Spotlight

  • It’s Not Quite a Wrap: Urban Ethnographic Field School Ends But the Learning Lives On

    Wrapping up their summer 2017 course with a highly interactive “Mini Conference”, the Urban Ethnographic Field School (UEFS) provided their partner community organizations, faculty, staff and students a unique way to learn about the many projects students collaborated on. Having held their classes at the UBC Learning Exchange for the past 7 years, where I […]
  • Learning Exchange Volunteers nominated for UBC Student Leader Recognition Event

    Five students, Maggie Miland, Matt Hume, Natalia Balyasnikova, Felix Tso and Melissa Morrison, who have volunteered at the UBC Learning Exchange, were nominated to attend this year’s UBC Student Leader Recognition event. This April 5th event hosted by the President’s Office recognized students whose sustained involvement has provided valuable contributions to the UBC Vancouver campus […]
  • Sitting Around the ‘Camp Fire’, Elder Roberta Price Inspires Hope and Compassion

    How do you heal from the painful experience and memories of being removed from your family and being forced to attend an Indian Residential School? That was the question on many people’s minds when they came to hear Elder Roberta Price share her experiences.
  • Binners’ Project is Honored by City of Vancouver

    It’s not every day that a municipality gives out awards to its citizens for their leadership. And it’s not every day that citizens who collect recyclables from our garbage are awarded the Greenest City Leadership Award. But that’s what happened on Feb. 28th when the Binners’ Project was honored with a 2017 Award of Excellence for their incredible efforts to divert waste, directly enhancing the City’s Greenest Action Plan goals.
  • Photo by Kathleen Leahy 2017

    Event Sparks Connections and Interest to Support Hogan’s Alley Working Group

    With almost 100 people turning out on February 22nd to engage in dialogue and share perspectives on Hogan’s Alley, it was abundantly clear that there is a high level of interest in learning more about what became of the area that was once home to a small but growing African-Canadian community in Vancouver. The audience […]
  • A Hub for Learning

    Looking for a deep-dive into what makes a community-university space, like the Learning Exchange, tick? Check out The Learning Exchange: a Shared Space for the University of British Columbia and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Communities by Angela Towle and Kathleen Leahy. The article was featured in Metropolitan Universities fall issue (Volume 27, Issue 3) entitled Campus and […]
  • Binners add policy to their toolbox

    A new policy review commissioned by the Binners’ Project suggests that adding deposits to milk containers, or upping container deposits by as little as 5 cents, could mean more containers end up in recycling systems rather than landfills. The review is an example of how binners, self-employed street-level recyclers, are teaming up with university students to improve their communities and the environment.
  • drum beating, knowledge fair

    Downtown Eastside Community Research Knowledge Fair

    On September 16, the UBC Learning Exchange hosted Vancouver Native Health's knowledge fair with over 75 in attendance. The event epitomized the "spirit of 'by the community for the community.'"
  • A History of Culture Exchange

    On May 28th the UBC Learning Exchange hosted a screening of Cedar & Bamboo, exploring the unique relationships shared by early Chinese immigrants and Aboriginal peoples on Canada’s west coast.
  • Facilitator Conference

    Facilitator Conference Connects Volunteers Across Programs

    In early April, twenty-seven Learning Exchange facilitators gathered for a full day conference. Facilitators volunteer throughout the year, leading English conversation sessions, Learning Lab workshops (art, music, math, French, Spanish) and computer skills workshops. The conference was a chance for them to join together in professional development, including sessions on co-facilitation and learning preferences. Drawing […]
  • Second Mile Learners Thumbnail

    Seniors Helping Seniors

    This past spring the Learning Exchange and Vancouver Second Mile Society’s tried to address senior citizens being left out of the new digital world, with the seniors themselves leading the way.
  • The Year of the Horse

    To celebrate the Lunar New Year, a diversity of UBC Learning Exchange program participants came together to create a magnificent tin, brass and copper horse lantern from recycled materials. The lantern took shape under the direction of artists Heather Dawn Jones and Jason Paularitis, supported by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. Input from seniors […]
  • Econ Students Conference - Thumbnail

    Conference Gives Economics Students a Lot to Think About

    On January 25, 2014, the Learning Exchange hosted the UBC Economics Student Association’s Livability in Vancouver conference. The event brought together a variety of groups, including UBC students, representatives of the City of Vancouver, Downtown Eastside community groups and local residents. Through a range of panels, the event promoted an understanding of the complex issues […]
  • Exchange Student at the Learning Exchange

    Looking back over her fall term at UBC, Yiyue Wang, a student from Wuhan in China, says, “Being a part of Learning Exchange is probably the best part of my study abroad experience.”
  • UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2012

    The 2011-12 academic year marked a significant turning point in the evolution of the Learning Exchange. This report will relate some of the impacts of our work by sharing stories and profiles of success.
  • Stories of the Diaspora

    On June 8th, 15-20 refugee youth joined local artists to share their experiences as newcomers in Canada.
  • The Promise of Possibilities

    Envisioning possibilities is what’s keeping Angela Towle busy these days. Newly appointed as the Learning Exchange’s first Academic Director, Angela is looking at how the Learning Exchange can help broaden the connection between the University and the Downtown Eastside (DTES). “I feel passionate about the idea of an exchange – how different kinds of knowledge […]
  • Reading Week 2013

    Over Reading Week this year a group of UBC students, along with a member of UBC-CLI staff and a UBC alumna, joined UBC Learning Exchange IT Facilitators to co-create computer tutorial videos, to complement our computer workshops. First, to find out what kind of videos would be useful to computer beginners, the students assisted in a […]
  • Literacy Exchange

    On January 30th, the Learning Exchange hosted the Downtown Eastside Literacy Roundtable’s “Sharing and Supporting Ideas on Adult Learning in Our Community”: Downtown Eastside Volunteer Tutor/Facilitator Conference. The conference, which was attended by over 60 community members, covered a wide range of topics from “First Nations Ways of Learning in City Life” to “Identifying Strengths […]
  • Oasis Mural… In Motion

    Check out Kim Villagante’s video of the recently profiled Oasis Mural project:
  • Photo of Lloyd and Kay Chapman

    In Memoriam – Katherine (Kay) Chapman (1917-2012)

    Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. Kay Chapman shared a desire to give to others. As alumni who deeply valued scholarship and learning, the Chapmans were benefactors of diverse innovative initiatives across campus, including renovations of UBC’s Main Library heritage core (re-named the Chapman Learning Commons in their honour), a bursary fund, and an endowment to support […]
  • Oasis Murals

    In Living Colour

    The Oasis mural project has moved from sketches to reality. The mural creators include building tenants, students and helpers. They got together over a few bright days in September to undercoat, outline, paint and graffiti-proof three mural panels in the alley behind the Oasis building at 44 East Hastings. On her experiences facilitating the design […]
  • "I never let my schooling get in the way of my education"

    Voices from the Heart – Passion for Learning

    UBC Learning Exchange patrons and students are busy preparing their event for this year’s Heart of the City Festival. Passion for Learning, October 27th at 5pm, will be an interactive exhibition of images, personal stories and quotes, created in collaboration by Downtown Eastside residents and UBC students. Get Involved At UBC Campus (Point Grey): We […]
  • ESL Toolkit

