Douglas’ Uganda Quiz Night returns for fourth year

Photo of 2013's Quiz Night winners. Photo by Gary Munro
Photo of 2013’s Quiz Night winners. Photo by Gary Munro

All proceeds go towards literacy projects

By Angela Espinoza, News Editor

The fourth annual Uganda Quiz Night will be taking place on October 28. The night will be hosted by the Douglas College Foundation and Coquitlam Sunrise Rotary at the David Lam campus, with all proceeds going towards literacy projects in Uganda.

This year’s event coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Douglas Child, Family and Community Studies (CFCS) students providing practicum placements in Uganda. “[Since 2005] we’ve been sending students from CFCS programs to Uganda where the students undertake a 10-week practicum,” said Douglas CFCS professor Wendy Parry.

The CFCS programs involved in the Uganda project include, but are not limited to, Therapeutic Education, Classroom and Community Support, Early Childhood Education, and as of this year Psychiatric Nursing. Parry stated that up to 15 students from various programs would be part of the upcoming Uganda trip.

“Our students are an integral part of that [education] process, so they’ll be working with the Uganda community to develop literacy projects,” said Parry. “We have two projects that we hope we’ll be able to undertake this year: to support the Masaka Library and to support the COTFONE [Community Transformation Foundation Network] School which is a school and organization.” Parry added that Douglas students are hoping to build a library for the Uganda school.

As for the Quiz Night, “It’s open to anybody who wants to get involved [and] we encourage the public to come,” said Parry.

Teams of four-to-six people will compete against each other in the spirit of fun. Those who register solo will be teamed up with others. “This year we’re going to have a team spirit award,” said Parry. “Any team that either dresses up or distinguishes themselves in any way” will have a chance to win the award.

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart will be returning as emcee from last year’s Quiz Night. Parry stated that questions during the Quiz Night have a wide range, from history to sports to current events. Former Coquitlam Public Library director Rhian Piprell will once again be the quizmaster, selecting a list of skill-testing questions, including some with a focus on Uganda.

There will also be a silent auction with over 20 items for attendees to bid on, including Uganda-themed crafts. Door prizes and a cash bar will also be available.

“Every year we get bigger and better,” said Parry. “This year we hope to have 30 tables, and we’re holding it in a bigger space.” The 2014 Quiz Night will be in the David Lam campus’ large cafeteria.

Those interested in attending can register online at or via phone at (604)-777-6168. Registration will remain open until October 27, and attendees must be 19 years of age or older. Registration is $20 per person and can be paid the evening of the Quiz Night, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m.