Author Archive | Darren McDonald

Andy Sidhu receives honorary degree from UFV for community building

The son of a hardworking Malaysian bus driver, Andy Sidhu knows the value of timely connections. Now, after 43 years as a champion of inclusivity in the Fraser Valley, he’s receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University if the Fraser Valley. “Any immigrant moving to any country has teething problems when you […]

UFV recognizes Tamara Taggart’s advocacy work with honorary degree

  Tamara Taggart had thousands of conversations in living rooms across British Columbia, but it took just two to change her life forever. It started with a phone call five days after the birth of son Beckett. Tests confirmed the first child for Taggart and husband Dave Genn had Down syndrome. “The doctor said ‘I’m […]

Funding raises awareness of co-op education

UFV is among eight public post-secondary institutions receiving $75,000 to explore co-op opportunities supporting career ambitions. The funding will support outreach to more employers and increase awareness of the benefits of co-op placements for both employers and students. Programming in co-op education combines academic studies with paid work experience in career-related fields. Co-op students have […]

Health Fair & Overdose Crisis presentation — March 27

Ranging from stress and lifestyle management to healthy sleep patterns and sexual health, UFV’s longstanding Health Fair offers a wide variety of topics for the general public 9am-5:30pm Monday, March 27 inside Building A’s atrium at UFV’s campus at Canada Education Park. The event also features a special Dean’s Speaker Series presentation at noon entitled […]

Comfy colleagues warming to UFV blanket initiative

UFV employees are warming up to a new Facilities program that provides fleece blankets to freezing offices. Spearheaded by Energy Manager Blair McFarlane, the branded blanket initiative has already fallen into the laps of about 70 people. The goal is to ensure employees enjoy a comfortable work space, while reducing the use of space heaters […]

New, free app puts UFV at your fingertips

You’re one click away from being connected thanks to UFV’s new mobile app. Available for Android and iPhone, this new tool allows students to easily access personal info such as their class schedule and grades. It also includes handy campus information for the whole UFV community, such as bus schedules, a campus directory, events, and UFV […]

Free fitness classes, meet new Building Q

New year, new you, new building to make it all happen. Free fitness classes have started for students on UFV’s Chilliwack and Abbotsford campuses. Staff and faculty are encouraged to join for a reasonable rate. “The idea is to take an active break from studying or working – a chance to get away from that Tim […]

National equestrian champion has unbridled passion for design

From the head of the class to the back of her horse, Natalie Alves’ competitive streak knows no bounds. The 15-time national champion equestrian had universities lining up with open arms following her 4.0 GPA at Mission’s Heritage Park Secondary. But Alves knows life, like horseback riding, is all about balance. So she chose UFV’s […]

Help is help — Afghanistan war vet turns to nursing at UFV

He met Prince Harry. A bomb exploded under the tank he was driving. Stephen Clews isn’t your average UFV nursing student. Clews was the same age as many classmates, 18, when he joined the Canadian Forces in 2003. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2007, he was three weeks into his first tour when an improvised explosive […]

YDAA winner Shannon Thiesen curating a new generation of critical thinkers

Inspired by her 30 kids and sometimes smeared by squeegee or fork, the paintings created by UFV’s 2016 Young Distinguished Alumni Award winner Shannon Thiesen make their mark in more ways than one. She was the very last student to join her UFV Teacher Education cohort – accepted only two days before classes began. Now […]

UFV responds to growing demand with two new degree programs

With the addition of two new degree programs, the University of the Fraser Valley continues its commitment to providing the best undergraduate education in Canada. Following approval from British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education, UFV’s new and innovative Bachelor of Arts Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), and Bachelor of Arts Theatre majors are slated to […]