Author Archive | Louise Rousseau

Victoria Hu, nursing unit clerk

Health and career: a nursing unit clerk’s journey

Having reconstructive leg surgery as a young teen in BC Children’s Hospital set the course of Victoria Hu’s life. “I had my first surgery at fourteen and the second at sixteen,” Victoria recalls. “I had to relearn how to walk. I spent a lot of time in the hospital. That’s where my love of health […]

Emilie Biela, Red Seal carpenter

Needed: women in trades

Starting a career in trades may be unconventional for a woman, but it has its benefits. Ask Red Seal carpenter Emilie Biela. After high school, she landed a summer job with VGS Contracting, a local construction, equipment supply, and installation company in the commercial greenhouse industry. One day, her boss asked her if she would […]

Sandy Balascak, Psychological First Aid instructor

Helping through tough times with Psychological First Aid

When someone is in crisis, it is easy to resort to common platitudes in an effort to offer comfort. Few of us are equipped to support others effectively when they go through stress, grief, trauma, or loss. A new Psychological First Aid course developed by the Red Cross aims to change that. Course materials were […]

Peter Reus and Leah Peck, Prins Greenhouses

Growing talent in the greenhouse industry

Did you know that employers who are willing to invest in developing their employees are more likely to retain top talent? And not only that: they are also better equipped to thrive, as large numbers of experienced baby boomers move in droves toward retirement. Like many employers in niche markets that require specialized skills, Prins […]

UFV Activity Assistant certificate

Activity assistants: key to aging well

Often, it’s the small moments that make work meaningful. Watching her 86-year-old client splash around in the wave pool was exactly that kind of a moment for former Recreation Coordinator Lori Teske. “She just enjoyed every minute,” Lori recalls. “It was really touching.” Providing engaging experiences to residents in long-term care takes careful coordination, but […]

executive chef and culinary instructor Jody Sigurdson

Award-winning chef shares her passion in the classroom

When executive chef Jody Sigurdson-Longo showed her culinary arts class at Rick Hansen Secondary a clip from Chopped Canada, one of her students quipped: “Chef, you could totally win this!” And that’s what triggered Jody to compete in and win the famed Food Network cooking competition in 2015. The episode in which she is featured […]

Lia Bishop, Program Coordinator, Abbotsford Community Services

Help shape better policies and programs with a Program Evaluation graduate certificate

A Program Evaluation graduate certificate can open up diverse opportunities for bachelor’s degree holders who work in health, education, social services, public administration, or non-profit management. According to UFV sociology professor Katherine Watson, program evaluators are needed to assess the relevance, sustainability, impact, and effectiveness of government programs. “In Canada,” Watson says, “program evaluation is […]

Valentine's date ideas to turn up the heat

Valentine’s date ideas that turn up the heat

Bored with the boxes of chocolate and candlelit dinners that are the norm for Valentine lovers everywhere?  Forget the roses and instead turn up the heat with your significant other in the professional kitchen at the Trades and Technology Centre in Chilliwack. This year, UFV is offering a Valentine Baking class , where you can […]

Shirlana Julian, medical office assistant with Matsqui Nation

Adding certification to experience as a medical office assistant

Shirlana Julian is the oldest in a class of 17 medical office assistants in training. Unlike her classmates, who take the UFV Continuing Education’s Medical Office Assistant (MOA) program to launch a career in the field, Shirlana has worked in this role for two years already. Now she would like to become a certified MOA […]

Legal Administrative Assistants, Melissa Solomon and Pawanpreet Gill

Legal Administrative Assistants who love their jobs

Do you love an intellectual challenge? Enter the legal profession. Pawanpreet Gill and Melissa Solomon, two recent graduates from UFV Continuing Education’s Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) program, have found a stimulating work environment at a full-service law firm, Lindsay Kenney LLP, based in Langley and downtown Vancouver. However, both took a few detours on the […]

Nursing Foot Care entrepreneur, Nikolas Croker of Mountain Foot Care

Nurse entrepreneur finds niche in foot care

Nikolas Croker first heard about nursing foot care while studying to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). “My first reaction was to wonder why anyone would need a foot care nurse,” Nikolas recalls. “But the more I learned, the more I realized how critical this type of care is.” In older adults, diabetes causes nerve […]