Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund Recipients

Below are a few of the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund recipients.



 Jason Vukelic, BSc, Yr 2  First Responders Bootcamp - $540



 Initiative Summary

The UBC Emergency First Response Team is a large group of Student Volunteers who aim to support the development of a safe and secure Okanagan campus community. UBC EFRT achieves this by providing 24/7 advanced first aid care campus wide, as well as attending to on and off campus events. At the start of each year, UBC EFRT welcomes its returning volunteers and launches a rigorous weeklong recruitment process that gratifies the September volunteer intake. First Responder Bootcamp is an intensive, weekend long, team building and skills training workshop that follows the mentioned intake. At Bootcamp volunteers are welcomed to the team, trained in role functions, and sharpen their first response skills for use on shift. Responders come through the event with sound knowledge of their responsibilities and the confidence to serve them out. This event occurred on UBC-O campus, over the September 29-30 weekend and was attended by about 55 student volunteers. It would not have been possible without the determined contributions of the EFRT student coordinators, Residence Life, and most notably the gracious financial support of the Tuum Est fund. UBC EFRT offers a sincere thank you to all mentioned who made this event a success.



 Holly Denby, Engineering, Yr 3  International Seminar for Engineering Leaders - $1,620

 Engin Leaders

Initiative Summary

The Engineering Society at UBC recently sent 12 UBC students (8 from the Okanagan Campus and 4 from the Vancouver Campus) to the International Seminar for Engineering Leaders (ISEL) 2017. ISEL 2017 was an international conference that brought together 60 students from Canada, Chile, the US, the UK and Singapore. It was hosted in Santiago, Chile by the Engineering Student Union and the Faculty of Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Chile. Students had the opportunity to give presentations to 200 students, professors and industry professionals in one of three categories: leadership, innovation and research. Multiple networking activities took place throughout the week for students to create international connections, this included speed dating, engineering competitions and coffee houses.Overall, UBC had a large presence at this event and we are thankful for the invite and hope to continue our involvement with this conference next year. "The best thing about ISEL'17 was that I got to connect with other like minded engineers. Here at UBCO we don't have a biomedical engineering program, but through ISEL'17 I got to learn from other biomedical engineering students and gain insight into the latest research. A part from helping me build my network, ISEL'17 was also a humbling reminder of why I'm pursuing an engineering degree in the first place: To be challenged, to serve, and to have fun!" - Dela Hini "ISEL was one of the best opportunities and experiences I've had. We got to not only present ourselves, but also learn about other schools, how they run, and the innovation and research they are working on; all while being immersed in another country and its cultures. Everyone I met there has changed my image of the world in some form or another and I am truly grateful to have been able to attend." - Kaila Spencer





 Julia Lenton, BASc yr 4 with UBCO Aero Club  Aerospace Industry Night - $1256.51


Initiative Summary

The UBCO Aero Club provides students the opportunities to take flight in their passion for aerospace engineering. The club is currently working on three unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) projects, organizing student learning events, and providing networking opportunities. The UBCO Aero Club was proud to host the first ever Aerospace Industry Night at UBC’s Okanagan Campus. A lot of planning and effort went into organizing this event and thanks to the sponsors, such as the Tuum-Est Student Initiative Fund, and dedicated volunteers, the evening was a huge success!

The industry night was proud to host 80 guests, which included 22 companies both from within the Okanagan and beyond. These mainly consisted of aerospace companies, however, other engineering companies, machinists, designers, and manufacturers, attended the event. Students were able to network directly with some of the top-level employees from these companies, including Presidents, CEO’s, Professional Engineers, and more. This event provided a unique opportunity for students to begin establishing a network to find potential employment with these companies. In addition, it provided the companies an opportunity to identify and recruit new talent from the university.

Faculty researchers also attended the event. They hosted lab tours in four different laboratories in UBC’s School of Engineering. Students and industry representatives were able to preview some of the novel research projects being performed that are related to the aerospace industry. They also got to meet the leaders and professors, who run the labs, and ask them questions or discuss future research assistant work opportunities.

All the guests were treated to an excellent keynote speech on lean manufacturing, and continuous improvement. The workplace is an evolving environment and some of the top companies in the world are transitioning and running their companies to a continuous improvement journey. Mr. Peter Jeffrey, the keynote speaker, has held high-level positions in a variety of companies in the aerospace industry, and currently acts as a consultant to other companies, who are transitioning to a lean environment. He was able to share his experiences and advice with students, faculty researchers, and industry representatives on how they can be even more successful with their operations.

The event closed out with an open networking session, where all the guests enjoyed food and beverages, while discussing the aerospace industry and education at UBC’s Okanagan Campus. Many students were able to ask about future employment opportunities, both with faculty researchers and the industry representatives, during this session. Furthermore, admission to the event was “by donation”, and in doing so, the UBCO Aero Club raised $391.00 to help run its projects and future events.

The UBCO Aero Club is very proud to have hosted such a successful event and it is their goal to establish this night as an annual event at UBC’s Okanagan Campus. If anyone is interested to hear more about the event or the club and its initiatives, they can email ubcoaeroclub@gmail.com. Thank-you Tuum-Est for your support!

