Humans of DC: Helping through involvement

Humans of DC, Humans of Douglas College, student with brown hair and black shirt smiling at camera

“I chose nursing because I want to make a difference in people’s lives by looking after them when they are sick.”

Humans of DC: Finding independence

Humans of DC, Humans of Douglas College, sport science student smiling at camera

“Working as a trainer I am able to utilize my education and passion to develop new relations and opportunities for myself and others.”

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… Read More

Douglas College Criminology grad follows dream of becoming a lawyer

For Clayton Gray, his decision to take on a criminology course at Douglas College came around the same way many young men try new things: for a girl. “There was this girl, and she said ‘hey, come to this class,’” the Criminology grad recalled. “I went to check it out, and my teacher, Lorree Bogden, was so articulate and passionate – I was drawn to her teaching style.” As for the girl? “She actually dropped the course,” Gray laughed. Fast-forward a few years later, and Gray is pursuing his passion for justice… Read More

Child and Youth Care student gives back

Meredith Graham has faced many difficulties in life. She left home when she was a teenager, couch surfed, and graduated high school while living in a group home. She also has bipolar disorder. But none of that has stopped her from pursuing her career and educational goals. Meredith works as a youth and family development worker for a Burnaby non-profit and is studying in the Child and Youth Care program at Douglas College. “Some days are brighter than others and it is an ongoing learning process for me to appreciate that my… Read More

Theatre student breathes life into his characters

Portraint of theatre student Jackson Boudreau by David Denofreo

Jackson Boudreau’s love of movies led to a passion for performing on stage.

9/11 artist turns to Early Childhood Education

Kathleen Tonnesen is no stranger to starting over. The Douglas College alum, who turned 50 last month, graduated with a diploma in Early Childhood Education in June and is completing her certificate in Performing and Fine Arts this summer. Kathleen, an artist, hopes to one day teach ECE at a college or university. Though the future is looking bright, it’s been an up-and-down journey for Kathleen, who went from high school dropout and housewife in South Africa to confident college graduate in Canada. In 1998 Kathleen left her native South Africa to come to Canada with… Read More