Good reasons

VCC COMMUNITY REPORT 2019

Introduction

Over the past 50 years, Vancouver Community College (VCC) grads have built this city. Today’s students will craft its future.

At VCC, we teach and learn by interacting directly with the world around us – outside our campus doors, down the street, and across the province. Because of this, we feel the needs of our community deeply.

We also embrace these needs as opportunities for progress. Our stories show this best. Whether by welcoming newcomers in better ways, furthering Indigenous reconciliation, or advancing trades and technology in a growing economy, at VCC, learning has good reasons.

Elder's welcome
DEANNA GEORGE (SYNLHA'LIYA)


Native american Thunderbird symbol

The VCC community works and learn on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. My grandmother, Synlha'liya, was from the Squamish Nation. My family and I represent the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. It is my honour to welcome you.

To our community
President and board chair message

President Peter Nunoda and Board Chair Jocelyn (Joey) Hartman at VCC downtown campus

This is a promising
time for VCC.

This is a promising time for VCC. Since 1965, we have taught, served, and engaged with British Columbians, learning and improving every step of the way. Looking ahead, we continue to be driven by our vision statement: VCC – The first choice for innovative, experiential learning for life.

In September 2019, VCC will welcome the first students educated under the redesigned B.C. school curriculum – students who will have more technological know-how and social awareness than ever before. These students represent a good future. And just as B.C. schools are adapting to an advancing society, VCC is keeping pace with an evolving workforce.

One of the most effective ways we do this is by building lasting relationships with employers and community partners. Alongside them, we’re able to constantly adapt our programs to meet real-world needs. Our city needs child care, our newcomers need the English language, our Indigenous people need healing and justice, and our neighbours need relief from deadly drugs. As the stories in this report show, we, our partners, students, and alumni are tackling these challenges and many more.

We are also pleased to announce that VCC has begun to develop a Strategic Innovation Plan that will guide both curriculum and infrastructure over the coming decades. Specific initiatives like our Institutional Learning Outcomes and Campus Master Plan have already begun. These and other initiatives will be key in furthering VCC’s vision while expanding our already outstanding reputation across the country and around the world.


Sincerely,

Signature of Peter Nunoda president of Vancouver Community College
Dr. Peter Nunoda
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College
Signature of Jocelyn (Joey) Hartman, Chair, VCC Board of Governors
Jocelyn (Joey) Hartman
Chair
VCC Board of Governors
Elder Deanna George dressed in a traditional regalia hat and a graduation gown

Hay ce:p’qa. Thank you all! We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of all our industry, community, and First Nations partners: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. I also wish to acknowledge VCC’s teachers and staff, including the Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department, for all your hard work.

It is with your kindness that VCC is able to help students attain their goals, graduate into careers of their choice, and become self-confident, independent, and caring human beings. Education lifts us up, teaches us respect and kindness, and enables us to look after ourselves, our families, and our communities now and in the years to come.

Here are some heartfelt words from a song:

Go my son/daughter, get an education. Go my son/daughter and earn your feather – reach my son/daughter and lift your people up with you!

Hay ce:p’qa
Thank you,

Signature of Elder Deanna George
Synlha’liya
Elder Deanna George

The Boards

VCC BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Jocelyn (Joey) Hartman
Chair
Elizabeth (Libby) Davies
Vice Chair
Dr. Peter Nunoda
President and CEO
Elle Ting
Education Council Chair
Erin Klis
Support Staff Representative
Garth Manning
Faculty representative
Jennifer Chen
Student Representative
Sukhmanjot Singh
Student Representative
Nadia Belokopitov
Chloe Lau
Rene-John Nicolas
Seung Oh
Shobha Rajagopalan
Mahin Rashid
Mike Tourigny

VCC FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ken Cretney
Chair
Peter Van Dyke
Treasurer
Mark Andrew
Secretary
Kay Wong
Treasurer
Geoff Bowman
Zoran Kovacevic
Guff Muench
Barb Steele
Kay Wong-Alafriz

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