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Shelby Klassen earns 2020 Governor General’s Bronze Medal with 4.24 GPA

Growing up on a small Yarrow farm planted the seed. Unwavering commitment bore the fruit. Now with her incredible 4.24 GPA, Shelby Klassen has earned UFV’s 2020 Governor General’s Bronze Medal as the highest-achieving student graduating from a diploma program — in this case, Agriculture Technology. “I’ve always been passionate about growing food, knowing where […]

Lieutenant governor’s medal — Tsandlia Van Ry: UFV learning journey helped Stó:lō woman reconnect with roots

Not too many people can say that they’ve named a school before they even finished their teacher training. Tsandlia Van Ry can. She and a small group of community members proposed the name Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt (‘place of crossing, house of learning’ in Halq’eméylem) for the new elementary/middle school under construction in Chilliwack. This name […]

Child Life student rides pandemic wave during hospital internship

When Danielle Geddes started her Child Life Specialist internship on the acute medical inpatient ward at Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg in February, she had no idea that by the end of it she would be fully masked and wearing protective gear for most shifts with her young clients. Geddes, who is completing a Child Life […]

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 […]