Retirement Celebration – Congratulations Elizabeth and Mandy!

elizabeth-dow-docxDr. Elizabeth Dow completed a BSW at the University of Western and an MSW at Wilfrid Laurier University. She worked for several years as Executive Director of Merrymount Children’s Home in London, Ontario, and with the Ontario government in the areas of social policy analysis and development. She also focused on developing services for people with disabilities. Elizabeth began her teaching career at the University of Western Ontario, as director of field instruction. She returned to Wilfred Laurier, focusing on her doctoral studies in gerontology. Elizabeth was the first PhD graduate in Social Work and the first PhD graduate from the university. Elizabeth continued her academic career at the University of Victoria as an associate professor with the School of Social Work. Elizabeth moved east to become Director of the School of Social Work at Memorial University, where she administered BSW, MSW, and PhD programs. Elizabeth joined UFV in 2010 as Director and in 2014 returned to teaching until her retirement. Elizabeth was actively involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of the Abbotsford’s homeless population. Elizabeth’s research included collaborative projects, receiving $2.3 million in funding from local to international sources focusing on social support, caregiving, supportive housing, social support intervention, and abuse of older adults.

mandy-klepicMandy Klepic joined Fraser Valley College in Sept 1990 as an educational advisor in Student Services and in November 2007 she moved into the role of educational advisor for the Bachelor of General Studies degree and General Studies diploma. Mandy has seen the evolution of the advising paradigm from through the FVC–UCFV–UFV era. Mandy has always practiced a holistic student-centric approach in her advising practice, acting as a strong advocate for all the students she advised, and treating each student as a unique person with diverse needs and goals. She always championed interdisciplinary studies and went to great lengths to find the right program fit for students. Mandy was also instrumental in supporting the partnership between UFV and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. The initiative enabled students who had graduated with the Chemical Addictions Worker advanced diploma to complete their BGS degree by completing an additional 30 credits. The students’ feedback on their experience in the cohort always included high praise for Mandy. Outside of work Mandy loves to spend her time with family and friends, including her son Nicholas. Mandy has a strong passion for animals. She also loves to participate in various charitable activities and is a strong supporter of International Women’s Day. Another passion of Mandy’s is photography and traveling. We wish Mandy a wonderful retirement, she will be greatly missed by her UFV colleagues!