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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 […]

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 […]

Public Relations grads promote local businesses

Talented Public Relations duo promote local businesses

“I remember the first time I met you,” says Reece Mack, PR coordinator at Jelly Marketing to his colleague, account manager Hudson Lee. “You were late for class,” he adds, teasingly. The two young professionals met on their first day in UFV Continuing Education’s Public Relations program in October 2016. Since then, they’ve become fast […]

Shirley Burns, UFV Floral Design graduate

A journey from dirt to blossom

When talking about her second career in floral design, Shirley Burns likes to say that she’s still digging up dirt. Throughout a 30-year career in the security and investigation field, Shirley had certainly perfected the art of digging up buried secrets. But even though she was at the top of her game, the former executive […]

Codie Peters

Finding the right trade as an electronics technician

“Everything runs on electronics. It’s so fascinating how it all works together. I love the potential of what you can create.” Listening to Cody Peters enthusiastically talk about what he’s learning in UFV’s electronics program, you’d never guess that a year and a half ago he had no idea he had any interest in it. […]