We acknowledge that we live, learn and work on the unceded territory of the Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nation.

eNEWS | August 2021 | Edition 8

Welcome to the 2021-22 Academic Year

It’s the start of a new school year and we wanted to share with you Head Craig Davis’ welcome message to students and the entire campus community.

"A warm welcome to the start of our 2021-2022 academic year. Welcome to our campus on the unceded territory of the Sc’ianew First Nation. I hope faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Pearson enjoyed the northern hemisphere summer during July and August and that everyone found time to explore the outdoors." Read more

Update: Covid-19 Vaccinations and
Pearson College UWC

To help ensure community and campus health and safety, Pearson is now requiring students and campus employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Stay up to date with the latest COVID news on our webpage.

Read more


The Opportunity for Reconnection is as Real as Ever

They laughed, they gathered in nooks across “campus” for private conversations, they danced and cooked together and stayed up too late reminiscing. Meg Pickard (YR 17/1992, United Kingdom) tells us the inspirational story of how a determined and creative group of Years 16 to 19 alumni conceived of and delivered a virtual reunion for the ages on multiple platforms featuring dozens of events over 10 days. Read more

Finding your passion

"As long as you are doing what you believe in, that is what is right for you. And you will have an impact on your immediate and extended community." Alum Kaspar Coates (Year 44/2019, Norway) shares with us where his life after Pearson took him and how for him, living the UWC values means to find your own passion and to follow it.

A Liberating Legacy Choice

Like many Pearson alumni, Mike Zyrd’s (Year 7/1982, Canada-NS) time on the Pearson campus would never have been possible without a full scholarship.

Now a Film Studies professor at York University in Toronto, Mike weaves his UWC perspective into his research and classes. We invited Mike to share how his experience at the College impacted his life, and what inspired him to include Pearson in his estate plans. Read more


Meet our New Faces Around Campus

Every year at this time, it is our pleasure at Pearson College UWC to welcome new members of our faculty and staff. In this edition of eNews, we invite you to meet six individuals who will be bringing their singular and unique talents and experience to the College community. Welcome! Read more

We Love our Host Families!

Meet our new Host Family/Volunteer Coordinator! Connecting more local families, other volunteers and regional partners with our remarkable students from up to 160 countries is not only Dawn's mandate, but also her passion and commitment to this important part of our overall approach to global education at Pearson. Read more

UWC CANADA application season

Are you a young Canadian or a permanent resident who is ready for an extraordinary and life-changing experience? The United World College movement wants to hear from you! Applications through the UWC National Committee of Canada will be opening soon – keep checking the NCC’s How to Apply page to see when you can start your potential journey to one of 18 UWC schools around the world!

UWC for Afghan Youth

The dramatic events in Afghanistan have shaken all of us - and urge us to do more. Like with countless other humanitarian crises, this brings enormous repercussions on the possibility for Afghan youth—especially girls—to access education. To help, we are raising funds for up to 20 additional Afghan students to study at UWC. But to make this happen we need your support.

Health Centre Website Now Live

Health and Wellness is especially important at a boarding school and doubly so as we carry on through the pandemic. Over the summer, our Campus Health Centre team, with help from a student volunteer, brought together the pieces to create their very own informative mini-site. Watch for a link on pearsoncollege.ca soon!

Check Out The College Calendar

With the start of the academic year, we are busy building out our online calendar of campus events. It's a work in progress but please keep checking back for more important dates and events. Find the link in the top menu on our website or just click right here.


Students arriving soon | Student Handbook

We are thrilled to be welcoming our incoming Year 47 & 48 students to campus in the next few days. We thought would be a good opportunity to share with you a link to this year's student handbook, in case you did not have a chance yet to check it out.

Essential Agreements

Last year we worked together as a community, together with guidance and input from Victoria’s Dr. Lisa Gunderson, and informed by the UWC Movement, we codified a series of Essential Agreements. The start of the 2021-22 school year is a great time to revisite those.


Global Affairs Speaker Series:
Pathways to a less-ghastly future

Global Affairs Speaker Series from the Pearson campus is back! We are looking forward to welcoming -- remotely of course -- alumnus Corey Bradshaw (Year 14/1989, Australia), Matthew Flinders Professor of Global Ecology at the Flinders University. Corey will lead us through his timely talk about Pathways to a less-ghastly future.

Global Village Speaker Series:
Violence Against Women

Join us on 11 Sept 2021 in this alumni-led Speaker Series featuring five UWC alumni speakers sharing their own stories of Violence Against Women. Join their Facebook Group