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TUESDAY, 26 JULY 2016 2:35 PM

President’s Update: Summer 2016

La version française du Message de la Présidente : Été 2016 suivra sous peu.

In recent letters to parents, I mused that for the next weeks we would look out our office windows and see a campus where there are no students sitting, walking, running, or just standing quietly, taking the time to enjoy the fresh air and scents of summer. No calling out to friends, no bursts of laughter, nor the melodies of a single musician practicing. It would be awfully quiet! 
True, the students are not here, but it has hardly been a quiet time. 

In This Update: 

Saying Goodbye to the Students

The 19 May campus “Clean-up Day” was followed by the final Village Gathering and year-end barbecue, infused with all the emotions associated with saying au revoir to so many friends who would soon be far away. Please enjoy the photo album and a copy of my remarks

Outgoing faculty member Karun Thanjavur’s message of farewell, adieu, auf wiedersehen addressed to the Year 41 and 42 students perfectly embodies the amazing spirit of community that infuses the campus and Pearson community.

"Let me take this opportunity to let you know that my short but very memorable, enriching involvement at Pearson is also drawing to a close, and in some ways this will also be my last week at Pearson with you all, at least in the capacity of a teacher. To leave Pearson was a very difficult decision for me, and the reasons behind them are personal. Whatever the reasons may be, I wish to let you know that it was your warm welcome when I was parachuted into the middle of your school term, the engaged, enjoyable (and at times challenging!) classroom times with you, and the equally enjoyable, enriching times participating in various activities and discussions that made this decision extremely difficult for me.

Even though my tenure as a teacher is coming to a close, I sincerely desire to keep up my involvement with you all and the Pearson community in general as a volunteer. Topping the list of activities are of course the astro-club, Trail Rider, helping with math/physics tutoring, and perhaps even kick starting the computer programming course I proposed. As is always the case at Pearson, there is no dearth of interesting ventures to explore together! And hopefully enough time to do so too!! Let me also assure all my Y42 classes that I will remain fully engaged with my responsibilities till the end of this academic year, which especially includes a seamless transition of my advisees, EE and IA wards and all other such commitments.

As a final request, since I too am 'graduating' this year, I hope Y41 will accept me into your company as a quasi-alum. I would be delighted to join you for your reunions in the future."

Recent Past Events

On Monday, 6 June, Jean Drouin, Vice-chair of the Pearson Board of Directors and I hosted an event in Calgary for alumni, supporters and friends. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was our special guest and spoke eloquently of his commitment to intercultural understanding and recounted an experience at Pearson more than 15 years ago that he credits with starting his journey into civic politics.

I am very proud that Pearson hosted two important UWC conferences in mid-June. The trail-blazing UWC Pastoral Care Conference (19-24 June) was the first of its kind, bringing together residential staff representatives from all 15 UWC schools – in addition to the two prospective campuses in Thailand and Japan
– for invaluable exchanges on
best practices relating to residential life, including student wellness, gender issues, safety and security on campus, and much more.

On 21 June, Pearson alumnus Jens Waltermann, Executive Director of UWC International, gave a talk to all delegates providing updates from the International Office. A big thank-you to Dean of Students Libby Mason who worked closely with Richard (Larry) Lamont, the Head of Red Cross Nordic UWC, to ensure the success of the conference.

The annual meeting of the Directors of Admissions of all UWCs
was an enlightening opportunity to share challenges, innovations and goals as well as to exchange best practices in the invigorating task of encouraging exceptional young people to join the UWC movement.

1-16 July
We were thrilled to have the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA) join us on campus again for their annual two-week session. The grounds were magically transformed as dozens of artists unleashed their talents at this special retreat.

Current and Upcoming Events

FUN Camps
4 July - 26 August
A new, slightly younger, group of participants have joined Pearson College on campus this summer. The FUN Society in partnership with Pearson is bringing environmental education and leadership summer camps to youth ages 5 to 16 years old. The camps, which are made accessible to low-income, disadvantaged and/or at-risk children and youth, pair traditional camp activities, such as hiking, swimming and interactive games, with environmental education and adventure activities like kayaking and geocaching. Led by a mix of FUN Society staff and Pearson College students, campers experience the environment in all its wonder and are trained to become eco-superheroes to discover how they can enact positive social change at any age. We are grateful to Canadian telecommunications company Telus for the grant that enabled Pearson to partner with the Society.

Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership (PSYL)
17 July – 6 August
Each summer, we bring together youth from around the world for
a three-week UWC experience that gives them the opportunity to build an international community committed to creating positive change in the world. Once again this season – our 20th! - we are hosting 81 participants who, along with 17 “animators” in the 2016 PSYL Program are enjoying an intensive, interactive and experiential learning program under the watchful eyes of the outstanding team of Program Coordinators. This year, for the first time, PSYL youth will be collaborating with local young leaders – including the Victoria Youth Council – to craft a series of youth-generated recommendations for Canada's climate plan. On Saturday 30 July, over 100 young leaders – representing five Canadian First Nations and 26 different countries, including two young Syrians recently settled in Canada – will gather at Pearson College to host a youth-led Climate Town Hall.

