FALL 2014


Welcome to the Quest Community of Continuous Learners!


Quest University Canada was founded to create a radically new model for education: an effective, engaging, collaborative model designed to develop graduates with an informed perspective on the problems of the 21st Century and the integrative abilities to solve them. In seven short years, we have gone from a campus with 73 students and seven faculty members to 660 students hailing from 43 countries around the globe and a full-time staff of over 100. Our 200 graduates are thriving in careers ranging from cybersecurity and environmental engineering to early childhood education and national parks management. They are studying law, medicine, and business, as well as academic topics ranging from neuroscience and geophysics to political philosophy and literature, at the leading universities of the world including Stanford, Yale, Toronto, UBC, McGill, St. Andrews, and the London School of Economics. It's working!


Many sites were considered for Quest, but the Sea-to-Sky Corridor offered unique advantages: an unmatched richness in ecological zones and geological diversity for our field-based courses, easy access to a world-class city and world-class recreational opportunities, and a vibrant, growing community re-inventing itself with an inveterate entrepreneurial spirit that matches the University's own. It is now time to enhance our relationship with our community.


This Fall we are launching a new program, Continue Your Quest, a set of classes, workshops, lectures, and activities for all the Continuous Learners in the Corridor. Regular Quest faculty and Guest Tutors will explore topics ranging from the foundational principles of democracy to wine tasting, and from the chemistry of food to the impact of technology on child development. We have created the initial program in response to the input we received from you in our survey last spring, and it will continue to be shaped by your interests. We are running the program at cost; our goal is not to make money, but to make friends - to provide our facilities and our expertise to enrich the living and learning environment we call home.


I look forward to welcoming you to campus as we begin this new chapter in our partnership.


David J. Helfand, PhD

President & Vice Chancellor, Quest University Canada

Past-President, American Astronomical Society

Professor of Astronomy, Columbia University (on leave)







Continuing Education

c/o Luce Mélançon

Quest University Canada

3200 University Blvd

Squamish BC V8B 0N8


Phone (604) 898-8007

Fax (608) 815-0829


































Monday- Friday 8:30am-5:00pm



(604) 389-8086







You are what you eat!! Have you ever wondered where this phrase came from, and whether it is actually true? Why is it that some people cannot tolerate dairy products? Why are more and more people moving to a gluten-free diet? Is maple syrup/honey better for you than ordinary table sugar? Exactly what is that food label trying to tell us? Together we will examine and discuss the chemical and biochemical aspects of food, as well as the many popular books/articles/web sites dealing with various aspects of nutrition. No previous chemistry or biochemistry knowledge is required for the course.



Bob Perkins, Tutor Physical Sciences, Quest University Canada

4 weeks / Wednesdays, October 29 to November 19 /  6 - 8pm

Maximum number of students: 12

Course Fee: $125 + GST






Are you in career transition?  Does your experience of this go deeper than simply being out of work or unhappily employed?  If you are seeking a career change that will lead to more meaningful work, yet don't know how to articulate your yearnings and are overwhelmed by the prospect of change, then your Work Purpose may be calling you.  Experience an in-depth self-discovery process that will help you crystallize how to uniquely contribute to the world through work, compelling you to make conscious choices that will bring you closer to realizing your potential.



Linda Folster, Guest Tutor, Career Transition Specialist

8 weeks / Mondays, October 20 to December 8 / 7 - 9pm


Saturdays, October 18 to December 6  / 2 - 4pm

Maximum number of students per class: 12

Course Fee: $245 + GST

Individual assessments are available for a maximum of $30






In what ways can someone experience mathematics to develop the confidence, critical thinking, and communication skills so important in life?  I answered my Question by writing a 400-page novel inspired by my life experiences: the story of an insecure teenager who commits herself to the crazy and unrealistic goal of representing her country at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and thanks to the support of innovative mentors, combined with her own relentless perseverance, discovers meaning, purpose, and joy.  You will receive this novel free of charge, which you will use as a springboard to reflect on your own life journeys, and solve beautiful problems that are connected together in unexpected ways, to discover how problem-solving principles and techniques can be applied to the issues that light a fire in your heart.

