Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Good grades? Get paid for them. Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching student snags $5,000 scholarship.

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Hannah Sanvido knew Douglas College was her destination after high school.

She wanted to have a smooth transition to post-secondary and lots of one-on-one time with her instructors – making Douglas the perfect fit. So when she was offered a $5,000 President’s Entrance Scholarship, that only sweetened the deal for Sanvido, who came to the College looking to find her niche.

“The scholarship allowed me to explore and find something I’m truly passionate about, without having to worry about the cost,” Sanvido said.

And if she can maintain a B+ average or higher (so far, so good), Sanvido can renew her scholarship for up to four years, for a total of $20,000 towards her education.

Each year, 16 President’s Entrance Scholarships are offered to students coming to Douglas College directly from high schools in Metro Vancouver. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or better (81.5 percent average in high school) and make significant contributions to school or community activities.

Sanvido easily met the requirements. Aside from her great grades in high school, she volunteered, and ran youth and summer camps in volleyball, tennis, badminton, writing and more.

Drawing on her love of sports, Sanvido enrolled in the Sport Science Diploma in 2015. She decided to build on her education with an Associate of Arts degree.

Now, Sanvido – who is also the vice president of the College’s Ultimate Frisbee Club – is working toward a career in athletics as a Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) degree student.

“Ultimately, I want to work in an active environment helping children,” Sanvido said. “I am really drawn to the concept of learning through play and would like my career to in some way reflect that.”


Friday, November 25, 2016

Update: Amber Alert deactivated for Delilah Felton

UPDATE: The AMBER ALERT has been deactivated. See here for more information. 

An AMBER ALERT has been deactivated for Delilah Felton, 4, believed to have been abducted by her mother, Angela Hanley, from Vancouver.

The victim is a Caucasian female with red hair and was last seen wearing a colourful rain jacket - mostly red with flowers on it - a black shirt and black leggings with grey stripes. 

The suspect is a 46-year-old Caucasian female with red hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a light brown corduroy jacket with a fur-lined hood, dark jeans and calf-height rain boots.

If you have information, call 911. For further details, see here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Evergreen Extension gets you to Douglas faster

Taking classes at both campuses? Your commute is about to get easier.

After much anticipation, SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension will open Dec. 2 at noon. That means you’ll be able to travel between the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses in less than 30 minutes, getting on at New Westminster Station and off at the new Lafarge Lake-Douglas stop.

Need to get to the Coquitlam Campus from Lougheed Town Centre or Waterfront Station? Get there in about 16 minutes and 50 minutes, respectively.

Steps away from the Coquitlam Campus, the Douglas-Lafarge Lake Station will connect to Lougheed Town Centre without transfer to the current Millennium Line. And for students travelling into the Tri-Cities from the east – including Mission and Pitt Meadows – the Evergreen Extension also integrates with the regional bus and West Coast Express networks via Coquitlam Centre Station.

In total, there will be six new stops, including Lafarge Lake–Douglas, Lincoln, Coquitlam Central, Inlet Centre, Moody Centre, and Burquitlam.

Don’t forget – you’ll need to load your U-Pass onto your Compass Card to ride SkyTrain. Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to do that.

For more information, visit TransLink online or check out this video. Read more...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Build your career: November 2016

Student success stories

Huy Nguyen, a second-year Computing Science and Information Systems student – and one of many international students registered in Co-operative Education – just landed his dream placement. From January to August, Huy will be putting his skills and knowledge to work in the City of Edmonton’s Information Technology Department while gaining valuable hands-on experience with one of the city’s largest employers. Congratulations, Huy!

Two Douglas students, Caitlyn S. and Veronica Z., are earning while learning. Both landed part-time jobs after working with Student Employment Centre staff to boost their resumes and interview skills. They were hired for customer service positions in the retail sector – great opportunities to build their communications and networking skills while earning money to pay tuition. Congratulations to both!

What’s new:

In the last month, 58 new employers registered with the Student Employment Centre to post part-time, full-time and volunteer opportunities. Since the last newsletter, 85 new students registered to access SEC services, including the job board.

