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

• 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.

• 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

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. 
Full URL:
Short URL:
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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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CiTR Access Collective Volunteer Opportunity

Are you passionate about accessibility or want to learn more about it?The Access Collective is looking for more people to join our team!

We are group of people that produce a radio show for CiTR 101.9 FM. Our program All Access Pass aims to explore issues of inclusion, equity, and accessibility for people with diverse cognitive and physical abilities, on campus and beyond! The show will take place every Monday from 11am-12pm. Time commitment can vary from week to week, but might include two hours for the show (1 hour before for preparation) and 1 hour for meetings (time to be decided) every week.

We are currently looking for people of all abilities, with or without radio experience who have skills in or would like to gain experience in:

  • editing for radio
  • sourcing stories for radio
  • interview skills
  • skills for broadcasting live
  • a whole bunch more!

If want to get involved please send your contact information and to: accessibilitycollective@citr.ca. Please also fill out this doodle with your name and availability if you are interested in attending our weekly meetings: http://doodle.com/poll/npiev5iy3y3v7ivf

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Vice – Volunteers

Looking to gain skills and volunteer experience while giving back to the UBC community? AMS Vice is currently accepting applications to join our team!

Vice is the latest addition to the AMS family of services available at UBC.  This service aims to help students find their balance with alcohol, drugs, and technology by equipping students with the tools that they need. The three branches of these tools are, Educational Outreach, Dialogue Sessions, and a Mentorship program. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Vice, please see below to find more information on each of the three areas that you could be involved with.

Educational Outreach:

This branch of Vice will focus on running campaigns to provide students with accurate information about alcohol, drugs, and technology, and to provide statistics that challenge stereotypical perceptions around college substance use. These campaigns include eye-catching posters, engaging boothing activities, and the creation of online resources.

Dialogue Sessions:

These unique peer sessions will provide students with an opportunity to speak candidly about their perceptions and experiences with alcohol, drugs, and technology. Volunteers will be paired up to facilitate these sessions in a guided format to encourage students to learn from one another, and to reflect upon themselves. Through these sessions, students may find support, guidance, and an increased capacity in managing their own health.


Vice will also be offering one-on-one support to student through its mentorship program. Volunteers in the program will work with students individually to develop goals, strategies, and plans to reduce harmful usage or dependency. Each mentor will be connected with a student for one month, and during that time they will be expected to assess current usage, identify problematic behaviours and situations, and map out the path to safe useage. This does not necessarily entail abstinence. To this end, mentors will be sharing information, connecting students with resources, and (most importantly) offering empathetic and continuous peer support to achieve student goals.

Successful applicants will be responsible, reliable, respectful, and passionate about helping others; have excellent judgement and interpersonal skills; and be comfortable working in groups or autonomously. Confidentiality and accountability will also expected at all times. Personal experience with alcohol, substance, or technology use is an asset, but not a requirement.

Click Here To Apply


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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, October 12, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of October 12, 2016:

Classroom Announcements: Council heard a presentation for the plan to begin regular classroom announcements, perhaps with video accompaniment, to inform the student body about what the AMS is and what it is doing.

Accessible Shuttle: Hussam Zbeeb, the Student Services Manager, told Council about plans for a new service run jointly with the University to meet the mobility needs of those with temporary or permanent disabilities.  Golf carts will be used to transport eligible students, staff, and visitors across campus.

New Bird Coop? AMS President Ava Nasiri told Council about the University’s consultation for their 20-year Game Plan on athletic facilities, including a possible new Bird Coop and a decision on what to do with Thunderbird Stadium.

Annual General Meeting: October 31 is the date, in the Great Hall in the Nest.  The hope is to make quorum (537 students).

Sustainable Future Fund:  Veronica Knott, student rep on the Board of Governors, reported that the Board will be meeting to discuss this fund and responsible investing, something that resulted from the student campaign to have the University divest from fossil fuels.  She said the Board is also working on University governance.

U-Pass Consulting: Council approved an additional $700 for a consulting project related to the U-Pass to cover taxes and also increase the AMS share of the expenses.  (This is a joint project with other student societies, including those at Kwantlen, Capilano, and SFU.)

