglas, Devin stood out academically and made a good impression on his instructors and classmates.

One instructor describes Devin as a strong communicator who holds himself to high standards. Says the instructor: “Devin is respected by his peers and the faculty, not only for his outstanding academic ability, but also for his honest, genuine interactions and true soul.”

Stephanie De Anna
Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching

Stephanie plans to become a high school teacher and sees her time at Douglas as an important step along that path.

Stephanie started at Douglas as a general studies student but soon switched to Sport Science. In that program, she says she met dedicated instructors and a group of classmates who became her friends.

“Douglas College helped me achieve my goals by providing an absolutely incredible program with instructors who were dedicated and passionate about teaching and helping their students.”

Now that her time at Douglas is ending, Stephanie is preparing to for the next chapter in her education: teacher training at SFU.

Evan Harding
Certificate in Office Administration—Legal

Evan  is known as a meticulous student and also someone who is a pleasure to work with.

During his time at Douglas, Evan showed he has both a strong academic ability and a winning personality.

As one instructor says: “He has the most infectious smile. I always felt happier any time I had the opportunity to interact with Evan.”

Evan is already on his way towards a successful career as a legal administrative assistant. He recently started work at a law office in New Westminster.

Chris Hill
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

Chris believes that life is too short to pursue something you don’t truly care about.

During his time at Douglas, Chris says he not only gained valuable knowledge about accounting, but also acquired and honed the skills needed for meeting and overcoming challenges in the real world.

His fondest memory of Douglas was being part of the case competition team with his fellow students. He says it forced him out of his comfort zone and helped him make friends.

The next step for Chris is to get a job at an accounting firm and eventually become a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Milo Leraar
Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies

Milo has many standout memories from his time at Douglas, including helping to present a professional development seminar on safety on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students, and getting lost in Bear Creek Ravine Park while looking for soil samples for his Geography class.

Milo came to Douglas as a low-income parent. He decided to get a college education so he could get a better job and help support his family.

With plans to become either a social worker or sign language interpreter, Milo is well on his way towards success.

Kristin Ross
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kristin considers herself to be a life-long learner and she plans to continue her education long after she’s left Douglas.

Kristin says her experience at Douglas has helped her confirm that she picked the right profession.

In fact, her career is already off to a strong start. She was recently hired to work in the emergency department of a local hospital.

Says Kristin, "At Douglas, I have always felt supported by the instructors and encouraged to keep working towards my goals. I feel that the numerous clinical experiences and comprehensive seminar courses of the BSN program at Douglas has allowed me to successfully develop my practice as a student and feel ready to enter the ‘real world’ of nursing."


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Douglas College honours HIV/AIDS researcher Julio Montaner

Douglas College is today awarding its highest distinction, honorary fellowship, to Dr. Julio Montaner, a renowned researcher and pioneer in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

“I am very thankful and honoured to receive this special distinction from Douglas College. This fellowship is a testament to the work my colleagues and I have carried out over the last three decades to stop HIV and AIDS,” says Dr. Montaner, Director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).

In addition to being Director of the BC-CfE, Dr. Montaner is a Professor of Medicine at UBC and has held the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation/University of British Columbia Endowed Chair in AIDS Research since 1996.

Dr. Montaner has been a tireless advocate for improving the efficacy and accessibility of HIV treatment and care. In the mid-1990s, his innovative research led to the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), a triple-drug therapy which lowers HIV levels in the bloodstream and improves the immune system. HAART is now the gold standard of HIV treatment.

Over the past decade, a main focus of his work has been the development and implementation of an approach known as Treatment as Prevention. This approach calls for early engagement of HIV-positive individuals into treatment to reduce the virus to undetectable levels in the body, making it very difficult to transmit and improving health outcomes drastically.

“The Treatment as Prevention strategy we pioneered here in British Columbia, in partnership with the provincial government, is a game-changer in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It’s worked here in B.C. to dramatic effect and other countries have begun to follow our lead, including China, Brazil, France, Spain, and Panama. If adopted globally, this strategy could drastically curb morbidity, mortality, and transmission with remarkable economic impact,” Dr. Montaner says.

“We are proud to recognize Dr. Montaner with our institution's highest distinction, Honorary Fellowship. As an internationally recognized leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS, his research and advocacy have changed and saved countless lives. He is a remarkable inspiration to not only our college community but also to an entire generation of people,” Douglas College President Scott McAlpine says.

“Dr. Montaner has tackled one of the most serious health and social issues of our time. It is our privilege to recognize his dedication and inspiring work,” Douglas College Board Chair Shelley Williams says.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Douglas College is honouring the accomplishments of Scott Kling, an eye-care professional who has made his mark in the industry as an educator, advocate and volunteer. Kling, a graduate of the Dispensing Optician program, will today receive the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2014.

“Being recognized with this award is one of the proudest moments of my career so far. Douglas College was my gateway into the eye-care industry,” says Kling, a Port Moody resident who graduated from the college in 2004.

At present, Kling works for Essilor Canada, a corrective lens provider that does business around the world. Since starting with the company a decade ago, he has worked his way up the ranks from customer service representative to senior sales account manager.

Kling, a licensed dispensing optician and contact lens fitter, is an accredited speaker who has delivered presentations to eye-care professionals across Canada and internationally. He says he thrives on working in the fast-evolving industry.

“I love the personal interaction that I get to have on a daily basis, not only with other eye-care professionals but with the public as well,” he says.

Outside of his day job, Kling volunteers with the Third World Eye Care Society, a non-profit organization that collects eyewear and distributes it to people in developing countries. In 2011, he travelled to Nicaragua with the organization to support its humanitarian work.

Kling also maintains strong ties to Douglas College. For the past seven years, he has been a member of the Douglas College Dispensing Optician program advisory committee. He also visits students in the program annually as a guest speaker.