Richard Hoshino, Tutor Mathematics, Quest University Canada

6 weeks / Wednesdays, October 22 to November 26  /  6:30 - 8:30pm

Maximum number of students: 20

Course Fee: $185 + GST






Are you confused when buying wine? Do you feel intimidated at a dinner party when wine is the topic of discussion? Do names like Torrontes, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Sémillon freak you out? In 6 weeks, we will navigate the world of wine through your wine glass, making wine fun and easy to understand, while picking up tricks of the trade enabling you to impress your friends and colleagues at your next dinner party. Learning wine tasting techniques, exploring food and wine pairings, and discovering new wine regions and grape varietals will be sure to change how you feel when buying wine as a gift or simply finding that best value weeknight wine. Most importantly, wine will be served every class!



Chris Giroux, Guest Tutor, Director of Sales Vintage Corks LTD,  W.S.E.T. Educator

6 weeks  / Thursdays, October 16 to November 20 / 6:30 - 8:30pm

Maximum number of students: 20

Course Fee: $215 + GST







Our personal stories are what make us human. They are a record of everything we have ever experienced. Each life can be seen as a series of events that, when put together, form a full, rich, and unique story. Just like a fingerprint, no two life stories are exactly alike. The individuality of each person’s story is mapped in part by what family they came from, the loves and hates over their lifetime, the struggles they have encountered, and their life goals and aspirations. Yet in our fast-paced modern world of Facebook posts and twitter feeds, these life stories may rarely be told or listened to and risk becoming dusty and forgotten. There is a risk of forgetting who we are, where we came from, and where we are going if our life stories are not recounted and kept sacred.


In this journal writing for self-discovery class, you will be introduced to Life Review, a vibrant process of reflection and exploration. Each week you will be guided to journal about a particular event or theme in your life. You will then be invited to read aloud from your journal (as much or as little as you choose). The instructor will then guide the listeners to share with you how your story impacted them personally, what stood out to them, and how hearing your story makes a difference in their lives. As a group, the class will choose which life themes will inspire the journaling.


The learning that transpires in a Life Review class is many fold and can be understood as deepening layers. The first layer comes with the private self-reflective journaling, the second layer with reading aloud your stories to a group of witnesses, and the third layer with hearing how your story impacts others. Students of Life Review report an increased sense of connection to themselves and others, new awareness and insight, and making sense or new meaning out of past events.


 A past participant shared his thoughts about his Life Review experience:


“Going through the Life Review helped me recognize and clarify what is important to me going forward… We are here for a short time, and Life Review allowed me to actually see that, to see where I am, and what I need to do. It’s like that Bob Marley lyric, if you know your history, then you’ll know where you’re coming from.”



Julia Gerlitz, Guest Tutor, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

6 weeks /  Wednesdays, October 15 to November 19  /  6:30 - 8:30pm

Maximum number of students: 6

Course Fee: $185 + GST







Learn how you can manage the balance between activities your children need for growth and success, and their use of technology.


Children use on average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technologies. TV, video games, internet, movies, cell phones and a variety of hand held devices now occupy the majority of our children’s waking hours—but to what detriment? Developmental delay, obesity, sleep deprivation, mental illness, aggression, social isolation, poor communication, attention deficit and learning disorders have all been associated with technology overuse. The effect of chronic states of high cortisol in a sedentary body, as well as the effect of prolonged use of electromagnetic radiation, are only beginning to receive research attention, but could prove to have permanent life threatening consequences to child health. Schools are creating Virtual Classrooms, and homes are creating Virtual Families, further alienating children from the essential human connection and attachment that is the basis for all learning. Children are our future, yet choices made today raise the question: are the ways in which we are raising and educating our children with technology no longer sustainable?


Disconnect to Reconnect raises public awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development and academic performance, and provides initiatives for homes, schools, health professionals, governments, researchers, and technology production corporations to create 'sustainable’ children.


Evidence based – Research referenced - Strategy focused



Cris Rowan, Guest Speaker and CEO, Zone'in Programs, Inc.

