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Experiences

Photo: Clair Brown Clair Brown

Recent graduate, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care


Why I chose UVic

"I chose UVic after attending a presentation about the child and youth care program. My life experience also influenced my choice of program. My younger sister was in the hospital with a brain tumour. She also had learning disabilities, which made a huge impact on my family."

The UVic experience

"What stands out for me is the incredible faculty in CYC and in general. The profs were approachable, understanding and personable, and I found the classes interesting and relevant."

Practicum experiences

"I did two practicum placements in Vancouver with the Infant Development Program at BC Children’s Hospital. I was lucky to be in a program that offers great work skills that are very relevant. The Child Life program hired me right after graduation."

"CYC is such a unique program with the work experience (practicum) program. The program is designed to help you grow as person in your personal life and helps you to care for yourself and others."

Photo: Johanna RoyJohanne Roy

Recent graduate, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Why I chose UVic

"I chose UVic because I liked the program, the way it was organized, and the philosophy of being women-centered, a new age view. Their view of nursing theory is a broad look."

The UVic experience

"The program gave me the opportunity to step back and really look at how I practiced, and to bring it to a higher level. I could reflect back on what was keeping me back and able to see that guiding, following, or starting where my clients were was very important."

Practicum experiences

"Practicum opened me to aspects of nursing that I wasn't aware of. I did a practicum setting at "First Square" with pregnant women with substance issues. I'd wanted to move away from my comfort zone and gain more insights."

"Now that I’ve graduated I want to do a Masters in Nursing Education at UVic."

Photo: Jeffrey MacDonaldJeffrey MacDonald

Recent graduate, Master of Public Administration


Why UVic ?

"It was a combination of advice from my professors at U of Saskatchewan and the strong co-op program."

UVic experiences

"I was impressed by how close the MPA group was. I’ve got a network of people that are working and keeping in touch."

Co-op experiences

"The co-op education program was a big stand out. You build a network as you gain experience. I just received an email from a former supervisor in Ottawa asking if I’m looking for work. These networks are important for accessing the public network."

"It was trying at times to get through school for 6 years, but co-op was a huge help financially. I also received a lot of support from the MPA program – it was lots of teamwork."

Photo: Melissa HylandMelissa Hyland

Recent graduate, Master of Social Work, Indigenous specialization


Why I chose UVic

"I chose UVic because they had an Indigenous-focused program in Social Work. I grew up in foster care and was determined to take that struggle and difficult life history and make it my strength. I knew I needed the support to do that and found it here in the social work program."

The UVic experience

"What stood out was the teachers and the way the program was set up and the way the community was built with fellow students. I’ve developed lifelong friendships with these students through the processes that we went through. They are family and the connections will be lifelong."

"The profs took care with students and brought in elders and had smudges. They were very mindful that some Indigenous students come with a lot of lived trauma. The professors take care of you. You’re not just learning about a textbook topic, but something you’ve lived through. It’s a wonderful program."

Practicum experiences

"My third year practicum was with Aboriginal Health. I worked in the community on the Six Reserves promoting Aboriginal Women’s Wellness."

"I did another practicum in a new office under the Solicitor General, the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Part of what I did in my practicum was to create, with my team, an Aboriginal-specific focused strategy for BC."

"I’ve been hired in the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, doing teaching and curriculum development and lots of public speaking. I’ll be the keynote speaker at the next BC Association of Social Workers Conference in Vancouver."

"I was able to create a job for myself. Government finally wants to address the trafficking of Aboriginal girls, the missing 510 Aboriginal women who have gone missing in the last 20 years, as identified by Amnesty and NWAC.  I’m creating some very specific strategies to address this."

"I’ve been able to take my passion and education and to create a niche for myself. I feel very honoured and blessed."

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