Chair of the Governance Committee: Council amended the new committee rules so that the chair of the standing Governance Committee will be a non-Executive Councillor rather than an Executive.

Governance Review Committee: Council voted to amend the composition of the ad hoc Governance Review Committee to accord with the new committee rules.

Frosh Kit refund: AMS President Nasiri sought guidance from Council on how to deal with a student asking for a refund for a Frosh Kit from three years ago.  Since there is a policy against refunds, Council informally recommended not giving one.  It was also suggested that the student be referred to the Ombudsperson.

Next regular Council meeting: October 26, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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Classroom Announcer

Expected hours per week: at least one announcement (~10 minutes) per week

Job location: Campus classrooms (primarily 1st and 2nd year classes)

Detailed job description:

Your AMS is beginning to implement a classroom announcement program! We are in need of announcers to spread the word about the exciting things your AMS is doing for students.
As an announcer, you will receive an announcement at the beginning of the week for you to communicate to the classes you’ve signed up for. We expect that you will announce at at minimum one class a week, but you may choose as many as you like!

Expected qualifications:

A loud voice is probably pretty important. Experience public speaking is great. Other than that, we accept people who shows initiative and excitement to get involved and spread the word.

Number of openings: lots!

We recruit our volunteers year round. Applications for this term end Friday, October 21 at 8:00PM, but applying early increases your chances of getting the classes you want.

Apply online at https://goo.gl/forms/yuUMbaRdz0YjeIv82

Have questions? Contact us:

Email: presassist@ams.ubc.ca

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Zero Waste Ambassador

Expected hours per week (relative) – October 15th and 16th: Saturday and Sunday- 9:30-12:30, 11:30-2:30, 2-5pm

Number of Positions: 5 people per shift (35 total)

Job location (on or off campus)- On Campus

Zero waste Ambassadors will help ensure that Apple Festival is a Zero Waste event.  We are looking for volunteers who are passionate or eager to learn about sustainability and waste reduction. The main goal for Ambassadors is to engage the public and support them in properly disposing of their compost, recycling and waste into designated Sort It Out stations. This is a great opportunity to talk to the public and spread awareness of the benefits of waste reduction!

Application details:

Option 1: sign up via this link https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/25a6a254-d4ef-45c1-b426-e8b3a760df4a/1

Option 2: email zerowaste.events@ubc.ca

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, September 28, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of September 28, 2016:

Restructuring: AMS President Ava Nasiri updated Council on Phase 2 of the AMS staff restructuring which is meant to bridge the divide between the business side and the student government side of the AMS.  Changes include the elimination of the position of the Senior Manager of Student Services and the integration of the Events Department into Communications.

Council Officers: Council heard a presentation explaining the new system of officers to represent previously unrepresented groups. There will be three Caucuses of Officers: an Equity Caucus, a Student Issues Caucus, and a Student Activities Caucus.  The Equity Caucus will include Gender, Racialized, Indigenous, LGBTQ, and Disabled representatives. Student Issues will include International, Mature, Residence, and Commuter representatives.  Student Activities will include representatives for Greek Life and Athletics.

Laserfiche: Council heard a presentation on the Laserfiche document management system, which the AMS Archives has begun using, and later authorized an expenditure of up to $20,000 from the Capital Projects Fund to pay for three years of maintenance for the system.

Classroom Announcements: Council heard about plans for classroom announcements which would explain to students what the AMS is and inform them of upcoming events and issues.

Asks: VP External Kathleen Simpson told Council about the AMS submission to the provincial government’s finance committee.  The AMS asked for a longer commitment on the U-Pass, a reduction of the interest rate on student loans, and annual 2% increases of core funding to universities.

U-Pass Consulting: Council approved a $3,330 expenditure on a consulting project related to the U-Pass.

Clubs Resource Fund: Council created a fund that will allow money collected from clubs using the Student Life and Sustainability Centre to be used on the clubs rather than being put into general operating funds.

