UBC’s Got Skillz has been ticking along nicely this semester. We finalized our branding in January, which is the granny logo accompanying this post. Many thanks go to Jemma Titheridge for designing all of our posters and materials- she’s definitely “got skillz” when it comes to design!
In February, we launched a major outreach campaign, to generate interest in our programming. We boothed at the SUB and in student residence over the course of 2 weeks, and spoke to 100s of people about Got Skillz and Common Energy UBC’s initiatives. We also ran a knitting workshop, presented by Nabil Fadai, an RA in Totem park residence. Nabil is a knitting wonderkid- he only started knitting 2 years ago and is now a major pro, as well as a great teacher. We had 10 people attend that workshop, which took place over a lunch break, and each one of the attendees seemed highly appreciative of the experience. We also planned a raw food workshop in partnership with Sprouts, but unfortunately the instructor was unable to run the workshop at the last minute, and it had to be cancelled.
Now that March is upon us, we have a full slate of events on offer! On Wednesday the 7th, the Bike Kitchen is hosting a “learn how to fix your bike” for a limited number of participants. Each attendee will be able to bring their bike and receive one-on-one instruction about how to fix any problems they might be having, and learn how to ensure their bike stays “healthy” in the future. This Friday the 9th, Connor Wear, a Land and Food Systems student and beer enthusiast, will be hosting a “learn how to brew” workshop, which will be taking place in Agora (the basement of Macmillan) from 2-4pm.
Later in the month, there will be a canning workshop on the 19th in the evening, from 5-8pm in the CIRS building, where students can learn how to make pickles and jam! The next day, the Environmental Youth Alliance will be hosting a “natural medicine in the city” workshop in the Global Lounge. At this event, attendees can learn what common plants and herbs found in Vancouver can be used for medicinal or healing purposes, and how to identify them.
Finally, on Wednesday the 29th, Jenny Liu, a Tangible Solutions team member, will be leading a Clothes swap/clothes repurposing workshop. Don’t want that old t-shirt anymore? No worries- Jenny can teach you how to make it fun and wearable again! We hope to see as many of you sustainability enthusiasts out at these events as possible- if you want anymore info, be sure to check out http://commonenergyubc.wordpress.com
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Upcoming UBC Got Skillz Workshops
Hi Liska and Anke,
Thank you so much for asking about the Got Skillz events. We have a couple upcoming workshops I would appreciate if you could share!
1) Natural Medicine in the city: Tuesday March 20th, 12:30-2. Simon K Y Lee global lounge. Hosted by Matthew Kemshaw from the EYA, this workshop will teach you what local plants and herbs have healing properties, and how to find them for yourself!
2) Clothes repurposing: Wednesday March 28th, 12-1pm. Location TBD. Jenny Liu, from Common Energy UBC, will help participants find fun and innovative ways to bring new life to their old t-shirts.
3) Canning: Monday April 2nd, 5-8pm. CIRS building, policy labs. Come learn how to make pickles and jam- a tasty and very useful skill! Space is limited, so RSVP soon to firstname.lastname@example.org