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MainConnect NewslettersAbbotsfordMay 2022 Abbotsford Newsletter


May 2022 Abbotsford Newsletter

This Mental Health Awareness month, we want you all to take the time to prioritize your well-being. No matter if you are a new graduate reading this or a student in your first semester, if you focus on your mental health first we are sure everything else will fall in place for you. A positive mind brings positive actions!


Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2022

This year, we will educate ourselves more on the history of the Battle of Puebla, while having a taco party on the side.

Happy Mother’s Day!
May 8, 2022

Mother's Day started in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. After her mother's 1905 death, Anna conceived Mother's Day as a way of honoring mothers. 

Mental Health Week
May 9, 2022

Mental Health Week May 3-9th 2022, is a national awareness week, which is intended to raise awareness not only of mental health, but mental illness and wellness and everything having to do with that.

The National Nursing Week
May 15, 2022

2022 marks the 202nd anniversary of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale’s birth. In 1971, May 12th was officially designated as International Nurses Day. This month, we are celebrating the nurses from May 9-15th 2022.


Welcome Summer Students!

Welcome on board Summer Semester students.

Victoria Day

Campuses will remain closed on Monday May 23, 2022. This day marks the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was the ruling monarch at the time of Canada's birth as a country in 1867.

Code Blue Video on VACC’s TIKTOK!

Check out our Practical Nursing students Code Blue Video and keep up with Campus Shenanigans by following our account on tik tok! If you post any from Campus please tag us too! @vancouvercareercollege 

Mental Health Contest

Self-care is essential to one’s well-being and is absolutely important to be taken care of. This year for our mental health contest, we are giving you a chance to get your hands-on a care package and to #getreal about mental health. Find more information here.

Student Mothers of VaCC Abbotsford Series - Shoshanna Macqueen: Education Assistant

My boys are 5&7!  I am a single momma, and really wanted to make the most of our time together outside of their school days! Becoming an EA will allow me to support other children on their educational journey and still be home with my kiddos in the mornings and evenings!  

Being a full-time student and a single mom has been wild! Prioritize self-care, get enough rest and make the most of our weekends reminding the boys that this is for our future. 

Student Mothers of VaCC Abbotsford Series - Divjot Kaur: Education Assistant

This me and my 4 year old son. 

All I can say about giving advice is, “ We all know its not easy to be a mother and student at same time but by being grateful of everything we have today. As it can bring peace and creates better vision for tomorrow. 

Student Mothers of VaCC Abbotsford 

Here are my 2 children. My younger child is Jasnor and he is 2.5 years old. My elder child is KARMAN who is 6 years old. 

Celebrating Nurses: Meet Instructor Nurse Jade Cross from Abbotsford Campus

I took the PN program at VaCC. Grad of 16’. Upon graduation I began working in the surgical nursing field right out of school & then decided to try out different types of nursing! My greatest achievement in my nursing career would be teaching. It is extremely rewarding watching the journey of students becoming practical nurses! The best advice to a new nurse: Find what you love. Don’t settle. There are so many opportunities in the nursing field! 

4 Healthy Habits for Student Mental Health

We all know that student life is busy and it’s easy to succumb to the chaos in our daily life. Taking a little bit of time to refuel yourself is needed. How can you absorb all that you are learning if you don’t feed your body and brain too? 

1 - Invest time into Healthy Eating

It is easy to skip meals when you are a busy student but skipping leads to starving. Hasty choices like fast food do not provide the nourishment your brain needs for studying. Meal planning is the best way to achieve a happy belly & mind. Take one day when you can prepare weekday meals & snacks by cutting veggies, cheese & meat. Instant healthy "fast food" in your fridge.  

2 - Keep that body Moving!

Hours of studying usually mean that you are sitting for long periods of time while your brain is working on overdrive learning. Going for a walk, dancing to your current fave pop song & throwing a ball around with someone are great ways to keep your body moving while on a break. Exercise reduces stress and stimulates natural mood lifters that enhance your overall cognitive functions. 

3 - Make Connections with your people

In this digital age, we tend to hide behind computers & social media. Try calling a friend and have a conversation with them about your day or meet up with someone for a walk or a meal ( see me refer to other healthy habits like eating & moving).  Staying connected to those that we love helps our minds not be hyper-focused on all of the things we need to do. These moments remind us why we work so hard every day. These moments refuel our hearts and give us strength!

4 - Have and enjoy A Hobby

When the world is fast paced, you need to take the time for things that make YOU happy. A happy mind is much more willing to intake information. Spend an hour every couple days doing something just for you. Paint, Read, Dance, Write or Play a sport. Set some time for you to have fun!