Gallery vs. Pit: Keith Hester, the Managing Director, reported that AMS businesses are “storming along” and that the new Gallery is doing so well that business in the Pit is down.  As a result, the Pit’s hours may be reduced.

Committee meetings: Council passed a motion directing all its committees to meet before October 12.

AGM date: After an extended discussion, Council voted to have the AMS annual general meeting at sometime between October 19 and October 31.

Next regular Council meeting: October 12, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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The 107th Annual AMS Annual General Meeting






As a UBC student, you are a member of the AMS, which means you can vote at the AMS Annual General Meeting!

Date: Monday, October 31st, 2016

Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Location: The Great Hall in the AMS Student Nest

Stop by the AMS Annual General Meeting for free pizza, piñatas filled with Halloween candy — and a few formal motions! Bring your student ID and some Halloween spirit so we can register you to vote on some fun motions, like bringing back Toonie Tuesdays at the Pit!

Facebook Event Here

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The Good Soup – Servers

Expecting hours per week: 4 hours per month at least one shift a month

Job Location: Off campus locations throughout East Vancouver

Detailed Job Description:

FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH DINNER PROGRAM-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.We are inviting volunteers to sign up to help serve soup from the truck. This shift is Fridays and you would help from 6:00pm-7:30pm. You will need to arrive at the truck. We will be parked in front of one of the Thunderbird Community Centre which is located on 2311 Cassiar, the closest major intersection is Rupert and East Broadway.  Your help makes a difference! Please sign-up!

EASTSIDE WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER PROGRAM- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are inviting volunteers to sign up to help serve soup from the truck. This shift is Wednesdays and you would help from 4:30pm-6:30pm. You will need to arrive at the truck. We will be parked in front of Ray-cam Co-operative Centre, located at the corner of Campbell and East Hastings, 920 East Hasting Street.  Your help makes a difference! Please sign-up!

Expected qualifications: Friendly – interested in humanitarian causes, food handling experience an asset

Number of openings per position: 2

Application deadline: Sign-up all year round, email contact@thegoodsouptruck.com

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Changing the Conversation on Sexual Violence: A Free 2-Day Conference

The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR), the Alma Mater Society’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at UBC, and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) will be hosting a two-day conference on September 30 – October 1, 2016, in Vancouver.

Fri, 30 Sep 2016, 8:00 AM – Sat, 1 Oct 2016, 4:30 PM

AMS Student Nest – The Great Hall (Room 2404)

The aim of the event is to engage students, staff, faculty, administrators, government, and community organizations in a dialogue about sexual violence within Canadian university and college communities. We are taking an explicitly intersectional and anti-oppressive approach in our event and programming, which focuses on culture change, prevention, and responding to sexual violence.

This conference builds upon two earlier events co-hosted by the ICCLR, AMS SASC, and EVA BC: The Inter-University Conversation on Sexual Assault Prevention conference (April 2015) and The Power of Our Collective Voices Pre-Conference Symposium (May 30, 2016). In the two-day event, we intend to provide tools to better respond to campus sexual violence, and inform and discuss the development and implementation of post-secondary policies, protocols, prevention strategies, and community collaboration, while providing a safe space to understand and incorporate the lived experience of survivors.

This event is organized at no cost to participants and will include networking lunches and refreshment breaks. Click here to register now.

This event is made possible by the Department of Justice Canada, with support from the AMS Sexual Assault Initiatives Fund and AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre.

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Town Hall: Local Point Grey MLA David Eby Visits The Nest


Local Point Grey MLA and Opposition spokesperson for housing, David Eby, will be visiting the Nest on Monday, September 26 at noon, to answer questions from students about housing in Vancouver.

Facebook Event

Come ready with your questions!

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, September 14, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of September 14, 2016:

No more unicorns: As part of its general revamping of the AMS committee system, Council abolished the University & External Relations Committee (aka Unecorn). It also did away with the Oversight Committee and the system of performance accountability incentives (PAI) for the Executive. Also gone is the Finance Commission, many of whose duties will be transferred to the Budget Committee. Council also created an Operations Committee, which will take over many of the buildng-related duties formerly handled by SAC.

