AMS Announces Resignation of Vice-President Academic and University Affairs, Daniel Lam

The Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver (AMS) is sad to announce that Daniel Lam has tendered his resignation as Vice-President Academic and University Affairs (AUA). His resignation will take effect as of July 28, 2017.

Daniel has been an essential part of this year’s executive team. In the short time that Daniel was an executive, he was able to successfully restructure the VP AUA portfolio, hire a full complement of staff, while also generating strategic goals for his office for the upcoming year; no small feat.

Student Senator Jakob Gattinger was elected by council as the interim VP Academic until a by-election can be run; currently planned for September 22nd.

The AMS would like to express its thanks for all the hard work that Daniel has provided in getting the VP AUA office up and running over this summer and appreciate his generous offer to help with the transition.

For any questions or media inquiries, please contact Alan Ehrenholz, AMS President.

Media Contact:
Alan Ehrenholz
President
Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver
P: 604 822-3972
E: president@ams.ubc.ca

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, June 28, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of June 28, 2017:

Budget, budget, budget! Council debated several aspects of the AMS budget at length. There was the issue of bringing back the Ombudsperson. Also questions about how the Welcome Back Barbecue would bring in the revenue being forecast for it. And then it turned out that the Finance Committee hadn’t had quorum at the meeting at which it passed the budget.
In the end the budget was approved, but Finance Committee was directed to meet and look it over again and bring it back at the next Council meeting.

Academic Experience: VP Academic Daniel Lam reported that the annual Academic Experience Survey shows that students are feeling safer on campus, but they also report an increase in discrimination, especially gender discrimination. The survey also revealed that 18% of undergraduate students don’t have a fixed and adequate night-time residence.

Athletics: The Academic Experience Survey showed a lack of growth in support for athletics, and indicated that most of the support it does get is from a specific demographic (young white males). This prompted a question about whether lobbying priorities should be changed. AMS President Alan Ehrenholz replied by saying that students had voted for the new $25 fee to build a new recreational facility, but lobbying will be stepped up to ensure that UBC’s Athletics and Recreation program better reflects student priorities.

Strategic Plan: Council was told that the plan is being reconceived to be more bottom-up instead of top-down.

Informal Learning: Julian Villafuerte Diaz (Land & Food) was appointed to the University’s Informal Learning Spaces Committee.

New Communications Manager: Council was informed that Lori McNulty has been named to head the AMS Communications Department.

AMS History Book: Council was told that the book is at the publisher’s, and planning is underway with AlumniUBC for a book launch in the fall.

Ombudsperson: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz explained that though it had been previously decided to go without an Ombudsperson this year, feedback came in saying that the position was a valuable one, and that is why it has been restored in the budget.

Ice cream! Council was informed that there is now an ice cream machine in Pie R Squared. Also, the food cart should be here by the end of July.

SAC is back (sort of): Council was told that procedures from the old SAC Policy Handbook are being edited and adapted to go in the new Clubs Handbook.

CiTR: Council approved a new space agreement with CiTR (the student radio station) to replace the old one from the Old SUB.

Code Changes: Council approved a host of changes, and passed a new Internal Policy on keeping personal information on petitions secure.
The Code changes include:
a) Making the Student Services Manager a non-voting member of Council (again).
b) Removing the non-voting Alumni seat.
c) Restoring rules on club and Constituency deficits.
d) Revamping the Elections Committee.
e) Abolishing Voter-Funded Media.
f) Creating a Presidents Council of Constituency Presidents.
g) Abolishing election endorsements by candidates.
h) Removing the requirement that Student Court function as a standing body.

GSS Referendum: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz informed Council that in accordance with a resolution passed at their 2015 annual general meeting, the Graduate Students Society will be going to referendum in 2018 on the question of whether to remain in the AMS. The GSS has struck a committee to look into this, but nothing has really started yet.
It was agreed to have a fuller discussion at the next Council meeting.

Next regular Council meeting: July 19, 2017 in the Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest at 6 pm.

Sheldon Goldfarb
Archivist & Clerk of Council

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, June 7, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of June 7, 2017:

A New Speaker: Mohamed Shaaban took over as Speaker of Council, replacing Abdul Alnaar, who had served for four years.

Sustainability Goals: Council approved priorities for the coming year, including a Mug Share program, a change in pricing practices (to separate the price of the coffee from the cup, to encourage people to bring their own mugs), a revamp of the overarching Lighter Footprint Strategy, the policy informing AMS sustainability practices, a Zero Waste Squad, and dishware rentals.

Pooja Bhatti also told Council that the Sustainability Office will be moving into the Student Life and Sustainability Centre on the lower level of the Nest.

Showpass: Alim Lakhiyalov, the VP Finance, reported on plans to replace the Rezgo ticketing system for clubs with a new system called Showpass on a one-year trial basis.  He said the Showpass system looks easy to use, has strong customer support, and is geared to clubs.

Who is Akhil? Akhil Jobanputra, the AMS President’s assistant focusing on engagement, introduced himself and told Councillors that his role is to make them comfortable and bring Councillors and Executives together.

Grad Class Council gifts: AMS President Alan Ehrenholz reported that work is being done to bring some old gifts to fruition: a statue that is to go up at the Marine Drive residences and a sign on the knoll saying AMS Nest.  The hundredth anniversary time capsule will also go on the knoll, under the sign.

A Big Thing: Daniel Lam, the VP Academic, intrigued Council by saying there would be a Big Thing coming at the next meeting.  Apparently, it is something to do with a survey.

Alas, 480: Sally Lin, the VP External, reported that TransLink has plans to eliminate the 480 bus, even though it is a highly used route.

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll: Student Services Manager Marium Hamid referred to an upcoming conference on the effect of sex, drugs, and rock and roll on mental health.

Dealing with the new government (whoever it is): Council heard from the Advocacy Committee that it is preparing for the new government and is also working on various projects, such as the rental rights campaign, for which local MLA David Eby has written a letter of support.

Consultation: The Advocacy Committee is also working on a policy on what to do when the University wants to consult with us.

Party Bus (No!): Land and Food representative Julian Diaz asked why the Executive had rescinded an earlier Executive motion to purchase a bus.  AMS President Alan Ehrenholz said the previous Executive wanted a party bus, but the current Executive is against the idea.

