Director’s office

The Director of Student Services supervises the Student Services area and provides assistance with special problems students may have. Students should come to the director’s office to resolve problems involving academic standing in general, grades, the learning environment, or unexpected difficulties with successful completion of courses.

Cheryl Dahl, BA (Calgary), MA (SFU)
(604) 854-4515; e-mail
fax (604) 855-7614

Catherine Heyman
(604) 864-4677; e-mail


Student Services assistants book appointments for financial aid, counselling, advising, and First Nations Access. They also provide general information about the university college, register students for orientations and workshops, help students use the Career Resource Centre, maintain the housing bulletin board, and provide a lost and found service. They direct students and prospective students and inquiries to various departments, department assistants, and department heads when necessary.

Student Services assistants
Abbotsford (604) 854-4528
Pat Bullock
Lesley Poh
Rae Smith
Chilliwack (604) 795-2808
Julie Williams
Mission (604) 820-6000

Educational advising

Student Services educational advisors are available to help students explore post-secondary options both at UCFV and other educational institutions. Advisors assist students in developing individual education plans by explaining career and program requirements, institutional admissions processes, and course transfer to other post-secondary institutions.

Through confidential individual student appointments, educational advisors provide assistance in refining goals and objectives, understanding available choices, and assessing the consequences of alternative actions.

Introduction to UCFV

The “Introduction to UCFV” sessions are for students who are new to post-secondary studies and will help you to understand how the system works. Call Reception to sign up for this free two-hour workshop. You will learn:

Educational advisors can help if you:

Educational advisors are available for short drop-in sessions at regularly scheduled times or longer appointments for full educational planning. Appointment times fill quickly; you may be required to wait a few weeks, so do your planning early. Call Reception to book an appointment or to find out drop-in times.

To book an appointment, sign up for workshops, or to find out drop-in times, call Student Services Reception:

Abbotsford (604) 854-4528
Chilliwack (604) 795-2808
Mission (604) 820-6000

Educational Advisors

Mandy Klepic, BA (SFU), Prof. Teaching Cert., Department Head
Eddie Campbell, BA (SFU)
Varlene MacLeod, BA (UBC)
Bruce Mesman, MEd (SFU)
Barbara SalingrJ, BA–AdEd (UCFV)
Sybille Stegmueller, Dip. General Studies (UCFV)
Leanne Tielmann, BSW (UCFV)


The counsellors at UCFV are professionally trained to provide a variety of counselling services.

Career counselling

Career counselling is available to help you choose a satisfying career suited to your individual strengths, interests, values and personality type. This service is offered on an individual appointment basis, in a group workshop format, and occasionally as a credit course.

Crisis counselling

Crisis counselling is available to get students back on track after experiencing a sudden, traumatic event.

Personal counselling

Times of change and stress may result in anxiety, depression, or feelings of helplessness. Personal counselling may often help to understand and resolve problems that interfere with daily living and creative academic work. Personal counselling is available on an individual appointment or sometimes on a group basis.

Student success counselling

Student success counselling is available to help students to become effective, independent learners. This service is available in individual and workshop format. See “workshops and courses” below.

Workshops and courses

Call Student Services Reception to register for these workshops or to book individual appointments.

Abbotsford (604) 854-4528
Chilliwack (604) 795-2808
Mission (604) 820-6000


Dave Birkett, BA, MA (UBC), Department Head
Mark Hoffmann, BSc (Stanford), Diploma CS (Regent), MA (UBC)
Amy Kheong, BA (Calgary), MEd (UBC)
Elli Tamarin, BA (SFU), MEd (UBC)

Career Resource Centres

Located on the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses in the Student Services areas, the centres provide:

The Career Resource Centres also have Internet access to search for career and education information.

Special projects

The special projects team coordinates services to provide added support for students who are facing life and career changes. The team works very closely with other Student Services faculty and staff to help individuals create clearer pathways to success at UCFV.

