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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 […]

The world is a classroom for Global Development Studies major Sterling Ray

UFV is committed to helping students and alumni make an impact locally and beyond. Sterling Ray is a Bachelor of Arts student who has taken that challenge literally.   Ray is leading intercultural initiatives both on campus and abroad, and will be graduating in June 2019 with a Global Development Studies major and an extended […]

Sales students shine at UFV

“I was a little nervous as the campaign was drawing to a close, but they did it once again.” That was the summary from Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce business development manager Matt Langdon, referring to a revenue goal set by students in this year’s Bus 221 Advanced Selling course at the University of the Fraser […]

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 […]

UFV is a family affair for the Youngs of Mission

When Hannah Young drove to her first day of classes at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2015, she was excited, but also feeling a little down. Some of her friends had moved away to live on campus at larger far away universities and here she was carpooling from Mission to the Abbotsford campus… […]