1 day / Sunday, November 16 / 1 - 3pm

Location: Quest University Canada Multi-Purpose Room

Maximum number of participants: 200

Workshop Fee: $20/Individual + GST










Do we really live in a democracy? Is it the best form of government that we have thought of to date? How is one supposed to work? All these questions have been asked by some of the greatest minds in history. You may know their names: Socrates, Plato, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and Marx. But do you know what they thought? Join me in exploring fascinating (and interdisciplinary) topics: for democracy to work, how should people behave and act (psychology); what is the ideal form of democratic government (politics); and, how have democracies evolved over the ages (history). You'll have a chance to measure current democracies by their standards so we can discuss whether or not contemporary Canadian democracy lives up to its name. We can also study thinkers that class members suggest—please voice your opinion about the topics of the class. That's democracy!



Eric Gorham, Founding Faculty Member and Tutor Social Sciences, Quest University Canada

4 weeks / Wednesdays, October 15 to November 5 / 7 - 9pm

Maximum number of students: 20

Course Fee: $125 + GST







A little over 13.7 billion years ago, the entire Universe consisted solely of hydrogen and helium gas. Ten billion years later, we had the Earth, made of rocks, minerals, water and breathable air, teeming with life. Where did all these new materials come from, and how did they collect together to form the Earth? What conditions make life possible, how many more places in the Universe might life develop, and how long will Earth continue to be habitable? Through illustrated lectures and group activities we will explore how our habitable planet came to be, and how much longer our activities will allow us to enjoy its pleasures.



David Helfand, President and Vice-Chancellor, Quest University Canada

3 weeks / Thursdays, October 16, 23, and 30 / 6:30 - 8:30pm

Maximum number of students: 20

Course Fee: $95 + GST

Participants are encouraged to bring their own computer






What is the origin of Canadian Chinese food? Why do rich Chinese immigrants inflate Vancouver real-estate prices? Why do we need special cross-cultural knowledge to do business with Chinese people?  What is China and the Chinese identity?


In five weeks, this discussion-based course will cover such hot topics as an introduction to Chinese language, history, geography, literature, culture, politics, and the radical social transformations and challenges of 21st Century China. We will end the course with some delicious Chinese cooking and a dumpling dinner.


Fei Shi, Tutor Arts and Humanities, Quest University Canada

5 weeks / Thursdays, October 16, 30, and November 6, 13 and 20 / 7 - 9pm

Maximum number of students: 20

Course Fee: $155 + GST

Please note there is no class on October 23








This session will give an overview of some current pedagogical approaches to natural play including Forest School, Rain or Shine School, and Outdoor School, as well as creative ideas of how to initiate meaningful, outdoor play with a focus on fostering an on-going relationship between your child and the land they live in.

Adrienne Dalla-Longa, Student Services Coordinator and Adventure Pursuits Program Director, Quest University Canada

1 day / Saturday, October 25 / 10am - 2pm

Maximum number of adults: 20

Maximum number of children per adult: 2

Children of all ages are welcome!

Course fee per adult: $45 + GST



Special Requirements: Lunch will not be provided, so parents are asked to pack a lunch for their children. October in Squamish can be wet, rainy and cold as well as tons of fun, so in order to ensure a great session please make sure you and your children are dressed appropriately with waterproof gear, hats, gloves and a change of clothes.









How does mark making tell a story? By drawing we will explore the translation that occurs when tapping into our sensory awareness through a variety of drawing tools, materials and actions. Guided by our spatial awareness of touch, light and sound we will draw out narratives. Our discoveries will be rooted in line construction, tonal drawing, and creative expression of rhythm, gesture and style.


Together, we will open up our artistic perception to explore the function of art through personal narratives, issues of identity, and as a vehicle for psychological transformation by integrating light and shadow.



Laurel Terlesky, Guest Tutor, Interdisciplinary Artist

6 weeks / Tuesdays, October 14 to November18 / 7 - 9pm

Maximum number of students: 18

Course Fee: $185 + GST

Additional course materials required









Graham Walker has been writing children’s books and recording music for years. His award winning albums are full of songs that tickle the imagination and the funny bone. In concerts he brings his humour and enthusiasm to festivals, schools, libraries, shindigs and hootenannies -- and then the fun begins!


Graham loves bringing people together and making friends with music, and as one of his songs says: “Friends are Better than Crocodiles!”