Sophia Ng, BSc, Yr 4 Western Canada Biophysics Conference - $900 



 Initiative Summary

Thank you for the time invested by everyone at the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund (TESI), for the funds TESI supplied, and the opportunity TESI gave me in order to host this event. Without the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund (TESI), the first Western Canada Biophysics Conference (WCBC) would not have been as successful as it was. TESI not only helped with funding but they also helped with advertising and planning of the project. I am extremely grateful towards the funding provided from TESI, especially considering the unexpected number of attendees at the event. Initially, only 34 students and faculty members were registered for the event, however, over 60 people attended which is double what we anticipated! Without this support, we could not have possibly dealt with the large turnout. The WCBC created a gathering place for scientists and science students where they could share ideas and make connections for collaboration with a focus in biophysics research. The event started with a 30-minute coffee mingler , where presenters could give a more in-depth introduction about themselves and their research to attendees. Leading into the first speaker, Mina Hoorfar (UBC School of Engineering), followed by the key note speaker, Nancy Forde (SFU, physics) and then graduate student Yousif Murad (UBC, chemistry graduate student). Afterwards, lunch was provided. This gave the opportunity for students and professors to further interact with different departments. The speakers for the afternoon were Frederic Menard (UBC, chemistry assistant professor), Andrew Jirasek (UBC, physics associate professor), Wyatt Slattery (UBC, biochemistry graduate student), and Isaac Li (UBC, chemistry assistant professor). Students and professors raved about the event. Students were able to see a wide array of interdisciplinary research topics and leading examples of well-executed presentation. Furthermore, students and researchers were able to increase their network connections which is essential when collaborating on research projects. During the event, ideas were shared and potential new projects were discussed. Finally, for anyone that is interested in the TESI, it is an incredible opportunity for anyone that has an idea for a project. The skill set that was developed was priceless from the leadership skills, project management skills, or the little details that are useful in hosting any event. In conclusion, this event has opened doors for projects to develop and expand as well as set the stage for future gatherings like this.





 Connor Howe, Human Kinetics, Yr 4  UBCO KinGames - $2400


 Initiative Summary

The Kinesiology Games is the largest undergraduate conference in Canada bringing together almost 1000 human kinetics, kinesiology, and physical education students from over 30 universities together to compete and bond over a weekend of sport, academic and spirit competitions. This year UBCO sent a team of 24 to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Each year Kin Games focuses on a meaningful theme. This year the event was focused around the theme "not all heroes wear capes" with the idea to celebrate those who helped us become who we are, taught us valuable lessons and always stood by us. Whether it be a single parent, a coach, a teacher, a peer or a public figure. This included a number of keynote talks from professors, coaches, and from former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy who talked about his experiences as a junior hockey player and about how we can become educated in preventing sexual abuse of the athletes and students we will be working with in our future careers. The team did fairly well in competition this year, making it into the playoffs in two of the four sports as well as placing very high in the opening academic and spirit challenges. Although the team did not make it on the podium this year, the connections and friendships gained with students from across the country is more than worth all of the work leading up to the weekend.





 Sadiq Shamji, BA, Yr 3  TEDx UBCO "Disrupt" 2017 - $2000

tedx 2017

 Initiative Summary

The TEDxUBCO "Disrupt" conference was very successful. The conference began with an audience of over 250 people, the vast majority of which were UBCO students. The talks themselves were very engaging and covered a vast range of exciting topics. Our student speakers included: Amal Alhuwayshil with a provocative talk on "The Power of Choice", Stephen Dass who gave an informative account of the "Overdose Epidemic: Facing the Hard Truth", Shira Sneg who posed the interesting question "Are Millennials Oversensitive?", Melody Kuban who jolted us with her talk "Rewire The Bulb: How Our Perceptions Are Holding Us Back" and finally Ashley Sagan on how "A Field Can Change a Face". This is not to overlook the great talks made by professor Jillian Deri who spoke about "Questions on the Edge of Science" and, of course, our external speakers Teagan Adams on "Lemonade with a Hint of Kindness", Andrew Mills on how "This Piece of Paper Could Save Your Life" and Brigette Depape on "The School of Happiness". The contribution of these speakers infused the conference with excitement and learning, for me, and I'm sure for the rest of the audience as well. Of course, the design team led by Duang Sukittima, ensured that during the breaks, the audience were still engaged in exciting activities such as Origami in dark rooms, and "Baloon rooms". Overall, thanks to the audience and the speakers, it turned out to be a very exciting day with high energy and engaging ideas. Our purpose with our "Disrupt" event was to break mental barriers and get people to think and feel outside of what they are normally used to. I think we managed to achieve this is the best possible way thanks to all the time and effort given by everyone involved. A huge special thanks for this event is due to the Co-Chairs: Michael Flood & Sydney Bednarik and, of course, TED Veteran Greg Mather (who is no longer at UBCO but still kind of here). Without these three, there would likely be no TEDxUBCO. Disrupt 2017 of course was possible because of the rest of the team as well: Jordy Decker, Duang Sukittima, Joseph Raitano, Sarah Maryschuk, Tom Macauley. Thanks to the Design Team: Sarah Ellis, Omar Ibrahim and Jamie Roodzant. And of course, thank you to the Audience for showing up and engaging and thanks to the Tuum Est Initiative Fund for subsidizing the price of student tickets.





