Spring 2011 | Vol 01 | Issue 02
Carving a better future
UFV alumnus George Hemeon weaves his aboriginal heritage into corporate and artistic careers
Skookum: good, best, ultimate, first rate. Thatâ€™s what UFV aims to be: the best undergraduate university in Canada, which is why weâ€™ve named our university magazine with this strong word from the Chinook jargon, a trade dialect that was used as a cultural bridge among groups of aboriginal peoples and multi-ethnic newcomers to British Columbia.
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Return to roots George Hemeon didn’t pay much attention to his aboriginal roots growing up. Now he’s embracing them and blooming artistically and professionally
Shooting for victory UFV’s women’s soccer and basketball teams announce their arrival on the national stage
Sexual healing UFV psychologist Brooke Seal is involved in a unique project to help women deal with sexual pain issues
Bug nannies UFV agriculture students are stewards of a rare and in-demand pest-control bug
A philosophical approach Philosopher Peter Raabe says that intensive talk therapy using the basics of philosophy can work wonders for many
Departments & sections 0 4 A message from Mark President Mark Evered on our ‘skookum’ future
UFV News New UFV facilities popping up at Chilliwack’s Canada Education Park and Abbotsford’s city centre
Soundoff: Singing our stories Trevor Carolan on finding communion and community in our Fraser Valley
Aluminations 20 Theatrical flair All the world’s a stage for recent theatre grad Dayna Thomas
Alumni Association Chair’s letter
2 3 Keeping in Touch
UFV Giving 26 Support for the new Master of Social Work degree
Rural giving | Federal agency supports local agriculture
Donors in demand | There are a lot of worthy causes —
Spinoff effect | Former students helped by the Betty Urquhart fund are giving back to the Fraser Valley
thanks for considering ours
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Changing Lives, Building Community A message from UFV president Mark Evered
elcome to the second issue of Skookum, our new university magazine. I’ve heard from many of you that you enjoyed the first issue, and we hope you appreciate this one as much as you did the first. Recall that we chose the Chinook word skookum, meaning best or strong, to convey our commitment to excellence and to bringing you stories about the skookum achievements of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Our challenge now is choosing among so many fine examples. We have much to celebrate at UFV. At this time of year, we turn our attention to our biggest academic celebration, our convocation. Nearly 2,000 students will receive credentials this spring. They join a rapidly growing number of UFV alumni. We are confident that these UFV graduates, like the many who preceded them, will soon be building
Recognizing excellence Kinesiology professor Chris Bertram is this year’s winner of the UFV Teaching Excellence award. The university is also giving honorary doctorates to broadcaster Vicki Gabereau, retired social worker and philanthropist Patsy George, and aboriginal education specialist Madeleine MacIvor. This year’s Betty Urquhart Community Service award will be shared by Dr. Elizabeth Watt of Abbotsford and Patricia Murakami of Hope.
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successful careers and making valuable contributions to our communities. We look forward to following their progress and reporting their achievements in Skookum. This year we are holding our convocation in a new venue, the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Centre adjacent to our Abbotsford campus. We have outgrown the facilities we used previously, and now we will have the space to accommodate the many friends and family members who want to share in the celebration. We are also taking the opportunity to award honorary doctorates to three exceptional people, celebrate a master teacher, and honor the outstanding achievements of some community members. UFV continues to grow in size and reputation. This past year we have served nearly 16,000 students. And once
again, we have been ranked nationally in the Globe and Mail’s annual Canadian University Report as one of Canada’s best, with top scores in quality of education, student–faculty interaction and student satisfaction. This is what happens when you bring together talented and caring faculty and staff, and gifted, committed, and creative students. We should also recognize that none of this could be achieved without the generosity of our many supporters. These include the people who support us financially and those who share their time and wisdom through service on our governance bodies and advisory committees and councils. UFV is genuinely grateful to our many individual benefactors and the local, provincial, and national governments, businesses, and organizations who share our commitment and aspirations. As I approach the end of my second year as president of UFV, I reflect also on how fortunate I am to have discovered so many great colleagues and friends. Thank you and best wishes to you all.
Mark Evered, PhD President & Vice-Chancellor University of the Fraser Valley
UFVNews Left: A view from the south of the artist’s rendition of the new and long-awaited building (partly new construction, partly renovation) on the Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park. The big move happens in 2012.
• UFV is the largest landowner at the Canada Education Park, which is a unique redevelopment of the former Canadian Forces Base in Chilliwack. The park also houses the RCMP’s Pacific Regional Training Centre, and educational facilities for the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Justice Institute.
C a n ada Ed u cat i o n Pa rk — h e re w e co m e If you’ve driven through the grounds of the Canada Education Park on the former CFB Chilliwack lately, you may have noticed some renovations that would be worthy of an episode of Extreme Makeover — University Edition if there was such a show. The big move happens in 2012. Look what’s coming to the Canada Education Park! The University of the Fraser Valley is planning a big move. We’ll be leaving our Yale Road campus, which we’ve called home for 36 years, and going to an exciting new building at the Canada Education Park. Our Chilliwack-based programs will join our Trades and Technology Centre, which has been open at CEP since 2007. Making the move across town will be our Health Sciences, Agriculture, and Teacher Education programs, as well as the many academic and applied courses we offer in Chilliwack each year. Our performance theatre will remain at the Yale Road campus for the near future, until funding becomes available for a new theatre at the Canada Education Park. UFV will be moving into a new facility that is part new construction and part renovation. Originally built as an engineering school for the Canadian Forces but never used in that capacity before the base was closed, the building is currently undergoing an extreme makeover. When it’s done, it will house programs, classes, labs,
and offices that are currently spread out over the Yale Road campus. The new building will provide a vibrant, welcoming modern space for students, faculty, and staff to learn together and socialize. It will feature an aboriginal gathering place, a small performance space, new labs and classrooms, and a covered mall that will be a hub of activity. Set on the beautiful CEP campus with easy access to the Rotary Vedder River trail and the Cheam Recreation Centre, the new location will provide UFV students with plenty of recreational options. It’s also adjacent to the very popular Garrison Crossing neighbourhood. With restaurants, coffee bars, and yoga studios popping up nearby already, it won’t be long until the neighbourhood is a true university district, with businesses that benefit from being close to a university choosing to locate in the area. And while the new building is essentially a replacement of the Yale Road campus, the 84 acres UFV owns at the Canada Education Park mean that the university has room to grow. New campus fast facts: • $40 million project is generating 450 jobs during the construction phase, many from the Chilliwack area • UFV received $10 millon from the provincial government and $7.22 million from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program
U F V lo cat es n e w ca m pus i n c e n t r a l A bbotsfo rd UFV’s presence in Abbotsford is also expanding. The university will be leasing a location at the Clearbrook library to house programs that currently located at the Marshall Road annex. “The Clearbrook location provides an excellent opportunity for UFV to expand its programming and create synergies and learning opportunities for the people of Abbotsford,” said Abbotsford mayor George Peary. The Clearbrook space will provide the university with significant “downtown” exposure. The surrounding area is well developed, and includes a number of multistory office buildings, residential complexes, and malls. The area is also well-served by public transit. “This centrally located campus will help connect UFV directly with the community, municipal services and local businesses,” said UFV president Mark Evered. “It will facilitate partnerships in education, applied research and service that provide unique educational opportunities for students and support regional development. We are especially excited about having this convenient central location to develop new continuing education and outreach programs.”
• We’re adding 350 new student spaces.
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Singing our stories — Towards ‘being’ where we ‘are’ in the Fraser Valley Dr. Trevor Carolan is a UFV world literature specialist who is active in the international literary community. His books include non-fiction, memoir, translation, poetry, fiction and anthologies. His UFV research and editing produced the recent companion volumes Another Kind of Paradise and The Lotus Singers, collections of contemporary short stories from the Asia-Pacific and South Asia regions respectively (Cheng & Tsui, Boston), as well as Making Waves: Reading Literature from B.C. and the Pacific Northwest (Anvil/UFV Press), and Down In The Valley: Contemporary Writing from the Fraser Valley — both of which contain research and writing by UFV faculty and students. As an editor he has assisted more than a dozen UFV students with their first publications. 6 Skookum | Spring 2011 | Volume 1 | Issue 2
here’s a proverb in the martial arts that the student is always looking for a teacher; the truth is that it’s really a reciprocal arrangement. Good teachers keep an eye out for students with talent and a zest for learning. Education is a gift economy, so the rewards are in passing it on. In the end, someone has to keep these traditions alive, reinterpreting and adding to them for each new generation. It’s how the world, we hope, gets made a little better for our efforts. In the Celtic and Socratic teaching traditions that I came up in, good storytelling is an essential teaching method, especially stories about what happened in the olden days, or about what’s happening right now in adventuresome places. Students seem to appreciate hearing about alternative views of living too — ways that expand their understanding of how a meaningful life can be lived, perhaps within different creative environments. Good stories are a chance for them to learn about the possibilities machine that the future represents. I’ve been fortunate in having travelled fairly extensively during the past 40 years, and I enjoy sharing what I’ve come to understand of it, and about the great teachers and characters I’ve been privileged to work with at various times as a journalist, researcher, or general scribe. The teaching life offers an opportunity to help questing students focus their energies, particularly in the humanities. Students may question what they’re doing with their life, and in this Fraser Valley where many are confronted by the demands of splitting their study time with a job, or helping with the family farm or business, at critical moments we can present them with a palette of time-tested approaches toward making certain decisions. What I share with them is the Latin maxim “Age quod agis” —
I’m grateful for still having a part in celebrating new ways to sing the region’s old songs and stories. — Trevor Carolan
Do what you do. If you’re going to be a student, then be a good student. If you’re going to be a mechanic, then be a good mechanic. That’s basic Zen advice about wholeheartedness,about not wavering in commitment to the task at hand. As an instructor, I look for ways to demonstrate how the study of English offers young people a viable vocational option in their search for a place in the economy. It can lead to careers in teaching, in eco-research, in publishing, theatre, or multimedia communications, in border services and immigration, in law, or with our national security and diplomatic services. Working people used to say that you need one skill that can feed you. I still take this to heart and encourage my students in the practical skills of researching and analyzing useful information, then how to organize, present, and share it with others. These basic essay-writing techniques can take a young person a long way in shaping a career. If a student comes to love a special field of knowledge during their studies, even better. Something I picked up during a few years in California is that making a vocation of our avocation is a formula for happiness in life. One of the things I’m doing is to encourage anyone who wants to listen about the need for a rethinking of what citizenship might mean in the
global age of the 21st century. We need only look at the news headlines to see how the natural world around us is crumbling environmentally. The warning bell that Mother Earth is clanging for us can’t be ignored, so our generational challenge is how we’re going to heal a world that’s looking broken, vulnerable. One way is to recognize how everything on this wonderful blue planet we call home is interconnected. That’s the real secret of life. When we begin caring for the biosphere as global-minded citizens, we’re also caring for ourselves and our common future. Our students really understand this nowadays, and academically we have to respond to their need for information. Maxine Hong Kingston is an author whose work I use that students most appreciate. Her work is imbued with compassion and what she tells us is that while we can’t re-write history, it’s certainly within our abilities to help overcome and heal the pain of past history — socially, environmentally, politically. This is a theme throughout the texts I teach or write myself. That healing is possible. Pivotal new ages of awareness require a new way of regarding history, a new guiding narrative. The Pacific Coast has long been a natural incubator for pathbreaking ideas, from environmentalism Please see page 31.