Graham Walker, Guest Performer, Singer and Songwriter

1 day / Sunday, October 4 / 4 - 5pm

Location: Quest University Canada Multi-Purpose Room

Maximum number of participants: 200

Course Fee: Free for parents and children









David Helfand joined Quest University Canada in 2005 as an advisor to the University. He was a visiting tutor during the University's inaugural semester in the Fall of 2007 and, in September 2008, was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of the University. He has spent 35 years as a Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University where he served as Department Chair and Co-Director of the Astrophysics Laboratory for more than half that time. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the University of Copenhagen and spent a year as the Sackler Distinguished Visiting Astronomer at the University of Cambridge.


He is the author of nearly 200 scientific publications covering many areas of modern astrophysics including radio, optical, and X-ray observations of celestial sources ranging from nearby stars to the most distant quasars. He recently completed a major project to survey the Galaxy with a sensitivity and angular resolution a hundred times greater than previously available. The goal is to obtain a complete picture of birth and death (for stars) in the Milky Way.


David has mentored 22 PhD students, but has primarily taught undergraduate courses for non-science majors, including one of his own design which treats the atom as a tool for revealing the quantitative history of everything from human diet and works of art to the Earth's climate and the Universe. In 2004, he implemented a vision he began working on in 1982 that has all Columbia first-year students taking a science course as part of Columbia's famed Core Curriculum. He received the 2001 Columbia Presidential Teaching Award and the 2002 Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates.


In 2011, he was elected President of the American Astronomical Society, the professional organization of astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary scientists and solar physicists in North America. He will serve in that role until 2015.


A decade ago, David appeared weekly on the Discovery Channel's program Science News, bringing the latest astronomical discoveries to the US television audience. More recently, his television appearances have been limited to more serious matters on Comedy Central's The Daily Show and National Geographic's The Known Universe. David believes he is a better cook than astronomer and, ambiguously, colleagues who have sampled his gastronomical undertakings agree.


David can be reached by email at, or by phone at 604.898.8000 or toll-free in North America at 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).





Bob grew up in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the eldest of five children, as the sixth generation on the family farm. Bob obtained an honours B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Bishop's University, and then moved to Vancouver to obtain a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at the University of British Columbia. It was while at UBC that he discovered the joy of teaching and was awarded a Graduate TA Teaching Award three years in a row. After graduation he spent six years teaching at Memorial University's Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, Newfoundland before returning to Vancouver to teach at both UBC and Kwantlen. He retired to Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 2008 after 31 years teaching chemistry. In the fall of 2009 he was invited to be a visiting tutor at Quest, fell in love with the educational experiment taking place here, and has been a part-time continuing faculty member here since 2011.


He has been an active presenter at many university/college/high school professional development workshops, and has published a wide range of papers in the area of chemical education. He is currently working on a textbook "The Quest For Organic Chemistry - Part 2". "The Quest For Organic Chemistry - Part 1" has been used as a supplementary textbook for the Organic 1 course here at Quest, and can be found on reserve in the library.


During his career he has also been very fortunate to work with a number of outstanding colleagues and has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards:


-  Nova Corporation Teaching Award (Chemical Society of Canada)


-  UBC Science Undergraduate Student Society Award for Teaching Excellence


-  C3 Award for Teaching Excellence (College Chemistry Canada)


-  NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (University of Texas at Austin)


-  First Year Experience Teaching Excellence Award (Kwantlen)


Bob's pastimes include listening to music, playing guitar, gardening, building assorted play structures/benches/raised garden beds/sinky wharfs from recycled lumber, reading and making/drinking wine. He is well known on the Quest campus for his blackberry pies and various types of blackberry/raspberry/plum wines. He is an enthusiastic hiker and kayaker, who, along with his wife Clarice, dotes on his three married children (and their spouses) and six grandchildren, all of whom also live on Vancouver Island.


To contact Bob, you can email him at or call him at 604.898.8000 or our toll free number in North America 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).





Eric Gorham is a founding faculty member and teaches a variety of courses including the Cornerstone, Question, and Rhetoric courses, Democracy and Justice, Political Economy, and concentration courses in politics. Before arriving at Quest in 2006, he spent 16 years at Loyola University, New Orleans where he was Professor of Political Science. Originally from New York, Eric received his A.B. at the University of Chicago, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also studied and conducted research at Warwick University in the United Kingdom and the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy and taught at Concordia University in Montreal. The author of two books and numerous journal articles, Eric's field of research is contemporary political theory and political education.