10-Year Reunion Years 31 and 32
6-10 August
Everyone is looking forward to welcoming the 35+ Pearson Alumni from Years 31 and 32 for their 10-Year Reunion. They represent over 15 countries and 6 Canadian provinces and, while all are making their mark in their chosen fields, Fredy Quib Oxom from Guatemala stands out both as the first Indigenous scholar from his country and for his commitment to his remote community. After graduating from Pearson, he went on to study with a Davis scholarship in the U.S. and returned home as soon as he graduated. He earned Davis Peace Project funding with which he built a high school in his hometown. It is now a fully operational, thriving, Indigenous Institute. Stay tuned for more on Pearson social media about Fredy’s project and the fascinating career choices of his fellow alumni. 

Year 42 Students’ Return
25 August
I can't wait to see the faces of “my” Year 42 (after all, we started at Pearson together) again, as we assume the role of “old hands”, guiding the new cohort of Year 43.

Year 43 Students Arrive
27 August
The composition of Year 43 continues the Pearson College tradition of deliberate diversity in our selection process. This year’s cohort of 80 students includes Pearson’s first from South Korea, at least one refugee, one selected through WUSC, and several Indigenous students. I am looking forward to greeting each and every one of you personally. 

I urge everyone – returning Yr 42 students , the new Yr 43 cohort, parents, guardians and families – to consult The Student Handbook 2016-17 as you make your plans for the coming year. Please note that this updated copy reflects our most recent policies and procedures relating to all students. 

The UWC Congress 2016
28 and 29 October in Trieste, Italy
(See UWC News below.)

Pearson College UWC Annual General Meeting
3-6 November, Vancouver, B.C. 
We have exciting plans for the AGM and will be confirming them to you in the early Fall. 

Administration News

Over the past months I have been examining the best possible organizational structure to enable Pearson to carry out our educational mission while ensuring our financial sustainability. The organizational changes I am now implementing are aligned with three pillars:

  • Education & Programming (the overall “Pearson experience” in terms of inter-cultural living, learning and leading for impact and change)
  • Advancement & External Relations (raising funds, friends and profile)
  • Operations & Administration (all internal non-academic functions including HR, finance, legal, infrastructure, IT, operational & strategic planning)

I am happy to announce a number of recent changes which the Board and I believe will enable Pearson to better accomplish its goals while fostering a culture of performance and excellence where hard work and results are recognized and rewarded.

Please read the full announcements here of the following appointments:

Education & Programming

  • Mark Bannar-Martin to continue as Deputy Head and Dean of Studies (through 31 December 2016)
  • *Heather Gross appointed as Pearson's new Director of Experiential Education (in addition to her ongoing work in Admissions and University Counselling)
  • Emily Coolidge appointed as Future Dean of Studies (effective 1 January 2017)
  • *Julia Clark appointed as Future Dean of Students (effective 1 June 2017)
  • *Clint Kuzio appointed as Pearson's first Indigenous Educator, Advisor and Coordinator of Reconciliation Programming
  • *Dani McArthur appointed as Library and Learning Support Coordinator

Advancement & External Relations

  • Dan Hurley appointed as Pearson College’s new VP Advancement & External Relations (effective 15 August)
  • Suzanne Dubé appointed as Director of Philanthropy & Legacy Giving
  • *Benoît Charlebois appointed as Director of Community & Stakeholder Engagement

Operations & Administration

  • Tyrone Pile appointed as Pearson College's new VP Operations & Administration
  • Nina Moroso appointed as Pearson's Governance Officer and UWC National Committee of Canada Coordinator (see UWC-NCC below)
  • Valérie Colas welcomed as new Executive Coordinator and Assistant to Head of Pearson College (effective 1 August)

I am especially pleased that of the appointments made so far, five of the appointees (indicated by *) are Pearson College Alumni – confirming our commitment to engaging Alumni and enhancing their impact on the world; and six are in Education – reflecting my commitment to re-invest in our central mandate and to ensure our program (both inside and outside the classroom) is world-class. 

UWC News

A newly reconstituted UWC National Committee of Canada (UWC-NCC)
Most countries have a national committee structure. In early June, the Pearson College Board of Directors confirmed their decision to create the UWC-NCC, initially constituted as a standing committee of the Board.

This step strengthens a truly national selection process and an expanded reach for UWC students in Canada. Importantly, it incorporates a multi-faceted role that includes programming – in particular Experiential Education – along with External Relations (fund-raising, communications and marketing, community engagement and alumni relations). UWC-NCC will be a venue for selection of Canadians to attend other UWCs, for means testing and for new national programs that are targeted beyond provincial or territorial affiliation (francophone, Indigenous, rural or urban students). Working in this direction will substantially increase the flexibility of Pearson College to continue to attract the strongest candidates possible and at the same time to improve access for all Canadians to the UWC experience. In tandem with the regional selection practice, this national layer will conform to the UWC International recommendations and be important for governance and practical reasons.

