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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West 1 Community Schools Team – Youth Engagement

The West 1 Community Schools Team is seeking several energetic and organized individuals to be responsible for delivering after-school programs for school-aged children at a number of elementary schools for the winter and spring term (February-June).
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 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 games and activities, 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 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;
-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 Recreation, Child and Youth Care.
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.

Deadline:
Please send a resume for winter programs by January 20, 2017 and for spring programs by March 3, 2017. Please indicate which season.

Contact
Please send a current resume to:
Nicolle Kit, Programmer for the West 1 Community Schools Team
nkit@vsb.bc.ca

Lovelle Castro, Programmer for the West 1 Community Schools Team
lcastro@vsb.bc.ca

 

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, January 11th, 2017

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of January 11, 2017:

Governance Review: Council heard a report on the ongoing governance review.  The Governance Review Implementation Committee would like to go to referendum to reduce the size of Council.  There are also plans to widen the scope of the Advisory Board for Business and Administration so that it provides advice for the AMS as a whole and not just for AMS businesses.

Governance Review Part II: After much debate, Council approved a recommendation from the Governance Review Implementation Committee that the plan to introduce staggered two-year terms for Councillors be abandoned because it is not feasible.

Nest Lease: Council approved an amendment to the lease to allow for borrowing from an external lender.  The plan is to seek a lender who will provide funding at a lower interest rate than UBC is charging.

SLSC and Campus Vibe: VP Administration Chris Scott reported on improvements to the Student Life and Sustainability Centre (a new wall is up, and carpeting is coming).  He also reported that the implementation of Campus Vibe, the new software system for managing clubs, is almost complete.

Expulsion Policy: After much debate, Council approved an amendment to the SUB Expulsion Policy, transferring the power to carry out expulsions to the new Operations Committee, but it also asked that the Operations Committee come back with a revised version of the policy by the first meeting in February.

Businesses: Managing Director Keith Hester said the businesses are looking good.

AMS History Book: Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb announced that he has finished writing the book.  In order to do so, he read every issue of the Ubyssey.

Block Party promotion: Council discussed ways to increase turnout.

Athletics referendum? Council discussed whether to go forward with a referendum to introduce a new fee to help pay for fitness space on campus.

Next regular Council meeting: January 25, 2017 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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YWCA Youth Education Programs – Volunteer

Our Youth Education Programs in Vancouver and Surrey work to build self-esteem and confidence in Grade 7 girls and boys, supporting them to develop essential life skills and the necessary tools to successfully transition to high school. Boys’ and girls’ programs run side-by-side and are delivered once a week over nine weeks in select schools. Programs are led and delivered by a team of two Facilitators, one or two High School Ambassadors, and an adult Wisdom Champion Mentor.

Volunteer Roles:
Wisdom Champion Mentors are mature adult mentors with career and life experience who volunteer their time and knowledge to support, encourage, and share stories with the program facilitators and the Grade 7 participants.

Facilitators are typically university/college aged students who volunteer their time to deliver the nine week programs. They act as role models, lead the program activities and share their life experience with the program participants.

High School Ambassadors are secondary students in Grades 10-12 who support the volunteer team in the delivery of the programs, share insight into the life of a high school student and act as a positive role model.

Desired Skills and Experience:
• Experience with youth an asset, or an understanding of the diverse challenges they face.
• Confidence leading and delivering program to Grade 7 youth
• Motivation to make a significant difference in the lives of young people.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Program Details

Time: 3 hour sessions once a week, for 9 weeks, during after-school hours. Programs run twice a year, from February – April, and October – December.

Where: Select elementary schools and high schools in Vancouver and Surrey

Travel Stipend Provided: $75 for Wisdom Champions and Facilitators; bus tickets for High School Mentors.

Full Training Provided: Volunteer training for working with youth will be provided, alongside ongoing support from the YWCA Youth Team. We also offer free first-aid training.

Learn more and apply at ywcavan.org/youth

Have questions? Contact us:
Tel: 604-895-5779
Email: abutz@ywcavan.org

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YWCA Youth Advisory Committee Member

Are you a youth ready to make a difference in the communities of Metro Vancouver? If you’re a social changemaker, or aspire to become one, we are looking for you!

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a guiding body of 8-12 youth aged 15-21 who are knowledgeable about media, its uses by youth, and its associated impacts and opportunities. The committee’s goal is to unite young people who are passionate about creating change on issues relating to:
• Social Media and Digital Literacy
• Sexualization of girls and hyper-masculinization of boys
• Gender Equality
• Intersectionality
• Popular Culture
Committee Members will be encouraged to voice their opinions and perspectives of these issues and how they affect their own communities, and act as youth ambassadors of the YWCA in their communities.
The YAC will also provide input to YWCA staff in the creation of themes for the annual YWCA Youth Conference and workshops for youth and a select group of adults who are interested in media literacy, digital citizenship, and understanding how to mitigate the impacts of hypersexualization and hypermasculinity on youth.

