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 …

First Co-op Education program begins in the Business division

Camosun’s first Co-operative Education program began in 1986 in the Business Division. Today, Camosun’s Co-operative Education and Career Services department offers co-op and internship work experiences in a broad range of disciplines including the engineering technologies, sport and exercise education, arts and sciences, environmental technology, psychology, accounting, finance, public administration and many more. These work experience opportunities allow students to …

Mechanical Engineering added to Camosun’s suite of technology programs

Camosun’s new Mechanical Engineering program opened in September 1985. Supported by a major grant from the Federal Government Skills Growth Fund and relying heavily on computer applications, this program was unique in BC and introduced CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacuring) to the Interurban Campus. It was later to be used in the pilot Engineering Bridge program which …

First International students enroll at Camosun

In the 1980s, Camosun enrolls international students for the first time. This year, the college welcomes more than 1,400 international students from 80 countries world-wide. International students make up about 15 per cent of Camosun’s student body. Most international students come from as far away as India, China, Vietnam, Japan and Mexico.

Enrollment soars

Enrollment soars partly due to high unemployment in the early 1980s.

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 …

The Business division graduates 300 students

In the 1970s and 80s, Camosun’s Business Division was growing – offering courses in typing, business fundamentals, accounting, shorthand and business machines practice including: adding machines, calculators and transcribing equipment. In 1980, the Business Division graduated over 300 students with certificates and diplomas in marketing, accounting, finance, hotel/restaurant and office administration.    

Camosun’s new Nursing program launches

In 1979, the Ministry of Education funded a new two-year Nursing diploma program at Camosun with the requirement the college register the first nursing students by fall of 1980. Thelma Brown was hired as Chair of the new program along with faculty members, Faye Ferguson and Patti Gauchie. This threesome were tasked with developing the philosophical and learning framework for …