Congratulations to PIA (Phuket International Academy) in Thailand
PIA (Phuket International Academy) in Thailand officially becomes the UWC’s 16th school, under the name of UWC Thailand, effective 1 August 2016. We’re pleased to have you as part of
the UWC family! 

“Connect, Challenge, Celebrate”
The UWC Congress 2016 will take place on 28 and 29 October in Trieste, Italy. Climate change, increasing global inequality, a
rise in nationalism, an ever growing number of refugees and conflicts between and within societies are just a few of the major challenges we are facing today. In light of this, the need to educate young people for a peaceful and sustainable future is greater than ever – and so is the need for our community to vigorously pursue the UWC mission.

The Congress is the biggest UWC event and brings together members from across UWC – current students, alums, current and former staff from all UWC schools and colleges, national committee volunteers, governors, donors – alongside friends and supporters of the UWC movement.  

Davis-UWC Impact Challenge
Deadline 31 July
In August 2015, Shelby and Gale Davis challenged Pearson College and each of the 15 UWC schools worldwide by offering up to $1 million US in matching funds for charitable donations from individuals. But to unlock the match, Pearson College must increase the total number of individual donors over last year.

We have until July 31 to increase our community of donors in order to unlock the $1 million match. All matching funds directly support scholarships for future students who will benefit from UWC’s unique education. Thank you very much to everyone who has already stepped forward to give us a tremendous boost! We look forward to sharing the outcome in the coming months.


Under the leadership of Pearson Alum Benoît Charlebois (Year 9/1984, Canada-QC), Pearson’s Community & Stakeholder Engagement program will be expanding to provide richer connections for our talented and passionate alumni. There will be more on-campus opportunities such as an Alumni-in-residence program, Speakers’ bureau, and weekend rental opportunities, off-campus connections around mentorship, career networking and organizing around shared causes, and virtual activities which will bring the alumni to the campus (e.g. for Global Affairs sessions) and the campus to the Alumni. Please contact Alumni Relations and Engagement Officer Julia Norman for more information.


One of my key goals since taking on the role of Head of College has been to ensure that Pearson College’s learning environment aligns with the UWC mission and with key innovations in experiential education.

Working Group on Education
In May, I formed the Working Group on Education to advise on how we can deepen:

  • Coherence within and across our curriculum and co-curriculum programs
  • Opportunities for shared learning and collaboration among faculty and students
  • Clarity and intentionality in aligning our educational program with our over-arching UWC mission and values

One of the Working Group’s main recommendations has been to create a new space for collaborative shared learning within the on-campus community, i.e. across and among faculty, students, staff, residents and volunteers.

The goal of the shared learning space is to foster more experiential learning opportunities, to promote greater inter-disciplinary collaboration and to empower students to work collaboratively with each other and with faculty and staff.

Pearson’s New Study on Experiential Education
This spring, we engaged Johannah Bernstein (an international educator and international lawyer based in Switzerland) to explore how we can deepen experiential education in both our curricular and co-curricular programs.

Johannah spent 10 weeks at Pearson – interviewing faculty, staff and students as well as actively participating in all aspects of living and learning at the College both inside and outside the classroom (learning labs, workshop facilitation, mentorship, Theory of Knowledge planning and advising, etc.). Building on this work, she is currently conducting in-depth interviews with Heads and educators at other UWCs as well as leading organizations in education around the world.

The outcome will be an interactive guide for Pearson (and other UWC and IB schools around the world) to deepen experiential education within both the IB curriculum and all the co-curricular components that characterize the UWC educational model. At its core however, the study will advise Pearson on how we can improve our approach to experiential education to ensure that the College improves our alignment with:

  • UWC mission and core values
  • Experiential education best practices at UWC schools and academic institutions around the world
  • UWC’s overall strategic goal to empower students to be impactful change-makers for a peaceful and sustainable future

Stay tuned for details of the exciting developments in Pearson’s Education program, which I will be sharing over the next months.

We will be taking up many of these issues at a plenary panel I’ve been asked to coordinate at the upcoming UWC Congress.

The Next Few Weeks

My family – including our new addition in September – and I are all tremendously excited to settle in to our new home at Pearson, enjoying the idyllic setting on the shores of Pedder Bay and meeting the new challenges and opportunities ahead.

While preparing for the coming year, I will be off campus until 15 August. In the meantime, I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy time and look forward to many adventures together over the coming year.

I may be offline, but Pearson College never sleeps, so be sure to visit us on our social media channels and keep up with all the latest Pearson news. And, be sure to watch for your electronic version of the Pearson Times, coming in the next few weeks. 

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THURSDAY, 12 MAY 2016 4:58 PM

President’s Update: April-May 2016

Le francais suit l'anglais.