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Salish welcome figures carved by George Hemeon and an associate for BC Hydro for its display at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The figures are now on display in the foyer of the BC Hydro office building in Vancouver.
Carving a future George Hemeon (BA ’04) weaves his aboriginal heritage into corporate and artistic careers By Anne Russell
s he turns 40, George Hemeon is a lot of things that he wasn’t when he was 20. A husband to wife Teresa and father to sons Harrison and Garrett. A university graduate, with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. A proud and culturally aware member of the Squamish Nation, immersed in his heritage (he was always part-aboriginal, just not always ‘out there’ with it). An established aboriginal carver with a growing reputation and a number of public artworks. And senior procurement advisor with BC Hydro, using the policy development skills and the cultural
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awareness he has developed along his journey. Like many UFV alumni, George (BA ’04) was a mature student by the time he graduated from UFV. And like many, it took more than one try to get him hooked on academia. Because it seemed like the thing to do, he enrolled at UFV (then Fraser Valley College) right after graduating from Mission Secondary in 1989, and he lasted a year and a half. “I wasn’t mature enough to focus my attention on studies at that time,” he recalls. Not that he didn’t derive any value from his initial post-secondary experience: it helped him launch his first
career. “I took some landscaping courses in my second year and decided to go into business for myself.” His twenties were spent as an entrepreneur, but after marrying Teresa and welcoming their sons he began to think about his ambitions more. “Self-employment was rewarding but I wanted a different future for us. At the time, I thought I might like to become a lawyer, so I enrolled in the Criminal Justice degree program.” This time, he was more focused on his studies. While George enjoyed his criminology courses, he also started to take political science and philosophy courses, and eventually complemented his criminal justice major with a minor in applied ethics and political philosophy. “Taking political science was integral to my success and my eventual career,” recalls George. “The poli-sci courses steered me towards policy development, which some people may find boring but I find fascinating.”
It was at UFV that I first learned about the history between First Nations and the Crown.
Photo: Rick Collins
And he started to put his theory into practice, getting involved in student politics and university governance. He first joined the Student Union Society as the First Nations commissioner, and eventually took on the VP External role. He also served on the university college council, the precursor to today’s university senate, for two years. “I gained valuable experience from the UCC and the student union, much of which has practical application today. It allowed me to gain some initial experience with policy development and implementation.” One achievement of which he is particularly proud was setting up two research endowment funds in the areas of criminal justice and IndoCanadian studies, to be used to support undergraduate research efforts. The idea was that the Student Union would commit $10,000 to each fund for five years, to be matched by the departments involved, but that the student government of the day would decide each year whether to continue the commitment. “I saw that the student union of the day wasn’t providing much in the way of service or value to students, so I thought some of the budget could go towards supporting research opportunities for students.” As George’s involvement in student governance evolved, so did what he was getting out of it and putting into it. “Initially when I got involved in the UCC and the student union, it was self-serving, with a goal of building the volunteer part of my resumé, but it quickly became a very rewarding experience. The learning and experiences I gained were as valuable as what I was learning in the classroom. What better environment to put theory into practice? I was able to apply some of the theory, while building my interpersonal communication and public speaking skills.” He got so hooked on being a ‘policy wonk’ that he and Teresa decided to embark on a big adventure: packing up their young boys and heading to the other side of Canada so George
— George Hemeon
could enrol in the Master of Public Administration program at Dalhousie University in Halifax. But first there was a small but lifechanging diversion along the way. While waiting for his funding to come through for his graduate studies, George took a job with the Abbotsford School District as teaching assistant with a special focus on aboriginal curriculum. “Prior to working with the Aboriginal Education department, I was fairly ignorant to my culture and history,” says George, whose mother is aboriginal. “I grew up non-aboriginal, off the reserve, and with little awareness of our rich history. I didn’t understand the issues or our history. I only saw the negative imagery of the drunken native and militant roadblocks. At that time I didn’t bother to look any further. “At UFV, I started to learn about the history between First Nations and the Crown. As the First Nations commissioner and in some of my classes, I began to appreciate our history. I was interested, and began looking into the Supreme Court of Canada decisions addressing aboriginal rights and title. Then as an aboriginal teaching assistant in the school, I began to connect with aboriginal colleagues and Stó:lo culture.” And, in a fateful moment, he dug out some carving tools found onsite at one of the schools he was working at, hoping to use carving as a way to connect with the aboriginal youth he was working with. They made some paddles and drums, and George’s fascination with carving,
which he had tried when he was younger but found he didn’t have the patience for then, was born. This newfound enthusiasm went on the backburner during his time at Dalhousie as he was immersed in his studies. It was at Dalhousie that he really delved into aboriginal history, policy, and governance studies, although even at UFV he knew this was a direction he was interested in. “In my last year at UFV, I attended a conference marking 30 years since the Calder Decision. (ed note: This landmark decision established, for the first time, that Aboriginal title exists in modern Canadian law. It was named after aboriginal leader Frank Calder, who brought forward a land claim in the name of the Nisga’a nation). I met Frank Calder and Thomas Berger, who had been a lawyer for the Nisga’a. Being around these people really sparked a pride in me that was lacking earlier. “I recognize that I grew up nonaboriginal with few barriers, but I became aware of the challenges that First Nations and aboriginal people face, and this really cemented my decision to focus my efforts in my studies and career.” While completing his MPA at Dalhousie, George quickly secured employment with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in Halifax. This led to a posting with Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa, which ended up being relatively short because the Hemeon family had a goal Please see page 30.
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Cascade defender Lyndsay Munro gets to the ball before a leaping opponent does. Munro helped lead the Cascades to UFV’s first-ever national medal at the CIS level, a bronze.
Shooting for victory UFV women’s soccer and basketball teams took UFV’s goal of being ‘best’ seriously By David Kent
e the best. It’s a challenge that UFV is throwing out there a lot these days. It’s written into our strategic goals, where we audaciously state that we want to provide the best undergraduate education in Canada. It’s implicit in our focus on students, whom we encourage to be the best they can be in all their endeavours. And it’s on the to-do list for our Cascades athletic teams, who have been consistently improving since joining the ‘big leagues’ of Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS) 2006/07. UFV used to dominate when it competed against colleges and institutes. It’s been a tougher road playing against the top
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university teams in Canada. But this year our two women’s varsity UFV teams proved that they could hold their own on the soccer pitch and basketball court. Both advanced further than anyone expected in post-season play, the soccer women clinching first place in Canada West and a bronze medal at the CIS nationals, and the basketball women reaching the playoffs, winning the first round, and qualifying for the Canada West and regional national tournaments. The women’s soccer team finished the Canada West regular season with an 8-5-1 record, the program’s first winning season since joining CIS, and
first berth in the post-season tournament. At the Canada West championships, the Cascades defeated cross-Valley rivals Trinity Western University 3-2, on penalty kicks and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, 2-0, to capture the university’s first-ever Canada West title. Led by fifth-year veteran defender Lyndsay Munro of Maple Ridge, the Cascades won two games at the CIS national championship tournament in Prince Edward Island and earned UFV’s first-ever national medal at the CIS level, a bronze. The program is now considered one of the elite university programs in all of Canada. They are led by head coach Rob Giesbrecht, who is no stranger to winning, as he came to UFV from Trinity Western, where he was an assistant coach on its first CIS national championship team in 2004. Rob has built a reputation of excellence and success in a short time and now potential student–athletes from all over British Columbia are interested in hearing what
One of the goals of our program is to compete for a national championship on a consistent basis.
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UFV has to offer them, and considering the university for their post-secondary education and athletic future in a Cascades jersey. “Coming off a very successful fall season, it is crucial that we fully understand why we were successful and focus on the habits that allowed our team to be Canada West champions and CIS bronze medalists,” says Giesbrecht. “Canada West is too tough of a conference for us to allow complacency or entitlement to negatively affect our performance. We took a few teams by surprise this past season; I don’t see any teams taking us lightly in the future. We want to take another step forward; however we can’t just set the goal to better our third-place finish at nationals. We need to focus on the process that could put as back at the national tournament and live in the moment. We will continue to play to our strengths and battle hard.” Veteran soccer player Munro, was named most valuable player of the Canada West championship, a Canada West all-star, and UFV Cascades female athlete of the year. “I started my university soccer career at UFV during its
— Al Tuchscherer, Cascades women’s basketball coach
first year in the CIS, when we were at the bottom of the league and nobody knew who we were, and I ended my university soccer career as a Canada West champion and part of the third best CIS women’s soccer team in all of Canada. Not many people who decide to play for a team during their building years get to experience the fruits of their labor. I feel incredibly blessed to have been one of those people,” says Munro. “In the future I see UFV women's soccer dominating Canada West, and even the CIS. Rob is an amazingly dedicated, knowledgeable, and emotionally invested coach. He has
Photo: Bob McGregor
a unique ability to bring out the very best in his players no matter what the situation. With the talent he has already and the recruits that he is bringing to the school, there is no doubt in my mind that UFV will be reigning Canada West and national champions.” The women’s basketball story is similar, with local product Al Tuchscherer, now in his ninth season as head coach of UFV, guiding the Cascades from a 2-16 record a year ago, to 12-12 Canada West record this year, good for a berth in the post season and a victory over the University of Winnipeg, two straight, in a best-of-three series to advance to the Canada West Final Four and a berth in the inaugural CIS regional national tournament. The passion that Al brings to UFV is evident through his commitment to developing players from the ground up. He created the Junior Cascades basketball program several years back to teach the fundamentals to the basketball community from Coquitlam to Hope. This past season seven members of UFV’s varsity team were graduates of the Junior Cascades program. “One of the goals of our program is to compete for a national championship on a consistent basis. This past year we were able to break through and set several benchmarks for our program with a young and motivated squad,” says Tuchscherer. “These benchmarks are seen not as isolated accomplishments necessarily, but as new expectations as our program evolves and matures. We Please see page 18.
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Dr. Brooke Seal encourages her clients to use a mindfulness approach and be ‘in the moment’ to help cope with sexual pain.
