Thursday, December 17, 2015

Douglas College Music grad finds career path that hits all the right notes

David Denofreo photo

Nicole Broughton was just six years old when she took the first step towards her future career as a music therapist by enrolling in piano lessons.

The Douglas College Music program grad remembers her mother encouraging her to take up the instrument.

“The more you practice, the better you become,” Broughton said. “I love the progress of music.”

The piano major – who is now studying Music Therapy at Capilano University – soon found that her love of music could extend to helping others after using songwriting as a form of catharsis.

“In high school, I took a music composition course and started composing my own work on the piano. It was therapeutic,” she said.

Knowing the impact music could have on feelings and moods inspired Broughton to look into music therapy as a career.

The 21-year-old formed the band The Echos with her friend and fellow Music program alum, Jess Cichos. The duo recorded their debut EP with help from colleagues in the Music Technology Certificate program.

“Our friend built a studio for herself in her basement, so we road-tripped to Kelowna and spent a week there and recorded and did a couple of videos, too,” Broughton, who plays the piano, said.

The EP is currently being mixed and mastered and The Echos plan to have it available for purchase as soon as possible.

The Coquitlam resident notes the resources at Douglas helped her reach her personal – and professional – goals.

“Every time you accomplish one thing, you just have to look forward to what’s next,” she said. “I know that I want to use music to help others the way it’s helped me.”


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Royals basketball player to shine from the sidelines as a sports broadcaster

David Denofreo photo

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows her that Domunique Booker’s first steps were on a basketball court.

The Royal’s basketball player comes from a sports family and proudly admits that the love of the game is in her blood.

“My parents met at a basketball tournament. There’s a life-size cutout of Michael Jordan in my basement. Basketball has always been a huge part of my life,” she said. “We’re a huge athlete family.”

With a background like that, it made sense for the 19 year old to pursue a career in the industry. And while most athletes would love to be on the court or in the field, Booker is looking to shine on the sidelines as a sports broadcaster.

The Douglas College Communications student plans to hone her writing skills before transferring to Ryerson University for the Sports Broadcasting program.

“Ultimately, I would want to be a sideline reporter for any sport really. I would love to have a show – like NBA Countdown – where you can meet the players in a more personal setting,” Booker said. “I’m incorporating something I love into a career.”

The avid YouTube user has also been working on her video and technical skills, shooting and posting family moments, team highlights and more.

“I’m pretty techy and I’m trying to develop that part of myself, as well. So that if I get a job, I’m capable of being in front of the camera or behind it,” she said.

The ambitious teen is also dedicated to giving back in her community and wants to combine her love of sports with her passion for philanthropic work.

She notes an organization like NBA Cares – the league’s global social responsibility program – would be a long-term career goal.

“Giving back to my community is very important to me and I want to continue to do that,” she said.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Douglas College computers find new home in Kenya

Photo Courtesy of St. Christopher's School 

Douglas College computers have found a new home at a Kenyan school, thanks to a recycling program run by the College’s Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT).

Each year, the College replaces more than 400 personal computers as part of the CEIT Evergreen Project. Some of the machines end up at certified environmentally-responsible recycling plants and others find new homes through charitable organizations.

One beneficiary of the program is St. Christopher’s School in Nanyuki, 200 kilometres from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The donated computers give students access to online resources they would otherwise not have, said St. Christopher’s School Principal Bernard Muthu.

“It’s a great relief and will change the lives of many kids,” Muthu said, noting the government of Kenya has required schools to integrate e-learning into their curriculum.

The placement of computers at St. Christopher's School was coordinated by Afretech Aid Society, a Delta-based registered charity that has been supporting developing countries for 20 years.

Afretech president Bonnie Sutherland and her husband Don are both former teachers, first travelling to Africa in the 1990s. After visiting a school and seeing textbooks that were 40 years out of date, they wanted to help. Today, Afretech is shipping a variety of educational equipment to several countries in Africa and Asia.

Afretech relies on an army of 50 volunteers and organizations like the Rotary Club to receive and ship donations.

"No one has ever been paid. There are no free trips," Bonnie says. “What we do changes lives.”

- Adapted from an article by Glauce Fleury, CEIT 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Nominations open for 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The award is presented at graduation each year and recognizes the quality of Douglas College's graduates and their contributions to their community.

Nomination forms can be found online and must be completed and returned to the Alumni Association before March 1.

Previous Douglas College graduates who have received the award include Prizm Media president Karina Hayat in 2015 and eye-care professional Scott Kling in 2014.

For more information on the award, click here

Douglas College Marketing grad lauds practicum experience

Whether on the green or in the office, Horia Dumitru is ready to make a deal.

The Douglas College grad has always been drawn to the world of promotion and sales, which was why he decided to enroll in the Marketing program.

“It was a natural fit,” Dumitru said. “It was very challenging at first, of course, but the small classes and the friendly teachers helped me get on track.”

Now, Dumitru is putting the skills he used at Douglas College to use with a new job at a point-of-sales software company where he is currently working on technical support and sales.

“There are a lot of opportunities at this company,” Dumitru said. “There is room to grow.”

The 25-year-old always has his eye on the ball - in the office and out. That’s why he’s been working on his golf game.

“Later on, in the future, when I’m making deals with clients out on the green, we have that bond,” he said.

The client-focused approach was instilled into Dumitru while he was in the Marketing program, where he learned about dealing with clients, the importance of deadlines and focusing on the bigger picture.

For his marketing practicum, Dumitru got to utilize his new abilities when he was tasked with increasing awareness about the College’s Student Employment Centre.

“It gave me the chance to put into practice what we learned in class – writing surveys, interacting with students and focus groups,” he said. “The client – Barb Kojder – was amazing and always there to help.

“I couldn’t ask for more. That practicum made my experience at Douglas so worthwhile,” he said. Read more...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Free access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Douglas College students


Full-time and part-time Douglas College students can now access Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free.

As part of the College’s licensing agreement, you can access Office tools – including Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel and OneDrive – online without having to install them on your computer.

Two new features are the ability to view, co-edit and share material in real time on any device and the ability to store up to one terabyte of data on OneDrive.

OneDrive is a cloud-storage service from the United States and does not meet the public-sector privacy laws in B.C. and is not supported by Douglas College.

If students prefer to download the software, Office 365 ProPlus can be loaded on up to 15 devices – limited to five PCs/Macs, five smart phones and five tablets.