    Toolkit for Language Learning

    You are about to facilitate a small ESL conversation group, you’d like to try something new and interesting, and you have five minutes to prepare—what do you do? Volunteer facilitators and learners in the ESL Conversation Program have a developed an answer—a toolkit of ESL materials that are fun, relevant to the learners, and easy for […]
  • Facilitators Pose with Whale Skeleton

    Staying Connected

    July 11th saw the UBC Learning Exchange’s second Alumni event. Facilitators from the ESL Conversation and Contributing Through Computers training programs gathered for a BBQ at Andy Livingstone park, followed by a tour of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC campus. The atmosphere was lively and sociable. With the sun shining and not a cloud […]
  • “Dragon’s Lair”: Student finds unexpected common ground

    Like many new volunteers in the Learning Exchange’s English Conversation program, Elaine Giang wasn’t very sure what to expect. The experience turned out to be worth writing home about—or in this case writing the 1st place story for the 2011/12 Chapman Story Awards.
  • Tom explains drawing technique

    Drawing Exchanges

    Tom Tam's philosophy on painting is "Draw from your heart".
  • True Exchange of Learning

    Alex is a 4th Year Sauder School of Business Student who has been volunteering with the Learning Exchange since November 2011. He’s been supporting the Contributing Through Computers program, running social media sessions and leading workshops for volunteer facilitators on more advanced aspects of information technology. Here are his thoughts midway through the experience: My […]
  • Facilitators share tips

    Alumni Reconnect and Share Tips

    The UBC Learning Exchange’s first ever Alumni Facilitator’s Event was held in January. Despite the snowfall, there was a good turn out as facilitators from both the ESL program and the Contributing Through Computers program gathered together for food, coffee, and good conversation in the plaza lounge at UBC Robson Square. Following brief opening remarks […]
  • Classroom Services Carolling Thumbnail

    UBC Classroom Services Visits to Share More Than Just Gifts

    On December 13th, the UBC Classroom Services team joined ESL learners in a first ever, festive carol sing-a-long, at the Learning Exchange.
  • Annual Update 2011

    UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2011

    The 2010-11 academic year marked a significant turning point in the evolution of the Learning Exchange. This report will relate some of the impacts of our work by sharing stories and profiles of success.
  • Strengths of Learning Communities: A Dialogue

    Participants – the learners and facilitators – in the UBC Learning Exchange’s ESL Conversation program are overwhelmingly positive about their experiences in the program. But what, exactly, makes it work so well? And what are some of the challenges?
  • Writing Across Borders: Heart of the City Festival Event

    What happens when writers’ experiences and personalities have always been expressed in and formed by languages other than English, but their new goal is to tell their stories in English?
  • Angels and Demons: Images of the Downtown Eastside

    ‘Angels and Demons’ is the working title of a photography project with several ambitious goals.  It aims to record a Downtown Eastside which many feel is inevitably changing. Another major goal is to have people from all walks of life explore their own attitudes to the Downtown Eastside.  Is the Downtown Eastside the accepting, artistic […]
  • Creating a Mural, and a Sense of Community

    Creating a Mural, and a Sense of Community

    Several murals have appeared on prominent Downtown Eastside walls and buildings over recent years. The UBC Learning Exchange’s “One Project at a Time” initiative is helping to create a mural that, while enlivening a community space, is ultimately about building new connections.
  • Tandem Learning Project: Language Exchanges

    What’s the best way to learn a new language? Some might say that language learning is most effective when it is based on a strong and trusting relationship. This is the basic idea of Tandem Learning--pairing up people interested in sharing their languages and supporting them to develop a ‘learning exchange’.
  • UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2010

    The UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2010 is available for viewing using Issuu.
  • November 4, 2010 – Life with a View – Digital Stories & Exhibition

    Storefront Event On November 4th at 7pm, the UBC Learning Exchange will be hosting a premiere of digital stories and artwork.  For the past several months, Downtown Eastside residents new to digital media, professional photographers volunteering their time and Learning Exchange staff have been collaborating on the creation of digital stories and images.  This has […]
  • UBC Learning Exchange Logo Crest

    Fourth Annual Report to McConnell Foundation Now Available

    The Fourth Annual Report to the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is now available from the UBC-Community Learning Initiative (UBC-CLI). This report summarizes the progress made in the past year by the UBC-CLI, a model for the advancement of curricular Community Service-Learning.
  • A Dialogue with John McKnight

    A Dialogue with John McKnight Now Online

    How can the University work with communities to achieve change? From the Learning Exchange archives watch this Fall 2009 dialogue with John McKnight, champion of Asset-Based Community Development, and panellists Janet Austin, Chris Kelly and Sachintha Wickramasinghe.
  • Donald Cameron speaks about his book "A Million Futures"

    A Million Futures – Symposium

    On August 30, 2010, UBC’s Learning Exchange and Canadian publisher Douglas and McIntyre hosted a symposium - The Next Million Futures: Research, Policy and Access to Higher Education where author Silver Donald Cameron gave an overview of his new book, A Million Futures. Policy experts, scholarship winners, and many others discussed the issues raised by the book.
  • Getting Wisdom The Transformative Power of Community Service-Learning

    Silver Donald Cameron’s new report for the McConnell Foundation about Community Service-Learning in Canada

    The McConnell Foundation has just published a report entitled "Getting Wisdom: The Transformative Power of Community Service-Learning". Written and compiled by Silver Donald Cameron, this report provides a really good overview about Community Service-Learning, how it works, and why it's important.
  • Jonathn Bowers was one of 74 Sauder students working in Terrace, Atlin, Courtenay and Campbell River. - Photo by Don Erhardt. Source: UBC Public Affairs

    Sauder students partner up with B.C. communities

    A pilot program that involved students from UBC’s Sauder School of Business working with entrepreneurs and non-profits in B.C. communities is set to become a permanent fixture of the University’s community service-learning (CSL) efforts.
  • Finding Our Way

    June 22, 2010 – UBC Learning Exchange Invites You to “Finding Our Way”

    The UBC Learning Exchange is pleased to show Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attili’s feature-length documentary film, “Finding Our Way”. The film traces the effects of colonization on two sub-tribes of the Carrier Nation in north central BC and examines the potential for reconciliation and partnership through community based approaches to economic development.
  • Reading Week Projects 2010

    2010 was a special year for the Reading Week 2010 Community Service Learning (CSL) Projects, as it saw an unprecedented number of UBC students involved, making the program the largest of its kind in Canada. As a result of UBC extending its one-week reading break to two weeks, over 450 students worked alongside almost 2500 […]
  • Reading Week 2010 Project Descriptions

    2010 was a special year for the Reading Week 2010 Community Service Learning (CSL) Projects, as it saw an unprecedented number of UBC students involved, making the program the largest of its kind in Canada. In its 9th year, the projects ran from February 16-18 and February 23-25, corresponding with the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. […]
  • Reading Week Projects provides various learning opportunities