Better sex through mindfulness UFV psychologist Brooke Seal helps women overcome sexual pain By Anne Russell
ex=pleasure. For many people, that equation rings true most of the time. But what if sex=pain? For some women, the act of sexual intercourse is associated with minor or extreme physical pain, which can make it difficult to enjoy a healthy sex life. UFV psychology professor Brooke Seal is involved in a multidisciplinary project through Vancouver Coastal Health that seeks to address the problem of painful sexual activity in women. Seal is the clinical therapist and one of the researchers for the Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia program. Her colleagues within the program include gynecologists,
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a pelvic floor physiotherapist, and a research psychologist. Together they provide education, assessment, and care for women who experience sexual pain (a problem that affects approximately 15% of women). The program offers the only multidisciplinary treatment team approach of its kind in Canada, and women seek it out from near and far. People participating in the program are assessed by a gynecologist, and work with a physiotherapist on pelvic-floor muscle assessment and improvement. They may also be prescribed medication for pain. Then there’s Seal’s role: helping
them understand and cope with their pain through clinical therapy in the form of group counselling, using a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach. The CBT part of therapy is an approach that tends to be motivated by encouraging change; changing biased thinking patterns (e.g., ‘I can’t cope with my pain’; ‘My pain will never get better’) and changing maladaptive behaviours (e.g., tensing muscles, avoiding all sexual contact such as kissing). There are times, however, when thoughts are not biased (e.g., ‘there may be some pain’) or behaviour, emotional, and physical change cannot be made. In these moments, pushing for change can be ineffective. This is where the mindfulness component to treatment can be helpful. Mindfulness is a relatively new therapy approach in the Western world that encourages participants to be ‘in the moment’ without judgment. This helps women react to whatever is going on in any given moment in the most
By accepting to some extent that the pain may be there, the person can lessen the suffering and that can lead to a lessening of pain.
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effective way possible. This may include acceptance of what cannot be changed (for the moment), rather than struggling against it. “We might also suggest that the client shift her focus from being only on the pain to other non-painful touch received by her partner, to her breathing, to relaxing her muscles, or to the sounds in a room, for instance,” states Seal. “This mindful response differs dramatically from a typical automatic response of women in pain (e.g., avoidance of contact, thinking about all of the times she has had pain in the past, thinking about problems that may come up in the relationship related to the pain, having thoughts that she cannot cope and that the pain will never get better).” Somewhat ironically and counterintuitively, mindful acceptance of pain can lead to reduction of pain. “By accepting to some extent that the pain may be there, the person can lessen her suffering and that can lead to a lessening of pain,” Seal notes. The mindfulness and CBT approaches can complement each other very nicely, says Seal, who introduces the concepts by running through models of nonsexual examples. “Regarding mindfulness, I’ll ask them to practise being mindful while taking a shower, driving in traffic, or eating, so they can practise being more aware of certain experiences. As for the CBT, I’ll ask them to imagine that they are talking to someone they just met, but that the person is staring blankly over their shoulder. I’ll have them list a variety of possible interpretations of that situation to illustrate that there are many possible interpretations of events in our lives, and that we all bring our own biases into a situation. They learn that each interpretation is linked to emotion, behaviour, and physical sensations, and that by examining and changing their interpretations, they can change their emotions, behavioural responses, and physical sensations (including pain).” “Then we’ll move into sexual examples. Mindfulness can help in sexual situations by encouraging a
woman to take a step back from what is going on, see the situation clearly, and react in the most effective way. They may also use mindfulness for relaxation, for recognizing any pleasure in any given moment, for directing their thoughts to the moment, rather than to the past or future, or for increased awareness of biased thinking patterns. In the latter case, the change-oriented CBT could then be used to challenge biased thoughts such as: ‘I’m not a sexual woman’; ‘I’m a sexual failure’; ‘My partner will leave me if I continue to find sex painful’; ‘My partner is not experiencing any pleasure with me.’ “We’ll examine how biased thoughts tend to trigger negative emotions and behavioural reactions. We’ll discuss that such thoughts tend to be somewhat inaccurate and examine the evidence for and against them. I’ll encourage women to consider such thoughts more realistically: ‘It may be the case that I’ll always have pain, but there is also the possibility that I will get better given that I’m learning skills in this program.’ Or ‘I’m hearing success stories of other women in this program, and they wouldn’t go to the trouble of setting up this program if there wasn’t the possibility that it could be effective.’ Or ‘I may not be able to have intercourse right now, but I can be a sexual woman in a lot of other ways, as being sexual is about more than vaginal intercourse.’”
Shifts in emotions, behaviours, and physical symptoms that are associated with such shifts in thinking patterns are documented. Another important component to the program is education about the female sexual response cycle. Seal reviews common misconceptions about sexual response and sexual activity with women, encouraging them to explore what being sexual can be for them and their partners. “We suggest that women avoid engaging in vaginal intercourse (or any painful sexual contact with their partners) while in the program so that they can work on building up their set of skills for a while. This may include working on building up their sexual relationship in other ways.” The multidisciplinary approach to treating sexual pain is important because different treatments are effective for different people, Seal notes. “At this point we don’t know which women are going to respond to which types of treatments. Some prefer to concentrate on the physiotherapy. Others opt for medication as their main treatment. A few suggest that the cognitive-based therapy may do nothing for them, but at the end of the program we find that most women say the mindfulness-based CBT was an Please see page 31.
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UFV student Rita Broekhuis uses lung power to suck Dicyphus bugs into a tube in order to prepare them for transport to a local greenhouse. The bugs are popular with local growers.
A little buggy UFV gets a little help from its friends to raise bugs for pest control management By Patty Wellborn
ardon the pun, but something is driving the folks at the University of the Fraser Valley Agriculture department a little buggy. Several thousand Dicyphus hesperus (a small mosquito-size insect) are also keeping the students, staff, and instructors extremely busy. As part of UFV’s AGRI 206 Field Techniques in Pesticide Management course, university students have been raising the Dicyphus, harvesting them, and then shipping them to local greenhouses to help with pest control. “The first colony of Dicyphus arrived at UFV in 2008, when Dr. Dave Gillespie 14 Skookum | Spring 2011 | Volume 1 | Issue 2
from the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Agassiz offered the bugs to the university,” explains UFV agriculture technician Brent Bailey. The idea was that UFV could enhance its pest management courses and give the students more hands-on opportunities. “The Dicyphus is a native species that is a predator to several insects including the whitefly,” adds Bailey. “And the whitefly is a particular pest for local greenhouse growers. Dave was doing research on the Dicyphus in Agassiz and once his research was done, he gave us this colony, which we have since been
able to turn into a class project for our second-year students.” Bailey says the Dicyphus project is the perfect example of partnerships that work within the university’s communities. The bugs came from the research centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and, are used for educational purposes in the classroom and greenhouses at UFV, and are then harvested by students and shipped to greenhouse growers. In return, the students visit the greenhouses and learn about integrated pest control on local fruits and vegetables. As part of the course, students learn how to tend the Dicyphus, care for the plants where the bugs live, harvest the bugs, and then watch as they are distributed inside commercial greenhouses. Course instructor Renee Prasad explains that while the students are learning about pest management, they also learn how to raise and nurture the Dicyphus from nymph to mature (and
We are barely being able to keep up with demand for Dicyphus from the local greenhouse producers
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marketable) adult — which isn’t as easy as it sounds. Standing in the UFV greenhouse, located at the Chilliwack campus, Prasad explains that when the course starts in the first week of January, the students are tasked with raising the Dicyphus nymphs; that job not only involves making sure they have food (frozen Ephestia eggs are used to feed the Dicyphus), the students have to modify and maintain light and moisture conditions in the greenhouse so that the bugs will grow rapidly and reproduce. Generally, they need 16 hours of daylight a day, so in the winter months, students take turns making sure lights and timers are working correctly. The students work through February and March monitoring the bugs, helping to create new colonies in the growth chamber, and eventually help to harvest and market (freely given to greenhouses) the Dicyphus. Tucked inside their white insectaries (small white, incubator-style tents) the Dicyphus also need daily care. While some classmates are on a practicum assignment, student Rita Broekhuis is
— Brent Bailey
Photo: Rick Collins
kept busy checking the food and general health of the bug population inside each of the 25 insectaries. She says it’s hard to know exactly how many Dicyphus live in each insectary — several hundred — but on this day, not only is she feeding them, she’s also harvesting some for transport to a local greenhouse. “That’s the best part of this project,” she says, with an aspirator in her hands. “When we take these to the greenhouse, you actually get to see the end result of the work you have been doing for weeks. The ones I am collecting today will soon be at work, eating whitefly and ensuring a commercial farmer has a product that can be sent to market.” To harvest the Dicyphus, Broekhuis has to suck each bug through rubber tubing into a plastic bottle, and count each bug as it is collected. When she has the amount requested, they are gently placed in a clear, deli-style container, and taken to the farmer. Broekhuis is working toward her Bachelor of Science degree and a diploma in agriculture technology, and is happy to be working on such a busy and meaningful project. “It really is hands-on,” she says, sticking the tube into an insectary and pinpointing mature Dicyphus that are ready to get to work in a commercial greenhouse. After sucking a few insects out of one tent, she adds “I’d much rather being doing this than sitting in a classroom.” While the project started as a gift from the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, a recent generous donation from the Farm Credit Canada AgriSpirit Fund has
allowed UFV to expand the program into a mini bug-rearing industry. Farm Credit Canada contributed $11,000 to UFV and with that funding, UFV purchased the 25 insectary tents, the aspirators students use to harvest the bugs, tent frames, artificial lighting, irrigation supplies, and a large growth chamber that helps keep the bugs reproducing. “It’s amazing how many eggs the female lays, up to 100 eggs in her short lifetime, and how quickly they reproduce,” says Bailey. “But if we didn’t have the growth chamber, and these insectaries, we wouldn’t be able to produce the amount of Dicyphus that we are currently producing. And we are barely being able to keep up with demand from the local greenhouse producers.” Indeed, UFV is currently the only rearing facility of Dicyphus in B.C., and Bailey is in constant contact with growers who desperately want to get the critters into their greenhouses to control the pests. “Right now, farmers are telling me they can’t find them anywhere and because they are an insect that is native to B.C., it is in high demand. It is unlikely that any adverse environmental effects will result from its use and while its preferred prey is the whitefly, it will consume many other insect species, including spider mites, and other pests.” Prasad says as a learning tool the Dicyphus has been “very successful” and she’s pleased the grant from Farm Credit Please see page 18.
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Dr. Peter Raabe advocates for a philosophy-based approach to talk therapy over medication for most mental health issues.
“Not-so-crazy” talk Peter Raabe applies the basic tenets of philosophy to mental health counselling By Anne Russell
f people can talk their way out of mental illness, what does that mean for our definition of it? Is mental illness in its various forms indeed a disease, as modern psychiatric conventions say, or is it a less-thanoptimal state of being created by one’s life experience and perspective? UFV philosophy professor Peter Raabe is a well-known figure in the field of philosophical counselling, which guides counsellors and clients through a type of talk therapy that focuses on the basic tenets of philosophy. Raabe says that conventional talk therapy as practised by psychologists has its basis 16 Skookum | Spring 2011 | Volume 1 | Issue 2
in philosophical tradition, but that many modern psychologists and psychiatrists are unaware of this. “I use the analogy that they can drive the car, but they don’t know how the engine works,” Raabe notes. “They have success with talk therapy, but they don’t know why it works.” Some of the key aspects of philosophy that philosophical counselling encompasses include existentialism and morality, Raabe explains. “From an existential standpoint, you make the decision to run your own life,” Raabe notes. “And the essence of morality is to avoid harming others. So
we can ask the questions of who is being harmed by our actions, and what can we do to address that?” Raabe contends that the “biomedical model” of treating mental illness, which sees it as a disease and tends to treat it with medication, is flawed in the first place because it is not a complete medical model encompassing testing that identifies a distinct biological dysfunction (as can be done with physiological diseases such as heart disease or diabetes). “A true medical model includes biological testing that identifies a disease, diagnosis, and then treatment protocol,” Raabe says. “With mental illness you get the diagnosis without testing or physical proof of disease, and then a treatment protocol. And there is very little agreement among psychotherapists as to what constitutes a diagnosis or a treatment for particular set of symptoms.” There are diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s and fetal alcohol
syndrome, that can be identified through biological testing, Raabe notes. But, he says, conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety are not biological diseases, but rather symptoms. “Mental illness is not the cause of what is wrong with a person’s mind, it is a symptom,” he says. “For instance, with depression it’s often said that it causes sadness, lethargy, and excessive sleepiness. I would say that the word ‘depression’ is what this state of mind is. Depression doesn’t cause the symptoms. The symptoms are depression. We have to look deeper into what causes it. In the case of schizophrenia, it is said that schizophrenia causes hallucinations, but I would say that having hallucinations is called schizophrenia, and that difficult life circumstances have led you to a situation that causes you to hear voices.” As for the tendency for mental illness to run in families, Raabe says that this is mostly learned behaviour being passed down the generations.