To sign up for the service using your College email address – which will reflect a personal agreement between Microsoft and the student - see the steps below:

1. Go to

2. Under the Students tab, click the Get started for free link on the left. NOTE: A new screen will ask you to enter your school email.

3. Type your Douglas College email.

4. Click the Sign up link. NOTE: A new screen will ask you to check your Douglas College email account. You’ll have received an email from Microsoft with the Complete Office 365 Education signup link.

5. Forward this email from your Douglas account to any other email account you have and complete the process from there (attempting to complete the process from within your Douglas account will result in an error). NOTE: A new screen will ask for some information.

6. Fill in the blanks.

7. Click the Start button. NOTE: You’ll see the applications available.

For details, please visit or contact Microsoft directly.
For technical support, contact Microsoft directly or visit

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Douglas College baseball player eyes career as diplomat

David Denofreo photo

If someone asked Surya Viswanathan a few months ago about his plans for the future, he wouldn’t have had an answer.

The 19-year-old baseball player was taking General Studies at Douglas College, sampling different classes to see what appealed most to him.

“I had no clue what I wanted to do when I started at Douglas. I originally had come for the baseball program,” he said. “Then I joined the Student Ambassadors Program and that’s where I met some key individuals who helped shape my future.”

Now, Surya is working towards an education in international relations, with the goal of becoming an ambassador for the United Nations. Currently enrolled in the Intercultural and International Studies Program, Surya will transfer to UBC in two years to wrap up his degree.

He credits the Student Ambassadors Program for showing him the importance of finding his passion. Soon after joining, Surya began to mull over plans for his future. The long-time outfielder has always played baseball – even hoping to play professionally – but he needed a Plan B.

Through his work with the Student Ambassadors, Surya was able to see a number of motivational speakers discussing topics that were important to them. Seeing their passion made Surya want to find his own.

“I can’t do the 9-5 thing,” he said. “That’s not me.

“So, I devoted myself to finding what my passion was aside from baseball. I’ve always been interested in being in a leadership position, helping others and I want to travel to every country before I die. I paired those two interests, and international relations was something that clicked for me.”

The unwavering support of his parents – who gave him the opportunity for a better life by moving to Canada from India – allowed him to pursue his passion.

“They let me figure out my own path,” he said.

Surya, who works with the Office of New Students as a supervisor for the Student Ambassador Program, said that his decision to get involved in his school was the best he’s made.

“This job has been the most amazing experience because of all the opportunities it has given me,” he said. “By being a leader, finding out what works for me and what doesn’t – I realized I needed to diversify my options.”


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: December

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 "Out in the Cold" by Stephen Renaud.

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. Read more...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Westminster Police's mobile app to keep community connected

The New Westminster Police Department is encouraging Douglas College students to stay connected with the community through their new mobile app.

Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, the NWPD app provides up-to-date alerts, information on recruitment, a section to send in tips, and contact information for the non-emergency line, among other features.

“We really wanted to be connected,” Crime Prevention Unit and Reserve Program coordinator Shelley Cole said. “This gives people another tool to stay informed and a way to get our messages out there quickly.”

The app was launched Sept. 15 after a year of development. Its long-term goal is modernizing the way the department connects with those who live, work and go to school in the community.

“We want them to know what’s going on. It's a one-stop shop to help keep you informed and safe,” Cole said.

For more information, visit the NWPD on Facebook, Twitter and online. Read more...

Monday, November 30, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Learn how to make your own sauerkraut

Here's what's happening at Douglas College: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Monday, Nov. 30

An Evening of Jazz
New Westminster campus
Laura C. Muir Theatre
Enjoy a free show featuring jazz music presented by the Douglas College Music department.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

Music for Wind Ensemble 
New Westminster campus
Laura C. Muir Theatre
The Douglas College Music department is proud to present Music for Wind Ensembles, led by John van Deursen and featuring the Douglas College Concert Band. The show is free and will feature special guest appearances by the New Westminster Senior Secondary Honour Winds and Senior Concert Band.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Sauerkraut-making workshop
Coquitlam campus
Room B2050
Learn how to make your own sauerkraut from a local fermentation expert. Participants are asked to bring a one-litre Mason (or similar) jar and lid, so they can bring their sauerkraut home.

Friday, Dec. 4

Student Composition Concert
New Westminster campus
Laura C. Muir Theatre
Enjoy the free Student Composition Concert, featuring new music created by students in the Music department. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stay connected with Douglas College this winter

With winter weather and adverse road conditions upon us, please use extra caution when commuting to and from campuses.

As always, if the weather takes a turn for the worse and a campus closure seems likely, Douglas will take steps to inform the college community. Please call the college information line: toll free 1 877 679 0823 or check the Douglas College homepage for the latest information.

What if you wake up to a winter wonderland outside? Please check one of the above information sources before heading into work. Updates will also be sent out to the college community through Facebook, Twitter, and DC Alerts.

Don't want to get out of bed? Sign up for DC Alerts. DC Alerts subscribers get immediate campus closure updates sent via text, email and/or phone messages.

If instructors are unable to make it to class due to severe weather conditions, they will try to contact students in the cancelled class via myDouglas email or another method to prevent them from having to travel to campus unnecessarily.

When campuses are closed due to weather conditions, the doors will remain open and security will be present because of safety considerations. However, no services will be available and it is not advised to travel to campus.

Stay safe out there.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Douglas College to host free workshops in December

Having difficulty checking off all the names on your holiday gift list?

Douglas College’s Coquitlam campus will host two fun activities that may solve the problem.

The College's Institute of Urban Ecology will host two free workshops in December – Making Sauerkraut and Making Seed Paper – with each participant taking home the fruits of their labour.

On Dec. 3, take care of your foodie friend with the Making Sauerkraut workshop. Starting at 6pm, in room B2050, learn how to make your own sauerkraut from a local fermentation expert. Participants are asked to bring a one-litre Mason (or similar) jar and lid, so they can bring their sauerkraut home.

Sign your gardening buddy up for the Making Seed Paper workshop on Dec. 10. They’ll learn how to make homemade paper embedded with seeds suitable for planting indoors or out. Bring a bag to carry home the slightly-damp seed paper. The workshop will be held in room B2050 at 6pm.

To register for either workshop, email


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Douglas College Science grad aims to open specialized pharmacy

When she first came to Canada, Ariana Pourbabak had no friends or family in her new country – and she didn’t speak a word of English.

