The Douglas College has around 500 Full-time faculty staff and 100 Continuing Education Instructors. It operates at an annual budget of around $89 million, and has two major campuses, namely: the New Westminster Campus and the David Lam Campus. Its Training Centre in Surrey specializes in short-term training programs. In 2008, the David Lam Campus expanded its facilities to include a $40 million construction of the Health Sciences Centre. This facility is a great addition for students who are studying health Information Management, Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing.
Douglas offers the following services to its students: Campus services (Library, Bookstore, Computing & technology support, Sports & recreation, Directions, transit & parking, Daycare, Events, and Student ID cards.); Financial (Financial Aid, and Scholarships, bursaries and awards); Support and well-being (Office for New Students, International students, Academic advising, Aboriginal students, Women's Centre, Students with disabilities, Counselling, Career Resource Centre, Health & dental plan, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Services, and the Douglas College Students' Union).
Students of Douglas College automatically become members of the Douglas Students’ Union (DSU), with offices at the David Lam and New Westminster campuses. It helps make students’ experiences more diverse and fun, adding activities, such as pub nights and dances, awareness campaigns, pancake breakfasts, and political and social campaigns. It also provides students the following privileges: Student Lounge (pool tables, study space and more), Student Advocacy, Pride Centre, Locker Rentals, Health & Dental Plan, Free Meeting Space, Free International Student ID Cards (world-wide travel discounts), Free day-planners (whole academic year), Discounted Copy & Fax services, Disability Resource Centre, and Charters Clubs & Associations (common interests and provision for match funding).
Students who belong to the DSU also become members of the Canadian Federation of Students, where they can work on national and provincial academic issues, such as provision of grants, improvement of students’ assistance, and tuition fee increases.
The College's Centre for Sports, Recreation and Wellness (CSRW) organizes activities such as: Campus Life, Community Programs, Recreation and Intramural Sports, Sports Institute, Varsity Athletics, and Wellness Programs. Their goal is to enhance the quality of life for the students who are studying at the New Westminster and David Lam campuses. There are also Fitness Centres, Health and Wellness, Youth Camps, and Gym Memberships. For serious athletes, they can compete and become part of the Royal varsity teams in Basketball, Badminton, Soccer, Baseball Volleyball, Rugby, Golf, Cross-Country, and Track.
Douglas offers students scholarships, awards and bursaries. The awards come from donations, the Financial Aid Office, and the Douglas College Foundation.
New Westminster is a tiny city located on the Burrard Peninsula, on the north bank of the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. New Westminster is renowned throughout the region for the quality, creativity and innovation of its recreational programs, parks and garden displays and emerging cultural and heritage attractions.
Adjacent to major Highway systems, convenient to the Alex Fraser, Patullo and Port Mann bridges, and directly on the SkyTrain line, New Westminster is truly the centre of the Lower Mainland. No matter your age, or interests, this delightful city has something for every visitor. We invite you to visit BC's "Royal City" and take in all our hospitality has to offer.
In addition to 48 community parks, New Westminster offers inviting walking trails, exciting leisure activities and state-of-the-art recreation facilities. Take a nature walk through Hume Park, or a peaceful stroll through the gardens and tranquil ponds of Friendship Gardens. Glenbrook Ravine Park, on the old BC Penitentiary site, offers 12 acres of natural ravine setting with trails leading to a small meadow. Read on for more information about New Westminster's local outdoor attractions.