    Olympic break provides students with golden learning opportunity

    “You are going to have a tremendous opportunity to connect with the kids in a way that will have an impact on their sense of self-confidence and well-being and self-esteem, and will really, truly make a difference in their learning,”
  • UBC students spend Olympic ‘holiday’ in inner-city schools

    Hundreds of university students traded their "reading week" holiday this month for a chance to work with children in inner-city schools. Read the original article from the Vancouver Sun.
  • Margo Fryer headed a UBC effort to forge a relationship with people living on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

    Low-key Learning Centre enables UBC to bond with the downtown eastside

    Forging a relationships. Vancouver Sun - November 9, 2009 - Residents balked at help with problems, but Learning Exchange earned respect.
  • UBC student Anushka Samarawickrama

    More UBC students volunteer for community service learning in 2010

    UBC student Anushka Samarawickrama is looking forward to the 2010 spring break so she can hang out with some special friends. But you won’t find them dancing in any Fort Lauderdale conga lines this Olympic year. She and her buds are reuniting in the same place their unique relationship started one year ago: an elementary school on Vancouver’s Eastside.
  • Composing music for gamelan

    Making beautiful music in the Downtown Eastside

    A UBC music researcher is teaching the world’s first university course on musical expressions in a Canadian inner city.
  • UBC Learning Exchange Crest Logo

    UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2009

    The UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2009 is now available for viewing using Issuu.
  • Lindsay Gordon & Stephen Toope

    HSBC Bank’s donation to support UBC initiatives in Vancouver’s downtown eastside

    September 29, 2009 - The University of British Columbia today announced that it has received a $2.17-million donation over seven years from HSBC Bank Canada to support two innovative community initiatives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
  • Students working on a Reading Week project

    2009 Community Service Learning Projects

    “I have gained valuable friends in my faculty who I am able to associate with every day, improving my grades and life at UBC. I have also gained new respect for the Downtown Eastside…”, says Daisuke Serizawa, a second year Nutritional Sciences student who participated in a Community Service-Learning (CSL) project over the Reading Week […]
  • Reading Week 2009

    UBC Reading Week 2009 community service projects in schools

    July 28, 2009 - “This experience allowed me to increase my awareness of the diverse communities that are present in Vancouver. By engaging in this activity, I became much more knowledgeable about the world at large.” This from a UBC student participating in the “Race to the Finish” Community Service Learning (CSL) project at Britannia Elementary School in Vancouver’s Eastside.
  • Learning Exchange links education with community support

    Globe and Mail - June 4, 2009 - Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is often referred to as Canada’s poorest six blocks, and the challenges faced by its residents are legion. But thanks to a University of British Columbia initiative,the Learning Exchange,many residents are facing those challenges with the support ofcommitted volunteers. In the process, UBC students are developing community awareness and leadership skills that can’t be taught on campus.
  • Downtown Eastside Office

    Celebrating nine years of learning exchanges

    On November 26th, 2008 the UBC Learning Exchange celebrated its ninth birthday and welcomed the community to its new location at 612 Main Street. The afternoon open house packed the Chinatown building with over 300 guests who reflected on almost a decade of creative and homegrown approaches to learning.
  • Athletic Programs 2008-09 Newsletter

    March 31, 2009 - Thank you to all varsity athletes, varsity coaches, Department of Athletics and Recreation staff, Thunderbird Athletic Coun-cil members and sponsors for another successful year of the Athletic Programs I'm Going to UBC and UBC Varsity Readers.
  • Learning Exchange Director receives prestigious Margaret Fulton Award

    March 22, 2009 - UBC Learning Exchange Director Dr. Margo Fryer received the 2008/09 Margaret Fulton Award for her outstanding contributions to student development and the university community. Dr. Fryer’s work has enabled thousands of UBC students to get involved in their community and explore firsthand what it means to be global citizens. Margo and several other distinguished award recipients were honored at the Student Development Awards ceremony hosted by the Office of the Vice President, Students.
  • Community Service-Learning projects done during Reading Week 2009

    Find out more about the UBC-Community Learning Initiative. Civil Engineering 201/202 and Community and Regional Planning 548B Science World at TELUS World of Science Outdoor Science Experience: UBC students provided input into what kinds of exhibits and experiences would fit within the opportunities and constraints for this sustainability-themed outdoor park to be built beside Science […]
  • Troubled residents can teach us a thing or two

    Margo Fryer is the founding director of the UBC Learning Exchange, a program that links University of British Columbia staff and students to inner-city schools and community groups, and has a storefront location in the Downtown Eastside.
  • New Student Directed Seminar Starting January 2009

    Social justice is not a term commonly associated with health policy, nor is it a concept often used to justify or critique health policy. Within this course we will strive to examine the connection health policy has with social justice, and the extent to which health policies can address health inequities in Canada and internationally.
  • UBC Learning Exchange Crest Logo

    Join the Dialogue and Debate!

    The spring Lecture Jams are starting at the Learning Exchange, on select Monday evenings in May and June 2008.  Everyone is welcome to attend the lively lectures led by Faculty members from UBC Vancouver. The following FREE public lectures run from 5-6:30 PM: Climate Change – past present, and future With: Sara Harris, Instructor, UBC […]
  • UBC Reading Week 2008 Community Service Projects in Schools

    Learning Without Borders

    With tremendous support from the UBC Learning Exchange, UBC Student Development, and the Vancouver School Board (VSB), 232 UBC students and over 1200 VSB students participated in 18 projects at eleven inner city elementary schools!
  • Building a Ming Dynasty Fence

    Community Service-Learning projects done during Reading Week 2008

    Agora Food Nutrition & Health 473 Educational Material Development & Healthy Local Produce Research: By examining Agora’s food inventory and identifying alternatives to nutritionally weak and non-local ingredients, students got hands-on experience of working in a local food market and gained a better understanding of food system issues. They also developed educational materials to display […]
  • Reading Week Projects 2008

    The 2008 Reading Week Community Service Learning (CSL) Projects were a huge success. With tremendous support from the UBC Learning Exchange, UBC Student Development, and the Vancouver School Board (VSB), 232 UBC students and over 1200 VSB students participated in 18 projects at eleven inner city elementary schools. Some of the UBC students got involved […]
  • Of Diaglogues and Debates: The UBC Learning Exchange Lecture Jam

    Monday evenings have become a time of lively dialogue and debate at the UBC Learning Exchange Storefront. Faculty members from UBC Vancouver are giving free lectures and leading discussions with storefront patrons on a variety of topics. From “ Critical Media Analysis” to the most recent lecture on “The History of Racism and Modern Race […]
  • Foresight – UBC 2006/07 Annual Report

    There Are No Ordinary Lives How much can we lose and still remain whole? Health, work, friends, home, esteem. Voice. Geraldine James had lost them all by the time a friend led her to the Learning Exchange, UBC’s storefront presence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Read more, Foresight – UBC 2006/07 Annual Report
  • Academic Matters: Moving from the Ivory Tower to the Community

    In the October 2007 issue of Academic Matters, Margot Fryer describes how UBC’s Learning Exchange has created a new community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in her article Moving from the Ivory Tower to the Community.
  • Marisol Petersen created a program that uses local skills to create change in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside - photo by Martin Dee

    Bridging Communities: Downtown Eastside residents connect with immigrants at the UBC Learning Exchange

    This ESL program is so successful that no recruitment is necessary. It continues to grow, attracting people simply by word of mouth. Over the past three years 80 facilitators from the community have led some 2,000 conversation group sessions for more than 450 immigrants.
  • Strathcona Fence Art

    Scratching Beneath the Surface: More Courses Adopt Community Service Learning

    Scratching Beneath the Surface More Courses Adopt Community Service Learning By Sarah Walker This coming year, up to 600 students will have the opportunity to be part of new UBC-Community Learning Initiative (UBC-CLI) courses. The Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Civil Engineering will each offer a […]
  • UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange Community Service Learning Project

    UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange First Community Service Learning Project a Great Success!