Fast-forward to a year or so later, and the Iranian-born student had not only learned the language, but was able to step into the role as a tutor for other students at Douglas College Learning Centre.

Now, the Douglas College grad is in her third year of Pharmacy at UBC, after transferring from the Associate of Science degree program in 2013.

“It was very difficult when I first came to Canada. In my first semester, I took biology and pre-calculus and it took me nine hours to understand three pages in the text book,” Pourbabak recalled, laughing. “Then I became a science tutor and I was teaching people how to employ better studying strategies for calculus, biology and chemistry.”

Prior to coming to Canada, Pourbabak had a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Iran, but was unable to bring the official documentation over to Canada. Not wanting to give up on her love for science, she decided to start from the beginning in Vancouver.

It wasn’t without obstacles. Pourbabak struggled her first year with articulating the words she wanted to use for her work and research.

“I knew what I wanted to say, but I couldn’t say it or write it properly,” she said. “I told my instructor that English was my second language and that my sentences were not always perfect.

“She was so supportive and that gave me hope and a big boost in my self-esteem. At Douglas, the instructors really do care.”

Through the support system she established while at Douglas – including the opportunity to work at the Learning Centre and as a community leader for Canadian Blood Services - Pourbabak was able accomplish her goals.

“It was a difficult situation. I had no money, so I had to work while I was studying and learning English,” Pourbabak said. “But it got better, and next year, I’m graduating from Pharmacy at UBC. But if I hadn't started at Douglas, I wouldn't be where I am today.

"I always say, ‘if I can do it given the circumstances I had, anyone can.’”

Once she graduates from UBC, Pourbabak plans to honour her father – who died of cancer – by specializing in cancer and having a pharmacy dedicated to cancer medication and support.

“It’s always been my dream,” she said.

Monday, November 23, 2015

This week at Douglas College: all are welcome to enjoy Student Showcase Concert

Here's what's happening at Douglas College: Nov. 23-29

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Alumni Marketplace 
New Westminster campus
Douglas College alumni are offering their wares at the Alumni Marketplace. Proceeds from sales go to student bursaries.

Rec Multi-Sport Tourney
Coquitlam Campus
Gymnasium 3
Enjoy some friendly competition with a volleyball, floor hockey or dodge ball game. Students and staff welcome. Register here

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Alumni Marketplace 
Coquitlam campus
Douglas College alumni are offering their wares at the Alumni Marketplace. Proceeds from sales go to student bursaries.

SFU Beedie Information Session
New Westminster campus
Room 2690A
A recruiter from the Beedie School of Business at SFU will be doing an information session to highlight changes to their Admission requirements for Fall 2016.

Thursday, Nov. 26

Career Workshop
Coquitlam Campus 
Room B3011
The last of the three-session workshop involves discussions and activities aimed at helping you learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. To register, call Student Services at 604-777-6185, or visit Room A1050.

Arts at One - Student Showcase Concert
New Westminster campus
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Students to perform. Free.

Maritime Field School information session
New Westminster campus
Room 2201
Friends, parents and questions all welcome. Find out how to gain nine credits in seven weeks.

Road to Employment
New Westminster Campus
Without passion for work, prior experience or a vision and willingness to say “yes” to opportunities, youth today find themselves leaving post-secondary insecure as to why they attended.
Come and meet Clinton and Denis, watch the first part of the docuseries Road to Employment, and participate in a Q&A.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Douglas College business student transitions to career as an accountant

When trying to decide what his future career should be, Omar Castro took a personality test.

The results suggested a career in accounting, but the native of Mexico took a different route, pursuing a law degree instead.

After 13 years, one successful law firm and a number of years teaching as a law professor, Castro realized there may have been something to the test he took years earlier.

After moving to Canada in 2011, Castro enrolled at Douglas College to study Sociology; however, he quickly switched to Accounting. Now, the junior accountant at Loren, Nancke and Company CPAs is working towards his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

“I interviewed some of my instructors, who offered very sound advice. I attended a CPA information session organized by the Douglas College Business Association and the attraction kept growing,” Castro said. “I dug further and found Douglas offered all the prerequisite courses on a very flexible schedule.”

Castro notes that his time at Douglas was a big factor in his success. As a newcomer to Canada, a father and a husband, he had many responsibilities to balance with school. He recalls one instance when he was between jobs as Christmas approached.

“I had no money to buy my kids and wife anything. Suddenly, I got a phone call from Douglas College’s financial office offering me a Christmas hamper as a gift. I will never forget that,” he said. “In times of trouble I always had the support of the Financial Aid office; many of my courses where paid by bursaries, awards and scholarships from Douglas College.”

Castro added the College provided a wealth of knowledge about potential sources of employment, skills needed in his field of interest and advice regarding his career change.

“It’s very easy to get lost in a sea of information, and the academic advisors were always the beacon on the beach for me,” he said.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Douglas College to screen documentary at New Westminster campus Nov. 26

A pair of University of Victoria graduates turned filmmakers will be on hand Nov. 26 for a screening of their docuseries at Douglas College.

Denis Luchyshyn and Clinton Nellist will present the first part of their three-part series, Road to Employment, which focuses on the struggles of employment for youth in Canada.

The 5pm screening will take place at the New Westminster campus on the Omnivex screen in the concourse and will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the recent UVIC grads.
Part one, titled Engage, is focused on inspiring action and explores “actionable advice on the topics of networking and persistence.” 

The 27-minute film –  crowdfunded through Kickstarter – also reveals what drove Luchyshyn and Nellist to drive across Canada and film their experience as they searched for answers to how youth can build relevant and sustainable careers.

The event is free and open to the public. Popcorn will also be served.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

Sunday, November 15, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Find out how to manage anxiety with help from counselors

Here's what's happening at Douglas College Nov. 16-22

Monday, Nov. 16

Downton Abbey Meets Jerich Tennis Club: The Legacies of Social Exclusion in Tennis
Coquitlam Campus
Room B3011
Douglas instructor Dr. Rob Lake will speak about the history of tennis, viewed through the lens of hit TV period drama Downton Abbey.
Using Downton Abbey as a window to view the issues of tennis's 150-year history of elitism, sexism, racism and xenophobia, we can come to appreciate how the sport was, is, and will certainly continue to be, a microcosm of wider British and North American societies. RSVP to Elaine Innes 

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Career Workshop 
Coquitlam Campus
Room B3011
Session two of the three-session workshop involves discussions and activities aimed at helping you learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. To register, call Student Services at 604-777-6185, or visit Room A1050.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Tips for Managing Anxiety
New Westminster Campus
Room 3345
Join Douglas College counselors at this workshop on Anxiety to understand more about what anxiety is and how it affects you, learn practical tips you can use right away, gain access to resources and referrals too. Register online.