Special Projects manager
Wendy Watson (Acting), BA(SFU), PDP(SFU), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)
(604) 864-4614; e-mail:
fax: (604) 855-7614

TBA, Special Projects assistant

Institutional Based Training (IBT)

The Institutional Based Training/Access Initiative provides support and services for students who are on, or have been receiving, income assistance. Staff and faculty help students plan an academic program and provide ongoing academic and personal support.

Support and services available

Abbotsford (604) 854-4653
Chilliwack (604) 702-2604
Mission (604) 820-6015
Hope (604) 869-9991, local 3779


Access assistants
Joyce Ashley
Meg McKay
Ruth Vandenbor, Literacy Tutor certificate (UCFV)
Doug Warren, Social Services diploma (UCFV)
Debbie Dyck, Data Analyst

First Nations Access

First Nations students are an important part of the UCFV student body. A First Nations Access coordinator is available to help students of First Nations ancestry, both status and non-status.

Educational support


Cultural activities

Other services

The First Nations Access coordinator offers one-on-one appointments on two campuses. To make an appointment call Student Services reception

Abbotsford (604) 854-4528
Chilliwack (604) 795-2808

First Nations Access coordinator

Theresa Neel, Social Services Diploma (UCFV)

Financial aid services for students

The goal of Student Financial Aid Services is to provide information and assistance in a supportive manner to UCFV students needing financial help. Despite careful budgeting, hard work, and planning, many students still have difficulty saving enough money to complete their post-secondary studies. We strongly encourage those interested in financing their education to participate in one of our Financial Planning workshops, where the following sources of financial assistance will be discussed.

British Columbia Student Assistance program

The purpose of BCSAP is to assist students with educational costs at the post-secondary level. Funds are granted only where the financial resources available to students from parents, summer work, or other sources are insufficient to meet their estimated educational costs.

Funds awarded through this program may be disbursed through a combination of Canada Student Loan, British Columbia Student Loan, B.C. Grant, and Canada Millennium scholarship. At the Financial Planning workshops students learn about eligibility, obligations assumed upon borrowing, deadlines, and application procedures.

Grants and bursaries (non-repayable grants)

There are many sources of bursaries, both within UCFV and externally through private and public donors. The Student Financial Planning Handbook offers information on a variety of bursaries and awards and may be obtained from Student Financial Aid Services. Bursaries may also include provincially and federally funded programs such as the Special Opportunities Grants and Adult Basic Education Student Assistance program.

B.C. Benefits Clients

Youth Works or Welfare to Work: Are you aware of the grants that may be available for study at UCFV? Do you know if you are eligible for assistance?

Have you spoken to the Access assistant (available on each campus) to get the information you need to attend UCFV?

Abbotsford (604) 864-4653 (Joyce Ashley)
Chilliwack (604) 702-2604 (Ruth Vandenbor)
Hope (604) 869-9991, local 3779 (Meg McKay)
Mission (604) 820-6016 (Doug Warren)


Students may obtain part-time work on campus through various work-study opportunities. These positions are usually open to students who are attending full time and in financial need. Students apply to qualify for Work-Study at the Student Financial Aid Services office and seek job opportunities through the Centre for Co-operative Education and Employment Services.

Emergency assistance

In some cases students may be faced with emergency situations that may make it impossible to pay remaining fees or purchase needed books. Emergency assistance, usually in the form of a short-term loan or tuition and book deferral, may be available through Student Financial Aid Services.

Applicants will need to check with Student Financial Aid Services for all financial aid application deadlines.


There are many opportunities to apply for scholarships through UCFV. The Student Financial Planning Handbook outlines these opportunities and is available to students for no cost through Student Financial Aid Services. Scholarships are administered by the UCFV awards selection committee and are usually advertised in April each year. Awards are based on recognition of academic standing as recommended by the committee and faculty. Applications are available at Student Financial Aid Services.

UCFV Access programs scholarship:

Two tuition awards available to students who have completed any basic education and/or development program who plan to continue into full-time studies in a vocational, career or academic program at UCFV.

B.C. Hydro award: $500 available to a UCFV Business Administration student who has completed first year of a full-time program in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

B.C. Telephone Company scholarship: 2 x $625 awarded to a second-year student with high academic standing.

