Printable Health Resources for You and Your Children

bye bye bottlePost by Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant at Access & Diversity

How much screen time should your little one(s) receive? Should you speak English or your first language with your child(ren)? These are questions that Vancouver Coastal Health can help you answer.

VCH has a catalogue of health education materials that you can read online or print at home. You can find a reference sheet on helping your 1-to-3-year-old stop using a bottle above as an example. Most of them only take up a letter-size paper or double-sided on a letter-size paper, which you can then put up on the fridge or a bulletin board for reference.

The resources catalogue includes information for children of all ages, women’s health, LGBT2S health, among other topics. The printable materials also come in a variety of languages, including English, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi, and Korean. You can find all the printable resources at

The UBC Name Project – Jeanie


“On my dad’s side of the family, everyone’s first names start with a J (although generally my dad and my uncles go by their middle names.) My mom was struggling to come up with a J-name, especially as my older cousin on her side had just been named Jennifer. She didn’t appreciate that her brother, who didn’t even need it, had already used “a perfectly good J-name!”. One of my mom’s coworkers at the time was named Jeanie, and after some deliberation, she went with it. She also didn’t know that Jeanie is often spelled with two “n”s, and she went with the same spelling as her co-worker.”

Westbrook Village Spring Savings

Post by Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant at Access & Diversity

From tasting delicious Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt to getting sweaty at the Hot Box Yoga, Westbrook Village has an array of shops, restaurants, and services for you and your family—all at a discount.

UNA Discounts

If you and your family live at Chancellor Place, Hawthorn Place, East Campus, Hampton Place, or Westbrook Place (Westbrook Village), you are eligible to apply for a UNA Access Card. With an Access Card, you can receive discounts at a variety of stores in Westbrook Village. Below are some highlights.

Blenz Coffee: You can always get a free upsize on any Blenz drink.

The Hot Box Yoga: You can drop in for a free yoga class if you are a new customer.

Westbrook Eyecare: 15 percent off contact lenses and 30 percent off all eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Get 10 percent off—It’s not much, but if you love yogurt, the savings add up!

To see the full list, please visit

Westbrook Village Spring Savings

You can take a free Westbrook Village coupon book at many of Westbrook events (See picture above). Coming up with a new set every season, the April to June Spring Savings coupons features buy one get one free at Blenz Coffee, 15 percent off shaved ice at Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle, free cookie with the purchase of a sandwich at Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen and Bakeshop, among others.

You can find a list of upcoming Westbrook events at To find out which events will have coupon books available, please call (604) 228-2025.

The UBC Name Project – Brook


BrookBrook: First of all this is Brook without an E. Adding an E is a major pet peeve of mine.

Name Project: Ok! Duly noted. So your name story?

Brook: My parents named me Brook for a couple of reasons, neither of which seem particularly interesting. First of all they were looking for a name that was modern and a little bit unique. They were also attracted to Brook because of the streams that are also called brooks. Both my parents grew up in Vancouver and as such nature was something important to them. Also, the natural beauty of a brook attracted them to this name.

Family Afternoon Movies at Wesbrook

Kung Fu PandaImage: “San Diego Comic Con 2007 – Kung Fu Panda” by Joe Wu under CC By 2.0.

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


Vancouver Parent Blogs to Bookmark

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

Vancouver has a diverse group of parent bloggers, covering topics from road trips and activities to crafts and recipes. Below is a selection of blogs we love and would like to share with you!


Discovering Parenthood: Tamara Goyette blogs about a variety of happenings in her life, but her travels with her husband, Jason, and their daughter, Evie, are full of vivid photos and tips. Who knew you can see a house full of barn owls, watch all different kinds of birds (most notably eagles and hawks), and stroll by Nicomekl River, located in Surrey, at Elgin Heritage Park!

Pint Size Pilot: If you like the beach, the snow, or adventures, Tara Cannon is the blogger for you. From a hand-picked catalogue of baby and toddler beach essentials to kid-friendly travel spots, she’s got going out with your baby(ies) covered!

Daddy Blogger: Ricky Shetty and his family went on 15 trips in 3.5 years, including one to the Whistler Children’s Festival. Aside from all their trips, Ricky also writes about how to select a perfect family portrait photographer and reviews products such as a wearable book!

Arts & Crafts

Keeping the Me in Mommy: Renata agrees that having focused crafting sessions is not always possible with a three-year-old and a one-year-old, but she has never stopped trying. From decorating sheep with fluffy cotton balls on Chinese New Year to making Valentine’s Day cards for day care classmates, Renata can keep you and your little one(s)’s creative juice flowing.