Executives on external committees: Council approved a list of appointments of Executives to University and other external committees.

Brewery Committee: Council approved terms of reference for the revived Brewery Committee, which is looking into bringing a brewery to campus.

Next regular Council meeting: June 28, 2017 in the Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest at 6 pm.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, May 17, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of May 17, 2017:

Appointments! The summer appointments meeting. Newly appointed chairs of AMS Standing Committees include: Cameron England (Advocacy Committee)
Mackenzie Lockhart (Governance Committee)
Wendy Guo (HR Committee)
Lorenzo Lindo (Student Life Committee)

More Appointments: To the revived ad hoc Brewery Committee (chair, Jakob Gattinger) and to external committees such as the CiTR Board of Directors, the Health and Dental Plan Committee, the University’s Ombudsperson Committee, the Aquatic Management Committee, and the Student Legal Fund Society’s board of directors.

Goals! The new Executive presented its goals for the year, both team goals and individual ones. They will be working on the strategic plan and an operational plan, and focusing on communication, engagement, and outreach.

Budget! Council approved the preliminary budget, including a forecast of a $356,000 surplus.

Job descriptions: Council approved changes to titles and hours for some positions in the VP External Office and the VP Finance office.

Next regular Council meeting: June 7, 2017 in the Forum in the Nest at 6 pm.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, May 3, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of May 3, 2017:

A New Council!  The newly elected (and much smaller) AMS Council held its first meeting and heard presentations about the new Committee structure and the online system for filling the Committees.

Remote attender: The new rules on remote attendance by Councillors in the summer came into effect, and Engineering representative Jakob Gattinger skyped in and took an active part in the meeting, challenging the chair and supplying background information on such things as where the Sustainability Projects Committee now fits in the Committee structure.

Committee restructuring continued: Council continued the process by approving a Code change to reduce the number of students at large on two committees, the rationale for which is that these two committees (Advocacy and Student Life) will be interacting with large numbers of students at large through two new groups: the Blue and Gold Society (for Student Life) and the Officers of Council (for Advocacy).

Safewalk: Council also approved a renewal of the agreement with the University on the AMS Safewalk service.

Next regular Council meeting: May 17, 2017 in the Forum in the Nest at 6 pm.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, April 26, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of April 26, 2017:

BoG and Senate reps: Council filled the two non-voting seats for student Senators and the two for student Board of Governors reps.  Sarah Park and Jaymi Booth are the Senate reps.  Kevin Doering and Jeanie Malone are the BoG reps.

BDS:  The Elections Administrator informed Council that the BDS referendum (on boycotting Israeli products) had failed: the vote was 52% No and 48% Yes.  Turnout was 5.5%.

BDS 2: AMS President Ava Nasiri reported that the AMS spent approximately $20,000 on the court case over whether to run the referendum.  The court ruling was a positive one for the AMS, with the court standing behind the AMS decision in the case, setting a good precedent.

New Services: Student Services Manager Hussam Zbeeb reported that the work of Vice, the new service on substance abuse, has been split evenly so far between drugs and alcohol.  The other new Service, eHub (about entrepreneurship), is set to start in September.

Food Cart: Council approved $20,000 for an outdoor Food Cart to be called the Burger Bar (reviving a name from the Old SUB).  There will no longer be a restaurant in the Nest specializing in burgers.

Gallery: Council approved $60,000 to upgrade the Gallery Patio and Lounge.

Farewell to the Old Executive: President Ava Nasiri and the four Vice-Presidents said good-bye.

Councillor of the Year: Jakob Gattinger from Engineering was named Councillor of the Year.

Block Party: Managing Director Keith Hester announced that for the first time Block Party had broken even.

New School: Council learned of the creation of the School of Public Policy and discussed whether to declare what Constituency its students should be in, but decided the situation should be investigated further first.

Student Services Manager: Council approved in principle a motion to make the Student Services Manager a non-voting member of Council, as they used to be.

Committee Reviews: Council directed the Governance Committee to prepare a policy on biannual committee reviews to make sure the committees remain relevant.

Standardized turnover dates: Council passed amendments to Constituency constitutions to make May 1 the start date for all Council members.

Committee tweaking: Council approved in principle minor changes to the composition of the standing committees.

Governance Review: Council discharged the Governance Review Implementation Committee with thanks.

Strategic Plan: Council approved a draft of the Strategic Plan 3.0,  with the understanding that the incoming Executive will work further on it.

Remote Attendance: Council amended Code to allow Council members to take part in Council meetings from afar during the summer months.

VP Academic Office: Council approved changes to the staff structure for the VP Academic.

VP External Office: Council approved a change in hours for a staff member in the VP External Office.

Constituency Fees: Council had it brought to its attention that some Engineering Constituency fees were not being collected or handed over to the Engineering Undergraduate Society, despite having been approved by Council and the Board of Governors.  Other Constituencies were advised to check their accounts.

Next regular Council meeting: May 3, 2017 in the Forum in the Nest at 6 pm.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, March 29, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of March 29, 2017:

Good-bye to the Speaker:  Abdul Alnaar announced that he will be stepping down as Council Speaker at the end of May.

Good-bye to ABBA:  Council amended Code to transform the Advisory Board for Business and Administration (oh, that ABBA) into an Advisory Board that will offer advice on the whole AMS.

Hello to the Finance Committee: Pursuant to the new Bylaws, Council created a finance committee to replace the old Budget Committee.  It also amended the terms of some of its funds and adopted a new investment policy.

Hello again to the Global Fund: Council renewed the partnership with UBC’s Global Fund for five years.  The partnership supports student-led projects with an international or intercultural focus.

And to the Brewery Committee: Council revived the Brewery Committee in the wake of reports that there may be interest again in going ahead with bringing a brewery to campus.

Revising Sustainability and Finance: Council approved changes to the job descriptions in the Sustainability Office and the VP Finance Office.  There will now be an AVP Sustainability under the VP Administration, and there will be changes to the duties of the AVP Finance.

Business looking good: Council approved a budget for the businesses that projects a $766,432 contribution from the businesses for 2017-18.

