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Nature inspires alumna Shannon Thiesen’s art for 2022 Alumni Wine labels

Shannon Thiesen’s alumni connection to the University of the Fraser Valley comes via the Teacher Education program, but she’s also an accomplished artist whose work has been selected to grace the UFV Alumni commemorative wine labels for 2022. Since 2005, the Alumni Association has partnered with local wineries for its annual Alumni Wine Program. Proceeds […]

More than 2,600 graduate as UFV returns to in-person Convocation ceremonies

Convocation was back with a bang at the University of the Fraser Valley on June 14 and 15 as graduates celebrated their achievements with their families, friends, and faculty in four ceremonies at the Abbotsford Centre. A total of 2,617 students graduated this year, with 1,168 of them attending Convocation ceremonies and crossing the stage. […]

Governor General’s gold medal 2022: Alaina Brocklesby studied bio-ethical implications of social isolation for seniors during pandemic

Alaina Brocklesby may not have set foot on campus for the entirety of her Master of Social Work studies, but that doesn’t mean she’s not familiar with the University of the Fraser Valley. Brocklesby earned the top grade-point-average in a master’s degree program at UFV this year, earning a perfect 4.33 (A+) GPA, and will […]

Honorary degree 2022: Jo-ann Archibald — wanting to see herself reflected led to lifelong leadership in Indigenous education

When a young Jo-ann Archibald boarded the school bus daily as an elementary school student back in the 1950s, she stepped from one world into another. Archibald, whose Indigenous name is Q’um Q’um Xiiem, grew up in Soowhalie near Cultus Lake, part of the Indigenous Stó:lō community, and attended the Chilliwack public school system, graduating […]

Honorary degree 2022: Shirley Turcotte built on her trauma experience to create psychotherapy tools for Indigenous communities

In April, when UFV presented Shirley Turcotte the opportunity to be a UFV honorary degree award recipient, she accepted. But she did so somewhat reluctantly. It is not that the renowned Métis knowledge-carrier and registered clinical counsellor is not honoured. Or that she has anything against UFV. Simply put, Turcotte hates attention. “When I first […]

A message re the incident in Mission during a peaceful march on June 4

A message from President Joanne MacLean: The University of the Fraser Valley is upset to hear of an incident resulting in people being injured during a peaceful march in Mission to raise awareness about the painful legacy of residential schools. On Saturday, June 4, the Crazy Indians Brotherhood and supporters were marching from Fraser Valley […]

Student researchers recognized at awards night

More than 40 student researchers were honoured May 31 at the annual Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards, held in person for the first time since 2019. Nafeel Arshad and Heather Kelly, both of whom had presented at the microlecture event earlier this year, addressed the audience on behalf of students. Congratulations to all the recipients. AWARD […]

UFV to grant honorary degrees to Jo-ann Archibald, Diane Delves, Peter Dhillon, and Shirley Turcotte

A leader in Indigenous education, an Abbotsford-based developer, an agribusiness magnate, and an innovator in Indigenous-focused counselling will receive honorary doctorates from the University of the Fraser Valley at its Convocation ceremonies on June 14 and 15. UFV will welcome Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, Diane Delves, Peter Dhillon, and Shirley Turcotte to campus and honour them […]

Fourteen retiring faculty receive professor emeritus status

Congratulations to the following recently retired long-term faculty members, each of whom received Professor Emeritus status. They were honoured at the long-service dinner along with employees marking service milestones and the employee excellence award winners. Robin Anderson, History Sue Brigden, Upgrading and University Prep Christine Dalton, Biology Paul Kroeker, Computer Information Systems Colleen Gingerich, Computer […]