*Above photo credit: Ariel Olivares

Just as all the buds burst into bloom with the full arrival of spring, the many activities on and off campus echoed the stirrings of the new season. 

As I — and Year 42 — come to the end of our first academic year on 20 May, energy levels and emotions run high among students, teachers and staff alike. 

And for the Year 41 cohort, there is an even greater sense of urgency — all the things that they want to do ‘one more time’, topping off all the memories that they have built over the past two years and trying to cram everything in — all while taking the IB exams.

Fitness and recreation are important parts of those memories, and who will forget the epic Golden Shoe Tournament of Champions on 10 April? It’s hard to know who had more fun: the students or the adults. While the Board of Directors considered issues of importance to the College’s future, our students honed a few important skills on the soccer field: teamwork, collaboration, challenge, camaraderie and sportsmanship. See this great video by Aziz Sonawalla (Year 41/2016, India). Two weeks later, the Pearson community joined nearly 10,000 others to take on the TC10K run/walk and tied for fastest team in our division! A few personal bests were set, and plenty of fun was had by all.

Table of Contents

Living the UWC Mission

The annual on-campus meeting of the Pearson Board of Directors gave all members of the community a unique opportunity to attend Director-led workshops. Topics ranged from Responsible Investing, The Workplace of the Future, and Global Food Security to Meeting Global Energy Needs, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

For many, the highlight was “Creating Empowering Visions – Lester B. Pearson”, led by the Nobel Laureate’s granddaughter, Ann Pearson.

The presentation by Jean Drouin (Year 15/1990, Canada-ON) “From Medicine to Healthcare Technology – How Pearson helped me become an entrepreneur” was especially relevant to our spring issue of the Pearson Times featuring the stories of alumni and current students who represent Pearson’s Health Leaders.

During the on-campus Board meetings, it was also a privilege to welcome UWC Executive Director (and Pearson alumnus (YR 9/1984, Germany) Jens Waltermann who followed up his remarks to the community about the future of the UWC with an interactive exchange with students, staff and guests. Special thanks to the student videography team who captured the event!

Life After Pearson

Later in April, at the Life After Pearson 2016 session, Year 41 students received an early send-off from alumni who recounted their transition experiences and gave timely advice about how to move successfully into the world of UWC as an alumnus/a.

Among the many Pearson alumni who have made such successful transitions, I particularly salute:

Therese Turner-Jones
(Year 3/1978, Bahamas) who has been appointed Caribbean regional head of the Inter-American Development Bank. She is the first Caribbean woman and second Caribbean person to hold this position.

Joseph Tarawali (Year 38/2013, Sierra Leone), who was recently awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant for his plan to update educational resources in a Sierra Leone school.

Mauricio Interiano Rodriguez (Year 37/2012, Honduras), one of this year’s recipients of the Jack Matthews International Award. The award is given to a Trent University graduating student who “fulfills the values of global citizenship that Matthews represented.”

Building Bridges with Indigenous Peoples and Communities

Pearson hosted a highly successful “Treaty Day” event to honour the signing of the Douglas Treaties. We were joined by members of the local Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation, including Band Chief Russ Chipps and Council as well as Elders and youth drummers. The event marked a historic new beginning in our relations and reconciliation efforts.

We have set aside scholarship funding for local Indigenous youth to participate in Pearson’s summer program, as well as places and scholarships for a number of Indigenous students next year (2016/17), and are actively seeking applications from residents of Canada who identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis.

I am excited to report that we are working on the development of a new IB Standard Level Anthropology Course focused on Indigenous Issues and Reconciliation in a global context.

I must acknowledge the work of Clint Kuzio (YR 14/1989) for his volunteer work over the last few months advising us and helping to build programming, including the workshop on Indigenous Cultural Safety.

We have created a new faculty and curriculum & community support position, Indigenous Educator, Advisor & Coordinator of Reconciliation Programming. Interviewing should start by 15 May with mid-August set as the start date for the successful candidate.

Summer Program for English Language Learning (SPELL)

From 14 to 24 August, we are piloting the first–ever SPELL program. Open to Pearson only students whose level of proficiency in English might restrict or limit their academic and/or extra-curricular success at Pearson, it will be facilitated by experienced English Language teacher and Year 6 alumna Dani McArthur, assisted by four second-year student helpers. SPELL is made possible through the pilot Alumni-in-residence volunteer program, that runs from March to December 2016.

Dani has also given new meaning to Alumni-in-residence by bringing her Tiny House to campus. The Tiny House project will become a working initiative for the students to have a hand in — from the initial set-up to installing solar paneling and, eventually, creating as close to a zero-impact footprint as possible.

Enhancing Our Safe and Respectful Campus for All

We continue to work with human rights lawyer Cynthia Petersen to ensure that Pearson remains a safe, healthy and vibrant community. Following a review of College policies, and how we apply these to ensure we continue to meet best practices to ensure student safety, a Vulnerable Sector Check has been incorporated in our mandatory Criminal Record Check (CRC) Policy. This enhanced criminal record check is essential for those working, volunteering or living with persons under the age of 19 (who are not family members).

