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The King's Community Celebrates the
Inauguration of President Harry Fernhout
P roclaiming that The King’s University College is “out to change the world!”, J. Harry
Fernhout, Ph.D. was inaugurated September 24, 2005 as third president of The King’s
University College. The ceremony highlighted a week of activities that focused on The
King’s mission of global responsibility.
In his inaugural address, Restless Delight: Educating for Shalom, Fernhout asserted
that “Christians are agents of transformation”. Shalom is more than the Hebrew word for
peace, Fernhout emphasized. It is at once a vision of a society where “every creature [is] in
community with every other, living in harmony and security toward the joy and wellbeing
of all”, and a charge “to do what we can to contribute to the healing of our communities,
our society, our world”. The King’s University College, he stressed, has a key role to play
in realizing the vision and carrying the responsibility.
Before an audience of approximately 400 dignitaries and guests, the presidential chain
of office was ceremonially passed from Henk Van Andel, president 1985-2005, to Harry
Fernhout. Fernhout removed his academic robes from the University of Toronto where he
earned his Ph.D., donned the presidential robes bearing the colours of The King’s and
received the presidential medallion from Van Andel.
Numerous dignitaries and representatives from higher education institutions from
throughout Canada and the United States, as well as representatives from The King’s
University College, the Edmonton community, and the province of Alberta, were on hand
for the inauguration. In addition, hundreds of higher education institutions throughout
North America sent greetings and congratulations to Fernhout.
Following the ceremony, Harry Fernhout and his wife Hilda greeted inauguration
attendees at a reception in the University College Atrium.
Dr. Harry Fernhout takes office as third president of The King's University College.
Visualization Technology Helps Students Get the Picture
I t’s come a long way since the movie craze of the 1950s,
but three-dimensional imagery is still not mainstream
fare, especially in educational settings. Drs. Brian Martin
watching the sci-fi flick Fantastic Voyage. Cells, atoms,
bacteria – all larger than human life forms – studied up
close and personal. But the technology is a lot more than
(Astronomy & Physics) and Peter Mahaffy (Chemistry) wow factor or eye candy, says project co-leader, Dr. Brian
are aiming to change that. Martin. “There is a stunning increase in student
With funding received from the National Science comprehension and retention using the Geowall system,” he
Foundation (US) The King’s professors have installed says. Additionally, Martin states, Geowall will give student
Geowall, a 3D visualization system that has exciting and faculty research at King’s a tremendous boost. “This
applications in natural science education and research. The tool allows you to virtually get inside a molecule and have a
King’s Geowall system, the only one of its kind in western look around, isolating some components, manipulating
Canada, uses dual projectors to superimpose two slightly others.” Current applications include chemistry,
offset versions of one image that can be observed by biochemistry and astronomy, with developments being
wearing inexpensive 3D glasses, allowing users to see three- made in environmental science. Cross-disciplinary
dimensional objects at the macroscopic, astronomical or approaches involving art and computing science students
molecular level. The Geowall user can manipulate and are also in the works to further enhance the system and
interact with the image, bringing classroom teaching aids broaden the benefit.
light-years beyond the two-dimensional, textbook-type Further funding from the Natural Sciences and
representations instructors have relied upon in the past. Engineering Research Council (Canada) will allow The Dr. Brian Martin demonstrates
Having a demonstration of the Geowall is a little like King’s team, in cooperation with the University of Alberta, Geowall technology.
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Restless Delight: Educating for Shalom
T he King’s University College is out to change the
world! Is it arrogant to claim that this institution,
small as it is, is out to change the world? The presidential
And we will answer this call with restless delight.
