Stories of Impact

  • Dr. Elsie Gerdes at the UNBC Prince George campus with the library in the background

    Growing up in a farming family in northwestern B.C. in the 1930s and 1940s, Dr. Elsie Gerdes (nee Gildner) was determined to get an education and pursue a career. She accomplished that and, in the... more

  • Two people in a hallway with a cut out wood Timberwolf in the background. The person on the left is in a wheelchair.

    Prince George, B.C. – Those looking to support student athletes who are intrinsically linked to the community need look no further than supporting the UNBC Timberwolves as they host their... more

  • Woman wearing black hoodie with white lettering poses for photo with cityscape in the background.

    Two conversations in her first year of recovery convinced Deena Latta to pursue her post-secondary education at UNBC. The first occurred when she spoke with her birth father in Prince... more

  • Photo shows exterior shot of person wearing graduation robe and hajib while leaning on burgundy railing.

    As a proud UNBC graduate and a social worker with Northern Health, Furqana Khan has demonstrated a deep commitment to both her roles as a student leader and a frontline healthcare worker. Khan... more

  • Prince George, B.C. – Selen Alpay, an established Prince George business owner, community leader and philanthropist, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of... more

  • Group photo of the six Koopmans siblings with a lake in the background

    When the original champions for the University of Northern British Columbia went door-to-door canvassing support more than 30 years ago, they were envisioning a legacy for northern B.C.... more

  • Embedded thumbnail for 16,000 petition signers, 16,000 alumni

    More than three decades ago, 16,000 northern B.C. residents signed a petition, contributed $5 and joined the Interior University Society to advocate for a university in Prince George. This year, the... more