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Convocation 2020: Colleen Doucette, BA

By: Colleen Doucette

Glass-ceiling crasher. Lifelong learner. Colleen Doucette is the President of a North American buying group and received her BA from AU in 2020. She is continuing her path of lifelong learning by pursuing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

To celebrate #AthaU20 Convocation, we are profiling some of AU’s grads. The team at AU is so proud of everything they have accomplished and we are excited to celebrate each one of our graduates leading up to convocation and beyond!

Read on to learn more about Colleen Doucette’s story and her AU journey through the Bachelor of Arts program.

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Why did you choose AU?

In 2001, I decided to start my path to a bachelor degree and chose AU because I was a single mother, working full time, and had big dreams. It was the perfect opportunity, and time, to learn and study in the off hours. I believed the structure of the courses and the way they were delivered were just what I was looking for, so I chose AU as my university.

Colleen Doucette

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Tell us about the people who have supported you throughout your journey at AU?

My husband and sister have been there for me throughout most of my journey. They were there when I bounced theories around, or when I asked them to review papers that I had written. They always had words of encouragement and knew that I was driven and dedicated to see the completion of my Bachelor of Arts degree.

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What is your favorite memory from your time at AU?

My absolute favourite memory is a conversation I had one evening with Audrey O’Brien, my tutor in French. She had always spoken so eloquently and beautifully making me feel very comfortable whenever we had any type of conversation. I asked her one time why she went so far as to get her doctorate in French, and what would someone do with something like that. She said, “Because I love the language and the only thing to do with this doctorate is to become a scholar.” It’s my favourite memory because she was so passionate about the language, about helping me learn, and it inspired me, and continues to inspire me each day to continue my education and perhaps go so far as to become a scholar as well. I will never forget Audrey and the influence she had.

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How will completing your degree at AU transform your life?

Completing my degree has transformed my life in terms of major achievements. I set the bar high for every task that I put in front of myself, and this was a big one. Completing this degree means that I can go on to bigger challenges, like a masters or a PhD. Anything is possible!

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Tell us about a time that the flexibility of AU helped you overcome a challenge.

Taking a course in accounting was just the right opportunity to help me understand that part of my role as president for the company I work for. It gave me excellent insight and ideas to be able to understand the ins and outs of the accounting world and better explain this to the Board of Managers. It wasn’t really a challenge to overcome, but the course at AU was the right one for me at that time of my life.

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My personal journey landed me here, at AU, but it certainly doesn’t stop now. My future is …

I will be working towards my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree to delve a bit deeper into the psychology of organizations and the behaviour of their employees. I’d like to help people work better together.

Colleen Doucette

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Is there anything else you would like to share?

I started AU in 2001. It has been 19 years of studying, working, raising my son, moving across the country, and climbing the ladder of success. With my UCFLP and my Diploma in Arts being achieved along the way, I am so proud to have chosen AU to help me attain my Bachelor of Arts degree. There is no other school that would have allowed me to do what I did and the courses, in my opinion, were all so well laid out, that it seemed to make everything easier.

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Published:
  • September 26, 2020
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