Joel Feenstra Assistant Professor, Electrical Department, UFV Applied & Technical Studies
I love being mentally and physically active. It turns out teaching electrical and technology at UFV is a perfect combination of both. I've built and created things in the UFV shop I never thought would have been possible. Last summer I built my own paddleboard that my family takes up to Cultus Lake and paddles around.
At the same time, teaching satisfies my deeper need to be part of something larger. I’m sending students out into a workforce where they're going to be successful.
At UFV I get to be creative by learning and building things myself. But I also get to help students learn skills that will help them thrive. I love that.
I love hiking. I grew up in Qatar where hiking wasn’t really possible so it’s special to live in a scenic place that’s not overcrowded. The first time I saw a clear blue sky free from pollution was when I arrived in BC! But, I still enjoy big-city culture and crowds from time-to-time.
I began working at the university as a student. I started as a lab monitor, then as a work-study student, then as a co-op student and then as a support analyst. After graduation, I was hired as a technical analyst.
Working at UFV and living in the Fraser Valley means I don’t have to choose between career and lifestyle. I can grow in my career, hike at Lindeman Lake and take advantage of everything Vancouver has to offer.
Dr. Joanna Sheppard Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinesiology
I’m passionate about academic research. Specifically, I’m discovering new ways to teach children how to embrace physical movement as a foundation for lifelong health.
At UFV I can fuse research and teaching. I lecture in the classroom, take students to work outdoors by the river and run an international program in the Caribbean where students join me to do research and community work.
Something I love about the University of the Fraser Valley is that I don’t need to choose between academic passions and my enthusiasm for teaching. The two blend together beautifully.
Satwinder Bains Director, UFV South Asian Studies Institute
My values have been shaped by my experiences as an immigrant. As a community activist, I’m committed to lifting up marginalized voices and informing diversity as a practice. I’m proud to have helped make diversity education part of the Abbotsford school curriculum.
My passion for social change spills over into the classroom where I help students see their larger role in society after graduation. They’ll go on to make powerful and positive change as justice advocates, international development workers and teachers.
At the University of the Fraser Valley, I can both mentor the next generation of changemakers in the classroom and lead by example in my community.