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