More work for the Elections Committee: Council extended the terms of members of the Elections Committee so that they can oversee the potentially upcoming BDS referendum.

Changing How We Do Elections: Outgoing Elections Administrator Max Holmes had a series of recommendations, all but one of which Council accepted in principle, including the abolition of paper posters and of the Voter-Funded Media contest.  Council also accepted a recommendation to ban mutual endorsements by candidates.

Executive reporting: Council passed a policy on how Executives will report to Council.  Under the policy a collective report from the Executive will replace the old individual ternary reports.

BoG and Senate reps: The BoG and Senate reps having lost their voting seats on Council thanks to the Bylaw amendments, Council voted to create non-voting seats for them.

One Date to Rule Them All: Council wrestled with plans to have all the Constituencies turn over at the same time, and directed Constituency presidents to let the AMS President know their feelings on the issue.

Committee restructuring: Council discussed tweaking the composition of the committees.  The Chair of the Governance Committee asked other committee chairs to let her know their thoughts.

Next regular Council meeting: April 26, 2017 in the Forum in the Nest at 6 pm.

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Vancouver Virology Centre Society – Media Volunteer

– Job Title: Media Volunteer
– Varies (approx 2-10 hours/week)
– Job Locations: Vancouver (usually at Vancouver Virology Centre [302-1160 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6Z 2E8] and surrounding areas)
– Description: We, at the Vancouver Virology Centre Society, are planning an ongoing outreach project targeting the marginalised population within our community. Our plan is to conduct health fairs throughout the community in which we do on-site HIV/HepC testing for individuals at high risk of contracting these illnesses.
We are looking for someone to record these ongoing health fairs and potentially edit them into a promotional video for future events.
– Qualifications: Individual must have their own camera which is capable of recording in HD Video and must be capable of taking High Quality Pictures.
– Preferred Degrees: A background in media/arts is ideal (or something equivalent).
– Number of positions: 2
– Application deadline: April 10, 2017
– Documents when applying: CV, cover letter and any other media that you will like to show us about your work relating to media thus far.
– Please send all applications to Aven Sidhu admin@vvcentre.ca

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Health Outreach Volunteer/Health Centre Volunteer

Job Title: Health Outreach Volunteer/Health Centre Volunteer

– Varies (approx 2-10 hours/week)

– Job Locations: Vancouver (usually at Vancouver Virology Centre [302-1160 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6Z 2E8] and surrounding areas)

– Description: We, at the Vancouver Virology Centre Society, are planning an ongoing outreach health fairs targeting the marginalised population within our community. Our plan is to conduct health fairs throughout the community in which we do on-site HIV/HepC testing for individuals at high risk of contracting these illnesses. Your responsibility will involve engaging in our target population in terms of improving their awareness regarding their high risk activities and at the same time encouraging them to take part in our on-site tests. You will also be responsible for handing out food, event set up and event take down.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with on going research projects. This will involve going through patient charts for required data information and recording it onto an excel sheet. 

– Qualification: Must be outgoing, friendly, and must have a high degree patience for our health fair events. Having a research background is an asset as is experience in data entry/recording. 

– Preferred Degrees: Science/Medicine/Nursing is ideal, but not necessary. 

– Number of openings: up to 10

– Application deadline: May 31, 2017 (ongoing position)

– Documents when applying: CV and cover letter outlining which position you are interested in (or if you are interested in both, please state this in your email/cover letter).

– Please send all applications to Aven Sidhu admin@vvcentre.ca

 

 

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Music Heals – Scotiabank Charity Challenge Community Ambassadors

Job title: Scotiabank Charity Challenge Community Ambassadors

Expected hours per week (relative): 5 maximum (one day event).

Job location (on or off campus): This position is off campus, but there may be opportunities to work together and engage more of the UBC Community.
Detailed job description: CS Ambassadors will join us to support our efforts at the 2017 Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Music Heals will be staffing one of the event water stations, a crucial role that involves supporting run participants. Under the supervision of a captain, ambassadors will be stationed at the water HQ, providing water, Gatorade, and more as runners pass. The role of the water stations on course is to provide water, gatorade and sport nutrition to racers as they go by. This is a high-energy, unique, and exciting opportunity!
Expected qualifications:
• Highly-energetic and passionate representative of Music Heals
• Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures
• Additional languages and ASL are not required, but are strong assets.
Music Heals is an all inclusive, safe, and accessible volunteer environment. We welcome volunteers of all abilities, gender identifications, and backgrounds.

Preferred degrees (if applicable): N/A

Number of openings per position: 20

An application deadline: Ongoing

The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): Cover letter and resume.

Email where the applications will be sent to: zoe@musicheals.ca

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Music Heals – Outreach Ambassadors

Job title: Outreach Ambassadors

Expected hours per week (relative): 5 to 10, depending on the position and commitment.

 

Job location (on or off campus): This position is off campus, but there may be opportunities to work together and engage more of the UBC Community.

 

Detailed job description: Outreach Ambassadors are responsible for conducting outreach activities, in an effort to build awareness and attract new partners, collaborators, and supporters to Music Heals. The Ambassadors work with the Community Outreach Specialist and local partners to support existing opportunities as well as assist in developing new local partnerships. Outreach takes place at events ranging from Community Festivals to Car-Free Days; small and large scale Music Festivals, and partner events.

 

Expected qualifications:

  • Highly-energetic and passionate representative of Music Heals • Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures • Strong oral and written communication skills • Valid driver’s license and good driving record (fantastic, but not required) • Strong communication and presentation skills. Additional languages and ASL are not required, but are strong assets.

 

Music Heals is an all inclusive, safe, and accessible volunteer environment. We welcome volunteers of all abilities, gender identifications, and backgrounds.

 

Preferred degrees (if applicable): N/A Number of openings per position: 20

 

An application deadline: Ongoing

 

The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): Cover letter and resume.

 

Email where the applications will be sent to: zoe@musicheals.ca

 

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, March 15, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of March 15, 2017:

 Election Results! The Elections Administrator, Max Holmes, announced the AMS election results, making them official.  The winners were:

Alan Ehrenholz (aka the Engineers’ Cairn), President

Daniel Lam, VP Academic

Alim Lakhiyalov, VP Finance

Pooja Bhatti, VP Administration

Sally Lin, VP External

Referendum results too!  All three referendums passed.  The students voted to amend the AMS bylaws, to authorize the sale of four artworks from the AMS art collection, and to pay a new fee for a recreation facility.

