Author Archive | Louise Rousseau

Linda Todd, Medical Office Assistant student

Future medical office assistant won’t let anyone decide her story

While traveling in the Middle East, Linda Todd contracted a rare life-threatening brain infection. Despite being given only a 5% chance of recovery, she fought through and survived — but returned to Canada in a wheelchair and unable to speak. “It was emotionally devastating,” she says, “but I’m a firm believer in not letting anyone […]

Ben Meyer, UFV paralegal student

Paralegal studies the right path forward

The missing piece After 10 years at Golden Oak Corporate Services Ltd., Ben Meyer had become someone others trusted to do quality work; he began seeing opportunities to take on more responsibility. Quality professional training was the missing piece he needed to take his career to the next level. Finding the right program in the […]

UFV student playing Pokemon GO near Marina Magnone Memorial Tree

Your guide to Pokémon GO at UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley is an excellent choice if you wish to get a certificate, diploma, or degree. And now, as a venue in the latest Pokémon GO gaming craze, it’s also a great spot to hunt Pokémon in Abbotsford. According to veteran gamer and graphic designer Marie Tary, UFV is teeming with […]

Gaylene deGroot

The great midlife leap

It takes courage to dream big when you’re the only wage earner and your family depends on you. Ask Gaylene deGroot. For more than 20 years, she had been working long and irregular hours as a care aide. It paid the bills, but there was little to no potential for career development. “I had enough,” […]

Medical Office Assistant, Kristin Candy

Medical Office Assistant grows in skills and passion

When her supervising physicians asked Kristin Candy to enrol in a newly developed Advanced Medical Office Assistant (AMOA) program, she did not know that her career was about to take an unexpected twist. An esthetician by trade, Kristin had completed her Medical Office Assistant (MOA) training in 2013 while at home caring for her two […]

Get funding from Entrepreneurship and Process Innovation/Incubation Centre (EPIIC) to support your business idea

Get support to change your business idea into reality

Budding entrepreneurs looking to turn their brainstorms into reality can now access a new resource at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The Entrepreneurship and Process Innovation/Incubation Centre (EPIIC) has partnered with the Canada Discovery Foundation to provide funding and expertise to Fraser Valley residents in search of consultation and resources to take their […]

UFV Indigenous Land Claims certificate marks turning point for law student

UFV Indigenous Land Claims certificate marks turning point for law student

When Cassandra Enns first heard of UFV’s Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights and Land Claims certificate in 2012, she was pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at UBC. The subject matter was of interest to the Geography undergrad and the four-week intensive summer format fit well in her schedule. She applied and prepared to attend, not realizing […]

Breanna Takasaki, Legal Administrative Assistant at RDM Lawyers

Legal administrative assistant is driven to excel

The phone call from RDM Lawyers LLP caught Breanna Takasaki off-guard. She was gearing up to start a practicum at the local law firm after completing her training as a legal administrative assistant through UFV Continuing Education. Breanna had developed an interest in the legal profession during career planning in grade 12. While researching career […]

Shayla Peters, UFV Continuing Education's Nursing Unit Clerk grad

Nursing unit clerk finds a workplace with heart

Growing up, Shayla Peters had dreamed of becoming a nurse. But then, grade 12 happened. “I lost my motivation,” Shayla recalls. “I just wanted to get out of high school. I no longer knew what I wanted to do.” Shayla found work at a fast food outlet. “That was just a job,” she says. “The […]

Kate McGladdery, UFV Continuing Education's Bookkeeping for Small Business grad

Bookkeeping grad looks forward to serious business

When her stepmother decided she’d like to work fewer hours, Kate McGladdery stepped up to help in the office at her dad’s company. Less than a year later, what started as a sideline may well become Kate’s full-time career. The Chilliwack native has moved back to the Valley, left her big city job behind, and […]