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Press Releases from Pearson College UWC

2021

23 Sept - Pearson Alumnus Named One of Time’s Top 100 Influential People of 2021

A former student of Victoria’s Pearson College UWC who is now a respected climate scientist and researcher was recently named one of Time’s Top 100 Most Influential People of 2021.

Together with fellow climate scientist Friederike Otto, Geert Jan van Oldenborgh was cited by reknowned environmentalist Bill McKibben who wrote, “Thanks to Otto and van Oldenborgh and their colleagues at the World Weather Attribution Project, we can now speak much more confidently: this summer, for instance, when a massive heat wave shattered records across the Pacific Northwest, their team quickly issued a deep statistical analysis that concluded the soaring heat was ‘virtually impossible without human-caused climate change.’”

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15 Sept - Local Host Families Help Complete a Global Education

This summer Dawn Boshcoff was delighted to accept a new part-time position at Pearson College UWC as the incoming Host Family and Volunteer Program Coordinator. Connecting more local families, other volunteers and regional partners with our remarkable students from up to 160 countries is her mandate and one of the most important parts of our overall approach to global education at Pearson.

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31 Aug - Pearson College UWC Student Joins Prime Minister’s Youth Council

Incoming second-year student David He of Burnaby, B.C. was recently named as the second Pearson College UWC student to join the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.
He, a Year 47 student at the Victoria-area United World College, was introduced by the Right Hon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as one of 10 new members of the Youth Council, an advisory body originally set up in 2016. Council members are appointed for 18 to 24-month terms.

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16 Aug - Here’s Hoping for Health, Wellness and Near-normality!

With the 2012-22 school year hurtling towards us, staff and faculty at Pearson are working hard to ensure our campus is again safe for students, residents, employees and visiting goods and service providers. During the last school year, not a single reported case of COVID-19 was detected on campus, and we’re working to keep that record intact.

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11 Aug - Child abduction thwarted by police

On August 11, 2021 at approximately 8:30 am, summer camp staff at Pearson College in Metchosin called 911 to report an abduction in progress from their site.
A man unknown to the staff was on the property, picking up a 7 year old boy. The man was not on the approved list for pick up and was trying to leave in a light coloured SUV with the child. Multiple staff attempted to stop the man, one even using their personal vehicle in an attempt to block him from leaving.

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12 Jun - Working to Preserve Local Waterways with the Peninsula Streams Society, thanks to the Victoria Foundation’s Vital Youth Program

Using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for guidance, students Carter, Viggo and Ella were tasked with finding a charity in the Greater Victoria area that contributed to one or more SDGs. As both Carter and I live in coastal environments, where the diminishing wellbeing of the world’s oceans are becoming increasingly obvious, we chose the “Life Below Water” goal. The budget for the donation was $2,500.

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10 May - Navigating the School Year that Was

With nearly 50 years under our belt, you’d think we’ve dealt with every conceivable scenario. Well, just like everyone else, our nearly 200 students, dozens of faculty and staff and resident houseparent and other families, experienced a year that was unprecedented, challenging and inspiring.

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06 Apr - Pearson Welcoming 6 to 14-year-olds to Unique Summer Outdoor Leadership Day Camps

This summer, the campus of Pearson College UWC in Metchosin will take on a younger vibe with the first-ever “Pearson Experiences” Summer Outdoor Leadership Day Camps for 6 to 14-year-olds.

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08 Feb - Local Student Kickstarts National Dialogue on Climate Change

Canadian High school students invited to join the event and take action.
After rallying other high school students across Canada, a Pearson College UWC student is leading the effort to host a national conference for youth on climate change called The Sustainability Spotlight Summit on February 21, 2021.

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