 Chelsea Bigsot, BSc, Yr 2  Equity Ambassador Leadership Development - $1125


Initiative Summary

On February 17th, Equity Ambassadors (EAs) from UBC’s Okanagan campus joined their UBC Vancouver counterparts at the Point Grey campus for the first ever Equity Ambassador Leadership Development Initiative. Jude Tate, Director of Equity and Inclusion, welcomed the EAs and introduced the idea of a ‘Learning Leader’, which echoed with the workshops and team building activities throughout the weekend. Although participants came from different campuses and different walks of life, they were all joined under the title of being an Equity Ambassador. Before dinner, participants were taken on a Social Justice Tour that pointed out the significance of certain, but often overlooked, (de)colonized sites on the UBC Vancouver campus. Saturday started with a keynote presentation from former UBC Equity Ambassador Cicely-Belle Blain, a queer, Black poet, artist and community organizer. Originally from London, England, they have been working on bringing social justice, accessibility and inclusivity to spaces, mainly at UBC, where they studied European Studies and Russian. Cicely spoke to the successes and challenges of being a social justice advocate and actionary at UBC and transitioning from a student to having a career centred on social justice. Participants learned about the history of the Black Live Matter movement in Canada through Cicely’s narrative of their experience in co-founding the Vancouver BLM chapter. Topics of learning and discussion of the primarily student facilitated workshops included the importance of different leadership styles, reflective practice frameworks, and a focus on social justice as/in your career. Every workshop had an interactive component, which allowed Equity Ambassadors to collaborate and develop a greater sense of community. After a full day of workshops, the Vancouver Equity Ambassadors took the Okanagan Equity Ambassadors for dinner and ended the night with a dessert crawl in downtown Vancouver. A common theme expressed was that individually everyone is unique but the passion for social justice and taking action on both campuses and their respective communities is what brings the Equity Ambassadors together. Spending the weekend with the Vancouver Equity Ambassadors not only built a stronger cross campus affinity but also motivated the Equity Ambassadors to continue making social change. All of those involved are eager to look at continuing this cross-campus opportunity and are hoping to plan a Leadership Development weekend for the 2017-18 academic year, with the idea of having the Okanagan Equity Ambassadors act as hosts in return. A tremendous thank-you to the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund for supporting cross-campus mobility and affinity!


 Mariel Belanger, MFA Candidate

tukʷtniɬxʷ - Indigenizing the Built Environment

 tule mat

Photo credit: Jill Janvier 

Initiative Summary

I once had a vision of a Tule mat tipi informed from a story my granny Mary Abel tells. The lodge was a long one where lots of people gathered. It was the story of the vision quest her ancestral grandfather had. I wanted to be in that place embodying cultural life. Being, doing, breathing the reed filtered air, being transported across time and space. It was the summer of time travel through implements brought to life by faculty and students. Thanks Tuum Est for seeing value in bringing Spokane Tribe member Shawn Brigman PHd to construct his Tule mat lodge. Many students got to spend time in the lodge and feel for a little bit at home.




Jada Larkin, BSc yr 3

They Coloured Me - $556

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Initiative Summary


They Coloured Me was an interactive art exhibit designed to create dialogue about social privilege and the isms (sexism, racism, classism, ableism, etc).  The exhibit began by giving participants time to view the art pieces, then transitioned into a privilege test.  A privilege test allows people to view their privilege ranking in relation to other people after listening to a series of questions.  The host says different scenarios, for example "my intelligence is not questioned because of the way I speak" and if participants agree they step forward and if they don't they step back.  By the end of the test, there is a visible divide amongst participants.  The further you are forward the more privileged you are and vice versa.   To further emphasize the privilege ranking in relation to other people, the privilege test script that was developed came from a current research study at UBCO.  The study focused on how marginalized/racialized groups felt about diversity and inclusion on the UBCO campus and in the Kelowna community.  Thus, the majority of scenarios that were presented were drawn from current UBCO students experience, thoughts and emotions.  This test was then followed by a debrief to discuss those exact three themes: emotions, thoughts and experiences.

The intended purpose of this event was met and surpassed during the debrief.  Dialogue was had.  Productive dialogue that shifted perspectives, brought awakening and awareness and started the process of healing.  Those three results, were directly related to the shared stories, struggles, experiences, feelings and thoughts of the people in the room.  They all demonstrated on e of the most high of virtues, courage.  Each person was brave enough to speak truth not only onto others but themselves.  Courageous enough to explore their vulnerabilities in a room of people and share introspective and reflective moments with a room of strangers, all for a common purpose.  To begin to restore humanity.

A special thank you is due to Aboriginal Programs and Services, International Programs and Services, the Equity and Inclusion Office and the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund.  Sincere gratitude is accredited to each centre and their teams for granting the opportunity, and providing the support and resources to allow for the development of the event.  On behalf of those that were part of the initiative, thank you.  I am so humbled and grateful.


Jada Larkin



Niki Kandola, BSN yr 4

Relay for Life - $1,000

Relay for Life

Initiative Summary


Firstly, I would like to thank Tuum Est for supporting the 2016 UBCO’s Relay For Life. Relay is not only a fun event, but an event that brings the community together to CELEBRATE the courageous and inspirational survivors and current battlers, to REMEMBER the brave souls we have lost and to FIGHT BACK against an ugly illness that no should ever face.

