Alumni

Alumni Day at the Corn Maze

Join the Alumni Association at the Bose Corn Maze on October 7 between 4 - 8 PM for a free visit in celebration of Douglas College's 50th anniversary.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only permitted to have 50 guests visit the Bose Corn Maze per two hour booking. We will be welcoming 50 alumni and their guests between 4-6PM and another 50 from 6-8PM.

Registration is free for Douglas alumni and their families. 

4-6 PM registration | 6-8PM registration

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Bose Corn Maze (5948 156 St, Surrey, BC V3S 4N8)
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Blue Window - Theatre Production

The latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, Blue Window, directed by Deborah Neville, will be live-streamed via Zoom on Nov. 19 at 1:00pm & Nov. 20 at 7:30pm.

More information on how to view the performance online can be found here

WARNINGS: Mature Content, Coarse Language,

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Blue Window - Theatre Production

The latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, Blue Window, directed by Deborah Neville, will be live-streamed via Zoom on Nov. 19 at 1:00pm & Nov. 20 at 7:30pm.

More information on how to view the performance online can be found here

WARNINGS: Mature Content, Coarse Language,

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Business leader and philanthropist Zeeshan Hayat named 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and Douglas alum Zeeshan Hayat believes that every person, regardless of economic or social standing, deserves access to health care. In fact, he has made it his life’s work.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements and contributions to society, Hayat is being presented with the 2019 Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Hayat has dedicated himself to improving his community through the success of his company and particularly through feeding the homeless in the Downtown Eastside. He is an example of excellence for all of our alumni,” said Andrew Senjack, Senior Alumni Relations Coordinator at Douglas College.

Hayat is the CEO/Co-founder of Prizm Media Inc., a health care technology company that services some of the fastest growing pharmacies, durable medical equipment and health care providers in North America.

Hayat graduated from Douglas College with an Associate of Arts degree in 2001. While a student, he and his partner, Karina – now his wife – launched a website to help people access wellness products online. The venture took off and, instead of pursuing further education as originally intended, the couple decided to focus on their business.

“It was a tough decision,” Hayat said. “I had my acceptance letter from SFU in my hand, but that summer we were seeing success with our business. We said we’d give it three years, and if it didn’t work out, we could always go back to school.”

Eighteen years later, Prizm Media is one of the most trusted health care technology and media companies in the market. It has helped more than 20 million people with chronic health conditions across North America connect with health care partners to get prescription drugs, medical equipment and medical services delivered to them at their point of need.

Hayat also believes in giving back to his community. He mentors MBA students at SFU and speaks to students at Douglas College and UBC about entrepreneurship as a career path. In 2007, he co-established 100 Meals a Week and has personally delivered over 160,000 meals and necessities to homeless people in the Downtown Eastside, and is a member of the St. Paul’s Future Leaders Committee, which supports mental health and addiction programs.

“Giving back has been instilled in me since I was a child,” Hayat said. “If I saw someone in need, I always offered a hand or whatever I could. As I built up the business, I felt it was my duty to do more to help and give back.”

Hayat has received numerous awards for his work: he was the first Pakistani Canadian to receive the Business in Vancouver BC CEO Award and has been listed as one of Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, as well as an EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the quality of Douglas College graduates and their contributions to the community. Hayat will be presented with the award today during the ceremony for Commerce and Business graduates.

For those grads who want to start a business or go the entrepreneurial route, Hayat says the most important thing is to not give up.

“Starting a business, being an entrepreneur, is not easy. We started with nothing – we had no experience and no funding. But we worked extremely hard to grow our business. You need a thick skin to succeed. But you also need patience. It takes time to build a business, so be patient.”

Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in B.C., combining the academic foundations of a university and the employer-ready skills of a college to provide the most relevant and inspiring undergraduate experience in British Columbia. 

For more information, visit douglascollege.ca

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and Douglas alum Zeeshan Hayat believes that every person, regardless of economic or social standing, deserves access to health care. In fact, he has made it his life’s work. In recognition of his exceptional achievements and contributions to society, Hayat is being presented with the 2019 Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award.
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Champion of Aboriginal education receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Douglas College will present its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award today to Dr. Amy Parent, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education at Simon Fraser University. The alum was selected for her contributions to reducing barriers to education for Aboriginal youth after overcoming her own struggles in college.