Over 120 new jobs were added to the job board and of these new postings, more than half are full-time, off-campus opportunities – perfect for alumni.

Positions include:
  • Program Worker - Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Business Systems Analyst - Market Intelligence, Colliers International 
  • Software Tester - Alpha Technologies
  • Operations Support Representative - Fortis BC
  • Quality Control Associate -Urban Barn
  • Administrative Professional - Macdonald, Shymko & Company Ltd. 
  • Labour Relations Research Analyst and various clerical/office positions -Make a Future - Careers in BC Education
  • Warehouse Coordinator - FMAV
  • Sales/Customer Service Advisors -Canadian Direct Insurance
  • Production Operator - Cooledge Lighting

November’s hot job

PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, and they are looking for potential employees like you.
There are several local openings, including weekend account merchandiser, warehouse coordinator, merchandiser and raw materials coordinator. Visit PepsiCo Careers for more information.

November events

Nov. 22 – Meet the Pros: Invest in Your Future - TD Canada Trust will be at the New Westminster Campus in the Aboriginal Gathering Place [add room number]at 5pm to talk about current openings and career options at the bank. Register: co-op@douglascollege.ca.

Employers on campus

Vivint and University First Class Painters were on campus recently promoting summer positions for sales representative and business operator, respectively. If you missed these sessions and are interested in these job opportunities, contact Barb at the Student Employment Centre at 604 527 5890.

Stay in the loop

Register with the Student Employment Centre now and be the first to know when employers are coming to campus, or to receive job alerts for off-campus work opportunities posted on our job board.

Join us for a noon-hour workshop. Workshops are at both campuses and there’s a new topic each day:

  • Monday - Resumé writing
  • Tuesday - Cover letter preparation
  • Wednesday - Interviewing skills
  • Thursday – Job search strategies

Follow Douglas College on Twitter to receive our weekly Hot Job tweet!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care student aiming for career helping teens in need

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Like many of her peers, Gursimran Mann had planned to transfer to university after completing two years at Douglas College.

But once the psychology student heard about the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (CYC) program from a fellow Student Ambassador, her transfer plans went out the window.

“When I started at Douglas, I planned to become a clinical counsellor, but then I started to volunteer more with youth and children, and I had a change of heart,” she said. “I realized I wanted to pursue a career focusing on youth.”

Mann applied the skills she learned in the CYC program during her first-year practicum at Riverdale Elementary School, in Surrey. During her placement, she worked with kids every day, building valuable experience and connections in her field to help jump start her career after graduation.

Once she completes her bachelor’s degree at Douglas, Mann wants to work with teenage girls who are struggling with issues such as addiction.

“I would love to work in a high school as a youth worker and help create a positive environment for them,” she said.

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care program prepares graduates for careers working with children, youth and families as child and youth-care workers, or for advanced positions in the child and youthcare field. Virtually 100 percent of grads find work within three months of receiving their credential.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care program at Douglas College are eligible to apply for the Master of Arts in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and to several other Masters programs.


Computing Studies and Information Systems diploma student eyes career in the tech sector

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Avid BMX rider Kyle Maddox knew college was the next step after high school, but he wasn’t sure what area of study to focus on.

So, he started off taking General Studies, trying to find a fit.

After initially considering physics, Maddox did a 180, enrolling in the Computing Studies and Information Systems (CSIS) diploma program.

The two-year CSIS diploma program prepares students for a career in the booming IT sector with courses in system and networking concepts, programming languages and business courses.

Once he completes his diploma, Maddox plans to transfer to UBC to complete a bachelor’s degree in computer science, with the long-term goal of building his own company specializing in advanced security software. He says his passion for BMX is what drew him to the tech industry.

“I’ve always had an analytical mind. When I’m riding BMX, I actually apply the same sort of mental process to biking as I do to programming,” he said. “Before I approach a jump, I look at the height, distance and speed that I'm approaching and decide how high I can go while still covering the distance to the landing.

“The same idea is applied to programming in the sense that you have to realize where you're going with the program and what coding you need to set up before you actually get into the body.”

