Tony Luck enjoyed his educational experience at the University of the Fraser Valley so much that he came back for more. Now he’s hoping to give back to the institution that had such a positive influence on him by taking on the role of chair of the Alumni Association.
The Abbotsford investment advisor earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2007. He succeeds his friend and former classmate Stacey Irwin of Prospera Credit Union, who served as chair from 2002 until her term recently ended.
“I’m delighted to be able to take on this role and have more formal involvement with UFV,” Luck said. “Alumni play an integral role as ambassadors for UFV and community leaders. I love having the chance to do this for what I consider to be a great institution in my home community.”
Luck’s first stint at what was then Fraser Valley College began in the 1980s, when he completed a Business Administration diploma by taking classes on a part-time basis for many years while working full time and raising a family. As he approached graduation from the diploma program, FVC became the University College of the Fraser Valley and a business degree was added. He came back and worked on his degree, completing it over four years while continuing to work full time at BC Hydro.
His education enabled him to make a career shift at BC Hydro and what subsequently became Accenture, a pivatized spinoff company. He took a supervisory job at a call centre that dealt with customer service.
The desire to continue learning stuck with Luck, and he decided to return to UCFV to study history, with the idea that he’d like to become a teacher. But as graduation approached, his friend invited him to join Investors Group as an investment advisor. He got the necessary licensing, and leapt into his latest career, which he says he is enjoying immensely.
“I find I’m using both my degrees in my current career,” he reports. “The connection between a business degree and investment advising is fairly clear, but my knowledge of history can be a nice icebreaker, and what I’ve learned about the history of economics and the markets also comes into play.”
Once he had taken a job in the Fraser Valley, Luck felt that he had more free time to get involved at UFV, and he joined the board of the Alumni Association as a director in 2007.
Now that he’s taken on more responsibility as chair, he’s learning a lot about the inner workings of a university. “When you’re a student you come to classes, study and learn, and get to know your instructors and fellow students, but there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that you’re unaware of,” he says. “Now I’m learning a bunch more about governance issues.”
His goals for his time as Alumni Association chair are to continue to raise the profile of UFV and the association with alumni, to encourage more alumni involvement through special alumni-focused events, and to raise the number and amount of alumni-sponsored scholarships and bursaries. He’d also love to see an alumni centre on campus, which could be used for alumni functions but also used by the general university community.