This Week at UBC Host Search

We’re looking for a new host!

A new semester is here and we’re searching for a new personality to star in our This Week at UBC video series. The UBCevents host will film a minimum of one video per week during the winter session with the opportunity to continue from May 2016 onwards. The successful applicant will also get access to several special events throughout the year when filming opportunities arise. Time commitment is max. 5 hours per week.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a current UBC student in good academic standing.

To Apply:

Upload a video of yourself on YouTube expressing why you want to be the next host for UBCevents. Email the link to your video and a short bio to info.events@ubc.ca by October 10, 2015.

Please note that this is a volunteer position. The successful candidate will start in mid-October.

For questions about the UBCevents Video Host position, please contact info.events@ubc.ca.

There and Back Again: A UBC Grad’s Tale


Ready to join these friends as UBC alumni! Photo Source: Tina Gao

When I think about graduation quickly approaching, one word comes into mind: uncertainty.

Maybe anxious. And precarious.
Insecure too?
Okay, many words cross my mind, but you get the idea. Many of you soon-to-be grads are surely feeling the same to a degree, and if you’re not, you may in the next couple of years. It’s almost inevitable because for the first time in 17 years (more or less), many of us will relinquish our student status.


I learned to love two things as a Residence Advisor: my residents, and mud. Photo Source: Tina Gao

As I look back on the last five years of my life, I can recount a basketful of memories that truly define why these five years were the best years. From playing sports in intramural leagues to the late night dorm room chats, to Block Parties, and from up and down the Wreck Beach stairs, I was able to pursue the hobbies that I already loved at UBC, and had the best time doing so! But these are not the memories that come to mind first when I think about my entire undergrad experience.


Never a dull moment with Live Active Outreach at UBC Intramurals. Photo Source: Austin Kretzschmar

The memories that I hold closest and dearest all contain moments of difficulty, doubt, and obstacles. These moments were rarely comfortable, unlike pursuing all the hobbies that I was familiar with. I successfully campaigned to be House President as a first year student, with no previous knowledge of the position or life in residence. I became a Residence Advisor in second year amidst a time of overwhelming personal and mental health challenges. But both of these moments brought upon irreplaceable and unconditional friendships, laying the relational foundation for the rest of my UBC journey. Through International Service Learning, I worked on HIV projects in Swaziland for three months and lived with a host family, all while situated alone. With no prior experience of solo traveling or cross-cultural navigation, I doubted that my grit and resilience could overcome precarious situations. But this experience was the moment in my undergrad when I discovered my true passions, and it paved the direction of my degree. When I accepted my first Co-op placement in cancer research, I was insecure about my skills and feared incompetency. And indeed, I made many mistakes but I also had the opportunity to contribute to healthcare research aimed to improve cancer prognosis. When I signed up for Storm the Wall Ironwoman this past year, I wasn’t certain I could even swim any laps. But when I got over the wall, I realized that the friends I had made over these 5 years would always be with me, every leg of life’s race to help me achieve my goals.


Colour Wars, the best day in first year residence. Photo Source: Tina Gao


My host brother and I making our way down to the stream in Mbabane, Swaziland. Photo Source: Tina Gao

Climbing the mountain of challenges and breaking my comfort bubble produced the most rewarding, meaningful, and gratifying memories. In fact, these moments in my five years at UBC made me a risk taker, an adventurer, a scholar, and a pathfinder. Graduation is simply another one of these moments. So alongside all the uncertainty, I’m also beyond ecstatic to see mine and every grad’s growth and potential in the next chapter.

As Bilbo would say, “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.”



Completing Storm the Wall Ironwoman – height is not a barrier! Photo Source: Rachel von Hahn

-Written and prepared by Tina Gao, graduating Bachelor of Science student.

What’s Happening at UBC? – May

There are a number of great events in store for the month of May. Check out what we have compiled for you.

Big Brothers at UBC Spring Formal – Friday May 1st

Big Brothers at UBC is hosting its annual Spring Formal with proceeds going to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. The evening is Titanic themed and will include delicious food and great music.

Location: John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse


From 2015 MDGs to SDGs – Wednesday May 6th

From 2015 Millennium Development Goals to 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, this lecture will explore the economic road map for universal health coverage. The French Scholars Series are English lectures by notable French academics.

Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues

UBC Staff and Faculty Sports Day – Friday May 8th

This is the 5th annual Sports Day and is a free event for all staff and faculty members. Take the chance to do some team building! Do not forget to enter in the photo contest as well!


Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet – Saturday May 9th

Wu Man has been called “a force of nature” and the Shanghai Quartet is one of the world’s foremost chamber music ensembles. This performance melds the Chinese sound of the pipa with a western string quartet.

Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

wu man

Your Heart, Your Health – Tuesday May 12th

Attend a free health talk on women and heart disease. Get the facts and research you need to make heart healthy changes in your life! If you cannot attend the event in person, there is a live web stream option.

Location: UBC Robson Square

Graduation 2015 Alumni Welcome Luncheon – Wednesday May 20th to Wednesday May 27th

In addition to graduation ceremonies this May is the opening of the new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. During this period, the centre will welcome the Class of 2015 with a pop-up restaurant and entertainment.

Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre


Written and prepared by Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant

Year End and Graduation Events

Year-end celebrations and graduation events are upon us. We will be keeping a running list of year-end events. Please feel free to submit additional ones to info.events@ubc.ca.

March 27 LFS Graduation DinnerLand and Food Systems

March 28 Science Grad in WonderlandScience 

April 2 PSA GalaPsychology Students’ Association


April 2 GEOGALA 2015Geography Students’ Association 


April 4 Grad Royale Electrical and Computer Engineering


April 5 UBC Spring FormalTheCalendar


April 8 Summer Send OffArts Undergraduate Society


April 30 The Great Arts Send Off Arts 


April 30  Year End Boat CruiseMicrobiology and Immunology


May 1 Spring FormalBig Brothers at UBC


Written and prepared by Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant

Theatre UBC presents: Triumph of Love

Triumph of Love. Matt Kennedy, Zach Wolfman, Ghazal Azarbad. Photo by Julia Carr

Photo by Julia Carr

Theatre UBC is wowing audiences once again with their new musical Triumph of Love, which is currently being performed at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre.

Directed by Barbara Tomasic and featuring a winning cast of UBC BFA students, all of whom are in their final year of the program, Triumph of Love weaves together hilarious performances and beautiful music to tell a story about the always complex task of discovering, understanding and winning love.

Triumph of Love. Charlotte Wright, Cassandra Szabo, Catherine Ferguson, Nathan Cottell. Photo by Julia Carr

Photo by Julia Carr

Set entirely within the pristine garden of a philosophical court, Triumph of Love tells the story of Princess Leonide (played excellently by Catherine Fergusson), who yearns to win the love of the studious Agis. With the help of her quick-witted companion, Corine, Leonide pulls out all the stops in order to capture Agis’ heart and as a result, turns the court on its head.  Mistaken identity, confusion and of course, declarations of love, drive the plot of this play, leaving the audience in stitches after each hilarious turn and excitedly awaiting to see how it all turns out.

Triumph of Love. Cassandra Szabo and Catherine Ferguson. Photo Julia Carr

Photo by Julia Carr

Having seen Theatre UBC’s production of Twelfth Night earlier this year, I knew I was in for an entertaining experience when I attended Triumph of Love on its opening night. From the beautiful and elegant set, to the pitch-perfect and catchy musical numbers, this production is fantastic  and had the audience laughing and cheering from beginning to end. Each member of the seven-member cast delivers an excellent performance, stunning the audience with their expert timing, beautiful vocals and ability to make us laugh, cry and everything in between. Knowing that each actor is in their final year of study, it will be exciting to see where each of them takes their talent next. If their work in Triumph of Love is any indication I know they will all go onto to do great things in the theatre world!

Triumph of Love Charlotte Wright and Zach Wolfman. Photo by Julia Carr

Photo by Julia Carr

UBCevents highly recommends Theatre UBC’s Triumph of Love. The reasonable ticket prices offer a great opportunity for a night out with friends or family (or maybe even a date night!) Additionally, you can also see the performance for free if you volunteer to usher. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Frederic Wood Theatre box-office and the show runs from March 19th-April 4th. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to witness some of UBC’s finest performers in action!

For more information about Triumph of Love and other upcoming productions by Theatre UBC, please visit the UBC Theatre and Film Website and follow @TheatreUBC on Twitter!

-Written and prepared by Ian Schultz, UBCevents Communications Assistant.

What’s Happening at UBC? – April

It’s the end of the term so attend some events in April to bring in spring!

International Students: Returning Home?Thursday April 2nd

Are you an international student returning home to work after graduation? Attend this workshop at the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers which will provide you with tips on how to leverage the skills you developed in Canada and start your job search. You will also learn how to start building your network.

