Yvon Dandurand, Criminology and Criminal Justice Associate Professor writes UNODC Manual

Congratulations to Yvon Dandurand, Professor Emeritus Criminology and Criminal Justice, UFV and recent UFV graduate Jessica Jahn, who recently wrote the “UNODC Manual on the Prevention of Child Recruitment and Exploitation by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups: The Role of the Justice System”. The manual was also released during the Annual Session in Vienna of the United Nations Commission on Crime prevention and Criminal Justice.

Lieutenant Governor’s medal: Leanne Julian an advocate for Indigenous inclusivity


As Leanne Julian stood outside as part of a group of geography students listening to Mt. Lehman community members explain how they wanted to present their community it to the world, she could literally see her father’s home community, the Matsqui First Nation, not far in the distance.

But nobody else seemed to notice.

Leanne was taking part in a planning course taught by Cherie Enns, where students were working with the Mt. Lehman community on strategies to promote this rural corner of Abbotsford.

“In all the talk about their community vision they did not mention what their relation was to the surrounding First Nations communities, even though I knew they were situated in the traditional territory of the Matsqui people.”

Leanne gently challenged them on that, which led to her organizing a town hall dinner that brought together members of the Matsqui First Nation and the Mount Lehman community.

“The impact of that session was significant,” noted professor Enns. “Since then Leanne has been both an ambassador and a light in every setting where I have observed her. The light she shines might not always be comfortable, but by her presence, commitment to truth, and knowledge she is paying a key role in Indigenization at UFV and helping me to decolonize my curriculum.”

**To read more, go to the UFV Today’s website**

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Matthew Harty awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal with perfect GPA

Early on in his career at the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), an aspiring Matthew Harty would occasionally help in street-level undercover work during a patrol shift.

“I was quite young, so I was always a student, that was my story,” he says remembering the start of his police career.

He would give the buy money to a drug dealer, and then the signal to his colleagues when it was time to move in.

Now an Inspector with the VPD, the 42-year-old Harty recently revisited his student plain-clothes role — this time actually enrolling in and completing the University of the Fraser Valley’s MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The buzz of the bust was replaced with the reward of completing each A+ assignment along his path to a perfect 4.33 GPA graduation.

That persistence led Harty to receive this year’s 2019 Governor General’s Gold Medal, which is presented to the graduate who achieves the highest standing at the graduate degree level.

“Everyone worked so hard in my cohort and in the school, so I’m very thankful, humbled, and honoured,” he says. “If everyone is competing as best they can against themselves they should all feel proud.”

**To read more, go to the UFV Today’s website**

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The world is a classroom for Global Development Studies major Sterling Ray

UFV is committed to helping students and alumni make an impact locally and beyond. Sterling Ray is a Bachelor of Arts student who has taken that challenge literally.

Ray is leading intercultural initiatives both on campus and abroad, and will be graduating in June 2019 with a Global Development Studies major and an extended minor in Latin American studies.

Ray expresses that she enjoyed the interdisciplinary studies that are offered in the Global Development Studies program.

“I took one elective on human rights in Latin American Studies and was hooked.”

Her specialization in global development and interest in Spanish classes turned out to be the perfect fit during her internship last summer in Oaxaca, Mexico with the International Assembly on Community Development.

Ray’s internship gave her the opportunity to participate in round tables and thematic discussions that addressed Indigenous knowledge, stories of resistance, and identity construction. Ray was one of the principal organizers.

“It was a unique learning experience to be in a place where Indigenous knowledge and voices are shared in an assembly based on ancient traditions of Indigenous governance.”

She also conducted qualitative interviews with the presenters in English and Spanish, learning about language and identity, and building networks to strengthen Indigenous communities.

Ray is also involved at UFV as the student representative on the Global Development Studies program committee and leads the Global Development Students Club.

“The goal of the GDS club is to build the student community, network, and apply what we are learning to create events and opportunities for global engagement.”

The GDS club is open for all UFV students interested in global development.

An upcoming initiative of the GDS club, partnered with the MCC Indigenous Relations program, is the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, to be held at UFV on May 16.

“This is an opportunity for the community to participate in an interactive learning experience, led by an elder, that teaches Canadian Indigenous history as a step towards reconciliation,” notes Ray, adding that these types of experiences will also help students become more aware of the Indigenous resources on campus, such as the Indigenous Student Centre.

What’s next for Ray after graduation? With a passion for learning she is ready for the next challenge and is interested in pursuing higher education. She is also excited to continue her two research projects on Indigenous media, and refugee claimants.

