Breaking Silences Stigma

Please join us at Green College Coach House to launch a dialogue addressing accessibility challenges in our community. We will be discussing disability rights and activism, common challenges, and tips for being an ally to people with disabilities.

Please RSVP so we can get an idea of how many people to bring snacks for! Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs.

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Directions to Green College can be found at

NEADS Breaking It Down employment event

Breaking it Down: Dialogues on Removing Barriers for People With Disabilities in the Workplace (Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, March 12, 2016)

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) invites post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities, career educators and representatives from federally regulated private sector employers to a one day innovative and interactive workshop “Breaking it Down (BID):

Dialogues on removing barriers for people with disabilities in the workplace”, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday, March 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street. This event is presented by the Centre for Students With Disabilities and Career Services, Simon Fraser University.

Register online now:


The BID workshop is part of “Breaking Through

Barriers”: An Employment Project To Support Persons With Disabilities, a national two–and-a-half year project funded by Labour Canada through its Workplace Opportunities:

Removing Barriers to Equity program. The initiative is aimed at connecting recent graduates with disabilities and employers in the federally regulated sector, through in-person workshops and a unique web portal designed to create on-going relationships and resource sharing between disabled graduates and employers.

During this event, students and employers will have the opportunity to hear from both lived experience and employer experts on topics such

as: Personal Branding and Social Media; Disclosure and Accommodation In The Workplace; Job Interviews; Soft Skills: Challenges in the Workplace; Professional Development; Barriers and Focused Career Transitions; Moving On From Entry Level. Unlike most employment workshops that rely on a one-way flow of knowledge from employer to potential employee, student and employer participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated discussions about the issues aimed at creating a knowledge exchange process between employers and potential employees.

Come join NEADS and representatives of our valued project partners (see below), for an employment workshop that will bring job seekers and job makers together, who will learn from each other by……….Breaking it Down. This event is free to post-secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities (within less than 5 years after graduation). The registration fee is $50 for professionals. You must complete all fields in the registration form. A full list of speakers will be announced soon!

Introductory Remarks:

Jewelles Smith, Vice-Chair/British Columbia Director, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)


Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Ph.D, Team Leader and Head, Variant interpretation Group, Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Ontario Cancer Institute

Master of Ceremonies:

Jeremiah Bach, Event Producer, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Other Speakers Include:

Sana Khan, Employment and Outreach Specialist, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW): Branding and Social Media

Jewelles Smith, Vice-Chair/British Columbia Director, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS): Disclosure and Accommodation in the Workplace

For further information contact: Jeremiah Bach, Event Producer, NEADS:

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VocalEye – Live Audio Description

VocalEye started over seven years ago, kicking off with a production of “The Miracle Worker” at the Vancouver Playhouse.   It was the first Live Audio Description program in the country.  Which means people with low vision or blindness can listen to a description of a play or performance, in between dialogue, as it unfolds live on stage.

VocalEye regularly partners with The Arts Club Stanley, The Arts Club Granville Island, The Gateway, PuSh Festival and The Surrey Arts Centre.

People who are blind or have low vision can become a member of VocalEye for free.  You can contact  to sign-up.  Included in a membership is the possibility of a ‘touch tour’ during select performances.

For more information, visit

Student or Grad with a Disability? Don’t Miss the Career Opportunities that are Available Now!

Lime Connect’s corporate partners are searching for talented individuals for outstanding internship, co-op, part-time and full-time positions.

Join us at the Lime Connect, Vancouver January 28th Corporate Recruitment Reception!

Application deadline is Sunday, January 17th!

BMO Financial Group, IBM Canada, and TD Bank Group are seeking to connect for a number of outstanding opportunities. There are great roles for new and upcoming grads, current students and experienced professionals.  

Event Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016 (by invitation only)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm 
(registration starts at 5:30)
Format: Partner remarks followed by networking reception
Dress: Business
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Opportunities: Roles include a wide variety of positions ranging from commercial banking, financial planning and financial analyst to client services, sales, technology solutions, software development, IT analyst and more. A number of positions, including co-op, are located in Toronto for those willing to relocate.

Space is limited, apply today!

To apply, log into your Lime Network account, view the job descriptions and follow the link to our online application system to indicate your interests. And, while you’re there, be sure to update your Lime Network profile so we have your most current information.  If you have received this notice from a friend or colleague and are a student or graduate with a disability and not a member of The Lime Network, we welcome your registration.


Lime Connect – Upcoming deadline for scholarships!

Google Lime Scholarship

The Google Lime Scholarship is an opportunity for students to $5,000 (for those studying in Canada), attend the annual Google Scholars Retreat, and be considered for an internship.

Who: An undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student currently enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada who is pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related field

When: Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 6th at 11:59pm PST

How: To learn more and apply, log into The Lime Network

Learn more: Read a blog post by a 2015 Google Lime Scholar. Listen to a webinar on tips for applying from two 2015 Google Lime Scholars.

The BMO Capital Markets Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship

The BMO Capital Markets Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship is an opportunity for students to receive $5,000 (for those studying in Canada) and be considered for an internship.

Who: A current undergraduate or graduate student at a four-year university in the U.S. or Canada (MBA is included) who is pursuing a degree in business, engineering, math, physics, or a related discipline

When: Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 13th at 11:59pm PST

How: To learn more and apply, log into The Lime Network.

TD Lime Connect Canada Scholarship (Network members in Canada only)

The TD Bank Group Lime Connect Canada Scholarship Program provides recipients with a $2500 scholarship and a paid 2015 summer internship with TD, a company that places emphasis on opportunity, leadership and the value of a diverse workforce.