We have also reminded our adult community about appropriate use of Facebook and other social media 
platforms (such as: LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) to communicate with students. The College prohibits adults from “friending” (initiating or accepting requests) current students on Facebook or an equivalent action on other platforms. (There may be instances when the College grants an exemption in limited circumstances.) This is in line with best practices in the educational sector.

I participated in my first meeting of UWC Heads held in the Kruger National Park, in South Africa and hosted by Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa (WK UWCSA). The 3-day meeting covered a wide range of topics from preparations for the October 2016 UWC World Congress and key considerations in recruiting UWC College Heads to campus safety, sexual harassment and greater coordination around data collection, advancement and admissions (including a new partnership to recruit more refugees). On the last evening, we enjoyed a memorable visit to Waterford Kamhlaba, one of Africa’s first multiracial schools.

En route to South Africa, I spent just over 24 hours in London where I had the opportunity to meet with various IO ‎staff. This trip gave me a greater sense of the broader UWC movement as well as some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Pearson.

I was thrilled to speak to the distinguished audience and panel of fellow presenters at the first-ever Ottawa Peace Talks on 19 April. My talk, Peace & Diversity – The legacy of Lester B. Pearson, gave me a great opportunity to present Pearson College as the living legacy of Mr. Pearson’s ideals and vision.

Our alumni, Board members, staff and friends are constantly creating outreach opportunities to build awareness and create enthusiasm for Pearson College and our mission. One of our most recent initiatives was led by Board Chair Tony Macoun and Executive Director of Advancement Alison MacKenzie-Armes and took place at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo – a particularly apt location as we prepare for a campaign to raise funds to extensively refurbish Japan House in preparation for our return to an enrolment of 200. The event drew a large and distinguished audience and included nearly half of all the Japanese nationals who have graduated from Pearson since its founding. 

I am so thankful that I could accept the invitation of Pearson Board member Shamir Alibhai and his lovely wife Sophia to be their guest at the inspirational Courage to Come Back Awards Gala in Vancouver on 5 May. Shamir was a wonderful host, introducing me to so many people and helping to spread the word about all the good things happening at Pearson. I was particularly happy to reconnect with Kory Wilson (Year 14/1989 Canada, BC), BCIT’s Executive Director of Aboriginal Initiatives and Partnerships and Pearson alumna.

This month, in addition to Vancouver, I will also be in Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg for meetings and events with alumni, government contacts and prospective donors.

Planning is well-underway for our June 6th event in Calgary for all Albertan current and incoming students and their parents, alumni, donors, volunteers and other supporters. Our special guest is Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a long-time supporter of Pearson College.

Back on campus, Pearson will host two UWC conferences in June. Pearson Director of Admissions Heather Gross (YR 20/1995, Canada-AB) will play a leading role in the annual meeting of the Directors of Admissions for all UWCs. The second on Pastoral Care (June 19-24), will see Dean of Students Libby Mason working in close collaboration with the Head of Red Cross Nordic UWC.

End of the Year

On Sunday 15 May, we will acknowledge their invaluable contribution at the Thank-You Brunch for our Host Families who so generously open their homes and hearts to our students.

Everyone on campus is rolling up their sleeves and getting ready for the big “Clean-up Day” on 19 May (which will be my first!) and the final Village Gathering and year-end BBQ that follow it. That will surely be a day filled with laughter, tears and all the emotions in-between as we say Au revoir to many friends.

Désirée McGraw 

President and Head of College 
Pearson College UWC


Message de la Présidente : avril-mai 2016

L’arrivée du printemps, que souligne en beauté l’éclosion des bourgeons, a été marquée par de nombreuses activités sur le campus et à l’extérieur.

Alors que prend fin, le 20 mai, ce qui aura été pour moi — et pour la 42e cohorte — une première année académique, l’ambiance est particulièrement fébrile chez les étudiants, les professeurs et les employés, qui sont submergés par les émotions.

Il règne parmi la 41e cohorte un sentiment d’urgence encore plus grand à l’idée de tout ce qu’elle tient à faire « une dernière fois » pour parachever les souvenirs accumulés depuis deux ans et s’efforce d’accomplir, en parallèle aux épreuves du baccalauréat international.

Les activités physiques et récréatives tiennent une place importante dans ces souvenirs. Comment oublier l’épique tournoi du soulier d’or des champions le 10 avril? Il est difficile de dire qui, des étudiants et des adultes, s’est le plus amusé. Pendant que le conseil d’administration méditait sur des enjeux importants pour l’avenir du Collège, nos étudiants mettaient en pratique des habiletés importantes sur le terrain de soccer : travail d’équipe, collaboration, défi, camaraderie et esprit sportif. Voici une excellente vidéo d’Aziz Sonawalla (41e cohorte/2016, Inde). Deux semaines plus tard, la communauté Pearson s’est jointe à près de 10 000 participants pour la course et marche TC10K, et elle a été la plus rapide de sa division! Un défi accompagné de quelques exploits personnels et beaucoup de plaisir.