Besides the US and Canada, Eric has lived in Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Chile. He enjoys hiking, tennis, Iberian and South American literature, world music, foreign languages, and good conversation. He and his wife are proud owners of a well-behaved and loving bichon frise, Viva.


To contact Eric, you can email him at or call him at 604.898.8000 or our toll free number in North America 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).





Richard Hoshino joined the Quest family in February 2013, as the faculty's third Mathematics Tutor. Prior to his arrival at Quest, Richard was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo (2010-2012), and was a mathematician in the Government of Canada (2006-2010), leading the Mathematics and Data Exploration Section at the Canada Border Services Agency.


He has published over 20 research papers across numerous fields, including graph theory, marine container risk-scoring, and the optimal scheduling of professional baseball leagues to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More information appears on his website.


In March 2010, Richard moved to Tokyo after his wife Karen landed her dream job at a highly-regarded Japanese university. As an unemployed house-husband starting a new life in a new country, Richard pondered the following Question: "In what ways can a student experience mathematics to develop the confidence, critical thinking, and communication skills so important in life?"


Three years later, Richard completed 'The Math Olympian', a 173,000-word Keystone Project that describes the roller-coaster journey of a (fictional) teenager who dreams of representing her country at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and thanks to the support of innovative mentors, combined with her own relentless perseverance, discovers meaning, purpose, and joy.


Students in Richard's Mathematical Problem-Solving foundation course use this novel as a springboard to reflect upon their own mathematical journeys, and explore how elegant problem-solving principles and techniques can be applied to address some of society's toughest challenges.


To contact Richard, you can email him at or call him at 604.898.8000 or our toll free number in North America 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).









After completing his Bachelors and Masters degree at Fudan University in Shanghai, Fei came to North America to complete a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Davis. Fei is an enthusiastic teacher and dramatist. Over the past nine years, in both Shanghai and California, he has taught over 20 different university-level courses and directed many theatre productions. His scholarly papers have been published in numerous academic journals and books on both sides of the Pacific.


His teaching focuses on a highly innovative and interdisciplinary approach to Arts and Humanities. Theory-informed and practice-based, he challenges the students to read, write, think, speak, and act out of the box. He encourages students to become artists in their different fields of study through daring adventures and creations.


He is eager to learn from the new generations of Quest students and excited about collaborating with them on projects that relate to literature, cultural studies, Asian studies, theater, film, visual culture, performance, animal and critical theory, translation, ethnicity studies, and gender and sexuality studies.


In his spare time, he loves sports with a racquet: ping-pong, badminton, tennis, squash, racquet ball - you name it!


To contact Fei, you can email him at or call him at 604.898.8000 or our toll free number in North America 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).

Julia Gerlitz grew up in Nelson, BC in the Kootenays where she developed a deep love for the mountains and giving back to community.  After travelling to numerous parts of the world, she completed a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. She now calls Squamish her home where she works as a Registered Clinical Counsellor for Squamish Mental Health and Addictions and the Squamish Nation. She also holds a small private practice where she provides counselling from a Narrative Therapy perspective. As an aspiring writer and an avid author of therapeutic letters, Julia understands the powerful ability of the written word to reflect, discover, and heal. When not at work, you can find Julia with her husband, family, and friends, exploring Squamish’s magnificent backyard: trail running, skiing, rock climbing and gardening.




Linda is proud to call Lions Bay, a charming ocean-facing village bordering the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, home.  As a Certified Career Development Practitioner who is passionate about helping people move through career and life transitions, Linda describes her professional calling as  “…  being a channel for people’s growth in self-esteem so that they can unlock their potential in life”.


After relocating from Montreal, Linda pursued her formal studies at UBC, earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Education degree in Adult Education with a minor in Counselling Psychology.  She also holds a certificate in Entrepreneurship from BCIT, and is certified to deliver several assessments and career exploration processes including the MBTI, Personality Dimensions, the Implicit Career Search, and the Dependable Strengths Articulation Process.  Linda focused her graduate studies on adult development, marginalized groups, and career counselling.   Her interest in career transition was evident during her undergraduate studies, when she took the initiative to write a final research paper on outplacement services and job loss grief.