Medication may mask symptoms, Raabe says, but they don’t address the core problems that make the symptoms appear. “If you get away from looking at mental illness as a type of biomedical disease, then it becomes more apparent why talk therapy works,” Raabe says. “We need to ask: does my thinking change because of changes in my brain chemistry, or does my brain chemistry change because of changes in my thinking?” And the type of talk therapy that purposefully incorporates philosophy is particularly effective, according to Raabe. “As a philosophical counsellor, I can share many perspectives from a range of different strains of philosophy. Philosophy in counselling and therapy is much more than just a casual discussion. It is a careful examination of the beliefs, values, and assumptions held by the client to determine what the reasons are for their distress. So when we understand so-called mental disorders as suffering that is experienced due to some reason,
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Biology student Sheena Adams and philosophy student Sheetal Deo are members of the Student Association of Philosophy for Counsellors who meet with Peter Raabe to discuss philosophical counselling.
“The way we treat our children runs in families. But people don’t want to take responsibility for having raised a child with schizophrenia, so they are relieved when it appears to be a biomedical diagnosis. But 50 percent of schizophrenics recover spontaneously, and 25 percent recover with counselling. That is not indicative of a biological disease.”
then we can see how philosophy is a legitimate approach to treatment.” Raabe has been a visiting professor in several Asian countries, where his views have been well received. As for his own entry into the field of philosophical counselling, it was almost accidental. “I was asked to volunteer in a group home for recovering drug and alcohol
Mental illness is not the cause of what is wrong with a person’s mind, it is a symptom. — Peter Raabe
addicts, and to use my philosophy education to teach them critical thinking skills,” he recalls. “Occasionally some of the men would want to talk about personal problems, and I would use philosophical reasoning to help them. For instance, if they faced the dilemma of giving up or keeping friends who were still into drugs, we would look at that as an ethical issue. A colleague of mine found out what I was doing and told me it was called philosophical counselling and gave me a book on it. I eventually decided to write my PhD dissertation on it, which became my first book — Philosophical Counselling: Theory and Practice.” Raabe teaches a course in philosophical counselling to thirdyear students at UFV. Many of the students who choose to take the course are majoring in psychology, nursing, or social work, rather than straight philosophy. “I find that students who major in philosophy are more interested in pure theory than its application, generally,” Raabe says. “But the students from other disciplines who will be counselling people as part of their career find the course very useful.” The students have started the world’s first student association for philosophical counselling, Raabe says, and arrange presentations by guest speakers connected to the discipline. At a meeting this spring, several students shared how they’ve been using the philosophical counselling approach in their lives and volunteer work, or how they plan to use it in their professional life. Please see page 18.
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Shooting for Victory, continued from page 11.
Peter Raabe, continued from page 17.
are confident that we will be able to build on this past season. We have an exceptional recruiting class that we are excited about and we know that we have the opportunity to really be successful for years to come.” One of the brightest examples of the success of UFV’s women’s program is first-year player Sarah Wierks of Chilliwack. Wierks became the first UFV female student-athlete to be named CIS All-Canadian, as she was selected to the 2010/11 CIS All-Rookie All-Canadian team in March. Wierks is a graduate of the Junior Cascade program and plays alongside her older sister Nicole, who also starts for UFV. “The way our team played this year did not come to a surprise to me at all,” says Sarah. “I came to UFV knowing the potential of our young team and what we were capable of doing this year and what we are capable of doing in the future. It was amazing just getting the experience of participating in nationals, so when we are back next year nothing is new to us. We worked hard last summer and we are going to work just as hard this summer, and people can expect good things to come from our squad next season.” The future is very bright for UFV’s women’s teams, with coaches like Giesbrecht and Tuchscherer working around the clock, and veterans like Wierks thinking about success, not survival, while graduating elite studentathletes like Munro go on to become valuable UFV alumni. And don’t think that men’s teams aren’t watching with interest, anticipation, and a little bit of envy, waiting for their time to shine on the national stage. UFV student–athletes sacrifice a lot in their quest to be the best. There isn’t much time for wage work when combining academics with elite athletics. You can support Cascade athletics through the Adopt a Cascade program. To find out more, go to www.ufv.ca/Athletics/ SponsorsBoosters.htm and click the Adopt A Cascade link in the left corner.
Sheena Adams, a biology major, hopes to go into the field of genetic counselling. After taking a philosophy class she became intrigued with the idea of incorporating philosophy into this subfield of counselling. “My first philosophy class inspired me to continue on and take an ethics class. Genetic counselling involves helping people to make life decisions in the context of living with hereditary disease or the possibility of it, and there are many ethical issues that arise, so this is good preparation for me if I’m successful at going into this field.” Philosophy student Sheetal Dio aspires to be a corporate lawyer but is also considering a career in counselling, partly because she’s been inspired by learning about philosophical counselling. Sociology student Steven Olsen was attending the meeting because he is interested in the role that the pharmaceutical industry plays in encouraging the predominance of the “medical model,” and the underlying values and assumptions that go along with that approach to treating mental illness. Another meeting attendee and student, Corey, said he was on a journey “out” of the mental health system, and was happy to have found a place to meet other people who were challenging the medical model. The student association is also planning a radio show on UFV’s CIVL student radio station, with students taking email questions in a peer advice system. And they hosted a panel discussion on the medical model of mental illness. Raabe is on a quest to education the North American population about what philosophical counselling, which is well accepted in Europe, entails. One approach he has taken is to have established philosophy cafes, run by former students, in Chilliwack and Coquitlam. These salon-style discussion groups invite participants to talk about
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topics related to mental health and apply a philosophical perspective to them. “The key question to ask is: what is it about serious mental illness that requires medication? It can seem like drugs are necessary to calm someone down, and our system often lacks the resources to devote the time necessary to look someone in the eye, have a talk, and give them time to settle down, and then provide ongoing counselling. But if you give a person time to calm down, a safe place, professional help, and family involvement where appropriate, you can get good results, often in a very short time,” notes Raabe. “People get caught up in being on medications, and when they try to get off them, they get withdrawal symptoms, which they mistake for the illness coming back.” As for what inspires him to put his philosophical education to work in this field, Raabe says it all comes back to morals and ethics. “I can’t help but want to help people whom I see are suffering. I have the education and ability to help them. My biggest success story is a man who was on heavy medications and diagnosed as schizophrenic. After three or four sessions of talking on the phone, his emails to me started to make a lot more sense. And now we meet on a regular basis to talk as friends.”
Buggy, continued from page 15. Canada has allowed UFV to grow the colonies. The students have embarked on a great learning project and greenhouse growers are getting an environmentally friendly pest control for their eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables. “It is a great project for the students on two levels because they have to maintain a data sheet and log book that they turn in for marking. And they are producing the Dicyphus for the greenhouses. It’s a perfect educational process as eventually they may purchase vegetables grown in greenhouses that have used the Dicyphus as pest control.”
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Dayna Thomas (left) took the lead role as Miss Linton in a UFV Theatre production of Schoolhouse. She’s pictured here with fellow actress Katherine Beswick.
Acting like a grown up Dayna Thomas takes on the world with her theatre skills By Patty Wellborn
f ‘all the world’s a stage,’ as Shakespeare once wrote, UFV theatre graduate Dayna Thomas (BA ’10) has taken the meaning to heart — returning recently from Uganda where she was able to do various volunteer work and also had the opportunity to act in a pantomime. Dayna, a Langley resident, completed her Bachelor of Arts at UFV last spring. Along with the degree, she earned simultaneous diplomas Theatre Arts, General Studies, and Liberal Arts, while graduating on the Dean’s List of distinguished students with recognition of outstanding achievement. It’s not that
she was trying to be an overachiever; it’s just that she still can’t decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Dayna can’t be blamed for having itchy feet, and for not yet deciding a definite career path. Her dad David, a pilot who lived and worked in Africa while Dayna was growing up, went back to school in his forties. Two years ago, he graduated from UFV’s Teacher Education program and now has several on-call teaching positions in Fraser Valley school districts. In fact, it was her dad’s connection with Africa that led Dayna back to Uganda last year. As a child, while he worked as a relief pilot flying supplies
and people into remote areas, Dayna and her siblings lived in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the United States, and Canada. She was born in Canada, spent about 10 years overseas, and came back at the age of 13, eventually graduating from D.W. Poppy Secondary School in Langley. “My dad is a role model for me,” she says, with a huge grin. “I admire him so much for going back to school and finishing his degree. We even had two classes together. Along with the rest of my family, he says ‘if it’s something you really want to do, then just do it. Don’t let anything stop you from going for your dreams.’” While Dayna, 25, is still trying to peg down which dream she should go for, she knows the stage must play a part. While she was volunteering in Uganda, she was thrilled to audition for and be cast as the lead in Shrekerella — a pantomime that played at the Kampala National Theatre. She was more thrilled that her family was able to be in Uganda and attend the show.