This year the UBCO Relay For Life was Hawaiian themed! The 203 participants were dressed in their Hawaiian gear and were involved in the various Hawaiian themed activities planned for them. The event was kicked off by the traditional CELEBRATE ceremony, in which participants were shown a brief video describing the Relay For Life experience, followed by opening words from our Canadian Cancer Society Representative, alongside having the privilege of listening to a young cancer survivor’s story. Afterwards, a warm-up kickboxing session took place to raise everyone’s energy levels and the opening lap, lead by cancer survivors, initiated the night! As the night progressed, participants took part in the various activities that took place, including yoga, Latin dance and Health Promotion games, alongside enjoying the variety of food placed out for them. We then reached our REMEMBER ceremony, a segment of relay in which we remember the brave loved ones who lost their courageous battle against cancer. We had each participant place their personally decorated luminary bags along the track and then we proceeded to do the Remember Lap, a lap that is done in silence. As the night progressed further, we livened the mood up by playing some karaoke, Human Healthy Hungry Hippo, and provided each participant with a pancake breakfast. We ended the event with our FIGHT BACK ceremony in which we thanked our sponsors, handed out prizes, and had each participant write one promise they will make to prevent cancer on a balloon, which were then popped. We closed this final segment with our final lap!

Overall the 2016 UBCO Relay For Life was a great success! We received great feedback from the participants regarding their overall experience. Collaboratively, UBCO raised $19 669, which was donated to the Canadian Cancer Society to support cancer research and programs for cancer patients and their family members. Once again, I would like to thank Tuum Est for supporting this initiative! It would not have been possible without your support!



Shannon Mangat, BA yr 3

Pre-Health Conference - $1,015

Pre-Health Conference

Initiative Summary


This initiative began when I noticed that pre-med students would always have to look towards US Ivy-League schools for Pre-Med Conferences, and I decided this was a project that I would like to spearhead while at UBCO. However, while I was searching for volunteers to help organize the event, I realized it had the potential to be more inclusive and high-impact for other students as well. So the event went from a Pre-Med Conference for UBCO undergrads into a Pre-Health Conference which included Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Vet students, with undergrads and high school students attending.
The Pre-Health Conference was a one-day event including workshops about applying to these professional programs, speakers from the community, and a volunteer fair that highlighted organizations from Kelowna. For a first time event, it was a huge success and we had over 100 students attend. Our team has already begun thinking about next year, when we will be incorporating more UBCO staff and existing programs in its development.
A big thank you to TESIF for funding this initiative, it was not until my meeting with the Get Involved Leaders that I realized this event was a possibility and a welcome addition to the campus. So thank you for all the continued support!



Juachi Dozie, BSc yr 2

Afro-Caribbean Culture Week - $550

Afro-caribbean Culture week

Initiative Summary

Afro-Caribbean Culture Week was an initiative hosted by the UBCO African Caribbean Student Club that aimed to educate on issues affecting Africans and Caribbeans as well as observe the rich and vibrant culture through a week of numerous events. Students and faculty were invited to dance to music in AfroZumba and sample the flavourful cuisine through Taste of Africa. Afro-Expo and Vendors Market was an event hosted during the week that showcased different countries and aimed to reconstruct Western ideologies of Africa and the Caribbean as a whole. Student and off-campus vendors were present to sell African goods which included clothing, jewelry and art. Through this event, over $400 was raised for the non-profit organization Project Bulenga that aims to support the primary education of underfunded students in Uganda. The entire week came to a head with the Afro-Caribbean Gala, a night showcasing art, fashion, food, music and students of Africa and the Caribbean!

Hosted annually, this initiative has gotten bigger and better every year with intercultural relations being strengthened by individuals from a variety of backgrounds coming together to share in one culture. All in all, Afro-Caribbean Culture Week highlighted and celebrated the diversity on the UBC Okanagan campus.





Karolina Bialkowska, BA yr 4

          Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Conference - $1,300

IGS Conference

 Initiative Summary


The 7th Annual IGS Conference was a huge success. It was well attended by close to 100 presenters and audience members. We had presenters from across the continent, including as far as Mexico! We had the privilege of hosting a diverse range of faculty moderators, student researchers, guest speakers, keynote presenters, and visiting artists.

The conference was uniquely focused on interdisciplinary conversations between various research interests. The foundation of the conference was the way that sessions and panels were organized. Each session was purposely varied in content. Sessions were not focused on a single discipline but instead on presenting a variety of research and attempting to show the common threads that work their way through all of our work.

We had various events on and off campus. We held a very successful poetry reading by the water of Lake Okanagan that featured two UBCO poets, Fionncara MacEoin and Erin Hiebert, opening for acclaimed poet Rita Wong. We held a gallery event for the work of UBCO artist Krista Arias, as well as OK College artist Amy Modahl. Finally, we held both our opening and closing events downtown in order to familiarize people with the Kelowna community.

The conference was celebrated as one of the best organized and most interesting conferences that many people had attended. We are very grateful to Tuum Est for providing the support that allowed us to bring in a variety of speakers, artists, and guests that contributed to the range of experiences the conference offered attendees.

As organizers we worked incredibly hard and are incredibly happy with the results. We look forward to working on making this conference even bigger next year, including focusing on greater cross-campus and cross-national involvement.




David Moon, BSc yr 4

 De-Stress Day - $550

de-stress day

Initiative Summary


The PSN De-Stress day was a success! The event occurred on April 8, 2016 (the last day of scheduled classes) in the UBC-O courtyard. A free BBQ of burgers and hotdogs was provided for anyone on campus to attend, and two FunZone rentals (jousting coliseum, wrecking ball) were also provided free of charge for leisure in the courtyard. Two food trucks, Surfside Taco and FrostBite, were also present in the courtyard. Approximately 2000 students/faculty enjoyed the courtyard and events happening there on April 8, 2016. Over 600 burgers and hot dogs, 300 sodas, 200 juice boxes, and 8 full cartons of granola bars (courtesy of Sun-Rype) were given out to promote student mental health and ease transition into a difficult finals period. The sun was shining, and students seemed to really appreciate the relaxed atmosphere in the courtyard on their last day of classes.