“Amy was a young person coming from a small community and was struggling to find an identity. In her first semester, she took three courses and ended with three withdrawals,” said Dave Seaweed, Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator at Douglas College and nominator of Dr. Parent for the Distinguished Alumni Award. “With support from her community and Douglas College, she decided to give post-secondary another try. She created lasting bonds with other Aboriginal students, and together they formed a strong support group who embraced their cultures while focusing on ways to succeed in their academic pursuits.”

Dr. Parent took social sciences at Douglas and in 2004 transferred to SFU to complete a bachelor’s degree. She went on to earn her master’s and PhD in education at UBC. Dr. Parent has devoted her academic career to identifying and analyzing the systemic barriers that Aboriginal youth face in post-secondary institutions. Her research has informed and inspired her teachings at SFU and UBC, as well as her involvement with First Nations communities, helping Aboriginal youth successfully transition to university.

“She has a tremendous ability to ‘demystify’ the systems within the university that impede the success of Indigenous students at every level,” said Dr. Mique’l Dangeli, Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and one of Dr. Parent’s academic peers who supported her award nomination. “Her groundbreaking research offers methods for high schools and universities to restructure their programs to be more supportive of First Nations students.”

Dr. Parent has been a member of the Urban Native Youth Association’s Board of Directors, the American Education Research Association’s Indigenous Special Interest Group and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. Recently, she developed a research pathway with her nation in the area of Nisga’a language revitalization in hopes of increasing the number of fluent language speakers in her community.

She has returned to Douglas numerous times to share her experiences with Aboriginal students or to guest lecture on topics of First Nations culture. Her undergraduate paper, Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit: An Aboriginal Survival Guide to University, has been used at Douglas since 2007 as a handbook for new Aboriginal students.

“I feel it is important to be a mentor myself by showing Indigenous learners at Douglas that they can do what I have done, to break stereotypes about what it means to be a professor and have a PhD,” said Dr. Parent. “My time at Douglas allowed me to meet great friends, mentors and colleagues – people who inspired me. I learned a lot about how to challenge colonial institutions that continue to perpetuate ongoing forms of systemic violence onto Indigenous learners. By sharing my story, others can learn that you don't have to be perfect and that sometimes our biggest challenges can shape who we are in positive ways.”

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Melissa NilanCommunications Coordinatormnilan@douglascollege.ca604 527 5547

Champion of Aboriginal education receives Distinguished Alumni Award
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Changing the Conversation: Reflective Empathy and Public Discourse on Social Housing

Public discussions of social housing often perpetuate stigmas around poverty and homelessness. Meanwhile, the voices of people who need social housing are not heard. This three-part event series aims to encourage more reflective and empathetic discussions by centering these voices through first-person narrative and the arts.

Part 3: Reframing the Narrative through the Arts

Join us as we explore how the arts can help us to think more deeply and empathetically about issues related to poverty and homelessness. This event will feature a panel discussion with artists Mariah Eli, Mihailo Subotic, and PJ Patten.

The event will be moderated by Khari Wendell McClelland, an award-winning musician and creative facilitator who uses the arts and experiential activities for transformational learning.

The hosting partners for this event are the Institute of Applied Ethics at Douglas College and the Arts Council of New Westminster.

This project is generously funded through a grant provided by the Vancouver Foundation.

Event Registration Information:

Please register for the event by ordering a ticket and adding your e-mail address. A Zoom link to access the event will be provided through e-mail to ticket holders before the event.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/changing-the-conversation-reframing-the-narrative-through-the-arts-tickets-127580904921 

Closed captioning will be provided for the event. If you have any other accessibility needs and would like to attend the event, please get in touch with us.

Attendees will also receive a digital volume of artwork and essays on the topic of how the arts can be used to improve public dialogue about issues related to poverty and homelessness.

Territorial Acknowledgment:

We acknowledge the unceded territory of the Qayqayt , sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), Kwikwetlemsəl̓ilwətaɁɬ, təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), KwantlenStz'uminusxʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish).

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Douglas College Foundation announces new Board Executive

The Douglas College Foundation revealed their new Board Executive following its annual general meeting in June 2020. The new executive includes a new member, as well as the continuity of experience from past board executive teams.

