KIN Alumni Newsletter

October 2019 | Volume IX

New "Exercise and Depression Toolkit" integrates exercise into mental healthcare delivery in Canada

Graduate student Krista Glowacki has developed an innovative Exercise and Depression Toolkit for Canadian healthcare providers who work with adults with depression. The kit is designed to support healthcare professionals in exploring exercise as a treatment option for depression in collaboration with their patients.

As a Kinesiology PhD candidate and registered occupational therapist who worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association with adults diagnosed with a mental illness, Krista’s research focuses broadly on the relationship between physical activity and mental health. She has led the development of this project under the supervision of UBC Kinesiology faculty member, Dr. Guy Faulkner.

Inspired by her experiences working in the mental health field, the three-part Exercise and Depression Toolkit is an effort to begin integrating exercise into healthcare services delivery, as access to exercise therapy is not yet standardized in most mental health services in Canada.


Caitlin Geary (BKIN'19), lead author of article published in prestigious Journal of Physiology

Caitlin Geary is an Indigenous alumnus who graduated with her BKIN in May, 2019. While she was an undergraduate, she started working in Professor Bill Sheel’s Health and Integrative Physiology Lab the summer before her fourth year, after receiving an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. She states that, “a lot of our understanding of respiratory exercise physiology is based on studies conducted exclusively in men. There is a need to increase female representation in physiology studies and gain a better understanding of the male and female respiratory system"


UBC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

We are happy to announce the following School of Kinesiology alumni: Lee Wright (BPE'66), Bob Laycoe (MPE'69) and the late Bev Barnes (BKIN'73; MEd'96) were inducted into UBC Sports Hall of Fame.

From left to right: President Santa Ono, Kate Wright, Thelma Wright BPE '73, Lee Wright BPE '66, Gillian Wright, and Philip Wright

Lee Wright BPE 1966

Lee was one of UBC’s outstanding field hockey players. Wright played on some of UBC’s most impressive field hockey teams during the early 1960s, emerging as one of the top players in Canada. More

Bob Laycoe MPE 1969

Bob was an inspirational player on UBC's football team while also competing on the wrestling team, which won Western Canadian and Canadian university championships. More

Bev Barnes BKin'73 MEd'96

The late Bev Barnes starred with the Varsity Thunderbirds from 1970 to 1974. She also represented Team Canada at the '74 Pan Am Games and '76 Olympics. More


Alumni Profiles

Lindsay Carswell BHK 1995

KIN Alumnus make a lasting impact on people through the "Ride to Conquer Cancer" annual fundraiser. More

Rebekah Eatmon MD 2018, BHK 2009

Enacting structural change and promoting reconciliation in the Canadian healthcare system. More


Student Features

Nikol Grishin 

KUS President, 2019/20

President of KUS shares her story of campus leadership and academic journey More

Aaron Rodriguez-Correa 

Future Alumni Lead 2019/20

Senior KIN student building community through the new Future Alumni Committee pilot program More


Don't forget to follow our new and improved social media accounts for news, events, photos, and opportunities to get involved!

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Events Recap

Running Free: Documentary Premiere & Panel | September 18th 

Many thanks to all those who attended the sell-out premiere and panel discussion of the documentary film 'Running Free: Children's Independent Mobility'. In addition, a big thank you goes out to the panelists and moderator, for their insightful discussion on the benefits of risky play and children's independent mobility.

If you were unable to attend and would like to see the film, click here to watch it on Youtube, and to hear the panel discussion podcast, click here.

Photos of the event may be viewed on Flickr.

Photographer: Edward Chang

What's the Truth About Sport and Reconciliation? | September 24th  

Community-Centred Sport, Decolonization and Indigenous Resurgence

The Indigenous Studies Program, together with the Centre for Sport and Sustainability, held an evening of powerful personal stories, a photo exhibit, and an impactful discussion facilitated by Dr. Moss Norman of UBC Kinesiology. If you are interested in hearing some of the evening's narrative, please click here for an audio recording.

Click here to learn about the digital exhibit of Pride and Camaraderie: Stories of Residential School and Sport, curated by the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, displayed at the event.

Photographer: Julia Bowman


Upcoming Events


alumni UBC 2019 Achievement Award Dinner & Auction | Thursday November 21st, 6:00pm

The UBC School of Kinesiology is pleased to announce that professor emeritus Dr. Douglas Clement, C.M., MD’59, cross appointed to Kinesiology and Family Practice (1999), will receive the 2019 UBC Alumni Achievement Award for Faculty Community Service. We hope that you will join us at the Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver, to honour Doug, who through his extraordinary endeavours has contributed to the creation of an exceptional UBC and to changing the world.

Purchase your ticket by October 11th to receive early bird rate for the alumni UBC 2019 Achievement Awards Dinner and Auction. Auction proceeds from this evening of celebration supports the UBC Blue & Gold Campaign for Students

To purchase tickets, click here.

School Announcements

Staff Changes:

Alyssa Cayetano is now working part time as the School's social media and communications coordinator

Timothy Chiu is working as the new co-op student, serving as the Alumni Coordinator



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.

To donate, please direct your gift to 'other', and type 'School of Kinesiology'. Thank you for your support!


Alumni Engagement Office
UBC School of Kinesiology

T: 604 822 9378

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