Friday, Nov. 20

Book launch: Jewish Feeling: Difference and Affect in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Women’s WritingNew Westminster Campus
Ameilia Douglas Gallery
English instructor Richa Dwor will launch her book, Jewish Feeling: Difference and Affect in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Women’s Writing. For more, click here. Read more...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Douglas College Health Science Speaker Series presentation on Nov. 16

The Douglas College Health Science Speaker Series continues with another event slated for Nov. 16.
Dawn McDonald and Jennifer Wright will share a presentation at the Coquitlam campus focusing on their work providing palliative care in the West African country of Ghana.

McDonald - a nurse educator, administrator and clinician - will present her team's work with Wright - also a nurse - through the Share The Care Project for Palliative Care with the Korle-Bu Neurosciences Foundation in Ghana.

The Share The Care Project works to arrange for palliative-care professionals and educators to visit Ghana to assist, consult, educate and assess educational programs and delivery of palliative-care services. 

The hour-long presentation aims to bring awareness to the project and why it is important. The Douglas College Health Sciences Speaker Series is free and open to the public. The event starts at 10:30am and will be held in room A1470.  


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Douglas College student's work displayed at Coquitlam Public Library

A Douglas College History student is commemorating Remembrance Day with a unique project that delves into the life of one soldier.

The display – created by Vanessa Stewart – stems from a project assigned to her by History instructor Ashleigh Androsoff. The original piece consists of a suitcase of “memorabilia” designed to commemorate New Westminster resident and First World War soldier William Alexander Atkins.

Stewart – daughter of Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart – crafted elements of Atkins’ personal story, including a diary, letters home, and newspaper clippings, drawing from information gathered from Atkins’ service file and from her research into Canada’s participation in the First World War, Androsoff explained.

“Her intention was to create a memory box someone might have kept on the top shelf of their bedroom closet,” Androsoff said. “For example, she created a photo wallet for Atkins, knowing this is something that soldiers would have carried, which would be one of the items that comrades would rescue from a fallen soldier and return to his family. She also packed a hat, a watch, and reproductions of Atkins’ war medals for increased effect.

“It’s one thing to understand history on an intellectual level, it’s another to understand it personally.”

The project, which Androsoff began assigning to her class in 2014, was inspired by Coquitlam city archivist Emily Lonie, who is active with the Lest We Forget Project. The project, led by Library and Archives Canada, aims to connect youth to Canada’s history by making military service files available in person and online.

“They could get intimate with the past,” Androsoff said. “The students were able to see high-quality, digitized records for individuals and see the variations of handwriting and anecdotal comments. Those aspects really personalize it.”

Androsoff noted that it can be hard to have students connect with the distant past. A project like this helps them meet the people who fought for their country 100 years ago – and those who lost their lives, like Atkins, who is buried at Vimy Ridge.

“I find it rewarding when I see what the students have come up with. I’m really proud to have our students’ work featured in the public library because it emphasizes part of the job we are doing here at Douglas College: preparing students to make intelligent and exciting contributions - whether it’s academically, in their community or in their professional life,” Androsoff said.

Stewart’s display will be at the Coquitlam Library’s City Centre Branch until Nov. 16. Read more...

Douglas College English instructor to launch book Nov. 20

Richa Dwor can pinpoint the exact moment she fell in love with researching Anglo-Jewish literature and culture.

The Douglas College English instructor was sitting in her Modern Jewish History class at UBC nearly a decade ago when she as assigned a book report. On the list of books was Romance and Reform in Victorian England by Michael Galchinsky.

"I saw the title of this book and I thought, 'it's Jewish women, it's Victorian and I have to read it,'" Dwor, who is wrapping up her first semester at the College, recalled. "So I did, and it opened my eyes. I've always loved Victorian novels - I was majoring in English - and that book showed me that in this huge field of study, there is something that could be my thing."

Now, Dwor has written her own book, which she will be launching at the College's New Westminster Campus Nov. 20.

Entitled Jewish Feeling: Difference and Affect in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Women's Writing, Dwor explores the impact of literary works by Jewish female authors and brings affect theory to Jewish Studies to trace Jewish difference in literary works by nineteenth-century Anglo-Jewish authors.

“What I’ve done is look at the writing of Jewish women to consider how they are navigating religious identity and, in particular, national identity,” Dwor says. “The argument of the book is controversial and I think it’s an original argument that in certain Jewish reading practices we can detect affect.”

Dwor – who has been researching the subject for nearly a decade and holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Nottingham – notes that affect can be detected in the way the authors write to generate feeling and to further perpetuate the openness of the text for interpretation.

“That is an important idea in Rabbinic forms of interpretation of sacred text,” she says. “Through comparison, I show that the way that these women conceive of affect in text is different and distinctive – it comes from a tradition of religious thought rather than a gendered idea of sentimentality.”

Dwor will launch her book on Nov. 20 at Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave., in the Amelia Douglas Galley at 4pm. The free event is open to the public.

Dwor will also speak at the Jewish Book Festival on Nov. 22, 10-11am at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41 Ave. Admission is by donation.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Winners selected for Douglas College Remembrance Day poetry contest

To mark Remembrance Day, Douglas College asked students to send in original and unpublished poems for the annual Remembrance Day poetry contest.

This year, the panel of judges were tasked with reading more than triple the submissions from last year's contest. The three winning entries, starting with the first-place poem, are below.

"Harbingers of Hope"
By Cid V Brunet

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly

When I manage to sleep, I have
one good dream among nightmares;
that once we've won, we will grow
wiser. End carnage like I have witnessed
here in Flanders fields. The poppies blow

in a silence perforated by bullets and
the shrieking whistle before a mortar
explodes. I hold my breath; lie low
like I am already a body
between the crosses. Row on row

of trenches offer no sanctuary. We are
stained by bloody mud, frozen
in the terror that underlies
being left alive. Yet we muster the courage
to mark our place and in the sky

I recognize the face of my lover. Her cheeks
sweet as a caramel apple. Each day
I fight for the chance to to die
by her side. So I, like
the larks, still bravely singing, fly.

