KIN Alumni Newsletter

January, 2020 | Volume XIII


School News

KIN Faculty Members, Drs. Mark Carpenter and Tim Inglis publish research that could lead to new targets for improved pharmacological and neurosurgical interventions for postural instability in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Congratulations to KIN faculty members Drs. Mark Carpenter and Tim Inglis, and fellow members of the Origins of Balance Deficits and Falls Research Cluster: KIN PhD cadidate Eveline PasmanDrs. Bastiaan Bloem, Martin McKeown, and post doctoral fellow Taylor W. Cleworth on their recent publication: "A Novel MRI Compatible Balance Simulator to Detect Postural Instability in Parkinson's Disease", which was recently published in Frontiers in Neurology.


Active Kids Program Marks Another Year of Success!

Many of our KIN alums worked and learned from their experiences in the Active Kids program as students. We are pleased to say this program continues to expand and flourish!

The Active Kids Program is an outreach program of the UBC School of Kinesiology. It provides recreational gymnastics, sport, and physical activity classes to individuals and communities of all ages and levels of ability. The program encourage physical literacy development and sport-specific skill acquisition, and promotes lifelong participation in physical activity.

We are pleased to announce that the Active Kids Program has completed its 2018/2019 Annual Report! It contains more information about who we are, and highlights some of our favourite success stories from Kin students and community partner initiatives that took place during the last academic year. Click "read more" if you’d like to see a copy of the Annual Report.

If you would like to get involved in, or support, the program please email


You are invited to attend the Healthy Aging Lectures Series with Dr. Norah Keating | January 28, 6:00pm

Regardless of national approaches, changing demographics require action to ensure that older people are part of the mission of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind. Dr. Keating discusses global differences in approaches to including and supporting older persons.

As Director of IAGG’s Global Social Initiative on Aging, her research and capacity-building focuses on families and aging, liveability of older adults, and care.

Admission is free, but registration required


Mind In Motion: Exercise as Mental Health Care   


Aaron Ma (B.Kin '17)

Mind in Motion & Body Works Trainer

Dannen Johnstone (B.Kin '18)

Mind in Motion & Body Works Trainer

Mahabhir Kandola (B.Kin '18)

Mind in Motion & Body Works Trainer

Mind in Motion, is a partnership between the UBC School of Kinesiology outreach program Body Works, UBC Counselling Services, and Kinesiology Professor Dr. Guy Faulkner that offers exercise intervention to students seeking mental health care on campus. The program has been integrated as part of UBC’s stepped care model, where students are referred by UBC Counselling Services to take part in counselling sessions, with exercise offered as a low-intensity psychosocial intervention.


Hall of Fame Award

We are happy to announce that KIN Alum Thelma Wright (BPE 1973; BEd 1974) was inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame.

On January 2, 2020, Thelma Wright was inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame, making her the 68th inductee. Recognized as one of the world’s leading cross-country runners – seven time Canadian champion – she led UBC to three Canada West championships and two National titles. 

Thelma is the only UBC female track athlete to appear in two Olympics and who has won medals at Commonwealth, Pan American, World Student Games, World Cross Country, and World All-Star meets.

To read more about Thelma Wtight's career, click [here]


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Alumni Profiles

Alyssa Reyes B.Kin, 2014

As the Physical Activity Manager for UBC Athletics & Recreation and UBC Wellbeing, Alyssa leads the Move UBC annual campaign to increase physical activity & reduce sedentary behavior within and outside of campusMove UBC takes place through the month of February, and we encourage our alumni to incorporate more movement into your lives through February as well!

Alyssa is passionate about promoting equitable, inclusive and low-barrier initiatives, serving marginalized populations and transforming physical activity research into practice. [More]

Amelia Eleiter B.HK, 2001

With over ten years of experience in corporate marketing with professional sport franchises, philanthropic agencies and marketing firms, Amelia developed a holistic understanding of business operations and brand management.

As a passionate entrepreneur who co-founded Debrand Services Inc. and Reiten Right Equestrian, the former UBC Track & Field athlete continues to empower brands to reach new heights. [More]


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Upcoming Events


Courtside 2020 - UBC vs. Winnipeg | February 7, 6:00pm & 8:00pm

Whether you've always been a fan or just discovered your love of basketball watching the Raptors clinch their first NBA championship last June, we have the perfect UBC event for you: the UBC Thunderbirds annual COURTSIDE Basketball festival happening on Friday February 7.

Help sell out this event again and show your school pride as the Thunderbirds take on the Winnipeg Wesmen; women's game tips off at 6pm followed by men's at 8pm. Come early for a good seat and enjoy the pre-game festival on the War Memorial Gym concourse!

Killam Public Lectures: Dr. Evan Adams | February 11, 6:00pm

Dr. Evan Adams is of Tla’amin First Nation ancestry. In his role as CMO, Dr. Adams provides invaluable leadership representing the FNHA as he works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians.

He leads a team of FNHA physicians—health and wellness partners to BC First Nations—who focus on First Nations health and wellness with a population health approach with the aim of creating a unique health care model that will be the first of its kind in Canada.

Admission is free, but registration required.

The Great Running Shoe Debate | February 12, 7:00pm

Join us at UBC on February 12th for an exciting debate on running shoes!

KIN professor emeritus Jack Taunton, who is a pioneer of sports medicine, MC’s a panel of four world class researchers: Dr. Michael Ryan (C. Ped (C), BHK 99, PhD 09), Dr. J. F. Esculier (PT. PhD, Sport Physiotherapy Certificate), Dr. Chris Napier (PT, PhD 2018, Sport Physiotherapist), and Dr. Chris Maclean (MHK 95, PhD 2018). To learn more about the researchers, click here

They are responsible for some of the most cutting edge research on running, shoes technologies, and running injuries/biomechanics. Join them in a rollicking debate as they discuss the tough questions surrounding running shoes.


Events Recap

2020 Winter Classic | January 17

In the biggest UBC Men's Hockey game of the season, UBC Thunderbirds ended their eight-game losing streak in front of a sold-out home crowd with a dominant 6-2 win over the Manitoba Bisons. UBC is now tied with University of Regina Cougars for the final conference playoff spot. Click here for a full recap of the game.

Thank you to all our KIN alumni raffle winners who attended, and congrats to 5th year KIN student Kyle Becker for a great game, where he assisted in the Thunderbird's sixth and final goal.

L-R: Jung Kandola, Mahabhir Kandol (B.Kin '18), Angelo Graffos (B.Kin '16; MSc '19), Cam Comeau (BHK '05), and Kelly Comeau 

Photographer: Timothy Chiu

Photographer: Bob Frid/UBC Thunderbird


School Announcements


The School understands that many of our alumni live at a distance or have demands that keep you from attending events and seminars that are held throughout the year. We are happy to announce that audio recordings and podcasts of these events are now being made available on the School website.

If you’ve missed an event that you wished you could have attended, or if you want to keep up on research trends by listening to special lectures and seminars, please click [here] to listen.

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