By 2019, it is expected that there will be 182,000 IT jobs available in Canada, with more than 15,000 of those positions in Vancouver.

Douglas College is helping students prepare for those positions with a mix of practical and applied knowledge that will help when transitioning from school to work.

“Douglas College has given me a sense of what a workplace will be like and what is expected of me,” Maddox said.

Students can also earn money and gain experience while completing their diploma through an optional Co-operative Education component. Students can apply their skills from the classroom in the workplace, while typically earning $5,000- $9,000 a semester.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day poetry contest winners announced

To mark Remembrance Day this year, Douglas College held a poetry contest. Students were invited to submit original and unpublished poems in English, on the themes of war and peace.

The three winning entries below were selected by a panel of instructors from the Creative Writing Department.

Eleven: Come Homeby Maria Dolores Baylon

The virtual and velvet 117,000 poppies
Projected on the darkened and shadowed buildings of Parliament Hill.
A serene moment; A moment’s notice;
My aged mind brings me back to the jungles of a tropical paradise -
Or what it once was.
Among the translucent and iridescent leaves and vines;
Among the thick and rough barks of tropical trees;
Among the indigenous creatures of the woodlands;
Among the flora and fauna of the living timberlands;
I find myself clothed in darkness, in the absence of the moon.
I wait for the signal, for the flare to rise and illuminate the shadows. One. Two.
I am hidden among the shrubs and the length of the trees. Three. Four.
I held my rifle next to me, against my body.
Safe off. Ready, lock and loaded. Five. Six.
My ears picked up the sound of movement a few yards away from me.
A child walked into the clearing, a solar spotlight upon him,
I raised my rifle, ready to shoot. Seven. Eight.
I zoom in on the child’s head –
A headshot for a merciful death,
A body shot for a merciless long death,
Or, a shot to the heart for an instant death. Nine.
Eye on him, rifle pointed at him;
But I could not take the shot.
My finger would not pull the trigger.
But my eyes would not leave the sight of this little boy in the middle of the woods. Ten.
I had not noticed that I had lowered my rifle.
I walked towards the child, crept towards him and stopped short.
“Go home. It’s not safe here,” I said.
But the child merely raised his almond shaped eyes and stared at me before replying
In a hauntingly ominous voice, “You’re a long way from home. You, go home.”

A minute of silence
by Isabella Kennedy

I wonder what everyone else is thinking, everyone’s eyes are shut.
I shut my eyes too. The scratchy fabric of my sweater itches at my neck
but we aren’t allowed to move. I stand as still as I can, like that statue
game we play at recess. I always lose. I think my finger is bleeding.
I stuck the poppy pin in too deep. I put it in my mouth. Someone coughs
and the boys who stand in front of me start laughing. I feel
like pinching them. I wonder where my poppy is hanging in the gym.
I tried to draw it exactly like my Nonna said. She was my age
during the war. She said they killed her best friend in the ditch
by her house. Who is “they”?
My mom says that the soldiers are in heaven now, with the angels.
I want to meet an angel. I wonder if they look like the faeries
in our yard. The bagpipes have started again and I feel the hairs
at the back of neck rise. I feel like crying. Once the images
come they don’t stop. The fields were full of blood
they said, or was it poppies? The bodies piled up
as tall as trees, airplanes roaring
in my ears. I can’t stop. My tummy hurts.
The minute of silence is over.
I open my eyes.