"Dear Soldier"
By Eleanor G. Reed

This is the day of remembrance so today I'll walk with you.

It only takes one step off the curb
of this bustling Vancouver sidewalk
into the meadows where once you fought.
Feel the brush of bloodstained poppies against my legs, their petals smooth, black faces turned upwards in anguish to the heavens.

I'll walk with you and through your eyes, I will see everything. 

Mud squelching under every boot step,
silhouettes hunched with the weight of overladen
backpacks, a blur of faces looking down
as if there was no future to look up to.
Knuckled hands white, fingers trembling
at the trigger and the forces from a familiar
enemy approaching on the horizon. Gunfire fills the air, bodies falling in every direction while my ears are pierced
with the fearful cries of boys at war.
Take my hand and I'll walk with you, feel the softness of my fingers on palms
that are coarse and calloused from the handle
of a trench-digging shovel. Tears will sting
our eyes, dense clouds rolling in over Flanders releasing the first droplets of rain. They slide
down our cheeks across the surface of those scarlet
petals until we are all crying together.

This day is for the soldiers so today I'll walk with you.
This life is because of the soldiers, so forever we 'll walk together.

"The Soldiers"
By Charlotte Ducharme

When they took up arms they did not know
that we would spend solemn days in silence for
their memory. Young men trapped in trenches
shivering in mud surrounded by brothers. Trembling
hands clutching guns feeling cold
metal under fingertips as rain
assaulted the battlefield.

The only warmth comes from pride in country,
knowing a worthy battle worth fighting, they sacrifice
life, but less spoken of they sacrifice mind, body,
family. They leave crying mothers and wives who try
desperately to hold soldiers in one last embrace, aware
it may be their last. They feel the yearning of
home. Wanting nothing more than to be safe but knowing
safety is what they fight for.

They did not know that we would stop in
loaded silence to honor them, however
they still took up arms.

First-place winner Cid V Brunet will receive a $300 tuition credit, while Eleanor G. Reed and Charlotte Ducharme will receive Bookstore vouchers for $150 and $100, respectively.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Changes announced to Douglas College prerequisites

There’s one fewer test for Douglas College students to worry about.

The College is poised to see a drastic drop in students needing to write its English-language proficiency test as the majority of students now writing it won’t be required to.

Until now, first-year English, Creative Writing and written Communications courses have had a higher English proficiency requirement than College entrance requirements. Students who did not receive a “B” in English 12 or meet any one of a long list of equivalents were required to take the online English assessment.

However, that will change this coming winter as all three departments adjust their first-year prerequisites – eliminating the need for the test - to align with general College entrance standards.

“Only one-third of students come in meeting the “B” standard,” English department chair Elizabeth McCausland explains. “So we reviewed our data and found that the current prerequisite was an unnecessary barrier – about 75 percent of those who wrote the assessment met the score that allowed them to register in English courses.”

The change will also affect current students who have put off English 1130 as graduation approaches, McCausland notes.

The decision aligns the departments with the College’s general English-language proficiency requirements – which are currently under review at Education Council – with the exception of 0300-level English Upgrading and English Language Learning and Acquisition (formerly ESL) courses.

Students completing these courses to meet the College’s general English proficiency standard will also still need to complete the 0400-level courses before taking an English course, as research shows that the 0400-level courses are necessary for student success.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Douglas College pens open letter to Prime Minster Justin Trudeau on literacy

Coming across the national literacy statistics, Brenna Gray knew she had to do something.
David Denofreo photo
So, the Douglas College English instructor wrote a letter to the one person she thought would be able to change the tide on the dismal literacy rate in Canada – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In an open letter to the newly-elected Canadian leader posted on the blog Book Riot, Gray brings attention to the startling statistics on literacy in Canada. In particular, Gray points to the fact that about 48 percent of the adult population does not meet Level 3 literacy – defined as “being able to meet the demands of everyday life and perform work-related tasks.”

“The numbers are staggering. It’s appalling. But no one really talks about it,” Gray said. “There is such a stigma about being illiterate and those who are illiterate have such amazing coping skills so that people don’t realize they can’t read.”

Among the statistics she sifted through, Gray also found that 55 percent of Canadian adults are unable to understand the information their doctors tell them. Of that number, 88 percent are seniors. And overall, the lowest rates of literacy are found in impoverished communities – including First Nations and new Canadians.

She said she hopes the letter will capture the attention of the Trudeau government or, at the very least, spread awareness.

“We need to have a plan to deal with this crisis,” Gray said. “And we need to have a federal initiative – something that is concrete and real.”

She adds that a start could come from something as simple as putting more resources back into adult education – which faced cuts under the former Conservative government – and literacy planning.

“You can’t have a plan for increasing employment unless you address literacy,” she said.

Douglas College programs and initiatives that help those struggling with literacy and adult basic education, Gray notes, include I-Care and English Upgrading.

“This is about empowering people with knowledge,” she said. Read more...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: November

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 "Socks are not Monogomous" by Coral Zarrillo.

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.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Video: Meet Bachelor of Business Administration, Financial Services grad Mathias Stoecker

Mathias Stoecker has always had a head for numbers.

After leaving his home in Germany, the Vancouver transplant pursued the only career path that added up - starting with his Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Services at Douglas College.

Now, Mathias works in downtown Vancouver as a credit analyst.

Check out this video to learn Mathias' story:


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Douglas College sets Nov. 10 deadline for Compass Cards

Need a Compass Card?

You will no longer be able to get a Compass Card from the dispensing machines at Douglas College after Nov. 10.

You can still pick up a Compass Card from TransLink. Here are some ways to get one:
  • vending machines at all SkyTrain stations
  • by phone at 604 398 2042
  • London Drugs locations
  • online
Like the general public, you are required to pay a $6 deposit for a Compass Card. If you no longer need the card, the deposit can be refunded if returned to the Compass Customer Service Centre at the Stadium-Chinatown Station.

Once you have your Compass Card, go to the TransLink Student Website, link your Compass Card and request your U-Pass BC. Students are required to request their U-Pass BC every month.

Questions: email or call 604-527 5770

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Microsoft email issues result of phishing attempt at Douglas College (Updated)

Update: Douglas College has resolved email issues affecting those using Microsoft domains.

