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Need to de-stress? Free workshops for Douglas College students

Douglas College Student Services is pleased to offer two free stress-reduction workshops for students. The workshops will engage students in concepts and practices relating to stress management. Students will receive peer support and a safe space to connect with each other through group discussions.

Event details

Mindfulness Workshop:
Discuss the experience of stress and ways to manage 
Wednesday, March 4th
10:30am to 12:10pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650

Yoga Workshop: 
Engage in stress-reduction practices (mats provided) 
Wednesday, March 11th
10:30am to 12:10pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650

Come to one or both workshops. To sign up, visit the reception desk at Student Services, New Westminster Campus, Room 2600. Reach the student Services Reception desk by phone at 604 527 5486.

Meet the Douglas College valedictorians for Winter 2015

This month has been a time for celebration for the many Douglas College students who walked across the stage as part of the Winter graduation ceremonies.

Among them was a group of students who made their mark during their time at Douglas as outstanding students. They are the valedictorians:

Linda Cunningham
Advanced Certificate in Employment Supports Specialty 

“Graduating feels surreal. The course completely absorbed me for months. The unique virtual learning environment was what I most enjoyed. My experience at Douglas College was positive and helpful from start to end. Next for me? I am going to pursue my Vocational Rehabilitation Association designations.”

“I have big dreams and the Douglas College Hospitality program has opened multiple doors of opportunities for me to get closer to it. After graduation, I plan on working my way up the ladder to becoming a general manager of a hotel while, of course, travelling the world. I plan on getting my Hospitality degree in the next few years as well.”

“I left a career in research in order pursue a lifelong dream of working in health care. Having graduated from the Mental Health Worker Program in 2010, returning to Douglas for the Psychiatric Nursing Degree Program was an easy decision. I have started working at the BC Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital, and am looking forward to a diverse and challenging career”

Douglas College business students invited to network with B.C.’s top employers

You’ve honed your resume. You’ve perfected your LinkedIn profile. You’ve even created your own business cards.

Now it’s time to take the next big step to advance your career: Get out there and network, network, network.

That’s where the Fab 40 networking night comes in. The April 30 event is an opportunity for business students to meet and mingle with some of B.C.’s top employers.

Douglas College business students who want to attend are now being invited to apply for 10 available spots.

Those selected from Douglas will join 30 of their peers from Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Island University.

How to apply

  • Create a two-minute YouTube video which will convince the judging panel as to why you should be a student ambassador representing Douglas College at the Fab 40 networking event. Incorporate some or all of the following into your video clip: Why you chose Douglas. Why you want to be involved in this networking event. What you want to do when you graduate.
  • Email your full name, student number and program name to Organizers will confirm you have met competition requirements and provide you with a username and password to upload your YouTube video.
  • Open to students in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration who are in their final semester and will meet graduation requirements by April 24.

Important dates

  • YouTube video submission deadline is Friday, March 13 at 4:30pm.
  • Judging of submissions to be completed by Wednesday, March 25 at 4:30 pm.
  • Celebration of the 10 winning participants will take place at Douglas College’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, New Westminster Campus, on Thursday, March 26 at 4pm.
  • The Fab 40 networking night takes place Thursday, April 30 from 5-7pm at Steamworks brew pub in Vancouver. You can visit the event website at

For more information, contact Barb Kojder at the Student Employment Centre by email or phone, 604 527 5890.

This week at Douglas College: Judy Graves talk, battle of the bands and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 16-22

Monday, Feb. 16

Judy Graves talk
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1470
10:30 am
Judy Graves, Vancouver’s former homeless advocate, shares her stories of working with homeless people and low-income tenants from the Downtown Eastside, and outlines solutions for getting people off the street and into safe and secure housing. Free and open to public. More info: Douglas College News.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
Arts at One presents a performance by graduate students of the UBC Piano Program, directed by Corey Hamm. Free and open to public. More info: Arts Events.

Opening reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Friday, Feb. 20

Artist’s talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Battle of the bands
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
Join us for a loud and fun evening of music at the Community Music School Battle of the Bands. Tickets for the show – which can be purchased at the door or by calling 604-527-5469 – are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

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Douglas College screening film about disability and sport on Feb. 23

In 2012, four friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for people with physical disabilities. They went rock climbing with people who were blind, played soccer with people who were quadriplegic and swam with people who had muscular dystrophy. The result of their journey is Endless Abilities, a documentary film that shows sport as the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.

Everyone is invited to attend a screening of the film followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Event details

Monday, February 23


Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Douglas College
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Ave.
New Westminster

Prior to the screening, from 6-7pm, you can check out the Imagining Inclusion Photovoice Exhibit in the theatre foyer. A partnership between the Therapeutic Recreation Department and the thrive program at Open Door Group Services Society, Imagining Inclusion examines community inclusion, health and wellbeing for individuals with lived experience of mental illness.

This free, public event is part of the Douglas College Students’ Choice Speaker Series. Please register to attend at

Douglas College Applied Psychology student studying the perks of caffeine

                                                                  David Denofreo Photo

While many people get a buzz from their morning shot of espresso, Iloradanon Efimoff gets one from designing and running her own psychological experiments.

A student at Douglas College, Iloradanon is investigating whether or not caffeine can improve decision-making in college students. The faculty-supervised honours research is part of the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology degree program.

During the experiments, participants consume either a dose of caffeine or a placebo—an inactive substance—but they aren’t told which. Next, they play games in which they must use their wits to win money. Once Iloradanon has the results of the experiments, she will analyze the findings to determine if consuming caffeine gave the participants an edge.