Other new committees:
Advocacy (replacing Unecorn and the Education Committee)
Student Life
Human Resources (replacing the Hiring Committee)
Governance (replacing LPC, the Legislative Procedures Committee)

And one to rule them all: There will also be a Steering Committee to coordinate the goals of the other committees and the Executive.

Affordability: Council approved a revised version of the Affordability Policy and was told by VP External Kathleen Simpson that a “Price is Right” event would kick off the AMS campaign about affordability.

Sexual Assault: Council also heard about consultations and the campaign concerning the University’s sexual assault policy.

Appointments: Council appointed the new Ombudsperson, Matt Perzow, and a new Elections Administrator: Samuel Fung.

Next regular Council meeting: September 28, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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Changemaker – Organization and Logistics Volunteer

Expected hour per week: Minimum 2 hours

Job location: On Campus

Expected qualifications:
– Versatile problem solver who can adapt quickly to dynamic situations
– Effective communicator who can work well in team setting
– Can both take and give direction to others
– Previous experience in similar organizational roles is an asset

Number of openings per position: 12

Application deadline: October 20, 2016

Send Resume to volunteersubchange@gmail.com

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Changemaker – Workshop Coordinator

Expected hours per week: Minimum 2 hours

Job location: On Campus

Expected qualifications:
– Enthusiastic and outgoing individual
– Strong interpersonal skills for communication on an individual and group basis
– Previous experience in running workshops or with public speaking is an asset

Number of openings per position: 35+

Application deadline: October 20, 2016

Send Resume to volunteersubchange@gmail.com

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Changemaker – IT Support

Expected hours per week: Minimum 2 hours

Job location: On Campus

Expected Qualifications:
– Must be familiar with Microsoft Office
– Must be familiar with audio and visual set up
– A quick and logical thinker with strong problem solving skills will excel at this role
– Strong communication skills are required

Number of openings per position: 6

Application Deadline: October 20, 2016

Send Resume to volunteersubchange@gmail.com

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Changemaker – Showcase Logistical Volunteer

Expected hours per week: Minimum 1 hour

Job location: On Campus

Expected qualifications:
– Well-rounded, spirited and unafraid to take on new responsibilities
– Enthusiastic in taking on different tasks
– Communicative and supportive in team setting
– Comfortable lifting, and moving around tables and chairs (approx. 30-50 lbs)

Number of openings per position: 20

Application deadline: October 20, 2016

Send Resume to volunteersubchange@gmail.com

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Changemaker – Speaker Relations Volunteer

Expected hours per week: Minimum 2 hour shift

Job location: On Campus

Expected Qualifications:
– Strong communication and interpersonal skills
– Outgoing, attentive to the accessibility needs of others, self motivated
– Past experience with roles involving face-to-face communication

Number of openings per position: 15

Application Deadline: October 20, 2016

Send Resume to volunteersubchange@gmail.com

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Changemaker – Registration/Chaperoning

Expected hours per week: Minimum 2 hour shift

Job location: On Campus

Expected qualifications:
– Approachable
– Understanding of accessibility and its importance in the changemaker showcase. Ability to provide information and assistance related to access, registration for those unable to pay, locations of gender-accessible washrooms, mobility, etc.

Number of openings per position: 8

Application deadline: October 20, 2016

Send resume to volunteersubchange@gmail.com

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Distributing Poppies – Volunteer

Hours per week: November 3 and 4 from 10am to 3pm, between classes or as you are available during these hours

Job location: Student Union Building; in front of travel agent.

Job description: Carry a tray of poppies on campus, offering a poppy to anyone wanting to wear a poppy (for a donation). Donation not necessary as we want to have as many as we can wearing a poppy for remembrance of those who served in our military.

Qualifications: Must be a UBC student

Number of openings: Any number up to 20 students. Students may leave their packs, etc. under supervision at our display.

Application deadline: Just show up at our display in front of the travel agent between 10am and 2pm, November 3 & 4.

