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NORTH COAST 2008 Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert

Queen Charlotte Islands


Award Recipients


Award Recipients

Queen Charlotte City

Queen Charlotte City

Alyson Schultz

Dana Myshrall

Chiara Berton BA English

V. Tracy Beynon BSW Social Work

Jonathan Blumhagen Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Shauna Bomben BScN Nursing

Robyn Christison

Eileen Nelson

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Rufus Reece

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Deborah Ridley

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Aaron Russ

BA Geography

BSW Social Work – Child Welfare Specialization

Julia Coleman

Alayna Russell

BSc Environmental Science

Tina Demings

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Tracy Downey BSW Social Work

Helen Furness BSW Social Work

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Gina Ryan

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Alison Sampson

V. Tracy Beynon

Vancouver Foundation First Nations Bursary

Shauna Bomben Nancy Anne Tarrant Memorial Bursary

Alaura Bruce

Dwayne Sampson

BSW Social Work

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Kenneth Innes

Tanya Simonds

Chancellor Iona Campagnolo Scholarship, Four Year Guarantee Scholarship Associated Canadian Travellers and Auxiliary Bursary

Warren Nicholls

Emma Christison

Christopher Stokes

UNBC Scholars Program

Kathleen Christison

UNBC Scholars Program

Lee Yee Gamble

Lakeland Mills Scholarship

Brandon Haldane Four Year Guarantee Scholarship

BEd Elementary Education

Sarah Miller

Raven Bursary, UNBC Scholars Program

UNBC Scholars Program Raven Scholarship, UNBC Leadership Award

Adesh Vohora

BC Northern Real Estate Board Award

Masset Amy Thommasen BSc Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Sandspit Karen Payton

UNBC Scholars Program

Deanna Waters Raven Bursary

Masset Keshia Camp

UNBC Scholars Program

Amy Thommasen

UNBC In-Course Scholarship

MSW Social Work

Johanna Wick

UNBC Scholars Program

Gina Williams

Mitsui Home Company Limited Scholarship

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Yvonne Hill

Agustin Law

Kate Christison

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

BSW Social Work

Aman Janjua

BSW Social Work

Melanie MacNicol

Jo-Ann Spellman

Medical Successes

BComm Accounting & Finance

David Slocombe

Melody Johnson BSW Social Work

BSW Social Work – Child Welfare Specialization

Debra Kelly

Benjamin Spencer Sr.

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Jessie King

Andrew Szabo

BSc Psychology

BSW Social Work

Brenda Leighton

Percy Temple

BSW Social Work – First Nations Specialization

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Kaarlene Lindsay

Patricia Thompson

BSW Social Work

Debbie McKay

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Donna McNeil-Clark

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Vanessa Morgan

MA First Nations Studies

Corinna Morhart BSW Social Work

Leigh Murphy

BSW Social Work

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Prince Rupert Social Work graduates

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Griselda Tolmie-Faithful Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Bernadette Trimble

Certificate in First Nations Language – Tsimshian

Judy White

BSW Social Work

Gina Williams

BComm International Business

Megan Williams BScN Nursing

Alaura Bruce

UNBC Scholars Nursing student Kate Christison and Chemistry student Alaura Bruce – both of Prince Rupert – have the chance to earn a UNBC degree tuitionfree after receiving a UNBC Scholars award this past year. The awards are presented annually to the top student from each northern BC high school. As long as they maintain a B average at UNBC, UNBC Scholars can have their tuition waived for an entire bachelor’s degree program.

The graduation of the first Northern Medical Program students was a milestone for northern BC, and Melanie MacNicol of Prince Rupert was among the 23 students who made history. Melanie will now be pursuing a residency in Family Practice based in Prince George. Although Melanie has graduated from the NMP, the North Coast is still well-represented. Amanda Miller and Scott Takeda are two students from Prince Rupert who joined the NMP last year and are planning to graduate in 2011. Meanwhile, Peter Eppinga of Masset is on track to graduate in 2010. Amanda, Scott, and Peter are hoping to get financial support from the Northern Medical Programs Trust, which is a $6 million endowment created by the businesses, citizens, and northern communities to support medical students.

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CONGRATULATIONS GRADS! 830 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. James,Terrace, New Aiyansh, and Prince Rupert.

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UNBC on the North Coast

What’s Happening at UNBC

First Grad Ceremony in Prince Rupert Nearly 350 enthusiastic friends and family helped to make UNBC’s first graduation in Prince Rupert a memorable event for all as well as one of the biggest UNBC grad celebrations ever held outside of Prince George. The local students participating in the event included 13 graduates from the Bachelor of Social Work program and 18 students who had completed a certificate in First Nations Language with a specialization in Tsimshian. Those students are continuing with their studies and will eventually complete a bachelor’s degree that will provide a seamless transition into the University’s Bachelor of Education program.

A Pioneer Retires Dr. Margaret Anderson, one of the founding professors at UNBC and a long-time champion of First Nations education, is retiring this summer after a 16-year UNBC career. Dr. Anderson has lived in Prince Rupert since 1994 and has worked with other linguists and Tsimshian educators to help preserve and strengthen Sm’algyax, the language of the Tsimshian people. Their work has resulted in grammar modules and a textbook as well as a “talking dictionary” – all geared to ensuring that vocabulary and grammar are placed within a cultural context.

Support Students, Celebrate the North 2009 is UNBC’s 15th anniversary and the University has produced a wall calendar to celebrate and raise money for scholarships. The calendar features stunning photos of the northern BC landscape, illustrating the close relationship between UNBC and northern British Columbia. Available for $20, the calendars can be purchased throughout the region, including UNBC’s Prince Rupert campus, the Museum of Northern BC, the Sandspit Visitor Information Centre, the Friends of Queen Charlottes Visitor Information Centre, or by calling (250) 960-5750.

UNBC Highlights The 2007-08 academic year saw UNBC reach new milestones: • The fall enrolment of 3,750 was the highest in UNBC’s history. • Maclean’s ranked UNBC the best small university in western Canada and fourth nationwide for the third straight year.

Port Report This past fall, literally on the eve of the grand opening of the new container port, the UNBC Political Science program hosted a symposium in Prince Rupert on the prospective implications of the port development. The event attracted civil engineers, legal scholars, anthropologists, and political scientists from western Canada and the US. The researchers tempered their enthusiasm for port development with questions about Canada’s regulatory framework, the role of First Nations, and competition with other West Coast ports. The symposium was the latest in a series of annual events hosted by Political Science in communities around northern BC on topics of local and regional concern.

• The National Post named UNBC one of Canada’s Research Universities of the Year. Research funding to date has topped $100 million. • The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre opened at the Prince George campus and was the site of UNBC’s first-ever provincial championship. • Funding for scholarships and bursaries surpassed $2 million. • New degree programs have been developed in Forest Ecology and Management, Human Resources Management, and Public Administration & Community Development. The new offerings begin this fall.

Contact UNBC in Prince Rupert

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Tsimshian Language graduate Donna McNeil-Clark of Prince Rupert

2008 North Coast Regional Report  

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