Author Archive | Darren McDonald

New projects to promote research, data-driven decisions in Canadian fire service

A new partnership between the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), The University of the Fraser Valley, and Defence Research and Development Canada will leverage the expertise of fire leaders and experts to promote research and evidence-based decision-making in Canada’s fire service. (High-res images available here: UFV is receiving Canadian Safety and Security Program […]

Safer games + healthier brains. Preventing invisible injuries.

Through local partnership, UFV is using world-class brain imaging techniques to spot and prevent concussions in student athletes — helping kids stay safe. A rainbow of wires streams across the table as UFV kinesiology instructor Michael Gaetz whispers “Breathe . . . perfect” and the bulky teen stares ahead, unblinking. The test, taking place in a […]

UFV welcomes Amandeep Sandhu as new BC Regional Innovation Chair

Dr. Amandeep Sandhu has been named the University of the Fraser Valley’s new BC Regional Innovation Chair in Canada–India Business and Economic Development. He took up his post on July 1. This research chair is housed at the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV. Sandhu will also be a faculty member in the UFV School […]

Hergott’s welding sparks silver medal

UFV-trained Johnathon Hergott torched past the competition, winning a silver medal at the Skills Canada national competition recently at BC Place. The competition featured more than 40 different assigned projects in major skilled trade and technology categories. Hergott, a Sardis Secondary student, earned his stripes in the School District #33 welding program under instructor Grant […]

Clough and Back win 2013 Betty Urquhart community service award

Two young women striving to make their communities better in very different ways are UFV’s latest Betty Urquhart community service award recipients. Among the first employees of Fraser Valley College (now UFV), Betty believed strongly in the values of volunteering and giving back to the community. While she passed away in 1995, UFV keeps her […]

Obituary: UFV loses beloved employee and volunteer Keith Newport

Gregarious UFV employee Keith Newport passed away suddenly on June 30. He was 55. An active and enthusiastic volunteer, Keith joined UFV on Sept. 29, 2008 as a program technician for the transport trades at UFV’s Trades & Technology Centre in Chilliwack. He lived in Yarrow (or ‘South Sardis’ as he liked to say) and […]

Sandman named UFV Alumni Association’s official preferred hotel

With the annual influx of family and friends coming to town for convocation ceremonies, there’s no better time for the University of the Fraser Valley’s Alumni Association to announce a partnership with one of Canada’s premier hotel chains. Beginning immediately, all staff, faculty, alumni, and special visitors to UFV receive preferred accommodation rates at Sandman […]

UFV’s best and brightest honoured at research awards

From seawater toxicity to music on The Simpsons, UFV’s most impressive student research was recognized recently at Abbotsford’s Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre. Twenty-three UFV undergraduates were awarded more than $16,000 during the special dinner presentation at the university’s Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards Presentation (full gallery here). The invite-only affair brought high praise from UFV […]

Go-to Telford looks back on B.C. election

As B.C.’s political gears ground towards May’s provincial election, one man was as ubiquitous as Twitter’s pervasive #bcpoli hashtag. And no, we don’t mean Adrian Dix. UFV political science instructor Hamish Telford was seemingly everywhere leading up to this year’s election, fielding nearly a dozen calls weekly from media looking for insight. But as he […]

Top young math minds compete for $14,400 in UFV scholarships

The region’s best and brightest young mathematical minds set to work at the University of the Fraser Valley’s annual B.C. Secondary Schools Math Contest recently. More than $14,000 in scholarship money was up for grabs, with 146 students representing 26 schools — an increase over last year’s 108 students from 19 schools. When the eraser […]

New tests prove UFV’s a sound choice for future plumbers

As far as working relationships go, you could say UFV’s connection to Ipex is as solid as a cast iron pipe. Or better yet, XFR. Don’t worry if you don’t know the latter, it’s still new in the plumbing world ­— but it could be coming into walls and floors around you following a study […]