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40th Anniversary Celebrations
40 after 40
How do you leave your "second home" when it's time to retire? For Barb Sekhon, it won't be easy.
Olympic gold medalist Daniel Igali's story is one of the most celebrated in Canadian sport.
Once upon a time James Moore was a Douglas student with a passion for political science. Now he's a big wig on Parliament Hill.
Eons before there was a desktop in every home, Dean Wutke was a computer whiz. His love for technology has served him well.
Gert van Niekerk
Gert van Niekerk started working at Douglas before a campus even existed. Forty years later he's still here - and loving it.
Bruce and Helen Clarke
The happy couple met when Douglas College was just forming. Now retirement is looming - and they're reluctant to leave.
Low self-esteem made Cathy Tremblay believe she'd never amount to anything. Her experiences at Douglas taught her otherwise.
Henry Waack left a stable and secure life in Alberta to help establish a fledgling college in BC. He's never looked back.
Life in the fast lane put Jerome Bouvier in a wheelchair. Undeterred, he came to Douglas, got an education and now works with at-risk youth.
Lured to Douglas College by the newly minted Other Press, Keith Baldrey has since risen in the ranks of journalism to become chief political correspondent for Global TV.
From "never a great student" to earner of multiple degrees, Arleigh Bell discovered at Douglas the resources she needed to learn her way. "
One of the best known choral conductors in Canada credits Douglas for launching her illustrious career. "
When Kylah Blair discovered Douglas's Therapeutic Recreation Program, she knew she'd found her place. "
Smart, driven and multi-talented, Suzette Amaya never let her tough childhood interfere with achieving her dreams."
Major league: Scott Richmond left the docks of North Van to eventually wind up in the "field of dreams."
In 1990 a car crash left Yuka Chokyu paralyzed. Today she is the number two ranked wheelchair tennis player in Canada.
From Douglas to the top: star opera tenor Lance Ryan brings his magic to the place it all began this December in a very special concert.
Sumiko Nishizawa left her native Japan to study in Canada with the aim of taking her credentials back home. Eighteen years later she's still here - and thriving.
Elizabeth Bachinsky wrote a novel at age 10. Now she's a celebrated poet with three published books under her belt.
As a child in Ethiopia, Hiruth Mwandemere dreamed of becoming a nurse. Coming to Canada - and Douglas - made that dream a reality.
Heather Anderson credits Douglas for giving her much more than a good education. The College also introduced her to jobs - and her husband of 25 years.
Who says crime doesn't pay? Steven Bittle's made an illustrious career out of it.
For some, the quickest path from point A to point B is a straight line. For others, like Jerald Walliser, a rich and winding path led him to where he is today.
From Canada, to Africa, to Australia, Kara Dooley is making a difference and giving back in a big way.
In 1978 Greg Halseth came to Douglas without any real idea of what he wanted to do. Now he's a big man on campus at UNBC.
When Phillip Choi started at Douglas in 1982 his English skills were limited. Today, he's a professor at the University of Alberta.
Mahshid G. and Hooman S.
Iranian doctors Mahshid and Hooman have been added to BC's list of physicians, thanks to programs offered by The Training Group and BC Ministry of Health.
Homeless and addicted by 14, Lisa Neilson struggled to put her past behind her. She found a new beginning sitting in the registrar's office at Douglas.
Psychiatric Nursing grad Kelly Christie credits Douglas College with helping her cross "more things off my bucket list than I could have dreamed possible."
Dr. John Belshaw's passion for student-centered education started at Douglas.
Wolfgang Roosch takes a trip down memory lane as he recounts the early days of Douglas.
Local Historian Archie Miller shares his memories of Douglas in the 70's.
Supporting new graduate nurses as they move into the profession is just one of Julie Fraser's roles as a nurse.
Theatre grad Fred Ewaniuck gets starring TV role.
Award-winning director and cinematographer John Banovich survived a deadly car crash. Now, he takes his inspirational message out to others.
Professor John Bertram's journey from dropout to doctorate started at Douglas.
A fascination with crime led to a career in radio for Anu Dawit-Kanna.
Patrick Gallagher, the short-shorts wearing football coach from Glee, got his start in the Theatre program at Douglas.
Community Social Service Worker grad Fay Wong says a mid-life career change had a profound impact on her life.
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