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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce the India Connect Program, which was launched today in partnership with Langara College and Optimus Information. The India Connect Program is the first in a series of country-specific scholarship programs that are part of APF Canada’s larger Asia Connect Program. Through this partnership, the APF Canada and Langara College Foundation will provide two scholarships worth $10,000 each for undergraduate students of Langara College interested in gaining co-op work experience in India. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Canadian students to gain valuable experience, broadening their intercultural skills in the process,” said Ajay Patel, Vice-President, External Development, Langara College. “Partnering with APF Canada and Optimus Information, working closely with the Langara College Foundation, allows the College and our students to build new and strengthen existing relationships within the Indian business and information technology communities.” “In an increasingly globalized world pivoting on Asia, young Canadians must seize the opportunity to live, work and play in other countries and cultures,” said Pankaj Agarwal, Managing Partner, Optimus Information Inc. “Optimus Information is one of Canada’s fastest growing IT firms and our India office is bustling with young people who are eager to introduce Canadians to their culture and the Indian way of doing business. I am excited to be able to partner with Langara College and APF Canada to offer this lifetime learning opportunity to Canadian students.” “To capitalize on the remarkable growth in India, young Canadians need to be India competent,” said APF Canada President and CEO, Stewart Beck. “They need the India-related skills and knowledge to help them better engage with this dynamic country.” About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada: The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada’s expertise in offering solutions to Asia’s climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians’ general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence. The Foundation is well known for its annual national opinion polls of Canadian attitudes regarding relations with Asia, including Asian foreign investment in Canada and Canada’s trade with Asia. The Foundation places an emphasis on China, India, Japan and South Korea while also developing expertise in emerging markets in the region, particularly economies within ASEAN. Visit APF Canada online at About Langara College: Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. About Optimus: Optimus Information provides expert services for application development, data analytics and software testing. Its model is designed to allocate the right mix of local and offshore resources in order to optimize expertise, speed, and cost. Optimus provides the ability to quickly add specialty skills to its clients' development teams without incurring long-term costs. This results in far better management of resource capacities and outcomes. Visit Optimus Information online at

Taylor M.,Swinburne University of Technology | Bates G.,Swinburne University of Technology | Webster J.D.,Langara College
Experimental Aging Research | Year: 2011

Two recently developed scales of wisdom were compared on their abilities to have their dimensional structure replicated and to predict relevant personality (i.e., forgiveness) and life satisfaction (i.e., psychological well-being) variables. One hundred and seventy-six primarily (71%) Australian participants ranging in age from 18 to 68 years (M=36.60, SD=12.07) completed an online survey of the Self-Assessed Wisdom Scale (SAWS; Webster, 2003, Journal of Adult Development, 10, 13-22; 2007, International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 65, 163-183), the Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS; Ardelt, 2003, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 52B, 15-27), the Heartland Forgiveness Scale (Thompson et al., 2005, Journal of Personality, 73, 313-360), Ryff's (1989, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57, 1069-1081) measure of psychological well-being (PWB), and a measure of social desirability (BIDR; Paulhus, 1984, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 46, 598-609). Results indicated that the dimensional structure of the SAWS, but not the 3D-WS, replicated, and the 3D-WS, but not the SAWS, was contaminated by a social desirability response bias. Both scales predicted equally well PWB and forgiveness in predicted directions. Implications for future use of both scales are discussed. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - February 21, 2017) - United Way of the Lower Mainland will put $25.1 million to work in the community to help more than 400,000 children, families and seniors across Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The money raised through the generosity of donors means that United Way can help move families from poverty to possibility, help kids be all they can be, and build stronger communities for all. The campaign total was announced at the 16th annual Scotiabank & United Way Community Spirit Awards. Mauro Manzi, Senior Vice-President, Pacific Region, TD Bank Group chaired the 2016 fundraising campaign. Dr. Lane Trotter, President and CEO of Langara College was vice-chair. "It's been a real honour to lead the fundraising efforts of United Way of the Lower Mainland," said Mauro Manzi, Senior Vice-President, Pacific Region, TD Bank Group. "What inspires me the most is to see how many people are truly committed to making our community stronger and healthier." "This event recognizes the real community change-makers we have in our midst. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors, United Way is able to help hundreds of thousands of people living right here in the Lower Mainland," said Michael McKnight, President & CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland. The gala recognized "Top Contributors" (organizations that raise over $225,000 for United Way), unions and volunteers that support United Way and that have made exceptional impacts on the lives of children, families and seniors in the Lower Mainland. The evening ended with guest speaker 24-year-old Amanda. Amanda's childhood was difficult: her parents struggled with drug addiction; she ended up in foster care which was a safe place for her but didn't let her thrive. An after-school program funded by United Way of the Lower Mainland provided her with friends, mentors, taught her life skills and allowed her to blossom. United Way invests $5.1 million into programs that help school-aged children, like Amanda, grow up healthy and reach their full potential. CTV News at Six anchor Mike Killeen emceed the event. Scotiabank has been the title sponsor of this recognition event since its inception and is a United Way of the Lower Mainland Top Contributor. About United Way of the Lower Mainland United Way helps families, children and seniors in need. We are leaders in our field developing partnerships, tracking progress, and bringing the right people together to initiate change. UWLM invests in 146 local organizations that provide 318 programs and services in 26 communities in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky. To learn more, visit