Some key takeaways from the event include: the appreciation students showed when receiving a free lunch, it seemed as though a weight was being lifted off their shoulders by the sunny day and nice atmosphere provided; the work and effort of the volunteer team to ensure the event ran smoothly on event day; the generosity of the UBCSUO Well manager Mike Oullet (donated 250 burgers and buns, 7 flats of pop, helped with BBQ setup) and Sun-Rype (provided 200 juice boxes and 8 cases of granola bars); and also the timing of the event - many more students were present on the last day of campus than was expected.

I would also like to say thank you to Tuum Est for providing the funding for the FunZone rentals, these were eye-catching pieces that really gave students a lot of enjoyment! The Peer Support Network couldn't have done it without your help!

Here's to more wonderful events funded by the Tuum Est Student Initiative,

David Moon





Aman Soin,BA yr 4

 Marshmellow Lounge - $1,495

Marshmellow Lounge


Initiative Summary


The Marshmellow Lounge was designed as a pop-up study/de-stress space for students to enjoy a free hot chocolate, cookie, or coffee and relax under a tent and cafe lights away from the stresses of midterms and the unfortunately familiar walls of the library. It was incredibly well received by the student population! With an incredible 299 cups given out over the course of 4 hours, our volunteers were always busy and the crowd was happy. The key thing to this event was maintaining the vibe of "mellowness" which was achieved with committed volunteers and attention to details like comfy couches and upbeat but relaxing music. In future, we'd seek stronger donations in a wider variety of drinks; including tea and having an even donation of hot chocolate and coffee to satisfy different tastes. There was an expected response of students who took a picture with the hashtag #marshmellow lounge but in order to increase response, more visible signage should be present.


Samantha Wex,

 UBCO Masters Swim Meet - $800

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Initiative Summary

UBCO Swim Club attends UBC Vancouver Masters Meet

Nov 22nd

There were a total of three swimmers that went to compete at the MSABC Vancouver meet and represent the UBCO Swim Club. Unfortunately the condition of the roads prevented more students from competing but a bus will be used for transport to and from meets next semester in order to prevent this from happening again. Regardless, the swimmers had a lot of fun and for a couple of them it was their first swim meet experience outside of high school. The events were held very close together and the swimmers swam in at least four events each. There was a huge turnout at the event and the pool was filled with enthusiastic coach yelling “Go! Go! Go!”. The UBCO Swim Club also teamed up with some OMSC members to form a relay team. Overall, it was a great experience that allowed the swimmers to see their improvement after training all semester. Thank you to Tuum Est for funding this initiative!




Alex Cloherty, BSc Yr 5

 Supplemental Learning Legacy Conference - $1,810

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Initiative Summary

This year, tutors from the Academic Resource Centre are working harder than ever to make Supplemental Learning (SL) and the Math and Science Centre (MSC) more efficient, more impactful, and more innovative.

The MSC and SL programmes are proven to be highly effective in terms of student retention and academic performance. This November, the SL leaders and MSC tutors met at the first UBC Okanagan Supplemental Learning Legacy Conference to discuss how the programmes can become even better. In order to achieve this goal, the 2nd through 5th year students attending the conference underwent refresher training and spent two days brainstorming programme improvements. The students' discussions centered around core techniques that must be maintained in the programmes; new and improved strategies for tutoring; and novel ways to reach students in need of academic support. On the first day of the conference, ideas for improving large-scale review sessions were discussed. The next day, tutors generated ideas for fostering healthy academic competition and support amongst students, as well as encouraging students to step up to the board to teach each other. The ideas generated throughout the conference will be included in a UBC-specific tutor training manual.

The SL leaders also spent time creating portfolios to further the growth of the programme. UBC's SL programme has become stronger through the years, but many improvements have been lost with strong SL leaders who have graduated. In order to remedy this, the portfolios created by the SL leaders include detailed descriptions of all of the techniques used to support students in specific courses. From now on, future leaders will be able to re-use and build upon the work of their predecessors.

The information generated and documented at the SL Legacy Conference has the potential to start a revolution in academic programming at UBC. Improvements will be continually integrated into the tutoring training agenda and tutors will receive further support from current and past employees. Furthermore, the conference succeeded in bringing all the attendees together to become a strong team. The UBC Okanagan SL Legacy Conference was thus one more step in creating SL and MSC programmes that truly excel, to benefit all incoming students.







Lauren Oleksewich

Student Leaders United - $3,000

Initiative Summary

Student Leaders United is an individual event geared towards gathering student leaders with common campus health related goals to create an open environment where ideas and initiatives can be shared.  This event was hosted during the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities gathering student leaders from within UBC and across other universities with the goal of creating the awareness video shown below.





Nishat Tasnim

Cancer 101 - $1,169


Initiative Summary




 Brianna Lawrence, Nursing Yr 4


Faces of Homelessness - $400



Initiative Summary

The Faces of Homelessness was an on-campus educational event highlighting the many faces of homelessness and related impacts from a variety of different local perspectives. It included a poster presentation and a panel of speakers from the community. It covered several topics on homelessness including current statistics within the Okanagan (such as family housing costs), a business perspective, and more. The poster boards included statistics, reports and visual graphics to illustrate the various at-risk groups in the Central Okanagan and included initiatives to encourage participants to be positive role models in their community.