The Centre for Education and Information Technology (CEIT) fixed the error Tuesday evening. Any emails that bounced back as "undeliverable" will need to be resent. Recipients are also being advised to monitor their junk mail folders for emails. 


The Centre for Education and Information Technology (CEIT) is alerting students about issues with sending emails to Microsoft email domains.

All mail sent from email addresses are currently being rejected by Microsoft as a result of a Douglas College user responding to a phishing attempt and entering their username and password. The compromised Douglas College account was used to send phishing emails, resulting in Microsoft blacklisting emails from the Douglas domain.

The affected email domains include, and and affects those who use a Microsoft account to receive email from the College until the issue is resolved. Read more...

Douglas College showcases works by Patrick Shanley in latest production

Eight Douglas College student actors will perform 15 roles in scenes written by award-winning American playwright John Patrick Shanley in the College’s original production, Bard of the Bronx: John Patrick Shanley in Perspective. The show runs Nov. 13-20.

The production will feature scenes from Shanley’s most popular works including Oscar award-winning film Moonstruck, Doubt: A Parable, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian American Reconciliation and Women of Manhattan. Directed by Kathleen Duborg – who compiled the scenes for the production – the play will show the evolution of Shanley from a young writer to the seasoned and celebrated playwright he is today.

“What was exciting for me was to be able to go very deeply into a writer’s cannon and to look at how a writer has changed over 25 to 30 years,” Duborg says, noting almost every actor will play two roles. “It will be exciting to see if the audience can find the links between Shanley’s characters in his different works.”

The cast of Douglas College theatre students includes: Vancouver resident Noah Orvema (Aldo Scalicki, Ronny Cammareri), Coquitlam resident Lily Gillette (April White, Rhonda Louise), Surrey residents Chantelle Pryznyk (Denise Savage) and Pamela Carolina Martinez (Linda Rotunda, Chrissy), Port Coquitlam resident Rebecca Troock (Billie, Roberta), Kelowna resident Shannon Lindsey Tauber (Judy, Sister Aloysius), Calgary native Alice Knechtel (Loretta Castorini, Sister James) and Theatre program alumnus Parker Thompson (Murk, Danny).

Bard of the Bronx: John Patrick Shanley in Perspective runs Nov. 13-20 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster. Tickets ($10-$20) can be purchased in advance through Tickets New West,

Monday, November 2, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Participate in a career workshop

Here's what's happening at Douglas College Nov. 2-7

Thursday, Nov. 5

Career Workshop 
Coquitlam Campus
Room B3011
The first of a three-session workshop involves discussions and activities aimed at helping you learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. To register, call Student Services at 604 777 6185, or visit Room A1050. Remaining sessions scheduled for Nov. 19 and 26,

UBC Recruiter 
New Westminster Campus
Room 1222
A recruiter and admissions advisor will be on hand to answer any questions you have about studying at UBC.

Saturday, Nov. 7

BC Lions Student Night
BC Place Stadium
Cheer on the BC Lions with fellow students as they face the Calgary Stampeders. Cost for ticket package - which includes BC Lions hat and $10 online merchandise voucher - is $30. Book online at with promo code: DOUGLASCOLLEGE Read more...

Live stream shows Douglas College VTEC students assisting Langley Animal Protection Society

Veterinary Technology students have had their hands full with furry, four-legged patients at the Langley Animal Protection Society.

Students and instructors have been assisting the animal shelter with intakes - including kittens like Twiggy. Click here to watch a stream of her intake.

Students in the two-year diploma program work towards becoming veterinary technologists that assist with animals both small and large. The program features both classroom and lab components. For more information, visit the program's page.

To view more video streams, visit LAPS' page


Friday, October 30, 2015

Douglas College in the News: October 2015

Want to find out what's making news at Douglas College? Check out this roundup of recent headlines:

New Amanda Todd award for DC students
Tri-City News 

Douglas College heads to Uganda
New Westminster Record 
New Westminster Record 
Tri-City News 

You can also find our latest news releases on the Douglas College website.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Douglas College students invited to participate in TransLink survey

Douglas College students are invited to take part in an online TransLink survey focusing on more than 85 proposed transit changes.

The survey is available until Nov. 6 and features questions on proposed changes aiming to improve your experience as a rider.

The changes that could most affect Douglas College students are the Burnaby/New Westminster Package, which includes changes to Community Shuttle Buses, re-routing buses and introducing a new bus-only left-turn signal on Cumberland Street, and the Metrotown – Edmonds – New Westminster package, which suggests splitting the route into two services at Edmonds station, redesigning the route and introducing the New K line.

Other proposed changes that could affect students are featured in the Northeast Sector: Millennium Line – Evergreen Extension, which would see the Millennium line connecting Coquitlam to Vancouver, via Port Moody and Burnaby, as well as six new stations added to the network at Lafarge Lake-Douglas, Lincoln, Coquitlam Central, Inlet Centre, Moody Centre and Burquitlam.

The Port Moody – North Coquitlam Package would introduce a series of new buses, re-routing and the discontinuation of the 178, C27 and C28, while the The Northeast Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam Package proposes a redesign of the C37 and C38 and the extension of the C40 from Port Coquitlam Centre to Coquitlam Central Station. 

For more information on the survey, or to take part in the survey, visit TransLink’s website. Read more...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Douglas College production of Almost, Maine runs Nov. 5-13

Douglas College students will explore the complexities surrounding love and loss in the production of Almost, Maine.

Running from Nov. 5-13, the critically-acclaimed play, written by award-winning actor and playwright John Cariani, is comprised of a series of stories focusing on love and loss in the tiny, remote town of Almost, Maine.

The College production – presented jointly by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology – will showcase six of the 11 scenes.

“It’s about the tiny magic moments in life, the zing between people, where something just might occur – that’s the ‘almost’ of Almost, Maine. The characters experience these spark-and-crackle moments when things shift and spaces open between two people,” director Deborah Neville says.

“All the scenes have moments where things blow open – hearts blow open, connections light up, change is possible.”

The backdrop to the unusual love stories is the beautiful lights of the aurora borealis, which is weaved into stories throughout the play.

“None of the stories share what’s to come next – they’re about the match-strike moments – that’s the focus. And the aurora borealis is almost like a character by itself,” Neville says.

