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August 2017

29th August - The “world” returns to Metchosin (Gazette)

Pedder Bay – Going “back to school” in Metchosin takes on an entirely different meaning when you travel halfway around the world to get to the Peason College UWC campus on Pedder Bay.

“For 44 years now, our students have been making their way to Pearson from nations around the world — from Argentina to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between,” says President and Head of College Désirée McGraw.

Read the full Media Advisory here.

29th August - The "world" returns to Metchosin (Muse)

Pedder Bay – Going “back to school” has an entirely different meaning when you travel halfway around the world to get to the Peason College UWC campus on Pedder Bay.

“Our students have been making their way to Pearson from nations around the world for 44 years now — from Argentina to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between,” says President and Head of College Désirée McGraw.

Read the full article here.

July 2017

17th July - Appointed Governor General Julie Payette alumna and supporter of UWC

Canada’s Governor General-Designate, Julie Payette O.C., Q.C., has strong connections to Victoria’s Pearson College UWC and is a long-time supporter of the UWC (United World Colleges) mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

The 53-year-old Montrealer, a former astronaut who speaks six languages, served on the volunteer Pearson Board of Directors between 2010 and 2013 and graduated from UWC Atlantic College in Wales in 1982. Pearson and Atlantic colleges are the two original members of the global UWC network of 150 national committees and seventeen schools (http://www.uwc.org/schools).

Read the full Media Advisory here.

June 2017

2nd June - Pearson College UWC announces new CAO Heather Gross

Heather Gross has been appointed Chief Academic Officer and Vice-President of Education and Programming for Pearson College UWC in Metchosin. Heather graduated from Pearson in 1995, returning to the international school 12 years later to lead student Admissions and Counselling. As CAO, she will manage, develop and ensure the delivery of curricular and co-curricular programming; learning through study, service and experience; and living together on campus in a cross-cultural setting.

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1st June - Alumni-led Grassroots Project Honors Longtime Host Family Volunteer and Metchosin Resident "Tita" Dieza

Dieza Dolencio, or “Tita,” as many students lovingly call her (Tita is an affection term for Aunt in the Philippine language Tagalog), first opened her heart and Metchosin home to hundreds of young people from Pearson College UWC more than 40 years ago.

Earlier this year, three Pearson alumni created the “Legacy Project for Tita Dieza” to honour their spiritual mentor and lifelong friend. In only a few short weeks, this project successfully raised the equivalent of a full one-year student scholarship to the College – funds that will be used to help a deserving student attend this Metchosin-based international school. Students, faculty, staff and alumni alike came together for Tita’s 80th birthday this past May and presented her with the results of the fundraising campaign.

Read the full Media Advisory here.