One of the biggest takeaways of the event was how we as a community can work towards reducing the stigma of homelessness. Also the event worked to illustrate just how necessary it is to target this problem and showed possible methods to reduce issues associated with homelessness.

The event was well received and very educational for all participants. The general theme behind feedback being given that was received was that most of the information being shared was new information. Participants were not aware how big of a problem homelessness was and that there could be many different 'faces' to homelessness.

Overall it was a great learning opportunity for all, and we as an initiative are very thankful for Tuum Est's contribution to making this event happen.

Komal Hundal, Nursing Yr 2

Dessert Lounge - $525


Initiative Summary

The dessert lounge was an event put together by Resident Advisors Raman Rajwan, Jada Larkin, Peter Macleod and Komal Hundal. It was hosted in the ballroom and featured performances by the performing arts ILC. There were 10 performances put on by the ILC featuring students from around UBCO. The event had 800 desserts that were homemade by fellow resident advisors. We had 120 people attend this event, allowing us to raise over $900. Thanks to the Murder Mystery and Bollywood Night hosted in the first summer we were able to collectively raise over $1500. These events allowed us to raise enough money to build two wells in india through the SOPAR organization.  They are an organization located in Quebec that provides materials and jobs for local villagers to help them get out of the poverty cycle. These wells are also located in central locations allowing women and children to have access to clean water without walking far distances.

Overall it was a great learning opportunity for all, and we as an initiative are very thankful for Tuum Est's contribution to making this event happen.


Alex Cloherty, Science Yr 4

Supplemental Learning Leaders Workshop - $761


Initiative Summary

One of the major goals of this workshop was to foster a community of Supplemental Learning leaders, in which they could share their ideas about the job. In order to accomplish this, we began the evening with a walking tour around Silver Star to allow the leaders to start to get to know each other. The training began in the afternoon and consisted of activities and semi-structured discussion sessions focusing on how to better facilitate regular SL sessions, midterm review sessions, and final review session. Alex and Jeff, the two SL mentors, had observed each SL leader's sessions prior to the midterm review, and began by giving feedback on these sessions. The activities and discussions that followed focused on how to make improvements to SL sessions where necessary, how to improve midterm and final review sessions, sharing of effective SL techniques, improving SL attendance, and dealing with difficult interpersonal situations within SL sessions and reviews. The evening was closed with a summary of expectations for the exam period and next semester, and an explanation of what the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund is and how it had paid for our training workshop. The rest of the evening was unstructured, but all leaders spent it together, getting to know each other.

All of the leaders took part in a discussion on the aspects of their SL sessions that they took the most pride in. The goal of this discussion was to foster renewed enthusiasm in the program as the finals season approaches. We closed the training by taking group photos and once again acknowledging the Tuum Est Student Initiative Funding.


Ben Noyovitz, Science Yr 2

Science Week - $1,400



Initiative Summary

The initiative was to fund a t-shirt contest to promote Science Week and the associated events by having students submit designs to be printed on t-shirts given out for free on the first day of the week, March 9. The whole process went very smoothly, from receiving the initiative funding to running the contest, then to ordering and distributing the shirts. The winning design was extremely well-liked and every single one of the 150 shirts had been distributed by the end of the first day. The shirts were successful in raising awareness of the events of the week and had a positive impact on turnout at those events, with well over 150 students stopping by to see if any were available over the course of the day. Additionally, during the final event on Friday, Pi Your Prof (one of several names given to the event), the Science Peer Mentors involved wore the shirt to end the week on a high note with over $550 in donations to support colon cancer awareness. Without the provided funding, the entire week couldn't have been even close to as successful as it was.

Marleen van Aalst, Arts Yr 4

UBCelebration of Happiness and Well-being - $525



Initiative Summary

UBCelebration of Happiness and Well-being was a great success this year. At 8:30am UBCelebration and Peer Support Network (PSN) volunteers met to set up the commuter coffee in H-lot, G-lot, and by the bus loop. What is a better way to start your day than with welcoming smiles and free coffee? The team invited those who visited the coffee stations to come to the courtyard between 11am and 2pm for tons of fun activities. Around 9am the Faces of UBCO selection committee met to discuss the Faces of UBCO nominees and they came to a decision by 11am. They sent out emails to the winners and the winners were announced on the Facebook page over the weekend as well.

