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Larissa Kowalski

Student research gigs led to passion for sociology for Larissa Kowalski

Larissa Kowalski made a big leap when she enrolled at UFV. She was the first in her family to attend university. Making the even bigger leap from student to researcher during her undergraduate years gave her the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needed to successfully apply to and complete a graduate degree.

Covid-19 presentation

Adapting to a pandemic world: COVID-19 research at UFV

Join UFV's leading research minds to discuss how COVID-19 research is informing our understanding. Topics include:

  • Mitigating the Effects of Epidemic/Pandemic Outbreaks on Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers and Farm Operations in British Columbia
  • Developing travel readiness strategies for Chinese and South Asian populations in the Fraser Valley who regularly travel back to their countries of origin to visit friends and relatives
  • Social Isolation & Loneliness in the Face of COVID-19: An Examination of the Outcomes & the Key Protective/Predictive Factors
  • Nursing students and seniors: Using technology to maintain social connections during COVID-19

gero nurses podcast

GeroNurses - Tales from the front

In September 2021, the Centre for Education and Research on Aging (CERA) in collaboration the Gerontological Nurses of BC, launched its first podcast to share the unique, uplifting, and sometimes challenging experiences of the diverse group of practitioners involved in gerontological nursing. The podcast: Gero Nurses: Tales from the front, has now released three episodes.

penpal program

Pen Pal program connects generations during the pandemic

Adrienne, 78 years old, gets nostalgic when she thinks about the power of the written letter. This year, Adrienne rediscovered her passion for letter writing when she joined a pen pal program between seniors and elementary school-aged children. This intergenerational connection pilot study was conducted by Dr. Shelley Canning, the director for UFV’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging (CERA) in collaboration with Chilliwack’s Elder College, which provides adults over the age of 50 with access to educational learning opportunities.


“In CERA, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Lesley Jessiman. I’d always had an interest on the social aspects of aging. I remember being in Lesley’s classroom (Adulthood and Aging) and realizing I could do research on this. It was almost a perfect fit.” 


-Larissa Kowalski

UFV grad, Sociology with a concentration in Social Research and extended minor in Psychology.

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