Other results: Jeanie Malone and Kevin Doering were elected to serve on the University’s Board of Governors.  The five student senators elected were: Jakob Gattinger, Daniel Lam, Ian Sapollnik, Kevin Doering, and Simran Brar.

Turnout: At 20.7%, turnout was the fourth best result in recent history.

Election recommendations: The Elections Administrator said his successors should be required to report to Council regularly.  He also recommended an overhaul of the Electoral Procedures to make electronic voting the default system.

Voter Funded Media: There was discussion about the usefulness of the VFM system.  Only two outlets took part this year.  There was some sentiment for getting rid of it.

Trees: Student at large Julian Del Balso recommended that the campus go in for coniferous trees instead of deciduous so the trees would be alive during the winter when most students are here.

Pi(e) Day!  Actually a day late, but the Engineers showed up to pie Councillors for charity.  The meeting recessed for half an hour.

AMS Strategic Plan: AMS President Ava Nasiri informed Council about plans to develop a three-year plan covering engagement, representation, support structures, and internal operations.

UBC Strategic Plan: AMS President Nasiri noted that the steering committee for the University’s plan does not include any representation from AMS Council, which she said was a concern.

Art Sale: In the wake of the successful referendum, Council was informed about possible next steps towards selling four artworks, including reaching out to art experts, striking an ad hoc committee, and having a staff member research the issues involved.  There was also talk of possibly renting out some of the works.

Book: Council approved a contract with Heritage House to publish the AMS history book, which may retail for $32.95.  Publication will not cost the AMS anything, and if there are profits, the AMS will get a share.  Publication is expected in the fall.

RBC interest rate swap: As part of the refinancing of the Nest by switching the AMS loan from UBC to RBC, and saving the AMS $62 million, Council passed a motion to sign an agreement with RBC.

Volunteer Avenue and Services Reviews: Council officially discontinued the Volunteer Avenue service and passed a Code rule requiring that reviews of the AMS Services take place every three years.

Committee Chairs: In a revision of last September’s assignment of all committee chairships to Executives, Council passed new Code specifying that some committee chairs will be chosen by Council.  This was followed by appointments of the following chairs:

Advocacy Committee, Sally Lin; HR Committee, Hannah Xiao; Student Life Committee, Lorenzo Lindo.

Transit Advocacy: Council approved a new policy on transit, focusing less on the Broadway line.

Representation on Council: Pursuant to the Bylaw changes that reduced the number of members on Council, steps will be taken to revise the constitutions of certain Constituencies.  These revisions may be done by AMS Council, since it will be difficult for the Constituencies to hold internal referendums.

Arts Undergraduate Society constitution: AUS representative Liam Simpson told Council that Arts may ask Council to make broader changes to its constitution, since it has proved hard for Arts to reach quorum in the past.  AMS President Ava Nasiri said that perhaps the only change AMS Council would have to make would be to lower the quorum number in the Arts constitution, thus allowing the AUS to conduct an internal process and engage its members in making other changes.

The New Recreation Building: With the fee referendum having passed and given that students will be paying half the cost of the building, AMS President Ava Nasiri told Council that the AMS will be pushing for students to get a say in what goes into the building and to get 50% representation on the building management committee.  The AMS will also ask that prices be no higher than those charged in the current Bird Coop facility.

Next regular Council meeting: March 29, 2017 in the Forum in the Nest at 6 pm.

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Housing and Jobs Are Key Election Issues for BC’s Post-Secondary Students

Housing and Jobs Are Key Election Issues for BC’s Post-Secondary Students

No party has a decisive advantage when it comes to representing the “views and interests” of post-secondary students.

Vancouver, BC – Post-secondary students in British Columbia are primarily concerned with two issues as the provincial election looms, a new Insights West poll conducted on behalf of the UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS) has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample of post-secondary students from 14 institutions, the most important electoral issue is rising housing costs in BC (30% rank it as their main concern), followed by job opportunities (28%) and pipelines and the environment (12%).

When asked about provincial political parties, 45% of post-secondary students say the BC New Democratic Party (NDP) “definitely” or “probably” represents their views and interests. A similar proportion (43%) feel the same way about the BC Liberals, while fewer (35%) express the same views about the BC Green Party.

More than two thirds (68%) of domestic students cast a ballot in the 2015 Canadian federal election, and more than a third of them (38%) voted in the 2013 British Columbia provincial election.

Practically nine-in-ten post-secondary students who are eligible to vote (88%) say they are “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to vote in the 2017 British Columbia provincial election.

Nearly half of post-secondary students (49%) say they are not likely to stay in the place where they are currently pursuing their studies after they graduate.

Among this group, 49% cite the high cost of living as the main reason for their departure from the community where they are currently studying, while 24% cite a lack of job opportunities.

“Post-secondary students have identified housing and job opportunities as their key electoral issues,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “It will be crucial for contending parties in this year’s provincial election to offer concrete policies that will sway this group, which voted in droves during the last federal ballot.”

Almost two-in-five post-secondary students (38%) say they have taken out loans to cover tuition or living costs. Among those who have loans, seven-in-ten (70%) are “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about repaying these loans.

“I am encouraged by these results that demonstrate that students turned up to vote in numbers on par with the national average for the federal elections,” said Kathleen Simpson, Vice President External Affairs, UBC AMS. “Not only are students attentive to the issues of the provincial election, but they also intend to cast their ballot.”

 

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted from October 24 to November 11, 2016, among 4,082 post-secondary students from 14 institutions in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to current enrollment figures for gender, year of study and origin. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 1.6 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Kathleen Simpson

Vice President External Affairs, UBC AMS

604-822-2050

vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca 

Mario Canseco

Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West

778-929-0490

mariocanseco@insightswest.com

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, March 1, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of March 1, 2017:

Health and Dental Plan: Sophia Haque and Bahareh Jokar made the annual report to Council on the health and dental plan, noting that the plan now includes a pharmacy network offering extra savings to students.  They also mentioned a new legal services plan that the AMS might be interested in.

