Feature Stories

  • Photo courtesy Chris Koch 2015

    Chinatown Seniors Bring UBC Language Course to Life

    When learning a language, textbooks can only take you so far. Fortunately when UBC Prof. Qian Wang was seeking innovative ways to help third-year language students improve their Mandarin speaking skills, she didn’t have to look too far.
  • Photo courtesy Gabby Korcheva, Binners Project 2015

    Supporting Street-level Research

    When you’re working at street level, research resources can be hard to come by... Unless you’re a binner in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). A growing group of these informal waste recyclers has connected with the Learning Exchange to access and develop research that will help identify economic opportunities and reduce the stigma surrounding their work.
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    Seniors Step Up to Share Strengths

    You could have heard a pin drop. All conversation stopped as heads turned toward a small glass-walled meeting room where a petite senior citizen was staging a solo performance of traditional Chinese song. Fuqin Xu sang with the clear, strong voice of a woman half her age.
  • Photo by Martin Dee, 2014

    Coming Back to the Future

    Sometimes moving ahead means going back to where you started, but with new skills. Brad Peters knows about that. Two years ago, he was a learner in a job skills program. Today he’s moved to the head of the class – literally, as a facilitator in the same program.
  • Contributing Through Computers is Getting Results

    The Contributing Through Computers Initiative has played a significant role in realizing the potential of residents, supporting them to make a contribution by sharing their computer skills with their neighbours.
  • Learning Lab Equals New Possibilities

    Ian started attending Drop-In for the coffee. But when the Learning Exchange experimented with some new patron-led activities, Ian proposed sharing his skills.