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.

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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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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, August 24, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of August 24, 2016:

First Week: Council discussed how to plan collaboration between the AMS and the Constituencies for First Week and Homecoming weekend.

Affordability, Sexual Assault, Student Aid: Council was given a heads-up about upcoming AMS campaigns on affordability and sexual assault policy, and was also told that a portion of the student aid fund will now be set aside for international students.

Clubs Handbook: VP Administration Chris Scott said that the new Clubs Handbook will be the central source of information for clubs.

New staff: Council was introduced to the new Communications Manager, Kris Anderson, and the new Ombudsperson, Matt Perzow.

Business moves and names: Managing Director Keith Hester announced that the new Ph.Tea bubble tea shop will be moving upstairs to share space with the Peko Peko sushi bar, which is reverting to its old name: The Honour Roll.

Safety and Security: Daniel Levangie, the Student Services Senior Manager, told Council about two University safety and security groups, which are looking into security priorities.

k.d. lang: The Archivist noted that perhaps the biggest headliner the Welcome Back Barbecue ever had was k.d. lang in 1987.

Incubator: Council approved the creation of a position that will look into whether to begin the Incubator service (to support start-ups and entrepreneurship).

GSS Space: Council approved an agreement with the GSS giving them use of space in the AMS Student Nest.

Code corrections: Council approved a Code amendment allowing the Clerk of Council to make minor corrections to the Code (subject to Council approval).

New architects: Council approved the hiring of Perkins and Wills to work on the Old SUB renovation project.

Block Party: To avoid going into deficit, Council approved a budget for hosting the Block Party at the University Commons rather than Thunderbird Stadium.  However, if the expenses at Thunderbird Stadium (notably for flooring) can be reduced, Council may revisit the issue.

Committee restructuring: Council approved in principle a plan for revamping the AMS committee system.  Full details to come at the next meeting in time for appointments.

Next regular Council meeting: September 14, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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AIDS WALK to THRIVE – Volunteer

This year marks Positive Living Society’s 31st annual WALK – 31 years of WALKing to provide hope, increase awareness, and raise funds for those in BC living with HIV/AIDS.

To make this fantastic event happen, volunteers like you are needed! The invaluable support of volunteers is vital to make the WALK a success – whether you want to be on the front lines or behind the scenes, there’s a role for you. Please see information below on the different roles available:

Day of the Event (4-6 hours)

Fundraising Team – 9 positions: Volunteers will help assist with onsite fundraising games as well as being at a few high traffic locations in the West End to collect donations from the general public. These volunteers will have items to offer to donators such as red roses, red ribbon pins and various other WALK items. Experience dealing with people and experience in sales will be of help in this position.

Information Tent  – 15 positions: The information tent has a number of people doing many different jobs which include: volunteer check in, lost and found, coat check and onsite cleanup.

Registration Tent – 65 positions: The registration team is the largest team of the event. Specific skills and experience in processing financial transactions money handling, and customer service are required. Route Team (Roundhouse) – 60 positions: The route team monitors the route and the water stations and directs pedestrian traffic. Experience and interest in customer service and information giving a plus! Volunteers with First Aid certification or health and safety experience would be a great asset to this team.

Kids Activities – 8 positions: These energetic volunteers oversee the kids’ activities table and entertain the WALK’s pint size attendees. Volunteers will be asked to assist with crafts, face painting, and storytelling.

Merchandising – 9 positions: The merchandising team sells t-shirts and other AIDS WALK to THRIVE products.

Cheerleaders – 12 positions: This enthusiastic group of volunteers will cheer on participants as they do the WALK. A cheerful and energetic personality is a must. Cheerleaders will also be asked to create their own signs for the WALK.

Teardown: This team of volunteers helps to set up the event site prior to the WALK, tear it down after the Walk, or both! Volunteers will be required to lift and carry things like tables, fences, and tents.

Other VOLUNTEER Opportunities (2-4 hours a week) 
The Positive Living Society are also looking for support in the lead up to the event, with volunteers needed for the following roles:

Office Assistance – 15 positions: This special group of people offer their time in the day or evening (special office nights are also planned) with database input, phone calls, mailings, registration package assembly, computer work (Access, Word and Excel used in the office).

Community Info Tables – 4 positions: The WALK is invited to participate in a number of community events such Surrey Pride, Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver Pride, and New West Pride. We need people to help promote the WALK at these tables. Great people skills, enthusiasm, customer service and a desire to promote the WALK are required.

If you would like to volunteer and make a difference in your community, please complete the online application form on the WALK to THRIVE website – or get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator on  antoniaw@positivelivingbc.org.



