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

eNEWS | September 2021 | Edition 9

Escape from Afghanistan

With the help of six UWCers across the globe, youthful activist and incoming first-year student Haseen escaped from the chaos of Kabul last month to a temporary haven in Spain. If all goes well, she will be on her way to Pearson in a few weeks.

New House Names: Honouring our Land

We are excited to share the spelling and pronunciation of our new house names, gifted to us from our Sc’ianew First Nation neighbors. We live, learn, work and play on the stolen land of the Sc’ianew First Nation, and we are committed to building a relationship with the Nation and all our Indigenous neighbours. As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, Pearson College UWC was gifted the names of the five species of salmon by Chief Russell Chipps of Sc’ianew (“the place of the big fish”), with the permission of Nation Elders, to honour and rename our five student houses. Read more and learn how to pronounce on our blog.


First-ever Alumni-powered Virtual Reunion and Festival a “Screening” Success

The week-long virtual event series featured a Pearson College UWC Global Village Update for alums, the Annual General Meeting of the Pearson College Alumni Association (PCAA), and diverse events such as a Gather@PC virtual hangout to celebrate UWC Day, poetry hour, gumboot workshop, peer coaching workshop, cooking workshop, virtual class year reunions, and a global watch party of films, with fireside chats with award-winning alumni filmmakers and winemaker. Read more

Pearson Alumnus Geert Jan van Oldenborgh Named One of Time's Top 100 Most Influential People

An honour bestowed upon a former Pearson student Geert Jan van Oldenborgh (Year 5/1980, Netherlands) as an international leader on climate change research draws a link between the College’s past and today’s work to create a Climate Action Leadership Diploma curriculum. Read more

Renaissance Woman Nakkiah Lui

Indigenous alum Nakkiah Lui (Year 30/, Australia) is a playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, podcaster, publisher, taboo breaker…the list goes on. Find out in Harper's Bazaar Magazine what happens to a boundlessly creative person when the world shuts down and what Nakkiah is up to now.

Carving Your Own Path as an International Student

Learn from alum Chris Evelyn (Year 28/2003, Barbados) about his step by step process which has taken him from his time at Pearson to his current position with the Government of Canada as the Chief of Staff, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development in this podcast interview.


Taking It All In: Craig Davis’ “State of the College” Presentation

Would you like to know more about us? Well, find a comfy chair and a good set of headphones and be prepared to geek out on details with the Head’s State of the College Presentation shared during a recent alumni event.

Mr. Faith Abiodun appointed New UWC International Executive Director

“For nearly 60 years, this movement has consistently placed education at the forefront of the cause of developing a peaceful and sustainable future. As the world experiences seismic shifts politically, economically and socially, that mission is even more relevant today.” Learn more about Faith and his new role at UWC International.

May We Introduce?

A warm welcome to Lyndsay Sprado, the new Executive Director of the UWC National Committee of Canada. And remember, the application period for Canadian students interested in attending UWC schools through the National Committee of Canada is now open – apply soon! Visit their website.

Parents, Guardians - This is for You!

Families of current students, where can you go for information, answers and who to talk to at Pearson? Check out our new Parent and Families Resources and Campus Health Centre pages!

Global Selection Program Applications Now Open

The UWC Global Selection Program (GSP) application period for studies beginning in fall 2022 (January 2023 at UWC of Southern Africa) is now open! This program is merit-based and available for students who have a strong affinity with the UWC mission and who do not require a scholarship. Find out more at UWC.org.



21 October 2021 | 2:45 pm PDT

Continuing on the themes of Sustainability and Climate Change, mark your calendars for our upcoming Global Affairs Speaker Series on October 21, 2021, streaming live from the Max Bell Hall. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Register here