KSA Peer Support Centre Presents Catching Up with Kiran and Kayla

Peer Support Coordinators Kiran Natt and Kayla MacGillivray have initiated Instagram live sessions through the KSA’s Instagram. The two coordinators go live every Wednesday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. They began hosting the live sessions on July 13 and have been actively doing them ever since. They talk about a different topic each Wednesday and... Continue Reading

Former KPU Instructor Sandy Fraser Creates Award for Interior Design Students

KPU’s Interior Design program has announced that it will be offering students the Sandy Fraser Award for Outstanding Design. The $5,000 annual scholarship will go to a student who has demonstrated “research, experimentation and creative problem-solving skills to achieve forward-thinking and innovative solutions that have the possibility of transforming people’s lives.” This award will be... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor’s New Book Explores the Sikh View on Happiness

The Sikh View on Happiness: Guru Arjan’s Sukhmani authored by Asian Studies instructor Kamala Nayar and clinical counsellor Jas Sandhu is an analysis, exploration, and translation of the celebrated religious text, the Sukhmani. Translating to “Pearl of Happiness,” the Sukhmani was written by Guru Arjan about 400 years ago. As the fifth of 10  Gurus... Continue Reading

UBC Farm Hosts Eight-part Webinar on Food Systems and Climate Change

An eight-part webinar series put on by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFC), the B.C. Food Web, and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC (LFS) hopes to answer fundamental questions on building resilient food systems during COVID-19. The pandemic has brought vulnerabilities in communities around the world to light. Food inequalities,... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor Helps Write E-Book on Preventing Relationship Violence

For years, KPU nursing instructor Dr. Balbir Gurm has worked to offer comprehensive resources on relationship violence to the public. Much of this work has been done through the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR), a cross-disciplinary organisation Gurm founded which aims to stop systemic relationship violence by educating people on how we can... Continue Reading

Surrey's Art Takeout Courses Spark Participants' Imaginations at Home

The Feed Your Inner Artist program with Art Takeout Courses hosted by the Surrey Art Gallery enables participants of all ages to try new mediums and artistic techniques from home. The two takeout courses to choose from were Drawing in the Field and Hand Building with Clay. The six-week interactive hands-on courses included material pickup... Continue Reading

KPU Sports and Rec Introduces Virtual Fitness Classes

Sports and Recreation at KPU is keeping students, faculty, and staff physically active during the pandemic with their newly-introduced virtual classes. The classes, which used to be taught in-person, started in June and are completely free for students. Sports & Rec is offering Mindful Yoga classes with coordinator Julia Nobauer and Full Body Workout classes... Continue Reading

KPU Offers New Diversity in Brewing Scholarship

A new scholarship announced July 8 marks a collaboration between the Diversity in Brewing initiative and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program. Heather Keegan, the founder and now coordinator of Diversity in Brewing, says that the scholarship was born out of wanting to support BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ students interested in joining the craft... Continue Reading

Wilson School of Design Grad Recognized for His Adaptable Ski Jacket at Annual Competition

Riley Scott says that being recognized as the student runner-up for the sports and recreation award by Core77 was both surreal and exciting. In mid-June, the Core77 Design Awards announced student and professional winners, runner- ups, and notable designers across the 18 categories judged. The award show has been highlighting excellence in design for nine... Continue Reading

Black Hair in Focus Event Explores the History and Politics of Black Hair

Black Hair in Focus: The History and Politics of Black Hair was an online roundtable facilitated by the Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry group at Simon Fraser University. On June 30, over 20 attendees participated via Zoom. The online discussion brought attention to the politics of Black hair, the way it has been perceived... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s African Descent Festival Will Be Partially Online this Summer

For the first time, the African Descent Festival will be hosted online this year to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among attendees. Yasin Kiraga created the event in 2015 to bring “people of African descent together.” According to Kiraga, the festival was launched as an awareness campaign for promoting the art and culture of people... Continue Reading

Surrey Pride 2020 Mixes Celebration with Solemnity

For Martin Rooney, president of Surrey Pride, moving the event online in 2020 proved to be a challenge. “We had decided that we either were not going to hold one or that we were going to go online, and we had no experience in our group as to how to do that,” says Rooney. “Fortunately,... Continue Reading

Online Webinar Explores How COVID-19 Has Impacted People with Disabilities

An online webinar on upholding the rights of people with disabilities during COVID-19 sparked discussion about the unique impact of the pandemic on the community. On June 16, over 100 attendees participated via Zoom. The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue organized the event, provided ASL interpretation, and brought on three guest panellists. The... Continue Reading

Powell Street Music Festival to Celebrate Japanese-Canadian Art and Culture Online

For the past 44 years, the Powell Street Festival has celebrated Japanese-Canadian art and culture in the historic neighbourhood of Paueru-Gai, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This year, due to social distancing requirements, the festival will be presented as an online telethon between 2:00 and 7:00 pm on Aug. 1. According to Heritage BC, “The... Continue Reading

The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market Opens with Social Distancing Protocols

The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm between May 12 until Oct. 6. It’s also moving to a new location: Brighouse Park in Richmond, B.C. The market will be encouraging social distancing and introducing new products. “They’ve laid out a series of regulations that all farmers... Continue Reading