Time commitment
• Minimum 8-month commitment from February 2017 – August 2017 is required, with possibility of extension
• Between 4-5 hours per month to attend meetings and community events, or work on special projects

Responsibilities
• Play an active role in YWCA events, workshops and conferences with YWCA staff and other youth in content development and delivery, including the opportunity to facilitate workshops, and identify themes relevant to target audience
• Provide insight into how youth use and perceive media and popular culture, including potential negative impacts, positive opportunities, and advice for adults to engage with youth on media literacy
• Take part in youth-related events on the community which relate to issues listed above
• Contribute collaboratively as a team member to identify emerging issues for youth in the community

Desired skills and experience*:
• Current high school or university/college student aged 15-21
• Knowledge of various forms of media and digital citizenship
• Knowledge or interest in the effects of hypersexualization and hypermasculinity on youth
• Ability to collaborate with a team of intergenerational staff
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Experience or interest in program facilitation an asset

*The YAC is an opportunity for youth to foster their leadership potential. No previous professional experience is required.

Benefits
• Help YWCA Metro Vancouver make a difference in the lives of youth in the community by providing a youth perspective
• Gain experience in workshop development, facilitation, and working with a diverse and intergenerational staff
• Become a leader in your own community with the support of YWCA staff partner organizations
• Develop professional skills in the non-profit sector
• Volunteer hours and letters of reference

How to Apply

In 250 words or less, tell us about a youth-related social issue you care about and what experience you would like to get out of the YAC.

Email your answer and resume by January 20th, 2017 to:
Peggy Chen
Youth Engagement Coordinator
604 895 5822
pchen@ywcavan.org

First Nations/Aboriginal individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, November 23, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of November 23, 2016:

What is the Board of Governors? Veronica Knott, one of the two student members on the University’s Board, conducted a little quiz and information session for Council.

Incubator/Entrepreneurship Hub: Jay Singh of the proposed new Incubator service (now to be called the Entrepreneurship Hub) explained how it would spur entrepreneurship on campus.  Councillors had questions about the costs and value of the proposed service.  Jay said he would take the feedback and come back.

A Place for Clubs: Council approved spending $20,600 to improve the Student Life and Sustainability Centre in order to make it more welcoming for clubs, which are meant to use it the way they used the old SAC office: as a place to go to get answers.

Gallery 2.0: Council discussed what to do with the new Gallery (in the old Perch space).  VP Finance Louis Retief said it hasn’t yet been decided what atmosphere to aim for.

Student Engagement: President Ava Nasiri said it would be up to the AMS to get actively involved in consultations next term on the University’s Strategic Plan and not wait for the University to engage us.

Nest Refinancing: Council was told that the Nest refinancing plan is going to the Board of Governors and will save the AMS a large amount of money.

Campus Vibe: VP Administration Chris Scott said the Campus Vibe software program for clubs will be rolled out in December.

Diversity: VP Academic Samantha So said that diversity discussions with the University have moved away from socio-economic diversity, which is disappointing.

Student Housing Rights: VP External Kathleen Simpson said a petition has been launched to ask the provincial government to pass legislation giving the same protection to students in University residences as renters get off campus.

Vice: Hussam Zbeeb, the Student Services Manager, said the Vice service (supporting students with issues about substance use) will be launching in January.

History Book: Sheldon Goldfarb reported that the book is almost finished and Kim Campbell has agreed to write the preface.

Fee exemption: Council amended Code to avoid double-charging students who take a one-year program from January through December.

Constituency budgetary concerns: Engineering rep Jakob Gattinger spoke on the issues raised by reports of a deficit in the Arts Undergraduate Society, saying the AMS is ultimately responsible.  Council discussed various solutions and created an ad hoc committee to look more generally at AMS/Constituency relations.

Demonstrations on campus: President Ava Nasiri reported on complaints about the Lifeline Club and their anti-abortion display.  Some students reported feeling unsafe.  Council discussed the various issues involved.

Next regular Council meeting: January 11, 2017 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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AMS Statement On UBC Endowment’s Spend-Rate Increase

Today, the UBC Board of Governors announced an increase in the endowment’s target spend-rate from 3.5% to 4%. The AMS is very pleased to hear that UBC’s endowment will be able to generate additional resources to support students, faculty, and staff.

As the recently approved motion currently reads, this increase in spend rate has the potential to affect the interest rate that applies to the loans for building of student housing in the future. As such, the AMS has concerns about the possibility that rent may be increased for students living in future housing projects.

We would like to see a commitment from the University that student housing costs will not increase in parallel with this spend rate increase. While this is exciting progress on the stability and growth of the University’s finances, the AMS looks forward to working with the Board to clarify the intention of the changes.