“I love getting the hands-on experience that comes with planning and carrying out an experiment. There are so many twists and turns along the way,” she says.

Studying psychology hasn’t always been Iloradanon’s focus. When she first came to Douglas after high school, she was interested in nursing but she soon realized it wasn’t the right fit. In a twist of good timing, Douglas College launched the Applied Psychology program and she decided to give it shot.

“I’m super excited there is an honours program for psychology and I talk about it all the time. I think I’ve even convinced a couple of my friends to apply,” she says.

After Douglas, Iloradanon’s plan is to pursue a graduate degree and PhD and eventually become a post-secondary instructor. With her experience in the Applied Psychology program, she is one step closer to achieving those goals.

“I have learned a ton about how to do research, and the types of challenges researchers commonly face. I have also learned how to overcome these challenges. Resourcefulness is another skill I have honed, which I’m sure will be very useful for my future research in academia.”

For more information about the Applied Psychology degree program, visit the Douglas College website.

Student journalist covers the Douglas College beat

Few people know more about what’s going on at Douglas College than Angela Espinoza. As news editor of the Other Press, the college’s student newspaper, that’s her job.

When she isn’t writing about campus events and student issues, Angela is busy finishing an Associate of Arts degree. She plans to transfer to SFU after she’s done at Douglas.

Normally, Angela’s the one asking the questions. But she was happy to let us interview her about what it’s like being news editor:

What do you do at the paper?

I’m the news editor. I mainly write and edit stories about Douglas and cover New Westminster and Coquitlam news. Interviews play a major role in news articles, so I often speak with college staff or other figures throughout New West and Coquitlam. College sports are also covered in the section.

How did you get started at the paper?

During a fall orientation in 2009, I passed by the Other Press’ booth and met then Editor-in-Chief Liam Britten. He encouraged me to come to the meetings and eventually I started writing. I became Arts Editor, from 2011 to 2013, before taking a break and moving onto News last March.

What do you like most about the job?

With editing, I love to try and bring a piece to its fullest potential. Communication is another aspect I enjoy, as interviews are always an opportunity to learn something new.

What was a particularly interesting or memorable assignment you’ve had?

Last October I wrote a story about Douglas’ Women’s Centres. At the time, the centres had been without student staffing for 10 months. As the centres are safe spaces, I felt the topic was important for students. I spent three weeks conducting interviews, researching, and eventually learned what happened.

How can students get involved with the paper?

We meet every Monday at 6pm in room 1020 at the New West campus. There you can meet with volunteers and staff, and contributing is a great way to get writing and paid volunteer experience. We’re hiring right now, so you could also get a job out of it.

You can read Angela’s stories and more on the Other Press website.

Douglas College Dispensing Optician grad a rising star in his industry

Thanks to the Dispensing Optician diploma program, Scott Kling is now a rising star in a company that’s been called one of the world’s most innovative by Forbes magazine.

Scott, who graduated in 2004, was recently promoted to the role of senior sales consultant at Essilor Canada, a corrective lens provider that does business around the world.

Over the past decade, Scott has worked his way up the ranks at the company. He started as a customer service representative and has since received several promotions.

He’s found a job he loves at a company he’s proud to work for.

“The constant innovation at Essilor Canada is always mentally stimulating and I love the challenge and reward associated with introducing innovations to the industry, strengthening the market and the consumer satisfaction. I also cherish each interaction and relationship that I have developed with my customers and partners,” he says.

As a senior sales consultant, his work involves developing and maintaining business relationships and helping the company grow. But he also spends much of his time mentoring, coaching and supporting his fellow sales representatives.

Scott chose the program because he wanted to find a career with stable hours and solid employment opportunities. He also grew up in Coquitlam and says studying at the campus there was a perfect fit.

“The caliber of content provided in the Dispensing Optician program is among the best I have encountered. The instructors were so kind, genuine and enthusiastic about the field that it rubbed off on me and propelled me and inspired me to pursue a long-term career in the field of optics,” he says.

“I also am very proud to say that I enrolled in the first year over 12 years ago and I still have very close ties with the college and the instructors and dispensary staff.”

For more on the Dispensing Optician diploma program, visit the Douglas College website.

Speaker series brings homeless advocate Judy Graves to Douglas College

Judy Graves, a pioneer in the campaign to end homelessness in Vancouver, will share stories of her work during a talk at the Douglas College Coquitlam Campus on February 16. The talk, titled Fighting for Solutions, is part of the college’s Health Sciences Speaker Series, which invites a variety of experts to discuss health issues with a regional, national and global impact.

Graves retired as the City of Vancouver’s official advocate for the homeless in 2013 after decades spent working to improve the lives of people living on the streets and in shelters around Vancouver. The driving force behind the creation of the Vancouver Homeless Outreach Project, Graves has been recognized for her work with the Freedom of the City award, Vancouver’s highest honour, and an honorary doctorate from UBC, among other honours.

Event details

Monday, February 16
Room A1470
Coquitlam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
Free and open to public

The event is presented by the Douglas College Health Science Department. Additional events for 2015 Health Sciences Speaker Series will be announced.

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This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit and concert!

David Denofreo Photo

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 2-8


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Essence: A Collaboration
A series of photographs by Kathryn Gibson O’Regan and ceramics by Robert Shiozaki. January 15 – February 14. More information and gallery

Thursday, Feb. 5

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
Arts at One presents the Winter 2014 Faculty Recital. Come out to enjoy performances by our talented Music instructors. Free and open to all. More info:

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