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Patrick Condon
World-renowned urban design expert Professor Patrick Condon is working with students, policy makers and design professionals to develop sustainable and liveable environments worldwide.

Through recognition of the diversity of our communities and our impact on the world around us, UBC is implementing its Trek 2010 mission to provide “students, faculty, and staff with the best possible resources and conditions for learning and research, and [to] create a working environment dedicated to excellence, equity, and mutual respect.”

Global Studio in the Inner City

Architecture, urban planning and industrial design students, teachers and practitioners from 15 countries are using design to improve the lives of residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Coordinated by UBC Faculty of Applied Science and the United Nations Millennium Project, the project brings design professionals together with communities to develop sustainable and liveable environments.

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - Phase One

Two years in the making, the completion of the fi rst phase of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre signals the revolutionary access to UBC Library’s knowledge base now available to the public, students, colleges and universities worldwide. Complete with the robotic Automated Storage and Retrieval System, the renovation of the original 1920s structure and resulting expansion of services and wireless capabilities were made possible through a 2002 gift of more than $20 million by UBC alumnus and founding chairman of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., Irving K. Barber. The B.C. Government contributed $10 million and UBC $30 million.

UBC Okanagan Learning Exchange

Thanks to $250,000 in seed money donated by UBC board member Jim Eccott and his wife Shirley-Anne -- long-time Okanagan residents -- the highly successful UBC Learning Exchange is set to expand to UBC Okanagan. Based on consultation with the local community, this new initiative will be designed to respond to the unique needs of the Okanagan area, and to help strengthen the links between the university and community.

Aboriginal Health Care Administration Program

The UBC Certificate in Aboriginal Health Care Administration provides tools for aboriginal community-based health workers through a combination of cooperative learning at UBC Vancouver and online study in home communities. The program is offered through the Institute for Aboriginal Health and UBC Continuing Studies and was recognized with two awards for innovative programming.

Mapping Children at Risk

Researchers in UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership have made BC the only jurisdiction in the world with an atlas of every neighbourhood and school district that shows the relationships between child vulnerability and socio-economic conditions. The BC Atlas of Child Development shows factors that combine to impact early child development and provides an unprecedented policy tool for improving the well-being of children.

Restoring Kettle Valley Trestles

The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society is providing $10,000 to help UBC Okanagan researchers delve into the past and explore the future of the Kettle Valley Railway’s Myra Canyon trestles. A 2003 forest fire destroyed 12 of 16 wooden trestles and now UBC Okanagan professors and students are conducting archeological and historic fieldwork, as well as tourism management planning for the national historic site.

UBC Faculty & Staff Donate Time, Money

United Way Campaign Dollars
United Way campaign dollars donated by UBC faculty, staff and students have steadily increased since 1995.
Learning Exchange Student Volunteers
In the spirit of UBC volunteerism, the number of Learning Exchange student volunteers has risen dramatically since 1999.