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Facilitator – YWCA Metro Vancouver

Expected hours per week (relative): 3 hours running the programs, 1 hour prep on your own

Job location: Off campus at elementary schools throughout Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond

Detailed job description:


  • Our Youth Education Programs in Vancouver, Richmond, 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. Girls’ and boys’ programs run side-by-side and are delivered once a week over eight 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.

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

Expected qualifications:


  • 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


  • Number of openings per position: 30



We recruit our volunteers year round. For the upcoming Fall sessions, the application deadline is Friday, September 23.

Apply online at https://ywcavan.org/help/become-mentor/be-youth-education-mentor

Have questions? Contact us:

Tel: 604-895-5779

Email: youth@ywcavan.org

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Community Lunch Volunteer


We are looking for reliable and friendly volunteers available for a regular (weekly) shift helping to prepare and serve Community Lunches. This is a fun, physically active task, requiring somebody who is polite and welcoming, and can work as part of a team. Providing excellent service to our lunch guests is a must! If you’re interested in gaining customer service and serving experience, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Please see http://gordonhouse.org/programs/community-lunches/ for program details.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Set up the lunch space, tables, chairs
  • Help prepare the food, coffee and tea
  • Follow instructions from chef or coordinator
  • Practice good hygiene and food safety habits
  • Serve lunch and beverages to guests
  • Put away tables and chairs, wash dishes, maintain a clean kitchen

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Comfortable with basic food preparation
  • Capable of working with minimal supervision after initial training
  • Food safe certification is an asset
  • Physically fit and able to help set up tables and chairs, and carry trays

Available Shifts:

Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 2:00pm

One Friday per month 11:00am – 2:00pm

Expected Hours/Week:


Number of Openings


Job Location

Off campus, 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver

End Date: Dec 1, 2016

How to Get Involved

Email volunteer@gordonhouse.org or call 604-683-2554 to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.

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Attic Thrift Store Team Member


Looking for friendly volunteers that are easy to get along with who are available for regular weekly shifts at the Attic Thrift Store at Gordon Neighbourhood House! We need volunteers who are looking to gain retail experience and want to aid us in building a stronger community!

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Volunteers are responsible for a variety of tasks in the Thrift Store, including accepting donated items, sorting and organizing clothes, tidying the store front and customer service.

Experience and Qualifications

This is a fun, physically active task, requiring somebody who can work as a friendly and outgoing team member. Providing excellent customer service is a must! Volunteers should also be able to prove themselves to be trustworthy and capable of working with minimal supervision when required. If you’re looking to get some retail experience, then this is a great opportunity for you!

Available Shifts:

Shifts are available throughout the week (until 8pm) and on weekends (until 5pm); just let us know your schedule.

Expected Hours/Week:


Number of Openings


Job Location

Off campus, 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver

End Date: Dec 1, 2016

How to Get Involved

Email volunteer@gordonhouse.org or call 604-683-2554 to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, August 3, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of August 3, 2016:

Services: Hussam Zbeeb, the AMS Student Services Manager, updated Council about the Services, including the newest one: Vice, which is to offer support to students with substance use issues.  He also reported on a partnership between Safewalk and the football team, and later in the meeting asked for Council input on a planned new Service, called Incubator, which is intended to encourage an entrepreneurial culture and student start-up companies.

GSS in the Nest: AMS President Ava Nasiri reported that agreement has been reached with the Graduate Student Society to allow temporary use of their space by an AMS club (either eSports or the Pottery Club).  There will also be a long-term agreement.

Academic Experience Survey: VP Academic Samantha So and her Associate VP, Kevin Doering, conducted a sort of quiz show about the main findings of the survey.  Findings indicated a lack of awareness of the AMS among the students and a desire among the respondents for better communication between the AMS leadership and the student body.

Block Party:  Louis Retief, the VP Finance, presented two options: using the stadium, which would cost more and would force ticket prices up, and using the Commons outside the Nest, which would limit attendance to 6,000.  Councillors were divided.

Governance Review: Council received an update: there is a plan to revamp the committee system, hopefully in time for appointments in September.  There are also plans to reduce the size of Council.

Ph.Tea: Student Services Senior Manager Daniel Levangie announced that this will be the name of the new Bubble Tea outlet, so that even undergraduates can get at Ph.T.

SUDS: VP External Kathleen Simpson announced that the Student Union Development Summit is sold out.

History Book: Sheldon Goldfarb, the Archivist & Clerk of Council, reported that he has done 80 years of the 100-year chronicle.  Excerpts have already appeared in Trek Magazine: http://trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca/2015/fall-2015/features/great-trekking-a-hundred-years-of-students-at-ubc/

Pit Media Wall: Council authorized the removal of the frequently damaged media wall of TV screens in the Pit.  It will be replaced by projectors and a regular wall.

