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Chapman and Innovation Grant Recipient: Audrey Irvine-Broque – West Moberly First Nations

Hear back from Audrey Irvine-Broque about her project on climate change impacts in the West Moberly First Nations territory. Audrey was a recipient of the Centre for Community Engaged Learning’s Chapman and Innovation Grants in the 2022-23 school year. You can view her full report here. Applications for CCEL Grants are open until Sunday, February […]

Chapman and Innovation Grant Recipient: Amarildo Ceka – Eaglesland Albanian Society of BC

Hear back from Amarildo about his project to create resources for the Albanian community in BC. Amarildo was a recipient of the Centre for Community Engaged Learning’s Chapman and Innovation Grants in the 2022-23 school year. You can view his report here. Applications for CCEL Grants are open until Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 11:59 […]

Navigating the path towards post-secondary education and life after high school for refugee and newcomer youth

This project featured three workshops for newcomer youth transitioning from high school to post-secondary. It featured a guest speaker with lived experience who went on to study law, in addition to others from various professional fields, and a tour of UBC Vancouver’s campus. Additionally, the students were assigned university mentors for support during the university […]

DTES Art Engagement Project

This project included eighteen arts and crafts workshops over six months, at various downtown eastside (DTES) locations. The goal of this project was to harness the transformative power of art as a means to alleviate the burden of mental health challenges faced by many DTES residents. This project led to the establishment of the Downtown […]

Indigenous Food Systems & Community-based Land Stewardship

This project worked to improve access to hands-on and land-based learning opportunities about Indigenous food systems and community-based land stewardship for youth. The initiative fostered a sense of empowerment in participants through workshops, field trips, and hands-on opportunities, and fostered a holistic learning experience by inviting Indigenous elders to share their knowledge about the land. […]

Cool ‘Hood Champs

The Climate Action Training: Cool ‘Hood Champs program is aimed at increasing awareness of and addressing climate change in neighbourhoods. It was developed by the UBC Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) and is jointly offered by CALP and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning.

Spicing up Science

This “Spicing Up Science” trip provided young students with an opportunity to be inspired, excited, and interested in STEM through engaging lessons about a variety of scientific concepts using food – a relatable medium. Together with Flavourful Science, workshops were created to provide interactive and educational lessons within elementary classrooms. Two 3-hour workshops at elementary […]

Serving the Surrey Food Bank’s Tiny Bundles Program

Since 1983, the Surrey Food Bank has been assisting low-income individuals and families who live in Surrey and North Delta by providing bi-weekly food hampers. Tiny Bundles is a program specially designed for pregnant moms and families with babies. Currently, the clients at Surrey Food Bank have increased by 21-22% and donations have decreased by […]

Access to Gender-Affirming Care in Terrace, B.C.

Foundry Terrace is a hub for trans healthcare. They provide integrated wellness services for youth 12–24 years old. This project worked to 1) connect gender-diverse youth with one another and with the resources Foundry offers, and 2) empower these youth to live full lives with access to information, role models, stories, and supplies. A series […]

The Streetwave Skateboard Feature

While the Metro Vancouver skateboard community has grown closer because of this space, it has been more difficult to engage the non-skateboarding community in the neighbourhood. Britannia Courts’ adjacency to Britannia Secondary School presents a unique opportunity to connect the two communities by providing a transformative learning experience for high school students. The Connect to […]

Dancing with the Land

Audrey worked with the West Moberly First Nations (WMFN) on Dancing with the Land (Nun ke’ Daahwéhsats), a project to advance understanding of how climate change impacts and policies will impact Indigenous self-determination as well as the cultural values/rights associated with terrestrial and aquatic environments. Their work researching climate-action plans and co-creating a research needs […]

Empowering Ethnic Albanians in British Columbia

According to the 2021 census the number of ethnic Albanians in Canada is 41,620 with 2000+ individuals in BC. Due to the small population of community that has been scattered across various cities it has been a challenge for them to come together at full capacity. This project has aimed to empower the Albanian community in BC by a few initiatives such as creating informational workshops with focus on health education, employment opportunities as well as settlement information, creation of Albanian business in BC directory as well a launching AlbMentor mentorship program to connect new youth with successful mentor and residents of BC from the community to guide them.

UBC Student Project Lead: Amarildo Ceka

Community Partner: EaglesLand Albanian Cultural Society of BC

Year of Publication: 2023




LBN Indigenous Outreach Project Report

Christian’s project worked with the Learning Buddies Network to make tutoring accessible and affordable to children who attend Bella Bella Community School, an Indigenous school in Bella Bella, BC. They provided children who attend the school with access to free, one-to-one online mentorship and tutoring.

UBC Student Project Lead: Christian San Juan

Community Partner: Learning Buddies Network

Year of Publication: 2022




Oppenheimer Park Extreme Heat Pop-up

The UBC Climate Action Mobilizers’ (CAM) consulted with Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) community to better understand how they are impacted by climate change at the Oppenheimer Park Extreme Heat Pop-up event. This event was developed in support of CLEAR and in partnership with Working Gear, UBC Sustainability Hub, and UBC Learning Exchange.

Bakerview: A Place for You – Workshops and Creative Lab

The Climate Action Mobilizers (CAM) team created two interactive, collaborative workshops for youth leaders at the Youth Space of South Surrey/White Rock with the objectives of surfacing the youth group and community’s needs; preparing youth leaders to consult with other community members such as seniors; and to facilitate the co-design of a community-wide creative lab. The culminating event for this workshop series was the implementation of an inclusive, co-designed creative lab that invited the Bakerview Park community to envision park improvements that will meet the needs of diverse park users. 

Paddling Together©: Building Decolonization Practices for Mobility Justice and Sustainable Cities

This event hosted by the UBC Climate Action Mobilizers and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (B.E.S.T.) brought participants together for an experiential workshop facilitated by Kathi Camilleri (Metis/Cree and Irish ancestry). Paddling Together© focused on deepening participants’ understanding of traditional Indigenous values, and decolonizing perspectives around the concept of “community.”

Celebrating IBPOC Voices in Youth Climate Action

Students and community members gathered for a community conversation that amplified and empowered Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) youth leadership and climate action. Diverse guest speakers shared lived experiences on belonging and intersectionality in relation to climate action and inspired conversations around inclusion.

Beyond Climate ‘Refugees’: Understanding global and local communities displaced by climate change

This online event featured a four-person panel discussion with two speakers who have lived climate displacement experience, and two speakers who specialize in climate displacement community engagement and policy. The event concluded with a UBC Amnesty International letter-writing campaign to increase protection of climate displaced people. This fostered a better understanding of the collective responsibility and supports needed to address challenges related to climate change displacement.  

Dorm to Table: Activating Sustainable Food Practices with Microgreens

As part of UBC’s Climate Emergency Week, the UBC Climate Action Mobilizers hosted a microgreen growing workshop for all students! During the workshop, participants learned about local food systems from Duncan Chambers (Owner of City Beet Farm), and received recipe inspiration from Andrea Carlson (Chef, Burdock & Co, Harvest Community Foods).