Sherri Bell, President
"Engaging students in learning to find their passion and make a difference in their community and the world."
A message for students about the new academic year
Amid a global pandemic, students at Camosun College can still pursue their education whether remotely or face-to-face, and access the services and supports to thrive. In this video, President Sherri Bell and CCSS External Executive Quinn Cunningham look at what students can expect and get answers to questions students may have about the fall. For more information, please visit: camosun.ca/orientation.
Sherri began her career in academics as a teacher in Calgary followed by positions as Vice-Principal and then Principal in the K-12 system in BC. For four years Sherri worked as an instructor and administrator at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC, teaching a variety of third and fourth year Faculty of Education courses in a University of Victoria satellite program. She also worked with the Ministry of Education in the areas of curriculum development assessment and provided professional development to educators across the province.
Before becoming president of Camosun College, Sherri worked for the Greater Victoria School District, where she served in various senior administrative capacities, including Superintendent of Schools/Chief Executive Officer.
Sherri believes colleges should be nimble and prepared to continually respond to opportunities that reflect our changing world. She is passionate about building on the excellent work done to create opportunities for life-changing learning for Camosun College students.
The President leads the Executive Team, which consists of:
- Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer
- Vice President, Education
- Executive Director, Human Resources
- Vice President, Partnerships
- Vice President, Student Experience
- Executive Director, Human Resources
- Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
A Welcome Message from the President
In 2021, Camosun College will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Over five decades, the college has built a strong and well-deserved reputation locally, nationally and internationally for delivering relevant, innovative and applied education. Even amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, delivery may have changed, but our focus remains on our students, our quality programming, our highly-professional faculty and staff, and our accessibility and community-mindedness.
Whether this is your first year at Camosun or you are returning to continue your studies, I hope your time with us is filled with thought-provoking information, interesting experiences and the beginning of new relationships.
Education will open up so many possibilities! I encourage you to make the most of your time here – we are here to help you succeed and transition to the next chapter of your life. While on-campus activities are currently limited due to guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, we still have a range of various services and supports available.
B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook predicts over the next 10 years, 861,000 jobs will need to be filled. These range from trades, technology and hospitality to health care, management and business. We know that some level of post-secondary education will be required for about 80 per cent of those job openings.
One thing is very clear – education is important to the safe and sensible economic recovery of British Columbia. As a community college, Camosun is uniquely positioned to equip you with the skills to continue your post-secondary journey or purse a career in the workplace. Our future depends on Camosun graduates who will who enter the workforce with the latest knowledge, practical and critical-thinking skills.
I wish you every success and we work together to build a better future for all.