The new Douglas College Foundation Board Executive are:

  • Nick Cheng, Board Chair – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • John Evans, Vice-Chair – former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at BCAA 
  • Kathy Gallagher, Treasurer – Account Manager, CUMIS
  • Jill Cook, Secretary – former Executive Director of the Coquitlam Foundation and former CEO at the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

“Our new executives are leaders in both business and in our communities,” said Leanne Poon, Executive Director of the Douglas College Foundation. “With their guidance and sage advice, we hope to continue to build the Douglas College Foundation’s profile in the community and increase the much needed support for Douglas College students.”

Cheng, Gallagher and Cook continue their ongoing support of the Foundation, having previously served as Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Evans previously served as Chair for the Douglas College Board. Each of the Board Executive are appointed for a three-year term.   

Established in 1985, the Douglas College Foundation provides financial assistance to Douglas College students through the generosity and support of donors, community partners and volunteers. During the 2019/20 academic year, the Foundation distributed over $2.07 million in scholarships, awards and bursaries to 2,305 students.

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Leanne Poon

Executive Director, Douglas College Foundation

Poonl@douglascollege.ca

The Douglas College Foundation revealed their new Board Executive following its annual general meeting in June 2020. The new executive includes a new member, as well as the continuity of experience from past board executive teams.
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Douglas College Foundation board welcomes six new directors

The Douglas College Foundation welcomes six new directors to its board, following the latest annual general meeting.

The new directors are:

  • Jill Cook – former executive director of the Coquitlam Foundation and former CEO with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Jay Dargatz – President of Canstar Restorations and Douglas College alum
  • Kathy Gallagher – formerly of Envision Financial
  • John Halani – Vancouver’s honorary consul to the Republic of Uganda and owner of the Tropicana Suite Hotel
  • Jamal Khan – Managing partner at CF Canada Financial and Douglas College alum
  • Sasha Ramnarine – Lawyer at Remedios & Company and Douglas College alum

“This year, we will continue to focus on strengthening and deepening the Foundation’s relationships with our donors and volunteers,” says Leanne Poon, the Foundation’s executive director. “We are incredibly grateful to our existing Foundation Board, as well as our newest members, for generously providing their expert advice as business and community leaders. With their assistance we hope to increase the Foundation’s community profile and increase philanthropic support for our students and the College.”

Established in 1985, the Douglas College Foundation provides financial assistance to Douglas College students through the generosity and support of donors, community partners and volunteers. During the 2017/18 academic year, the Foundation raised over 1.5 million dollars from more than 2,000 donors and distributed 1.8 million dollars in scholarships, awards and bursaries to over 1,800 deserving students.

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Leanne Poon, Executive Director

Douglas College Foundation

604-777-6173

The Douglas College Foundation welcomes six new directors to its board, following the latest annual general meeting.
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Julius Caesar: A Play for Voices

The latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, Julius Caesar: A Play for Voices, directed by Jane Heyman, will be live-streamed via Zoom on Nov. 12 at 1:00pm & Nov. 13 at 7:30pm.

This is the opening matinee and will be followed by a Talkback.

More information on how to view the performance online can be found here

WARNINGS: Mature Content, Recommended for audience members aged 12 and up.

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Students from our Theatre and Stagecraft programs work on stage and behind the scenes under the guidance of professional directors and designers to produce two productions per semester.
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Krista Graham

Julius Caesar: A Play for Voices

The latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, Julius Caesar: A Play for Voices, directed by Jane Heyman, will be live-streamed via Zoom on Nov. 12 at 1:00pm & Nov. 13 at 7:30pm.

More information on how to view the performance online can be found here

WARNINGS: Mature Content, Recommended for audience members aged 12 and up.

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Students from our Theatre and Stagecraft programs work on stage and behind the scenes under the guidance of professional directors and designers to produce two productions per semester.
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grahamkl@douglascollege.ca
Krista Graham

Kayoko Takeuchi appointed Vice President Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer

Douglas College is pleased to announce the appointment of Kayoko Takeuchi to the position of Vice President Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer. She will assume the role on September 9, 2019.

For the last 14 years, Kayoko has worked at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She started as the Controller, was promoted to Director of Finance & Administration after a year, and ultimately served as Vice President Finance and Operations.