Between 10:30am and 11am, the team of PSN and UBCelebration volunteers worked hard setting up the different stations, putting up balloons and posters and ensuring that all collaborators had what they needed. A “wall of gratitude” welcomed people entering the courtyard between the science building and the library where they could share what they are grateful for. Here they also had the opportunity to write a thank you card to someone. Right next to the wall of gratitude was the friendship bracelet station. The UBCelebration team had pre-cut the string the night before so that people could take the unfinished bracelet away and braid it elsewhere, however they were more than welcome to do it at the station. They also had the option to create their own colour combination and to add an extra string for more complicated designs. Throughout the 3-hour timespan, volunteers walked around giving out pieces of bubble wrap with a “daily odd compliment” attached to it. The bubble wrap was meant to facilitate a moment of stress relief for the person receiving it whereas the “daily odd compliment” could be passed along to a friend or someone they knew as a random act of kindness. In front of the Library was the Prajna-Painting station, hosted by the Prajna-painting team. Prajna-Paint combines finger painting with yogic breathing, which facilitates self-expression, stress-relief, and relaxation! Walking towards the administration building then, there was a station of resources, Hi-5 and the Happiness Project, hosted by Health and Wellness students. By this station there was a free yoga class (instructed by Tara Greer) from approximately 12pm-12:45pm. Due to the weather, there was not much interest. However a few of the PSN volunteers were excited to try yoga for the first time (all of them were in jeans). It was a good laugh and stretch as well as a good learning experience that next year the advertisement for the yoga and the location should be thought out more. Lastly, in front of the Arts building the UBCO Teaholic club set up their station with bubble tea and bubble waffles for a minimum donation of $2,- towards the Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna Branch. While people waited for their bubble tea and bubble waffles, there was an opportunity for people to blow bubbles. The bubble station was a great success as well as the friendship bracelet station.

In the future we would like to make this event bigger and better and now that we have learned what works (the bubbles, the Prajna-paint, and the friendship bracelets) and what does not necessarily work (the free yoga outside on a day like March 20th) there is a lot of room for growth and improvement. The time frame was good, although next year the organizers might consider having the commuter coffee earlier in the morning to catch those on their way to their 8am class and to their 9:30am class. Though the weather was not very nice, we were lucky it did not rain! Next year we might consider having tents for stations, in case of rain. All in all, it was a great experience and we think UBCelebration of Happiness and Well-being facilitated moments of happiness and celebrated happiness and well-being on campus. We would also try to apply for funding as early as we can, so that we can plan ahead earlier, which would contribute to a growing event each year. Another area of improvement would be communication and collaboration. We would reach out to campus partners earlier (this year we reached out three weeks in advance) as well as communicate the event to the campus community earlier so that everyone can take part in celebrating this day filled with happiness.


Holly Faris, Arts Yr 2

Prajna-Paint - $690



Initiative Summary

Prajna-Paint is dedicated to the authentic self expression of its participants.

The planning of the project was greatly contributed to by the Prajna-Paint team once it was formed, and with the structure of meetings a couple of times per month. Everyone on the team was ready to offer their help wherever it was needed, and always with a positive attitude! We managed to secure resources in time for the event, though it was slightly stressful to figure out the booking of space for it. A lesson in getting ahold of potential spaces as back up plans, and not relying on the initial space was learned. On the day of the first event, there were seven volunteers setting up early, and an attendance of roughly forty people, not including our wonderful yoga teachers who helped to lead the event. The feedback we got was really amazing.  Painting was available on small individual sheets, medium sized, two-person sheets and one large roll on the ground.  At intervals in the five hours that the workshop took place, one of our two yoga instructors led the participants in a breathing exercise.  They were encouraged to see the difference in their work afterwards.  The result was an atmosphere in which everyone felt relaxed and refreshed after painting and playing! They all wanted to have more events, and to find a way to continue these workshops. The second event took place on Happiness Day, and although there seemed to be a smaller turnout, everyone who stopped by to paint and munch on timbits and vegetables was very happy they did.  This time we had an impromptu open mic, with very excellent musicians I must say. Although it was a rather dreary day, we managed to create a joyful, creative space! I would like to thank the TUUM EST Student Initiative Fund and the Get Involved Team for making this a possibility.  Your expanded leadership allowed for students to experience a bit of child-like joy and their unique self expression!


Matthew Leung

Danceology 2.0 - $1,380


Initiative Summary

Danceology 2.0” turned out to be a very successful event. The goal of our club was to stage a production organized and produced solely by students. We have successfully invited the UBCO Latin Dance club, UBCO Beats, ISA, SASA and Theatre 26 to do a collaboration for this show.

One of the hardest struggles we face is the sense of building a dance community among the students. We want to create a reason why people should speak of UBCO as a campus with vibrant lifestyle of art, music, and dance.  Being our second year as the Urban Dance Club, we continue to get new dancers joining the club out of both curiosity and passion. After our second annual show, we can see our campus has a strong potential in building successful events for students. Our goal has created a great movement among students to get involved in dance.

Being such a success last year, we were not fully confident how this year would turn out. However, thanks to our members’ hard work, our show turned out to have another successful year of sales. With 150 attendances with over 35 student performers, the show turned out to be another great event. Many of our performers are grateful for the positive experience they have gotten out of Danceology 2.0 . Without the help of Tuum Est, this show would not have happened.


Matt Stefan, Management Yr 3

Festfeed - Experience the Next Generation - $2,397



Initiative Summary

An entrepreneurial group of UBC students is showcasing the next generation of social networking: a new app called Festfeed that is useful for festivals, corporate events, and school functions.

Created to be a mobile-first application, Festfeed is a social network platform designed by UBC students in various programs, from management and computer science to international relations. Festfeed is designed to be lightweight, fast, and energy efficient, says student and co-founder Matt Stefan.

On the administration end, the app enables event managers to create applications with ease; it also allows sponsors to interact and engage with users as event-goers interact at their events.

The students behind Festfeed launch the app in an on-campus presentation and event on Friday, March 27, starting at 6 p.m. in the Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research (FIP 204).

A live demonstration will showcase Festfeed’s functionality and demonstrate what differentiates it from competitors. Activities include a keynote address by Festfeed’s leadership team, followed by an collaborative festival-like activity allowing participants to interact with the new app while enjoying food, refreshments, and music. The public and students are invited to drop in and join in the launch event.

