Jason Pascoe, MA, BAJS

ORIGINALLY FROM AUSTRALIA, JASON PASCOE REALIZED SOME OF HIS PREVIOUS QUALIFICATIONS WEREN’T RECOGNIZED IN CANADA, SO HE KNEW HE WOULD HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL. WHAT HE DIDN’T KNOW WAS THAT A “STEP BACK” WOULD TURN INTO A NEW, MORE MEANINGFUL PATH.

After being granted his permanent residency, Jason began the process of finding the right undergrad program for his situation; he wanted to re-establish his career in law enforcement here in Canada. Initially, it was a simple Google search that brought the Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University to his attention.

“I needed a program that was flexible, that had an online component, and the fact that Royal Roads incorporates an in-house blended model was actually quite a bonus. It really brought people together. You were no longer just an online entity, you were a human face to another person, and that’s where the real opportunities came from.”

In Jason’s case, those real opportunities came in the form of a realization; after being able to gain knowledge from his peers’ experiences, he found that a gap existed in the area of Disaster and Emergency Management. And, as his BA program was coming to a close, he discovered the Master of Arts Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management through Royal Roads.

“I was already familiar with the online program and on-campus component, I knew that I would be working with like-minded people in a collaborative environment, and I knew that I would be able to rise to this challenge.”

Initially, Jason never saw himself as an academic, or even a graduate. Before attending Royal Roads he worried about the workload, and whether or not the time it would take to get his degree would be worth it. But, after achieving his BA, then going on to receive his MA, he now looks at life through a different lens. When he came to Royal Roads, he knew who he was and what he was capable of at the time, but when he left, he realized he had it within himself to do so much more.

Today, Jason is a Community Peace Officer in Alberta, a Training Manager in the Canadian Armed Forces, a volunteer with Humanity First and, as he puts it, a knowledgeable resource with something real to contribute, every day.