Academic Success Centre
The Academic Success Centre exists to help students succeed in their preparation for ministry leadership. Vanguard offers care to the whole student. While our Campus Pastors offer care for emotional and spiritual wellbeing, the Academic Success Centre’s purpose is to specifically help the student in regard to academics by way of tutoring for research, writing, and time management, as well as provide for accommodations when that is warranted.
A Message from the Peer Tutoring Centre
We tutors here at Vanguard want to best support each of you and help you succeed during your studies. We want to ensure that each of you are getting the most out of our services and would like to support you one on one. If you meet with us face to face and it seems like the etutor would be a beneficial support, we will let you know that you are able to submit papers to be proofread.
In order to ensure all students have the opportunity to see us face to face rather than using the etutor service, we now have free drop-in tutoring in the library Monday-Thursday. Check Populi for our current hours. If you have questions about an assignment, need your paper proofread, want to improve your writing skills, don’t understand how to use APA format, or need other assignment help, please come see us! We would love to support you. We also have free appointment times available throughout the week if our drop-in hours do not fit into your schedule.
Your friendly neighbourhood tutors
Meet The Team
DR. CATH THORLAKSON, PHD, RPSYCH
Education: BRE, Canadian Bible College; MRE (Counselling Specialization), Canadian Theological Seminary. Phd, Educational Psychology Capella University.
Experience: 10 years as pastor over various ministry areas. 11 years in private clinical counselling, 4 years as Addictions & Mental Health Therapist, 12 summers of camp ministries in Alberta and BC, Adjunct faculty for Ambrose University College
I finished my studies at Vanguard in April 2020, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Children's and Family Ministry, minor in Pastoral Care and Counselling. I have worked at Vanguard in various roles since 2017 and have loved being a part of the team. I am passionate about helping people and administration/organization so my role here is a perfect fit! As the Academic Success Centre Administrative Assistant I oversee the Centre, help coordinate tutors, manage Dr. Cath's schedule, and work with students that have disabilities to help them find and utilize the supports Vanguard offers.