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Like all UWCs, Pearson College is committed to a mission that was far ahead of its time, and yet is more pertinent today than ever—an educational force designed “to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

Perhaps due to its slightly, off-the-main road location in Metchosin, there is a misconception that Pearson College UWC is an elite private school for international students. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.

It wasn’t that long ago that technological innovation was mostly associated with the computer industry. A steady stream of electronic devices and digital services—that improve so quickly, they become obsolete in a few years—continue to impact our lives in ways we never imagined a few decades ago.

Today, with climate change ever-present, the need for fundamental new discoveries across a network of diverse industries has never been greater. Innovation today is less about getting a competitive silo advantage and more about experimenting and researching possibilities in collaboration with others; finding ways to re-imagine aspects of our economy so we can continue to prosper with the lowest possible environmental impact. The shift underway will be explosive; unlike anything we’ve experienced since electricity and the internal combustion engine took center stage early in the 20th century.

If you have lived in the West Shore long enough, you probably already know that Sooke School District #62 is one of the fastest-growing and most progressive school districts in B.C. It currently has over 11,000 students in a district that extends all the way up to Port Renfrew.

For committed people like Ravi Parmar, School Board Chair, and one of 7 trustees for Sooke School District #62, its oversight is a huge responsibility—far bigger than most people realize.

“As trustees, as elected politicians, we are responsible for a lot,” says Parmar. “The budget for the entire province is a record $2.7 billion this year. It will be used for capital investments for new schools, expansions, seismic upgrades and land purchases for future schools. Our operating budget is $150M for a staff of 1,600 people.”

For the next 5 years, many in-demand jobs in BC (and the rest of Canada) are ones that offer great earning opportunities. As a result, now is an excellent time for younger Canadians to explore new career paths. I’ve selected career areas that are in especially high demand in BC, have a high number of expected job openings and an on-going shortage of qualified workers to fill them.

Winter holidays can be relaxing; but if you or a loved one has a tendency towards anxiety or depression, can increase during this time of year.

You can imagine the impact on a family when a child has a strong fear of heights. It can mean that the family cannot visit with friends or relatives that live in bigger buildings, or that the family changes locations for holidays to avoid airplanes or hotels with many floors. Keeping a parent close by can ease a child’s fear, but that can result in difficulty when separating to attend school and other activities. The child begins to worry about not having a parent close by to help them manage that fear. As routines and plans change to limit the fearful experiences, the level of concern for the whole family can grow.

Many of us have heard stories about online bullying and how devastating that can be for young adults and their families. Did you know that 1 in 4 teens are victims of online bullying? And this is not the only risk associated with online activities. At PCFSA, we hear many stories. The following story is an all too common one.

PCFSA is dedicated to delivering vital services to the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford and Sooke. 2018 marks our 50th year of community service with educational, counselling and creative programming maintained in collaboration with partner agencies across the CRD.

Our PCFSA programs provide counselling and support services to all persons within the community. Services are delivered based on individual need and circumstance. Our mission is to enhance the quality and dignity of life for individuals and families. By encouraging healthy patterns of living, the lives of youth and families are enriched as they acquire the skills they need to improve connections to family and build on community relationships.

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