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She notes that while teaching English at an orphanage in Uganda and carrying on with other volunteer work at a juvenile detention centre, her acting skills always came in handy. “Having the ability to perform is something that can be applied around the world in whatever job you choose,” she says. “Acting skills can certainly give you confidence when you’re speaking in front of an audience. And you never know when you’re going to need improv skills, especially when language is a barrier. If you can’t speak with someone, there can be lots of acting, facial expressions, and funny noises to get the point across. And a lot of laughing.” She readily admits that when teaching in a classroom, or volunteering at a new job, she puts on her ‘acting face’ to deal with any nerves she might have. She even ‘acted’ as a teacher once, taking the lead role in the UFV production of Schoolhouse. “I love improvisation because just like on the stage, life doesn’t always go as planned. Then when the unexpected comes along you have the skills to adapt, trust, and support your team and hopefully find some humour along the way.” While Dayna has loved volunteering Uganda and Zambia, she is glad to be home — for the time being. Still not sure where her career path will lead, she is thrilled have a summer job where she will be able to act on a daily basis. She has been hired, along with her boyfriend and fellow UFV Theatre grad Dylan Coulter,
Dayna exudes positive energy. Her radiant smile, enthusiastic spirit, and engaging sense of humour make her a brilliant team player and a gifted leader. — Bruce Kirkley
to work at historic Barkerville where they will act as period residents of the historic gold mining city. Whether she’s a period actor, pantomime artist, or teacher, she is a young person who is going to go far, says UFV Theatre department head Bruce Kirkley. “Dayna exudes positive energy. Her radiant smile, enthusiastic spirit, and engaging sense of humour make her a brilliant team player and a gifted leader.” While at UFV, Dayna had two lead roles in mainstage productions: she played Inuk in Inuk and the Sun, and was Melita Linton in Schoolhouse. While a great character actor, she is capable of taking on many roles and Kirkley notes she is just as talented backstage. Along with several roles in one-act, studentdirected plays for the annual Directors’ Festival, Dayna also served backstage
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in a number of positions, most notably house manager for many UFV Theatre productions. Her most recent appearance on the UFV stage was as Juno/Spirit/ Mariner in this spring’s The Tempest. “She has immense talent combined with a dedicated work ethic and deep values of generosity, service for others, and humility,” adds Kirkley. “Dayna is definitely one of those people who shine a bright light into the future.” The admiration is reciprocal, as Dayna credits the faculty and staff of the Theatre department and others at UFV, including history professor Adrianna Bakos, educational advisor Mandy Klepic, and counsellor Najmi Alibhai for all their help during her studies. It was their passion and support along the way that motivated, excited, and inspired her. “If it wasn’t for the great people there, I certainly wouldn’t have considered acting as a career,” she said, “But again, I was surrounded by people who believed in me.” Not sure what she will do once the summer is over and Barkerville packs up for the winter, Dayna is confident that acting will continue to play an important role in her life. With her many skills (she is even a certified life guard), she knows the world’s door is wide open and ready for somebody who is not afraid of a challenge. “Although I don’t know for sure where my life will take me, I do know the stage is one of my greatest passions. I hope to perform every chance I get.”
Alumni Association Chair’s Letter Hello UFV alumni, On behalf of the alumni board and the Alumni Relations office, I would like to congratulate those students who are graduating this year. The time and effort was worth it and I wish you good luck in your future endeavours. We look forward to welcoming you into our growing alumni family. This past winter the Alumni Association board of directors ratified your three-year strategic plan. The plan contains three pillars outlining our vision for alumni/ student engagement. The plan’s main emphasis is to build a stronger relationship with alumni and future alumni through enhanced engagement of the current student community. Also, this year we introduced an e-store for our popular alumni wear. Many alumni are proud to show off their university’s colours and we encourage you to have a look at what we offer online. Net proceeds from the sale of alumni wear are used to build endowment funds to provide students with opportunities to further their education. In closing I wish to express my appreciation to the Alumni Board, staff of the Alumni Relations office, the President’s office and alumni members who continue to support this association with their generous donation of time, talents, and funding. We would not be able to do what we do without the efforts of many.
AC T I V I T IES Alumni Association board welcomes new members We’re pleased to welcome Baraa Ali (BCIS ’10), Amanda Klassen (BA ’06) and Melissa Kendzierski (BA ’09) as new members-at-large on the alumni board of directors. We are also pleased to have Karola Stinson with us as an ex-officio member in her role as Vice President External. Alumni Association announces three-year strategic plan The Alumni board of directors ratified a three-year strategic plan outlining its vision for alumni/student engagement with an emphasis on reputational enhancement for both the Alumni Association and the university. In conjunction to the strategic plan, the Alumni Relations office’s threeyear business plan details the operational means by which this vision will be realized. Both plans can be viewed and downloaded at www.ufv.ca/alumni.
A LUMNI MEN TOR S H IP The Alumni Association was busy with several key mentorship events over the past few months, bringing students and alumni together. The BASA/Alumni speed networking event brought business-minded alumni and Business Admin students together This fun introduction to the art of networking taught students the key to breaking into the career market after graduation. The Where in the World Can I Work with an Arts Degree? event brought 75 UFV students together with successful arts alumni to learn about what careers are available to them after graduation. The Opening the Doors Science Night included science alumni experts in diverse scientific fields providing an opportunity for high school students to connect with professionals in science and technology while exploring career options. In February UFV alumni working in the finance industry inspired students studying finance by sharing their career experiences at the Careers in Finance event. Then in March Library and Information technology students and alumni came together for a lively LIBIT Alumni Speed Networking event. This exciting interactive event began with an introduction and tips for successful networking by the Career Centre, followed by students rotating in five-minute intervals to speak with key alumni. If you are interested in playing a role in the life of a student by sharing your career experience, be sure to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out UFV’s Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/ufv/ to see images from some of these events.
S PON SOR S H IP In addition to sponsoring the annual alumni basketball, soccer, and volleyball games, the Alumni Association also sponsored the Absolute Style fashion show and the 2011 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate exhibition by hosting the socials and receptions for each of these events. If you are planning an alumni-focused event be sure to contact us at email@example.com, to learn more.
E V EN TS Alumni Appreciation night
Tony Luck, BBA ’96, BA ’07 Chair, UFV Alumni Association
The Alumni Association, in partnership with the UFV Athletic department, hosted the third annual alumni appreciation night this January. UFV alumni came together in the mezzanine of the Envision lobby for an exciting and free night of pizza, beer, basketball, and in-game promotions and watched the Cascades play the University of Alberta. Details of next year’s event posted soon at www.ufv.ca/alumni Skookum | Spring 2011 | Volume 1 | Issue 2 21
Alumni News Popular annual Alumni evenings of theatre and 2011 commemorative wine launch This sixth annual event played host to hundreds of alumni and guests who enjoyed the launch of the alumni commemorative wine, hors d’oeuvres, and the theatre production The Tempest. The association thanks Larry Stinson, vice chair of the UFV Board of Governors, for bringing greetings from the university. The event marked the launch of this year’s alumni commemorative wine. The highly anticipated wine was officially launched. The wine commemorates the current graduating class and proceeds from wine sales go toward Alumni Association student monetary awards. Order forms are available at www.ufv.ca/alumni or visit: www. bountycellars.com/ufv/ The wine is offered only between March and August of each year.
B ENE FI TS • Alumni wear is now available online at www.ufv.ca/alumniwear • Discounts to exciting events at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre • Amazon.ca — provides 30% discounts on most books over $25 • Flight Centre at Sevenoaks in Abbotsford — book a tour, cruise, or air & hotel package and get $40 off! And many more… Check them out at firstname.lastname@example.org
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It was an exciting night at this year’s alumni evening of theatre for Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin (BFA ’08). The event also featured the unveiling of the 2011 Alumni commemorative wine label design. She attended the event, displayed her original artwork, and helped unveil this year’s commemorative wine label. The commemorative wine has become a highly anticipated annual tradition at UFV and is a fundraising program of the UFV Alumni Alumni wine label artist Association. Proceeds from Tara Lynn Kozma-Perrin wine sales help to support the Alumni Association’s five student monetary awards. Tara-Lynn is a contemporary First Nations artist who received her BFA from UFV in 2008. Much of her work consists of installations that deal with how the viewer interacts with artwork; however, painting will always remain one of her passions. The emphasis of light and its surroundings and the shadows it creates is evident in many of her works. In the end, she hopes that viewer have the opportunity to walk away with an experience, whether it is positive or negative. Tara-Lynn’s works entitled Thailand Nights 2 and 3 are featured on the wine labels. “They are snapshots of my 2009 Pinot Blanc 2008 Signature Red Blend travels throughout Hua Hin and Ko Phangan, Thailand. The nightlife and lights that surrounded it mesmerized me throughout my trip — from restaurants on piers cascading their light onto the warm ocean, to the full moon party filled with fire dancers and fascinating shadows. There is a warmth there that I wanted to portray with my oil paintings, a beautiful warmth that envelopes you and makes you dream.“ Want to place an order? Contact: email@example.com or order online at: www.bountycellars.com/ufv/ Interested in learning more about this program and viewing past label artwork? Go to www.ufv.ca/alumni UFV Alumni Association 2011 Commemorative Wine
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H OL D T H E DAT E BSN and Nursing diploma alumni: join us for a weekend-long reunion full of opportunities for you to connect with former classmates, reexperience a bit of campus life, and visit the future home of the UFV Nursing program at the new Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. Come bid farewell to the old campus and visit the building site of the new campus, while taking part in a host of fun activities and gatherings. Go to www.ufv.ca/nursingreunion to register or to check out updates on who is registered, and news and information about plans for your reunion weekend.
