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.

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

Where:
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

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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.

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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.

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Media Contact
Kris Anderson
Communications Manager
krisanderson@ams.ubc.ca
604-822-6540

 

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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

Summary:

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:

3

Number of Openings

10

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

Summary

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:

4-5

Number of Openings

10

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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Foodbank-Inventory Control Coordinator

Foodbank-Inventory Control Coordinator

There are now positions available for the Food Bank Executive Team. If interested please send an email to Food Bank coordinator, Taruni Singh, at foodbank@ams.ubc.ca indicating which position you are interested in and include a resume and cover letter. Make the subject “Executive Team Application”. The deadline for this is August 8th.

Inventory Control Coordinators are responsible for handling Food Bank items. A valid license and access to a car are necessary. The responsibilities of the role are:

Part A

  • Dispose of damaged, used, or expired food
    • Compost produce
  • Package bulk items into smaller bags
  • Ensure all items are stored according to health and safety regulations

Part B

  • Pick up food from Vancouver Ecovillage, save-on foods, and other potential donors throughout the year
    • Minimum once a week
  • Help to shelve donations
  • Keep track of inventory on google sheets

Eligibility:

  • Must be a current registered UBC student
  • Available for entire academic year (Winter Session 2016-2017)
  • Available to hold at least 2 office hours a week
  • Able to lift 15+ pounds
  • Drivers license and access to a car is a MUST for Part B applicants
  • Food Safe certified preferred

All Volunteers are expected to:

  • Help shelve donations and restock items that are running low
  • Assist in unloading donations
  • Flatten cardboard and take it to the compactor
  • Keep the food bank clean by sweeping, wiping down the table, and taking care of personal messes
  • Attend office hours 2-4 hours a week and attend bi-weekly meetings
  • Attend boothing and events
  • Update inventory forms at the beginning and end of the day

To learn more about AMS Food Bank please click here.

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#NameMyBBT Contest: Did You Win?

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Today is the day we have all been waiting for! After an exciting month, our #NameMyBBT contest has finally come to a close. We are absolutely thrilled to announce our winners.

With our bubble name and prizes at stake, we had a hunch this contest was going to be epic, and you certainly did not disappoint with more than 1500 votes in and 500 submissions to pick from! A big thank-you to everyone who voted and participated in the contest.

And now without further ado, our winning name is P.H. Tea! Congratulations to Chris Yu for his submission!

But, since he is one of our own staff, we decided to pick another lucky winner from the second-place submissions to win a month’s worth of free bubble tea!

Here’s to all the other lucky winners:

Grand prize winner: Chris Yu
1st place: Jm Jamet, month free of bubble tea
2nd place: Gui Khurana, $25 gift card
3rd place: Amori Yee Mikami, $25 gift card

We will contact the winners shortly with instructions for redeeming your prize!

Congratulations to everyone!

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, June 22, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of June 22, 2016:

Old SUB/New SUB: Council heard a presentation about renovations to the Old SUB, part of which will be retained by the AMS to house various clubs and services (Food Bank, the Film Society, the Pottery Club, etc.).

Blue and Gold: AMS President Ava Nasiri told Council about the Blue and Gold Society, a new group of campus leaders looking to promote campus spirit.

Loon Lake: AMS VP Administration Chris Scott invited Councillors to join an expedition to Loon Lake to check it out as a possible venue for future retreats.

Bubble Tea: Managing Director Keith Hester reported that the as yet unnamed Bubble Tea outlet was open, and so far the feedback has been positive.

Gallery Lounge 2.0: Keith also told Council that the former Perch space will now be used for a reboot of the old Gallery Lounge, at least temporarily.

Sustainability Projects: Council amended the composition of the Sustainability Projects Committee to increase the student voice on it.

Governance Review: Council approved the terms of reference for the Governance Review Implementation Committee.

VP Admin support staff and Sustainability: Council approved changes to the reporting structure within the VP Administration’s office, including a shift of Sustainability staff from the VP Finance’s portfolio to the VP Administration’s.

More discussion? Ava Nasiri suggested setting aside time for discussion topics if Council does not go too late.

Next regular Council meeting: July 13, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

Sheldon Goldfarb

Clerk of Council

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, June 1, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of June 1, 2016:

Return of the Speaker: Council reappointed Abdul Alnaar to the post of Speaker of Council for another year.

AMS Security: A student who is also an employee of AMS Security asked about cuts in the Security Department.  AMS President Ava Nasiri said there had been a restructuring and an integration with Campus Security which will save the AMS money.

Governance Review: Council was informed about the process for going forward on the 16 recommendations from the Governance Review consultants.

Childminding: Council agreed to allocate additional funds for the childminding centre in the Nest.

Appointments: Council made additional committee appointments, and President Ava Nasiri introduced one of the new external members of the Business Board, Kenneth Tan.

Happy Birthday to the Nest: Ava noted that June 1 was the first anniversary of opening the doors of the AMS Student Nest.

Welcome Back Barbecue: Council approved a provisional budget for the barbecue.

Final Budget: Council agreed to postpone consideration of the final overall AMS budget until the July 13 Council meeting.

