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: 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 …

Sheila Prins: A founding member of Camosun’s English department

Sheila Prins was hired in 1971 to teach in the newly formed English Department at Camosun College. Initially, she shared office space in the Young Building with two and sometimes three others. The Young Building office was also where colleague John Prins from Adult Basic Education dropped by to suggest going for coffee. That coffee date led to so much …

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: 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 …

Trudy Parks: A financial whiz who always focused on people

Trudy Parks grew up on a dairy farm in Oregon. She was introduced to hard work early in life and she was raised to be independent in her thinking and approach to life. She was also taught strong values that embraced others. As a result, she had remarkable people skills – she always took time to listen to people and …

Keith Bateman: Early trailblazer of Camosun’s trades and technology programs

Keith Bateman joined Camosun in 1982 as the Director of Science and Technology. Shortly after arriving, Keith attended his first Admin Council meeting, a breakfast meeting in the Cook Training section at Interurban. When Keith, an ex-Brit, was offered kippers, he knew he’d made a wise decision to come to Camosun. At that meeting, Keith learned that college budgets were …

Ethan Joseph

Ethan Joseph: First-year Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ student finds his path at Camosun

Ethan Joseph is a Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet First Nation) man who graduated high school in 2018. After moving to Victoria in 2019 and working for a while, he felt like he hadn’t progressed much in life, so he went to Camosun College to meet Indigenous education advisor Sekwan Webasca. Sitting in the Indigenous office was an immediate comfort that pushed out …