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Keeping in touch Dawn Adams, Associate of Arts ’06 — completed her Associate of Arts degree and transferred to Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in geography in 2008. Upon graduation, she moved to Waterloo, Ontario, and began her Master of Environmental Studies degree with a focus in resource and environmental management at Laurier. Next winter she will begin studies to complete a BEd for secondary school education, specializing in social studies. Dawn credits ‘Team Geography’ at UFV, in particular professors Michelle Rhodes and Steven Marsh, for inspiring her to continue on the path of environmental education. She also would like to thank Student Life for helping her engage the student body, making her experience at UFV that much richer, and more memorable. Bill Beeke, Cert Automotive Service Technician ’99, BA ’06 — After working as an Automotive Technician for 10 years, Bill received his BA in ’06. Since then he received his teaching certificate and now enjoys teaching humanities and mechanics at Timothy Christian School. Dustin Nestor, BBA ’97 — Since obtaining his degree, Dustin has gone on to become a certified general accountant. He has lived and operated his own accounting firm on the North Shore since 2004. He is married with two young children. Johanna Byker, Cert Bookkeeping ’03 — After six years as an office assistant/bookkeeper, Johanna returned to UFV and completed a certificate in bookkeeping in in 2002/03. Upon completion, she stayed home to start her family. As a stay-at-home mom, she used her spare time to work with her husband in their own company supplying heating and air-conditioning to their valued customers. Recently with her children starting school she is longing to start working again in the same field using her education. Tage Cawley, BBA ’96 — transferred from Okanagan College in ’93 to move to Abbotsford and complete his BBA at UFV (and was one of our first BBA grads). He graduated from UFV
Brad Hagkull, TEP ’10
and became an investment advisor with Scotia McLeod where he worked until 2000 at which time he switched firms to Canaccord Capital (now Canaccord Wealth Management). After working his way up to branch manager in Abbotsford, he was promoted in 2009 and became vice president and branch manager in Edmonton. Tage lives with his wife Kim and their three children in Edmonton but has not forgotten his roots in the Fraser Valley, returning several times a year to visit friends and family, and for business as well. Sheena Hagen (nee Powell), BA ’05 — did a BA in English/history. She completed PDP at SFU in the high school module, and has been teaching high school in Abbotsford since January 2007. She is currently working at W.J. Mouat Secondary in the English department. She loves her job, and enjoys spending time with her husband and twoyear-old daughter. Brad Hagkull, TEP ’10 — Received his Business Administration diploma in 1989 and his Teacher Education certificate (Dean’s List) in 2010. He’s been a student at FVC, UCFV, and UFV. After completing the TEP, Brad began his teaching career in a very “language rich” environment, working with incarcerated adult students in BC’s only federal maximum security prison in Agassiz. Living proof that tall men should not wear plaid, Brad is now an elementary teacher in the Chilliwack School District (since November), where his current students don’t have as many tattoos. Leili Heidema, BA ’06 — After receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology, Leili worked at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon as research coordinator. She went on to complete her master’s in counselling psychology and moved up North to experience life in a remote Arctic community. She is currently employed by the Government of the Northwest Territories as a clinical counseller, and also runs an online and distance counselling practice. Michelle (Comrie) Henkel, BA ’09, TEP ’10 — received her BA in history and continued the following year in UFV’s Teacher Education
Sheena Hagen (nee Powell), BA ’05
program. She since became involved in ESL education and now works as the director of English Studies for Life in Canada, a community outreach for new immigrants in Langley. She was also hired as a TOC last fall and has been enjoying working with children in the Abbotsford School District. This, along with marrying her husband Paul in November, made for a very exciting and fulfilling year! Daleth Hildebrand, BCIS ’01 — is a project manager at interactive agency FCV. She specializes in guiding large-scale clients such as Rocky Mountaineer, TransLink, and Nike through complex web development projects on CMS platforms. She began her career post-UFV in technology implementations, CRM integrations, event management and registration systems (supported by social networking and marketing elements) for clients including Children International, the YMCA, and Strangeloop Networks. Her business minor has greatly helped her integrate her technical knowledge to improve services for her clients. Jasdeep Jessica Kataria, BSc ’06 — Received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology. She is now in the process of becoming a pharmacist and is completing her final year of pharmacy studies at the University of Waterloo. Jasdeep owes a great part of her successes to the strong educational foundation she gained here. Jenny-Lee Linder, Cert ’88 — received her Early Childhood Education certificate and has since spent over 20 years providing innovative educational programs for children in the Fraser Valley. This included owning and operating her own preschool as well as working as a childcare coordinator for a military base. Gurpreet Mahil, BGS ’04 — completed a diploma in Business Administration 1999 and Bachelor of General Studies in 2004. He is the former president of the Student Union and is a soccer alumnus. After UFV, he attended SFU to complete his PDP. Gurpreet graduated from SFU in 2005 with a Bachelor of Education with a minor
Gurpreet Mahil, BGS ’04
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Keeping in touch in PE. He completed a diploma in Special Needs Education in 2010. Gurpreet is now employed with the Langley School District as a teacher. He has been a resource/special needs teacher at Langley Secondary School for the past three years. Gurpreet is involved with coaching soccer at the high school and community level. He is a technical director of Athletic India FC. Gurpreet is married to former UFV student Amy Dhaliwal (BSc ‘03). Gilbert Monsanto, BCIS ’04 — works for School District #35 (Langley) as technical support specialist. One of his many responsibilities is to develop and implement deployment strategy for the mobile lab technology in the classrooms. Gilbert is very much involved in implementing many exciting clients and server technologies in the district. He owes his success to the cooperative education program at UFV. Kevin Fryatt, BBA ’04 — In May of 2005, Kevin took a job as a finance and reporting manager in the war torn country of Liberia, West Africa with Equip Liberia, a local NGO focused on issues of community health and human rights advocacy. An intense year with Equip Liberia led him to sign on with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia as finance manager where he financially managed over 30 relief/development programs. His position with Samaritan’s Purse allowed him to travel internally within Liberia, as well as other parts of Africa, including Senegal, Ghana, and Kenya. During his two years with Samaritan’s Purse he completed a master’s in international development from Eastern University in Pennsylvania. He is currently living and working in Baltimore as a microfinance technical advisor for World Relief. Christopher Pascoe, BSc ’10 — is currently working on his master’s degree in experimental medicine at the Institute for Heart and Lung Health at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He will be starting his thesis this summer entitled “Gene Expression of laser capture micro dissected asthmatic airway smooth muscle cells via microarray analysis and qPCR.” His recent success can be directly attributed to the guidance and training he gained from the Biology department at
Dawn Adams, Associate of Arts ’06
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UFV. He would like to pass on many thanks to all his instructors and friends at UFV. Eve Petford, Cert in Home Support/Residential Care ’07 — received the Menno Home Award for outstanding practicum in 2007, and worked with Fraser Cheam Home Support for three years. She moved to Fort St. John in 2010 and has been employed with Northern Health Authority as amental health & addictions supported independent living worker and with Fort St. John Association for Community Living. The education and the experience she received from her time with UFV has given her the tools to work in a variety of different areas offering support to individuals. Joann Pierre, Dip LIBIT ’97 — was hired by Fraser Valley Regional Library. She has taken many workshops, seminars, conferences and most recently the Family Literacy certificate program at VCC. She currently works in the Tsawwassen Library where she focuses on children’s programming. She is also the on-call staff trainer for FVRL and has had the pleasure of training new employees, many of them UFV grads. Nathan Plantinga, Dip Aircraft Structures Technician ’09 — has gone on to join the Canadian Forces. He is stationed in Ontario and still completing military training in the aircraft structures field. UFV gave him the skills and knowledge to start his exciting career in the forces! Michelle Rickaby, Dip ’94, BA ’05 — After completing her Social Services diploma, Michelle went on to finish her BA in Adult Education. She has worked in the UFV international department since 1994. Michelle started working as the home-stay assistant, moving to the homestay coordinator. Currently she is an education advisor for international students and volunteer program coordinator. She also co-authored a self-published book in 2010 entitled Choosing to Smile, Inspirational Life Stories of Three Friends Who Happened to Have Cancer. In her spare time she enjoys writing, international travel, and gardening. Philip Sherwood, BA ’03 — Since graduating from Adult Education, Philip has kept himself busy
Gilbert Monsanto, BCIS ’04
teaching English and developing his freelance editing/writing business (www.lifewriters.ca). He has found his passion in helping individuals write and self-publish their memoirs. He also compiles family and corporate histories. Last year he helped Community Justice Initiatives in Langley develop a practitioner’s handbook on how to introduce restorative justice values in elementary and high schools. He is currently completing a history of the Buckerfield family (feed, seed, and fertilizer). Jason Stower, BA ’06 — received his BA in geography. Upon graduating with the highest GPA in the geography department, Jason accepted a position with Denbow in Chilliwack as an environmental consultant. At Denbow, Jason specialized in compost-based erosion & sediment control, re-vegetation, living walls, and green-roofs. During this time, was accepted as an articling geologist with the BC Institute of Agrologists. In 2010, Jason joined TD Canada Trust’s Agriculture Services as an associate account manager. Three things played a big role in successfully getting hired for this position: a bachelor’s degree, a professional designation, and earning a TD Canada Trust-sponsored environmental scholarship while attending UFV. Brenda Taylor, BA ’09 — Is currently working for Kwantlen as an auxiliary instructional associate for the Access Programs for People with Disabilities and as an assistant in the university’s learning centres. Having gained a TESL certificate at UFV at the same time as the BA in Adult Ed, she has taught English to new immigrants in programs in Langley and Surrey. Brenda was particularly grateful that her parents were able to travel from the U.K. to attend her graduation ceremony. Her father, aged 85, passed away the following year. Sara Tower, BBA ’09 — is now in her second year of law school at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and will be completing her Juris Doctor in the spring of 2012. She is currently the senator for her graduating class for the student bar association of our Ann Arbor campus and will be completing an externship at the Ann Arbor Public Defender’s office this coming summer.
Michelle Henkel, BA ’09, TEP ’10
Catherine Tupper, BA ’04 — After majoring in psychology at UFV, she went on to finish her master’s courses at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver. Shortly after completing her studies there, she became the sole caregiver for her handicapped sister and aging mother. She found herself unable to sit for her oral exam. She is professionally semi-retired and having a glorious time babysitting her twoyear-old grandson. Darcy Wakelyn, BBA ’97 — After spending 15 years in the institutional investment management industry, Darcy has recently taken his expertise closer to home in the Fraser Valley as an investment advisor for TD Waterhouse. During that time he furthered his education, earning the designations of Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) at the Wharton School of Business and a certified retirement strategist. Cameron Webster, Cert C-Level Welding ’10 — Within a month of finishing the course Cameron had a new job as a welder/fabricator. After a few months, he managed to get a great job under the Iron Workers Union, for Regal Tanks/Tidy Steal Fab. He enjoys the work and likes the people he works with. Mike Fulford, Cert B-Level Welding ’10 — Completed the C-Level welding program several years ago and most recently returned to complete the B-Level welding program. Mike is currently working in the welding industry with plans to return and complete the A-Level course in the future. Craig Rettie, BGS ’09 — after completing his degree Craig went on to receive his Bachelor of Education and teaching certificate from SFU in November 2010. He is now a history/PE teacher for the Surrey School District. Craig considers his education at UFV to be of the highest quality and says that it is what prepared him to go further with his education. Suzanne Rogers, BScN ’08 — received her Unit Clerk certificate in December 2002 and worked in a doctor’s office for the next two years while completing her upgrading for the nursing program.
Upon completing her degree she obtained fulltime employment in cardiac care at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She has since taken specialty programs at the Justice Institute and BCIT to support her interest in emergency room and intensive care nursing. Robert Sochowski, BA ’06 — Robert has worked beyond his limits, his drive to succeed a result of his hearing loss, which never prevented him from reaching his goals. He earned his degree while working full-time. He went on to complete his MA in Leadership with a specialization in health in 2008. Robert is now in his third year of working toward his doctoral degree in education with a specialization in educational technology. Robert is currently working in Victoria for the provincial government as a building technology advisor, and he serves on many national technical committees across Canada. He is a competitive dragon boat and outrigger paddler. Haley Smith, Dip ’09 — After achieving her Visual Arts diploma, Haley immediately started a Bachelor in Fine Arts, which she is completing in 2011. Over the summer, she worked as a graphic designer at the new Chilliwack Cultural Centre designing graphics, posters, and the 2010/11 season brochure — and currently works in the box office. UFV holds a special place in her heart, and Haley thanks everyone in the Visual Arts and Theatre departments for their support! Jason McAllister, BA ’06 — majored in geography at UFV. He married and immediately attended UVic and completed his PDP in 2007. After spending three years teaching in the Penticton area he relocated to Merritt. After having his first child (a son) in 2009 he began his master’s degree in educational technology. He was recently hired as the district technology coordinator for SD 58 (Nicola-Similkameen). He and his wife Amanda are expecting their second child this summer. Ana Gutierrez, Fashion Design ’06 — worked in the product development department in a company in Mexico for three years after. She
recently graduated with high honors with a Master in Fashion Communication and PR in Milan, Italy, and she is now working for Ports 1961 in the Milan office. Tim C. Wurtz, BBA ’07 — Upon completion of his degree, Tim accepted the position of administrator at Baker Newby LLP, the law firm where he had worked in an administrative support role since 1992. Tim has also been active on the editorial board of the BC Legal Management Association, and has been a frequent contributor to their Topics newsletter. Tim continues to reside in Chilliwack with his two young daughters. Jasleen Gill, BBA ’10 — is working as an account executive at Regency Direct Mail Ltd. She started UFV’s BBA degree program in Chandigarh in 2006, transferred to Canada in 2008 and fast-tracked her studies, to become the first graduate of UFV’s BBA degree program in Chandigarh. Stefania Eymundson, Dip Crim Justice ’92 — After graduation, Stefania worked at the Abbotsford Crown Counsel office, where she volunteered while at FVC/UCFV, as a victim witness service case worker. In 2001, when Crown Counsel Victim Witness Services was made redundant she was a senior caseworker with Abbotsford Crown Victim Services. At that time, her position was her passion. Later, she retrained as a customer service rep with the Government Agent office in Princeton. In 2003, she accepted a position with the Maple Ridge office where she remained until 2004. She lives in the Okanagan with her husband (also retired). Her passions now are her family, friends, genealogy, photography, writing, travelling, and the great outdoors. Elnora Larder, Cert ’07 — Since completing her Teaching English as a Second language certificate. Elnora has moved to Kelowna and completed an online master’s degree in environmental education and communication with Royal Roads University. She is a regular freelance writer for Orchard and Vine magazine (a trade publication for fruit growers).
