Why Volunteer?

There are many reasons that UBC alumni choose to volunteer. Many enjoy contributing to a cause that inspires people, ideas and actions for a better world. Others find fulfillment lifting up exceptional students and alumni by sharing their personal experience and professional expertise.

These stories highlight a small selection of the many individuals who have gotten involved in the UBC community, invested in the next generation of students and alumni, and found personal enrichment along the way.

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Peter Beharry and Karen Chang: Sharing career experiences to empower students

Peter Beharry and Karen Chang

As Peter Beharry (BFA’96) congratulated graduating students on stage as part of the Chancellor’s Procession at UBC’s Spring Congregation in 2023, a young woman strode up to him. “Hey, Mr. B! It’s me! From Hamber!”

Diego Mandelbaum: Discovering the rewards of staying involved with UBC

Diego Mandelbaum

When you graduate from UBC, you are part of a community — and for Diego Mandelbaum (BASc’11), volunteering for alumni UBC helped him connect with this community in a meaningful way.

Amber Shilling: Connecting with community through Indigenous networks

Amber Shilling

One day when the skies unleashed a downpour, a UBC Bachelor of Arts student sought refuge in a building.

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