Loan interest reduction: VP External Kathleen Simpson reported that the government has reduced the student loan interest rate.

BDS Referendum: VP Academic Samantha So announced that 1,000 signatures have been verified on the petition calling for a referendum to boycott Israeli companies, and the referendum will take place March 27-31.

Block Party: Managing Director Keith Hester announced that the Block Party line-up has been released and 3,500 tickets have been sold so far.  AMS President Ava Nasiri later told Council about the Block Party video.

Steering Committee: In response to a question about the feasibility of the committee, AMS President Ava Nasiri said she would be happy to make a report.

AMS History Book: AMS Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb said negotiations with the publisher have resulted in a contract, which will probably be brought to Council next time.  Also, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell has written her Preface.

Student Services: Council approved in principle the recommendations for the Services put forward by Student Services Manager Hussam Zbeeb.  One of these is for the discontinuation of Volunteer Avenue.

Lab fees: Council members representing Engineering made a presentation about lab fees and other additional fees charged by the University.  For a new program in Bio-medical engineering students will have to pay an extra $750 in lab fees.  The Engineering members recommended that the AMS take a stand against such fees.

Standardized election dates: Council approved a recommendation from the ad hoc committee on AMS-Constituency relations to standardize Constituency election dates to facilitate orientations.

Constituency deficits: Council approved a recommendation from the AMS-Constituency committee to bring back rules requiring approval by the VP Finance, the VP Administration, and the Budget Committee for Constituency deficits over $1,000.  Credit card reimbursements over $5,000 would also be subject to Budget Committee approval.

Referendum involvement: AMS President Ava Nasiri encouraged Councillors to get involved in promoting the three AMS-endorsed questions in the upcoming referendum: on Bylaw amendments, a fee for a new fitness facility, and authorization to sell four AMS artworks.  There will be T-shirts, posters, and flyers to distribute; also a campaign rally and a vote party.  The President also announced that there will be a referendum video.

Elections: Elections Administrator Max Holmes reported that work is being done to ensure that students at the affiliated colleges (Regent, VST) can vote through the electronic system, but if that doesn’t work out there may have to be paper ballots.

Executive and Staff involvement in Elections: Board of Governors member Veronica Knott introduced a discussion about Executives and student staff taking part in election campaigns.  AMS President Ava Nasiri suggested not allowing endorsement of candidates by current Executives and their staff and also not allowing them to lodge election complaints.  VP External Kathleen Simpson wondered if this prohibition should be extended to all Councillors as well.

Next regular Council meeting: March 15, 2017 in the Forum in the Nest at 6 pm.

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AMS Statement on the 2017/2018 Provincial Budget

Today, with the release of the 2017/2018 Provincial Budget, the BC Government announced that, effective August 2017, the BC student loan interest rate will be reduced to the prime interest rate from prime plus 2.5%.

The UBC Alma Mater Society, along with other student associations across the province, has long advocated for this interest rate reduction. Most recently, the AMS made this recommendation to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Service during budget consultations. This initiative is an important step toward improving the affordability and accessibility of post-secondary education.

A recent survey of students at 10 post-secondary institutions across BC conducted by Insights West and commissioned by the AMS shows that 38% of students have taken out student loans. These students leave school with an average student loan burden of just over $27,000.

Reducing the student loan interest rate is necessary to allow new graduates to get ahead more easily once they enter the job market, make it easier for them to save and invest, and make it easier to enter the housing market.

The Government also announced that the process of applying for student loans will be streamlined and made more predictable by introducing a fixed student contribution model. This will allow students to hold jobs while studying without having to worry about a decrease in their financial assistance.

The AMS is committed to continuing to work with the BC Government to further improve accessibility to post-secondary education and to improve affordability for our students.

Any media inquiries or requests can be directed to Kathleen Simpson, VP External Affairs, at vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca or 604-369-4651.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, February 15, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of February 15, 2017:

BDS Referendum: Council heard statements from students at large both for and against the prospective referendum to boycott Israeli companies.

Website update: Communications Manager Kris Anderson told Council about plans to redevelop the AMS website. The new site would include a responsive (mobile friendly) design, better user experience, improved information architecture, and an updated look and feel that would include real (not stock) photography. Council approved $45,000 for the project.

Budget reforecast: VP Finance Louis Retief reported that business revenues are up and expenditures are down, so he is now predicting a surplus of $561,000.

Election endorsements: Council suspended Code to prohibit candidates in the upcoming elections from endorsing other candidates.  There was talk of this being just a form of slate-like behaviour, which is banned in the Code.

Referendums: Council approved and endorsed three referendum questions to go to the student body in March:

  1. A Bylaw Amendment package, including a reduction of the size of Council.
  2. A new fee to pay for a recreational/fitness facility.
  3. Authorization to sell up to four pictures from the AMS art collection.

Services Review: Hussam Zbeeb, the Student Services Manager, reported on the just conducted review, saying:

  • Safewalk will bring back walking and have only one vehicle, to avoid abuse of the service.
  • Volunteer Avenue will be discontinued because it overlaps with services offered by the University.
  • There should be an off-campus housing service.
  • Textbook services are not feasible.
  • The AMS should lobby the University to improve their career services.

Entrepreneur Hub: Council approved the creation of a new Service, the Entrepreneur Hub, or eHub, to assist students interested in entrepreneurship.

Financial Transparency: VP Finance Louis Retief proposed a new budgetary timeline with quarterly updates to let Council and the public known where student fees are going.

Old SUB renovations: VP Admin Chris Scott said these have been delayed till December because of the need to remove hazardous material.

Election stuff: Council amended Code to remove the provision allowing poll clerks to have their stipend taken away for violating impartiality.  Two members were added to the Elections Committee.  The Elections Administrator’s hours were increased.

Stop abstaining!  AMS President Ava Nasiri and student Board of Governors member Veronica Knott urged Councillors not to abstain on motions or at least to explain why they were abstaining.  The Speaker said Councillors have the right to abstain.