Many competing products are based on scheduling, registration, and micro-event applications, Stefan says.

“Festfeed takes the basic features that users and event managers care about and bolts them together to create an engaging and lively social network,” he says. “Festfeed is a next-generation social network curated specifically for events.”

Students were encouraged and mentored by Accelerate Okanagan, and faculty and staff at UBC, while there has been enthusiastic support from the local business community, says Stefan.



Matthew Hoogveld, Human Kinetics Yr 4

HK Grad Gala - $1,000



Initiative Summary

The night was an outstanding success. The celebrations went well into the evening and for the first HK grad gala held at the Delta Grand Hotel, it received immense reviews of positivity. The outstanding work from the gala committee to put on an event like this took tremendous work and dedication so a night of laughs, games and awards fell together. From the cocktail gathering, dinner, speeches and everyone dancing the night away there was not a single frown or tear of sadness within the room.
The takeaways from this initiative were long lasting memories of the graduating classes 4 years at UBCO, the friendships that will last a life time, and the final send off into the real world the graduates got. The initiative gave graduating student a perspective and takeaway message that being yourself is what you need to do, because everyone else is taken. For the planning and execution, getting a better volunteer base throughout the night would be great, so one person is not stuck cleaning up the mess after everyone has left.
Throughout the night, everyone complemented the outcome of the night, teachers and staff were astonished by how well the turn out was... 140 people came. This triples last years attendance. This would not have been done with out the help from you.. Tuum est. The burden of putting on such a large event was greatly met by charges by such a beautiful place, but having it at the delta made all the difference to many, so as the HK Grad says goodbye we say thank you and looking forward to working with Tuum est again.


Nicole Labine, Science Yr 4

Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference - $3,500



Initiative Summary

The Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC) is held each spring at a university in western Canada. The majority of the conference attendees are undergraduate students presenting their research in a formal conference setting. This conference is run by undergraduate students for undergraduate students.

The key takeaways for myself from this conference was how to manage and organize a group of people to run a large event. I learned what it means to lead people instead of just telling them what to do. The conference committee members who helped me to organize the event were an immense help and I could not have done it without them. We all learned a lot about time management and how to run a conference. The attendees were able to present their research in a formal conference setting which is normally reserved for graduate students and professors especially at larger conferences.

The event was a huge success and we have received many compliments about how much fun this conference was. All of the attending students had an excellent time.

Mark DeWachter

Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race - $3,500

GNCTR 2014 reflection


Initiative Summary

The UBCO Concrete Toboggan team would like to formally thank Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund for your generous support in this year’s competition that took place at Big White Ski Resort. With the help of this fund we where able to bring forty-six member to competition the biggest group we have had so far. With the advantage of having the GNCTR competition on home turf we were able to obtain best performing toboggan, best concrete mix design, best theoretical toboggan, best technical report, and second overall in the competition. We are thrilled to have competed in such an amazing competition and to represent our school. We are already excited and looking forward to next year’s competition in Ottawa and hope to take home the gold.



Breanna Purcka, Management Yr 4

 JDC West - $3,500



Initiative Summary

JDC West is a 3-day business competition that brings together 12 universities from across Western Canada. This year, it was held in beautiful Victoria, BC from January 15th to 18th. The team of 49 Management students from UBC Okanagan was selected in September, and took part in weekly practices, meetings, and "mock competitions" to prepare for JDC West. Of the 49 students taken, 30 competed in ten different academic case-competition categories, 4 in one parliamentary style debate, 8 in one sports tournament and 4 in one social competition. The team is run by two captains (similar in role to club presidents), one faculty advisor and one godparent (a support role, typically filled by an upper level student or alumni). In addition, JDC West provides a coaching and mentorship relationship between students and faculty members or corporate sponsors, allowing students to learn hands-on, practical business skills from experienced professionals outside of the classroom. After 4 months of hard work, practice and planning from all of the students, UBC Okanagan took home 3rd place in Accounting, 2nd place in Social, and Faculty Advisor of the Year (awarded to Dr. Svan Lembke). All of our students had the opportunity to meet students from other universities and corporate sponsors for JDC West as a whole, creating valuable connections and expanding their personal and professional networks. Arguably more important than results, the team this year came together and formed one, big, 49-person family that never wavered in supporting one another from September all the way until the competition weekend in January. It is without doubt that this initiative has provided a valuable experience for students, the Faculty of Management, and the community alike.



Lina Gomez, Arts Yr 3

McMUN - $1,000



Initiative Summary

Our initiative was to send a delegation of 17 students to the McGill Model United Nations Conference in Montreal. At the conference we participated in simulations of United Nations committee sessions, addressing topics ranging from the Hundred Years War to the Latin American Debt Crisis. Our delegates presented speeches, engaged in debate, and drafted resolutions, working alongside students from across Canada and the United States. Leading up to the conference, we held weekly meetings to prepare for and plan logistics of the trip. Aside from some unfortunate weather affecting flights, everything ran smoothly and the conference was enjoyed by all. Our delegates represented UBCO well, both at committee sessions and social events. McMUN provided us with a great opportunity to interact with and learn from other students who are interested in global affairs and public policy, which is an extremely valuable experience to have as a part of our undergraduate studies. Overall, the conference was a wonderful experience that will hopefully lead to the growth of the Model UN at UBCO.



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