Mindfulness-based stress reduction course through Continuing Education

Are you struggling with managing stress while juggling increasing demands at home or work, or perhaps dealing with chronic pain or health challenges, or just wanting to address a nagging sense of dissatisfaction? If so, this course may be for you. Through practicing a series of mindfulness-based exercises and strategies under expert supervision, participants will to learn to manage stress more effectively to enhance wellbeing.

More details here:


For more information, contact Kamaljit Toriumi at kamaljit.toriumi@ufv.ca


Two authors with UFV connections are BC Book Prize finalists

Two authors with UFV connections have been named a finalists for a BC Book Prize.

English associate professor Andrea MacPherson’s most recent novel What We Once Believed is in the running for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, through the BC Book Prizes.

What We Once Believed (Publisher: Caitlin Press) is the story of Maybe Collins, whose life is upended by the appearance of her mother Camille, who disappeared nine years earlier. Now an acclaimed author of a memoir about motherhood and Women’s Liberation, Camille is distant and confounding, and Maybe tries to piece together her mother’s life — why she left, the truth behind her famous memoir, and the future of their fractured relationship. When Maybe discovers that her mother is writing another book—a book about her return — the betrayal is fierce and painful, and Maybe resolves to teach Camille a lesson that will change things

Andrea MacPherson is a poet and novelist, and has written six books: three novels, What We Once BelievedBeyond the Blue, and When She Was Electric, and three poetry collections, Ellipses, Away, and Natural Disasters When She Was Electric placed number 6 on CBC Canada Reads: People’s Choice, and Natural Disasters was longlisted for the ReLit Awards.

Her poetry was anthologized in the UK publication, How the Light Gets In, and she has been a runner-up in both Grain Magazine’s Short Grain Award, and Prism International’s Poetry Award.

Born in Vancouver, Andrea was raised in the Lower Mainland.  Andrea holds an MFA from the Creative Writing department at the University of British Columbia, where she was Editor of Prism International.  She has also acted as the Reviews Editor for Event Magazine.  Andrea teaches creative writing and literature at UFV.









Nicola Campbell most recently organized the Indigenous Film Series at UFV. She also served as a docent for the Witness Blanket’s time at UFV, and taught a storytelling course for the Theatre department in 2017. She is nominated for her children’s book A Day with Yayah, which was illustrated by Julie Flett.

A Day with Yayah
by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Julie Flett
Publisher: Tradewind Books

Set in the Nicola Valley in BC, a First Nations family goes on an outing to gather edible plants and mushrooms. The grandmother, Yayah, passes down her knowledge of the natural world to her young grandchildren.

First Nations author Nicola I. Campbell lives in BC. Her books have won many awards, including the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and the Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis and is named after her home, BC’s Nicola Valley. She has a BFA and a MFA in Creative Writing. She is currently a doctoral candidate, her research focus is on contemporary and traditional Indigenous literature and storytelling practices through UBCO in Kelowna, BC. She has lived in Stó:lō and Coast Salish solh temexw for approximately 20 years and currently resides in Rosedale, BC.

Nicola writes adult and children’s free-verse poetry, fiction and non-fiction. On land and water she finds peace: paddling her cedar dugout canoe, running, hiking and biking. She has a strong respect and an absolute belief in First Nation’s spirituality, culture and tradition.

I heard an elder speak of the importance of our languages and our culture. He said, “Our words are powerful; our stories are elastic; our languages are music: they dance, they move and they are medicine for our people. He said they are a spirit within themselves and we are only the channel that brings them to life.” I write because I know what he said is true.

Campbell’s other books include:

Grandpa’s Girls

  • 2012 published by Groundwood Books
  • finalist for the 2012 BC Book Awards Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

Shin-chi’s Canoe

  • 2009 published by Groundwood Books
  • Received 2009 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
  • 2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books List
  • Finalist for the 2009 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Finalist 2008 Governor Generals award for illustration.


  • 2006 published by Groundwood Books
  • Finalist 2006 Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award,
  • Finalist 2006 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
  • Finalist 2006 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.
  • Co-winner 2006 Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award.




Internet outages on March 21

There will be two planned internet outages on the Abbotsford campus in the next two weeks. All staff, faculty, and students will be unable to access UFV internet services, including websites, email, landline telephone systems, cloud systems, external monitoring environments, and remote access during this time:


Wed, March 14

60 minutes between 1 am to 5 am


Wed, March 21

60 minutes between 1 am to 5 am


These outages are required for Telus maintenance. Please contact Bryan Daniel should you have any questions or concerns at bryan.daniel@ufv.ca.