Canwest Publishers Limited scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a student in full-time studies and a high academic standing.

Applied Programs Tuition scholarships: A tuition award available to a full-time student who has completed the first year of any Career/Technical program and is planning to enrol full-time in the second year of a Career/Technical program.

Chilliwack Foundation scholarship: $750 available to a UCFV student who will be entering second year at UCFV, and who has maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Harvey Schroeder scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a student who has successfully completed first year studies in the UCFV Agriculture diploma program and plans to register in second year.

Olive Kastner Memorial scholarship: A $500 scholarship donated by the Mission/Abbotsford University Women’s Club.

R.J. (Bert) Forrest Memorial scholarship: A $750 scholarship awarded to a second-year full-time student in the UCFV Agriculture diploma program. Donated by the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.

Rotary Agriculture scholarship: A $1,000 scholarship donated by the Rotary Club of Chilliwack/Fraser for a UCFV student enrolled in the Agriculture diploma program.

Sandy Steele Memorial scholarship: A $400 scholarship donated by the Pinkiewicz family and the UCFV Faculty and Staff Association available to a UCFV student entering the second or third year of a UCFV program. Preference will be given to UCFV employees and their children.

University Women’s Club of Chilliwack Memorial award: $600 available to a UCFV female student in good academic standing from the Chilliwack area who has completed two years of a university program.

Contact numbers

Abbotsford (604) 864-4601 or (604) 854-4528
Chilliwack (604) 795-2808
Mission (604) 820-6000

Student Financial Aid
Violet Chappell, BSc (Alberta), Coordinator

Carol Ambridge, Financial Aid Assistant
Janet Robinson, Financial Aid Assistant
Sandy Budd, Financial Aid Clerk

Disability Resource Centre

UCFV is committed to the integration of students with disabilities into its courses and programs. We encourage independence while providing services to students with disabilities who may require additional support in order to achieve their educational goals. We are student-centered and focus on abilities. Access advisors are available to arrange support services such as classroom and exam accommodation, and to act as resource people and liaisons between the student, faculty and staff, and internal and external agencies.

Services available

Equipment available

How to receive services

Call an access advisor at any one of the campuses to arrange for an information session to see if any of the services we have to offer may be of some assistance to you. Access advisors are available 9 am–4 pm, Monday to Friday.


Access advisors
Abbotsford (604) 864-4609; fax: (604) 855-7614
Ellen Dixon, BA (Reed), MLS (UC–Berkeley), e-mail
Bruce Mesman, MEd (SFU), e-mail:

Chilliwack (604) 795-2843; fax: (604) 792-2388
Alyson Seale, Dip. Visual Language Interpreter (Douglas), e-mail:

Mission (604) 820-6000; fax: (604) 826-0681

Technical Assistant
Debbie Dyck

Athletics and intramurals

As a member of the B.C. College Athletic Association, UCFV varsity teams compete in league play against other provincial colleges. Currently UCFV fields teams for men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s soccer. To participate in a varsity sport you must be a registered full-time student in any credit program. All team members are also members of the UCFV Athletic Association. The Athletics department also sponsors wrestling, running, and self defense clubs.


If you enjoy team sports at a less competitive level you can participate in intramural sports such as badminton, broomball, volleyball, basketball, and indoor soccer. These sports are open to all students, staff, and faculty.

As UCFV does not have its own gymnasium, many sports are scheduled during the evening or on Saturdays in local school gyms and community recreation centres.

For more information

The UCFV athletics manager has an office at the Abbotsford campus, and is available to help students who wish to organize other recreational activities. Contact:

Athletics manager
Jane Antil, BSc (Minn)
Abbotsford campus (604) 854-4583; fax: (604) 855-5936; e-mail:

Student Events

Student Events staff work with students and faculty to provide a program of social and cultural activities for students at UCFV.

The Events office provides help with fundraising, speakers, clubs, displays, entertainers and many other activities for students.

Abbotsford and Mission; (604) 853-7441, local 4255
Jill Harrison, BA (SFU)

Chilliwack and Hope; (604) 792-0025, local 2509
Lori Veres, BHK (UBC)

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