Delight that is palpable when you walk through The King’s
halls; the place vibrating with a sense of awe and wonder,
search materials developed by members of this institution and a sense of love for the world entrusted to us. Delight in
claimed that The King’s is a place of robust faith which the glimpses of the Creator’s imagination we catch in the
“emphasizes the highest intellectual and personal chemistry lab and in the English class. At The King’s we
achievement, moral discernment reflecting Christian find joy in research projects and healthy relationships, and
values, and a transforming commitment to social justice”. in our delight, we gather for worship, giving thanks for the
Perhaps you can understand how I got sheer joy of learning.
the impression that this is a place with But delight at The King’s
ambition, with a passion to contribute to should walk hand-in-hand with
“ Our institutional calling, as
positive change in the world. The restlessness. Not a restlessness born
question is not whether The King’s
a shalom community, is to of despair, but a holy dissatisfaction
University College is out to change the play our part in that with what we know and where we are
world, but how it hopes to go about doing unfolding, world-changing today. Part of that restlessness will
it. story of shalom a-coming.” simply be an aspect of the delight of
The King’s University College will knowing that there is always more
change the world by working tirelessly to to learn. Part will be based on our
build a community of shalom. Not recognition that we are not yet
simply the shalom we translate as peace, but the shalom of what we can and should be as an institution. But at bottom,
Isaiah 65 – every creature in community with every other, our restlessness must come from the ethical call inherent in
living in harmony and security toward the joy and wellbeing the biblical vision of shalom; a vision that does not allow us
of all. Shalom as the dream of God that resists all human to rest easy with pain, suffering and injustice in the world,
tendencies to division, hostility, fear, exploitation and particularly when these result from either violent or polite
misery, and shalom as the command of God to respond to human acts of greed and oppression.
the pangs of a world filled with pain, suffering and So…The King’s University College is out to change
woundedness. the world! Is this an arrogant claim? It would be, were it not
Our institutional calling, as a shalom community, is to for the One whom we follow, and whose name is
play our part in that unfolding, world-changing story of emblazoned on our building. His story tells of changing the
shalom a-coming. To participate in some way, great or world through humility, love for others, suffering with and
small, in enacting this story through teaching, research and for those in need of grace, and ultimately, self-sacrifice. His
community service. And to equip a new generation for name is Prince of Peace – Shalom. It is in His spirit and as
participation in this drama, readying them to be responsible His possession that The King’s University College seeks to
contributors to society, shaping life in the direction of the change the world.
healing and shalom which our story promises. (adapted from Harry Fernhout’s inaugural address, September 24, 2005)
Education Department Creates
FOUNDATION CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
T he King’s Education Department is on the cutting edge
of integrating technology and learning! The
department received funding from Alberta Learning to The King' s University College
Foundation celebrated its 20th
conceptualize, develop and implement their Supporting
anniversary at the annual
Practicum Communication: Pre-service Teachers and Web- membership meeting held on
based Community project. November 18, 2005. The
The initiative’s purpose is to enhance communication Foundation assists the
University College by funding
during the in-school practicum experience each Bachelor of special projects that support
Education student undertakes. Research and experience has program development. Herman
shown that theoretical approaches and developing beliefs Berkenbosch serves as
about education tend to be influenced, even overridden, by
in-school socialization pressures. The web-based
community is designed to enhance professional
development with daily access to an online community of
peers, mentors, and advisors.
For more information on this project contact
Professor Glenn Rideout Professor Glenn Rideout at email@example.com.
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focus on faculty
Robert Bruinsma David Long (Sociology) is CRYSTAL (Centre for Research in Youth Science Teaching
(Education) presented at chair of the planning and Learning) program which is a joint King’s and University
the annual convention of committee for Edmonton’s of Alberta project to deal with issues in K-12 science
the Ontario Christian first men’s wellness forum, education.
Teachers’ Association. Dr. Addressing Obstacles in
Joachim Segger (Music) and Marnie Giesbrecht, as Duo
Bruinsma’s presentations Health Services for
Majoya, were headline
dealt with an appraisal of Marginalized Men, being
artists at two major
fantasy literature in the held February 8-10, 2006.
conventions this past
Christian school curriculum Dr. Long is also part of a
summer: at the American
using Harry Potter and The four-person team
Guild of Organists regional
Lord of the Rings as appointed by the Canadian Men’s Health Network Task
convention in Billings,
examples, as well as an exploration of different approaches Force to establish a Canadian Men’s Health Network.
Montana, and at the
to teaching literature titled, “What is Literature For?”. Roy
In 2003, Heather Looy (Psychology) was invited to national Royal Canadian
Berkenbosch (Campus Minister and Director of
participate in the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on College of Organists
Interdisciplinary Studies) was one of the keynote speakers
Science and Christianity. The seminars, funded by the John convention in London,
at the same conference.