Kayoko completed a Bachelor of Business Administration and an Executive Master of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University, and holds the professional designations Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

In addition to her experience in the public post-secondary sector, Kayoko serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Legal Information Institute, which is a not-for-profit branch of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. She has also co-facilitated and trained over three cohorts of candidates through the Certified Management Accountants Executive Strategic Leadership program and has adjudicated CMA and CPA candidates in their Strategic Case presentations.

Kayoko is also currently a member of the Government Organization Accounting and Auditing (GOAA) Forum of CPABC.

Douglas College is pleased to announce the appointment of Kayoko Takeuchi to the position of Vice President Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer. She will assume the role on September 9, 2019.
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Morality and murder collide in modern retelling of Julius Caesar streaming live from Douglas College theatre Nov. 12 & 13

Friendship leads to murder when a conspiracy against a Roman general comes to fruition in Julius Caesar: a Play for Voices.

William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is reimagined as a radio play in the latest production presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology. Julius Caesar: a Play for Voices will be streamed live via Zoom on Nov. 12 at 1pm and Nov. 13 at 7:30pm. Both performances will include a talkback with cast and crew after the show.

This modern take on the tragic murder of a Roman general by his friend Brutus reworks the classic stage production into a radio play, adapting the piece for current safety regulations and allowing the cast to remain two metres apart during the entire performance.

In this version by guest director Jane Heyman, the scenes requiring large crowds and battles have been cut leaving more room to focus on the friendships and rivalries within the play. Heyman explains how, with movement limited to the actors’ microphone stand and a stool a few feet behind each of them, the performers can focus on the language of the play, rather than where they need to stand or move around on stage.

“Without blocking to memorize, the performers have had more time to tackle Shakespeare’s text, focusing on the imagery and the language of Julius Caesar,” says Heyman. “After all, these plays were meant to be spoken. There wasn’t a big production value or elaborate costumes in Shakespeare’s time. We’re staying true to that.”

The cast and crew have had to make adjustments and show flexibility due to physical distancing requirements, however, Heyman notes that the excitement of live theatre has not be lost.

“While we may not be able to touch, we can use our voices and our imaginations to touch. The magic of theatre is in the space between us, that’s where the play exists. When the actors are really connecting, that comes alive on Zoom as well,” says Heyman.

The student cast includes Andy Nie (Burnaby), Ryan Tsang (Surrey), Mike Waddell (Port Coquitlam), Joseph Hartono (New Westminster), Jacob Tong (Burnaby), Artem Karamov (Moscow, Russia), and Eve Jackson (Coquitlam).   

Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in B.C., combining the academic foundations of a university and the employer-ready skills of a college to provide the most relevant and inspiring undergraduate experience in British Columbia. 

For more information, visit douglascollege.ca/theatre-productions

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Contact:

Maia Odegaard
Communications Coordinator
odegaardm@douglascollege.ca

 

Julius Caesar: A Play for Voices runs Nov. 12 & 13, live-streamed via Zoom.
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Newly completed $10.5M renovation centralizes student services at Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus

Enrolment Services after renovation

A new one-stop student services hub is complete after a $10.5M renovation at Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus. The 2,323 square-metre (25,000 square-foot) space centralizes enrolment services, financial aid, counselling, accessibility services, student recruitment and career services.

“The continuous enhancements being made to our facilities enable Douglas College to meet the needs of students now and for years to come,” said Dr. Kathy Denton, Douglas College President. “By creating a learning environment that is adaptive, responsive and forward-looking, we support our goal of graduating resilient global citizens with the knowledge and skills to adapt, innovate and lead in a changing world.”

The flexible new environment includes meeting spaces with soft seating and retractable doors, offering comfortable study spaces for individuals or groups. Self-service kiosks have been added, providing students, in non-COVID times, the opportunity to choose when and how they are assisted with enrolment and other services.

Additionally, there is a new Testing Centre, where students requiring accommodated or assessment testing can write exams in an area designed specifically for that purpose, which supports the College’s goal of creating responsive and accessible learning environments.

The Testing Centre can accommodate up to 20 students and includes individual exam stations as well as modern elements to maintain academic integrity.

The extensive renovation project, which began in Fall 2019, was funded through the College’s capital reserve ($8.5M) and the province of British Columbia ($2M).