The cast of Douglas students includes Surrey resident Jamie Armstrong as East and Waitress, Vancouver resident Sean Brown as Randy and Jimmy, Burnaby resident Nina Dosdall as Glory and Rhonda, Langley resident Logan Tower as Pete and Chad, White Rock resident Jace Byers as Dave and Lendall, and South Surrey resident Rachel Fournier as Ginette and Sandrine.

Almost, Maine runs Nov. 5-13 at the Douglas College Studio Theatre at the New Westminster campus, 700 Royal Ave.

Tickets ($10-$20) are available in advance through Tickets New West:


Sunday, October 25, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Find out more about a career in Criminology

Here's what's happening at Douglas College: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Criminology Career Cafe
New Westminster Campus
Douglas Room (Room 1200)
A networking event with 12 professionals from the Criminology sector. In small groups, students will have an opportunity to meet and learn from these experts. The event has limited seating. To register, visit or call 604-527-5889.

Intercultural and International Studies Info Session
New Westminster Campus
Lecture Hall 2201
Come and learn what you can do with an AA in Intercultural and International Studies! Meet successful graduates, engaging faculty members, and eat some free pizza.

Criminology Employer Discussion Panel
Coquitlam Campus
Room B3011
This session is a Q&A format with five representatives from various areas of the Criminology sector sharing information on their careers as well as some lessons learned through working in the field. Seating is limited. Register at or by calling 604-527-5889.

Uganda Project Quiz Night
Coquitlam Campus
7pmHelp raise money for literacy in Uganda and at home at the 5th annual Uganda Project Quiz Night, co-hosted by Douglas College Foundation and Coquitlam Sunrise Rotary, MC'd by Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart.
Snacks, cash bar, silent auction, draws and more. Entry fee $20 per person. Register online at
Note: Because of the cash bar, no one younger than 19 can attend.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Criminology Fair
New Westminster Campus
10 am
Meet with perspective employers, get some insight on working in the field, expand your personal network and gain valuable interview experience.
For more information contact the Student Employment

Thursday, Oct. 29

Certified Financial Planner Information Session
New Westminster Campus
Lecture Theatre (Room 2201)
Are you interested in working in financial services? Or simply looking for something to major in? Join the Douglas College Business Association as we host the CFP information session. The designation is an internationally recognized and important stepping stone to a career in the Finance industry. A representative from the designation will be attending.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Call for submissions for Douglas College Remembrance Day poetry contest

On Nov. 11, people across Canada will pay their respects to the members of the armed forces who served this country.

To mark the occasion, Douglas College will hold a Remembrance Day poetry competition. The contest is open to all students enrolled at Douglas.

The top-three submissions will each receive a prize. The first-place winner will receive a $300 tuition credit, while the second- and third-place winners will receive a $150 and $100 Bookstore voucher, respectively.

Contest rules

  • We will accept original and unpublished poems in English, on the themes of war, peace, and remembrance.
  • Poems should be typed and no longer than 30 lines.
  • Include name, student number, email and telephone number on a separate title page paper-clipped to your poem. Only your student number should appear on the poem itself.
  • The deadline for submission is Nov. 5, 2015.
  • Submit your poem to the drop box in the LLPA office, or by email to Leah Hjalte.
  • Judging will be done by instructors from the Creative Writing Department.
  • Winners will be announced on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, 2015. Winning entries may appear on the Doug Blog.
To learn more about Remembrance Day in Canada, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website. Read more...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Douglas College lab technician refutes popular global warming beliefs in article

A Douglas College Geography lab technician has sparked the attention of fellow geographers after co-authoring an article refuting popular beliefs on global warming.

Tyler Herrington and his co-author, Kirsten Zickfeld, have published a piece arguing that carbon emission-reduction policies will not only benefit future generations, but also those who implement them.

“It’s a widely held misconception that the main effects of CO2 emissions will not be felt for several decades to centuries after emission. I was taught that myself when I was an undergrad,” Herrington said.

In their article – published on Environmental Research Letters in March – Herrington and Zickfeld respond to a 2014 letter written by Ricke and Caledeira that estimates the median time lag between a carbon dioxide emission and the maximum-warming response is a decade on average.

Upon reading the letter, something clicked for Herrington.

“The moment I saw it, I saw that they had only considered 100 gigatons of carbon – what if we go out to the extremes – to 1,000 gigatons or 5,000 gigatons? That, of course, will affect the effects,” Herrington said. “So I called Kirsten right away and said ‘they missed something huge here.’”

Zickfeld – who was Herrington’s Master’s supervisor at Simon Fraser University - had been invited to write an article on the subject and asked Herrington to be a co-author.

The SFU Geography grad had focused on a similar subject matter for his Master’s thesis, which was also featured on Earth System Dynamics, the online journal of the European Geoscience Union.

Herrington, who is considering pursuing a PhD, is now focusing on educating people on the findings of the research.

While he notes that the article on Earth System Dynamics is quite technical and better suited to a climate-science audience, the findings co-authored with Zickfeld, he said, are important to everyone.

“The realization that the implementation of emission-reduction policies will have benefits in the near-term - and not only in the long-term - may make the idea of emission reductions more palatable,” he said, adding that he may try to build some of his findings into future lectures or discussions with students in climate-related courses.

Herrington is also considering research on climate adaptation to complement his background in climate science.

“At the rate we continue to burn fossil fuels, climate adaptation will be crucial for municipalities, governments, and corporations to consider in their medium- to long-term plans,” he said. “I’ve done research on the physical climate, now let’s focus on the adaptation – how are we going to adapt to future climate change?” Read more...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Find out about learning opportunities abroad

Here's what's happening at Douglas College: Oct. 19-25

Monday, Oct. 19

Zambia Program information session 
Coquitlam campus
Room B2090
Find out more about the Zambia Global Leadership Program at an information session. Register online.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Zambia Program information session
New Westminster campus
Room 4650 (Aboriginal Gathering Place)
Find out more about the Zambia Global Leadership Program at an information session. Register online.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Wales Field School information session
New Westminster campus
Room 1231
Find out more about earning a full college credit while studying in Wales.

Literature Alive: Hiromi Goto
New Westminster campus
Room 1806
A reading by author Hiromi Goto sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing and the Canada Council for the Arts. Free and open to the public. Find out more here. 

Thursday, Oct. 2

Wales Field School information session
Coquitlam Campus
Room C1009
Find out more about earning a full college credit while studying in Wales.