Templeton Foundation, spanned three consecutive Ontario. Dr. Segger recently
Doug Harink (Theology) is on sabbatical leave, spending summers and concluded in August 2005. They brought completed several workshops throughout Canada on
August to December 2005 at the Center of Theological together faculty from around the world seeking to advance organ improvisation, and has ongoing performances
Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. His sabbatical project is to the cause of Christ-centred higher education. Dr. Looy was including upcoming concerts at Edmonton’s Winspear
write a theological commentary on 1 and 2 Peter. He is also also chief guest editor and contributing author to the Centre and the University of Alberta.
preparing papers on Paul and Karl Barth to present to the Summer 2005 issue of Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
Harry Spaling (Geography and Environmental Studies),
Society of Biblical Literature in Philadephia in November The King’s faculty Arlette Zinck (English), John Sneep
on sabbatical leave, was invited by World Vision Canada to
2005. In July 2005 Dr. Harink was the featured speaker at (Psychology), and Chris Peet (Psychology) were also
work on assessing the environmental impact of tsunami
the annual conference of the Union of Messianic Jewish contributing authors to this journal.
relief projects in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India
Congregations in San Jose, California.
Peter Mahaffy (Chemistry) participated in the Gordon from May-September 2005 (see story, pg. 4). Dr. Spaling is
John Hull (Education) Research Conference on currently engaged with Canadian non-governmental relief
is working with Visualization in Science & organizations working in Kenya to achieve sustainable
Worldwide Christian Education in Oxford, UK in July resource-based livelihoods for poor households.
Schools as an 2005. A following conference,
Charles Stolte (Music) presented two sessions at
Instructional Leader for a consultation between the UN
the Christian Educators of Alberta conference held in Calgary
their program on Organization for the Prohibition
in October 2005 on Sax and Synthesis: Creativity and Discovery
Continuing Education for of Chemical Weapons and the
in the Arts and Sciences.
Teachers in developing International Union of Pure and
countries. Dr. Hull’s Applied Chemistry, also at Grace Strom (Chemistry)
efforts focus on teacher Oxford, invited Dr. Mahaffy and received the Chemical
training within emerging Christian schools in Russia and a colleague from Russia to coordinate the educational Institute of Canada’s Faculty
Eastern Europe. response to many ethical issues raised. He also presented Advisor Award for her work
the opening lecture at a conference on science education in with The King’s student
Taipei, Taiwan in August 2005, and led a workshop and Science Society.
(Music) Celtic Impressions,
gave a lecture at a conference on chemistry and sustainable
a 28-minute suite for Daniel van Heyst (Drama)
development in Moscow in November 2005.
organ solo appears on a presented two sessions at
newly-released CD by Brian Martin (Astronomy & Physics) presented a the Christian Educators of Alberta conference held in Calgary
organist Dr. Gayle Martin workshop on the Geowall visualization system (see story, in October 2005: From Theme to Plot: Improvising Original
of Mount Alison University, pg. 1) at the Gordon Research Conference, Queen’s College Dramas, Based on Proverbs, That Make a Point, and Choosing
New Brunswick. Dr. Oxford. Dr. Martin was also named co-director of the new the School Play: Setting Priorities, Sharing Script Resources.
Kloppers has recently
completed composing a VISUALIZATION continued from page 1
Concerto for Alto to create The King’s Centre for Visualization (KCV), one of five science education research centres to
Saxophone and Orchestra to be performed in a concert be piloted in Canada. This centre, to be launched in early 2006, is named as the national coordinator
of the pilot project, and will develop imagery to be used in science education settings at the senior
of Canadian music at the 4th International Saxophone
high school, college and university levels. The KCV is expected to attract students to The King’s
Festival in Szeczecin, Poland in April 2006.
science programs as well as visiting post-doctoral students and scholars. There is already growing
interest in academic circles for possible use in understanding global climate change, organic
molecular structure and ethical uses of chemicals.
For more information on Geowall or The King’s Centre for Visualization contact Dr. Brian
Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Peter Mahaffy at email@example.com.
