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BULKLEY VALLEY 2009 Smithers






Sarah Campbell

Tracy MacDonald

BEd Education

BEd Education

Gavin Chung

Donna Macintyre

BComm Finance

Daniel Eichstadter BSc Psychology

Alison Fuhr

BComm Human Resources Management

Rebecca Helkenberg BSW Social Work

Tanja Langen BEd Education

Birgit Laskowski

Bimaldeep Bhatti

BComm Human Resources Management

BSc Natural Resources Management - Wildlife and Fisheries

Russell Boyd

Robert Millar

BComm Finance

BEd Education

Jonathan Poelman BComm Accounting

Laura Vandergaag BEd Education

Jordan Fennema Kenneth Haftner BSc Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

BEd Education

UNBC Transfer Student Award

Emma Hay

Raven Bursary

Marlina Hawes

Prince George Filipino Canadian Society Scholars

Rebecca Helkenberg

Carlyn Cote

Faye Johnston

Eric Miller

Kenneth Wong Memorial Scholarship, UNBC Scholars Program

Danielle Olmstead

UNBC Scholars Program

Josina Rhebergen

UNBC Scholars Program

BScN Nursing

BSW Social Work

Donna Stanyer

MEd Educational Counselling


Brian Woodbeck

Chantell Darroch

BSc Mathematics

BEd Education

Award Recipients

Eric Farleigh

Audrey Woods

BScN Nursing

BEd Education

Robert Filipkowski Raven Bursary

Darcie Powell

Four Year Guarantee Scholarship

Gillian Rourke

UNBC Leadership Award, UNBC Scholars Program

Randi Woodbeck

TD Bank Financial Group Bursary, UNBC Scholars Program

Julie Morrison BEd Education

Award Recipients Stanley Brown Robyn Carle

UNBC Merit Award

BC Association of Social Workers - Northern Branch Bursary

Andrea Vandergaag

Clarence Hofsink

UNBC Scholars Program

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UNBC In-Course Bursary, UNBC Scholars Program

UNBC In-Course Scholarship

Kory Johnson

Rebecca Helk

Luke Spooner

UNBC Scholars Program

Sarah Willan

Dr. Mary John Bursary Kathleen Smith of Ho

Samantha Van Horn Raven Scholarship

Carrie Nyce

Sarah Willan

Houston Scholarship, Raven Scholarship

Matthew Rourke of Houston

Faye Johnston of Te Sarah Willan of lkwa and Hazelton

Elyse Yaremco

Spectra Energy Corp Bursary


Matthew Anderson

Sandra Reviakin

BA English

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900 students graduated from UNBC this year, making history as the University’s largest graduating class ever. Convocation ceremonies took place in Prince George, Quesnel, Fort St. John, Fort St. James,Terrace, Gitwinksihlkw, and Prince Rupert.

Father Thomas General Assembly 1321 Bursary





UNBC Scholars Program


UNBC Scholars Awards

BEd Education

Chantel Michell BA English

Dan Eic Gavin Chung of Smithers



BEd Education

Jennifer Epps

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Kathleen Smith

Stephanie Davies

Raven Scholarship

Chantell Dar

BEd Education

BA Economics and Political Science

Danielle Comparelli


BA English

BEd Education

Ashley Kearns

Allison Comparelli

Award Recipients

Sharon Dempsey

Matthew Rourke

BPl First Nations Planning

BSc Chemistry

Raven Scholarship

UNBC In-Course Scholarship

Kerilyn Dekens

Derek Willmott

BEd Education

Dmitri Cody

Dmitri Cody

BEd Education

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Bimaldeep Bhatti of Houston

Robert Mark

BComm General Business

BSc Psychology

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First-year students Stanley Brown of Hazelton, Andrea Vandergaag of Smithers, and Gillian Rourke of Houston all have the chance to earn a UNBC degree tuition-free after receiving UNBC Scholars awards this past year. As long as they maintain a B average, UNBC Scholars can have their tuition waived for an entire bachelor’s degree program.

From left: Andrea Vandergaag, Stanley Brown, and Gillian Rourke

What’s Happening at UNBC A New President Even before his first real day on the job, UNBC’s new president saw much of northern BC. George Iwama attended convocation ceremonies in various communities as part of a 3,200km tour of northern BC. He is interested in strengthening relationships between the University and the region and plans to be a frequent visitor to the Bulkley Valley. Dr. Iwama comes to UNBC from Carleton University and is a specialist in zoology. He will be officially installed as UNBC President on Friday, October 16th at 2pm at the Prince George campus. Everyone is welcome. Please confirm your attendance by emailing

UNBC Milestones: 2008/09 • UNBC achieved its highest ranking ever in the annual Maclean’s ranking of Canadian universities, placing second among 21 small universities. • UNBC started a $15 million bioenergy program that will reduce UNBC’s carbon footprint by up to 85% and serve as a platform for regional R&D.

• A national study resulted in UNBC being named a Research University of the Year. Over the past five years, no university in western Canada has seen a greater increase in research funding. Last year, UNBC topped the $100 million mark in research funding to date. •U  NBC researcher Laurie Chan

received the largest research grant in UNBC history, attracting $11 million over the next decade to study the effects of environmental contaminants on aboriginal health.

• The Northern Medical Program received a national award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada for producing rural doctors at the highest rate in the Society’s history.

UNBC Facts • 4,177 students in academic programs. • 1,980 students in Continuing Studies courses. • 869 scholarships and bursaries worth $2 million.

Regional Research on Sleep Disorders Mary-Ann Speirs, a third year Nursing student in Terrace, went door-to-door through Kitsumkalum, Kispiox, Gitanmaax, Gitsegukla, Kitwanga, and Gitanyow, surveying residents as part of a study on sleep disorders in Aboriginal people. MaryAnn’s intimate knowledge of the local communities was vital to the study, which confirms that sleep-related disorders are more common among indigenous than non-aboriginal populations.

Local Involvement with Medical Program While one student from the region recently graduated from the Northern Medical Program, another just joined the program this past year. Amy Johnson of Houston was a member of only the second group of NMP grads and is currently completing a residency in family practice in Prince George. She has been “replaced” by Stephen Breen, a UNBC grad and resident of Smithers who recently completed his first year of medical school. The Northern Medical Program is part of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and delivered in collaboration with UNBC and Northern Health. A number of local communities are partnering with UNBC to raise funds in support of future health care professionals: Smithers is a member of the Northern Medical Programs Trust and Houston and Hazelton have recently fulfilled their community pledges. To date, about $6 million has been raised.

• 900 students graduated in 2009, bringing the total number of UNBC alumni to nearly 7,800.

Interested in studying at UNBC?

• More than half of UNBC alumni live and work in northern BC.

UNBC offers a number of courses online, in person, and via video/ audio conference. Browse UNBC’s current course listing:

University of Northern British Columbia •

3333 University Way

Prince George, BC, Canada V2N 4Z9

(250) 960-5555

Three sisters: Sandra Reviakin, Julie Morrison, and Carrie Nyce all graduated from UNBC this year.

2009 Bulkley Valley Regional Report  

After Convocation each year a series of regional reports are produced which are customized to regions across northern BC. These reports cele...

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