    “It was fun, I especially liked making the Slime” –that from a grade seven aboriginal student who was participating in the first community Service learning project conducted by the UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange. The project called “A University Experience” was a collaboration of the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, the Aboriginal Education Program in School District #23, […]
  • Brad Ashman

    Science Grad Helped Take UBC to World Series

    Science Grad Helped Take UBC to World Series By Basil Waugh Some athletes are known for outlandish contracts and even worse behaviour, but graduating UBC baseball pitcher Brad Ashman is an athlete on whom the mantle of role model actually fits. In addition to helping UBC clinch its first World Series appearance in the U.S.-based […]
  • Community Service-Learning projects done during Reading Week 2007

    Musqueam First Nations Band Introduction to First Nations Studies 200: Students from this class worked to revitalize an essential salmon spawning creek in collaboration with the Musqueam First Nations Band. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden Sociology; Canadian Studies 310: Students from this class worked with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown to […]
  • Dr. Margo Fryer

    Learning Exchange Director, Dr. Margo Fryer, receives Community Achievement Award

    On March 12, it was announced that Learning Exchange Director, Dr. Margo Fryer received a 2007 British Columbia Community Achievement Award. This award recognizes and celebrates British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others and who devote time and energy to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy, […]
  • Learning Exchange and UBC CLI Recognition Breakfast

    Celebrating Community Connections: Learning Exchange and UBC-CLI Recognition Breakfast

    On Wednesday, February 28, 2007, UBC’s President, Professor Stephen Toope, hosted a breakfast to celebrate the continuing success of the Learning Exchange and the launch of the new UBC-Community Learning Initiative. Guests at this year’s breakfast represented the diverse mix of people who are engaged with Learning Exchange and UBC-Community Learning Initiative activities: students who […]
  • Reading Week Projects 2007

    The sixth annual UBC Reading Week community service projects were a huge success this year according to all involved. From February 19-22, 156 UBC Vancouver students, four UBC-Okanagan students, and 15 students from Carleton University worked on 10 different projects in Vancouver schools. The projects, coordinated by the Learning Exchange and Student Development, also engaged […]
  • Math & Science Reading Week Project

    National Presence in Local Elementary Schools: UBC-Okanagan and Carleton University Students Join UBC Reading Week Projects

    The sixth annual UBC Reading Week community service projects were a huge success this year according to all involved.
  • Chapman Summer Project Descriptions 2006

    YWCA Crabtree Corner – Community Kitchen Hampers Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary Theatre for Change Central City Lodge – Music Library Dr. Peter Centre – Literacy Project Britannia Secondary – I Know Shakespeare YWCA Crabtree Corner – Community Kitchen Hampers – Nadia Formigoni and Vanessa Samur This summer, Nadia and Vanessa plan to help clients of Crabtree to […]
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and UBC commit $2.5 million to enroll five per cent of students in community service learning

    The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation has awarded the University of British Columbia a $1 million grant for a program that will see five per cent of undergraduate students – about 1,800 per year by 2011 – learning about their fields of study through short-term community service projects. The grant, from a private foundation based in […]
  • Fear and love in the city

    May 24, 2006 – Fear and love in the city

    One person called it “a great opportunity to interact with the community” and another said the event was “a chance to acknowledge what is happening in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community.”
  • UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange

    Eccott Gift Helps Create UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange

    Kelowna residents James and Shirley-Anne Eccott have committed $250,000 to help establish a new Learning Exchange program through UBC Okanagan. Their gift, initially earmarked for consultation and planning, will create an ongoing legacy for students and the Okanagan as the Learning Exchange grows. “We are providing the seed money to formulate a plan – to […]
  • UBC Trek Leaders

    The Trek Leadership Network

    Trek Leadership Network The Trek Leadership Network provides students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and values necessary to become effective leaders. Students gain leadership skills by: Coordinating skills workshops for student volunteers Participating in community development / educational workshops Participating and collaborating within the leadership team Participating in core leadership training Facilitating student […]
  • Reading Week Projects Expand, Students Gain New Perspectives

    Reading Week Projects Expand, Students Gain New Perspectives

    From February 13-16, over 300 UBC students completed 20 projects in the community. This annual UBC initiative is coordinated by the Learning Exchange and Student Development, with assistance from departments across the campus.
  • Chapman Student Leadership Award Recipients

    Recognizing Excellence: Chapman Community Service Awards Presented to Outstanding Trek Program Participants

    Chapman Community Service Awards were presented to twenty-one UBC students at the UBC Learning Exchange Chapman Awards reception on April 6th, 2006. Thirteen students received Chapman Student Recognition Awards, four received Chapman Student Leadership Awards, three students were awarded writing contest prizes and seven students were granted Chapman Summer Project Awards. Chapman Recognition Awards are […]
  • A Celebration to Remember

    A Celebration to Remember – Recognizing the Achievements of Trek Program Volunteers

    On Wednesday, March 1, 2006, UBC’s President, Martha Piper, hosted the annual Learning Exchange Trek Program participant recognition breakfast. This event brought together over 150 Trek Program volunteers, staff from community partner organizations, and UBC faculty and staff members to celebrate the work students have done in the community this year. In conversations with each […]
  • Reading Week Projects 2006

    In 2006, over 300 UBC students took part in 20 community service projects during the University’s Reading Week. The projects ranged from painting murals featuring elementary school children’s dreams to designing peace flags and banners to educating kids about the importance of healthy food choices to monitoring incubating salmon eggs. The projects stimulated UBC students’ […]
  • Not Your Typical Spring Break: Hundreds of UBC Students Sign Up for Community Service

    Media Release Sent by UBC Public Affairs on Thursday, February 9th, 2006: Next week hundreds of University of British Columbia students will be forgoing the infamous rowdy Cancun beach vacation to spend their spring breaks working with more than 1,000 children in Vancouver’s inner city neighbourhoods. UBC’s reading week break, from February 13-17, will see […]
  • Not Your Ordinary Tool Shed

    School cob shed project helps engineering student build world view By Lorraine Chan Sometimes real-life learning isn’t as neat and tidy as a planned curriculum, but the pay-off can be infinitely richer. That’s what UBC engineering student Garth Howey discovered last year in his Learning Exchange Trek project to build a cob tool shed at […]
  • Chapman Summer Project Descriptions 2005

    Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary Partnership Development St. James Community Service Society Memoir Writing Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary Creative Writing Program Sheway Family Network Project Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary Cob-it Up! Project Carleton Elementary Growing Kids Project Sir William Macdonald Elementary Introduction to Literature Project Kettle Friendship Society Summer Project Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh Elemetary Partnership Development – Christine Boyle Christine spent the summer working […]
  • Hampton Place Community Fund Supports Bursary Program

    The residents of Hampton Place, a neigbourhood on UBC’s campus, are continuing their support for the Learning Exchange bursary program. The Hampton Place gift, matched by an equivalent contribution from UBC’s Continuing Studies Department, makes it possible for residents of the Downtown Eastside and other inner city neighbourhoods to take courses in UBC Continuing Studies’ […]
  • Community Service-Learning Conference a Success!