Health Sciences trail clean up walk — once monthly on Mondays

UFV Health Sciences has adopted a section of the Rotary Trail from Vedder to Peach Road. Participate in our
one-hour monthly clean up walk to help Health Sciences keep Chilliwack clean.

  • Mon, Feb 6 (postponed from Jan 31)
  • Mon, Feb 19
  • Mon, Mar 19
  • Mon, April 9

11:45 am

Meet at the dog park parking lot located behind Chilliwack campus at CEP Building A.

For more information, contact Margaret.Shamro@ufv.ca

Commuter Alert – February 2018

Some events at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre to be aware of, as they affect traffic and parking congestion on and around campus.

  • Sat, Feb 3 — Cheerfest: 8 am
  • Mon, Feb 5 — Hedley Concert: 7 pm
  • Sat, Feb 10 — Old Dominion Concert: 7:30 pm
  • Sat, Feb 17 — Private Gala: 5:30 pm
  • Sat, Feb 24 — AXTour Arenacross: 7 pm

Daily Parking: Students and employees may purchase daily parking and park in lots 1, 4-6, 8-10, or on city streets at Gillis Avenue, College Drive, and McKenzie Road. Note: UFV parking permits are not valid on city streets.

UFV parking permit holders: Student and employee parking permit holders may park in lot 10b (gravel lot), or in designated (employee/student/public) lots 1, 2, 6-10. Note: UFV parking permits are not valid on city streets.

For more details, see the AESC events calendar http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca/events/list-calendar/


For more information, contact Ashley Trieu at parking@ufv.ca


Nominate someone great for a UFV employee award or an honorary degree

We like recognizing outstanding achievement and service at UFV and we want your nominations.

Faculty Service Excellence Award (new) — call for nominations — deadline Jan 26

UFV has created a new award recognizing individuals for academic excellence in service. Award recipients receive a plaque, a framed certificate, and an award of $2,500.

Nominations must be for individual faculty only, not for a group.


Employee Service Excellence awards — call for nominations — deadline Feb 23

UFV Service Excellence Awards recognize and celebrate UFV staff and faculty in three categories:

  • UFV Staff Excellence Award
  •  UFV Inspirational Leadership Award
  •  UFV Teamwork Award

Current UFV faculty and staff are invited to nominate an individual or team before February 23 at ufv.ca/hr/service-excellence-awards

Questions? Contact nancy.scarrow@ufv.ca or 604-557-4065.

Teaching Excellence Award — call for nominations — deadline Jan 19

Nominate an outstanding UFV instructor for the Teaching Excellence Award!

Deadline for nominations is 4 pm, January 19, 2018.

Nomination packages are available at http://www.ufv.ca/tlc/teaching-excellence-awards/ or from the Assistant to the Senate UFVSecreatariat@ufv.ca

Professor and Librarian Emeritus call for nominations — deadline Feb 16

UFV grants the honourable designations of Professor and Librarian Emeritus in recognition of long service and contributions to the institution.

For more information, see: www.ufv.ca/provost/emeritus-designation/

Honorary degrees — call for nominations — deadline: Jan 31

The President’s office is seeking nominations for the 2018 honorary degrees.

UFV employees, students, alumni, and members of the Board of Governors may make nominations for the award of honorary degrees which will be awarded at convocation in June. Recipients will be asked to attend convocation to receive their degree and make a short speech.

More information here:





Joanne MacLean to be UFV’s next President

Dr. Joanne MacLean will be the new President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley.

MacLean is currently Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UFV and will officially assume her new role on May 1, 2018. She replaces Jackie Hogan, who has held the office on an interim basis since June, 2017.

With more than 30 years of experience as a professor and university administrator, MacLean held appointments at the University of Windsor and Brock University in Southern Ontario before coming to UFV in 2012. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in physical education at the University of New Brunswick in her hometown of Fredericton. She holds a PhD from Ohio State University, where she studied human resource management in sport and recreation, and administration in higher education.

MacLean has held positions as Professor, Department Chair, Athletic Director, and Dean. As an accomplished university basketball coach, she was selected Ontario Coach of the Year three times while at the University of Windsor. She participated as a coach and administrator at three World University Games, and was Canada’s Chef de Mission at the same event in 2003 in South Korea.

She is the author of two books and over 70 peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and her research interests include human resources and performance management, sport governance, and the Canadian sport system. She was named a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management in 2009.

She is the first woman to hold the title of President at UFV in a non-interim role.

“I’m excited and honoured to have been chosen as UFV’s next President and Vice-Chancellor,” said MacLean. “UFV is an exceptional scholarly community dedicated to student learning and life-changing experiences. I’m looking forward to building on the legacy of former president Mark Evered and working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to achieve our priorities and contribute to the future prosperity of the communities we serve in the Fraser Valley and beyond. I am convinced that UFV, as a dynamic, learner-focused university, is poised and uniquely positioned to educate and prepare tomorrow’s citizens for an ever-changing world.”

