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About the UWC National Committee of Canada

The UWC National Committee of Canada (NCC) is a volunteer-powered organization responsible for the recruitment and selection of Canadian students wanting to attend UWC, including, but not limited to, Pearson College UWC in British Columbia. The NCC provides support and guidance to the Regional Chapters in Canada's provinces and territories who conduct selection across the country.  The NCC serves as a hub to provide support to UWC students and their families while attending UWC and is a growing network for UWC alumni from and in Canada.

Canada first established a UWC national committee in the late 1960's to send students to the first UWC, Atlantic College in Wales. Members of that National Committee went on to help found the second UWC College in the movement - Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, in 1974. From the mid-70's to 2016, Pearson College served as the National Committee of Canada.  In 2016, the UWC National Committee of Canada was re-established as a not-for-profit charity in Canada. 

Our Purpose:

The UWC National Committee of Canada exists to seek out, engage, and support the people who make up the UWC community in and from Canada. We articulate and make relevant the UWC mission and values in the Canadian context.

Our Principles:

  • Equity and Inclusion: The NCC strives for equity of opportunity and active inclusion of diverse individuals and communities in its work.
  • Transparency and Communication: The NCC is committed to transparent conduct in its activities. To this end, the NCC strives for clear communication (internal, with volunteers, applicants, families, UWC colleges, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Value Relationships and Engagement: The NCC aspires to thoughtful and sustainable engagement with its stakeholders (e.g., volunteers, parents, regional chapters, alumni, etc.). The NCC seeks to be a good partner with Pearson UWC and other UWC colleges.
  • Organizational Reflection: The NCC will draw on its past and change when warranted through institutional reflection at regular intervals.
  • Financially Sustainable: The NCC endeavours to be sustainable with its resources, financial and otherwise.

Our People:

Current Directors of the UWC National Committee of Canada

Davina Chan

Davina is a graduate of Pearson College. She has over 15 years of marketing and communications professional experience. She currently works for the University of Toronto and holds a Chartered Marketer designation. Davina is the Chair of the Promotions & Partnership Committee. In addition to volunteering with the UWC Movement, Davina's passion for helping young adults also motivates her to volunteer as mentor locally in Toronto and internationally.      

Bradley Chisholm (Vice-Chair)

Bradley is a governance and leadership professional currently serving as the Chief Officer, Strategy and Governance for the BC College of Nursing Professionals. Bradley served as the chief of staff to the Alberta Attorney General and the Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He obtained his JD from the University of Calgary, and his BA Economics from McGill University. Bradley is a proud alumnus UWC-USA and an active member of the Law Society of BC.  He is the Chair of the NCC Governance Committee and the NCC Vice-Chair.

Janis Dombrovskis 

Janis spent 11 years conducting UWC selection in Ontario and is a Project Manager with U of T’s Planning, Design and Construction Department.  He is an alumnus of Pearson College.  Janis serves on the Selection, Engagement & Recruitment Committee as well as the Promotions & Partnerships Committee with the NCC. Janis is also volunteering as a selector with the Global Selections Program Pilot with the International Office.

Jennifer Dueck (Chair)

Jennifer attended UWC Li Po Chun, worked at the UWC International Office for several years, and helped establish several national committees in the Middle East.  She holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in the Modern History of the Middle East and North Africa at the University of Manitoba. Jennifer serves on the Nominations Sub-Committee and as the NCC’s Board Chair, has an ex-officio role on all the standing committees.

Christie Gibson

Christie works as an urban planning lawyer with a national law firm in Toronto, and was the inaugural chair of the Promotions & Partnerships Committee.  She currently serves on the Nominations Sub-Committee of the Student Engagement & Recruitment Committee as well as the Governance Committee.  She graduated from UWC Mahindra in 2006.

Paul Jarvey

Previously the Chair of the Alberta Selection Committee, Paul is chair of the Selection, Engagement & Recruitment Committee (SERC) and serves on the Nominations Sub-Committee. He currently resides in Toronto, and is the Manager, Funding Policy and System Planning at the Ontario Ministry of Education. Paul graduated from UWC-USA.

Jamie Ronson

Jamie is a graduate of UWC-USA.  She is a macroeconomist currently working as a senior advisor with PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investors.  She has previous career experience as an economist at Bombardier Aerospace, and the Department of Finance Canada. Her not-for-profit board experience includes the Canadian Association for Business Economists.  Jamie’s fundraising experience with an intergenerational community food hub in Montreal will come in handy as she Chairs the Advancement & Scholarships Committee of the NCC.

Laurence Tremblay

Laurence acts as the official liaison between the UWC Quebec Chapter and the NCC.  She is a PC alumna (PC YR 38) from 2013 and is currently working on a M.Sc. at Université de Montréal with a focus on neuroimmunology research.  Laurence serves on the Selection, Engagement & Recruitment Committee of the NCC.

Nina Moroso – NCC Executive Administrator

After assisting in the development of the NCC in a dual role as Governance Officer for Pearson College and the Coordinator of the NCC, Nina has transitioned to a full-time role as the Executive Administrator for the NCC. She continues to be inspired by the UWC movement and the incredible volunteers she has the privilege of working with every day. 

 

UWC National Committee of Canada Board and Administrator