News Article | October 28, 2016

Students, faculty and staff at Langara College will benefit from a $1.58-million investment that will improve the environmental sustainability of the campus and enhance learning conditions. This joint federal-provincial funding was announced today by the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and by the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education. Canada's Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation-one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment exemplifies that vision in action. The funding will support the replacement of two 1970-era, energy-intensive ventilation systems that are reaching the end of their useful life. The new fan systems will improve air distribution, reduce operating costs and improve energy consumption at Langara College. Fans are being replaced in Building A, which houses many classrooms and all lab spaces in the arts, business, humanities and social science programs. Of the $1.58-million investment, $1 million will come from the federal government and $584,000 will come from the Province of British Columbia. Langara College will contribute an additional $610,000. Federal funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which aims to enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country's best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for-and invent-the high-value jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators. That is how the Strategic Investment Fund will jump-start a virtuous circle of innovation, creating the right conditions for long-term growth that will yield benefits for generations to come. The fan replacement project at Langara College is estimated to be completed in spring 2018. Approximately ten direct and four indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project. Located in Vancouver, Langara College provides university, career and continuing education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara's expansive academic breadth and depth allow all students, regardless of age, background or life stage, to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as "house of teachings," a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the college is located. "Through the Strategic Investment Fund, the Government of Canada is helping to enhance the country's post-secondary infrastructure, including at our technical institutes and colleges. Our investment in this project at Langara College will lead to better energy use and overall environmental sustainability at the college and will help give students state-of-the-art facilities to gain the skills they need to prosper in an increasingly competitive global economy." - The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development "Investments like these will support our world-class researchers and position Canada as a global leader in research excellence and innovation. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are providing Canada's students with the education and training they need to join a strong, healthy middle class." "Our government is investing in students by maintaining and updating post-secondary buildings throughout the province. Students at Langara College can focus on their education and training as they work toward a career in a range of sectors that support our diverse, strong and growing economy." "The new fans will improve comfort, reduce operating costs, and significantly improve energy consumption and reduce emissions. Investment partnerships such as the one with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia will benefit Langara College's students, faculty and staff."

Westerhof G.J.,University of Twente | Bohlmeijer E.,University of Twente | Webster J.D.,Langara College
Ageing and Society | Year: 2010

This article explores recent progress in theory, research and practical applications of reminiscence. It first describes the evidence for reminiscence as a naturally occurring process, and discusses the different functions of reminiscence and their relationships with mental health and lifespan processes. Three basic types of reminiscence that relate to mental health are specified: conversations about autobiographical memories and the use of personal recollections to teach and inform others have social functions; positive functions for the self include the integration of memories into identity, recollections of past problem-solving behaviours, and the use of memories to prepare for one's own death; negative functions for the self are the use of past memories to reduce boredom, to revive bitterness, or to maintain intimacy with deceased persons. It is proposed that in interventions the three types are addressed differently: simple reminiscence stimulates social reminiscence and bonding and promotes positive feelings; life review uses the positive functions to enhance personal wellbeing; and life-review therapy seeks to reduce the negative uses and thereby alleviate symptoms of mental illness. Studies of the effectiveness of interventions have provided some evidence that interventions are effective in relation to their goals. The review closes with recommended directions for future reminiscence research. Copyright © 2010 Cambridge University Press.

