The next chapter that we would like to highlight in our 2013-2014 Key Chapter blog series is our chapter at the University of British Columbia.
During the fall semester, the University of British Columbia chapter continued with their Academic and Tri-Mentoring Launch Event, which pairs industry professionals with junior (1st and 2nd year) and senior (3rd and 4th year) students based on their area of study. During the event, students networked with the professionals, participated in speed interviews and partook in resume-building workshops. This program is widely considered to be the chapter’s most popular academic project in that its unique structure allows for growth and feedback all while providing a rewarding experience for industry professionals. One of the chapter’s key service events for the 2013-2014 academic year was their fundraiser for the University of British Columbia’s Mental Health Awareness Week. In fact the event was such a success that the chapter hosted it twice– once in September and again in January. Each fundraising event ran for two days at the university hall where students would come to pay their tuition. The chapter would sell coffee, juice, tea, bagels and other snacks to go towards hosting mental health awareness workshops at the university. This event gave the chapter an opportunity to meet and greet with other students all while supporting a worthy cause.
One event that the University of British Columbia chapter was particularly proud of this year was their New Member Recognition Event. Although the event takes place in late October, planning started at the beginning of the summer, and all of the chapter officers were involved in the conception, organization and execution of the event. Together members formed sponsorship, marketing and logistics teams, which gave the members a platform to develop their leadership skills. The chapter was proud to have their new honorary members deliver keynote speeches, as well as World Cup Skicross Winner Sven Winter. During the ceremony’s intermission, the chapter introduced their various service projects, such as their Type 2 Diabetes Awareness workshop, Better World Books Drive, clothing drive for Big Brothers and World Vision literacy project. This event proved to be a success with more than two hundred people invited to the event!
Congratulations to our University of British Columbia chapter for their continued success and being named a Key Chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year!