KIN Alumni Newsletter

March, 2020 | Volume XV


Update on Alumni Events in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Kinesiology alumni are part of our School’s community, and our number one priority is to ensure that everyone is supported and safe. Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing or cancelling all public in-person events through May. When conditions improve, we will begin to reschedule events and once new event dates are set, we will share the details with you. In the meantime, we will continue to inform you of other KIN news through our regular email communications such as this monthly newsletter and via social media channels.

While in-person events have been impacted, the alumniUBC online programming such as career webinars remain intact. Feel free to view the Events Calendar for the latest schedule.

Please also note that as UBC continues to navigate its response to the COVID-19 virus, and in support of physical distancing protocols, the School of Kinesiology office is temporarily closed until further notice. However, the staff and faculty continue to work remotely and continue to serve the UBC community.

As COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, please know that UBC continues to consult with provincial health authorities. Helpful information can be found at and the School of Kinesiology also continues to provide updates on how we are dealing with the COVID-19 virus.

Alumni are encouraged to contact us by email at

Webinar: How can we reduce COVID-19 anxiety? | March 31, 12:00-1:00pm

Join alumniUBC for its first webinar in a COVID-19 series. Hear from UBC psychology and global health experts as they answer viewer questions and suggest ways we may be able to address our anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar is complimentary but advance registration is required. Once registered, guests will receive the link to watch live. 

Register Now


KIN Faculty & Researcher in the News

Professor Guy Faulkner on Staying Active During Isolation

“Often we are in situations like the one that we’re currently in, we may lose interest in doing things because we may not be able to access them,” he says. “Then we are inactive and then that reinforces a sense of not being able to do the things that you enjoy”. More

PhD Candidate Eveline Pasman’s Research Journey: Interplays in Brain, Balance and Parkinson’s Disease

"The ultimate goal of my PhD research is to identify regions of the brain that could serve as new targets for treatment interventions in Parkinson’s disease... For my PhD we, therefore, designed and custom-built a balance simulator. The balance simulator allows participants to perform balancing tasks while supine in the MRI scanner". More

Director Rob Boushel Joins the BC Diabetes Research Network Podcast

Listen to Episode 5 of BC Diabetes' podcast: "Diabetes: From Beta Cells to Bicycles" with Dr. Rob Boushel, where he shares his research on the effects of exercise on diabetes and other metabolic syndromes, and much more.

Listen to the full podcast episode.


Alumni Stories

We are sourcing positive stories of resilience, support, ingenuity, and kindness to share with the Kin community during the COVID-19 health crisis. We are naming this initiative “Kin Community Champions” and will include examples of this kind of leadership from the student and alumni body.

Do you have any stories, tips, or advice you would like to share or highlight? Tweet to us at @UBCKin or send an email of your story to

Evan Dunfee B.Kin. 2014

As the first "KIN Community Champion", Evan is an Olympic athlete who when the 2020 Tokyo games were postponed due to COVID-19, posted words that demonstrate leadership and grace and that inspire us all to work for the greater good. More

Kate Maliha M.A. 2010

Bringing her education into practice, Kate and her team at Love Your Age Fitness Inc. have developed inclusive, unique, and creative exercise spaces and programs for older adults. More

Natalie Abele B.Kin. 2015

Currently working at viaSport British Columbia as the Manager of Research & Social Innovation, Natalie is incredibly passionate about inclusion and accessibility in youth sports  More



KIN Alum Loreen Barnett Recognized For Her Contribution to the Sport of Triathlon & Gender Equity in Sports

Loreen Barnett (MPE 1984) is one of two "In Her Footsteps...Celebrating BC Women In Sport" Honourees for this year's Sport BC Awards. She is most commonly known for her work in triathlon as a builder of the sport and a trail blazer for gender equality for over 30 years.

Her leadership and promotion of women has come from a place of passion for women to be well represented in organizations and field of play. Her voice is one that is heard and well-respected across the international triathlon world.