Contact: Ron Funnell 604-318-2314, or email: ronfunnell@live.com

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Literacy Mentor with Inner-city kids

Expected hours per week (relative): 2-2.5 hours a week

Job location (on or off campus): Off campus

Detailed job description: Get excited about going back to school! Do you love reading and writing and want to pass on your passion to at-risk kids? The Writer’s Exchange (www.vancouverwe.com) offers free literacy programs to over 800 kids per year. As an enthusiastic, committed Literacy Mentor, you make it possible for us to fulfill our mission: get inner-city kids excited about reading and writing! Mentors work in small groups with the kids (ages 6 to 13) and help them complete fun, creative literacy projects. You will make sure that all the kids leave each session knowing how awesome they are!

Most of our programs end with a professionally published chapbook filled with the kids stories and art. (check them out at: issuu.com/writers_exchange)

Expected qualifications:

  • Be an awesome adult role-model for the kids
  • Bring your creativity and enthusiasm to all shifts
  • Model an infectious love for reading and writing – Demonstrate compassion for the community in which the Writers’ Exchange is situated
  • Become familiar with the Writers’ Exchange and our mission and culture
  • You must fully commit to attending one in-school program during the school year and/or a two hour shift, once per week in one of our after-school programs for one full term (that’s a pretty minimal commitment to change a kid’s life!). Terms run from September – December, January – March, and April – June.
  • – Fully committed to attending all your weekly scheduled shifts
  • Previous experience working with kids in grades 1 – 7 is great, but a strong desire to help creative, fun kids get excited about literacy is more important
  • A love of reading, and writing, and the desire to share it
  • Curiosity, excitement about learning, and enthusiasm for trying out cool crafts and activities – Willingness to complete a BC Criminal Records Check

Preferred degrees (if applicable): N/A

Number of openings per position: 20

Application deadline: Sept 16, 2016

Please apply on our website: http://www.vancouverwe.com/volunteer


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External Affairs Outreach Ambassadors


  • Job title: External Affairs Outreach Ambassadors
  • Expected hours per week (relative): between 5 and 8 (variable)
  • Job location (on or off campus): On campus
  • Detailed job description:  Doing outreach programming on issues of affordability, housing rights, and voter registration for the AMS External Affairs Office.  Volunteers will be asked to do both direct engagement with students, and also helping with data entry to better mobilize students on political action.  This volunteer team will be critical in reaching the lofty goal of a 60% eligible student voter turnout goal for the May Provincial Elections.
  • Expected qualifications: Enthusiasm for advocacy and student issues
  • Preferred degrees (if applicable) NA
  • Number of openings per position: 6
  • An application deadline: September 20th 
  • The type of documents you would like in the application (cover letter, resume, CV, reference letters, etc): Resume and a short personal statement would be great!
  • An email where the applications will be sent to. advcomvc@ams.ubc.ca
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UBC holding 14th annual FarmAde

September 6th, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC – On Friday, September 9 the AMS will be holding the fourteenth annual FarmAde at the UBC Farm starting at 3:00 p.m.

FarmAde is a celebration of the UBC Farm Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. FarmAde is a free and accessible event that generates awareness of the UBC Farm. FarmAde brings together UBC community members of all ages to celebrate community, local food and local Vancouver talent. The open-air event provides an opportunity for students and community members to learn how they can engage further with this unique campus resource!

“This family-friendly event has long been a tradition here at UBC, with its vegan, vegetarian, and local options to support and promote sustainable farming,” Anna Hilliar, AMS Program and Events Manager said. “We’re excited to bring the community out here to enjoy what this unique urban farm has to offer, while celebrating the importance of local, sustainable agriculture.”

Live performances from local artists will include Marin Patenaude & Ben Rogalsky with the East Van country band and The New Short Mountain Deadbeats.

This year, an affordably priced barbecue dinner, including vegan, vegetarian, and low-impact beef burger options, will be served. Guests will also be able to enjoy a beverage garden featuring a local brewery.

The UBC Farm is situation near Westbrook Village on UBC’s south campus and includes the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS).

For more information, please visit here.


Media Contact
Kris Anderson
Communications Manager


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