Who: For students in Canada who are interested in careers in finance, capital markets, global anti-money laundering (GAML) or information technology

When: Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 13th at 11:59pm PST

How: To learn more and apply, log into The Lime Network

Family Afternoon Movies at Wesbrook

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By Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant, Access & Diversity

Starting on April 1, you and your family can enjoy all-time favourite animated films five Wednesdays in a row. All screenings are free of charge and take place at Westbrook Welcome Centre, located at 3378 Westbrook Mall. Below are short synopses and details of the screenings.

Happy Feet 2

Wednesday, April 1 4:30 p.m.

Mumble the penguin, who is a tap dancer, is frustrated that Erik, his son, is reluctant to dance. Instead of following his father’s footsteps, Erik discovers a new role model—a penguin that can fly. Mumble is determined to set things right.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Wednesday, April 8 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Peaboy, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his boy, Sherman, embark on exciting adventures using a time machine. One day, Sherman tries to impress his friend, Penny, by showing off the time machine, except he accidentally rips a hole in the universe. What happens now?

Monsters vs. Aliens

Wednesday, April 15 4:30 p.m.

A meteor full of space gunk strikes bride-to-be Susan Murphy. She finds herself turned into a giant, which the government wants to confine with other monsters. However, when an extraterrestrial robot lands on Earth and causes a mess, the government may instead want Susan to fight the alien.

Kung-Fu Panda

Wednesday, April 22 4:30 p.m.

Po the panda dreams of becoming a kung-fu master, but he is only an employee at his family’s noodle shop. His dream comes true when he becomes a chosen one destined to fight an evil kung fu warrior who is escaping prison.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Wednesday, April 29 4:30 p.m.

Five years after Hiccup and Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk, they now adventure through the island’s unmapped territories. During one of their adventures, they discover a mysterious dragon rider who turns out to be Hiccup’s mother.

For more information on the afternoon movies, please visit


Richmond Centre for Disability Ambassador Project

The Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD) is looking for volunteer ambassadors for their RCD Ambassador Project. The goal of the project is to develop a specialized volunteer and citizenship group that will work to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and improve our community while acquiring valuable employment and interpersonal skills.

Training sessions begin in April. For more information or to sign up, email or or call 604-232-2404.


Let’s CampOUT This Summer!

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By Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant at Access & Diversity

CampOUT! is a UBC-supported summer camp for British Columbia and Yukon’s queer, trans, and allied youth aged 14 to 21. Running from July 2 to 5, 2015 on Gambier Island, the sixth annual CampOUT gives opportunities for youth to become leaders for social change, meet new friends, access resources, and engage in imaginative, critical, and innovative workshops. CampOUT also features traditional camp activities, such as canoeing, campfires, and arts and crafts.

“I feel incredibly accepted and supported at camp, and that really helped me begin to accept myself,” one past participant shared after attending CampOUT.

CampOUT is an opportunity for diverse range of individuals to come together to learn more about themselves and each other. It also enables participants to learn about how they can act as allies across their differences and share their skills, while getting their needs met.

If you or your child is interested in a safe and inclusive space where you/they can develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, inspire each other, foster hope and resilience, and connect with resources that can support your/their health and well-being, give CampOUT a try.

The camp only costs $25 thanks to the generosity of community partners and donors. Application for CampOUT! is open now until Sunday, March 29. You can find more information and apply on CampOUT’s website. Should you have any questions, please contact CampOUT at, 604-822-8298, or toll free at 1-877-678-2267.

Rule Out Racism 2015

Rule Out Racism bannerRule Out Racism is a week-long series of events that focuses on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism within the UBC community in Okanagan and Vancouver. This year’s theme is “this is what anti-racism looks like,” and all events are from March 16-20. There are a wide range of events, from workshops, to panel discussions, to film screenings.

This year there will also be an evening featuring art that raises awareness about experiences of racism. Intercultural U is organized by UBC Equity Ambassadors and will have many interesting performers and featuring different types of art. Like all other events that are a part of Rule out Racism it is free to attend and open to everyone. Find out who is performing at Intercultural U and register here.

Rule Out Racism week is held in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is observed annually on March 21. See below for a full list of events during Rule Out Racism 2015. Read more about each workshop and register at

  • Intercultural Fluency, Diversity, and International Peoples at UBC. Presentation on March 16, 12.30 – 2pm, in Irving K Barber Learning Centre.
  • Let’s Talk About Racism In Residence. Presentation on March 17, 12.30 – 2pm, in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
  • Where are we in the world? Film screening on March 18, 12 – 1 pm, in Neville Scarfe Building
  • Anti-Racism Toolbox Workshops
    • When standing in front of the room is not enough: Facilitation skills for difficult conversations. Presentation on March 18, 11 am – 12 pm, in the Food, Nutrition and Health Building.
    • More than Hammer and Nails: Having Difficult Conversations and Building Allyship. Workshop on March 18, 2 – 4 pm, in Buchanan Building Block D.
    • Addressing Racism: from deer in the headlights to effective engagement. Workshop on March 18, 2 – 4 pm, in Buchanan Building Block D.
    • Cultural competency in a diverse classroom: Critical analysis and practice. Workshop on March 18, 2 – 4 pm, in Buchanan Building Block D.
    • Revealing Conversations: an engaging tool for generating safe, meaningful discussions. Workshop on March 18, 2.30 – 3.30, in Buchanan Building Block D.
  • Intercultural U. Evening of art and awareness on March 19, 6 – 8 pm, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse. Register to ensure you get food.
  • Value of Freedom: Academics VS. Expression. Panel Discussion on March 20, 10 am – 12 pm, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the First Nations Longhouse (Wayfinding at UBC)
    • Drawing from their own experiences and reflecting upon recent media attention on the topic, faculty will discuss the issues raised when engaging with controversial issues.