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Internationally renowned Douglas grad honoured with alumni award

Douglas College presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to Laura Huey, a 1996 graduate of the criminology program who went on to become an internationally recognized trailblazer in the field of policing research. The alum was selected for her considerable contributions to the academic and teaching professions, and community police and social service organizations.

Huey is an extensively published professor at the University of Western Ontario, the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policy (CAN-SEBP) and an active member of several national and international policing and crime-prevention organizations. She has established working relationships between researchers and police organizations, is developing a national team of researchers aiming to improve police services, and will soon launch ResFinder, a mobile app to connect police agencies and researchers in a friendly and accessible format.

“Laura is an inspiration to students,” said Marni Westerman, the Douglas College sociology instructor who nominated Huey for the award. “Her phenomenal success as a researcher and professor was built on her educational foundation at Douglas, while her dedication to teaching was cultivated in her first teaching experiences here. She is someone our students can look to and say ‘I can do that too.’”

Huey began her post-secondary studies late, nearly a decade after high school. She attributes her success to the supportive, motivating and engaging atmosphere Douglas offers.

“This award is a recognition of the importance of quality teaching and the role colleges play in the learning process,” Huey said. “It's tough coming back to school as an adult. Having instructors and faculty who don’t judge you, and who support you intellectually and emotionally is so important. If it weren’t for that, I might have walked away.”




Melissa Nilan
Communications Coordinator
604 527 5547