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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Chris Howe, Rob Hill, and Rob Brett: The Character-builders

UBC men's volleyball program

“Every single player has the opportunity to be a top-quality person in life. That’s what the mentorship program is about.” – Rob Brett, BCom’85

Valerie Song: The Role Model

Valerie Song

“Sometimes all people are looking for is that one conversation that could trigger their imagination, their inspiration—that one conversation could really change the trajectory they go in their life.”

Patrick Cheng: The Faithful Advisor

Patrick Cheng

“Students do pick up a lot from me. But at the same time, I learn a lot from them, too. It’s a two-way street.”

Emily Cheung: Discovering dynamism in flexible career paths

While many new grads don’t have a lot of work experience to list on their resumes, Emily Cheung (BA’17) feels she had an edge: volunteering.

Shay Segal: Helping others find their voice

“I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am today without the support of so many other people along the way.”

Roy Chen: Reaching resolution by mentoring others

“I thought to myself, ‘It would be nice if there was somebody who’s gone through the journey already who was able to speak to their experiences.’”

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