Agenda Committee: Council had fifteen seconds of silence for the Agenda Committee, which it abolished.  The President will now consult informally with Executives and Committee Chairs to compile the Council agenda.

U-Pass: Council voted to join lobbying efforts to preserve the U-Pass program.  This is in the wake of suggestions that the province and TransLink may want to end it.

Council goals: Council expressed support for a plan to strike an ad hoc committee on strategic planning which would come back to Council with proposals.

Outreach: To better reach out to the student body, AMS President Ava Nasiri suggested doing regular classroom announcements about AMS activities.

Next regular Council meeting: August 24, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, July 13, 2016

Budget: Council approved the final AMS budget, which forecasts a surplus of $85,874, not including expenditures for Block Party.  VP Finance Louis Retief noted that the contribution from the businesses is expected to go up.

Block Party:  The VP Finance said options are still being explored for Block Party.  Last year it lost over $200,000 at Thunderbird Stadium, so the stadium is probably not an option now.  The courtyard in front of the Nest is being considered.

Executive goals: The Executive presented their goals for the year, including the encouragement of Thunderbird spirit by means of the new Blue and Gold Society, increasing sponsorship, an affordability campaign, a housing campaign, a Nest review, creating more community and fun, decreasing waste, and restructuring financial resources.

Electronic signatures: Council approved a Code amendment to allow electronic signatures on referendum petitions.

eSports: VP Administration Chris Scott said he is exploring options for where to locate the eSports club in the Nest.

GSS in the Nest: After a long discussion about the part of the Nest set aside for the Graduate Students Society, Council directed that there be a joint presentation at the next Council meeting from the VP Administration and a GSS Councillor on options surrounding the use of the space.

Next regular Council meeting: August 3, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

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This is our campus. Have your say. | UBC’s new Sexual Assault policy under review.

This is our campus. Have your say.

In June 2016, UBC released its newly-drafted Sexual Assault policy to the campus community for consultation. This is the opportunity for students to give feedback, make our voices heard and ensure that this policy reflects the needs of our campus community.

The AMS and the Sexual Assault Support Centre have reviewed the policy to look for areas of improvement. We have put together a list of changes we would like to see (and some things that we like about the policy as well!)  but we want to hear from you  and want to make sure that your opinions are heard.


Policy Recommendations:


What we like:

  1. The policy acknowledges that reporting and disclosing are two different things and outlines the rights and accommodations for students who disclose experiencing a sexual assault without requiring them to file a formal report.
  2. The new policy is a great first step to mandate educational programming for campus to work towards culture change and ending violence on campus.
  3. The policy highlights the inclusive principles and values of our campus. It recognizes the complexities of violence and that, while anyone can be affected by sexual assault, certain populations are more at risk.


What we would like to see changed:

  1. The proposed policy refers to the Student Code of Conduct and the Non-Academic Misconduct Process for reporting, which is not a process designed to address the unique challenges of sexual assault and the needs of survivors. Through this process, a survivor may have to retell their story in front of other students or come face to face with their perpetrator. Other, more appropriate, reporting processes should be considered as options.
  2. Students have the right to choose how they report, and know exactly how their report will be handled. The draft policy refers students to the Student Code of Conduct rather than explaining the process for reporting and what expectations survivors are entitled to in that process. The expectations and procedure when making a report against a faculty or staff member is also not clearly outlined.
  3. Survivors may want to file a formal report but not feel comfortable making this report themselves. Third party reporting allows for a report of sexual assault to be made by someone other Although the policy talks about third party reporting, it is unclear to what extent the university will use these third party reports to ensure safer campus communities.
  4. Students need to know who in the campus community they can turn to for help and support in the event of sexual assault. The policy explains that UBC will provide training to a number of staff throughout the university but only lists a small number of staff as resources who will receive this training. For more clarity, a longer list would be helpful.


While the usage rates of the Sexual Assault Support Centre continue to increase year after year, statistics from the annual Student Discipline Summaries indicate that a negligible number of cases of sexual assault are brought before the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline. This is the same reporting process that is referred to in the current draft of the sexual assault policy. What this shows is that students are clearly not comfortable accessing this process and that is not meeting the needs of the campus community.

Agree with us or have any other concerns? View the draft policy and give your feedback at http://survey.ubc.ca/s/sexual-assault-policy.


The AMS and SASC are also collecting written feedback on the policy that we will include in our report and recommendations. Drop off written feedback at the Speakeasy desk on Level 1 of the AMS Student Nest by September 21.


For more information about sexual assault and for support and advocacy, visit http://www.amssasc.ca.

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