News Releases and Articles

2022

21 Apr - New Program prepares Next Generation of Climate Solution Global Leaders

VICTORIA – A new partnership between three prominent island educational institutions marks Earth Day by investing in future climate action leaders to find solutions for the complex challenge of climate change. 

Two recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between pre-university school Pearson College UWC, Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Royal Roads University (RRU) formalized the collective work done to develop Pearson’s new Climate Action Leadership Diploma program (CALD) intended for Canadian and global students aged 16 to 19. 

Read the full Press Release.

12 Apr - Pearson College UWC Welcomes New Director, Indigenous Initiatives & Engagement

Traditional territory of the Sc’ianew First Nation/Metchosin – Victoria resident Rebecca Beauchamp brings her Māori Indigenous knowledge and experience to her new role as Pearson College UWC’s first Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Engagement.

“I have had the honour and privilege to work alongside Indigenous communities here on Vancouver Island and in Aotearoa,” said Beauchamp who most recently was Manager and Team Lead for the XaXe STELITKEL Early Years Center at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and previously lived and worked in New Zealand.

“Today, I live, work and raise my children on Lekwungen territory and I tread respectfully as a visitor upon these lands.” Beauchamp identifies as Māori, the Indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, on her father’s side and English/Scottish ancestry from her mother who is second-generation, Victoria-born.

Since 1974, Pearson College UWC has annually welcomed up to 200 students from across Canada and from 160 countries around the world. The College, located along Pedder Bay in Metchosin, was the first in Canada to offer a pre-university International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and this fall, will introduce a new IB-based Climate Action Leadership Diploma program with both educational streams emphasizing a place-based approach to teaching and learning.

“We are privileged to live and learn on a magnificent campus overlooking the bay and integrated into the surrounding rainforest,” said Head of College Craig Davis. “We recognize and understand these are gifts that have been stewarded by our friends within the Sc’ianew First Nation community and by the many Coast Salish peoples who visited this area since time immemorial.”

As Director, Indigenous Initiatives, and Engagement, Beauchamp will guide implementation of the College’s Indigenous Vision and Reconciliation Action Plan with responsibility to lead and strengthen Indigenous education support and the College’s engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations. She will also help develop, support and implement Indigenous educational programming, such as language, culture, and land-based initiatives, including working with faculty to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and seeing into their curricula.

“I believe our responsibility as educators is to support the teaching to and the learning of children and young people as well as to nurture and care for their wellbeing in a holistic way,” added Beauchamp. “At Pearson, I want to develop and support culturally responsive and culturally safe educational and community-driven programming which in turn helps support Indigenous students learning and living at the College.”

Davis added that Beauchamp’s role was identified in the College’s Indigenous Vision and Reconciliation Action Plan and complements steps including new SENĆOŦEN language names and artwork for student residence houses and the recent announcement that the College would contribute 14 hectares of Pearson-owned lands as part of a proposed Indigenous Protected Area, to preserve ecologically and culturally important lands.

Beauchamp officially assumed her new role on 1 April.

05 Apr - Second Annual Summer Outdoor Leadership Day Camps at Pearson

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

Located on the traditional territory of the Sc’ianew First Nation along Pedder Bay, the Pearson campus provides acres of green space, adjacent forests and safe water access and all the amenities for an awesome childhood experience this summer. Registration Opens April 6, 2022!>

Read the full media release.

24 Feb - In history-making friendship, SC’IA⁄NEW First Nation forges ahead with Standstill Agreement for proposed Indigenous Protected Area
Traditional Territory of the SC’IA⁄NEW First Nation – An unprecedented friendship has formed with the goal of creating an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in an area known as Mary Hill. An agreement was signed today by SC’IA⁄NEW First Nation, alongside project supporters: District of Metchosin, Habitat Acquisition Trust and Pearson College UWC.

Read the full news release on the Te’mexw Treaty Association page

11 Feb - Teaching Climate Action Leadership

The climate emergency is such that we need to start educating young people from all nations earlier on how they can most effectively take action through a variety of education pathways and their subsequent professions.

Read the full news release that was submitted to The International Educator and other media outlets.

02 Feb - A local Nobel Possibility?

Pearson College UWC has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize! To be completely accurate, the United World College movement, of which Metchosin-based Pearson was the second school to join back in 1974, was recently nominated for the prestigious award.

Read the story submission to the Metchosin Muse and/or the media release to local media outlets.

11 Jan - Returning to Campus with Caveats

Mid January we are gradually welcoming Pearson students back to campus for the spring term after their well-earned respite during the annual Winter Break!

A gradual return allows us to set up a limited rapid test regime for returning students (and staff and faculty) on campus and ensure that all students comply with applicable federal regulations regarding testing and self-isolation for travellers, which vary depending upon their individual situations. For instance, while all Pearson students were fully vaccinated before they left in December to see family and friends, those returning from international destinations (except the U.S.) are required to isolate until they receive a negative test result upon their return.

Read the full news release.

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