    On June 17, the UBC Learning Exchange and the newly-formed Canadian Association for Community Service-Learning co-hosted a very successful regional conference that brought together more than 70 people with an interest in community service-learning (CSL). Many educational institutions and community organizations were represented. The post-secondary educational institutions present included UBC, Simon Fraser University, University of […]
  • Maple Leaf Tenors in Concert

    Co-sponsored by Vancouver Public Library and the UBC Learning Exchange. In celebration of Canada Day, the Maple Leaf Tenors will appear in concert with pianist Karen Lee-Morlang at the Vancouver Public Library. They will entertain the audience with arrangements of beloved Canadian folk songs, opera, and musical theatre and popera ballads. Philip Grant, Ken Lavigne and […]
  • UBC Trek Leaders

    Passions Clubs Expand

    What do 150 elementary school children have in common with 20 UBC undergraduate students? They are all passionate about cooking, cooperative games, science, arts and crafts, and Harry Potter! Over the past two years, a group of UBC undergraduate students spent Friday afternoons leading lessons on topics they were passionate about with children at Tillicum […]
  • UBC Young Alumni Help Build Community

    UBC Young Alumni Help Build Community

    On Saturday June 11, several UBC Young Alumni, graduates of the last ten years, joined forces with the UBC Learning Exchange Trek Program to spend time with residents at St. James Community Services Society Santiago Lodge in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for a day of building community.  Alumni and residents spent the day doing garden and […]
  • UBC Staff Help to Keep Vancouver Spectacular

    UBC Staff Help to Keep Vancouver Spectacular

    UBC staff from the Finance and Administration portfolio joined forces with students, teachers and community members at Laura Secord Elementary School in Vancouver’s Eastside to clean up their community as part of the City of Vancouver’s Keep Vancouver Spectacular initiative. This was Secord’s second year participating in the City’s initiative. Nearly 30 UBC staff worked […]
  • Building Learning Networks: BC Regional Community Service-Learning Conference

    Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Community Service-Learning in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange June 17, 2005 UBC Robson Square (800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC) 8:30am – 4:30 pm Interested in learning more about Community Service-Learning and how it works? Join us for this one-day conference, part of a series of national conferences on Community Service-Learning […]
  • The UBC Learning Exchange Storm the Wall team

    Learning Exchange Staff Storm the Wall

    On March 24th, 2005 a team of UBC Learning Exchange staff members participated in UBC Intramural’s annual Storm the Wall event. The Learning Exchange team proudly stormed the wall in just over 17 minutes! Storm the Wall is a 5-person relay event. 1 person swims 9 laps of the pool, tags off to a sprinter […]
  • Chapman Community Service Awards

    At the UBC Learning Exchange Trek Program Recognition Breakfast on March 23rd, 2005, twenty-nine UBC students were presented with Chapman Community Service Awards. Twelve students received Chapman Student Recognition Awards, five received Chapman Student Leadership Awards, three students were awarded writing contest prizes and nine students were granted Chapman Summer Project Awards. The Learning Exchange […]
  • TELUS Contributes $2.4 Million to UBC

    The University of British Columbia and TELUS today announced a contribution and strategic alliance with a combined value of $2.4 million for UBC Robson Square, advanced information technology infrastructure to support learning and research, and the UBC Learning Exchange. The partnership will help ensure area residents, non-profit organizations, businesses and inner city schools will continue […]
  • UBC Learning Exchange Trek Program Receives Helen McCrae Award

    The UBC Learning Exchange Trek Program has been selected to receive UBC’s 2004/2005 Helen McCrae Award. This annual award is given by the Campus Advisory Board on Student Development (CABSD) in recognition for an AMS, GSS, or UBC student service that has had a significant positive impact on student life and student development at UBC. […]
  • Reading Week Community Service Projects 2005

    A huge thank you to all students, faculty, staff and community members who participated in this year’s Reading Week Community Service Projects, sponsored by the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Student Development.
  • Let’s Talk Science and Reading Week

    What happens when you combine a couple of keen UBC graduate students, excited to share their love of science, with 14 eager UBC undergraduate students and 30 grade 6/7 students from the Seymour Elementary School for three days during Reading Week? You get lots of laughs, contagious excitement, and memories to last a lifetime. Oh, and you learn a […]
  • UBC Staff Opportunity: Roots of Empathy Instructors

    The Vancouver School Board is currently recruiting volunteer instructors for their Roots of Empathy program. Roots of Empathy is a national not-for-profit organization that seeks to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children. The program aims to reduce aggression in children through the fostering of empathy and emotional literacy. […]
  • Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary School: Hallway Mural Painting Project

    Reading Week Projects 2005

    This February, over 200 UBC students took part in 14 community service projects during the University’s Reading Week. Ranging from painting a mural focussed on building community and working on a quilting project on the theme of personal and social responsibility to preparing gardens for spring planting and renovating a parent space, the projects stimulated […]
  • Vancouver Public Library Presents: New Arts Audience 2005

    Co-sponsored by the UBC Learning Exchange and the UBC School of Music The UBC Learning Exchange, in partnership with the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, sponsors this popular concert and lecture series, located in the spacious Alice MacKay Room of the central VPL branch. This series is presented monthly on weeknight evenings and […]
  • Announcing: The Canadian Association for Community Service-Learning

    Connecting academic research and study to the life of local communities is recognized by a growing number of countries as a key to improving social conditions across the globe. In Canada, funds recently have been secured from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to establish the Canadian Association for Community Service-Learning (CACSL). This developing national association […]
  • UBC Staff Contribute to Grandview School Holiday Festivities

    UBC Staff celebrate community UBC staff shared their festive spirit before the holidays at Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary School. This school has been a partner in the Learning Exchange Trek Program for several years. Grandview held their first annual Christmas Dinner for students and their families on Monday, December 13, 2004.  Nearly 15 UBC staff helped with […]
  • Introduction to Sociology

    With Patricia Kachuk and Rima Wilkes –- UBC Department of Anthropology and Sociology. These workshops will focus on increasing our understanding of what sociology is and how it is used in our everyday life. Each workshop will be about 50% lecture and 50% discussion of the lecture material. Sociology and the Sociological Perspective Friday, Nov. […]
  • “Night Before the Opera” at Carnegie Centre

