UBC Reports | Vol. 46 | No. 17 | November
Staff member has fun and helps others at same time
The campus United Way campaign marches toward its $300,000 goal with the help
of troopers like Pat Rose
by Bruce Mason staff writer
Organizers say Pat Rose is one of the true soldiers of UBC's
United Way Campaign.
"I'm just having fun and raising a little money to help others," says the
secretary of the Dept. of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing, who adds that she
is flattered to be singled out.
Typical of Rose was her reaction to the discovery she had breast cancer last
January. She didn't dwell on it. Instead she accepted the operation,
chemotherapy and bouts of daily radiation as a challenge. Then, earlier this
month she raised $2,700 in the Run for the Cure.
This year, for UBC's United Way campaign, she's holding a Bake Sale and
Jello contest on Nov. 21 and 22 in the hallways of the department.
"People who push blobs of Jello along a table in the best time will win
photocopy cards," she explains. "If I can find a dart board I'm going to tie on
balloons so people can pay to pop one for prizes."
She is also staging her second annual pub night at Fred's Uptown Tavern in the
Dakota Hotel at Nelson and Granville in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 28 to
benefit the campaign.
"Last year I won a prize at Granville Island for a party of 300 at Fred's," she
recalls. "I'm popular, but not that popular, so I invited the entire university
community and raised funds for the United Way."
Fred's invited her back this year and Pat, who did it all on her own last year,
could use a hand selling tickets. Admission -- $5 for faculty and
staff, $3 for students -- includes a complimentary drink.
Rose is also selling 50-50 tickets, in which the winner of a draw splits the
total money with the United Way. Contact her at 604-822-0699.
"At the end of our intensive two-week campus campaign we have achieved
two-thirds of our goal of $300,000," reports Bill McMichael, UBC's
To illustrate the university-wide commitment he applauds the special
efforts of the faculties of Commerce and Education, Athletics and
Recreation, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals 116, 2950
and 2278 -- in particular, custodial staff --and the students of
For more information on UBC's United Way campaign -- including
downloadable pledge forms -- visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca or call 604-822-8929.