What is the endowment? The endowment is one of UBC’s major financial assets that exists in perpetuity, generating investment income. A portion of the income generated by the endowment is placed in UBC’s operating budget each year.

What is the spend-rate? The spend-rate is the percent amount that UBC withdraws annually from the endowment. This was previously 3.5% and is now 4%.

How is this connected to student rents in residence?  The terms of reference that apply to loans used to build student housing directly tie the interest rate on those loans to the spend rate from the endowment. If this motion is applied to all endowments, a higher spend rate would mean higher interest rates on loans for student housing.

Any media inquiries or requests can be directed to the Communications Manager at communications@ams.ubc.ca or 604-822-1961.

This statement was updated on December 7th, 2016.

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Zero Waste Squad

Get involved today and help UBC become a zero waste campus!
 
The Zero Waste Squad is calling for student volunteers who are passionate about sustainability and student engagement.
 
By volunteering with us, you will educate the campus community about recycling and composting, help UBC reach its sustainability goals, network with student groups and professionals, get free stuff and obtain a reference letter upon request (minimum 10 hours/term).
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Current deadline is December 5 2016.
The Zero Waste Squad is a joint peer-led volunteer program through UBC Sustainability, AMS Sustainability, and UBC Common Energy.
For more information or to Apply, visit the website below. 
Website
Full URL:
Short URL:
sustain.ubc.ca/ZeroWasteSquad
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AMS Statement on UBC Lifeline Demonstration Outside The AMS Student Nest

Given the current demonstrations taking place at University Commons (between The Nest and the Alumni Center) the AMS would like to remind our community that The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre and UBC Counselling Services are available to anyone on campus who feels affected by the violent use of graphic images. 
 
The use of graphic images to advocate any stance can be disturbing and triggering for members of our community and the AMS does not agree with the tactics taken in this fashion as they do not align with the respectful and inclusive conduct we expect of UBC students and our community. 
 
Authorization for the location of this demonstration was granted by the University and concerns about its permit should be directed to the Film and Events Liaison at UBC Campus and Community Planning. Any complaints regarding a specific AMS club can be directed to the Vice President Administration at vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca.
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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, November 9, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of November 9, 2016:

Executive Goals: Members of the Executive presented updates on their goals, including such things as communications, renovations to the Old SUB, campaigns on affordability and housing, financial restructuring, and lobbying on such matters as the University’s sexual assault policy.

Strategic Plan: AMS President Ava Nasiri outlined the timeline for producing the new AMS Strategic Plan, which will include consultation with past Executives going back to 1985 as well as with current Council members and students at large.  The aim is to have a final draft ready by the end of Reading Week in February.

Nest Refinancing: Ava also reported that discussions concerning refinancing the loan for the Nest are making progress.

Annual General Meeting: Ava said the AGM almost reached quorum and provided lessons for what to do if there’s a need to hold a Special General Meeting.

Old SUB Renovations: VP Administration Chris Scott said the renovations would likely cost $5 million.

Credit Cards: VP Finance Louis Retief said credit cards are coming for Clubs and Constituencies.

Services Review: Hussam Zbeeb, the Student Services Manager, said a full review of the Services is planned.

Course Syllabi: Student Senator Daniel Lam said Senate is looking into a policy on course syllabi.

GSS and AMS: AMS President Ava Nasiri asked the Graduate Student representatives about the upcoming referendum on whether the Graduate Student Society will continue its current relationship with the AMS.  Bradley Balaton of the GSS said the referendum is not until 2018 and there have been only informal discussions about it so far.

Television Screens: Council approved a motion to pay for the installation of television screens in the atrium of the Nest, where they can be used to display a calendar of events and other things (such as Block Party promotions).  The screens are being relocated from the Pit Media Wall, where they tended to get broken.

Election Communications and Events: Council amended Code to expand the duties of the Election Communications Officer to include responsibility for events.

Postsecondary Funding: Council approved a lobbying document on postsecondary funding.

Selling Art: President Nasiri launched a discussion about selling three of the most expensive items from the AMS Art Collection in order to save insurance costs and give the art works a better chance of being displayed than if they remain within the AMS.

Executive Reports: President Nasiri asked if these reports might be more accessible as videos rather than as written documents.  Councillors said there was value to having written reports, though videos might be useful in addition.

Fall Reading Break: Council discussed whether to encourage the University to introduce one.

Okanagan Charter: Ava drew Council’s attention to the Okanagan Charter, an initiative to make universities health-promoting (especially mental health).  UBC has asked the AMS to sign on.

Tuition Increases: Council approved an AMS submission opposing tuition increases and supporting the 2% cap on tuition.

Game Plan: Council approved an AMS submission concerning the University’s new Game Plan for Athletics and Recreation.  The submission emphasizes the importance of recreational excellence and calls for minimizing the cost to students.

