Conference Program

Daytime venue: All sessions and activities will be happening at the Vancouver Japanese Language School at 487 Alexander St, with the exception of the Chinatown Walking Tour, the Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition and Making Dumplings which will be offsite activities.

Evening venue: The wrap up and dinner, happening between 6-9pm on May 4th, will be at Ironworks Studios at 235 Alexander St.

Day 1: May 3, 2016 (Tuesday)

8:30-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00am Opening Ceremony
10:30am-12:00pm Session Block 1
12:00-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm Session Block 2
3:00-4:00pm Session Block 3
4:00-5:30pm Film Screening
10:00am-4:00pm Drop In Activities

Day 2: May 4, 2016 (Wednesday)

9:30-10:00am Opening & Continental Breakfast
10:00-11:30am Session Block 4
11:30am-1:30pm Lunch, President Visit and Session Block 5
1:30-3:00pm Session Block 6
3:30-5:00pm Session Block 7
9:30am-5:00pm Drop In Activities
6:00-9:00pm Wrap Up and Dinner at Ironworks


Day 1: May 3, 2016 (Tuesday)

Registration & Continental Breakfast


Sign in and enjoy coffee, tea and light refreshments before the opening ceremony.

Opening Ceremony


Join the traditional welcome and get important information about making the most of this unique community-university conference, and its legacy.

Session Block 1


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Health, Hope, and Home

Come hear five students present on their innovative work and learning in the Downtown Eastside.

What’s happening in adult basic education in the Downtown Eastside

Panel and dialogue session with the Downtown Eastside Literacy Roundtable on the importance of ABE in the Downtown Eastside.

Threading Our Stories – facilitated sewing circles with Musqueam artist and Elder Doris Fox.

Join this modern interpretation of traditional button blanket making by sewing your button, listening to teachings and sharing stories.

Exploring Seniors’ Social Wellbeing: the story of the HARP project (By Invitation Only)

HARP project participants are invited to share their experiences and learn about the study findings and how they were uncovered.

Fear, Joy and Courage: Three Conversations at the UBC Learning Exchange

Learners perform in an ethnographic drama about peer-led English language learning.



Grab-and-go style so you can take your lunch where you like or check out drop-in activities.

Facilitator Exchanges 

Learning Exchange program Facilitators (ESL, Learning Lab, Computers) are invited to gather over lunch to trade tips and techniques.

Econ Café (12:30-1:30)

Come experience an “Econ Café” (Economics students hosting informal discussion sessions) to understand why this approach works well at the UBC Learning Exchange with students and patrons.

Making Dumplings

Learn how to make Chinese dumplings at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House.

Chinatown Walking Tour

Join the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House for an insider’s tour of Chinatown.

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Researching Connection and Connecting Research

Come hear five students present on their innovative work and learning in the Downtown Eastside

Photovoice: A Catalyst for Change

Join a film presentation and engaging dialogue about the potential of photovoice for promoting social change through “story-ing.”

Voices Up – evaluation findings as you’ve never seen them before!

Join us as we use theatre to present a day in the life of the Learning Exchange’s Learning Lab program.

Discover the Unseen Green and Social Economy in the Downtown Eastside

Come listen to three stories about the DTES in 2025 and help create a group story of what jobs these scenarios generate.

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Networking Tea

All are welcome! Come meet some of the cool people who are at the conference, share a cup of tea – who knows what innovative collaborations will result?

We’re All Connected

A lively, interactive discussion about shared cultural practices.

Income Generation for All in the Downtown Eastside

Come hear what Urban Core – a long standing Downtown Eastside network organization – has been doing to improve livelihoods of Downtown Eastside residents.

Or join in on any of the drop in activities.

The Last Geisha Film Screening


Documentary film screening and facilitated discussion. The story of Madame Minako, the last geisha in Yoshiwara, Japan.