Next regular Council meeting: March 1, 2017 in the Forum in the Nest at 6 pm.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, February 8, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of February 8, 2017:

BDS Referendum: Council heard a statement from a student at large saying the prospective referendum to boycott Israeli companies violates AMS Code and Bylaws.

New Recreation Fee: Council heard a statement from a student at large in support of a new $25 recreation fee to build a new recreation centre on campus.

Refinancing the Nest: Council approved a refinancing agreement which will save students almost $63 million, meaning that it will take 19 years instead of 35 to pay off the loan the AMS took out to pay for the building.  This will be done by switching the loan from the University to the Royal Bank, which offers a lower interest rate.

AMS-Constituency relationships: Veronica Knott presented recommendations from the ad hoc committee looking into this. Concerned about liability issues for the AMS, the committee recommended orientations for Constituencies, a restoration of Code provisions concerning Constituency deficits, monthly meetings with Constituency presidents, better oversight by the AMS, and standardized Constituency election dates.

Referendum questions:  Council was informed about the referendum questions that will be proposed for approval February 15.  These include a package of bylaw amendments, a request to sell three works from the AMS art collection, and a request for a new fee to pay for a new recreation facility.

Bylaw changes:  The proposed bylaw changes would:

  1. Reduce the size of Council by reducing the number of representatives the larger Constituencies have, and by eliminating the Senate and BoG reps.
  2. Eliminate SAC, the body that formerly oversaw the clubs.
  3. Allow Council to create a new investment policy not restricting the AMS to investing in bonds and other Single A investments.
  4. Change the date of the AMS budget from May 1 to June 30.
  5. Add the President and VP External as signing officers.
  6. Rename the General Manager the Managing Director and give them responsibility for “operational aspects” of the AMS instead of “general business affairs.”
  7. Change the Budget Committee to a finance committee.

Current $21 AMS Athletic Fee: Council directed current and future Executives to review the current fee and report back annually on it from 2018 through 2020.

Code and Policy changes: Council approved Code changes about the new campus culture fee and the Health and Dental Fee (based on the 2016 referendum on those fees).  It also approved an overhaul of the Grad Class Council and an update to the Expulsion policy.  And it amended Code to prohibit poll clerks from assisting in election and referendum campaigns.

Next regular Council meeting: February 15, 2017 in the Alumni Centre at 6 pm.

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Apply for the AMS Impact Grant

Your student society thinks the best way to make UBC a better place is to first understand the forces that shape it. The AMS Impact Grant is an initiative providing funding to UBC students interested in conducting scholarly research to build knowledge and understanding of post-secondary matters affecting UBC Vancouver’s community.

The ultimate goal of the program is to create a healthier, more supportive, more successful student community. Applicants may receive up to $3000 for a project lasting a year. However, particularly ambitious projects may receive more funding and last longer if the applicant provides proper justifications.

Find out more about the AMS Impact Grant and how you can apply here.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, January 25th, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of January 25, 2017:

BDS Referendum: Council heard a statement from a student at large saying the prospective referendum to boycott Israeli companies violates AMS Code and Bylaws.  The AMS Ombudsperson, Matt Perzow, presented a report on the issue, saying the proposed question lacks clarity and should be referred to Student Court.

Student Court: Council then discussed Student Court, which has not been filled for some years, but defeated a motion to fill it.

Elections: Max Holmes, the new Elections Administrator, announced that Executive elections will take place March 6-10.  Nominations close February 17.  Campaigning begins February 27.  The spending limit for candidates has been raised to $500 (from $350).  There will be new rules on conflict of interest for Elections Committee members.  The aim is for 20% turnout; want to get new voters by explaining what the AMS does.

Investment policy:  VP Finance Louis Retief told Council about plans to amend the investment bylaw to remove the restriction saying AMS investments must be in securities rated Single A or higher.  This restriction has meant low returns (1-2%).  Under a proposed new investment policy, the aim would be to get higher returns (5-6%).  He said this would be a better way to increase AMS revenues than by going to another fee referendum.

Referendum petitions: Council approved using Formstack as a platform to allow petitions to be signed electronically.  VP Academic Samantha So said paper petitions will still be accepted as well.

Elections Committee: Council appointed Evan Aluyen to be the Chief Returning Officer and Tobias Gattinger to be the Events and Communications Officer on the Elections Committee.

Paramedics: Council heard a presentation from two paramedics (including former AMS Councillor Maria Cirstea) about making paramedic services essential, like police and fire.

Next regular Council meeting: February 8, 2017 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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Volunteer Youth Program Driver – Red Fox Society

Expected hours per week (relative): 5+ hrs/week
Job location (on or off campus): off campus – Vancouver, North Vancouver or Surrey
Detailed job description: (As per attachment)

We are looking for reliable volunteer drivers to transport youth and recreation equipment to our programs at elementary schools across Vancouver, North Vancouver and Surrey, between 1pm – 6pm on weekdays. Minimum commitment of 1 day per week for 3 months. All you need is a valid driver’s license and safe record, and compassion for the barriers facing Aboriginal and inner-city youth. No car? No problem – use our Modo car share account.

In return for your time and commitment, you will:

– Gain experience in recreation and youth work (reference letters available)
– Get reimbursed for mileage if using your own car
– Work with a fun, diverse and inspiring group of staff and youth
– Make a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal and inner-city children and youth

Expected qualifications: Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
Preferred degrees (if applicable): N/A
Number of openings per position : 3
An application deadline: N/A
The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): Resume
An email where the applications will be sent to: info@redfoxsociety.org

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Referendum Volunteer – AMS

Job title: Referendum Volunteer

Expected Hours per week: 2-3

Job Location: on campus, centered out of the Nest

Job description (up for rewording but general idea):

Looking for engaging, easy-to-speak-to students who want to help run a successful referendum this election season. It would be a 2-3 hour a week position, involving putting advertisements around campus, contacting students regarding the referendum and election, and assisting in give always or other boothing style activities. volunteers would report directly to the Referendum Coordinator, and would be responsible for showing up to weekly team check-ins (approximately 30-45 min in length).

Qualifications: Involved in at least one club or student association, preferably lives on campus (not necessary though), outgoing, engaging people.

The wider range of degrees, the better!

5-8 volunteers, all in generic roles. No one needs specific qualifications

Application Deadline: Friday, February 3rd would be best.

