It’s my last day at BCIT …

Three years ago I found out that LinkBC, the organization I helped build for 10 years, was closing. I was at a complete crossroads: on maternity leave, with a Vancouver-sized mortgage, and a sense I wanted to work in tourism and education but no idea of how to do it.

I took steps towards going back to university to become a high school teacher. I reached out for coffee with friends. I accepted a one-day-per-week contract at the University of the Fraser Valley, knowing there was no way I could get a post-secondary job closer to home.

Then on one of my coffee chats, an old friend from Royal Roads mentioned that BCIT wanted an instructor with a tourism background. She forwarded me the posting and I quickly hopped on the phone to the program head. A month later I was interviewing for the position. It was the most stressful interview of my life, but miraculously, I got the job.

That fall, I returned to the workforce with three jobs: teaching at UFV, wrapping up LinkBC, and teaching at BCIT.

I knew from day one that BCIT was my place. It’s my alma mater. It changed my life and gave me a career in an industry I’m passionate about. And to be walking the halls of SE6 felt right. I was home.

So why is it my last day at BCIT?

That’s an incomplete thought. It’s my last day at BCIT as a temporary instructor. I am thrilled to say that I competed for, and was awarded, a full-time permanent faculty position in the department.

Effective tomorrow, BCIT is officially my gig. I am over the moon grateful and very excited for what’s to come. Thank you to my students, my colleagues, my friends, family, and industry contacts. Your support has been, and will continue to be, greatly appreciated.

Tourism Educators Conference: May 3 & 4, Vancouver

campus4If you’re a BC tourism, hospitality, or business instructor save the date for the BEAC/TEC* 2017 at Capilano University in North Vancouver:

Learners Futures in a World Under Pressure 

Conference sessions will include a variety of peer-led discussions on:

  • Climate change
  • Social change
  • Social reform
  • Cultural preservation 

Students in our classrooms are expected to work in an ever increasing international workplace and global economy, the pressures they face to know more and be more equipped are tremendous. These sessions will focus on expanding our knowledge and will concentrate on elements of curriculum development, engaged learning and evaluation & assessment. Key dates: 

May 2 & 3- Articulation days

May 4 & 5- BEAC/TEC Learners Futures in a World Under Pressure

Register here: https://beac-tec2017.capilanou.ca/registration/

Call for Presentation Submissions:  Do you have research in one of these areas that is dying to be told or maybe you have a creative way that you’ve incorporated one of these topics into your classroom?  Email tourism@capilanou.ca with a subject line: BEAC/TEC Presentation.

* Business Educator Articulation Committees/Tourism Educators Conference