Register for this workshop on CareersOnline.

returning home

Voice to Voice Art Song Project – Thursday April 2nd

Vancouver’s Voice to Voice Project invites you to two evenings of Art Song newly created by Downtown Eastside (DTES) writers and UBC School of Music composers. Over the past year, Thursdays Writing Collective (thursdayswritingcollective.ca) and Instruments of Change (instrumentsofchange.org) have worked with the UBC School of Music (music.ubc.ca) on a unique project based on an overall theme of ‘transformation’ with the results – 11 original Art Songs – to be premiered by UBC singers and pianists this spring.

Location: Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC School of Music

Price: Free

Nehiyo-paskwa-itsimowin Pow-wow Celebration 2015Saturday April 4th

The First Nations Studies Student Association (FNSSA) and the Indigenous Students’ Association (InSA) are hosting UBC’s first annual pow-wow, a celebration of life through song and dance that originates from the Plains People, east of the Rocky Mountains. Everyone is welcome to enjoy dancing and singing, food and artisan vendors.

Location: War Memorial Gym

Price: Entry by donation

pow wow

Hall of Fame – Tuesday April 7th

All intramural event, tournament, and league champions will be invited to enjoy the UBC REC awards ceremony along with all REC staff, Reps, Referees, All Stars, and Earl Award Winners. Enjoy a night of food, beverages, and the presentation of Earl and Unit Winner Awards.

Location: UBC Rugby Centre

UTown@UBC Community Bike Clinic – Thursday April 9th

Get your bike tuned up for the spring and learn how you can take a stand by getting informed, making a choice, and planning to vote in the upcoming transit referendum.

Location: Place Vanier Residence – Gordon Shrum Commons Block


8th Annual AMS Block PartyFriday April 10th

This annual event brings students and friends together to celebrate the end of the academic year. This year it will be happening at 6190 Agronomy Road – Health Sciences.

Tickets: $15-30

Distinguished Speaker Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC Representative for Children and Youth – Tuesday April 14th

This event is part of the Year of Research in Education. What can research do to promote the wellbeing of children and youth in British Columbia? Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Representative for Children and Youth, will share her uniquely well-informed perspective on the needs of BC’s vulnerable children and youth. She will discuss issues of children’s rights and welfare, as well as their developmental, psychological, medical and service needs.

Location: UBC Robson Square
Price: Free

FIREtalk: Sustainable PlanetWednesday April 22nd

Sustainability is one of the pillars of UBC’s strategic plan. How does that commitment play out in your academic life? Spark your thinking: Consider social sustainability, health and well-being, engineering, green building design, waste reduction, policy, education, farming, genetically modified organisms, climate change, stormwater management, alternative energy, and carbon-neutral practices.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 216


Raw Food Express – Thursday April 23rd

Learn to prepare quick and tasty raw food recipes that you won’t have to spend hours preparing. Dishes including chia pudding, mini sushi with pecan-walnut and bell pepper pate, hummus sauce, energy bars and creative salads will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your health!

Location: Food, Nutrition and Health Building

Lila Downs – Sunday April 26th

A social activist, world traveller and singer of astonishing power and grace, Mexican/American artist Lila Downs melds traditional Mexican music with blues, jazz and rock into a modern, living and utterly unique sound. She has earned numerous accolades in the last decade including a 2012 GRAMMY Award, two Latin GRAMMY Awards and performances at the Oscars and the Latino Inaugural Ball for President Obama.

Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts


Written and prepared by Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant

Musical March

It is an especially merry month with amazing musicals happening on campus throughout March! Travel to all corners of UBC this month to enjoy some talented shows by students.

Rent – A Place Vanier Musical Production

When: March 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 PM

Where: Place Vanier Residence Ballroom

Tickets: $8

Rent is a rock musical that follows a group of Bohemians in East Village New York in the mid-90s. Set over a year, watch this group deal with love, loss, AIDS, and life itself.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/421342148021863


Seussical the Musical – A Totem Park Musical Committee Production

When: March 12, 13, 14 at 7:00 PM

Where: Totem Park Residence Ballroom

Tickets: $8

Seussical is based on Dr. Seuss’ most famous books including Horton Hears a Who!, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat. The stories are creatively interwoven in a comedic fashion.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/808073442575386

happy days

Happy Days – A UBC Musical Theatre Troupe Production

When: March 26, 27 at 7:00 PM and March 28 matinee 3:00 PM, evening show 7:00 PM

Where: Student Union Building Ballroom

Tickets: $10, sold at the door

The New Musical of Happy Days features all your favourite characters such as Richie Cunningham and Pinky Tuscadero doing all they can to save Arnold’s malt shop. They go through a series of adventures, dance-offs, and even a wrestling match!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/364281177089141


