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Instructor Spotlight ‑ Damian Kowalewich

Posted by Darcy MacPhail on January 17, 2024 in News

There is no substitution for experience. It’s a key asset that our instructors bring to the table, as they impart their wisdom on learners seeking to progress in their careers.

In the second installment of our Instructor Spotlight series, we celebrate another of our esteemed instructors at the Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development.

View Royal, British Columbia’s Damian Kowelewich is the instructor of the Evidence-based Policing course as part of the Faculty’s Police Leadership program.

Let’s get to know Damian, as he answers these five questions:

1) How long have you been in the field of policing? 

This is my nineteenth year in policing. Starting this month, I will serve as the Inspector in Charge of our Community Engagement Division.  I have served on the Emergency Response Team, the Detective Division, and in the Uniform Division.  I was also an instructor for many years on various topics for police in Greater Victoria.

2) What has been the biggest change in your field in recent years? 

Certainly, the level of accountability and expectations from the public has  increased. The advent of cell phones and social media really changed the landscape for information to travel quickly. This can result in snap judgements from some, but this has also propelled law enforcement forward and helps solve crimes.  With that, the level of professionalism and investigative capacity has risen and law enforcement in Canada continues to evolve and grow.

3) What’s the most surprising thing we might see on your resume/CV? 

I have served as a Councillor for the Town of View Royal for three terms. It is an honour to serve as an elected official and represent my community. 

Also, this summer, I had the privilege of representing Canada at the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Conference for emerging leaders. The conference brought together leaders from Commonwealth countries with the common goal of promoting leadership for inclusive change.

4) How do you unwind? 

I enjoy playing hockey, running, cycling, and watching Seinfeld. 

5) What's the best aspect of teaching with the Faculty?

I get true satisfaction when students express how they feel supported by me and Dalhousie staff. As students, we always remember the instructors who were supportive, flexible and empathetic.  Being able to help students navigate through their post-secondary journey feels good and seeing them succeed is my goal.

The Faculty has been great, very supportive and responsive. I really enjoy the positive atmosphere.