“Joanne is a wonderful choice for UFV at this point in the university’s history,” said John Pankratz, Chair of the UFV Board of Governors. “Her experience and credentials as a professor, coach, researcher, and administrator are impeccable and demonstrate her remarkable ability to build and maintain functional and highly effective teams. She understands UFV’s mission and the continued evolution of education in the Fraser Valley and globally. Her strong and life-long commitment to education and to students will serve UFV and our communities incredibly well.”

“Joanne demonstrates a passionate and contagious enthusiasm for UFV and our continued mission to change lives and build community,” said Len Goerke, Presidential Search Committee Chair, and Vice-Chair of the UFV Board of Governors. “We knew we were looking for a dynamic combination of commitment, leadership capability, understanding of the UFV context, and a dedication to serving students. We have found all of these qualities in Joanne. I’m grateful to the search committee for their work, their wise choice, and their dedication to this process over the last six months.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Jackie Hogan, UFV’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “Joanne has the experience, energy, and ability to launch UFV into the next phase of our 44-year journey. I look forward to working with her over the next few months as she transitions into her role in May.”

Throughout the interview process, MacLean reiterated the importance of engaging constituent groups and building strong working relationships internally with students, faculty, and staff and externally with Indigenous communities, alumni, international partners, donors, governments, and other UFV stakeholder groups.

MacLean and her partner, Maureen Murphy, will move into Friesen House this spring and are looking forward to residency on the Abbotsford campus and to building further ties within the Fraser Valley after enjoying life in Chilliwack over the past five years.

For more information, media should contact Dave Pinton, Director of Communications, at 778.808.5661 or dave.pinton@ufv.ca.

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 ethel.gardner@ufv.ca or you can drop to see her in the office in B314.

UFV prepares for first day of classes and deals with storm recovery

As communities in the Fraser Valley recover from the ice and snow storms of last week and UFV prepares to open to studnets on Jan. 3, the UFV Facilities team is dealing with several high-priority maintenance and repair issues caused by the severe weather.

Please exercise caution and allow extra time when travelling to, and around, UFV campuses.

We’re working carefully under icy conditions to address immediate safety concerns first and to ensure all buildings have adequate heat while we clear pathways and parking lots of the snow and ice. We’re working with contractors for certain repairs and they are dealing with multiple priorities, so your patience is appreciated.

Ice has damaged many trees on the Abbotsford campus and trees and branches are down across pathways. Please respect caution tape and walk around it. You may have to take an alternate route from building to building as we clear pathways.

To report a storm-related problem, or if you have an urgent Facilities request, please call the Facilities Service Desk at 604-854-4542.

Other requests should be submitted via email facilitiesservicedesk@ufv.ca or by using the Facilities Work Request form located here.

Thank you for your consideration and your understanding as we work to recover from the storm.


Mark Goudsblom

Director, (interim Security and Emergency Management), Campus Planning and Facilities Management


Getting in the KINSmas spirit

The first ever KINSmas event on November 29 brought the seasonal spirit to the Chilliwack campus at CEP as Kinesiology students and faculty enjoyed a friendly Survivor-style team competition organized by the KINpals.

“This turned out to be a very well received and successful event with about 60 students attending in total, along with some faculty members. Students used their physical literacy, time management, fundamental movement skills, human body orientation, team dynamics and communication and overall problem solving skills to work their way through 5 stations,” noted kinesiology lab instructor Amber Johnston, who runs the KINpals group, in which senior kinesiology students mentor first-year students.

Stations included Ginger All the way (a relay for gingerbread decorating), Rollin’ with my Snowmies (toilet paper human snowman), Holiday Hunt (figuring out clues around CEP to spell out SANTA), A Femury Christmas and a Hippy New Year (team ski and 100-piece double-sided human-body puzzle) and finally the Pitch your Puff (in the KIN lab using golf wedges had to pitch large marshmallows into targets). This was followed by a social and a tinsel trivia where students collectively tried to guess who was who for the faculty jeopardy!

Kinesiology faculty Gillian Hatfield, Alison Pritchard-Orr, Amber Johnston, and Joanna Sheppard at KINSmas.

“This came at a great time, a good stress reliever for students before they get into final exams, and an opportunity for all years of KIN students to mingle,” said Johnston.

KINSmas had a philanthropic side too: the students collected $100 in donations and the department will match that $100 and add faculty donations to support the children of UFV students from the Angel Wish tree at CEP – and purchasing some toys for them!

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