Ed Fougner

Ed Fougner: An early leader in Athletics and Student Services

In 1973, Ed Fougner joined Camosun as the college’s first Athletic Director. There were no athletic facilities and a very limited budget, nevertheless, Ed developed an extensive program focused on outdoor activity. In the early 1970s, staff and faculty were primarily young, consequently they were keen to became involved. Ed found inexpensive canoes and river kayaks. A faculty member donated …

Paula Young

Paula Young: The Affable Historian

Paula Young’s relationship with Camosun College began in the 1980s when she enrolled in a first-year English Literature course. That led her, at age 34, to quit her job to attend Camosun full time. Her goal was to become an elementary special-ed teacher which meant she had to take two Canadian history courses. These courses encouraged her to think in …

Camosun’s first Registrar, Malcolm Knapman

In 1980, Camosun welcomed Malcolm Knapman to manage the college’s admission and registration processes; to collaborate in the final implementation of the new student/faculty/classroom timetabling system; and in the definition of a computer-based student registration system.  The Student Registration System (SRS) was launched in 1981 and transformed the operations of the admissions and registration processes. Once SRS was implemented at Camosun, …

Stephen Robards: Fond memories of the Hospitality Management program

Submitted by Stephen Robards, former Hospitality Management Instructor I was privileged to work for 13 years in the Hospitality Management Program at Camosun Landsdowne, at the Dunlop House Restaurant.  In 2014, Program Chair Carl Everett asked me to tutor a group of 13 International students on a weekly basis.  The thinking was this would help them in their regular classes …

Ken Guenter-

Ken Guenter: Fine Furniture maker, designer and educator

Ken Guenter first worked for Camosun College in 1983 when he agreed to teach a Community Education course for a woodworking colleague. The course focused on basic cabinet making, something that Ken knew well, but had never taught before. He recalls heading to the first all-day workshop. En route, he thought several times about turning around and going home. Despite …

Pearl Arden

Pearl Arden: Melding theatre and education to make learning fun

In 1989, Pearl Arden received an unexpected gift – a job at Camosun College. Pearl had just completed a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at UVic when she happened to be at the college and ran into her friend, Larry Dettweiler, who was teaching in Camosun’s Psychology Department. Larry asked what she was doing. When Pearl told him she was …

Michiko Sakamoto-Senge

Michiko Sakamoto-Senge: Serving learners and community with nobility and care

When Michiko Sakamoto-Senge was offered a term teaching position at Camosun in 1976, she felt a mix of excitement and apprehension. Although she had completed an MA in Sociology in Chicago, she had no formal teaching experience. Fortunately, she took a chance and discovered that teaching was both stimulating and invigorating. She was delighted, therefore, when she received an invitation …