Day 2: May 4, 2016 (Wednesday)

Opening & Continental Breakfast


Enjoy coffee, tea and light refreshments before starting the morning activities. Registration for participants only attending day 2.

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What Does It Mean to Engage in a Learning Exchange? Part 1

Using images and our experiences to explore and record shared learning between the university and community.

Reclaiming Our Spirits: Researchers Learning from Women

A documentary from a study of a health promotion program for Aboriginal women who have experienced violence will stimulate dialogue about partnerships among women, researchers, Elders, and community members.

Getting Connected: the story of the LinkVan App

Learn about the community development process to create this resource-finding App.

Hosted Poster Session

Come engage the authors of the posters about their work.

President’s Visit


Hear Dr. Martha C. Piper, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor speak, the inspiration behind the UBC Learning Exchange.

Lunch and Session Block 5


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Lunch (served at noon)

Grab-and-go style so you can take your lunch where you like.

“If you can’t beat em, join em” – innovative approaches to evaluation

Complexity doesn’t have to be the enemy of evaluation. Let’s explore ways to harness the beauty of complex situations through evaluation.

Changing the Conversation on the Downtown Eastside: an exploration of orientation materials for students

Provide your feedback on the Learning Exchange’s new orientation materials for students and learn about tools that help students understand the DTES.

Conversations Around the Picture of Health in the Downtown Eastside?

Share ideas about the artwork created at the conference and activities that promote health in the Downtown Eastside.

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What Does It Mean to Engage in a Learning Exchange? Part 2

Beginnings, middles, transitions and ends: a world café style discussion of the practical implications of community-based learning.

Threading our Stories – facilitated sewing circles with Musqueam artist and Elder Doris Fox.

Join this modern interpretation of traditional button blanket making by sewing your button, listening to teachings and sharing stories.

The Dudes Club: An Innovative Program for Men’s Health

Come find out what The Dude’s Club is all about and hear the lessons they’ve learned through their program evaluation.

Graphic recording: These are not your average doodles

Ever wondered what goes into graphic recording? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to visually document meetings and workshops!

Seniors taking the lead: a Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House film and panel discussion

Learning from seniors, and learning for seniors: Cantonese language and culture program of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House.

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Going Interactive: How Downtown Eastside residents informed powerful exhibits on challenging content

A talk interspersed with group and interactive activities about controversial issues such as survivors of human trafficking.

Reflections on Evaluating the Binner’s Project

A student’s perspective on the strengths and challenges of conducting an innovative evaluation.

Whose Data is it Anyway?

Join the conversation around promising practices emerging on how to establish partnerships between community organizations and researchers in the Downtown Eastside.

Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition

Tour the exhibition of calligrapher Master Wai-Yin Lau and join a calligraphy workshop at the Chinese Cultural Centre.

Reflections on Community: An Intergenerational Conversation

Students and community partners share and discuss the impacts of participating in the UBC Arts Internship Program through PechaKucha-inspired talks.

Wrap-up and Dinner at Ironworks

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Celebrate with a festive meal and reflect on the past two days’ shared learning and conference legacy.

Drop In Activities and Displays

Day 1: 10:00am-4:00pm and Day 2: 9:30am-5:00pm

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What is Your Picture of Health in the Downtown Eastside?

Come along and make a piece of art that illustrates what health means to you.

Creative Lounge

Take a break and spend time in the Creative Lounge where you can chat and work with your hands.

Digital Salon

Check out the salon and try out cool Apps, tweet about the conference, and view photos and other digital assets.

Perspective and Strength: Student Orientation Materials Booth

Explore orientation materials created for students new to the Downtown Eastside or take a copy to trial with your own students!

Button Blanket

We invite you to sew your button and thread your story into our community button blanket, which will be available throughout the conference.

Poster Display

Drop by this poster display to learn more about the interesting research and other activities related to the Downtown Eastside.

The Market (only on May 4th)

Check out the conference market of local social vendors and make a different in the daily lives of DTES artists and producers.