Past Remote Community Based Learning Fund Recipients

Here are four highlighted recipients that demonstrate how the fund can be used to further remote community based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for UBC  students.

1st Course

SOWK 415

SOWK 415

SOWK 415, Field Education

Natalie Clark, Faculty and Chair of Field Education, School of Social Work

Community Partners
Ministry of Family and Child Development, Gibsons and Pemberton
Intensive Integrated Care Management, Home and Community Care, Nanaimo

Amount Awarded

The Remote Community Based Learning Fund supported student accommodation and travel for Bachelor of Social Work rural field practicum placements in Gibsons and Pemberton.

The experience gave students insights into both health priorities and the way health services are provided in rural communities. This left students much better placed when considering opportunities to work in rural communities post graduation. Meanwhile, their contributions were hugely valued by their community partners.

2nd Course

COMM 468, Marketing Applications

COMM 486

COMM 486

Jenny Dickson, Instructor of Marketing, Sauder School of Business

Community Partners
Whistler Grocery Store, Whistler
Tofino Surf Shop, Tofino

Amount Awarded
$6000 (two terms)

COMM 486 serves as a capstone experience for Sauder marketing students. Students work with organizations to develop a comprehensive marketing plan. The Remote Community Based Learning Fund funding made it possible for students to travel to Whistler and Tofino to meet clients and conduct market research in their local areas. This applied learning experience developed students’ professional and teamwork skills, as well as their ability to research, analyze and make decisions with imperfect information. Working with these remote community partners tested the students’ ability to think about marketing in new ways, and to create plans that were suitable for businesses operating outside of an urban context.

3rd Course
FRST 424, Sustainable Forest Management

FRST 424

FRST 424

Dr. Gary Bull, Professor, Faculty of Forestry
Dr. John Nelson, Professor, Faculty of Forestry

Community Partners
MacLeod Lake Community Forest, MacLeod Lake Indian Band and District of McKenzie
Nuxalk First Nation Community Forest, Nuxalk Development Corporation, Bella Coola

Amount Awarded

Fourth year students in FRST 424 worked with community forests in the McKenzie district and near Bella Coola to develop a sustainable forest management plan. The Remote Community Based Learning Fund made it possible for students to travel to meet the Boards of Directors responsible for the management of the community forests, gain an understanding of the forest, and the values of the nearby community.

Students in this course go through many stages of iteration in the development of their forest management plans – working closely with their community partners. The opportunity to meet the partners and to visit the forests first hand was critical to the students’ offering high quality plans to their partners.

4th Course
LFS 350, Land, Food and Community II

LFS 350

LFS 350

Dr. Eduardo Jovel, Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Dr. Vivian Measday, Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Community Partners
Galiano Island Sea Ranch, Galiano Island
Galiano Club Community Food Program, Galiano Island

Amount Awarded

In LFS 350, students work in teams to respond to questions posed by community organizations focused on food and agricultural issues.

In 2012/2013, the Remote Community Based Learning Fund enabled one team to work with the Gambier Island Sea Ranch to research appropriate fencing for pigs and make recommendations for the safest, most sustainable, predator proof option available. One other team worked with the Galiano Club Community Food Program to research crops that are well-suited to the island in terms of ecological, economic, and social sustainability, resulting in a crop plan that promotes food security.

Settling the Language exhibition poster

We’re very excited to welcome a new exhibition to Rare Books and Special Collections!

The exhibit, Settling the Language: Dictionaries and Language Change, 1490 to Today, is being mounted in support of the Dictionary Society of North America and Studies in the History of English Language conferences being held at UBC from June 5 to 7. The exhibition, curated by Grant Hurley, an MAS/MLIS student at SLAIS, will run until August 15.

Featuring items from the H. Rocke Robertson Collection of Dictionaries and other materials at RBSC, the exhibit celebrates the many forms of dictionaries. It includes 32 items, from early Latin and polyglot dictionaries, to the vital materials for Indigenous language revitalization, which all work in curious and contradictory ways to both fix, or settle a language. Brought together by the immense work of H. Rocke Robertson and other donors to RBSC’s collections, we hope you will enjoy the complicated and fascinating tales these texts tell us about our languages, identities, and linguistic ancestors. You can download the exhibition catalogue here.

You can visit the exhibition, which is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at 604 822-2521 or


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