Dr. Herb Belcourt passes away

Former Board of Governors Member and Order of Athabasca recipient Dr. Herb Belcourt passes   It is our sad duty to inform the AU community that a former board member, and long-time friend of Athabasca University, has passed away. Dr. Herb Belcourt passed away July 5 after a long battle with cancer. He was one day shy of his 86th birthday. In appreciation for his … [Read more...]

What cancer patient Louann Poirier learned from studying with AU

Describing her studies with Athabasca University, Louann Poirier (BPA: Human Services, 2014) says, “I was the butterfly gleaning the knowledge in my courses.” Now, as she copes with terminal cancer, she continues to draw inspiration from butterflies, as you’ll see in her poem at the end of this article.

When Louann Poirier’s cancer came back in 2014, she was told she had only a few months to live. She had been diligently working away at a human services degree from Athabasca University for over a decade, but now she feared she might not have time to finish it. And it was a dream she very much wanted to see through to the end. Louann explained her situation to Dr. Jane … [Read more...]