    Hosted by Doug Tuck, Communications Manager at the Vancouver Opera, and Karen Lee-Morlang, Music Coordinator at the UBC Learning Exchange. In collaboration with the Vancouver Opera, the UBC Learning Exchange produces and hosts an informal 60 to 90 minute introductory session about each of the operas in the 2004-2005 Opera season. Each session consists of […]
  • Vancouver Public Library presents: New Arts Audience Project

    Co-sponsored by the UBC Learning Exchange and the UBC School of Music The UBC Learning Exchange, in partnership with the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, sponsors this popular concert and lecture series, located in the spacious Alice MacKay Room of the central VPL branch. This series is presented monthly on weeknight evenings and […]
  • Reading Week Community Service Projects – Information Session for UBC Students

    Information Session for UBC Students When: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 Where: Dodson Room, Main Library Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm Refreshments Provided: Pizza and Pop Are you a student interested in gaining new perspectives and developing valuable leadership skills?  We are looking for dynamic students to be participants or leaders for this year’s Reading Week projects. […]
  • Downtown Eastside Educator Receives Great Trekker Award

    Vancouver, BC (September 23, 2004) – A University of British Columbia alumni lauded for bringing innovative educational programs to the Downtown Eastside is this year’s Great Trekker Award recipient. Dr. Margo Fryer, Director of the UBC Learning Exchange, was selected as the recipient for this year’s award, joining other community leaders such as CBC journalist […]
  • UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2004

    The UBC Learning Exchange aims to strengthen the social fabric of the Vancouver region by building relationships between people from UBC and people from inner city neighbourhoods. The Learning Exchange Trek Program gives students, staff, faculty, and alumni the opportunity to learn about community issues through firsthand volunteer work in community organizations. Learning Exchange Educational […]
  • Chapman Summer Project Descriptions 2004

    Arts Studio Program at the Dr. Peter Centre Computer Skills Training at the Dr. Peter Centre YWCA Crabtree Social Venture Project UBC Learning Exchange ESL Pilot Project Strathcona Community School Yard Greening and Beautification Project Grandview/?Uuquina’kuuh School Music Appreciation Program Kidsafe Summer Arts Program Arts Studio Program at the Dr. Peter Centre – James O’Neill […]
  • Community Service-Learning Seminar Offered at the UBC Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG)

    The UBC Learning Exchange will be facilitating a TAG seminar on October 4, 2004: Community Service-Learning: Making academic work come alive through community involvement. UBC’s goal is to have 10% of our students engaged in community service-learning by 2010. What is this pedagogical approach and how can instructors incorporate it into their courses? This seminar […]
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Pilot Project Offered at the Learning Exchange

    The UBC Learning Exchange English as a Second Language (ESL) Pilot Project is a not-for-profit, student-led initiative that offers new immigrants free English conversation tutorials at the UBC Learning Exchange storefront office in Downtown Vancouver. Over the course of the summer, local Downtown Eastside residents who have attended facilitator-training workshops will teach one-on-one conversation tutorials […]
  • UBC’s Learning Exchange Trek Program is working with the Young Alumni Network

    UBC’s Learning Exchange Trek Program is working with the Young Alumni Network to engage recent graduates of UBC in community projects in Vancouver’s Eastside. These pilot projects will take place June 12 and 19, 2004. These projects will give recent UBC grads an opportunity to combine meaningful community service with learning and dialogue about inner […]
  • UBC Continuing Studies Bursaries For Graduates Of UBC “101” Courses

    The residents of Hampton Place at UBC recently donated funds to the UBC Learning Exchange to enable graduates of the 101 courses offered through UBC to take a UBC Continuing Studies or UBC Writing Centre course. The candidates will be graduates of Humanities 101, Science 101, Music Appreciation 101, Self-Advocacy 101 or Entrepreneurship 101. This […]
  • Adrienne Montgomery

    Participant Reflections: Reading Week Projects 2004 – UBC Learning Exchange

    The 2004 Reading Week Community Service Projects involved a diverse mix of students, faculty and staff from various educational and personal backgrounds. One month after the completion of the projects, participants were invited to write about their experiences during the Reading Week project. What follows are some of the wide ranging responses from student and […]
  • Gamelan Extravaganza

    When: April 4, 2004 at 7:00 pm Where: UBC at Robson Square, Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson St. Lower Level Cost: Free Admission Again this year, Gamelan Extravaganza, co-sponsored by the UBC Learning Exchange and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia will be presented at the UBC Robson Square Theatre, April 4th, 2004. […]
  • Charles Dickens Elementary School Project - Reading Week Projects 2004

    Reading Week Projects 2004

    This February, nearly 200 UBC students took part in 17 community service projects during the University’s Reading Week. Up from four projects in 2003, this year’s 17 projects included 16 in Vancouver and one in Guelph, Ontario. Ranging from painting a health and wellness mural in a community school lunchroom to teaching computer skills at […]
  • Who Cares? Creative Responses To Social Obligations Presents

    Urban Traplines — Exploring Safety And Social Inclusion In Our City This public dialogue series on civil society examines How we, in a modern society, care for each other, particularly those in need. The series explores new Ways of creatively re-engaging citizens in their collective social obligations and seeks to stimulate New ways of thinking […]
  • Chapman Summer Project Proposal Writing Workshop

    A Chapman Summer Project Proposal Writing Workshop will be available on Monday, February 2, 2004, 3:00-5:00 pm at the Learning Exchange Downtown Office, 121 Main Street. If you are interested in attending, please contact Renee Nandan.
  • Building Livable Communities: the 4th Annual Sustainability Conference at UBC

    Date: Friday, January 30th and Saturday 31st Location: First Nations House of Learning How do we CREATE, envision, transform and discover our communities? How can we make them healthy — ecologically and socially sustainable? Topics Green design, community planning, international development, governance, health, energy, media, art, dance, gender, transportation, social inequality, diversity, activism, urban agriculture, […]
  • UBC Learning Exchange, UBC School of Music, and the Firehall Arts Centre Present: A Holiday Concert

    When: Thursday 8:00 pm, December 11th, 2003 Where: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 Cordova Street Cost: Admission is FREE, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Students from the Learning Exchange Music Appreciation 101 class and performers from the UBC School of Music invite you to participate in a delightful evening […]
  • UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update (2003)

    The UBC Learning Exchange operates the Trek Volunteer Program and a number of community-based Educational Programs. These programs, and the partnerships on which they are based, aim to strengthen the social fabric of the Vancouver region. This brief report presents the highlights of our activities over the past year. Trek Volunteer Program Volunteer Community Service […]
  • UBC School of Music Donates Digital Keyboard

    The UBC Learning Exchange is excited to announce that we now have a beautiful digital piano in residence at our storefront location on Main Street! In a wonderful gesture to reinforce their support of the music programs at the Learning Exchange, the UBC School of Music has generously donated one of their Roland digital keyboards […]
  • Canadian Road Movies