As for advice for undergraduate students, Ray urges them to get involved.

“Students should enhance their university experiences by learning new languages, and getting involved in research projects, internships and clubs to create change and make an impact both locally and globally.”

To learn more and register for the KAIROS Blanket Exercise on Thursday, May 16 from 6-8 pm contact gdsc.ufv@gmail.com

Interested in joining the GDS club? Connect through the GDSC: Global Development Studies Club on Facebook page to learn more

Criminal Justice Students at the United Nations and Western Society of Criminology

Recently Amanda McCormick, UFV Criminology and Criminal Justice Director, travelled to New York with BA (Criminal Justice) student Lauren Kempers and Master of Arts (Criminal Justice) student Caleigh West to present at the United Nations 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Amanda and the students presented their research project on increasing women’s access to civil protective orders in domestic violence. They gained valuable feedback from the event organizers, the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) and the Women’s United Nations Resource Network. Subsequently they were also invited to attend and present at the IPES session in Belgrade this summer 2019.

During their trip, they also met with a colleague from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice who gave them a tour of the campus and the opportunity to present in a Master’s class as guest lecturers on the Canadian Criminal Justice System, which generated a lot of interest and discussion.

Additionally, four UFV graduate students and one undergraduate student went to the recent Western Society of Criminology conference in Honolulu where they delivered compelling presentations.

John Belec awarded the 2019 J. Alistair McVey Award for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to John Belec, UFV Associate Professor in the Geography and Environment department. John was recently awarded the 2019 J. Alistair McVey Award for Teaching Excellence by the Canadian Association of Geographers.

“The purpose of the J. Alistair McVey Award for Teaching Excellence is to recognize a geography instructor known for the quality of their teaching. This is in recognition of the central importance of teaching excellence in geographic education. The recipient is intended to be a teacher in a university, college or secondary school in BC or Alberta. This award is named after Alistair McVey, a well-known and highly-respected geography instructor in the BC college system for more than 35 years” (CAG).

John Belec’s research specialities are focused on the study of urban housing markets, urban residential design and cross border regions. In 2013-2014, John embarked on a research endeavour that involved the study of Abbotsford’s ethnic enclave known as the Townline neighbourhood.[i]

Image: John Belec receiving the 2019 J. Alistair McVey Award for Teaching Excellence

Read more about John Belec’s research, and the Geography and Environment courses he teaches at UFV. https://www.ufv.ca/geography/faculty-and-staff/faculty-members/belec-john.htm

WD, Western Division, Canadian Association of Geographers. (2019). Awards Presented by the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers. Retrieved from http://www.geog.uvic.ca/wcag/awards.html

[i]University of the Fraser Valley. (2019). Faculty Members – John Belec. Retrieved from https://www.ufv.ca/geography/faculty-and-staff/faculty-members/belec-john.htm

Photos courtesy of John Belec.



North Korea’s Current Economic Situation and Global Peace Workshop

The UFV College of Arts and the Department of Economics recently held a workshop on “North Korea’s Current Economic Situation and Global Peace”, moderated and organized by Dr. Bosu Seo.

The workshop aimed to inform Canadian mainstream society about North Korea’s fluctuating economic situation and its impact on countries around the world, including
South Korea, USA, China, Japan, and Canada. The guest speakers included Dr. Yvon Dandurand (Professor Emeritus, UFV Criminology & Criminal Justice and Ex-United Nations Office Drug and Crime Lead consultant) and Mr. Shin, Tae-Young (Representative, The National Unification Advisory Council Vancouver Chapter).

The panel members included Ms. Yoo Soon Oh (Chair, Vancouver Korean-Canadian Scholarship Foundation), Dr. Michael Maschek (Economics, UFV), Dr. Edward Akuffo (Political science, UFV) and Dr. Steven Schroeder (Chair in the Peace and Conflict Studies program, UFV). The opening speech was initiated by Dr. Jacqueline Nolte, Dean of Arts, UFV.

The guest speakers and panel members discussed how countries such as South Korea, USA, China, Japan, and Canada can contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula and peace in the world by drawing attention to the successful completion of the denuclearization talks on the Korean peninsula, and economic development plans of North Korea.

Audience members and guest speakers in the photo include: Dr. Edward Akuffo, Mr. Tae-Young Shin, Dr. Bosu Seo, Dr. Jacqueline Nolte, Dr. Yvon Dandurand, Ms. Yoo Soon Oh.