Triumph of Love – A Theatre at UBC Production

When: March 19-April 4, 7:30PM

Where: Frederic Wood Theatre

Tickets: $11.50-$24.50

This modern musical adaptation of Marivaux’s 18th century romantic comedy follows Princess Leonide as she literally wears the pants so that her beloved Agis can return to his rightful throne. Leonide must rescue her man before his stuffed-shirt uncle and sourpuss aunt find out who’s really beneath those ever-changing bodices and breaches.

More information: http://archive.theatre.ubc.ca/triumph-of-love/

Connect with us on Twitter at @UBCevents if you attend any if these musicals!

Written and prepared by Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant

What’s happening at UBC?- March 2015

With the arrival of spring comes a fantastic slate of on-campus events at UBC. We’ve highlighted a selection of some of the many fantastic events which are being run on campus this month!

March 3rd: 27th Annual CHSPR Health Policy Conference: Sticker Shock: Finding value in an era of high-price drugs


The UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research is hosting its annual conference on Tuesday March 3rd. With a focus on the rising prices of medical treatments and drugs, the conference will feature conversation with top experts in the field in order to shed light on this controversial subject. Interested delegates can register online at: http://www.chspr.ubc.ca/hpc/overview.


March 5th: International Students: Returning home? Essential Job Search Strategies before going back.

Are you an International Student returning home to work after graduation? If so, the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers is hosting a workshop on Thursday March 5th which will provide you with tips on how to leverage the skills you developed in Canada and start your job search. You will also learn how to start building your network. Interested students can register online via UBC CareersOnline.

March 6th: UBC Relay for Life 2015


On Friday March 6th, UBC is hosting its 4th Annual Relay for Life event at the Student Recreation Centre. A 12-hour, non-competitive relay, the Relay for Life aims to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, while also raising awareness. With food, live performances, guest speakers and much more to look forward to, the UBC Relay for Life is a must-attend event this March. For more information, please visit: www.relayforlife.ca/UBC

March 9th-13th: Vote in the AMS Elections

It’s that time of year again! It is time for the UBC student body to elect a new team of representatives for the Alma Mater Society. Students are encouraged to attend the numerous debates and special events being hosted from March 2nd-13th in order to meet the candidates, before casting their vote in the week of March 9th-13th. Make your vote count! http://www.ams.ubc.ca/studentsociety/elections-2/important-dates/

March 21st: Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference


Coming up on Saturday March 21st, MURC is a conference for UBC undergraduate students to showcase their research in front of their fellow UBC students, family, and friends. Researchers may choose one of two formats to showcase their research: presentation or poster. MURC presenters are any UBC undergraduate student who is participating in, or has completed, their own Faculty-supervised research project. All Faculties and Schools are welcome.


March 22nd-26th: UBC Intramurals’ “Storm the Wall”


A UBC tradition, “Storm the Wall” will be held on campus from March 22nd-26th. A four-part relay featuring a swim, sprint, run and bike, the event culminates in each team tackling the infamous 12-ft wall. Whether you join a team, or come out to watch, you won’t want to miss this event! Registration is ongoing until Friday March 13th. http://www.recreation.ubc.ca/intramurals/events/storm-the-wall/

For more events, be sure to check out UBCevents at www.events.ubc.ca and on Twitter @UBCevents.


Written and prepared by Ian Schultz, UBCevents Communications Assistant.



What’s Happening at UBC? – February

There are many great events to check out in February from dancing to movies to improv!

UBC Dance Club: Dance Convention – Sunday February 1st

Get ready for the annual UBC Gala Ball 2015! Come out to learn new dances, strengthen your technique, and have a taste of what a dance competition may be like. Buy your tickets at the UBCDC office in Sub Room 241J!

Where: SUB Ballroom
When: February 1st, 3:30pm – 9:30pm
Price: $15 each or $20 for two

ubcdc dance

Mean Girl’s Movie Night – Wednesday February 4th

On Wednesday February 4th, UBC Sociology Students’ Association, Feminist Club – UBC Campus, UBC Political Science Student Association, UBC English Students’ Association, and Psychology Students’ Association of UBC are showcasing your favourite Hollywood film with a little twist. Join for some laughter as they dissect this nostalgic film into different academic perspectives. What does Political Science say about the power dynamics between young girls in high schools? How does Sociology relate preteen cliques to racism in adulthood? Why is Mean Girls considered a Feminist movie?