Linda began her employment counselling career in Squamish in 2008 as a Case Manager.  Since then, she has been supporting clients through transition, including roles such as Business Advisor for self-employment program clients, and Career Advisor for two employment programs.  As a Career Advisor she delivered more than 32 career exploration, job search, employability skills, and small business workshops to four distinct clienteles in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Squamish.  She has consistently achieved 80-97% “employed” results and top tier client evaluations throughout her employment counselling career.


On a more personal note, Linda’s strengths include connecting quickly in a meaningful way with people, listening to their needs, and knowing when and how to push people outside their comfort zones.   She has experienced many life transitions herself, so understands what it is like to feel vulnerable and excited at the same time.   Linda believes that transition can bring with it opportunity, that obstacles can be creatively overcome, and that a better quality of life is within reach.


Linda’s leisure time is spent enjoying salsa dancing, standing on her head (and other yoga poses), and meditating – not usually at the same time.  She has been frequently spotted in the audience at Vancouver Theatresports Improv Comedy.  She brings a sense of humour to her work, to make it a memorable experience for all.













After many years working in restaurants and hotels in Victoria B.C., Chris moved to Lake Louise Alberta to follow a passion for skiing and continue his love for the hotel and restaurant scene. At the Fairmont Château, Lake Louise’s Winebar, a passion for wine was sparked.  While living in the Rockies, Chris completed the first two levels of the International Sommelier Guild program and was involved in many wine events hosted at The Banff Springs Hotel.  After five years of working with the hotel’s wine program, Chris moved back to the coast.  He ended up in Vancouver, where he continued his wine education by completing the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma and the Master Sommelier certified program.  After years of working in restaurants, Chris shifted focus by getting involved in the sales and importing of wines with Vintage Corks Ltd.  Now director of sales for VCL, Chris continues to grow this boutique wine agency and spread his passion for wine through teaching wine education and tasting classes both in Vancouver and Squamish.











Workshop creator and instructor Cris Rowan is a well-known author and speaker.  She presents to teachers, parents and therapists throughout North America in the field of sensory integration, learning, attention, fine motor skills and the impact of technology on children’s neurological development.  She has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Occupational Therapy and in Biology, and is a SIPT certified Pediatric Sensory Specialist. Cris serves on committees for both the Institute of Digital Media and Development, and the Canadian Occupational Therapy Association – Sensory Processing Disorders. Cris is CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc. offering products, workshops, training, and consultation services to promote technology balance and enhance productivity.  She is the creator of the new Zone’in, Move’in, Unplug’in and Live’in programs, the Foundation Series Workshops and Zone’in Training for therapists.  Cris has authored Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children, as well as Unplug – Don’t Drug, Creating Sustainable Futures, and Linking Corporations to Communities initiatives.






Graham has been writing and singing for children for a loooooong time! When he was really young he loooooved books and stories. He especially liked rhymes and riddles and funny word games, that tickled his ear and funny bone. In school Graham enjoyed writing stories and drawing doodles, so it seemed natural that when he grew up he wanted to write books like Dr. Seuss's.


At university Graham studied English Literature and Education, so he got lots of time to think about children and writing. Later he began to self-publish his own little books. The first one, "Dog Dreams and other Poems", sold at craft shows and was very popular. He published a few more books, then began to play the guitar. To his surprise, the poems easily turned into songs. He sang into his little tape deck and they sounded not too bad, so he went into a recording studio in 1986 to do a demo tape. Again to his surprise, he found out he could sing pretty well. "Cat's Night Out" was soon recorded, and Graham took it around to craft shows with headphones for listening. People loved it, so he got the bug to make some more albums.


Then Discovery Toys put "Cat's Night Out" in their catalogue, and things began to get more exciting. He started doing concerts in schools and festivals, which was great! Since then he has continued to write, sing, and record. He still likes to write books, and has recently filmed a video.  He has big plans to do more of that, because talking to puppets and playing make believe is a lot of fun, as you know.


Graham also plays drums in a jazz band, so he gets his musician friends to help him record the albums. They are very good musicians, so adults like the albums as much as kids do (which comes in handy in the car when driving and singing together).




