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Gary Hartford: Liberal Studies and Education

Alumna Focus

Gary took Liberal Studies through our partnership program with North Island College, and then completed a BEd at VIU. After teaching for a couple of years he then went on to complete a Master of Counselling degree. He now works in Campbell River, BC as a counsellor in private practice and as a counsellor in an alternate school.

“The [VIU] Liberal Studies program is, without a doubt, the single best aspect of my education. The seminar format helped me learn to communicate ideas effectively. Editing the work of my peers I learned to refine my written voice. The insight and guidance of the faculty through the entire process was excellent.

“My Liberal Studies education has certainly been relevant to my career. Much more importantly, interacting with the great stories and ideas of Western culture has helped me grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. I cannot overstate the quality of the experience.”