Former UFV student visit to class as guest speaker

On Monday, March 19 one of Peter Raabe’s former students visited his philosophy for counsellors (PHIL 367) class in the role of guest speaker. Devan Christian graduated from UFV with a philosophy major, and then went on to Adler University to get her Master of Counselling Psychology. She is now a very busy Registered Clinical Counsellor. She explained to students how rewarding her work is, both at Fraser Mental Health and in her private practice. She said her studies in philosophy prepared her well for the may areas in counselling she has to deal with, from end of life issues, to relationship problems, and suicide prevention. Devan also answered many student questions on practical issues such as how to prepare academically for the work, and how to establish a counselling practice in the Fraser Valley area.


For more information, contact Peter Raabe at


New Hires, Moves and Changes, January & February 2018

Welcome to the following new employees and congratulations to those who have taken on new challenges.

Anna Mayo — Coordinator, Industry Services & Part Time Trades

Amy Huesken — Department Assistant, College of Arts

Denise Tuchscherer — Advisor, Financial Aid, moved from Assistant, Student Services

Jordan Zimmermann — Department Assistant, Theatre and Media Arts

Scott Davis-Fisch — Groundskeeper

Amara Wong — Assistant, Program Development & Quality Assurance, moved from Committees Assistant, College of Arts

Christina Forcier — Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Health Science, moved from Administrative Assistant, Chief Financial Officer & Vice President, Administration

DJ Sandhu Retirement and Appreciation Tea — Mar 27

We will be acknowledging DJ’s service to UFV and congratulating him on his retirement.

This will be an informal standing reception with a few people giving short remarks, followed by a gift presentation.
People from UFV and the community will be invited, along with former presidents and colleagues.

DJ’s UFV service record includes:

  •  1994-2017 — Associate Professor, School of Business
  •  2004-2012 — Head of the UFV-India BBA initiative
  •  2005-2009 — President’s Advisor on Strategic Initiatives and India
  • 2007-2012 — BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India
    Business & Economic Development

Tue, Mar 27 – Tue, Mar 27
3:30-5 pm
Abby University House – F124

For more information, contact Deborah Block at


Raabe to present at International Conference on Philosophical Practice

Petere Raabe (Philosphy) has been invited to present at the 15th International Conference on Philosophical Practice in Mexico City in June. He is also a member of the academic organizing committee for the conference.  He will hold a workshop on philosophy’s role in counselling and psychotherapy, and present a paper titled “Philosophy as Education and Mental Healthcare.”

Stelómethet Ethel Gardner to support Indigenization efforts during Shirley Hardman’s sabbatical

As you may be aware, Shirley Hardman is currently on sabbatical, returning on May 1, 2018. In Shirley’s absence, Dr. Stelómethet Ethel Gardner will be available to support Indigenization efforts on campus. This can include meeting with faculty or staff, and providing presentations to classes depending on the topic areas (Ethel’s areas of expertise include Indigenous education and Aboriginal language revitalization).

Dr. Stelómethet Ethel B. Gardner is a Stó:lō member of the Skwah First Nation in B.C., with a PhD from Simon Fraser University, an EdM from Harvard,  an MEd from the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Tsk’‘kel Program, and a BEd from UBC’s Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP).  Her career in the field of education spans over three decades, and includes a passion for work in Aboriginal language revitalization.

Dr. Gardner was the Associate Director (1987-99) of the First Nations House of Learning at UBC, where the goal was to bring the University and Indigenous communities closer together and to work with the University to respond to community-determined priorities in post-secondary education.  As a university faculty member, Dr. Gardner led the design and development of unique Indigenous teacher education programs:  at Simon Fraser University (2002-2006), the Stó:lō/SFU Developmental Standard Term Certificate; and at Lakehead University (2006-2010), the Honours Bachelor of Education Aboriginal Program.  At the University of Alberta (2010-2014) Dr. Gardner assumed a leading role with the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) in the Faculty of Education. Gardner retired from U of A in 2014, and is currently living in BC.  Since then, she has worked as an Elder-in-Residence with Simon Fraser University, Douglas College, and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.  Additionally, Dr. Gardner has taught sessional courses in the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)’s Bachelor of General Studies (NVIT ChAD Cohort) and co-taught a course on Indigenizing the Academy for UFV faculty and staff.