For an up-to-date schedule of in-person services available at both campuses, visit douglascollege.ca/current-students.

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Contact:

Maia Odegaard

Communications Coordinator

odegaardm@douglascollege.ca

 

A new one-stop student services hub is complete after a $10.5M renovation at Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus.
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Stem Talks

Join us for a lively discussion with a panel of professionals who will talk about their companies, career possibilities, and the knowledge and skills required in STEM industries. Learn about career possibilities, gain insights, and be inspired!

For more information: https://mycareer.douglascollege.ca/home.htm

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Lucia Green

Students not taking classes: back up your Office 365 files before Sept. 21

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If you did not register for Summer or Fall 2020, your files will be permanently deleted.
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If you are a former student who registered for the Winter 2020 Semester, but have not registered for Summer 2020 and will not be registering for Fall 2020, please ensure you move all your personal data from Office 365 to your personal storage before Sept. 21, 2020, as all your files will be permanently deleted on Sept. 21, 2020.

Please note, if you are not registering for the Fall 2020 Semester, your access will not be renewed and your login will be blocked, as well, all material saved in Office 365 will be permanently deleted.

Please transfer any content from Office 365 to another cloud storage service or USB device and forward any Office email messages that you want to keep to a personal account.

Contact the CEIT Service Desk at 604-527-5330 during support hours or email servicedesk@douglascollege.ca

Former students who registered for the Winter 2020 Semester, but not the Summer or Fall 2020 Semesters, you must back up any data from Office 365 or it will be deleted after September 21.
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Will Mentorship Get me a Job? with RBC Olympian Sam Effah and RBC CMO Mary DePaoli

Join us for our DougTalks Speaker Series: Fireside Chat edition! RBC Olympian and Professional Athlete, Sam Effah, will chat with RBC’s Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Mary DePaoli, about all things mentorship – from finding a mentor to landing a job.

Session takeaways:

•           Tips to land a job

•           Know how to find a mentor and why you’d want one

•           Your key questions about mentoring will be answered by hosts

This online presentation will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A.

This event is open to Douglas College students and alumni. This event is hosted by Ten Thousand Coffees, in partnership with the Douglas College Café mentoring and networking program.  

What is Douglas College Café? Learn more about the program on the Douglas College Alumni page

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Join us for our DougTalks Speaker Series: Fireside Chat edition! Sam Effah and Mary DePaoli chat about all things mentorship – from finding a mentor to landing a job.
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Andrew Senjack and Janay Legge, Douglas College Alumni Association

‘Citizen scientists’ wanted to collect data on beetle new to B.C.

The Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology is seeking members of the community to help gather information on a species of ground beetle that mysteriously showed up in B.C. roughly five years ago.

Nebria brevicollis

Dr. Robert McGregor, Executive Director of the Institute of Urban Ecology (IUE), and his team first discovered Nebria brevicollis, a species of ground beetle native to Europe, at the Coquitlam Campus in 2018. Prior to this, there was only one other known specimen in Western Canada, collected near UBC in 2015.

Now, through an initiative called Beetle Watch 2020, the IUE is asking ‘citizen scientists’ to lend a hand by trapping and photographing beetles, and submitting information to the IUE for analysis. This information will inform the IUE on the distribution of this newly introduced species – and shed light on whether it’s a friend or foe. Or both.

“This insect is not a potential pest species,” said Dr. McGregor. “It doesn’t feed on crop plants. It is a predator of small invertebrates and serves a beneficial function. However, it does have the potential to displace similar local native species.”

For details on how to participate in Beetle Watch 2020, community members can watch the IUE’s videos on YouTube. McGregor said setting a beetle trap is simple.

“Anywhere that you can install a cup into the ground will work. You can try installing a cup in your yard or anywhere else outdoors that may lead to trapping beetles. It’s that easy,” McGregor said.

Citizen scientists who want more information about participating can join the IUE Beetle Watch 2020 Facebook group or email iue@douglascollege.ca.

Contact:

Maia Odegaard

Communications Coordinator

odegaardm@douglascollege.ca

 

The Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology is seeking members of the community to help gather information on a species of ground beetle that mysteriously showed up in B.C. roughly five years ago.
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