Webster J.D.,Langara College | Deng X.C.,Langara College
Journal of Loss and Trauma | Year: 2015

Both posttraumatic growth and wisdom have been linked with traumatic life events as predictors and various mental health factors as outcomes. One hundred thirty males and 190 females wrote brief trauma narratives and completed measures of worldview, posttraumatic growth, wisdom, and indicators of intrapersonal strength. Correlational results indicated that posttraumatic growth and wisdom were positively associated. Using structural equation modeling, we examined pathways from stress to intrapersonal strength via changes in worldview, posttraumatic growth, and wisdom. The model accounted for 50% of the variance in intrapersonal strength and supported the prediction that changes in worldview precede both posttraumatic growth and wisdom. Both posttraumatic growth and wisdom measures contributed independently to intrapersonal strength. Implications for posttraumatic growth and wisdom research are discussed. © 2015, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Browne A.,Langara College
Healthcare Management Forum | Year: 2016

Healthcare providers and patients are often disappointed by the level of care public hospitals can deliver. The remedy is to lower expectations. Providers should be brought to see their obligations as only to give the best care resources allow. The public should be clearly told what care hospitals can and cannot provide and involved in decision-making. Healthcare leaders can play innovative roles in both these remedies. © 2016 The Canadian College of Health Leaders. All rights reserved.

Webster J.D.,Langara College | Westerhof G.J.,University of Twente | Bohlmeijer E.T.,University of Twente
Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences | Year: 2014

Objectives.The relationships between wisdom and age and between wisdom and mental health are complex with empirical results often inconsistent. We used a lifespan sample and broad, psychometrically sound measures of wisdom and mental health to test for possible age trends in wisdom and its subcomponents and the relationship between wisdom and hedonic and eudaimonic aspects of well-being.Method.Participants included 512 Dutch adults ranging in age from 17 to 92 (Mage = 46.46, SD = 21.37), including 186 men and 326 women. Participants completed measures of wisdom, physical health, mental health, and personality.Results.Significant quadratic trends indicated that middle-aged adults scored higher on wisdom than younger and older adults. Investigation of wisdom subcomponents illustrated that a complex pattern of increases and decreases in different aspects of wisdom helped account for these age findings. Bivariate correlations showed the expected positive association between wisdom and mental health. Hierarchic regression analyses indicated that the positive association between wisdom and mental health remained significant after accounting for demographic variables (i.e., sex, age, education) and personality traits (i.e., neuroticism, extraversion, and openness to experience). Discussion.Age trends in the components of wisdom (older adults higher in life experience but lower in openness relative to younger and middle-aged adults) help explain the curvilinear pattern showing an advantage in wisdom for middle-aged adults. The greater association between wisdom and eudaimonic well-being suggests that wise persons enhance mental health by pursuing meaningful activities. © 2012 © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved.

Webster J.D.,Langara College | Bohlmeijer E.T.,University of Twente | Westerhof G.J.,University of Twente
Research on Aging | Year: 2010

Nearly 50 years after Butler's seminal 1963 contribution, the field of reminiscence and life review is entering a more mature stage. Isolated examples of increasingly sophisticated studies have recently emerged that can serve as a sound, cumulative data base. However, the field lacks an overarching conceptual model describing emerging trends, neglected domains, and key linkages among component parts. In the present article, the authors selectively, yet critically, review prior limitations and promising developments and then describe a comprehensive, multifaceted conceptual model that can guide future research and practice. The authors initially situate their model within a particular theoretical orientation (i.e., life-span psychology). They then describe a heuristic model that identifies and discusses triggers, modes, contexts, moderators, functions, and outcomes. Finally, the authors illustrate how these interactive factors influence both theoretical and applied areas. © The Author(s) 2010.

Webster J.D.,Langara College | Ma X.,University of Houston-Clear Lake
Canadian Journal on Aging | Year: 2013

This article presents a study that directly replicated the recently developed Balanced Time Perspective Scale (BTPS; J.D. Webster, 2011) and included middle-aged and older adults. Participants included 90 younger, 69 middle-aged, and 69 older adults who completed the BTPS and a measure of life satisfaction and happiness. A factor analysis replicated original findings with separate subscales for a past orientation and a future orientation obtaining simple structure (alphas =.94 and.95 respectively). A balanced time perspective predicted higher scores on both measures of well-being replicating the original J.D. Webster (2011) findings. A chi-square analysis indicated, as predicted, that the percentage of younger adults tended to be higher in the future-focused category, and the percentage of older adults tended to be higher in the past-focused category. Implications of a balanced time perspective on mental health over the life course are discussed. © 2013 Canadian Association on Gerontology .

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