Alumni: submit a brief writeup telling us what you’ve been up to since graduation. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll print it in the next issue and enter you to win a prize. Congratulations to Dawn Wilson (Cert ‘94), winner for her submission to the Fall 2010 issue!
Mike Fulford, Cert B-Level Welding ’10
Elnora Larder, Cert ’07
Robert Sochowski, BA ’06
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UFVGiving “Give what you can, how you can, as best you can” Photo: Rick Collins
George sisters’ fund will help MSW student By Anne Russell
atsy George spent decades as a social worker, both on the frontlines and as a leader in her profession. She’s seen tragedy and the worst kinds of human experiences up close, as well as the good that can come from dedicated people helping others. For many of her 35 years in the social work field, she worked closely with First Nations people and communities. Now retired, George is no longer on the frontlines of social work, but she retains a keen interest in social justice and a strong desire to see improvement in the conditions of marginalized people, particularly those from Aboriginal communities. So she has decided to support future social workers by establishing the Patsy and Crissy George Bursary, to be distributed annually to a student in the new UFV Master of Social work program. The bursary will be drawn from a $10,000 endowment donated by Patsy. It will be dispersed in amounts of $1,000 a year for 10 years. Patsy has chosen to honour her sister Crissy, also a social worker, by naming it after both George sisters. Crissy George, an accomplished social worker specializing in mental and public health fields, currently devotes her time to international development issues. Her two master’s degrees in education and social work help her to combine teaching and community
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Sisters Patsy (left) and Crissy George believe strongly in giving back to their communities. The UFV Master of Social Work program will benefit from their generosity, thanks to the new Patsy and Crissy George Bursary.
work. Crissy is a lifelong champion of children’s services, neighbourhood development, and anti-racism policies, for which she has been recognized The bursary will go to a student who can demonstrate, through past university-level work or professional experience, a commitment to developing programs and policies that support and help Aboriginal families. “I want to continue to make a difference in whatever small way I can, and for me now that means supporting a new generation of professionals who are truly committed to working with First Nations communities to do what they can to improve the lives of First Nations children and families,” says Patsy. “Throughout my career I was concerned with the lack of emphasis that our government and society put on the lives and welfare of First Nations children. The number of them separated from their parents, losing their identity and culture should be of concern to all of us. It is not a good reflection of a society when we do not treat our children well.” Patsy, who immigrated to Canada from India in 1960, is also very cognizant of the fact that she and other immigrants have led more privileged
lives in Canada than most First Nations people. Born in Kerala, India, she graduated from the University of Windsor, and received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Ottawa. Patsy worked in social work in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia before her arrival in BC in 1975. She was employed in a variety of middle management positions in child welfare, public assistance, and community development. She retired in 2001, having served as a director in the Provincial Ministry of Multiculturalism and Immigration. Patsy has always believed in giving back in any way she can, but now that she is enjoying retirement, she has more time to put into her chosen projects. Most of her focus these days is on volunteering with global development initiatives, but she also likes to provide local support, as illustrated by her gift to UFV. “Part of being a citizen is accepting the social responsibility of giving back, to your family, your community, your country, or globally. Reach out to those who don’t have the same advantages as you. If you don’t have money, give your time, talents, and ideas.”
A gift that multiplies FCC donation helps fund bug factory By Patty Wellborn
t is hard sometimes to put a price on a gift. Oh, there is the monetary number, but at UFV some gifts just keep on giving — or in this case multiplying. Last year, through its Agri Spirit Fund, Farm Credit Canada contributed $11,000 to the university’s fledgling Beneficial Organism Rearing and Multiplication Facility — a new venture where UFV students are raising Dicyphus hesperus (see feature story on page 18). The Dicyphus (a small mosquitosize insect) is the perfect weapon for greenhouse growers against annoying, and crop-damaging pests like the whitefly. Natural to this region, the Dicyphus are used by farmers instead of a chemical pesticide to protect hot house tomatoes, green peppers, eggplants, cucumber, and other soft vegetables. The problem is, until UFV started this new program in 2008, there were never enough Dicyphus to go around. With the money contributed by FCC, UFV agriculture technologist Brent Bailey was able to set up a full lab in the Chilliwack greenhouse where students raise the Dicyphus as a class project and
provide them to local greenhouse farmers to protect their crops. “There is no way that our program would be this successful without the contribution from FCC,” says Bailey. “None of this would be here and our students would be raising a couple of hundred, not the thousands that we are currently contributing to farmers.” Ron Moes is the senior grower at Windset farms and he is thrilled to visit the UFV greenhouse to pick up some Dicyphus to take back to his greenhouses. “We have used a number of extensive programs, but the whitefly has always been an issue in our greenhouses,” Moes says. “I always wanted to try the Dicyphus, but also knew they were expensive to raise. This is fantastic because the students are learning great pest management techniques and as a farmer, I’m really happy to be able to find a supply of Dicyphus.” UFV provides the Dicyphus to Windset, and Moes returns the favour with greenhouse tours and other opportunities for the students.
Photo: Rick Collins UFV agriculture technician Brent Bailey shows FCC Fraser Valley director Lloyd Riekman around the UFV greenhouses where the Dicyphus are produced.
“I work in a very busy industry and I’m watching these students and I have to be honest, these are students that I might eventually end up hiring as the relationship has already been established.” FCC Fraser Valley Director Lloyd Riekman recently toured the greenhouses and agreed that the partnership between the commercial growers and the university’s agriculture students is a true benefit of this program. “There is a strong link between UFV and the farmers and it’s a connection that can lead to great things, just as we’ve seen with the Dicyphus project,” Riekman says. “The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about making life better for people in rural communities — we’re proud to support the UFV students as they work to advance agriculture and make a difference to those around them. The FCC AgriSpirit Fund annually awards $1 million across Canada for capital projects that enhance rural communities. UFV’s Dicyphus project is not only a good fit with FCC’s fund, but also helps send a positive message about the agriculture industry. With the FCC contribution, UFV has been able to purchase a growth chamber, valued at $4,500, where the nymphs are raised on mullein plants. When the nymphs reach adult stage, they are transferred to the 25 bug dorm insectaries that were also purchased with FCC’s help. In fact, UFV also purchased two large insectary cages, two cage frames, and two collapsible metal insectaries. Bailey says FCC’s contribution also helped to install artificial lighting in the greenhouse, which is needed to bring the Dicyphus out of diapause, some irrigation supplies, and shading cloths to protect the bugs from intense summer heat. “Without the help from FCC, we would have two insectaries and this project would end at the end of semester,” Bailey says. “Thanks to their contribution, we can keep producing Dicyphus to supply the farmers’ needs.”
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2010 Fundraising Year in Review
Fundraising in today’s economy
Where funds were designated:
By Christiane Hodson, interim UFV Director of Development
veryone is fundraising nowadays.” As a fundraiser, I hear this all the time. While meeting with a UFV donor recently — a local business owner — he noted that although he would love to help everyone, he simply can’t. From schools and sports teams to hospitals and other healthrelated causes, he is being asked daily to support one cause or another with cash, through sponsorship, or the donation of an auction prize. He even commented on the noticeable increase of fundraising for individuals — a benefit for a family with a sick child, for example. So, is everyone fundraising or are we just experiencing donor fatigue? According to Imagine Canada, there are more than 160,000 registered non-profit organizations in Canada, a number that has been growing steadily over the last 20 years. Furthermore, as a direct result of the downturn in the economy, the services of nonprofits are in demand now more than ever before. At UFV, for example, we have seen a steady increase in the number of students applying for bursaries. What’s more alarming is the increase in the number of students who are ranked as having very high need. Unfortunately, our current level of bursary funding — both from private donors and from the university itself — is not meeting the demand.
In fact, like at most non-profit organizations in Canada, fundraising levels at UFV are not what they were pre2008. Across the non-profit sector, 2008 and 2009 saw huge decreases in giving from all types of donors — individuals, corporations, and foundations. In 2010, although UFV raised nearly $1 million, this represents an overall decrease in dollars raised and is still not quite back to 2007 levels. With the upturn in the economy, however, there is hope for the year ahead. Although donors are and will continue to be more hesitant than they were pre-2008, they’re still interested in giving for the right cause. How they decide on the ‘right cause’, however, is changing. The non-profit sector is reporting that donors are more sophisticated than ever before. They’re asking how their gift was used, cost per dollar raised, and how one organization compares to another. At UFV, they want to come on campus, meet recipients, and see the impact their gift has made. UFV donors are generally very specific about where they want their money to go. In fact, we receive very few undesignated gifts. In 2010, for example, nearly 60 percent of our dollars raised were designated towards student awards, and many of those gifts were further
Student Awards: 59% | Centres (Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, Centre for Mennonite Studies, etc.): 11% | Gifts-inkind: 23% | Athletics: 6% | Other: 1%
Where funds came from: Individual: 70% | Corporations: 30%
designated to specific awards with criteria established by the donor. An additional 11 percent was designated to the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies or Centre for Mennonite Studies, two of our top fundraising priority projects in the last few years. Everyone is fundraising and that isn’t changing any time soon. There are many remarkable and worthy causes out there looking for support, which is why we are so grateful for the 580 donors that supported us in 2010. Thank you!
UFV calling… Photo: Rick Collins
It’s a tough job, being a fundraiser, especially when you’re doing it over the phone. Seven UFV students got a taste of the experience while calling for a good cause over several evenings in March and April. They contacted 2,331 alumni, mostly from the Faculty of Arts, over the course of the campaign, and convinced 7.4 percent of them to make a donation to UFV. One donation of $100 came from a ‘grateful parent’ whose alumnus son was out of the country. This proud father was so happy with the education his son got at UFV that he made his own donation. One caller, international student Wassim Kheir (left), was so inspired by the case and cause that he donated a personal gift at the end of the campaign. We’re planning another phonathon campaign for the Fall of 2011 — focusing on Business alumni. So when that phone rings and you see that it’s UFV, please give the student a moment of your time, and consider making a donation to your university.