Never anyone's Grandfather
by Paul Siemens

Often it seems the stories of war we hear come from grandfathers. Our own, our friends or
maybe our neighbours.
These accounts are passed from father to son, or grandson, Uncle to nephew. These men may tell us
the stories of their time in far lands.
Of the time they smashed a bottle of champagne open on the back tire of a jeep in Normandy because
there wasn’t a corkscrew anywhere to be found;
of missing the troop ship to Hong Kong because he was so drunk, which saved his life,
of adopting a dog in Afghanistan;
or being pinned down by sniper fire in the Balkans.
He might even lean in with a sly smile and tell you softly of the woman he met in France.
How many young men though, never met a woman in France, never had a wife, a girlfriend, or
even a first kiss.
These young men, these teenagers, would not become grandfathers who told their grandchildren
about this moment as they are
huddled in a snowy foxhole shivering so hard their teeth clattered,
teeth that had not chewed food in the last two days.
As he is rubbing frozen fingers together, the thought of mom in the kitchen and dad by the fire brings a slight smile to his lips just as the bullet enters his brain.
The 18 year old who was crouching beside him sees his friend who was only 17 slide down beside him and stare at him with lifeless eyes.
He will live to tell his grandson of this moment, the moment his Brother never had a chance to become someone’s grandfather.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Psychiatric Nursing students put their skills to the test through volunteering

Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing (PNUR) students got their hands dirty at Whistler’s Mudderella event this September.

Melissa Krol and Nicole LeMessurier volunteered at the 11-km obstacle course and race held at Blackcomb Mountain Sept. 24 to gain hands-on experience in the field.

“Our responsibilities were to triage any patients coming into the medical tent. We used our assessment skills and relayed the collateral to the physician or nurse practitioner. In some minor cases, we were able to provide interventions, such as applying heat, wrapping limbs in tensor bandages and providing wound care,” Krol, a second-year student, said.

LeMessurier, who has also volunteered at Ironman 5150, the Wayhome Music Festival in Ontario and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Vancouver, said volunteers were taught to watch for signs of exercise-induced collapse.

“We were there to remind and encourage the racers to keep their legs moving when their natural instincts were to stop and drop. This helped prevent them from collapsing due to blood pooling in their legs,” the fourth-year student said.

Both PNUR students said the opportunity to volunteer at such a unique event allowed them to utilize their skills in a high-stress situation.

“These events place you in an intense situation where you have to apply critical-thinking skills,” Krol said.

LeMessurier thrived under the pressure and stress of Mudderella.

“I was pushed out of my comfort zone, but it was such an incredible experience,” she said. “I would definitely do this again.”

Both women have a passion for helping others and a keen interest in mental health, leading them to psychiatric nursing as a career, and knowing the exceptional reputation of the PNUR program, Krol and LeMessurier made the decision to enroll at Douglas College.

After graduating, Krol plans to work in acute psychiatry to gain experience and hone her skills before working in the community with Car 67 – a partnership between the Surrey RCMP and Fraser Health Authority pairing a clinical nurse specializing in mental health with a uniformed police officer.

LeMessurier plans to apply to Fraser Health, focusing on adult acute psychiatry before moving towards a career in emergency psychiatric care.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

“Lest We Forget” project helps Douglas History students honour WWI vets and nurses

A Douglas College History grad is shining a light on the past with a project honouring a fallen soldier in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Stephanie Prentice’s project – an intricate clock with details reflecting the life of Lt. Edwin Arthur Rand – will be on display at the Coquitlam Public Library until the end of the month.

Prentice created “A Moment in Time” last winter for an assignment from History professor Ashleigh Androsoff. The university transfer student, who just kicked off her first semester at UBC Okanagan, used archival research to share the story of Rand – a student from New Westminster killed in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

“When I received the assignment, I envisioned a moment in time, when a soldier left this existence and crossed over into the next,” Prentice said. “I saw a clock with hands pointing to the date the soldier had died. The numbers on the clock would be in different colours, signifying which numbers made up his regimental number.”

The hands of Prentice’s clock stand at 4:28, marking the date Rand died in 1917, during the First World War. A ring of poppies line the outside of the clock and in the middle lies an outline of France – where Rand was killed. The fallen soldier was among 60,000 Canadians killed in the First World War.

“It was important to me that I do the best that I could to pay homage to Lt. Rand and his family for the great suffering they endured during their time here on Earth, and to commemorate his service and death in the First World War,” Prentice said.

Androsoff began assigning the project to her class in 2014, 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 for veterans and nurses available in person and online.