Congratulations to Ken Shields and Norm Vickery On the Team Induction Into the 2020 BC Sports Hall of Fame

On October 29th, 2019, the 1979-80 University of Victoria Viking’s Men’s Basketball Team was named the Team Inductee for the Class of 2020 BC Sports Hall of Fame. The legendary head coach Kenneth Shields (BPE 1969; MPE 1971) and his assistant coach Norman Vickery (BA 1963; MPE 1977) led the team to their first ever CIAU national championship victory in 1980.

Kenneth (Ken) Shields holds the most wins in Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball history. Between 1978 and 1989, he led the Vikes Men's Basketball Team to seven consecutive CIS championships. In 1998, he received appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada. Norman Vickery worked closely with Ken Shields, having served as a coach with the UBC Thunderettes, the University of Victoria Vikes and Laurentian University Men's Basketball Team.


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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Current Student Spotlights

Maddison Chow

Fifth year, Health Sciences stream

Nikol Grishin

Fourth year, Health Sciences stream

"The leadership and support of [KIN faculty] have been instrumental to my undergraduate learning experience in the Indigenous Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program." More

"It was incredibly inspiring to see the warm response from the participating students and teachers, and the thoughtful leadership by the Special Olympics athletes." More


Career Development Opportunities

Webinar - Leading Teams Through Conflict | April 2, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Lori Charvat - Principal of Sandbox Consuting - and learn how to navigate workplace conflict and harness the best of it to support the system to thrive. What is the role of leadership in creating an environment where people can respectfully disagree, and learn something in the process? What can you do to increase your conflict competence, and much more.

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Webinar - Youth Sport Digital Summit | April 3-5

This free 3-day webinar features conversations with experts in youth sports. Each speaker addresses important and relevant topics, including: Free Play, Physical Literacy, Long Term Development, Mental Health, Building Community, Growing Confidence, and many more!

Learn what you can do to improve the experience of kids in sports today, all from the comfort of your own home.

This event is being hosted by founder of “For the Love of the Game”, KIN Alumnus (BPE '91), mentor and 2018 winner of the Alumni Builder Award, Glen Mulcahy.

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Online Course - Intentional Career Growth: Take Your Next Professional Step with Confidence

Far too many senior level and mid-career professionals feel their career trajectory happened by accident, as opposed to occurring with intention and vision or are unsure of their own professional value.

This 8-week online program is designed to help you move forward on your professional journey with intention and confidence. 

Learn More

Events Recap

We would like to extend our sincere thank you to Bianca Knop and Jonathan Wou for speaking to first year students in Dr. Maria Gallo's KIN 140 class

Alumni Bianca Knop (BHK 2006, Co-Founder of Wildfire Experiential and Events) and Jonathan Wou (B.Kin 2016, Customer Support Specialist at Jane App, the platform for health and wellness practitioners) each gave a brief presentation in professor Maria Gallo’s KIN 140 class on March 13th on their unique career journeys thus far. They showcased the different paths that are possible after graduating with a Kinesiology degree. Thank you for sharing on your career stories to the students! 

If you are interested in becoming a class speaker for the 2020-2021 school year, or learn more about presenting your own career story to first year students, please contact

Active Kids High School Competitive Gymnastics Program

On Saturday February 22nd Active Kids hosted its Annual High School Gymnastics Invitational at the UBC Osborne Center. We invited 5 local clubs and high schools for a friendly competition that leads into the BC High School Sports System Provincials. 50 athletes were in attendance and a great time was had by all. We'd like to thank our student coaches and volunteers, our partners and staff, all the parents, and especially all the athletes!

In early March, qualifying team athletes travelled to Victoria, BC to participate in the BC High School Sports System Provincials Gymnastics Competition. While all athletes train with Active Kids, they individually represent their local high school. We are very proud of all these athletes, for their stellar accomplishments this year as they successfully represented themselves, their school, and our program.


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