Whether it’s in the construction industry or for alumni, BCIT Alumni Association’s newest VP Jennifer Patterson is creating positive change

It was lunchtime in the late ‘80s. Jennifer Patterson and her friends hurried from their high school to her house to watch a much-anticipated wedding episode of The Young and the Restless. Transfixed by the soap opera, her friends huddled on the floor in front of the TV. And Jennifer? She was off to the … Read more

From politics to planes: How this Airport Operations alumnus changed his flight path mid-career

In 2015, Kenneth Lieblich found himself suddenly unemployed. In his early 40s, he had established a decades-long career in public policy and government, including working in the House of Commons and assisting former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Colin Hansen. His income supported his wife and their four children (two of whom have special … Read more

Giving from loss: Why BCIT alumna Juli Leung is passionate about patient-centred nursing

Juli Leung is crocheting a doll for her daughter, Hailey age 4. “I’m customizing the doll so that it looks like her,” she says. “Then I plan to make different outfits for the doll so that it will look like she is wearing one of those princess dresses.” If you know Juli, you wouldn’t be … Read more

Graduating Student Awards Celebration: Recognizing student achievement and the generosity that makes it possible

BCIT pride was everywhere—from the graduating students who received awards to the donors who made it all possible. They joined BCIT President Kathy Kinloch and faculty and staff to recognize the achievements of our students at the 2019 Graduating Student Awards Celebration on June 18 at the Burnaby campus. “The awards gave me time to … Read more

From patient to healthcare professional: BCIT student Ashley Verokosky shares her journey

Ashley Verokosky was excited to begin studying Medical Radiography at BCIT. But before she could start, she experienced a health scare that changed everything. “Prior to getting accepted into the program,” recalls Ashley, “I had a car accident while having a seizure. And a nurse witnessed it and told me it was a seizure … … Read more

Rejection to opportunity: Interior designer, TV host, and BCIT alumna Jillian Harris couldn’t have designed a more fulfilling career

For Jillian Harris, interior design was a side hustle in the beginning. In between shifts as a salesperson at a home décor store and as a server at Cactus Club Café, she freelanced as a design consultant taking on small jobs as she could. When the co-owner of Cactus Club Scott Morison heard about her … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association AGM: Inspiring alumni to achieve and celebrating 40 years of success

To be a leader in the 21st century, you need to be agile, collaborative, and tenacious. BCIT alumni are all these things, leading teams, organizations, and industries as they tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. “In leadership, pressures can force you to learn, grow, and evolve” said Kevin Lawrence, a strategic advisor, coach to … Read more

Lick your toads, put yourself first, love the lessons: This BCIT alumnus and coach says these habits are key to being a high-achieving leader

At just 16 years old, Brayden is already a seasoned entrepreneur. He has a knack for finding great business opportunities, including fixing and selling an old car, building an e-commerce store to sell gadgets from China around the world, and merchandising barber shop chairs. No one is prouder of Brayden and his business acumen than … Read more

The Joyce Williams Nursing Bursary: Creating a legacy of care and training the next generation of community heroes

During the Second World War, war poster headlines in Canada asked everyone to ‘do your bit’. Many men enlisted. Barred from combat roles, women took on other roles. Joyce Williams, determined to help, trained to become a Registered Nurse at Winnipeg General Hospital. Her first nursing job was in Hazelton, BC where tungsten was being … Read more

BCIT Alumni Association celebrates 40 years in 2019

In 1979, 15 years after BCIT first opened its doors, the BCIT Alumni Association (BCITAA) was founded to serve its 12,000 members. Today, there are more than 180,000 BCIT alumni worldwide making significant contributions in applied and natural sciences, business, computing and Information technology, trades, engineering, and health sciences. “We are excited to celebrate BCIT … Read more