Indigenous education formally comes into being at Camosun

Indigenous education came into being formally at Camosun in 1991 with the hiring of Janice Simcoe, Anishinaabe (Rama), now Director of Eye? Sqa’lewen: The Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections. In 1992, the First Nations Student Association (FNSA) was formed and led by Indigenous students with a mandate to meet students’ social, cultural and recreational needs. The FNSA Director …

A champion of Camosun’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy: Chris Balmer

Chris Balmer began working at Camosun in July, 1987 in an innovative “portal” position, created for recent counsellor graduates. During those years, Chris worked in the Counselling Department within Student Services, half of this time as Department Chair. Early on, Chris recognized the need to engage with the college community which motivated him to develop the College’s first Student Peer-Counselling …

The White House on Lansdowne campus

Story by Arnie Campbell, Retiree: Health &Human Services 1981-90, Continuing Education Services 1990-94 “Once upon a time on a street named Argyle on a campus called Lansdowne there was a house. It was old, and it was white. Which is why we called it the White House. It had seven rooms on the main floor, a dank basement that only …

CAMO Radio is born

In 1973, Applied Communications program (ACP) faculty member Kermit (Kerm) Carlson founded CAMO Radio, a closed-circuit radio station on the top floor of the Young Building at Lansdowne campus. The campus radio station provided ACP students with practical on-air broadcasting and station management experience. In 1993, CAMO Radio became CKMO-FM – one of only three campus instructional radio stations in …

HUman and Health Services class in the 70s

The Junction Campus at Fort St. & Oak Bay Ave.

When Camosun College was amalgamated in 1971 Junction Campus, located in a commercial building at the junction of Fort Street and Oak Bay Avenue, was already in business. A variety of healthcare programs had been offered in this small satellite location since the late 60s. In 1971, two programs were underway there: Practical Nursing and Orderly training. At that time, …

Pat Floyd: Early days of Liberal and Applied Arts at Camosun

Pat Floyd joined Camosun College in 1971 along with most other instructors from the Institute of Adult Studies (IAS). He’d been hired to teach Geography at IAS in 1968 while completing his Master’s Degree at UVic. When he joined the college, Pat was appointed Coordinator of Social Sciences. After the first year, Pat was encouraged to apply for the position …

John Meagher: An early leader in Camosun’s evolution

In 1971 John Meagher was teaching at a private college in Vancouver when he heard about a new college about to open in Victoria. He was excited by the idea of being part of what was then a very new public college system in B.C. He applied for a position teaching English at Camosun College and was delighted when he …

Interurban campus life in the 70s

In 1971, the B.C. Vocational School (located on Interurban Road) merged with the Lansdowne campus to become Camosun College, offering trades and technical programs in professional cook training, electrical, plumbing, welding and carpentry trades, automotive repair and map drafting.

Lansdowne life in the 70s

In 1971, the Lansdowne campus offered academic and career programs in business administration, secretarial sciences, medical lab technology, Native and commercial art, sciences, arts and humanities.