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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
10:30am
Room A1470
Coquitlam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam
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!

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

Ongoing

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 hours:douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Thursday, Feb. 5

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
1pm
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: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

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Douglas College talk will look at how to make sense of medical research

When the media tells you, “A new study shows…,” how do you know whether you can believe it? Studies can reach false conclusions for a variety of reasons. Using examples from both mainstream and alternative medicine, Dr. Harriet Hall will demonstrate how to look beyond the results and view studies with a critical eye.

Hall is a retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon. She writes about medicine, so-called complementary and alternative medicine, science, quackery, and critical thinking. She recently published Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon.

Event details

February 2
11am-12:30pm
Lecture Theatre A1470
Coquitlam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam

This event is part of the Douglas College Students’ Choice Speaker Series.

Video: Health Fair visits Douglas College

If you were to list some of the things you should be doing—but aren’t—to improve your health, what would they be?

Maybe using that gym pass that just so happens to be hidden in the bottom of your backpack.
Or perhaps eating fewer meals at places where they ask, “You want fries with that?”
Coming up with a list of health-improvement goals is easy. But actually making the effort to change those habits? Well, not so much.
Thankfully, the Douglas College Health Fair was created to give us all the friendly kick in the pants we need.
Held annually, the fair is the place to soak up health advice and get excited about taking care of your body and mind.
The health fair visited the New Westminster and Coquitlam Campuses earlier in January. 
Check out the video above for a look at the games, booths and other fun activities that took place.
And if you missed it this year, keep an eye out for when it returns in 2016!

Varsity athlete shares his love of sport

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A senior varsity athlete, Lucas DeCoste has found an outlet for his love of sport in the classroom. The volleyball player is studying in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program at Douglas College.
“I started out with an eye towards physiotherapy, but found through the Sport Science program that I was drawn more to teaching and coaching. I followed that draw and now I am learning to be a better teacher and coach,” Lucas says.

“I love the instructors’ involvement and focus at Douglas. They are all forward-thinking, and seek to create a better culture in sport, physical education, and teaching in general. I like that the program is extremely practical, and gives future teachers a head start.”

His long-term goal is to continue his education after Douglas and eventually become a teacher. But for now, he’s getting practical experience as a leader during summer camps for young athletes.

“I’m a giant kid at heart. I like to play the games too,” he says.

And he even gets to apply what he’s learned in his program.

“I have had the privilege to use information and teaching methods from my courses in conjunction with camps. I have incorporated what’s known as the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility model in some of my camps, and have seen tremendous results in the growth of students and athletes.”

Learn more about the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program on the Douglas College website.

This week at Douglas College: Free concert, workshops, budget forum and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Ongoing

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 hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Monday, Jan. 26

Book launch
New Westminster Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place (room 4650)
10:30am
Join to congratulate Douglas Sport Science instructor Robert Lake on the launch of his book, A Social History of Tennis in Britain. The event is free and open to the public. More info: Doug Blog.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Alumni marketplace
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
9am-6pm
Marketplace is back, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students at the same time.

Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
4pm
Learn what it takes to land the job you really want at this one-hour session. Register at the Student Employment Centre online.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Recruiter on campus
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am
A recruiter from Simon Fraser University will be on campus. Get all the information about admission requirements and more.

Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 1231
10:30am
Join us for the second of a three-part career workshop. This time, we’ll be interpreting the assessments we made in week one. For more information, visit the Career Resource Centre. To register, call 604 527 5450.

Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 2844
4pm
Learn what it takes to land the job you really want in this hour-long session. The session is free. Register at the Student Employment Centre online.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Alumni marketplace
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium
9am-6pm
Marketplace is back, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students at the same time.

Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, room C1005
12:30pm
Join us for the second of a three-part career workshop. This time, we’ll be interpreting the assessments we made in week one. For more information, visit the Career Resource Centre and to register, call 604 527 5450.

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents Duo Verdejo: Spiegel im Spiegel, featuring Adrian Verdejo, classical and electric guitar and Meghan Verdejo, viola. Free and open to all. More info: Arts Events.

Friday, Jan. 30

Budget forum
New Westminster Campus, boardroom (room 4920)
Staff forum 12:30pm
Student forum 2:30pm
Have your say on the draft 2014/15 College Budget. There will be a video connection to the Coquitlam Campus, room B3011.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Application close
All scholarship, award and bursary applications for Winter 2015 must be submitted by Jan. 31. For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.

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Douglas College students invited to president’s budget forum

Douglas College President Kathy Denton.
David Denofreo Photo.

Want to learn about Douglas College’s annual financial plan?

Students are being invited to join President Kathy Denton and Vice President of Finance and Administration Tracey Ternoway for a presentation on the draft 2015-2016 budget and a question-and-answer session.

The president’s budget forum takes place on Friday, January 30 in the New Westminster campus boardroom, room 4920.

The student forum starts at 2:30pm.

The forum will also be connected by video to the Coquitlam campus boardroom, room B3011.

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration for the event is not required.

Goodbye snail mail! Find out when registration starts by email

Say goodbye to snail mail!

Starting this Summer, you will no longer receive a postcard telling you when registration starts. Instead, you’ll get that information via email.

As always, your registration time is posted one month before registration begins each semester. To find out your registration time, go to douglascollege.ca and select “myAccount” from the Login menu at the top.

Questions? Contact the Registrar’s Office at regoffice@douglascollege.ca or 604 527 5478.

Douglas College nursing student helped to fight Ebola in West Africa

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After fighting Ebola on the front lines in West Africa, Ian MacKay says he feels lucky to be home safe but he wouldn’t hesitate to return if asked.

The Douglas College Bachelor of Science in Nursing student spent three weeks last year in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, providing treatment to patients with the deadly disease.

He was there with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian group, working 16-hour days in a clinic based in a missionary hospital.

“Through my own eyes I saw tragedy and suffering on a scale unimaginable,” he says.

“Ebola robs its victims of absolutely everything. Many victims die a lonely painful death.”

At one point, two of Ian’s colleagues contracted the virus. He decided to delay his return home so he could stay to help with their care and evacuation, even donating blood to one of them.

“The anxiety of having both my colleagues positive with the virus, and not knowing whether or not I had been exposed to the virus, caused severe anxiety for many of us,” he says.

Ian is no stranger to international relief work, having previously volunteered in Haiti, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, he said nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered in West Africa.

“The death tolls and news headlines don’t do justice to the severity of this virus,” he says.

When he returned home to Canada he was quarantined but he had not contracted the virus.

Despite the ongoing struggle to stop Ebola, Ian is optimistic.

“I am very confident West Africa will overcome Ebola,” he says. “This crisis has woken up the global community to the risk Ebola poses on global health.”

And what if he was asked to return to West Africa to continue fighting Ebola?

“I wouldn’t hesitate,” he says.

Read about Ian’s previous international relief work on the Doug Blog. And learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the Douglas College website.