    Three Friday nights in November Canadian road movies are a special genre. They have some major differences with Hollywood, and those differences may be a good insight to why we are who we are. Film is often a reflection of the culture that creates it, but it may even be an instigator of that culture. […]
  • UBC Learning Exchange Crest Logo

    UBC Learning Exchange Annual Update 2003

    The UBC Learning Exchange operates the Trek Volunteer Program and a number of community-based Educational Programs. These programs, and the partnerships on which they are based, aim to strengthen the social fabric of the Vancouver region. This brief report presents the highlights of our activities over the past year. Trek Volunteer Program Volunteer Community Service […]
  • Chapman Summer Project Descriptions 2003

    St. James Community Service Society Bereavement Project YWCA Crabtree Corner Volunteer Program Project Ray-Cam Community Cooperative Centre Math Camp Strathcona School and Community Centre St. James Community Services Society Summer Picnics Grandview / ?Uuqinak’uuh Elementary School Garden Project St. James Community Service Society Bereavement Project – Bre-el Davis and Sarah Swann Bre’el and Sarah worked […]
  • FIX: The Story of an Addicted City returns to Vancouver

    This documentary movie tells the story of the city’s adoption of its four pillar drug policy approach and the struggle of drug users in the DTES to have their voices heard. Vancouver Location When: September 19 to 25 at 7 pm nightly Where: Van East Cinema (2290 Commercial Drive) Surrey Location When: September 19 to […]
  • A performance of "The Carnival of the Animals"

    Carnival of the Animals

    Carnival of the Animals On June 5, 2003, the UBC Learning Exchange sponsored and presented a performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” for 500 elementary school children at the Hastings Community School. “The Carnival of the Animals” by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens is a fantasy about the zoo, full of amusement and frolic. […]
  • Taking Education and Learning into Our Community

    In the August 2003 issue of UBC Reports, Margo Fryer, the Director of UBC Learning Exchange comments on Community Service Learning (CSL) in Canada. View the complete article, Taking Education and Learning into Our Community (.pdf) Original Source: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports/2003/03aug07/education.html QuickFind Community Service Learning
  • The UBC Learning Exchange: the Academy in the World

    The feature article in the July issue of Informed, UBC’s Government Relations newsletter, is by Margo Fryer, the Director of the Learning Exchange. This article gives readers an account of some of the key activities undertaken by the Learning Exchange. Read the article, The UBC Learning Exchange: the Academy in the World (.pdf)
  • Canadian Society Lecture Series

    By Rima Wilkes, Assistant Professor, UBC How well do we really know ourselves as Canadians? These classes will focus on increasing our understanding of Canadian Society. Sessions will involve a combination of lectures, group discussion and activities. Handouts will be provided. Region in Canada — Friday, July 18th 7:00 – 9:00 PM Canada — U.S. […]
  • “Gamelan Extravaganza”

    On April 12, 2003, the UBC Learning Exchange and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia co-sponsored and presented “Gamelan Extravaganza!” at the UBC Robson Square Theatre. The concert was a huge success, with an enthusiastic audience of over 400 people from communities all over the Lower Mainland. It was particularly wonderful that this […]
  • Raul receiving his certificate

    Entrepreneurship 101 Graduation

    Entrepreneurship 101 Graduation On April 30th, the graduates of the first Entrepreneurship 101 course gathered in the HSBC Hall at UBC Robson Square to celebrate their successful completion of the course. Faculty from UBC Commerce who taught in the course, MBA students who acted as tutors, and instructors from community organizations joined family and friends […]
  • Music Appreciation 101 Graduation

    After eight months of lectures, concerts, workshops and tutorials, the Music Appreciation 101 class graduated on April 16, 2003. The ceremony, dinner and concert took place at the UBC International House. Family and friends of the 17 graduates attended, as well as staff and volunteers from the Learning Exchange and speakers and performers from the […]
  • Cyclists In Cinema: Three Cyclists, Three Cultures, Three Great Movies

    Three Friday nights in May. Bicycle Thieves – Friday, May 9th 6:30-9:00 PM Following World War II the bicycle was made a cinematic symbol by the Italians in the now-classic Neo-realist film Bicycle Thieves, in which a man’s livelihood and manhood are taken away when his bicycle is stolen. The social effects of war and […]
  • Chapman Service Awards winners with UBC President Martha Piper

    Trek Volunteers Receive Service Awards

    At a volunteer appreciation breakfast on March 27th, UBC President, Martha Piper, and UBC Learning Exchange Director, Margo Fryer, presented eighteen Trek Volunteers with Chapman Service Awards. Eleven volunteers received Chapman Distinguished Service Awards and eight volunteers were granted Chapman Summer Project Awards. Chapman Distinguished Service Awards were given to students who displayed exceptional leadership […]
  • Community Service Learning in Canada: Building Momentum

    Date: June 19 to 21, 2003 The UBC Learning Exchange is excited to host the 2003 national meeting on Community Service Learning, June 19 to 21. You are invited to join us for thought provoking speakers, workshops and dialogue about the power of this experiential learning model. Registration Meeting Fees * June 19th is a […]
  • UBC Continuing Studies Bursaries for Graduates of UBC “101” Courses

    The residents of Hampton Place at UBC and UBC Continuing Studies have donated funds to support 101 course graduates in their continued pursuit of education. The sponsors will provide tuition for a UBC Continuing Studies course, as well as $50 for course-related expenses, to selected alumni from Humanities 101, Science 101, Music Appreciation 101 and […]
  • Gamelan Extravaganza

    Sponsored and presented by the UBC Learning Exchange and the Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver. When: Saturday April 12, 2003 at 7:00 P.M. Where: UBC Robson Square Theatre (800 Robson Street) – Lower Level Cost: Free Admission!!! Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship Between Indonesia and Canada! Featuring Javanese, Balinese, and Contemporary Sundanese Gamelan Music. Music […]
  • Self Advocacy 101

    Deadline for applications is April 1, 2003. Classes start at the end of April. Self Advocacy 101 is a 10 – 12 week course that will provide program participants with an overview of the legal and government systems in British Columbia, an understanding of what it means to advocate on one’s own behalf, and information […]
  • April 3, 2003 – FIX: The Story of an Addicted City — UBC Screening

    Storefront Event Date/Time: April 3, 2003, 7:30pm Where: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Royal Bank Theatre Cost: Tickets are $8 and are available at the door This documentary movie, one of four films being being screened as part of Doc’n Talk: UBC’s Own Documentary Film Festival, tells the story of the city’s adoption […]
  • Zeus, Aphrodite, and Dionysus: A three part seminar series on The Greek Gods at the Learning Exchange

    By Dr. Rob Cousland, UBC Religious Studies Zeus: Father of Gods and Men Date and Time: Friday, March 14 6:30 – 8:30 PM How did Zeus come to be the ruling god in the Greek pantheon? Why is he portrayed so frequently as the lover of mortals and immortals? How powerful was he? This seminar […]
  • Chapman Writing Contest Award Winners 2002

    The Trek Volunteer Program is excited to announce the Chapman Writing Contest Award winners 2002: The following documents are in PDF Format (requires the free Acrobat Reader). 1st Place: Snapshots of the Downtown Eastside by Chris Fraser 2nd Place: Sketches of the Downtown Eastside by Aaron Wong 3rd Place: Playing and Learning at Dickens Elementary […]
  • I'm Going to UBC Event

    I’m Going To UBC” a Definite Success!