Campus Vibe: Council approved an expenditure of up to $27,000 to enter into a contract with Campus Vibe for software to support AMS clubs.

Classroom Announcements: President Nasiri made flash drives available to Councillors, who will be able to use them as part of announcements to their classes about fun things to do with the AMS.

Next regular Council meeting: November 23, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, October 26, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of October 26, 2016:

Movember: Council heard a presentation about the annual moustache-growing campaign in support of men’s health.

Budget Committee: Council named Nika Moeni as the new chair of the Budget Committee.  VP Finance Louis Retief said the committee will be working on changes to the bylaws to reflect the new structure of the AMS, the revamping of the Society’s finances, and the extension of the Budget Committee’s mandate to financial matters beyond the budget.

Fitness in the Old SUB: AMS President Ava Nasiri announced that UBC has agreed to build a fitness space in the Old SUB for next fall, in accordance with a request from the AMS.

Excellence Fund: Ava reported that the AMS has managed to get the University to include the AMS in consultations for the use of the fund.

Pie R Squared: The Archivist noted that November will be the 25th anniversary of the AMS pizza place.

The EUS Eatery: Council passed a motion requiring the Executive to provide updates to the Engineering Undergraduate Society about the proposed contract for the food outlet in their building.

AGM:  AMS President Ava Nasiri reminded Council about the upcoming annual general meeting.

Council restructuring:  Marium Hamid, the AMS Special Projects Assistant for Governance, asked Council members to respond to a survey about changing the structure of Council.  Proposed changes would reduce the number of Council members from the larger Constituencies (such as Arts and Science) and combine some of the smaller Constituencies (like Nursing and Pharmacy) for the purposes of Council representation.

Next regular Council meeting: November 9, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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Flu Campaign – Volunteer

Job title:
Flu Campaign Volunteer Mascot – UBC Influenza Immunization Program

Expected hours per week (relative):
1-hour minimum

Job location (on or off campus):
On campus

Detailed job description:
The event
UBC is offering flu clinics at many locations around campus for all students, faculty and staff to get their flu shot. More details at rms.ubc.ca/flu.
Clinics are hosted in one location each day for a morning session, 8:30-11:30 a.m., and an afternoon session, 1-4 p.m. We ask you to arrive at the start of your selected session and to participate for at least one hour—or longer if you’re digging it.

What you’ll be doing
– During the session, all volunteers will be intercepting passersby outside and near the clinic to inform them that now is their chance to boost their wellbeing and get a free flu shot!
– The best part is that you get to wear a flu bug costume the whole time. As the flu bug mascot, you’ll attract attention to the nearby clinic by moving around and intercepting passersby. You don’t have to do any talking, just strolling around and waving to people. You should tease people with the option of a hug from a bug, and a co-volunteer will follow-up and inform the passersby of the clinic.

The details

  • On your selected clinic of choice, you will arrive to the registration table to pick up the mascot costume and get dressed in a nearby change room.
  • It’s a warm, cozy costume. It’s best to bring a change of clothes.
  • The flu bug costume will fit someone between 5’6”-5’10” and comes with a fan to help keep you cool. Bring some water with you to stay hydrated.
  • The head of the costume somewhat limits your visibility and ability to be heard; you’ll stay close to one of the other volunteers and they will guide you around and talk to passersby.
  • Curious what the costume looks like? You’ve probably seen the posters around campus. Check out rms.ubc.ca/flu/toolkit

The following clinics require a mascot. Please specify for which clinic(s) you are interested in volunteering.

  1. Tuesday, November 1 at 8:30am until about 10am (Buchanan D140)
  2. Wednesday, November 2 at 8:30am until about 10am (The Nest, lower level)
  3. Friday, November 4 at 1:00pm until about 2pm (Earth Sciences Building, main atrium)
  4. Tuesday, November 8 at 8:30am until about 10am (Life Sciences Centre, near Café Perugia)
  5. Tuesday, November 8 at 1:00pm until about 2pm (Life Sciences Centre, near Café Perugia)
  6. Wednesday, November 9 at 8:30am until about 10am (Earth Sciences Building, main atrium)
  7. Wednesday, November 9 at 1:00pm until about 2pm (Earth Sciences Building, main atrium)
  8. Thursday, November 10 at 8:30am until about 10am (The Nest, lower level)
  9. Thursday, November 10 at 1:00pm until about 2pm (The Nest, lower level)

Expected qualifications:
Roughly between 5’6” to 5’10” in height, due to mascot costume size

Number of openings per position: 11

An application deadline:
Thursday, November 10th.

The type of documents you would like in the application:
No documents necessary. Just let us know who you are and how we can contact you. Please specify which clinic who can attend.

An email where the applications will be sent to:
Melissa.baluk@ubc.ca or call 604-603-3906 to express interest

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