Quest Feature with Julie Miller, Counsellor

Julie’s Top 5 Tips for Relieving Stress

  1. Be in the moment and tackle what’s in it.
  2. Self-care! (Whatever that means to you: tend the cactus garden, go for sushi, or if you’re Julie, a wee 25 km run across Black Tusk.)
  3. You know it’s coming…know what works for you. Plan ahead for stress.
  4. Find your strengths.
  5. Don’t compare yourself to others. When we do, we lose track of what makes us great.

Julie’s Top 3 SOS Tips (Supporting Other Students)

  1. Advice not required. Be a good listener.
  2. Remind people of their self-care.
  3. Become a good referral service. Whether that be suggesting your friend take a yoga course or a seat in the (huge and comfy) counselling chair in Julie’s office—it’s not up to you to fix the woes of the world.

What Julie does for the Quest community: Supervises the health clinic, supervises the interns, counsels students, writes (policies and the Stall St. Journal)

What Julie does in fewer than 10 words: Makes sure health & wellness is a priority on campus

Busiest time of year for counselling services: November. Students are deep into Third Block with a long way to go before spring.

Question: How can sport impact body positivity? (Instead of, What does my body look like?, ask yourself, What am I capable of doing with my body?)

Quote: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and more beautiful than you could ever imagine.

Passion: Ultras. For those uninitiated, that’s any footrace longer than a marathon. Not necessarily racing for Julie, though. Sometimes it’s just a three-day adventure into the backcountry with a pal, 50 km at a time, and seeing where they end up!

Why Quest, Julie? I love working with university-age people. They are resilient. They are open to learning new tools. They are willing to make changes. At Quest, 60% of students have seen a counsellor. I think that’s a good sign that Quest students prioritize their mental health. With everyone living on campus, we are in a type of family system. We impact each other. We learn to support each other. We find out how to contribute our strengths and value the areas we can grow.

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

University: University of Victoria (Bachelor of Social Work) UBC (Masters of Social Work)


MATH: the bigger picture

At Quest, math isn’t just about memorizing equations and numbers —  it’s about seeing the bigger picture.

Richard Hoshino, award-winning Quest Math Tutor, speaks on his Quest experience, and how mathematics relates to everyday life through communication and problem-solving skills.

Also featured is Quest student and member of the Leaders in Elite Athletics & Performance Program, Jeneva Beairsto, for her creative and valuable Keystone project. Jeneva addressed the issue of travel fare inequality by creating an optimal pricing formula that will be implemented by the Vancouver transit system.

Video created by Quest student Ben Grayzel




Anyone who’s been to the gym lately will notice that it’s busier than ever this time of year. That’s because when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, getting fit is probably one of the most common promises that people make to themselves.

The Squamish Chief featured the Quest Kermodes coaching staff and Quest Athletic Director, JF Plouffe, offering some advice on how to get fit for the New Year.

Congratulations, previous Quest student and member of the Leaders in Elite Athletics and Performance Program (LEAP), Roz Groenewoud, for qualifying for her second trip to the Olympics.

Roz will be competing in the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

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Quest student and mountain biker on the LEAP team (Leaders in Elite Athletics and Performance Program) Jacob Tooke is a new member of the 2018 Blueprint Canadian Enduro Development team. This is a joint project between the Canadian National Enduro Series and Coach Joel Harwood (Blueprint Athlete Development).

This unique partnership allows athletes many opportunities to contribute to their long-term development as an athlete, and to ensure that these bright young stars become active members of the cycling community. 

For more information about the LEAP Program at Quest University Canada

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Quest is unlike any other university in Canada. Visiting the campus is the best way to experience the academics, the environment, and the unique culture.

Arts at Quest

With a creative and talented student community, it’s no surprise that the Arts represent a flourishing component of Quest culture. Our Artist in Residence program brings creative artists to the university for 6-week campus residencies. This special program allows us to provide a wide variety of art-based opportunities and courses for students throughout the year.

Quest President Dr. George Iwama provided the keynote address at the launch of the First Year Model at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. The launch was to introduce first-year students to the Block Plan structure.

“The block model opens student minds and honours learning passion,” he said. “Students learn to construct knowledge rather than have it transferred to them.”

Read about it here.

A Keystone documentary that captures the testimonies of Salvadoran women in an attempt to humanise the gruesome statistics about gender violence in El Salvador.  She wants to translate the inner thoughts and emotions of women into images and sound. The narrative will be done through interviews and will be paired up with images that both me and the women sharing their stories will choose.

View the video here.

Richard Hoshino’s Adrien Pouliot Award

Accepting his award, Richard Hoshino presented four of his favourite math problems, and shared stories of how they lead to authentic mathematical experiences for both high school students and undergraduates. He presented four key problem-solving strategies that enable mahematicians and educators to impact others’ lives.

Read the story here.

Miguel Chiau is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in the Program at African Leadership Academy (ALA), pursuing his studies at Quest University Canada. He spoke at the Walrus Talks in Ottawa in September 2017.

Quest Kermodes varsity student-athlete Shakayla Thomas was featured in the Hashilthsa Ntc newspaper. She made the leap from a remote First Nations community to full-time attendance at Quest University Canada and her basketball skills were all part of the package.

Quest Women’s Basketball volunteered again at the 2017 Annual Herring Sale for Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer at the docks in Richmond. The founding principle is that 100% of the money raised must be spent on kids who are being treated for cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. For more information about the event or how to volunteer for next time, please visit:

Canada’s talented and skilled workforce is a competitive advantage for our country that attracts investment, drives innovation, and strengthens the economy.

That’s why our government is investing in Canadians—to make sure our students and recent graduates have the skills they need to ensure their future success.

Read all the details here.

Dr. Darcy Otto, professor of philosophy at Quest University Canada, will deliver the 32nd annual Woods Memorial Lecture on Nov 30 at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall located in the Hoyt Science Resources Center. Otto’s lecture, “The Promise of Quantum Computing,” is open to anyone interested in learning more about quantum computing. No knowledge of mathematics or quantum physics is needed to attend.

“Quantum computing is a very timely topic,” added Dr. Robert Knop, associate professor of physics at Westminster College. “In the next few years, you will be seeing more and more news stories about it.”

During his lecture, Otto will lead a conversation on the quantum computing technology currently revolutionizing the computing industry. Otto’s lecture will provide insight into how quantum computers can possibly perform tasks such as cracking some of the most widespread encryption schemes; mapping the interactions between molecules; searching enormous databases; or even discovering how to play the perfect game of chess.

In addition to being a professor and published author, Otto is researching the limits of computation and how those limits are challenged by quantum computing as a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon. At Quest University, Otto teaches courses in mathematics, computer science and philosophy. He has published papers that apply formal logic to questions in metaphysics and he also published a translation of Socrates’ speech in Plato’s Symposium.

The Woods Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Robert M. Woods, professor of physics at Westminster College from 1947-1972. The Woods Memorial Lecture is made possible by a gift from the Woods family that has been supplemented over the years by gifts from friends and alumni.

For more information, contact Doreen Matune at or 724-946-7284.

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