Adrienne Dalla-Longa joined Quest University Canada as a student in September 2007. As a member of Quest's inaugural graduating class, Adrienne has enjoyed watching and being involved in the community's evolution.


Adrienne grew up in Alberta and Ontario, but since has lived in Asia, Europe and the UK. Adrienne is happy to now call Squamish home once again.


Adrienne is passionate about alternative education and recently completed her MA in Outdoor Education. She looks forward to bringing her experience to the Quest Community through her role as Student Services Coordinator and Village Advisor.


During her spare time, Adrienne enjoys cooking, being active and spending time outdoors with friends and family.


To contact Adrienne, you can email her at or call her at 604.898.8000 or our toll free number in North America 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).




Born in Calgary, Alberta, Laurel now lives and works in Squamish, BC, Canada.


Laurel Terlesky is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist and educator. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Practice from Transart Institute (Berlin / New York) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria (1999)  Her works have been experienced across North America on screen — television, large-scale projection, and the Internet — and in exhibitions. In 2008, she was awarded a stipend for a five-week residency in Barcelona, Spain.


Terlesky’s creative practice explores tacit knowledge through the generation of objects made by and for touch. Her works are further marked by time capsules of audio that pull on one’s fabric of perception. These material transformations delivered through the imprint of touch, call for a momentary pause in a reflective space. She provides tactile encounters to assert what we know by way of our flesh. Codified in her objects are the results of explorations in vulnerable communication and empathic response. Her process aims to bridge gaps, lessen disconnections, grey out false dualisms and repair places of missed communication.


Installations that include projection and sound are also home in Terlesky’s body of work. She breathes life into a space for her participants to feel her empathic sensibilities and evoke a deep sense of being. Visitors to her spaces are called to participate by locating their body as shadow, wind, and vibration.







When you arrive on campus, please either park in the underground parking below the library building (Loading Zone on the map below) or in the visitor parking lot a short distance down the hill.


On the first night of class, please report to the reception desk in the atrium of the library building; we will guide you to your classroom.







Originally from Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Luce has over 30 years experience as a French immersion specialist. Upon completion of her B.Ed. at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, she taught in a variety of educational settings in Canada and the US, including Tulane University. After studying in the M.A. program in Teaching French as a Second Language at McGill University, she opened her own French language school for adults in New Orleans, the French Language Academy. Luce’s unique creative style of teaching, combining art, language, personal expression and collaborative learning, soon made it the premier school for French language studies in the city

After residing 22 years in New Orleans, Luce joined Quest in 2009 as a visiting tutor. That same year she founded Language at Heart, an educational consulting firm helping language teachers better address the needs of their adult clientele, rethink their curriculum, and integrate art into their teaching.  She now directs the Continuing Education program at Quest and looks forward to this new chapter in her life. In her spare time, Luce operates a bed and breakfast on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, gardens avidly, enjoys painting and mixed media, sings in a local choir, and travels far and wide.






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Mail a completed registration form with cheque or credit card information. Make cheques payable to Quest University Canada.

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Quest University Canada Continuing Education Program

c/o Bonny Randall

3200 University Blvd.

Squamish, B.C.

V8B 0N8




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Fax: (608) 815-0829




Call: (604) 898-8007






All refunds are subject to a $35 administrative fee. If the participant withdraws during the seven days leading up to the start of the course, then there is no refund.  Similarly if the participant withdraws after the course has started, no refund will be issued.  Withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing via email, fax or mail.  There is no online course withdrawal.


Email: Bonny.Randall

Fax: 604.815.0829

Mail: Quest University Canada Continuing Education Program, c/o Bonny Randall, 3200 University Blvd., Squamish, B.C. V8B 0N8





All payments made using cheque or credit card shall be refunded by cheque or credit card.  Please allow up to three weeks for processing.





Transferring to another course is subject to a $35 administrative fee.  Participants may transfer courses up to seven days before the first day of class based on availability.  Contact:  Bonny.Randall Additional adjustments to variations in course fees may apply.





If you register on line your receipt will be automatically emailed to the address you have given.  If you register by phone or mail, your receipt will be returned by mail.