CARING FOR THOSE THE SEA LEFT BEHIND
Under Canadian law, environmental assessments of
international projects, such as those undertaken by World
Vision Canada and others in southeast Asia, are a
requirement for government funding. Dr. Spaling oversaw
environmental assessments in World Vision’s
reconstruction endeavours in Indonesia, Sri Lanka,
Thailand and India. From May to September 2005 The
King’s professor worked with local partners and
communities to assess the environmental sustainability of
housing projects in these countries. With 250 – 400
housing units per site, particular attention was given to
finding and protecting new sources of drinking water and
constructing adequate sanitation facilities. Irrigation
systems and farmland having been contaminated with sea
water, rehabilitation efforts were essential for agricultural
recovery. Tsunami survivors also want their new
communities to be located in areas with some protection
Dr. Harry Spaling conducts an
environmental assessment of
new housing site.
M ore than 200,000 dead, 10,000 children orphaned,
up to two million people homeless, more than one
billion dollars of infrastructure and economy destroyed;
against future tsunamis.
This reconstruction and rehabilitation venture was
Layeun, Indonesia very different from other environmental assessment
places and people changed forever. The December 26,
2004 tsunami in southeast Asia left an indelible print: on assignments Spaling has taken on. A usual assessment
the landscape, on the survivors, on the world. Though would involve identifying and managing the environmental
most of us could only give, and pray, in a hope to relieve effects of a project, ensuring the least impact and greatest
some of the unimaginable horror of those affected by the benefit. But the tsunami created massive environmental
tsunami, many went, both organizations and individuals, to damage, Spaling stated. “A 30 metre wave clawing at
help in any way they could; in recovery, in provision of homes, forest, and soil leaves nothing behind but
basic needs, in cleanup, and in rebuilding. World Vision destruction,” he said. This work was as much about
Canada was present in a big way, and they asked Dr. Harry avoiding further damage as it was about rehabilitating. But
Spaling (Geography and Environmental Studies) to be a the people are eager to rebuild, Spaling notes. “Hearing
part of their efforts. their stories of survival, sorrow and hope was moving and
Dr. Spaling specializes in research and applications to inspiring.”
improve the environmental sustainability of international Dr. Spaling took the opportunity to involve TKUC
relief and development projects, particularly community alumus, Bryan Vroom (BSc Envs ’02). Now a Master’s
projects that use natural resources for basic household degree student at the University of Guelph, Vroom worked
needs of water, food and shelter. This work has taken him in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India at the community level.
around the world on a variety of projects with Christian Spaling and Vroom have written a paper on their findings
development agencies such as World Vision, World Relief that will soon be published and used by others in the field.
Canada and the Christian Reformed World Relief For more information on Harry Spaling’s research
Committee. and work in the area of environmental assessment, contact
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INVITATION TO THE BONELESS BANQUET
Some of the students in Professor John Wood’s (Biology and
Environmental Studies) Invertebrate Zoology class are thoroughly
digesting their subject. “I invited students to join me (Dutch-Treat of
course) for a feast of invertebrate culinary delights. We went out for an
evening sampling the seafood flavours prepared by Chef Dennis
Cummings of the Lighthouse Café at the Billingsgate Fish Market in
Edmonton. The only requirements for the evening were that our menu
choices be boneless fare. We tickled our palate with Boston Clam
Chowder, Jamaican Mussels, Coconut Shrimp, and Oysters on the Half-
shell. The main course included Alaskan King Crab and Nova Scotia
Lobster. Satisfied smiles tell it all.” Pictured, from left to right: Sheri
Connoly, Jillian Foster, Chantelle Dembicki, Amber Overdulve, Michele
Crawford, Henrik Hinkkala, and John Wood.