Table des matières

Mener à bien la mission du réseau UWC

La réunion annuelle du conseil d’administration de Pearson, qui s’est tenue sur le campus, a été une occasion unique pour tous les membres de la communauté d’assister à des ateliers dirigés par les administrateurs. Il a été notamment question d’investissements responsables, du lieu de travail de l’avenir, de la sécurité alimentaire mondiale, de la réponse aux besoins énergétiques mondiaux et de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises.
L’atelier Creating Empowering – Lester B. Pearson animé par Ann Pearson, la petite-fille du prix Nobel, a été pour beaucoup le clou de ce rendez-vous.

La présentation de Jean Drouin (15e cohorte/1990, Canada-ON), From Medicine to Healthcare Technology – How Pearson helped me become an entrepreneur, cadrait particulièrement bien avec le numéro de printemps du Pearson Times, qui comporte des articles sur des anciens et des étudiants actuels qui sont des leaders de la santé à Pearson.

Les réunions du conseil sur le campus ont aussi été l’occasion de recevoir Jens Waltermann, directeur général du réseau UWC (et ancien Pearson [9e cohorte/1984, Allemagne]), qui a fait suivre son allocution sur l’avenir du réseau UWC d’un débat interactif avec les étudiants, les employés et les invités. Nous remercions tout spécialement l’équipe d’étudiants vidéographes pour avoir immortalisé l’événement!

La vie après Pearson

Lors de la session Life After Pearson 2016 qui s’est tenue plus tard en avril, les étudiants de la 41e cohorte ont eu droit à un message d’adieu anticipé de la part d’anciens, qui ont raconté comment s’était passée leur transition et donné des conseils opportuns sur la façon de réussir leur entrée dans le monde comme anciens du réseau UWC.

Parmi les nombreux anciens de Pearson qui ont fort bien réussi leur transition, je tiens à saluer tout particulièrement: 

Therese Turner-Jones (3e cohorte/1978, Bahamas), qui a été nommée chef régionale pour les Caraïbes de la Banque interaméricaine de développement. Elle est la première femme et la deuxième personne originaire des Caraïbes à occuper ce poste.

Joseph Tarawali (38e cohorte/2013, Sierra Leone), qui s’est vu accorder récemment une subvention Davis Projects for Peace de 10 000 $ pour son projet consistant à actualiser les ressources éducatives dans une école de la Sierra Leone.

Mauricio Interiano Rodriguez (37e cohorte/2012, Honduras), un des lauréats du prix Jack Matthews International Award de cette année. Cette distinction est accordée à un finissant de l’Université Trent qui « porte les valeurs de la citoyenneté mondiale que Matthews incarnait ».

Tisser des liens avec les Autochtones et les communautés

Pearson a organisé une Journée des traités fort réussie en l’honneur de la signature des traités Douglas. Nous avons pu compter sur la présence de membres de la Première Nation Sc'ianew locale (Beecher Bay), notamment du chef de bande Russ Chipps et son conseil ainsi que des aînés et de jeunes joueurs de tambour. L’événement a marqué un nouveau tournant historique dans nos relations et nos efforts de réconciliation.

Nous avons mis de côté des bourses pour permettre à de jeunes autochtones de la région de participer au programme estival de Pearson, et réservé des places et des bourses pour un certain nombre d’étudiants autochtones l’an prochain (2016-2017). Et nous sollicitons activement les inscriptions de citoyens canadiens qui s’identifient comme membres des Premières Nations Nations, Inuit ou Métis.

Je suis ravie d’annoncer que nous sommes en train de préparer un nouveau cours d’anthropologie de niveau BI standard, qui sera axé sur les questions autochtones et la réconciliation dans un contexte global.

Je me dois de souligner le travail accompli bénévolement ces derniers mois par Clint Kuzio (14e cohorte/1989), qui nous a conseillés et aidés à bâtir ce programme, notamment l’atelier sur la sécurité culturelle autochtone.

Nous avons créé un nouveau poste d’éducateur, conseiller et coordonnateur autochtone des programmes de réconciliation, dont le rôle consistera à offrir un soutien aux professeurs, aux programmes et à la communauté. Les entrevues devraient commencer à la mi-mai et le candidat retenu devrait entrer en fonction à la mi-août.

Programme estival d’apprentissage de l’anglais (SPELL)

Nous allons offrir pour la première fois le programme SPELL du 14 au 24 août. Ce programme, qui s’adresse uniquement aux étudiants Pearson dont le niveau de maîtrise de l’anglais peut empêcher ou limiter leur réussite académique ou extra curriculaire à Pearson, sera donné par Dani McArthur, professeure d’anglais chevronnée et ancienne de la 6e cohorte, avec l’aide de quatre étudiants de deuxième année. SPELL est une initiative rendue possible grâce au programme pilote de bénévolat pour anciens en résidence, qui se tient de mars à décembre 2016.

