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Susan Mide Kiss named UFV’s Vice-President, Community Engagement

  Susan Mide Kiss has been named Vice-President, Community Engagement at the University of the Fraser Valley. She replaces VP External, Craig Toews, who retired July 31. Mide Kiss brings a wealth of community and post-secondary experience to UFV. Originally from Maple Ridge, she spent the last 15 years working with the University of Calgary, […]

Vision & values lead to new Campus Card with Indigenous designs

Receiving and using an employee card is generally a standard, non-glamorous formality for new hires in any company or organization. The card’s functions are transactional, typically used to access buildings, take out library books, and perform other routine tasks. But for many, an employee card can also represent a sense of identity, belonging, and a […]

Hit the road this summer with the Get to Know Podcast

Heading out on a road trip this summer? We have the perfect driving companion for you. And maybe we’re a little biased, but UFV has some of the most brilliant and fascinating minds in education.  The UFV Get to Know podcast digs a little deeper with UFV’s expert faculty and staff. You might know our […]

Nature inspires alumna Shannon Thiesen’s art for 2022 Alumni Wine labels

Shannon Thiesen’s alumni connection to the University of the Fraser Valley comes via the Teacher Education program, but she’s also an accomplished artist whose work has been selected to grace the UFV Alumni commemorative wine labels for 2022. Since 2005, the Alumni Association has partnered with local wineries for its annual Alumni Wine Program. Proceeds […]

More than 2,600 graduate as UFV returns to in-person Convocation ceremonies

Convocation was back with a bang at the University of the Fraser Valley on June 14 and 15 as graduates celebrated their achievements with their families, friends, and faculty in four ceremonies at the Abbotsford Centre. A total of 2,617 students graduated this year, with 1,168 of them attending Convocation ceremonies and crossing the stage. […]

Governor General’s gold medal 2022: Alaina Brocklesby studied bio-ethical implications of social isolation for seniors during pandemic

Alaina Brocklesby may not have set foot on campus for the entirety of her Master of Social Work studies, but that doesn’t mean she’s not familiar with the University of the Fraser Valley. Brocklesby earned the top grade-point-average in a master’s degree program at UFV this year, earning a perfect 4.33 (A+) GPA, and will […]

Honorary degree 2022: Jo-ann Archibald — wanting to see herself reflected led to lifelong leadership in Indigenous education

When a young Jo-ann Archibald boarded the school bus daily as an elementary school student back in the 1950s, she stepped from one world into another. Archibald, whose Indigenous name is Q’um Q’um Xiiem, grew up in Soowhalie near Cultus Lake, part of the Indigenous Stó:lō community, and attended the Chilliwack public school system, graduating […]

Honorary degree 2022: Shirley Turcotte built on her trauma experience to create psychotherapy tools for Indigenous communities

In April, when UFV presented Shirley Turcotte the opportunity to be a UFV honorary degree award recipient, she accepted. But she did so somewhat reluctantly. It is not that the renowned Métis knowledge-carrier and registered clinical counsellor is not honoured. Or that she has anything against UFV. Simply put, Turcotte hates attention. “When I first […]