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WALKING WITH THE POOR
W ith funding received from The King’s fledgling Micah Centre, Jonathan
DeKoning (BA ’05) has embarked on an internship with the Christian
Reformed World Relief Committee in Haiti. The Micah Centre was created to
provide significant learning opportunities for students in the area of social justice,
specifically the wholistic causes and responses to global (and local) hunger and
poverty issues, primarily through experiential learning. Jonathan is the first
recipient of a grant through the Micah Centre. He departed mid-October and will
work with the CRWRC on various projects for six months. He writes:
“The streets are lined with people, packed with cars and trucks. Noise rises
from the ravines and slums of Port-au-Prince and fills the entire city. UN trucks and
police vehicles serve as constant reminders of the relative insecurity of Haiti’s
capital city. Over the mountains to the east, rural villages make a living on small,
sustenance-level farms on mountainsides or in the Artibonite Valley. It is here that
CRWRC-Haiti is working, and it is here that I will be working as an intern for the
next months. Through The King’s Micah Centre and CRWRC-Haiti, I will be working
with Sous-Espwa, Creole for Source of Hope, on their HIV/AIDS program in and
around Port-au-Prince. The hope is that through learning and working in Haiti I
will gain a greater understanding of the wholistic causes of poverty and the
wholistic responses needed to truly make poverty history. Experientially learning about poverty: Jonathan
The story of Haiti is one of revolution, pain, and questionable foreign involvement, and it is De Koning (BA '05) interns with The King's Micah Centre
difficult to start thinking about development. Deforestation, loss of top soil, corrupt government and
business leaders, distinct class separation, lack of transparency in places of authority, churches
encouraging a separation between this life and the next… where does one begin?
My internship with The King’s is to be a learning experience, pursuing the who, what, when,
where, how and why of walking with the poor. They are questions that are pertinent anywhere, and
they are inescapable for Christians. I hope, in my time here, that I can live the answers truthfully and
Using Chemistry to Serve Humankind
E nhancing public understanding of chemistry is a key focus of the International Union of Pure and
Applied Chemists, an international body that serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the
chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of humankind. At
IUPAC’s 2005 conference in Beijing, China, Megan Rosborough (BSc ’05), as a member of Dr. Peter
Mahaffy’s task group, presented her paper, “Identifying IUPAC’s Niche in the Public Understanding
of Chemistry: A Research Base”. Megan is currently attending law school at the University of Alberta. Megan Rosborough and Dr. Peter Mahaffy sample some
of the tea in China.
More to the Rose than Meets the Nose
W hat do we really know about garlic? Yes garlic, that culinary staple that is said to ward off the
common cold and the (less common) vampire. Folk tales aside, there is more to the ‘stinking
rose’ than what we experience at the dinner table. Exploring the chemistry and medicinal properties
of Allium Sativum was the summer 2005 research project of Naomi Jackson (BSc ’05). With
funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and under the guidance of Drs.
Peter Mahaffy and Grace Strom, Ms. Jackson conducted scientific research on garlic. Building on the
important interface between biology and chemistry, the research was designed as a way to bring more
‘life’ into the undergraduate chemistry lab.
Jackson isolated garlic’s primary antibacterial compound and carried out experiments that
demonstrate this compound’s inhibitive properties. And she discovered some fun stuff along the way,
such as while you can’t make Jello using fresh pineapple (it won’t set), you can make garlic
Ms. Jackson presented a paper on her findings at the Canadian National Chemistry Conference Naomi Jackson is awarded the Chemical Institute of
in Saskatoon. For her work Naomi was awarded the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Reg Friesen Canada’s Reg Friesen Award by Dr. Geoff Rayner-
Canham, Education Director for the Chemical
Award and her research was selected for profile in the October 2005 issue of Canadian Chemical Institute of Canada.
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Here’s some news from 1990 es life/basic skills with ’99) Groothof live in Telkwa, first year teaching at Toronto
our many alumni. For
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The King’s web site: teaching for the Upper Canada adults. She also teaches voice from permanent position at Telkwa CRC. from two years in England.
www.kingsu.ca. To submit District School Board and has just her home. Theyhaveanewdaughter,Hannah Jennifer Neufeld and her
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Waterloo. teaching position at Millwoods
with their three children. July, and accepted a call to
Linda (Vette) & Martyn Rutgers Christian School in September
Maranatha CRC in Lethbridge, AB 2005. Previously she taught
were married in May 2005. Linda
in August! They have recently
1986 1993 is working as a psychologist in a elementary music for Edmonton
purchased a house in Lethbridge. Public Schools. She is also enjoying
Cindy (Kwantes) & David special education school and
Phil & Stacy (Nelson, ’00) traveling at every opportunity.
