Author Archive | Darren McDonald

Cherished by Criminology, Forster earns UFV Staff Excellence Award

Powered by student energy and lauded by the department she supports, this year’s UFV Staff Excellence Award winner can do it all because she’s done it all. Bouncing between departments as an auxiliary in the early 2000s, Cherish Forster sometimes followed full shifts in Registration by adding a few extra hours taking calls on UCFV’s […]

Lieutenant Governor’s Medal — Jacqlyn Marvin: She flew the friendly skies but studied ’til the cows came home

For almost eight years, Jacqlyn Marvin’s future was literally up in the air. Steering her interests toward UFV Agriculture changed that in a hurry. A successful flight attendant based out of Seattle’s Sea-Tac International Airport, Marvin travelled the world, but couldn’t shake a nagging tug to her roots high atop Chilliwack’s eastern hillsides — where […]

Andy Sidhu receives honorary degree from UFV for community building

The son of a hardworking Malaysian bus driver, Andy Sidhu knows the value of timely connections. Now, after 43 years as a champion of inclusivity in the Fraser Valley, he’s receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University if the Fraser Valley. “Any immigrant moving to any country has teething problems when you […]

UFV recognizes Tamara Taggart’s advocacy work with honorary degree

  Tamara Taggart had thousands of conversations in living rooms across British Columbia, but it took just two to change her life forever. It started with a phone call five days after the birth of son Beckett. Tests confirmed the first child for Taggart and husband Dave Genn had Down syndrome. “The doctor said ‘I’m […]

Funding raises awareness of co-op education

UFV is among eight public post-secondary institutions receiving $75,000 to explore co-op opportunities supporting career ambitions. The funding will support outreach to more employers and increase awareness of the benefits of co-op placements for both employers and students. Programming in co-op education combines academic studies with paid work experience in career-related fields. Co-op students have […]

Health Fair & Overdose Crisis presentation — March 27

Ranging from stress and lifestyle management to healthy sleep patterns and sexual health, UFV’s longstanding Health Fair offers a wide variety of topics for the general public 9am-5:30pm Monday, March 27 inside Building A’s atrium at UFV’s campus at Canada Education Park. The event also features a special Dean’s Speaker Series presentation at noon entitled […]

Comfy colleagues warming to UFV blanket initiative

UFV employees are warming up to a new Facilities program that provides fleece blankets to freezing offices. Spearheaded by Energy Manager Blair McFarlane, the branded blanket initiative has already fallen into the laps of about 70 people. The goal is to ensure employees enjoy a comfortable work space, while reducing the use of space heaters […]

New, free app puts UFV at your fingertips

You’re one click away from being connected thanks to UFV’s new mobile app. Available for Android and iPhone, this new tool allows students to easily access personal info such as their class schedule and grades. It also includes handy campus information for the whole UFV community, such as bus schedules, a campus directory, events, and UFV […]

Free fitness classes, meet new Building Q

New year, new you, new building to make it all happen. Free fitness classes have started for students on UFV’s Chilliwack and Abbotsford campuses. Staff and faculty are encouraged to join for a reasonable rate. “The idea is to take an active break from studying or working – a chance to get away from that Tim […]

National equestrian champion has unbridled passion for design

From the head of the class to the back of her horse, Natalie Alves’ competitive streak knows no bounds. The 15-time national champion equestrian had universities lining up with open arms following her 4.0 GPA at Mission’s Heritage Park Secondary. But Alves knows life, like horseback riding, is all about balance. So she chose UFV’s […]