MM Cares: Volunteering at the Foodbank!

Here in the MM program, we always strive to balance our schedules in terms of work and play. We’ll spend a lot of our evenings studying hard, but we’ll also make sure that we give ourselves time to play. Here at the master’s level, you’ll want to spend your time working hard and playing harder.

There’s a third thing that’s just as important here, and that’s taking time out to give back to the community. As business students, we’re constantly thinking of ways where we can improve the community around us. But sometimes, the best way to improve communities is, well, the simplest: volunteering. Volunteering is such an important aspect of the world around us, and it’s one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences you can take part in.

So on a beautiful and sunny spring day, a group of a us MMers (and a few of the program staff as well!) made the trek out to the Greater Vancouver FoodBank. Here, we spent the afternoon assisting the organization with sorting through all of their food donations. And boy oh boy, are there a lot of donations. The food bank receives so many donations, in fact, that their massive warehouse of over 36000 square feet is actually filled to capacity!

Smile for the camera!

So what exactly did we do? There were three stations for us that day. At one station, a group of us helped sort through thousands of canned goods, placing them in the right bins, and packing them up to be sent out. Another station involved retrieving produce from the warehouse’s freezer room (a chilly experience for sure!) and sorting the produce into the appropriate boxes for shipping. The third station involved creating and packing hundreds of kid’s goodie snack bags. We actually used the knowledge that we gained from our recent Operations and Logistics course and applied it to our “manufacturing” process here so that we wouldn’t have any of the dreaded “bottlenecks”. Thumbs up for real-life applications!



This picture doesn’t show it…but we were actually productive. Honestly!

Overall, it was such a fun day for all of us to be involved in. It’s great to give back to community, and we’re already looking forward to our next volunteering outreach event!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post a comment down below!



Weekend Skiing!

So, you’ve probably heard about how beautiful the city of Vancouver is. Let me tell you, it is!

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There is so much natural beauty here, from being right next to the Pacific Ocean to having the coastal mountains right outside your door. It’s no wonder everyone wants to live here.

If you love doing outdoor activities, you’re going to love Vancouver. You can go hiking on one of the hundreds of trails in and around the city, go bicycling around the Stanley Park Seawall, do ocean kayaking in English Bay, and go skiing at one of the local mountains. And the really crazy thing is,  you can do all of this in one day! Of course, we do get pretty busy here with the MM program, so we usually try to keep it down to one activity at a time!

Today a few of us decided to go skiing at one of our favourite local ski mountains, Cypress Mountain. Located only 40 minutes away from UBC, it’s one of three local mountains (the others being Grouse and Seymour) that offer great runs and amazing views of the city. Lately though, we’ve had a warm spell of weather, so snow has been a bit hard to come by. Nonetheless, the mountains had enough snow to offer us some amazing runs and a great ski day with friends. 

A gorgeous view of the city from the top of Cypress Mountain


Our resident pro-skier Cidnee (left) along with our resident New Yorker Christina! 

Now we’re off to hit the books again! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post down below. I’d love to hear them!



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