Brown were married in 2003 and Martyn is studying for his
Bruinsma are living in Fort
are living in Abbotsford, BC. They Master's of Divinity at Tyndale
Saskatchewan, AB. They have a 2000
have a new daughter, born in Seminary.
new son, Garrett. Email: Randall Boessenkool & 2003
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yearlong honeymoon as ski Pahrump, Nevada where he is
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1987 working as a reporter for the local
before being brought back to newspaper.
Jack Wiersma is living in Eric Weiss has his own
reality by their move to
Sherwood Park, AB raising bison business as a safety consultant. Andrew & Lorelie (Thiessen)
downtown Toronto. Lynnette
and wild turkeys, as well as He has recently come back from Yuzek were married in March
completed a Master’s of
working on the oil rigs. spending a year working in 2004 and live in Winnipeg. They
Landscape Architecture in 2004
Scotland. are very excited for the birth of
and Randall manages a bicycle
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this summer. 2005.
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Marlene McKenna started a Resolution program.
Master’s in Pastoral Psychology TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Since graduation, Paul Kemp,
at St. Stephens College in
has been busy traveling the
world. He has been accepted into
Asher DeGroot will graduate the Music Education Degree
from Dalhousie University with a program at McGill University.
Bachelor of Environmental
Design in April 2006 and apply
directly to their Master’s of
Janelle (Taylor) & Dave Hay
are both busy teaching. They are
also actively seeking help for
Janelle’s mother and two
brothers who are suffering from
Retinitus Pigmentosa. Email:
Rebecca Vandenberg is
living in Prince George, BC where After returning from Kazan, Russia, Mallory Presisniuk
she teaches grade five at Cedars ('0 1) Razin married fiancé Gennady Razin at St. Joseph’s
Christian School. Basilica in Edmonton on June 4, 2005. Gennady, a
professional hockey player, left on June 27 for training in
Kazan, Russia. Mallory joined him on September 8.
Zahida Hirani works at Darryl ('97) and Evelyn (Neutel '97) DeHaan with son Nathanael.
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"I never imagined that God
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would open my eyes to find
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a wonderful woman here in
Morocco!" Rob Haasdyk
Jared & Dana (Bateman) ('92) and Rabha Ammalou
Folkerts were married in at their engagement party
November of 2004. Dana at her home in Fes,
attended Vanguard College and Morocco, on September 24,
received a certificate in Youth 2005. Rob and Rabha hope
Ministries. They recently moved to remain in Morocco:
"living out their lives in
to Winnipeg for Jared to attend
both work and play to
William & Catharine Booth
demonstrate the unending
College and complete his
love of the Lord to
Bachelor of Social Work degree.
everyone around us".
Daniel Vanderwel is
working as a software developer
in St. Albert, AB for Great Big THE KING’S HOSTS WORLD MASTERS
Angela Van de Hoef is living Students may have been away from campus for the
in Woodstock, ON where she is summer, but The King’s hallways were filled with activity
working as a Horticultural as over 120 athletes and their families stayed in our
Specialist. She recently bought residence facilities while participating in the World
Masters Games, July 22-31, 2005. The new apartment
her first home. Email: Robert ('96) and Linda Koot with children Amanda (4), Joel (2) and
residence proved to be an excellent solution for the many
email@example.com. Logan (4 months). Rob is now enroled in The King's Bachelor of
Education program. teams who stayed on campus. It was our pleasure to host
Darlene Sych is currently in Australian & British badminton champions, Russian
Australia attending the University Correction: softball teams, a diver from Hawaii, a women’s hockey
of Queensland studying in the In the previous newsletter, Mike and Vicky Vanderkooi were not team from British Columbia, and many more.
pictured with the other teachers in Thailand at Global English School.
International Peace and Conflict CONNECTION 7
Celebrating New Arrivals
Christine (Vandendool '98) and Corwin DeRuiter recently adopted two children. Here is their story.
Tell us about your newly formed family.
Through the great adventure of adoption, our two precious children, Alysha and Joshua,
came home just over seven months ago. Our daughter, Alysha, who will be three in
December, is a beautiful girl with a wonderful curiosity about the world. She loves singing,
dancing, playing with friends and animals, as well as exploring mud puddles and dirt piles.
Our son, Joshua, just turned one in June and will be walking any day now. He has a delightful
sense of humour and his language ability is exploding. We praise God every day for them.