Ethel can be reached via email at or you can drop to see her in the office in B314.

New Folks/Moves and Changes

From November 2017

Welcome to new employees and congratulations to those who have accepted new positions.

Hayley Chase — Clerk, Admissions

Laura Crawford — Assistant to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Professional Studies; moved from Department Assistant, Continuing Education

Kenneth Harmel — Educational Technologist

Jennifer MacDonald — Strategist, Health & Wellness; moved from Assistant, Program Development & Quality Assurance

Daljeet Nagpal — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing; moved from Coordinator, Nursing Laboratory

Melissa Naman — Assistant to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Access and Continuing Education

Shawna Primeau — Academic Advisor

Alison Reeves — Committees Assistant, School of Social Work & Human Services

James White — Supervisor, Janitorial Services

Amara Wong — Committees Assistant, College of Arts

Research Chair Hugh Brody receives honorary degree

Professor Hugh Brody, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at UFV, recently received an honorary degree from the University of Kent in England.

Brody received his honorary Doctor of Letters degree, in recognition of his contribution to visual anthropology, at a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral on 24 November.

Brody leads an ambitious program of research on the role played by Aboriginal youth in the development of their communities. Brody’s work in Aboriginal communities is helping to teach a new generation to do research for themselves and their communities – helping them to tell their own stories

He is an Honorary Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge and since 2010 he has held an Honorary Professorship in the School of Anthropology and Conversation at the University of Kent.

His work as an anthropologist in Ireland in the 1960s led to the book Gola, The Life and Last Days of an Island Community. He worked with the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs and his report Indians on Skid Row led to changes in government policy, especially in relation to Native Friendship Centres.

He has directed films on many other topics, including the documentaries England’s Henry Moore and Inside Australia, about Antony Gormley’s installation of his sculptures in the Western Desert. This year he was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute Life Achievement Award.

— Adapted from University of Kent blog post.



New Hires, Moves and Changes, October 2017

Welcome to the following new employees, and congratulations to those who are taking on new positions:

Yvonne Contreras — Assistant, Student Services, moved from Department Assistant, Faculty of Applied & Technical Studies

Shannon Draney — Instructional Assistant, Upgrading & University Preparation, Abbotsford, moved from Coordinator, Industry Services & Part Time Trades

Christine Jones — Supervisor, Grounds, moved from Groundskeeper

Stuart Elle — Advisor, Occupational Health and Safety

Obituary: Noel Hall

Dr. Noel Hall, who was chair of the UCFV board of governors from September 13, 1994 – July 31, 1999, passed away on October 31, 2017.

Hall was very active in Mission community and played a key role in helping to develop university-level programming at UCFV.

Read his full obituary here:

Story from UCFV Headlines newsletter, noting his election as Board chair:

Dr. Kamal Arora joins UFV as Director of SASI

Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies is pleased to have Dr. Kamal Arora join us as Director of the South Asian Studies Institute in a half-time capacity, to work alongside Satwinder Bains, who was recently appointed as Principal of UFV India in a 50 percent capacity.

Dr. Arora completed her PhD in Anthropology at UBC, with an emphasis on South Asia. She holds an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University. Her areas of interest focus on the experiences of women, gender violence, religiosity, and Sikh identity. She was visiting scholar at Delhi School of Economics where she conducted PhD fieldwork from 2012-14. She also worked with local organizations in Delhi to provide her input and research expertise. Most recently, Dr Arora worked at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Arora to SASI and to UFV.

Adrienne Chan