QES Blog Spotlight - Transition to a new way of life

Submitted by Chris Yeast on November 9, 2018 - 11:51am
During the month of November, the Education Abroad Office is featuring blog posts that have been written by VIU’s Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) who were recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship. This opportunity allows participants to actively engage, both academically and practically, in deeply linked issues relating to coastal resilience.

Scholarships that change lives and communities: From Canada to Ghana

Submitted by Leslie Burgoyne on September 11, 2018 - 3:03pm

My internship for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee scholarship was at the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary in the Upper West Region of Ghana. One of my most important projects during my time there was to do an evaluation of the Friends of Wechiau scholarship programme, by interviewing students who had won scholarships for senior high school and university studies. I am going to share some of my findings, but first some context for the community I was placed in.

The Road to Recovery

Submitted by Leslie Burgoyne on August 20, 2018 - 10:30am

Christchurch is a coastal city situated on a major fault line, at risk of tsunami and susceptible to sea level rise caused by climate change. These characteristics could describe countless cities around the world, including many on Vancouver Island. Coastal cities are growing quickly, and the environment is changing faster than we can plan for. This makes them susceptible to unpredictable events which is why Building resilience is incredibly important to ensure coastal cities are prepared for a major disaster and the subsequent road to recovery.

The Power of Perspective

Submitted by Leslie Burgoyne on July 23, 2018 - 9:24am

Becoming a global citizen requires patience, tolerance and experience which all depend on the power of embracing different perspectives. Being able to accept and learn from different beliefs and practices allows us to adapt and work together towards global goals such as gender equality.

Copy and Paste: As Simple as Sewing a Straight Stitch

Submitted by Leslie Burgoyne on June 22, 2018 - 10:48am

Copy and Paste: As Simple as Sewing a Straight Stitch

Using a computer is a fairly simple task. Turn computer on. Create Word document. Hold shift down to make a capital letter. Press the spacebar after each word. To delete a word, backspace. To delete a paragraph, highlight, then backspace. To undo, press that little arrow in the top left-hand corner, but not too many times or you’ll clear your entire document. A period is a full stop but that little coma thing next to it can be used too, if for a pause.

All Dreams Are Possible

Submitted by Leslie Burgoyne on June 22, 2018 - 9:47am

All Dreams Are Possible

My name is Avryl Brophy and I grew up on Vancouver Island (Gabriola) and consider myself to be an Island girl. I have always loved the outdoors and being surrounded by nature.

I am passionate about community, public outreach and travel, however until recently, travelling abroad has always been more of a dream of mine than a reality, as a student and mother of two teenage boys ... I didn’t think I would have the chance.