    “…I realized that they (women’s volleyball) play with a high level of skill, determination and participation. Plus, I realized I could do that too!” — Ashley Wong, Hastings Community School “Thanks for teaching me new volleyball skills and showing me what life is like at UBC.” — Anthony Tseng, Hastings Community School 29 UBC varsity […]
  • Lord Nelson Elementary School Project

    Reading Week Projects 2003

    During this year's spring break 38 UBC students took part in four community service projects: three in Vancouver and one in Guelph, Ontario. The projects stimulated students' thinking about important social issues and enabled students to apply their enthusiasm and energy to projects that benefited community organizations.
  • Vancouver Public Library presents: Beethoven & the Sonata Form

    Community Event This event will be popular, so pre-registration is required. Even with pre-registration, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis so plan to arrive early. When: Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, 6:00pm. Where: Alice MacKay Room Lower Level Central Library, 350 West Georgia St. Cost: Admission is FREE, but seating is limited. Registration is […]
  • Future Connections: The Third Annual UBC Sustainability Conference

    Partner Event When: Saturday January 18, 2003, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Where: First Nations House of Learning, UBC This one day conference features keynote speakers Dr. Bill Rees from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, Helen Spiegelman from SPEC, and Dr. Freda Pagani from UBC’s Campus Sustainability Office as well as afternoon panel […]
  • Reading Week Community Service Projects

    Successful applicants will take part in an exciting week of hands-on team work and experiential learning. Teams of students will do short-term projects with community organizations and learn about urban issues such as poverty, hunger, racism, and the shortage of affordable and liveable housing. Students will work with peers from a variety of faculties and programs while being challenged to think critically about citizenship and community on a personal level.
  • Entrepreneurship 101 Aims To Break Down Barriers To Business Education

    Building business knowledge and helping participants turn business ideas into new venture realties are the key goals of a new educational program launched this fall. The program has been designed through a partnership consisting of the UBC Learning Exchange, UBC Commerce and members of the Downtown Eastside community. Appropriately named Entrepreneurship 101, sponsored by HSBC […]
  • The Song Circle & Friends Presents a Vocal and Instrumental Music Concert

    Please join us at the St. James Church for a wonderful evening of vocal, string and piano music presented by students of the UBC Music School and the dynamic group The Song Circle. Hosted by the Learning Exchange’s music director and pianist, Karen Lee-Morlang, the concert will feature favorite excerpts as well as music inspired […]
  • I Love the DTES October 2002 Concerts

    On October 19th , the cast of the I Love the Downtown Eastside show, most of whom live in and around the Downtown Eastside, performed in the theatre at UBC Robson Square in front of 120 members of the public. The show included original songs, poems, stand-up comedy, and testimonials written by the cast, as […]
  • Learning Exchange celebrates second birthday with Open House

    YOU ARE INVITED! To The UBC Learning Exchange Second Birthday Celebration! Where: 121 Main Street Between Powell And Alexander When: Friday, November 8, 2002 Drop in anytime between 2:00 Pm To 5:00 Pm There Will Be Food, Entertainment, Music, Door Prizes And Of Course Birthday Cake!
  • FIX: The Story of an Addicted City

    This documentary movie tells the story of the city’s adoption of its four pillar drug policy approach and the struggle of drug users in the DTES to have their voices heard. It is playing at the: Granville 7 Cinemas, 855 Granville. Show times are 7:00 and 9:30 daily plus 4:00 matinees on Saturday and Sunday. […]
  • “Scratch Beneath the Surface: Learning through Community Engagement”

    Join students, faculty, and staff involved in the Learning Exchange Trek Volunteer Program and the Hands-On Science program for a panel, video and discussion about the power of community service. Date: October 28th, 2002 Time: 5:00-6:00 pm Location: Dodson Room, Chapman Learning Commons, Main Library
  • Two Free October performances of “I love the Downtown Eastside”

    In a new partnership with Savage God Theatre, the UBC Learning Exchange is presenting two performances of I Love the Downtown Eastside featuring a strong cast of downtown eastside performers. This ground-breaking show, directed by John Juliani, shatters stereotypes and reveals the hidden face of the Downtown Eastside from multiple viewpoints. Following the performances, there […]
  • Entrepreneurship 101 and Music Appreciation 101

    -Entrepreneurship 101, supported by HSBC Bank Canada The Learning Exchange is excited to announce a new course, Entrepreneurship 101 starting Wednesday, October 2, 2002. The free non-credit six-month course is taught by UBC Commerce faculty, UBC graduate students, and local business leaders. The course is designed for people who have an interest in starting their […]
  • The UBC Learning Exchange Celebrates Two Years of Productive Partnerships!

    Two years ago, the Learning Exchange established its storefront at 121 Main Street, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Since then we have been working to develop learning-focused partnerships between people from UBC and people in inner-city communities as a way of strengthening the social fabric of our region. This report briefly summarizes what has been accomplished […]
  • Youth Photography Project

    The photography project was a two-month project, aiming to teach photography to inner-city teenagers. In conjunction with Britannia Community Services Center and the Learning Exchange Chris Fraser ran coordinated photography workshops, lectures and outings for eight teenagers. The group has done field trips to Granville Island, Chinatown, Stanley Park, a commercial studio and a photo […]
  • Strathcona Gardening / Mural Project

    The Gardening Project was an exciting and busy two-month project that Mina Chung and Chris Fraser coordinated in conjunction with Strathcona Elementary School. They spent the first month, May, working primarily on a veggie garden with seven classes from kindergarten to grade two. Taking the children out in small groups they planted, tended to and […]
  • Triage Volunteer Program Creation Project

    The Chapman Summer Project fulfilled an important role at Triage as it created a supportive, structured volunteer program at the society, allowing community members “to develop and implement a plan for the future” as the shelter’s mission statement testifies. The volunteer program was adapted to address the needs of staff and volunteers alike. On a […]
  • Tap Dance Program

    The Ray-Cam Summer Tap Program was launched in May 2002, with a series of four free, introductory tap dance workshops for the kids at Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre (a community and recreation centre in the Downtown Eastside / Strathcona area). The pilot classes included a discussion of the cultural history of tap dance, a few video […]
  • Reading Week Projects 2002

    "I think the concept of service projects is fabulous and should be encouraged more at UBC. Thanks for providing me with the highlight of my university career!"
  • UBC Learning Exchange Crest Logo

    Progress report to the Downtown Eastside and UBC communities — October, 2001 The Learning Exchange celebrates first birthday!

    by Margo Fryer, Director The Learning Exchange marks its first birthday this October. The Learning Exchange (at 121 Main Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside) is an expression of UBC’s commitment to build stronger relationships with the community-at-large. UBC believes that a university’s role in the community is to facilitate the exchange, development, and application of […]