Talk Nerdy to Me: Louise Chapman is a thoughtful blogger who writes about things that she is thankful for on every “Thankful Thursday.” Her energy of positivity easily influences readers and urges them to reflect on the little things in life that are worth appreciating. She also engages in harder conversations on important issues including adolescent suicide and anti-bullying.

Styling the Inside: Jamie Dunlop Khau’s blog is about feeling good on the inside. She talks about running her first half marathon, helping her children develop a positive body image, and teaching children how to stay safe on social media. She is also good at posting tips for last-minute gift ideas, be it for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.


SewCreative: Blogger Crystal Allen makes cooking look extremely fun. Her cooking adventures are full of experimentation and include recipes like homemade raspberry vinegar recipe and bacon chocolate chip scones with maple and sea salt drizzle recipe. In addition to wonderful cooking ideas, Crystal crafts and shares tips on how to give an ordinary IKEA stool a makeover.

The UBC Name Project – Rob


RobPeople that have interacted with me in different times call me different names. When I was young boy, people called me ‘Bobby.’ These people are mostly dead now though. *laughs* Then people started calling me ‘Bob’ in my early teens. The only time I was called ‘Robert’ was when I knew I was in for some shit. But other than that, it was a traditional thing to call me ‘Bob.’

Then at a certain point in life, almost fifteen years ago, I tried to go by ‘Rob’ as an experiment.

Throughout my life, I’ve noticed this change in culture regarding status in late 70s or early 80s. In my early life, it was a positive and traditional thing to call people by nicknames like Joe, and Mike. But then ‘Joe’ started calling themselves ‘Joseph,’ and ‘Mike’ started called themselves ‘Michael.’

I always saw formalizing names as dressing for business or success. Formalization sets in, and the old casualness has become something negative, though I don’t agree with it at all. It’s kind of like when I have a suit and a tie on, people treat me differently, more so for women if they dress differently. I read a book by David Foster Wallace, who wrote about names in an essay in his book, Consider the Lobster. He talks about how names affect your status and influence, you should read it.

Also, here’s a personal example: my sister ‘Jane’ used to be ‘Janey.’ Then at a certain point, she rejected the name ‘Janey,’ claiming that it was not dignified enough. And so, she started to use the more formal name ‘Jane’ as a status symbol. I had to train myself to not to call her Janey. It seems that she wants to go back to being ‘Janey’ as time passes however. Personally, ‘Bobby’ is sounding better and better to me as I get older and older.

See The UBC Name Project on Facebook to see the rest of Rob’s interview.

Introducing Parents Guide, Fifth Edition

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

In time for a new season, we have a new edition of the Guide to Resources & Supports for Parents. You can access the guide on the Students who are parents page. Don’t forget to also drop by Access & Diversity’s booth at the upcoming seventh annual Multicultural Family Resource Fair on Friday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at UBC Acadia Commons Block, 2707 Tennis Crescent. We will have various resources available for the taking and interactive activities for you and your child(ren).

Below are some highlights of the updates in the fifth edition of the guide:

  1. We added an interactive map (P. 9) for housing cost by Vancouver neighbourhood from The Ubyssey to allow you to better compare housing options.
  2. We added child subsidy options on P. 12 to include BC Family Bonus Program (up to $111 per child per month) and the Canada child tax benefit.
  3. We added additional food options on P. 19 to include Sprouts, which offers affordable vegan lunch by donation (suggested $1) every Friday, as well as the information on the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
  4. We added how and why you should get a UTown@UBC Community Service Card on P. 26, in case you haven’t yet.
  5. We added plenty of tips on activities you can do with your child(ren) on campus, from a stroll in the Nitobe Garden (by donation during winter) to hands-on programs at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, which is free for students and children age 4 and under (P. 35-36).
  6. As for off-campus activities, you can now read about YMCA camps and skating for free at Robson Square Ice Rink on P. 37-38.
  7. Last but not least, we updated all the links, so they would lead you to the right places!

We hope you find the latest edition useful.

Register for Summer Camps

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons” by ICMA Photos under CC 2.0, cropped from original.

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

Spring break is over and it is never too early to start registering your kid(s) for affordable and enriching summer camps. Below is a selection of camps we handpicked for you:

On Campus

UBC camps

UBC camps offer a lot of flexibility. Since most camps either take up the morning or the afternoon, you can custom-build a full-day camp, as long as you add in “lunch supervision.” UBC camps are tailored to kids of different ages and interests. Camps range from music camp, e.g. Little Mozarts for four to five year olds at $250 for five mornings, to Lego Design Robotics at $135 for five afternoons (eight to 12 year olds).

The camps are more expensive than those hosted by the YMCA, but they are right on campus. For more information, please visit Continue reading