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Gifts that keep on giving Helping a student sets them up to help others for life By Anne Russell
movement, with their church, and at their children’s school. And they encourage their teenage children Rachel and Joshua to do the same. The more than 20 other recipients of the Betty Urquhart bursary and scholarship have similar success stories to share. So Betty’s legacy continues to help our communities develop. Although she didn’t meet donor John Urquhart until a photo shoot set up for this story, Anila has always been grateful for the donors who helped fund her postsecondary education. “The community knows about the struggles that students face, and those who help out by funding scholarships and bursaries have their hearts in the right place,” she says. And with Chilliwack retaining a small-
Photo: Anne Russell Photos: Jhim Burwell
very year, UFV donors have the opportunity to meet the recipients of their scholarships or bursaries at our annual awards night. The exchange is often a warm one, with those who benefit from the generosity of donors expressing sincere gratitude to those who help them shoulder the financial burden of their educational journey. That’s often it. The two may never cross paths again. Yet the award made possible by the donor’s generosity often continues to do good, as it enables the recipients themselves to give back to their communities in a variety of ways once they’ve completed their education. Take John Urquhart and his family. Since 1995 they and other donors have funded first a bursary, and eventually a scholarship as well, in the name of his late wife Betty, who was one of UFV’s founding employees. Betty believed strongly in local education serving the needs of its communities, and knew that the costs and other challenges posed by postsecondary education were barriers for many prospective students, particularly non-traditional or “mature” students. Betty was also a staunch supporter of the Chilliwack community, where she and John raised their children for many years. So it was fitting that when her family and UFV worked together to set up a bursary in her memory, their criteria included that it should go to someone from the eastern part of the UFV region (Chilliwack, Agassiz, or Hope), who
was over 25 years of age, and who had volunteered in the community. Anila Gehman fit the bill perfectly. She decided to go back to school in her late 30s to get her Early Childhood Education certification in 2004 after staying at home with her young children for several years. She applied for and received the Betty Urquhart Bursary, which helped with the cost of books and tuition. “By receiving the Betty Urquhart award and other bursaries, we didn’t have to take on as much of a student debt load and my husband didn’t have to take on a second job, which made things easier on our young family,” recalls Anila. “It was actually quite a tough go financially to have one of us go back to school while the children were young.” Once Anila graduated with her ECE
John Urquhart, his family, and the community have been supporting a bursary and scholarship in memory of his late wife, UFV pioneer Betty, since she passed away in 1995. Since then many UFV students, such as Anila Gehman (Cert ECE ‘04) have benefited from the Betty Urquhart fund and are now giving back to the community themselves.
certification, she started working in childcare centres, preschools, and Strong Start centres, and continues to do so, helping new generations of Fraser Valley citizens get a strong start in life. Now she and her husband Dane give back to the community through their own charitable donations and by volunteering within the scouting
town feel even as it grows, once Anila and John were connected by this story, they discovered that John’s son Andrew had been a volunteer soccer coach of Anila’s daughter Rachel for several years. And Anila’s children and John’s grandchildren are just a few years away from being UFV students themselves.
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George Hemeon , continued from page 9.
of returning to British Columbia, and an enticing offer from BC Hydro . George joined BC Hydro’s Management and Professionals in Development program, and is now senior procurement advisor with the power company. In his current position, he works with internal business groups and aboriginal businesses to implement BC Hydro’s aboriginal contract & procurement policy to maximize contract and sub-contract opportunities for aboriginal businesses. Meanwhile, his parallel career as a carver is taking off. While in Ottawa he honed his skills further, carving on blocks of cedar his family would send out from B.C. Once back home, he would carve paddles and masks and donate them to fundraising events. His first big job was as a junior carver on a 20-foot high traditional Salish House Post that would be raised in Japan. After the master carver moved on after a week,
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Hemeon took on the lead carver role, completing the job, mostly in Mission, and partly in Japan with his family. After submitting a winning concept for a large carving to celebrate BC Hydro’s Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games legacy, Hemeon and associate Sean Hinton carved two 18-foot Salish Welcome Figures. The figures are now on display in the foyer of the BC Hydro office building in Vancouver. During the Olympics George and his sons carved a six-foot spindle whorl that is now on display BC Hydro’s office building in Burnaby. In 2010 George also carved a 14-foot sturgeon on display at Mission’s waterfront. He now has commissions for four Salish House Posts on the go, which suits him because “my hands can’t be idle.” He will open his first solo art exhibit at the Mission Art Gallery in Mission on June 14. It will run through to July 2.
More than two decades after he first enrolled at FVC, and seven years after graduating with his BA in Criminal Justice, George Hemeon is proud of his academic journey, and glad that it included embracing his aboriginal heritage. “I’m proud to be able to walk through a door and be judged on my own merit. I know that there are opportunities for me as an educated aboriginal person with professional experience, but I also know that it took hard work and family support. I know I stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before me and know it is time to build on this. I believe I am on a good path and am fortunate to have found great balance. George sends greetings back to those who helped him along the way, including professors Darryl Plecas, Martha Dow, Yvon Dandurand, Hamish Telford, Scott Fast, Tim Segger and Glen Baier.
Trevor Carolan, continued from page 7. to the computer revolution, to waves of personal liberation initiatives. What I’m drawn to in West Coast literature is the manner in which it portrays and reflects upon the wisdom paths that have criss-crossed here for a long time — First Nations, European, East and South Asian, and other modern influences. They all bring value to the literacy of place we’re creating for our time. I’m interested in how ideas from these traditions cross-pollinate; in how the kinds of alternative spiritual or ethical ideas they represent might contribute toward a unifying meta-narrative for a global future — one that says we can still make a decent living and make ecological sense too. This is what we have to offer the larger world. And people are listening. What I’ve gained from teachers like Gary Snyder, who along with Jack Kerouac and other poets once worked as a fire lookout in the nearby Cascade Range, is that we could use some new language — the kind that builds bridges among people in helping them better understand the implications of this bioregion we’re living in together. We need clearer ways to talk among ourselves. I think of this vocabulary as a form of ecological linguistics, one that’s more attuned interculturally and multiculturally to the ways that we deal with the natural world around us. It could help when we need to make wise, tough decisions locally about say, appropriate land use, affordable housing options, or transportation issues. Solutions need to be practical. Sometimes it’s beneficial to acknowledge new ways of expressing of timeless truths. On a journey Down Under to Australia a few years ago, I read a newspaper column by Tim Costello and his thoughts have stayed with me. His point was that in confusing times, spiritual ideas can be reinterpreted for the demands of our present age. Borrowing from an Asian idea he proposes how such daily disciplines as recycling, using public transport, yoga or meditation, and greening one’s
neighbourhood can be regarded as “everyday sacraments”, and he finds parallels with them in the rhythms of personal responsibility, prayer, love of neighbour, and bearing witness against injustice that are central to traditional Western teachings. In a community like the Fraser Valley, this can make for rich discussion regarding what the deeper nature of “stewardship” can really mean. I’ve always loved this area. My stone-mason dad bought his fire-bricks from the Clayburn kilns here, and in my youth I packed plenty of them for him. Now we hear that the last local kiln is closing. As the valley’s traditional agricultural, logging, and fishing ways of life continue their transformation under metropolitan pressure from downriver, I’m grateful for still having a part in celebrating new ways to sing the region’s old songs and stories, helping renew them for our changing times. I’m always looking for good students and I tell them in my creative writing classes “Hey, we’ve got a job to do. This is your community heritage, a part of British Columbia’s history. Don’t lose it. Let’s write it down!” Trevor Carolan and others appear at the Harrison Festival of the Arts Literary Cafe, on Monday, July 11, at 7:30 pm.
Brooke Seal, continued from page 13. important component of treatment. Some even report that it has changed the overall level of distress in their life, that by learning how to be more ‘mindful’ they find their work less stressful, and they’re learning how to live their busy life with more pleasure.” Some of the group’s preliminary results (not yet published or peer-reviewed): Comparing before the program to discharge and two-month follow-up, 54 women who have been analyzed so far experienced significantly decreased sexual distress, decreased sexual pain, increased sexual arousal and satisfaction, and decreased cognitive catastrophizing related to pain (including rumination,
helplessness, and magnification of symptoms). Seal, who joined the UFV Psychology department last fall, recently completed a one-year post-doctoral degree through SFU and a private clinic in Vancouver called the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver, conducting psychological assessments and individual and group therapy with clients who had a range of difficulties. Seal received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UBC in 2002. She then moved to Texas in 2003, where she completed her master’s degree and PhD. She came back to Vancouver in 2008 and completed an internship with Vancouver Coastal Health. Asked how she got involved in focusing on the psychology of sexual functioning in the first place, Seal and says it was that or studying rats. “In my second year of undergraduate studies I was interested in doing research, and my professor gave me a choice between lab work with rats or a study on female sexual health. The field of female sexual health was just starting to get a lot of attention and it was an exciting time to be involved.” Why did the field start to explode? Thank Viagra. “Once Viagra became immensely popular, it was no coincidence that people wanted to find a similar medical treatment for women. But they couldn’t. The drug might work physically, but in many cases it didn’t affect how women were feeling emotionally or mentally. Some women will say that they can’t tell that they’re aroused physically even if physiological measurements say that they are. The model of female sexual function doesn’t work exactly the same as men’s. With many women, we need to consider factors such as stimulation, context, and motivation to engage in sexual activity.” The Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia program is hosting a free educational seminar on sexual pain for women aged 18-40 on July 6 from 5:30 to 7 pm at Vancouver General Hospital. Visit www. mvprogram.org for more information.
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Being where we are; doing what we do Age quod agis: do what you do. That’s part of the advice that UFV English professor and environmentalist Trevor Carolan passes along in the Sound Off column in this second issue of Skookum. Trevor espouses an approach to life that encourages wholeheartedness, being one with your environment and community, and giving back in the place where you find yourself. This approach ties in well with the second of UFV’s new strategic goals: to be a leader of social, cultural, economic, and environmentally responsible development in the Fraser Valley. It’s an approach that also resonates with UFV donor, retired social worker, and 2011 honorary doctorate recipient Patsy George, who tells us that: “Part of being a citizen is accepting the social responsibility of giving back, to your family, your community, your country, or globally. Reach out to those who don’t have the same advantages as you. If you don’t have money, give your time, talents, and ideas.” In this issue you’ll find profiles of a variety of UFV folk who excel at “doing what they do,” including alumnus George Hemeon, who embraced his Aboriginal roots later in life and is now excelling as a carver and public sector manager; psychologist Brooke Seal, who helps women work through sexual issues by encouraging them to practise mindfulness, or being ‘in the moment’; and our amazing women’s soccer and basketball teams, who showed up big time at the national level this year, serving notice that athletes from the Fraser Valley are a force to be reckoned with. skookum production team Publisher: Karola Stinson Editor: Anne Russell Design & Production: Camilla Coates Writing: Patty Wellborn, Anne Russell, David Kent, Nancy Armitage, Christiane Hodson Photography: Rick Collins, Bob McGregor, Auriel Heron, Rick Mawson, Anne Russell, Eric Thorkelsson Marketing and Communications Director: Leslie Courchesne Alumni Relations Manager: Nancy Armitage Director of Development (interim): Christiane Hodson Skookum is published twice a year for the University of the Fraser Valley by the Vice President External team Have comments or ideas about Skookum? Send them to: email@example.com See Skookum online at www.ufv.ca/skookum Want to communicate with your Alumni Association? Contact: alumni@ufv. ca or call 604-557-4008 UFV Alumni Relations Office: 33844 King Road, Abotsford, BC V2S 7M8
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