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.

The Quest Women’s Basketball team volunteered at the 2016 Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer Herring Sale on Saturday, December 3rd in Steveston, Richmond. 100% of the money earned at the event goes to The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Unfortunately, this story hits close to home and has a much deeper meaning for Head Coach Dany Charlery and the members of the team than just helping to raise funds for a good cause. In memory of one of the Women’s Basketball alumna’s sister, the Quest Kermodes have volunteered at the Herring Sale for four years in a row now. Coach Charlery plans to continue this tradition in the future, and says, “Taking part in the Herring Sale is more than just a volunteer experience for our program. Not only is it for an amazing cause, but our players really value the involvement. We hope to continue to be a part of it for years to come.”

On the day of the sale, the Quest women showed up a half-hour before the sale started at 9 a.m. They were about half of the wheelbarrow crew which ran 20 pound bags of herring from the sale site to customers’ cars. They did it for hours and hours until the sold out signs were put up. The event sold 5,000 bags, so Kermode volunteers moved about 25 tons of herring. Everyone who worked with them commented on their stamina and eudemonic personalities.

Also in attendance from Quest were representatives of the Quest Photography Club that was the Official Photographer of the 2016 Herring Sale. They showed up before daybreak to catch the perfect light. The herring sale has raised more than $425,000 for kids being treated for cancer at BC Children’s Hospital and Quest students have played a nice role in it.

If you would like to be a part of the 2017 Herring Sale or for more information on ways you can help, please visit:

Quest Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal

Hats off to the 2016-17 Quest Men’s Soccer team who finished their season with a bronze medal in the PACWEST Provincial Championship Tournament. The Kermodes went right down to the wire with the reigning PACWEST Champions, VIU, in a shootout that ended up 5-4 in Quest’s favour. This medal is the second one in Quest Soccer history, as they last brought home a bronze in 2014. Congratulations on a great season. Go Kermodes!

PACWEST Conference All-Stars

The PACWEST Conference All-Stars have been announced alongside several major awards of the year.

Congratulations to Natalie Douglas (4th year student), and Katelyn Zell (3rd year student) for being named to the Women’s Conference All-Stars and to Kelsey Green (1st year Student) for being named the PACWEST Women’s Rookie of the Year and to Coach Craig Smith for being named the PACWEST Women’s Coach of the Year.

The Women’s team will be going to provincials this Friday (October 30th) and Saturday in Burnaby.

Congratulations to JB McEwon (4th year student) for being named to the Men’s PACWEST Conference All-Stars and for exiting his Kermode career as the highest all-time goal scorer. The men’s team this year was unfortunately just short of making provincials but had an incredible season nonetheless and we look forward to seeing them on the provincial pitch this next year!

Congratulations to all of our Varsity Kermode Soccer Athletes for an incredible season!

Quest and Youth Soccer Association team up

Mentoring program in the works
Rebecca Aldous / Squamish Chief
Quest University and the Squamish Youth Soccer Association have teamed up to create a training academy.

The fall session is already underway, association president Tim Sjogren said. A winter academy is set to run for eight weeks starting on Feb. 15.

“We developed the partnership with Quest through their soccer program,” he said. Read More…

Fourth-year student Justin Tryon has just had his proposed basketball and volleyball schedules for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 adopted by the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST).  As a varsity basketball player on one of the PACWEST teams, Justin plays an inefficient and unbalanced schedule that includes a stretch of nine consecutive road games followed by seven consecutive home games.  Inspired by his Question of “How can mathematics and computer science inspire progress?”, Justin developed simple techniques based on graph theory, and programmed several algorithms in Java to determine the best possible schedule for these two sports that satisfied every constraint requested by the league. For example, ensuring that none of the five teams with both a basketball and volleyball program have home games in both sports on the same weekend, and also ensuring that no team in any sport ever plays more than five consecutive home games or five consecutive road games, which he proved was the mathematically-optimal bound. Justin will graduate from Quest knowing that he has implemented a solution to a real-life problem that will improve competitive balance for five hundred student-athletes at ten universities.

The Chief: Tales from a road trip

Victory, disappointment, camaraderie blend together for travelling Quest teams

Ben Lypka / The Squamish Chief

The bags are packed, the bus is loaded and the possibilities are endless.

It’s the longest road trip of the year for the Quest Kermodes men’s and women’s basketball teams. The squads leave Squamish on Friday morning, play Victoria’s Camosun College on Friday night, then battle Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo on Saturday afternoon and return to Squamish on Saturday evening after playing four games in under 24 hours.

With everyone settled in, the driver turns the ignition key and we’re off.

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Three Quest students are in Austria this month representing Canada as the International Ski Federation World Cup. Roz Groenwould (Halfpipe Skiing), Keltie Hansen (Halfpipe Skiing), and Darren Gardner (Alpine Snowboarding) are all members of Quest’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program, which gives high performing athletes and performers the ability to create flexible schedules in order to balance academics with training and competition. You can track their progress here.

Quest men capture bronze

Kermodes place third, look ahead to hosting nationals

For the second straight season, the Quest University Kermodes men’s basketball team are recipients of Pacwest Provincial bronze. While it may not be the gold they were hoping for, the team’s season isn’t over as they received a berth at the CCAA Nationals from March 13 to 15 because they are hosting the event. Read more…

Quest women win gold

Kermodes women’s basketball team win school’s first ever Provincial title

Look up at the wall inside the Douglas College gym and you can see dozens of banners from the over 40 years of athletic history at the school. Conversely, the Quest University gym’s walls are completely bare – until now. Read more…

Squamish-based university students compete in women’s halfpipe ski event in Sochi

Students at Quest University in Squamish took a break from classes Thursday morning to watch classmates Roz Groenewoud, also known as Roz G, and Keltie Hanson compete in the first-ever Olympic women’s halfpipe ski event in Sochi. Read more…

Balancing an Olympic career whilst working towards a university degree is tough. However, for Quest students Rosalind Groenewoud (Roz G) and Keltie Hansen, who are looking for podium spots in women’s freestyle skiing this February, balancing the two isn’t such an issue. Both students are part of Quest’s “Elite Athlete Program”, which is structured to accommodate the unique needs of student athletes and is currently the only program of its kind in North America. It’s Quest’s innovative “Block Plan” that allows these students to pursue excellence in both their education and athletic careers.

During his playing days, the new men’s soccer head coach at Quest University was known for his high-energy, high-intensity style. Read more…

Quest earns silver medal at Provincials

The Pacwest women’s soccer gold medal game in Nanaimo on Sunday (Oct. 27) featured almost everything – chances on both ends, stellar goal keeping and even a wind delay. Read more…

In the classroom at Quest University in Squamish, she is studious Rosalind H. Groenewoud, the cerebral daughter of a geophysicist. Read more…