Arts at One: Music Technologies concert
New Westminster campus
Muir Theatre
Join Arts at One Oct. 22 as the Music Technologies Certificate program presents a performance by its students. Directed by Blair Fisher and Robert Caldwell. Free and open to the public.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Douglas College Environmental Science student turns love of nature into a career path

David Denofreo photo 

To say Courtney Wilson’s childhood prepared her for a career as a marine biologist would be an

The Douglas College Environmental Science student grew up spending every Sunday in her hometown of Campbell River with her parents scouring for fossils, exploring back roads or spending time with their many pets – including dogs, birds and reptiles.

Now, Wilson is looking to make a career out of her love of science, animals and the outdoors.

“How do you not want to do something with nature after that? It wasn’t until second year that I realized I wanted to do something related to biology. Nothing else really stuck with me,” she said. “After a trip to Bamfield for a Marine Biology course, I fell in love. The hands-on work with sea creatures and a focus on marine conservation really clicked with me.”

The fourth-year Douglas College student started out as a General Studies student before transferring into Environmental Sciences after two years – a decision many people who know Wilson supported, including her Grade 12 biology teacher.

After returning to Campbell River for the summer to volunteer and gain work experience, Wilson received an email from her high school teacher letting her know he had nominated her for the Tom Easton Remembrance Bursary, which she won and is now using towards her last semester at Douglas.

“It was nice to know that I had made an impact on my teacher so much that he thought of me,” Wilson said.

Wilson credits Douglas College’s small class sizes, engaging teachers and general sense of community for the academic success she has enjoyed, noting that a big university didn’t have the same appeal.

“It’s a great thing to be a part of – you get to know the teachers, you make connections with them – instead of the big lecture halls where teachers don’t know your name,” she said. “It’s so personal and such an easy transition for me from high school to college because of that.”

An avid surfer, Wilson, who plays volleyball with the Royals, plans to take time off to travel to the South American coastline with her brother. Once she returns to Canada, she is confident she will continue the career path that she started – albeit unknowingly - so many years ago.

“This whole journey was trial and error and learning as I went along. Without the support of instructors, teachers back home and my parents this wouldn’t have been possible,” she said. “It’s OK to try something and fail at it – you move on or you try again.

“You don’t have to follow anyone else’s footprints – you can make your own way.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Douglas College to host information sessions on Criminology program

Interested in a career in Criminology?

Douglas College will host three events this month that will provide insight and networking opportunities into the rewarding field of work.

Kicking off the series will be a career cafĂ© on Oct. 27, 1-3pm, in the Douglas Room (Room 1200) at the New Westminster campus. The ‘speed networking’ event will feature 12 professionals representing various areas of the Criminology sector. In small groups, students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in the field. Seating is limited.

In the evening, the Coquitlam Campus will be the venue for an employer discussion panel from 6-7:30 pm in Room B3011. This session will follow a question-and-answer format with five panelists representing different areas of the Criminology sector sharing information on their careers and lessons they have learned. Seating is also limited for this event.

Wrapping up the two-day information series will be an opportunity to meet prospective employers on Oct. 28, 10am-4pm at the New Westminster campus’ concourse. The event will include opportunities to speak to prospective employers one-on-one, talk to representatives in the field, gain valuable interview experience, and find out about available jobs and submit your resume. The event – hosted by the Criminology Department, Student Employment Centre and Alumni Association – will also provide a valuable opportunity to develop and build a network of contacts.

For event registration, visit

For more information, contact SEC at or 604-527-5889.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Elections Fair to be held at New Westminster campus

Here's what's happening at Douglas: Oct. 12-18

Monday, Oct. 12

Thanksgiving - College closed

Thursday, Oct. 15

Arts at One - Aram Bajakian Trio 
New Westminster Campus
Muir Theatre
The Aram Bajakian Trio bring their punk-tinged jazz to Douglas College. Free and open to the public.

Elections Fair
New Westminster Campus
Douglas College will host an Elections Fair Oct. 15 at the New Westminster campus concourse.
The fair – which is open to the public – will provide information about the four major political parties and their platforms. The event is set from 11am-3pm and will be followed by a candidates’ forum, which will be held in the Douglas College Student Union lounge.

The forum will be a dialogue, providing students with the opportunity to ask candidates questions and discuss their unique issues. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: October 2015

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 "Fiction as Archive" by Nina Falcos.

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.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Douglas College Veterinary Office and Animal Care grads land jobs they love

For Ken Werner, it took a big loss to make him realize he needed a change.

After losing his mother to cancer, Werner decided to pursue his passion by enrolling in Douglas College’s Veterinary Office and Animal Care (VOAC) certificate program.

“I realized life was too short. So I decided to quit my job, go back to school and follow what has always made me happiest – animal welfare,” he said.

VOAC graduates are at the front line at animal clinics, performing duties that range from booking appointments to working in the laboratory. The program also provides core skills applicable to various positions in the industry.

Werner had no problem finding work in the field after graduating from the program in 2012. He spent time working at a large practice and clinics before deciding to explore other career paths, leading him to his current position as Territory Manager for Petsecure Pet Insurance.

“My experience at Douglas was amazing,” Werner said. “The instructors took the time to ensure all of the important material was covered and they were always available if I had any questions.”

Werner notes that the program provides the fundamentals in animal restraint, nutrition, anatomy and customer and patient care – all valuable skills.

“It allowed me to explore what it is like to work in a veterinary hospital by providing hands-on experience,” he said. “Once I finished my program, I felt confident transitioning straight into a veterinary clinic.”

The VOAC certificate program prepares students for the multifaceted duties of veterinary assistants with hands-on training and real-world assignments. Like Werner, many graduates find a job in their industry within months – including Velleda Lacayo.

The Douglas grad completed the program in August and is preparing to start work at Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital. She credits the passionate instructors who “clearly love what they are doing” and her hands-on training during her practicum for preparing her for her new career.

“I’ve always known I’d be involved in the veterinary field in one way or another and thought the six-month assistant program was a great foot in the door,” Lacayo said. “The VOAC program taught me the necessary skills needed to do the job well, right from the get-go.”

Animal lovers looking to turn their passion into an exciting career are invited to Douglas College Oct. 22 to learn more about the Veterinary Office and Animal Care certificate program.

The hour-long information session is scheduled for 6pm at the New Westminster Campus and will feature a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. To register, call 604-527-5472 and quote Course Registration Number 31255.

Information sessions are also slated for Nov. 19 at 6pm. and Dec. 10 at 6pm.

For more information, click here.