Documentation Needed: A cover letter and resume, reference letters not needed

Applications can be sent to this email: (referendumCo@ams.ubc.ca)

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Administrative – Winright Law

Job title: Receptionist / Administrative / Legal assistant duties / Accounting

Expected hours per week (relative): We are flexible with hours, but preferably something more stable and consistent

Job location (on or off campus): The volunteers will be working at our office on West Broadway

Detailed job description: Mostly administrative duties, filing, simple accounting duties, receptionist duties, setting appointments/scheduling, answering phone calls, bank runs, organize files. May vary depending on the volunteers’ interests; for example, if they are interested in marketing or accounting, we can put them in those departments and do our best to cater to them

Expected qualifications: None, but preferably basic office etiquette

Preferred degrees (if applicable): Any, but preferably at least year 2 or higher

Number of openings per position: 2-3 positions

An application deadline: None

The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): Cover letter, resume, references

An email where the applications will be sent to: hr@wrlaw.ca

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AMS GSS Statement In Response To Recent Events Targeting Muslims

To all UBC students,

Recent unsettling events in the news affect all members of the UBC community, this is a time for us as students to stand together. As UBC students we are, and will always be, devoted to defending the rights and freedoms of our fellow students.

The AMS and GSS condemn the recent American executive order to restrict and ban travel from seven nations to the United States. We extend our deepest condolences to those targeted in the shooting in Quebec City and stand in solidarity with members of the Muslim community.

The AMS and GSS remain committed to building a diverse community within and outside the university, where students feel safe and have room for self expression and participation without fear. We are currently working with the UBC administration to assess the impact of these recent events on UBC students.  Please see the list below for resources available on UBC campus.  

We encourage students to share their concerns with both the AMS and GSS through this feedback form.

Signed,

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Ava Nasiri
Alma Mater Society
UBC Vancouver
president@ams.ubc.ca
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Genevieve Cruz
Graduate Student Society
UBC Vancouver
president@gss.ubc.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Resources Available:

Emergency

If you have immediate safety concerns for yourself or others, call 911.

Information about hate crimes: hatecrimebc.ca

The non-emergency phone number for the RCMP on Campus is 604 224 1322

Equity & Inclusion Office

If you experience racism, harassment or discrimination, your best resource on campus is the Equity and Inclusion Office, in Brock Hall and can be reached at 604 822 6353 or info@equity.ubc.ca.

International Student Advising

International students who would like to speak with an advisor about immigration questions or travel advice or questions about their student visa can contact International Student Development at 604.822.5021 or international.house@ubc.ca. After hours, you can contact Campus Security and you will be directed to an on-call advisor.

Counselling Services

Students seeking mental health support can contact Counselling Services.  Faculty & staff wishing to talk to a counsellor can call Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765.

AMS Speakeasy

Speakeasy is a service run by students for students providing peer to peer support for students facing a wide variety of challenges.

After hours community resources:

Vancouver Crisis Line – 1 800 SUICIDE (784 2433)

Crisis Centre BCcrisiscentre.bc.ca

AMS Safewalk

Safewalk is a transportation service that will accompany students, staff and visitors who feel unsafe walking alone, across campus. – (604) 822-5355

Emergency Financial Support

Enrolment Services Professionals (ESPs) are available to support any type of financial distress.

Campus Security

Provides 24/7 security services, including safety planning, and can be reached at 604 822 2222

Chaplains at UBC

Chaplains of several different faiths offer support to UBC students, faculty and staff.

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Wild About Vancouver – Coordinator Assistant Volunteer

Coordinator Assistant for Wild About Vancouver Festival (Volunteer)

–          2-10 h/week (estimate, somewhat flexible) until April 2017, potential for further involvement after April
–          Job location (on or off campus) off, must have your own workspace, internet connection, and computer, most work is done remotely, meaning by phone and email
–          Detailed job description: drafting communications, researching, organizing, working closely with the Festival Coordinator to help in organizing aspects of the festival
–          Expected qualifications: reliable and organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills, internet-savvy, and lots of initiative, we will adjust the role to your experience level, eagerness to be involved is a must!
–          Preferred degrees (if applicable): Open to all backgrounds including science, arts, business, engineering or specialties such as communications
–          Number of openings per position: 1-3
–          An application deadline: Jan 31, 2017
–          The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): resume and a brief cover letter to introduce yourself, please include your availability
–          An email where the applications will be sent to. wildaboutvancouver@gmail.com

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Wild About Vancouver – Steering Committee Volunteer

Steering Committee Members for Wild About Vancouver Festival (Volunteer)

– 10-20 h/month (estimate, somewhat flexible) until May 2017, potential for further involvement after April
– Job location (on or off campus) off, must have your own workspace, internet connection, and computer, most work is done remotely, meaning by phone and email
– Detailed job description: Provide strategic oversight to Wild About Vancouver Festival, specifically seeking strategic and oversight fundraising background and experience, involves at least once-a-month Steering Committee meetings
– Expected qualifications: strategic and oversight fundraising experience and background, experience with multiple fundraising methods (grants, individual donor development, donor campaigns, sponsorship, corporate relations, etc.), proven team-player, accountable, reliable and organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills, internet-savvy, and lots of initiative, we will adjust the role to your experience level, eagerness to be involved is a must!
– Preferred degrees (if applicable): Open to all backgrounds including science, arts, business, engineering or specialties such as communications.
– Number of openings per position: 1-4
– An application deadline: Jan 31, 2017
– The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): resume and a brief cover letter to introduce yourself, please include your availability
– An email where the applications will be sent to. wildaboutvancouver@gmail.com

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Wild About Vancouver – Promotions Assistant Volunteer

Promotions Assistant for Wild About Vancouver Festival (Volunteer)

–          2-10 h/week (estimate, somewhat flexible) until April 2017
–          Job location (on or off campus) off, must have your own workspace, internet connection, and computer, most work is done remotely, meaning by phone and email
–          Detailed job description: online promotions of festival and events, poster or sticker distribution (walking, transit, or biking)
–          Expected qualifications: reliable and organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills, internet-savvy, and lots of initiative, we will adjust the role to your experience level, eagerness to be involved is a must!
–          Preferred degrees (if applicable): Open to all backgrounds including science, arts, business, engineering or specialties such as communications.
–          Number of openings per position: 1-6
–          An application deadline: Jan 31, 2017
–          The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): resume and a brief cover letter to introduce yourself, please include your availability
–          An email where the applications will be sent to. wildaboutvancouver@gmail.com

