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.”

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

Desiree Blankenberg joins Student Services as associate director, Centre for Accessibility Services

Desiree Blankenberg will be joining UFV on Jan 8 in the position of Associate Director, Centre for Accessibility Services (formerly Disability Resource Centre).

Desiree has a Master of Education degree from the University of Alberta in Special Education (2000). Desiree is also a certified school psychologist recognized by the BC Association of School Psychologists (2009).

Since 2008, Desiree has been working as an educational psychologist with the Burnaby School District, providing leadership regarding learning supports to schools, identification and diagnoses of various disabilities, and counselling around special needs supports. Prior to this, Desiree held positions at several post-secondary institutions, including: Disability Services Coordinator at Vancouver Career College (Sept. 2006-Dec. 2008), where she supported students and supervised disability advisors, tutors and interpreters; and as a provisional psychologist at the University of Alberta (Oct. 2000-Aug. 2006), where she administered psycho-educational assessments to students registering with disability services, and provided consulting services to learning strategists in developing independent learning plans for students. Desiree also held the position of educational psychologist at The Maples Adolescent Assessment and Intervention Centre (2009-2013) assessing and supporting students with mental health diagnoses.

For more information, contact Tiina Higgins at


Co-Curricular Record — What faculty and staff need to know

How do you know what you need to know if you don’t know?!
A UFV faculty and staff tutorial video is now available for basic CCR information. Take two minutes to watch and you’ll be in the know!

All CCR-related tutorial can be found at

Any further inquiries can be directed to

For more information, contact Elicia Tournier at


Marriages: Hayes + Ward-Hall

Congratulations to Ashley Hayes (Peer Resource and Leadership Centre) and Derek Ward-Hall (Student Recruitment), who were married at Clayburn Village on Sept 16, 2017. Several UFV colleagues were in attendance for the big day.

Photo: Darren McDonald

Sad news: Gail Hull has passed away — memorial service July 29

Remembering Gail Hull

Gail Hull, who worked in Financial Services from 1980 until her retirement, passed away on July 15, 2017, after a battle with cancer. Gail retired in 2013 from her role as HR/Payroll Liaison and was known by many for her helpfulness and willingness to always lend a caring ear. Gail’s door was always open and as such she developed many valuable friendships over the years.

Gail was well known for her devotion to her family and she leaves behind her husband, Rod; son, Jeff; daughter-in-law, Heather; and three grandsons: Jaydon, Tyler, and Devin.

A service will be held on Sat, July 29, 2017 from 1 to 5 pm at the home of her son Jeff Cutforth, at 8849 Emiry St, Mission.

Gail will be missed by all who knew her.


New employees/moves and changes — April 2017

Welcome to the following new employees, and congratulations to those who have changed jobs:

 Cindy Jardine — Canada Research Chair, Health and Community

Lisa Matty –– Administrative Assistant, College of Arts

Lorelei Janzen — Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences/Nursing

Stacie Anaka — Facilities Operations Coordinator, Athletics

Sean Rigter — Clerk, Assessment Services moved from Janitor

Sandy Hill is Teacher Educator of the year

Sandy Hill of UFV’s Education program was named Teacher Educator of the year by the Association of BC Deans of Education at its annual awards ceremony.
Hill has provided exceptional mentoring of pre-service teachers in his work with UFV’s Teacher Education program, the Association noted. He has also been instrumental in furthering the university’s relationships with schools in the Fraser Valley to ensure rounded, quality experiences for teacher candidates who are completing requirements for their professional teaching certificates. Hill continues to make significant and frequent contributions to his university’s programs and courses, and is viewed as a wonderful role model in his teaching and relationships with student teachers, mentors, advisors, and First Nations communities. Congratulations Sandy!

Little donation goes a long way

An energetic team of generous teen athletes enjoyed a competitive trip to Cuba earlier this year.
As part of the U15-BC Goodwill Tour Team, the Abbotsford Outlaws softball squad loaded hundreds of pounds of donations, including UFV water bottles, onto their plane – all of which was handed over to underprivileged Cuban children. The Fraser Valley players even left behind their personal gloves, bats and balls in addition several bags of brand new softball equipment.
“It was an awesome time, and a huge success,” says UFV plumbing and piping instructor Rod Smith, whose girlfriend’s daughter participated in the program.
Canada’s team visited Cuban schools during the day, then played softball four consecutive nights with up to 2,000 spectators looking on. The Canadians also practiced with Cuba’s national women’s team.
For more, visit their Facebook page.

New Hires, Moves and Changes — March 2017

Welcome and congratulations to the following employees, who have recently joined UFV or changed positions

Jennifer MacDonald — Assistant, Program Development & Quality Assurance

Mallory Manley — Assistant, Director of Finance

Ashley Hayes — Coordinator, Peer Resource & Leadership Centre

Jocelyn Thiessen — Assistant, Bookstore, Chilliwack