“When students first hear about the assignment, they tend to look at Emily and me quizzically. Once they get going with their projects, however, they begin to get very excited about what they are creating and submit their projects with a great deal of pride,” said Androsoff.

Prentice’s piece, along with three other projects by Douglas College students, will be on display at the Coquitlam Library’s City Centre Branch until the end of November. Read more...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Douglas College Nursing student launches career in neonatal care before graduation

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Caring for the tiniest and most vulnerable newborns is when Kalena Conners is in her element.

And the Douglas College Bachelor of Science in Nursing grad landed her dream job - as a neonatal nurse at B.C. Children and Women’s Health Centre - before she even received her credential.

“I have always known that working with infants was at the top of my list following graduation,” Conners said. “I love helping people. And working in the neonatal unit, you’re helping those who need it the most.”

Her passion for helping others led her to the Nursing program at Douglas College, which she chose because of the program’s stellar reputation among health-care employers.

Conners says receiving practical, hands-on training was essential in preparing her for the challenging, high-stress situations faced by nurses every day.

“Every instructor I had at Douglas College was very supportive and helped us with whatever we needed. They wanted nothing else but for us to succeed,” Conners said.

During her time at Douglas, Conners completed 400 hours of hospital work through her practicum, where she worked with a mentor, learned how to function with a full patient load and how to transition to self-directed learning.

Working long shifts in a busy hospital allowed her to apply the skills she learned in the classroom to real-life situations.

It also helped when she applied for a job at B.C. Children and Women’s Health Centre, where she was offered a position months before graduation.

Up next for Conners is expanding her knowledge in neonatal care with a master’s degree or training to become a nurse practitioner specializing in neonatal care.

“This is a path I plan to continue for a quite a long time,” she said.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Douglas College Commerce and Business student earns credits abroad working for Disney

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Born and raised in Ukraine, Anastasiya Shamshyna travelled nearly 9,000 kilometres to enroll in the Commerce and Business Administration Diploma program at Douglas College.

She took another big leap when she decided to take a semester in the United States at the venerable house of mouse, Florida’s Walt Disney World.

Through the Disney International/University of California, Riverside (UCR) program, the Commerce and Business Administration Diploma student earned a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management from UCR, then spent five months on a paid internship at Walt Disney World.

“It was a valuable experience to work at one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world,” Shamshyna said. “That will help me stand out when I look for a job.”

The Commerce and Business Administration Diploma program introduces students to a variety of subjects in business and academic areas and is also designed to facilitate a smooth transition to a number of universities.

For example, the diploma program at Douglas College satisfies most of the lower division and group requirements of Simon Fraser University’s Bachelor of Business degree program.

The ability to transfer her credits almost seamlessly made the diploma program a perfect fit for Shamshyna, as the intrepid traveller will be transferring to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“Many of the opportunities I’ve enjoyed at Douglas would only be a dream in Ukraine,” Shamshyna said.

Douglas College offers many opportunities for students to earn credits while studying around the world, including field schools, exchanges, work-and-learn programs, degree completion and more. Visit us online for more information.


Associate of Arts degree student eyes career in international politics

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A passion for learning about different cultures and cultural practices led Saya Soma across the Pacific for a new educational journey.

That passion brought her from Japan to Vancouver – and Douglas College – to study Intercultural and International Studies – a wide-ranging program for students who want to specialize in anything from international relations to political and cultural philosophies.

Once she graduates with her Associate of Arts degree, Soma plans to complete a bachelor’s degree at McGill University in development studies or gender studies, with a minor in Islamic studies. 

Helping women in the developing world is another of Soma’s passions, one she hopes to pursue after completing her bachelor’s degree.

“My goal is to work with local governments, helping create policies that forbid gender discrimination without compromising religious beliefs and customs,” Soma said.

“Ultimately, I’d like to work for the United Nations.”

An Associate of Arts degree comprises 60 university-transferable credits. In most cases, completing this degree allows students to transfer to a university and enter the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

Douglas College offers specialty Associate of Arts degrees including communications, mathematics, history, psychology and economics, or with a thematic focus, including Soma’s choice of Intercultural and International Studies.