04/26 College invites alumna to live free on campus in her tiny home in exchange for volunteering to assist students

Danielle McArthur perches on the loft bed inside her new tiny house on the campus of Pearson College UWC in Metchosin. Photo: Danielle Pope

Danielle McArthur perches on the loft bed inside her new tiny house on the campus of Pearson College UWC in Metchosin. Photo: Danielle Pope

Pearson College in Metchosin [British Columbia, Canada] welcomed its first “Tiny House” to campus on April 12, a 250-square-foot micro-house on wheels. The undersized abode will be the new home for former Pearson student Dani McArthur, and part of a Pearson College Tiny House initiative that evolved from a challenge from new president, Desiree McGraw.

She has asked alumni to dedicate time and talent to finding creative ways to make education a force by utilizing the college’s principles of uniting people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

“Living sustainably is a core value at Pearson and the Tiny House project is one more example of how we can contribute to the conversation about lessening our footprint,” McGraw said in a release.

“This is also an opportunity to celebrate an alumna who has gone out into the world to live the mission, and has returned to teach us how we can all do even more.”

McArthur, who graduated from Pearson in 1981, has spent the past 32 years working as an English as a Second Language teacher and trainer. After returning from volunteer work in Cambodia, she jumped at the opportunity to retire on campus in her tiny home in exchange for volunteering to assist Pearson students from around the world who are dealing with English as a language foreign to them.

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Elaine Walker