Dani a aussi donné une nouvelle vocation à ce programme en installant sa maison miniature sur le campus. Le projet de maison miniature va devenir une initiative pratique qui permettra aux étudiants de participer à la construction — du montage initial à la pose de panneaux solaires — en s’efforçant d’atteindre une empreinte écologique aussi proche que possible de zéro.

Plus de sécurité et de respect sur le campus pour tous

Nous continuons à collaborer avec l’avocate des droits de la personne Cynthia Petersen pour que Pearson demeure une communauté sécuritaire, saine et dynamique. Après avoir examiné les politiques du Collège et la façon dont elles sont appliquées afin de continuer à observer des pratiques exemplaires pour assurer la sécurité des étudiants, une vérification des secteurs vulnérables a été intégrée dans notre politique de vérification obligatoire des antécédents criminels. Cette vérification poussée des antécédents criminels est essentielle pour ceux qui travaillent, font du bénévolat ou vivent avec des personnes de moins de 19 ans (ne faisant pas partie de la famille).

Nous avons aussi rappelé aux adultes de notre communauté la façon appropriée d’utiliser Facebook et les autres plateformes de réseaux sociaux (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) pour communiquer avec les étudiants. Le Collège interdit aux adultes de faire partie du cercle d’« amis » Facebook (en proposant ou en acceptant de le devenir) des étudiants actuels ou l’équivalent sur d’autres plateformes. (Il arrivera que le Collège fasse une exception dans des circonstances exceptionnelles.) Ces consignes s’alignent sur les pratiques exemplaires dans le secteur de l’éducation.

Activités hors campus

J’ai participé à ma première réunion des dirigeants du réseau UWC, qui s’est tenue dans le parc national Kruger en Afrique du Sud et était organisée par le Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa (WK UWCSA). La réunion de trois jours a couvert de nombreux sujets tels que les préparatifs du congrès mondial UWC en octobre 2016 et les principaux aspects du recrutement des dirigeants des Collèges UWC; la sécurité et le harcèlement sexuel sur les campus; et une plus grande coordination de la collecte des données, des promotions et des admissions (y compris un nouveau partenariat visant à recruter davantage de réfugiés). Le dernier soir, nous avons eu droit à une visite inoubliable de la célèbre Waterford Kamhlaba, une des premières écoles interraciales en Afrique.

Avant de me rendre en Afrique du Sud, j’ai passé un peu plus de 24 heures à Londres où j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer des employés du bureau international. Ce voyage m’a permis d’avoir une meilleure vue d’ensemble du mouvement UWC et des possibilités et défis qui attendent Pearson.

J’ai eu le grand plaisir de prendre la parole devant un distingué auditoire et panel d’invités à prononcer des allocutions lors du tout premier rendez-vous Ottawa Peace Talks organisé le 19 avril. Mon allocution intitulée Peace & Diversity – The legacy of Lester B. Pearson m’a donné une excellente occasion de présenter le Collège Pearson comme l’héritage vivant des idéaux et de la vision de M. Pearson.

Nos anciens, administrateurs, employés et amis œuvrent sans cesse pour faire connaître le Collège Pearson et sa mission et amener les gens à s’y intéresser. Une de nos dernières initiatives, menée par le président du conseil Tony Macoun et la directrice générale de la promotion Alison MacKenzie-Armes, s’est déroulée à l’Ambassade du Canada à Tokyo – un endroit fort opportun, car nous nous préparons à tenir une campagne de financement pour moderniser entièrement la Maison du Japon en prévision du retour à des cohortes de 200 étudiants. L’événement a attiré un public nombreux et prestigieux, dont près de la moitié des citoyens japonais qui sont passés par Pearson depuis sa fondation.

Je suis infiniment reconnaissante à Shamir Alibhai, membre du conseil d’administration de Pearson, et à sa charmante épouse Sophia de m’avoir invitée au gala Courage to Come Back Awards inspirant qui s’est tenu à Vancouver le 5 mai. Shamir s’est avéré un hôte merveilleux, qui m’a présentée à énormément de personnes et aidée à expliquer tout ce qui se passe d’intéressant à Pearson. J’ai été particulièrement heureuse de reprendre contact avec Kory Wilson, directrice générale des initiatives et partenariats autochtones de l’Institut de technologie de la Colombie-Britannique et ancienne de Pearson (14e cohorte/1989, Canada-BC).

Outre Vancouver, je serai ce mois-ci à Ottawa, Toronto et Winnipeg pour assister à des réunions et des événements avec des anciens, des personnes-ressources du gouvernement et des donateurs potentiels.

Les préparatifs en vue de notre rendez-vous du 6 juin à Calgary vont bon train; nous allons réunir à cette occasion tous les étudiants albertains actuels et à venir ainsi que leurs parents, des anciens, des donateurs, des bénévoles et d’autres commanditaires. Le maire de Calgary Naheed Nenshi, qui soutient depuis longtemps le Collège Pearson, sera notre invité spécial.

