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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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

Newman discusses colonialism’s impact on Indigenous foodways on CBC

Lenore Newman, UFV’s Canada Reasearch Chair in Food Security & the Environment, discussed colonialism’s impact on Indigenous foodways, and the use of food as a weapon against Indigenous peoples, on CBC Radio: Unreserved recently. Listen here:…/food-being-used-as-a-weapon-the-lasting…

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Throwback to 1992 for Health Sciences

UFV opened its new Health Sciences Centre on the Yale Road Chilliwack campus on April 10, 1992. Here’s a throwback to what the faculty and staff looked like on that day, 25 years ago. Three faculty members still work here. Can you spot them?

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

UFV turns 43 on April 4

April 4, 2017, marks 43 years since provincial education minister Eileen Dailly announced the formation of Fraser Valley College. Visit our 40th anniversary site for a timeline of UFV history: And here is a link to a collection of sets of historical photos.  

Births — Ezzy Bruce

Congratulations to Ezzy Bruce (Advancement) and husband Dean on the birth of their daughter, Cora Carmen Salazar Bruce. She was born on Thurs, March 30, at Peace Arch Hospital, and weighed 7 lb, 8 oz.  

Poettcker to serve as interim CFO and VP Admin

A message from Jackie Hogan, CFO & VP Administration: Dear Colleagues, As follow up to Board Chair John Pankratz’s message of March 3, 2017 announcing my appointment to the role of interim President and Vice Chancellor effective July 1, 2017, I am pleased to announce the plan for administrative continuity within the CFO & VP […]

Births — Lauren Couture

Kinesiology professor Lauren Couture and husband Marc welcomed baby Charles (Charlie) on Fri, March 24, 2017. He weighed 8 lb, 6 oz and was born at Royal Columbian Hospital. Big brother Russell is happy to welcome his new sibling.

Births — Davis-Fisch

Congratulations to theatre professor Heather Davis-Fisch and husband Scott on the birth of their second son, Quinn Michael Davis-Fisch. He was born February 28, 2017.  Big brother Jasper is happy to welcome Quinn, who weighed 7 lb, 12 oz at birth. Save Save

Do you have your PD planned?

As a staff member at UFV you are eligible to utilize $400 of your professional development funds on Continuing Education courses. In today’s workplace digital media and creative practice are more valuable than ever! Gain the skills necessary to succeed in your current role or advance your career with a Centre for Creative Development course. […]

David Harper presents on ketogenic diets

David Harper (Kinesiology) gave a public presentation on ketogenic diets and chronic disease at the recent Specialty Food Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Here’s a link to his presentation.

New employees/moves and changes — Feb 2017

Welcome to the following new employees and congratulations to those who have taken on a new position at UFV. Kayla Webster — Assistant, Career Services Julie Meloshinsky — Officer, Accounts Payable Catherine Wilson — Switchboard Operator Tracey McKone — Assistant, Advancement Services

Stellar students inspire Norm Taylor to support scholarships

  For Norm Taylor the inspiration for giving to UFV is all around him. “Just look at them,” he says, gesturing to the students who have arrived early to do homework before the physics lab he is preparing for them officially starts. “We have so many smart, motivated students. How can you not want to […]

Kinvig’s unique icebreaking technique

What do you do when you’re a basketball fanatic and your brand new outdoor hoop freezes in an ice storm? Try to shoot a basket, of course. Look what happened when Dan Kinvig, communications coordinator for UFV Athletics, tried to shoot hoops in the aftermath of Thursday’s ice storm. Video here.  

Births — Smadello

Congratulations to Charlene Smadello of Health Sciences and husband Billy on the birth of their fourth child, a daughter. Her name is Amyah Scarlett Rose Smadello, she weighed 7 lb, 14 oz, and she was born on a snowy Saturday on Feb 4, 2017,  at 10:31 pm. A sister for Seth, Trinity, and Michaela.