UFV honoured at FV Cultural Diversity AND United Way of FV awards

President Mark Evered, presenter Tammy Lusk of Black Press, SUS president Sukhi Brar, and CFO/VP Finance Jackie Hogan at FV Diversity awards.

UFV was recognized for its efforts in creating an inclusive environment at the recent Fraser Valley Diversity Awards.

The university received the inclusive environment award in the medium to large organization category.

UFV’s commitment to fostering a holistically inclusive environment encompasses workplace practices and policies, academic programming, and initiatives. See Province social columnist Fred Lee’s coverage of the event, including a photo of Gurneet Anand, here.

Initiatives contributing to a diverse and inclusive environment at UFV include:

  • Offices and Committees: Human Rights and Conflict Resolution; Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs; Indigenous Student Centre; Health, Safety & Wellness; International Education, Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Policies: Fulfilling our Commitment to Aboriginal Peoples; Employment Equity; Discrimination, Bullying, and Harassment Prevention
  •  Places: Indigenous Student Centre; Aboriginal Gathering Place; Global Lounge; Disability Resource Centre; Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Office; International Education office;
  • Commitment: Institution-wide commitment to Indigenizing UFV
  • Visiting Scholars: welcoming international faculty
  • Programming: Peace and Conflict Studies degree; Mennonite Studies certificate; Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies; South Asian diaspora studies; Stó:lō Studies certificate; Bachelor of General Studies completion for Nicola Valley Institute of Tech cohort
  • Community Partnerships: Indo-Canadian; Stó:lō; Mennonite, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Seabird Island.
  • Events: Pink Shirt Day; PD event featuring transgender speaker Ivan Coyote; exhibition on Sikh campaign for voting rights; National Aboriginal Day; Indigenizing the Academy conference; Indian Residential School Day of Learning; TRC Reading Circles; Stó:lō Place Name Tours
  • Acknowledgement: At gatherings the university acknowledges that UFV is located on traditional Stó:lō territory and recognizes and respects indigenous ways of knowing
  • Procedures: workplace and learning accommodations; standardized employee recruitment processes based on merit; identifying and addressing discrimination, bullying, and harassment
  • Programming pathways: UFV helps people with varied educational/cultural backgrounds meet educational goals
  • Resources and services: Disability Resource Centre; Friends Without Borders Group; Racism and Anti-Racism Network; PRIDE network; “Positive Space” campaign; Peer Resource and Leadership Centre; Global Citizenship Grant Program
  • Training: Respectful Workplace; Universal Design; Learning Disabilities.


UFV/FSA win UWFV Spirit Leader awards

Leslie Courchesne (Executive Director, University Relations), Michelle Vandepol (Hope Centre Coordinator), Jackie Hogan (CFO and VP Admin), John Pankratz (Board Chair), Mark Evered (UFV President), Sean Parkinson (FSA President), Gayle Ramsden (ASC Learning Strategist), Ian McAskill (Economics Professor), Kathy Gowdridge (Faculty Services).

UFV and the FSA won the United Way of the Fraser Valley Spirit Leader Awards at a recent ceremony.

  • UFV received the Leadership Campaign Spirit Award
  •  the FSA received the Labour Participation Award

Of note – UFV was nominated with some stiff competition in the Campaign Leadership category:

  • BMO Financial Group
  • Costco Wholesale
  • KPMG
  • TD Bank Group

The FSA won over the following nominees:

  • CUPE Local 774
  • Fraser Valley Labour Council
  • IBEW Local 258



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