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eNEWS 2022 | December

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Thoughts and Observations as We Approach Winter Break 2022/23 - by Craig Davis, President and Head of College

As we approach the Winter Break 2022-23, I wanted to share some thoughts and reflections with the Pearson College UWC community.

Just this weekend as the children of residents and employees were celebrating the holidays with a campus-based Christmas extravaganza (another wonderful community-building activity organized by our own guardian angel, Candice Hall), I had the chance to walk around our campus with two wise Indigenous educators who helped me to appreciate our place and privilege in new ways.

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Looking Ahead with Jason McBride

December is a busy time for everyone – especially at an international school racing towards term break -- but incoming Head of College Jason McBride had a chance to share greetings and a peak at his forward-looking vision before he joins us on campus this summer.

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Fond Memories of the Gym

"I'm happy to be able to contribute to the development of Pearson College, especially to the gym since I really had fond memories of it - that tiny corner at the end of the pool where I used to work out when nobody was around. It meant so much to me."

Dianna Thor (Year 23/1998, Singapore)


A Great Stress Reliever

"There were times that were mentally challenging, and one of the only places to save me from that stress was the gym. I do not work out a lot, but I could do so when I need to distract myself, and the gym always got my back. Additionally, I also learned how to swim at the swimming pool that is just beside the gym, and that is something I can never forget."

- Jacob Chout (Year 46/2021, South Sudan)

Lunchtime Runs

"I'm a monthly donor to Pearson, and when I saw the college was planning to revitalize the gym, I jumped at the chance to support the initiative! Fitness and recreation are great ways to connect across cultures - some of my closest Pearson friendships were forged through the Lunchtime Run Club. Having suitable gym space is a must for mental and physical well-being."

- Kaila Mintz (Year 26/2001, Canada-NL)

There’s still time to receive a 2022 tax receipt for your gift. The deadline to donate is December 31 before midnight.



Respectful Gender Equity and Honouring Diversity 
– A Practical Guide

To support our extended community of Host Families and other volunteers practicing respectful gender equity and diversity, Pearson College UWC Faculty member, alumnus (YR 38) and Houseparent Lucas Olscamp (he/they) recently created a user-friendly and engaging guide available in a variety of formats. 

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Meet Our New Sustainability Coordinators

Sustainability and environmental protection have been core values since the College first welcomed students back in 1974. We are proud to announce the appointment of our new Sustainability Coordinators, Aileen Lee & Melody Miu!

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Pearson Podcast: Getting to Know Dr. Spencer Fowler (Part 2)

Following last month's video interview, we bring you the second part of our chat with the Deputy Head & Vice President Education and Learning, Dr. Spencer Fowler. In a podcast, we discuss how he went from a pro hockey player to leading schools all across the globe to settling in at Pearson.

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Engagement and Empowerment: Learn More About the Work of the DEIJB Working Group

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging (DEIJB) Working Group includes Pearson Board members, faculty, staff, students, and alumni who meet regularly to coordinate and inspire diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging programming, engagement and outreach efforts.

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UWC International Announces Appointment of New Director of Education

UWC International is delighted to announce the appointment of Radha Pillay as its new Director of Education. Radha brings over three decades of experience to the role following stints across Africa as Head of Learning and Teaching.

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RECAP: This Is Our Time To Be Kind, Be Calm, and Be Safe

Recently, we had the privilege of hosting Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia, Canada, who led the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her talk gave us insight into challenges for public health leadership during the pandemic. Stay tuned next month for a podcast version of her speech and Q&As with the campus community!