eNEWS 2023 | April

We acknowledge that we live, learn and work on the unceded territory of the Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation.

Pearson Students Support A Community Celebration of Ukrainian Arts & Culture 

Together with Victoria's Ukrainian Cultural Centre, we proudly co-hosted the first-ever "Celebration of Ukrainian Arts & Culture," which treated guests to an afternoon of dance, music and arts to celebrate the passion and resilience of Ukrainian culture. Click here to view images of this community fundraiser and event, and check out the story featured in Victoria News here.  


An Interview with Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto

We are delighted to bring you an in-depth interview with Pearson alumna and current Mayor of Victoria, Marianne Alto (YR 2/1977, Canada-AB). She talks about her time at Pearson and how her role as mayor is one of service to all members of the community.

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Alumnus Lands Year-long Watson Fellowship

Newly named Thomas J. Watson Fellow Charles-Olivier Lévesque (YR43/2018, Canada-QC) will travel through Europe and Asia after graduating from the College of the Atlantic to explore how collaborative experiments within communities can address social and environmental issues on both regional and global scales. Read more

Sharing International Stories of Resilience

Alumna Marien Emilia López-Medina (YR 44/2019, Nicaragua), a David UWC Scholar and journalism major at the University of Oklahoma (OU), recently shared stories of resilience in the OU Daily online news. Marien was awarded the 2022-23 Gary McKinney Memorial Scholarship for significant community impact. Read more

Spring Break Alumni Check-Ins!

We had the pleasure of welcoming back nearly a dozen of our alumni who took part in a variety of activities, including "Life After Pearson" and "Global Affairs. Our Alumni Engagement Officer, Aileen Lee, gives us insight into these visits. Read more.

Have You Heard About "Forging Connections"?

In case you missed it, we started a new way to help our local and international alums to connect! Learn more on our new page and how to get started. Read more.


Building A New Home For Big Ideas

Our ambition is to transform the dimly lit and technologically limited LLT into a Social Innovation Lab -- a purpose-built, technologically advanced physical setting to inspire student creativity and collaboration as they explore current social, environmental, and political challenges. The lab will enable the launch of new curricula that teach methodologies for design thinking, complex systems, entrepreneurship, and project-based learning. Read More




In Memoriam: His Legacy Will Live On Forever

We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our alumnus, Pierre Maurice Lavallée (YR 6/1981, Canada-QC). Since his graduation, Pierre kept his close connection to Pearson. His volunteer work as a community member of the Board of Director’s Investment Committee for Pearson College UWC was keenly appreciated by both College leadership and his fellow Board members. Read more


New Deputy Head & VP Confirmed! 

We are pleased to announce that Pearson Faculty member and current Dean of Studies Arno Dirks has been named incoming Deputy Head and Vice President, Education & Learning.

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Pretty Delicate - A Chat with Allie McFarland

They say, "everyone has a book in them." Sure, but not many get that book out in print! Meet resident Allie McFarland, who launched her newest novel, Pretty Delicate on campus.

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Second-year Students Snap Up Awards!

Raghvendra (YR 48/2023, India) was honoured by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) at the 2023 Children's Champion Awards, which highlighted work with children in his community, including a collaboration with his classmates to start "The Hundred Women Project." ⁠

Hamzah (YR 48/2023, Iraq) was one of 46 UWC students to be honoured with a grant as part of "Go Make A Difference" which recognizes innovative and impactful community service projects. Hamzah will use his funds towards building a study hall in his village in Babylon, Governorate, Iraq. ⁠

Congratulations to you both! 🏆

Earth Day Feature: Tofino Beach Clean Up

During Project Week, over a dozen of our students travelled to Tofino, where they helped out the local community food initiative by mucking stalls to create layers of compost for a school community garden. 


RECAP: 2023 Golden Shoe ⚽

It's an annual pre-exam season ritual everyone looks forward to! Houses compete for the much-loved Golden Shoe Trophy and this year, HENEN¸ House came out on top!  

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UWC at 60: A Shared Passion That More Peace, Sustainability, and Justice Can Be Achieved

From her unique perspective as an alumna and the former interim Executive Director of UWC International, Hanna Tümpel shares her view on the hard work, the “beautiful randomness” and the “magic” that makes the UWC a force for good as it marks its 60th anniversary. Read more


Send Your Kids To Summer Day Camp - at Pearson!

We are once again welcoming 6 to 14-year-olds to activity-packed and educational outdoor camps that will be held weekly from July 4th to August 4th. Activities include kayaking, hiking and swimming, to name a few!