Online reports: Council discussed the idea of putting Constituency reports online instead of presenting them orally at Council meetings.

Next regular Council meeting: June 22, 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm.

Sheldon Goldfarb
Clerk of Council

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AMS Welcomes New UBC President, Dr. Santa J. Ono

June 13, 2016

For Immediate Release

VANCOUVER, BC – It is with much excitement that the AMS (Alma Mater Society) of UBC Vancouver extends a very warm welcome to the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, Dr. Santa J. Ono.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ono to UBC, and are very much looking forward to this new chapter in UBC’s history,” says Ava Nasiri, AMS President.

Dr. Ono’s strong record as an engaging and approachable member of the university administration has allowed him to connect with students beyond their academics. We are thrilled by the opportunity to work with a leader who places such an emphasis on wellbeing in student learning.

“The AMS looks forward to collaborating with Dr. Ono to continue shaping and facilitating a campus experience and environment that promotes student success – academically, professionally, and personally.” says Nasiri.

The AMS would also like to extend our most sincere gratitude to the Presidential Search Committee for their dedication and diligence in securing a visionary President to lead UBC into its second century.

Lastly, we would like to thank Dr. Martha Piper for her incredible leadership and relentless commitment to UBC students. It has been a privilege to work with her this year.
Welcome to UBC, and welcome home, Dr. Ono.

To learn more about Dr. Santa J. Ono, please see UBC’s official release.

 

Media Contact
Samantha So
AMS VP Academic & University Affairs
vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca

 

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Council Summaries Council Meeting Summary, May 18, 2016

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of May 18, 2016:

Childminding: UBC’sJohn Metras told Council there was a shortfall of $80,000 in the funding for the new childminding centre in the Nest and asked if Council would cover half of it.  AMS President Ava Nasiri noted that this would be on top of the $185,000 the AMS has already contributed.  She promised to bring further information so that Council can make a decision.

CiTR: The president of CiTR, the campus radio station, told Council that CiTR provides a space for unrepresented voices on campus and in the community, and has three positions on its board to be filled by Council. 

Appointments: Thanks to an expedited system introduced by AMS President Ava Nasiri, most of the selections to fill AMS and other committees were done ahead of time online.  Council then approved the selections and chose chairs for the committees, those being as follows:

Budget Committee: Mackenzie Lockhart
University and External Relations Committee (Unecorn): Sally Lin
Legislative Procedures Committee: Ian Sapollnik
Student Life & Communications Committee: Dupreez Smith
Education Committee: Daniel Lam
Hiring Committee: Karianne Howarth
Oversight Committee: Alexandra Lee Mann

Bubble Tea: Managing Director Keith Hester announced that a Bubble Tea outlet will be opening in June in the old Lower Case location.  There will be a contest to name it.

Oohlala: The AMS app.  Council will be asked to decide on renewing it at its next meeting.

Sexual Assault Conference: The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre will be co-hosting a conference May 30 in the Nest on ways to deal with sexual assault on campuses.

Next regular Council meeting: June 2016 in the Forum at 6 pm. 

Sheldon Goldfarb
Clerk of Council

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AMS Responds to Sexual Violence Bill

On May 18, the British Columbia legislature passed Bill 23, the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act. The AMS recognizes this Act as an important step towards ensuring safer campus communities for students across B.C.

Bill 23 requires all publicly-funded, post-secondary institutions in B.C. to have a policy that specifically addresses issues of sexual violence on campus. The AMS of UBC Vancouver has been working closely with UBC to develop a stand-alone sexual assault policy and is looking forward to seeing other post-secondary institutions develop their own policies, with input from students.

“Students look forward to working closely with the government on the guidelines document that they will be circulating and on the creation of any regulations that will support and extend the scope of the Bill,” said Kathleen Simpson, AMS Vice President of External Affairs.  The AMS is committed to ensuring that students and survivors are treated with dignity and respect when disclosing or reporting.

Additionally, the AMS funds and operates the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), a free and confidential resource for students, staff, and faculty who are survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and harassment.  Ashley Bentley, Manager of the SASC recognizes that, “there are multiple barriers to survivors of violence accessing support. The AMS and SASC are committed to the support, education, and empowerment of our campus community and strive to create an inclusive environment for survivors of all genders to access services.”

The AMS strongly believes that every student has the right to feel safe on campus, and will continue to work with stakeholders in our campus community and partners in government to ensure that this legislation is enacted in a way that supports survivors and improves awareness and understanding of issues surrounding sexual violence.

Media Contacts:

 

Kathleen Simpson, Vice President of External Affairs

vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca

604-822-2050

 

Ashley Bentley, Sexual Assault Support Centre

ashleybentley@ams.ubc.ca

604-822-3475

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Old SUB furniture sell off – May 19th!

On Thursday, May 19th all the used furniture in the old Student Union Building (6138 Student Union Blvd.) will be on sale and available at very discounted prices.

Event details:

Sale runs from noon until 4pm

Cash and credit card accepted

Valid Student ID required

Items must be taken during the sale hours, or on May 24th, from noon until 2pm

All proceeds go to funding temporary locations for Clubs affected by the SUB construction.

 

 

 

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