What led you to consider adoption, and in particular, local adoption? Did you
consider other avenues, such as international adoption?
There are many misconceptions about adopting from the foster care system, including the
perception that international adoption is easier than domestic adoption. We did not
consider international adoption. We felt strongly about adopting locally because there are
so many children in foster care waiting for adoption. In Canada about 22,000 children are
waiting for adoption, yet only about 2,000 are adopted each year. In our province of BC
there are about 1,000 children waiting for adoption.
When people think about adoption, they often think about infants. Both your
children are older and were previously in foster care. Was this your choice, or what was
the situation that brought them to you?
Most of the children available for adoption locally are older than newborn. The majority
are between the ages of 6 and 12. We didn’t have a strong desire to adopt an infant,
however, since we are first-time parents we requested children younger than 5. Early in our Corwin and Christine (Vandendool '98) DeRuiter with their newly
journey, we received a vision that we would adopt a sibling group of two preschoolers. adopted children Joshua and Alysha
Were there any barriers that you faced during the adoption process?
We felt God’s hand leading us all the way. While we waited, we anticipated and expected COMING EVENTS
God to reveal His best plan for us. We received many confirmations from Him in various All events take place at The King’s University College, 9125 – 50 Street,
forms (scriptures, visions, songs, etc). Edmonton unless otherwise noted. For more information:
www.kingsu.ca or call 780-465-3500.
How long did the process take?
For us, the process was very quick. In October and November 2004, we attended nine DECEMBER 2
classes to prepare us for the arrival of our children. In December and January we received Concert and Chamber Choirs present Gloria!
five visits from a social worker. We were formally approved for adoption in February and 8:00 pm
West End Christian Reformed Church
in March and April our children (a sister and brother) came home! Imagine that…receiving
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two children within seven months! Tickets: $12/general; $10/students, seniors, alumni
Do you have an open or closed adoption? Did you have influence on this?
We have some openness with some biological relatives. We likely wouldn’t have received
The King’s Guild presents their annual Christmas Gift Sale
these children if we did not favour openness. We are glad that our children can know some
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
of their biological relatives, as we believe it will be healthier for them to know their roots Over 60 tables of art, crafts, seasonal giftware, and more
than to be in the dark. We set the parameters for the visits, including the frequency and Admission: $1; free for children
location. As our children become older they will have input into those decisions.
Describe the day you brought them home. King’s View Friday (grade 11 students only)
Our children’s homecomings were not a one day process. For Alysha, who was 2 years and Be a university student for a day.
3 months old at the time, it was a ten-day process of us visiting her foster home and her
DECEMBER 22, 2005 TO JANUARY 1, 2006
visiting our home, gradually increasing the amount of time she spent here. Joshua came
home April 12 at 9.5 months of age, after a four-day process. We will always remember the No classes. Campus offices closed.
relief and joy we felt that he could finally stay at our house for good! Another day of
celebration will be coming soon as we hear from our social worker that our adoption JANUARY 18-19, 200 6
process is finally legal, after the required six-month waiting period! Interdisciplinary Conference
Describe the changes and adjustments that you have been experiencing as a family Theme: Sex*
that has suddenly swelled to four! *Warning: Religious content
All are welcome to attend conference sessions.
It feels like we live on a different planet! We got married in our late twenties and had
almost five years together as a couple before our children came home, so it’s a big JANUARY 27, FEBRUARY 10, MARCH 17, 2006
adjustment. We catapulted into parenthood and landed with our feet running. However, this King’s View Fridays
is what we longed for and prayed for and we are absolutely certain that God planned it this MARCH 11, 2006
way! He chose these children to be ours before the beginning of time. We are incredibly Highlight Concert with guest artist Heather Meyers, contralto
blessed by them. We are also blessed by the unconditional love and support we have Tickets: $12/general; $10/students, seniors, alumni
received from our extended families and friends. God is good.
Any final thoughts? Connection is published by the Development Office three times per
We would be happy to share more of our story with anyone who is curious about our year for alumni and friends of The King's University College. Direct
family’s adoption experience. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. comments to Gail Southall, Public Relations Officer,
The King's University College, 9125 - 50 Street
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