The turning point in Asef Karim’s career as a dentist came in 2005, when he volunteered to do relief work in Kashmir following a devastating earthquake. A UBC alumnus (DMD ’99) with six years of private practice under his belt, Asef’s eye-opening experience left him wondering about how to make a greater impact in his work back home.
In the tranquility of her home and with her cat, Tofino, curiously peering through the patio door window, Helen Burt, PhD’80, begins to tell a story of the fateful encounters that she says have defined her career and volunteerism.
Dr. Judith Soon’s first volunteer involvement with Youth Science Canada—the country’s leading organization for engaging and supporting young scientists—was, by her own account, a bit of an accident.
When Anne Brewster left Penticton in 1955 to attend the University of British Columbia, she had no idea how her experiences would impact her career or that she would remain connected to UBC well beyond graduation. UBC is more than an institution to Anne – it represents lifelong learning and the potential to succeed.
In the late 1980s, armed with a degree in economics from the University of Victoria, Leanne McConnachie could not have predicted how dramatically an estate gift to UBC would change her life.
“I got into the technology sector, helping start-ups develop business plans, which led to a job with BC Tel (now Telus),” she says. “The late-90s more
When Surrey native Aarondeep Bains was accepted into the UBC Go Global program and received the Hugh M. Brock Education Abroad Scholarship, he couldn’t wait to go to Paris.
“I attended the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, which is known as Sciences Po, for my third year,” he says. “I was able to study in English, but of course more