Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Albert van Akker

Faculty/staff profile

Chair, Architectural Trades and Carpentry Program Leader Board of Governors Member

Albert van Akker - Program Chair



JD 134A

Carpentry Foundation

School of Trades and Technology

Al completed his four-year Carpentry Apprenticeship here at Camosun in 1996. As a carpenter he worked for Knappett Projects on a number of sites, gaining experience in the construction of concrete and wood-frame buildings, as well as highway bridge layout and construction. In 1998, Al was promoted to Foreman and led crews on several projects. He has been teaching apprentices and Foundation students here at Camosun since 2000.

Since becoming an instructor, Al has earned his BC Provincial Instructor’s Diploma and a Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University. When he’s not at Camosun, Al is a Petty Officer with HMCS Malahat, Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division. In his free time, Al likes to race his sailboat with his wife and son and recently finished building his first guitar.

Al was elected to the Board of Governors faculty seat on November 1, 2017.  He is a member of the Board Finance committee.  He completed his four-year Carpentry Apprenticeship at Camosun in 1996.