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Dr. Amy Parent receives 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

June 30, 2018

Originally featured in Burnaby Now (Published: June 13, 2018) 

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Parent who was selected for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from Douglas College. Parent was chosen for her contributions to reducing barriers to education for aboriginal youth after overcoming her own struggles in college. 

"Amy was a young person coming from a small community and was struggling to find an identity. In her first semester, she took three courses and ended with three withdrawls," said Dave Seaweed, aboriginal student services  coordinator at Douglas College and nominator of Parent for the award. 

"With support from the community and Douglas College, she decided to give post-secondary another try. She created lasting bonds with other aboriginal students, and together they formed a strong support group who embraced their cultures while focusing on ways to succeed in their academic pursuits." 

Parent took social sciences at Douglas and in 2004 transferred to SFU to complete a bachelor's degree. She went on to earn her master's and PhD in education at UBC. Her research has informed and inspired her teachings at SFU and UBC, as well as her involvement with First Nations communities, helping aboriginal youth successfully transition to university. 

Read more about Amy's story (courtesy of Burnaby Now) here