En juin, Pearson sera l’hôte de deux conférences UWC. Heather Gross, directrice des admissions à Pearson (20e cohorte/1995, Canada-AB), jouera un rôle déterminant lors de la réunion annuelle des directeurs des admissions de tous les établissements UWC. Pour la deuxième conférence sur les soins pastoraux (19-24 juin), Libby Mason, doyenne des étudiants, va collaborer étroitement avec le recteur du Red Cross Nordic UWC.

Fin de l’année

Le dimanche 15 mai, nous allons profiter de notre brunch de remerciement pour rendre hommage aux familles d’accueil qui apportent une contribution inestimable en ouvrant si généreusement leurs portes et leurs cœurs à nos étudiants.

Tout le campus se prépare pour le « grand ménage » du 19 mai (ce sera mon premier!), le dernier rassemblement du Village et le barbecue de fin d’année qui suivra. Il y aura sûrement beaucoup de rires, de larmes et toute la gamme d’émotions intermédiaires alors que nous dirons au revoir à bien des amis.

Désirée McGraw 

Présidente et rectrice
Collège Pearson UWC

FRIDAY, 15 APRIL 2016 11:57 AM

Improving campus life: taking our responsibilities seriously

Le français suit l’anglais.

Pearson offers an extraordinary educational experience to students from across Canada and around the world, and we want to ensure that Pearson remains a safe, healthy and vibrant community. In previous reports, you will have read about recent initiatives we have taken around student safety. I write to update you on our progress.

As I wrote in my December update, we have undertaken a review of our policies and how we apply those policies to ensure we continue to meet best practices. To carry out this review, the College engaged Cynthia Petersen, who is one of Canada’s top human rights and labour lawyers, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Discrimination and Harassment Counsel and a former professor of law. Ms. Petersen has already provided feedback on how we can strengthen some existing policies and more effectively communicate those policies to students, staff and faculty. We are working on implementing these for the benefit of our community.

Ms. Petersen is continuing her work over the coming weeks. As I noted earlier, if you have matters you wish to discuss with Ms. Petersen on a confidential basis, I invite you to contact her directly at or by phone at 416-979-6440 or toll-free at 1-800-387-5422 (ext. 6440).

My reflection is that ensuring a safe and respectful campus for all will be a continuing conversation – in classes, in the houses, in the dining hall, and at Village Meetings. This conversation involves important, sometimes difficult questions about how we interact with one another, and I am proud of how our community is engaging in these discussions. We are committed to a safe and respectful campus for every individual – students, alumni, faculty, staff, residents and guests – associated with the College.

Best regards,

Désirée McGraw
President and Head of College
Pearson College UWC


Blogue de la Présidente

Améliorer la vie sur le campus : une responsabilité que nous prenons au sérieux

Le réseau Pearson permet aux étudiants du Canada et d’ailleurs dans le monde de vivre une expérience éducative hors du commun, et nous tenons à demeurer une communauté sécuritaire, saine et dynamique. Vous êtes déjà au courant des initiatives que nous avons prises récemment pour assurer la sécurité de nos étudiants. J’aimerais vous parler maintenant des progrès que nous avons faits sur ce plan.

Comme je le disais dans mon message de décembre, nous avons décidé de revoir nos politiques et la façon dont nous les appliquons afin de continuer à observer les meilleures pratiques. Le College a fait appel pour cela à Cynthia Petersen, une des meilleures avocates du Canada spécialisée dans les droits de la personne et en droit du travail, conseillère en discrimination et harcèlement auprès du Barreau du Haut-Canada, et ancienne professeure de droit. Mme Petersen nous a déjà indiqué comment nous pouvons renforcer certaines politiques, et les communiquer plus efficacement aux étudiants, aux employés et au corps professoral. Nous sommes en train de mettre ses conseils en application dans l’intérêt de notre communauté.

Mme Petersen va poursuivre son travail dans les semaines qui viennent. Comme je l’ai déjà dit, j’invite ceux et celles qui aimeraient avoir un entretien confidentiel avec Mme Petersen à communiquer directement avec elle en écrivant à ou en appelant au 416-979-6440 ou sans frais au 1-800-387-5422 (poste 6440).  

Pour que le campus soit un endroit sécuritaire et respectueux pour tous, il faut selon moi maintenir en permanence le dialogue en classe, dans les résidences, dans la salle à manger et pendant les réunions du Village. Ce dialogue oblige à se poser des questions fondamentales, parfois difficiles, sur les rapports que nous entretenons les uns avec les autres, et je suis fière de la façon dont notre communauté aborde des discussions. Nous nous devons d’avoir un campus qui offre sécurité et respect à tous ceux et celles 
 étudiants, anciens, employés, résidents et invités  qui ont des liens avec le Collège.  


Désirée McGraw
présidente et rectrice du Collège Pearson UWC