$2 Admission for non-members. Free popcorn & drinks provided. Doors open at 4:30pm.

(Hot) Chocolate n Chuckles: Improv ShowThursday February 5th

The Chinese Varsity Club presents (Hot) Chocolate n Chuckles. Never been to an improv show? Or do you love them already? Customize your very own special hot chocolate and enjoy a night of fun improv performed by professionals at the SUB Partyroom.

Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

UBC REC: Gladiator – Thursday February 5th

Looking for a challenge of mind, body and team? Prefer “unconventional” activities? Then go join Gladiator! This event is filled with non-stop action, guaranteed laughter and the crowning of UBC’s very own Gladiator. Teams of 6-10 compete in different Gladiator style activities. Get ready for lots of inflatable action!

Registration ends Monday February 2nd.


FutureFest! 2015 – Friday February 6th

This family day long weekend, Party Well and friends will be creating a festival atmosphere in the SUB Ballroom with a futuristic theme! Go experience their professional music festival projection mapping and PK Sound and all for a great cause because 100% of proceeds go directly towards building a well in Kipsongol Kenya through Free the Children.

Tickets – Early Bird: $10; First Tier: $15; Second Tier: $20

UBC Reads Sustainability presents Professor Wade Davis – Thursday February 12th

Now, against the wishes of First Nations, the British Columbia government has opened the Sacred Headwaters to industrial development. Imperial Metals is building an open-pit copper and gold mine called the Red Chris mine. Professor Wade Davis describes the beauty of the Sacred Headwaters, the threats to it, and the response of native groups and concerned citizens as part of UBC Reads Sustainability.

Registration is required.

Conversation Series at the Belkin Gallery – Friday February 27th

Join leading UBC scholars, artists, curators and critics in a series of midday conversations. In this series, guests will address Tom Burrows, an exhibition of works by the Vancouver/Hornby Island artist from his early career to the present. The exhibition is a timely refocusing of attention on an artist who has made an immense contribution to the development of art in Vancouver.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Follow us on Twitter @UBCevents and check back on our website events.ubc.ca for updates on events!

Written and prepared by Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant

Re-Blog: Extending the Reach of the SLC

The 2015 UBC Student Leadership Conference was held on Saturday January 10th on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Featuring over 100+ presenters (including students, staff, alumni and community members) and reaching an audience of 1100+ delegates, the conference proved to be a fantastic success!

As part of their On-Going Programs, the SLC invited student attendees to review and comment on the conference’s two keynote speakers. Check out their reviews below, all re-blogged from http://students.ubc.ca/slc/extending-reach-slc.

SLC next step

The Opening Keynote for the 2015 SLC was Shaifali Puri, Executive Director of Global Innovation at NIKE Foundation. Check out what these students had to say:

Katie Tissington-Turner, 4th year Psychology

Residence Life, National Residence Hall Honorary, Library Student Advisory Committee, UBC HerCampus

“Shaifali Puri’s presentation outlined five careers she has had in life so far, four of which were unexpected ones that she neither planned for nor anticipated. The unexpectedness of her career opportunities resonated with me, because she accepted each offer without knowing exactly what would come from it. I am at a point in my university career where I feel that every decision is crucial because my degree is almost complete, and I want to maximize what I get out of the time I have left. Shaifali’s story of boldness in stepping into new territory with each career move came at just the right time for me, as I try to take a step that will lead me down a path that honours my values and provides me with experiences I desire, and experiences I may not know about yet. Her presentation left me with this thought: Even if the next step I take does not seem to fit with my “plan”, it could lead me to my destination in a different way, or take me somewhere even better.”

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Laura Lu, 3rd year Developmental Psychology

Residence Hall Association, Arts Undergraduate Society, Peer Program (Centre for Community-Engaged Learning), Orientations

“At this year’s Student Leadership Conference, I had the pleasure to listen to Shaifali Puri, a keynote speaker, give a speech about her life experiences and how the theme “The Next Step” was represented in her life. Throughout her speech, she took us on a journey through her various different past careers: ranging from being a journalist, lawyer, working in a government position, reinventing a project for Scientists Without Borders, and finally, now working for the NIKE Foundation. She taught us a valuable lesson: through it all, she didn’t expect what the next step was. Opportunities presented themselves to her, and as she opened doors, more doors were being revealed to her. Often times, we get so caught up in planning out our futures and knowing every step to come. However, she taught us to remember to improvise, and advised us to navigate life by taking one step at a time. Terming this the “adjacent possible”, she recognized that the next big breakthrough rarely comes from “Eureka!” moments, but it depends on incremental steps that lead us to opening many doors. Her speech was valuable to me because it taught me that the next step is about taking a chance.”

