Thursday, August 27, 2015

Therapeutic Recreation grad takes passion to work

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Katryna Koenig learned a valuable lesson during the summers she spent working at wilderness camps for youth. She saw how a fun, recreational setting can open people up to personal growth and positive change. 

That’s why it was no surprise she decided to pursue a career in therapeutic recreation - a field in which she can use leisure activities to help improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and other challenges. 

“I believe therapeutic recreation is a platform for success for people because we focus on their strengths,” Katryna says. 

She researched therapeutic recreation programs across Canada, but decided to study at Douglas because of its strong reputation. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Katryna quickly landed a full-time job. She is now a project coordinator at Vancouver’s Strive Centre, a support centre for people with brain injuries, mental illness and other issues. 

“I’m so glad I have this opportunity to use my skills and my passion to help people,” she says. 

Interested in doing what Katryna does? Come to an info session for the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program. 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Douglas College in the News: August 2015



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

Douglas College Maker Lab allows students to experiment with 3-D printing
The Georgia Straight
 
Garden workshop in Coquitlam next month
Tri-City News
 
Non-profit groups benefit
New Westminster NewsLeader
 
Teams medal silver at last week's Games
New Westminster Record

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

 



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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nursing grad volunteers at trauma hospital in Haiti

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As a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital, Bonn-Tien Mark provides post-surgical care to patients with cancer and other serious illnesses. 

For Bonn-Tien, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing grad, doing her job well requires more than just excellent medical knowledge and skill. It’s also about having compassion and attending to her patients’ emotional needs. 

“It’s a privilege to be able to help people that are in such vulnerable situations,” she says. 

While Bonn-Tien is passionate about her hospital work, she is also deeply motivated to help people in developing countries. She recently travelled to Haiti to volunteer in a trauma hospital. While there, she helped to provide emergency care to patients injured in serious accidents. 

“Many people don’t have access to the resources we have here in Canada. I want to help them get the health care and health education they need,” she says. “By studying at Douglas, I gained the skills and knowledge to do it.”

Nurses and other health care workers are in high demand across the province, Canada and the world. In the Vancouver Island/Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions, nursing has more job openings than any other occupation. Find out more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at an info session

Source: BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Meet your peers at orientation events





Here's what's happening at Douglas August 24-30

Tuesday, August 25


New student orientation
New Westminster Campus
8am
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.

Wednesday, August 26


New student orientation
New Westminster Campus
8am
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New student orientation
New Westminster Campus
8am
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mature student orientation
New Westminster Campus
5pm
Connect with other new students, meet faculty and prepare for classes in advance. The new student orientation provides an opportunity to purchase books and receive your student ID. For more information, or to register, visit the Office for New Students page.


Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!



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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BBA Finance student pumped to build his own business

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Building a business from the ground up is no mean feat, but Devlin Pereira has an apt role model: his father. “Watching my dad grow a simple company into a successful corporation really honed the importance of business in my life,” he says.

Devlin took the first step toward creating his own successful company by enrolling in the Bachelor of Business Administration – Financial Services program at Douglas. Though still a student, he’s already putting what he’s learned into action at his position with an HR firm. 

“My education is giving me the foundation to fully understand the concepts I’m working with every day,” he says, adding: "It’s fascinating to discover just how much business truly affects each and every one of us on a daily basis.”

Second only to careers in sales and service, careers in business, finance and administration top the list of the most in-demand jobs in B.C. over the next six years. Come to an info session to learn more about the BBA program. 

Source: BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: August 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 "The Wild Hair Blues" by Cassandra Inglis.

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.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Assoc. of Science grad looks ahead to med school

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It took a bout of serious illness for Harprit Khakh to realize she wanted to be a doctor.

Shortly after starting classes at Douglas, she began suffering from pain and fatigue. The sudden, unexplained illness limited her attendance at school and made her feel hopeless. 

But thanks to her doctors, who identified the problem as digestive tract disease, she was able to regain her health. “I was so grateful to my doctors, who pretty much gave me my life back,” she says. 

Having since earned an Associate of Science Degree from Douglas, Harprit is now studying biology at SFU and looking ahead to medical school. 

She says she's glad she came to Douglas to do her first two years of university-level courses.

"If I’d gone to a research university right out of high school, I would have had no direction," she says. "Douglas allowed me to explore what I really want to do."

By getting an Associate of Science Degree from Douglas, Harprit ensured she’d graduate with 60 credits that would transfer into the third year of a Bachelor of Science program at a university. Find out more about associate degrees at our website. Read more...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dancer trades limelight for caring career

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In his former life, Mikee Espejo was a professional dancer who competed all over Canada and the world, even placing third globally with his dance team at a competition in Las Vegas.

But what really gets his heart going is helping people with mental illness and addictions. This desire is what drew him to the Community Social Service Work program. A perfect fit for his caring personality, the program gave him the chance to apply his skills in a practicum placement at an after-school program. Once he graduates, he wants to work with children and seniors in a church setting. 

"I’ve always loved to help people, even a random person in the street," Mikee says.

And if Mikee chooses to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work Degree, he's in luck: He's already completed the two core social work courses needed to get accepted at UBC and other universities, plus other credits that will transfer to the big U's.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Douglas College holding workshops in Coquitlam on garden ecology

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Want to learn about the beneficial critters that lurk in your garden? How about how to create better water habitat in gardens for wildlife?

Well, then you're in luck. Douglas College is hosting a series of interactive workshops in Coquitlam this summer to help the community learn about these topics and more.

Workshops


  • Tuesday, August 11, 5:30-7pm - Characters of the Urban Garden
  • Thursday, September 10, 6-7:30pm - Pollinator Survey
  • Saturday, September 26, 11am-12:30pm - Water and Wildlife in your Garden
  • Planning and Planting a Mixed-Use Garden (date and time to be announced).

Organized by the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology, the workshops are free and open to the public. However, children must be accompanied by an adult. They will take place on the front lawn of the Douglas College Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

Workshop participants will also learn about the Institute of Urban Ecology’s new Sustainability and Outreach (Sol) Garden, a project intended to support ecological research and community learning. The workshops will be held at the future site of the garden. Garden construction is expected to start in fall.

For more information about the workshops and to RSVP, email iue@douglascollege.ca. Please indicate which workshops you would like to attend. Each workshop will be around 90 minutes long.



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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ace your exams: our top 10 study tips


Exam time is fast approaching at Douglas College. To help you get ready, the Learning Centre has put together this top-10 list of study tips:

1. Do a practice exam. Try and predict the questions you will be asked, and answer them.

2. When you begin studying, highlight everything you already know. You'll be encouraged at seeing how much you've already accomplished.

3. Don’t stay up too late to study. It’s OK to pull an all-nighter for a paper, but with a test, you need the energy the next day to actually take the test.

4. Study the easy stuff first. That way you don’t waste all of your study time on one difficult concept and run out of time for the rest.

5. Make your study time fun, short and interactive. Use flashcards with pictures, colours and highlighters.

6. Turn off the Internet. Facebook will still be there when your study session's over.

7. Look over your in-class notes to see what information the instructor spent time on and what might be more important to study.

8. Snack smart: eating foods such as bananas and nuts while studying can actually help you retain information.

9. Drink water before your exam. Research has shown that downing the wet stuff before a test can improve your performance by up to a third.

10. Visit the Learning Centre to work with a peer tutor on writing, course content or study skills. It's free. Look for details on the centre's website.




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