Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is proud to partner with government and non-government organizations to provide and facilitate workshops to promote community learning and collaboration in rural and northern communities.

The LIRN BC process encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-government organizations (community-based, regional and provincial) and businesses to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative.

LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. The 2015 Expression of Interest (EOI) includes workshop summaries for 21 workshops offered by LIRN BC partner organizations. Select the topic of the event from the choices offered and tell us why this is important in the form below. If your community is selected, you will be contacted by a LIRN BC partner who will work with you to design and deliver a learning event that meets the needs of your community. Successful applicants would be expected to provide publicity support, venue and refreshments.

►The EOI must be received by July 3rd, 2015.

The LIRN BC partners are:

  • Alzheimer Society of BC
  • Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
  • BC Centre for Employment Excellence
  • BC Healthy Communities (PlanH Program)
  • Community Social Planning Council (Victoria)
  • Fraser Basin Council (Integrated Community Sustainability Planning)
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre UBC
  • Leave Out Violence (LoVE)
  • PeerNetBC
  • SPARC BC
  • Vantage Point
  • Volunteer BC
  • YouthCo

EOI Details:

►The EOI must be received by July 3rd, 2015. Please do not exceed the provided space of the Application Section of the EOI. Follow this link for more information or to download the EOI form.

►Return the Application Section only – pages 15 to 21 of this document – as a Word document by email to jsands@sparc.bc.ca | Jim Sands, Project Coordinator, SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC).

►Special Instructions: Please do not exceed the provided space of the Application Section of the EOI. Return the Application Section only – pages 15 to 21 of this document – as a Word document by email to jsands@sparc.bc.ca.

LIRN BC does not provide direct funding or cash. The support offered by LIRN BC generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event. The community (through a local steering committee) is expected to help with planning, marketing, providing a venue, and providing catering if needed (this can be through charging admission).

Note: If you have any questions please contact Jim Sands at 604-718-8504 or jsands@sparc.bc.ca

For the 4th consecutive year, The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning are pleased to offer funding to instructors teaching courses that include remote community based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for their students. This funding is intended to support collaborations between UBC students and organizations located in communities outside of the Lower Mainland.

Faculty members are invited to apply online for up to $5,000 per course for the 2015/2016 academic year.

For more information, please visit the Student services website or click here for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on our site.

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