Message from the Dean

2023 has brought many successes. We welcomed our new graduate and undergraduate students and watched 364 cross the stage at Spring and Fall convocations. We wish our graduates every success in their future endeavours, whether those be in further education or the workforce. We are confident in their interdisciplinary knowledge base and commitment to social justice and health equity.

Our FHS faculty and students continue to address health crises, including mental health among children and youth, the opioid epidemic, and climate change, locally, nationally and on the global stage. We continue to strengthen Indigenous health research in FHS and community, including through the Centre for Collaborative Action on Indigenous Health Governance and the Indigenous Healthy Early Life Trajectories program led by Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. FHS members’ research strengths were recognized with several prestigious awards, accolades and appointments in 2023. Our successes are supported by a strong team led by Dr. Robert Hogg, who has been reappointed Associate Dean, Research for another term.  

We coordinated 35 practicums and 172 Co-op placements, worked hard under the leadership of Dr. Scott Venners to update our curricula across our three undergraduate programs, delivered courses for our graduate and undergraduate students, and enhanced the student experience through programming in the FHS Student Commons. I hope you can join me in recognizing the accomplishments highlighted in our Year in Review.