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Wild About Vancouver – Fundraising Assistant Volunteer

Fundraising Assistant for Wild About Vancouver Festival (Volunteer)

– 2-10 h/week (estimate, somewhat flexible), ongoing, minimum until April 2017, further involvement beyond April may be less hours per week

– Job location (on or off campus) off, must have your own workspace, internet connection, and computer, most work is done remotely, meaning by phone and email

– Detailed job description:
grant writing, communications material development, researching potential income sources, promoting donor campaigns

– Expected qualifications:
reliable and organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills, internet-savvy, and lots of initiative, we will adjust the role to your experience level, eagerness to be involved is a must!
– Preferred degrees (if applicable): Open to all backgrounds including science, arts, business, engineering or specialties such as communications.

– Number of openings per position: 1-4

– An application deadline: Jan 31, 2017

– The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): resume and a brief cover letter to introduce yourself, please include your availability
– An email where the applications will be sent to. wildaboutvancouver@gmail.com

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Wild About Vancouver – Volunteer

Seeking Wild About Vancouver Volunteers!

 Wild About Vancouver (WAV) Outdoor Education Festival is a free public outdoor education festival offering practical ways to get children, young people, and adults outdoors more regularly. WAV is open to the public and its events are free! This year’s festival is in April. WAV is organized by a collective of volunteers passionate about improving children’s lives, being outdoors, and building supportive communities.

For more information, see our website: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/about/

Want to be a part of an exciting festival this April?
Interested in marketing, promotions, communicating, organizing or in rallying people?
Want to help people better appreciate the environment, nature, and the outdoors? 

WAV is seeking volunteers for the following positions:

-Fundraising Assistant (grant writing, material development, researching)
-Promotions Assistant (online promotions, poster distribution)
-Coordinator Assistant (drafting communications, researching, organizing)
-Steering Committee Members (with strategic and oversight Fundraising experience)

We are looking for reliable and organized people with excellent communication skills, initiative, and access to a computer.

Become a Volunteer with WAV !
– Get exposure to many of the environmental and outdoors organizations in Vancouver!
– Gain volunteer work experience that’s fun and rewarding
– Build valuable skills transferable to your career (leadership, communication, organization, research skills)
– Flex your creativity, resourcefulness, and initiative muscles while working closely with the WAV Festival Program Coordinator

 

Please reply with your resume and availability (hours/week or hours/month) in the next few months.

Thank you,

2017 Wild About Vancouver

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BCRPA – Conference/Event Volunteer

The BCRPA is a not for profit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life in our province. The Association and its extensive network of members, in the parks, recreation, physical activity sector support the development of healthy individuals and communities and sustainable environments and economies.

POSITION DETAILS:
The BC Recreation and Parks Association is looking for volunteers to help out for the 40th Annual Provincial Parks and Grounds Spring Training! This event will be held at the Coast Hotel and Convention Center in Langley (20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley BC). This is a fantastic opportunity for students to take part in a Provincial Parks and Grounds conference and help out in their community.
There are morning and afternoon shifts available, as well as a full day shift. The conference will be held on February 28 & March 1. Volunteers only have to commit to a minimum of 1 shift.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Preparing supplies/ workshop break out rooms in the morning, helping with onsite delegate registration, greeting speakers, overseeing Horticulture and Maintenance workshops, maintaining the refreshment area, helping with take down, other miscellaneous tasks.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: – Large event planning – Special event assistance

BENEFITS AND RECOGNITION:
– Opportunity to network and meet new people – Sit in on workshops and seminars
– Gain experience with special events and conferences – Learn more about the Parks and Grounds sector in BC

TIME OF DAY: LENGTH OF COMMITMENT:
AM and PM (Conference runs from 7am – 3:30pm) 4-8 hours (AM or PM shift)

CONTACT: Please contact Stephanie Androsoff, BCRPA Professional Development & Initiatives Coordinator at education@bcrpa.bc.ca or call: 604-629-0965 x229

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West 1 Community Schools Team – Youth Engagement, Food & Nutrition

The West 1 Community Schools Team is seeking several energetic and organized individuals to be responsible for delivering after-school food and nutrition/ cooking programs for school-aged children at a number of elementary schools for the winter (February-April) term.
As part of the Community Schools Team (CST), the Youth Engagement Volunteer(s) will organize, mentor, and collaborate with high school leaders to design and deliver quality food and nutrition programs for elementary students.
With direction and support from the CST, the volunteers(s) will administer all aspects of the programs they design, from marketing, delegating responsibilities to youth leaders to lesson planning, organizing nutrition-based games and activities, selecting recipes, preparation of supplies, supervising children, recording and monitoring participation levels, liaising with teachers and parents. He/she will be given a complete set of lesson plans (recipes and nutrition-related activities) to use as a template for their own lessons.
Youth Engagement Volunteers commit to a two hour orientation session- training workshop, prior to volunteering. Programs typically run from 3:00-4:45pm Monday- Friday.

Skills Required
-Post-secondary studies, preferably with a concentration in food and nutrition sciences;
-Strong organizational and group leadership skills;
-Ability to problem-solve and multitask;
-Excellent oral and written communication skills;
-Experience working with school-aged and/or high school students;
-Interest and background in healthy food preparation, food security, and outreach.
Incentive and Skills Acquired
-Experience working within a large school district;
-Networking with diverse stakeholders;
-Project design, lesson planning, implementation, and evaluation;
-Team building and leadership skills;
-Healthy child development practices, age appropriate lesson planning, behavior management;
-Role modeling and youth empowerment; and community-based education
-A letter of reference from the VSB,
-Possible extension and/or employment.
Contact
Please send a current resume to:
Nicolle Kit, Programmer for the West 1 Community Schools Team
nkit@vsb.bc.ca
Lovelle Castro, Programmer

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