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Scott Henry, 2nd year Commerce and Computer Science

Residence Life, Best Buddies, Sauder Philanthropy Program

“Shaifali is an inspirational, innovative, and determined leader who is the perfect example of taking the next step. Her life has been a series of staircases: from journalism, law, economic development, innovation management, and now her current position, the executive director of the Nike Foundation. Shaifali has done it all, learned from it, and now acts as a constant inspiration to everyone on their leadership journey.

Shaifali proposes that “If the terrain and the map do not agree, follow the terrain.” When starting a new job, entering university, or at the beginning of virtually anything—all too often we have a preconceived notion of how things will advance and what we want to get out of them. Usually though, it doesn’t go this way. We need to let go of the life that we have pinned down so that we can accept the one that is waiting for us. Throughout her career, Shaifali demonstrates this trait by changing her industry, adapting, and being realistic that you can’t expect to walk in the front door and be at the back of the house.

It is important to learn that as we move forward with life, we need to be adaptive and open to pivoting ourselves no matter the direction. People make maps, life makes terrain. Let go of that map, and follow the terrain!”

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The Closing Keynote for the conference was Derreck Kayongo, founder of The Global Soap Project. Check out what these delegates thought of Derreck’s presention!

Winnie Ho, 5th year Science and Music

Orientations, MUSA (Music Undergraduate Students Association)

“Derreck Kayongo’s fun-filled and inspirational retelling of his experience growing up as a child refugee with a teacher-turned-dressmaker mother provides a plausible explanation for his impeccable but fun sense of style. However, it was growing up with a teacher-turned-soapmaker father who contributed to his heightened sensitivity towards soap and set the stage for his NEXT STEP: a serendipitous vision for the present Global Soap Project.

Kayongo believes that all the events and experiences we accumulate—whether good or bad—have a purpose behind them. Each new experience shows us our true strengths and weaknesses. Should we fall, we need to remember that we are human and pick ourselves up again. In this way, each new experience gradually builds and shapes us to become a more exceptional and remarkable human being. Kayongo further encourages us to take time to realize and develop our unique set of skills and talents as they will become undoubtedly be an integral part to our NEXT STEP.”

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Emily Neufeld, 3rd year, Integrated Science

Peer Programs (Centre for Community-Engaged Learning), UBC Sororities

“There is nothing as beautiful as being consistently, consistent. Derreck Kayongo’s words profoundly resonated with me, not because I necessarily fully grasp them, but because of his passion and authenticity behind them. I am currently embarking on a new journey of leadership and the SLC could not have come at more necessary time. I emphasize necessity because the days leading up the SLC, I had never been so whole-heartedly exhausted and starting to question why.

Often times we associate certain titles with shiny crowns and perpetually smiling faces, but there’s a truth behind them that we are too afraid to expose because it may show that we are weak, vulnerable or worse yet, human. Being a student leader has unique demands of academic excellence, time management, and consistent performance, and I’m going to be real with you—I don’t always know what I’m doing, I often don’t have the right answer, and I’m not always doing good. What Derreck reminded me was that it’s ok to be and feel all these things, and to embrace them. Derreck’s humility and vigor reminded me to not take myself so seriously and to never forget the value of passion.

“Be present.” Life can get so hectic and it’s so easy to get caught up in that never-ending list of to-dos. I have now made it my goal to be present, to connect with my experience and the experience of others, and to not be so focused on the next step that I am blind to right now. I believe in living in the why, but sometimes it’s all too easy to forget and just do. I don’t know what my next step is going to be, and maybe that’s a good thing because now that I come to think of it, I’m really darn happy in the step that I’m in right now.”

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Although the 2015 SLC may have come to a close, the Planning Committee still has many more programs coming up to continue to promote leadership development on campus. Keep checking http://students.ubc.ca/slc/extending-reach-slc for more information on upcoming events, including a Pecha Kucha presentation on March 19th, 2015.


-Written and prepared by Ian Schultz, UBCevents Communciations Assistant, in partnership with the UBC Student Leadership Conference Planning Committee.


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