KIN Alumni Newsletter

June, 2020 | Volume XVI


UBC Virtual Graduation Ceremony

June 17th - 9:30 a.m. PST 

This virtual ceremony celebrates the very real accomplishments of UBC graduates. While we may not be gathering in person, we stand with our graduates in spirit, take pride in their achievements and share their joy. Please join us as we celebrate the Class of 2020's extraordinary accomplishments. The pre-ceremony broadcast will be available to view at 9:30 a.m. – 30 minutes before the convocation start time. It will include messages from the Deans and Directors of the Faculties and Schools, messages from UBC alumni celebrities, and a dramatic video entry into the virtual convocation ceremony.

A highlight of the ceremony will be the keynote address from Canadian icon, comedian and a 2010 UBC honorary degree recipient, Rick Mercer.

All are invited, and we hope you will join us starting at 9:30 a.m. and tweet, post and share your #UBCgrad stories!

'UBC Celebrates Together' | Join us in Celebrating the Class of 2020!

June 17th, 2020 at 10:50 a.m. PST (immediately following the ceremony)

After years of hard work and dedication, the Class of 2020 have earned their UBC credentials. To help celebrate this milestone together from home, alumniUBC presents 'UBC Celebrates Together', a global broadcast to follow UBC Virtual Graduation events on June 17th.

This 20-minute online event will feature special messages for the Class of 2020 by UBC speakers, volunteers, and alumni (including KIN Alumnus, Toronto Raptors Coach Jama Mahlalela), as well as an at-home performance by Juno Award-winning Canadian artist, Bahamas. We hope you will join the Class of 2020, family and friends, UBC KIN staff, students, and alumni as we all celebrate together online.

Let us know you'll be joining us and you’ll be entered to win a $500 pre-paid Mastercard!

RSVP - Vancouver

During these challenging times, it is important that we show support, stay connected and celebrate the successes and achievements of those around us. The School also encourages KIN alumni to support new grads by sending words of wisdom, inspiration, and encouragement to the Class of 2020. These will appear with your photo on our Wall of Wisdom page.

In Memoriam: Henrik Moberg-Parker

The UBC School of Kinesiology has established an In Memoriam Fund in honour of Henrik Moberg-Parker who sadly passed away much too young in February 2020.

Henrik was a clever, kind, and inclusive young man who was an excellent student, and a world-class sailing athlete. He planned on pursuing a career in physiotherapy. As a dedicated friend and an accomplished coach to others, Henrik demonstrated the characteristics of the kind of leader the School always hopes will emerge from its program.

We invite you to add your memories and to make a donation in the name of Henrik Moberg-Parker. Funds donated in memoriam strive to enrich the university experience for current and future generations of Kinesiology students. Your gift will go towards supporting students studying Kinesiology, with final decisions on award descriptions and student eligibility being made in consultation with the Moberg Parker family.


Message of Remembrance | Donate

School News

Congratulations Dr. Eli Puterman and his Team on Their Recent Academic Publication

Associate Professor, Dr. Eli Puterman and his team published their research, "The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Psychological Functioning in Family Caregivers: Secondary Analyses of a Randomized Controlled Trial" in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Read read the full abstract and academic article.


Professor Emeritus Dr. Jack Taunton on Run With It

Dr. Jack Tauton is interviewed by Christine Blanchett, in 2 episodes of the Run With It podcast.

Listen in as this renowned professor emeritus and co-founder of the Sun Run shares the importance of exercise during the COVID-19 in the first interview and then discusses tips for exercises and injury prevention for seniors, as well as for people with chronic brain dysfunctions by using exercise, mindfulness, and music.


Alumni News

Evan Dunfee Confirms Spot for Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

BKin 2014 alumnus Evan Dunfee has been announced as one of the first three Olympic athletes representing Canada for the 2021 Olympic team!

Dunfee previously participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics where he placed 4th and set the Canadian record for the 50km race coming in at 3:41:38.

We'll be cheering you on, Evan!

Jeremy Martin Named as one of BC Business' 30 under 30

Congratulations to Jeremy Martin (BKin 2014; MKin 2017) for being recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 30 under 30 winners!

Jeremy is the owner and founder of Loaded Athletics, a barbell focused gym that sees an average of 110 customers a week.

John Young Staying Healthy & Forever Young Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

At 75, BPE 1973 alumnus John Young, and his wife, Joan, BEd 1971, are not going to let the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from staying active.

John is the coordinator of the Forever Young Club, a walk and run group for seniors. Four times a week, John, Joan and a friend run 8-10km while physically distancing and sticking to quiet side streets and pathways.

Though currently, group activities have been cancelled, the club encourages its members to continue their regular exercise program with a few close friends, to use cautions such as being socially distanced, and to stay on quiet pathways and roads.

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

Heather MacLean BKin 2015

"I truly feel so lucky to be a nurse, and I can confidently say I love my job. Nursing gives you the opportunity to positively affect someone’s life when they are going through an anxiety-provoking experience. I love that I can be the person they rely on, trust and be their advocate."


Milly Zaletelj MA 2019

Just 8 weeks into her new job at PARC, Milly moved quickly to ensure that the higher risk population of people with spinal injuries who utilize the PARC gym facility continues to receive access to exercise classes and social supports. Milly and her team began to produce online exercise classes to maintain the health and wellness of participants as they social distanced. Moving to an online platform has allowed PARC members to preserve social connections, maintain positive mental health, and keep its community thriving during these challenging times.


alumniUBC is looking for KIN alumni to submit their career stories! 

With graduation season upon us, this a time but for many to recall fond school memories, share old photos and perhaps reconnect with old school friends. The purpose of these submissions is to let recent graduates and alumni receive insight, to learn of your story, and take in words of advice that may help in their own respective careers.

Thank you to Serena Lusk (BHK '97), Jennifer Dowdeswell (BHK '01), and the many others who have submitted their stories!

You can submit your story on alumniUBC's website!

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2020

Zachary Besler

BKin 2020; Health Sciences Stream, Minor in Behavioural Neuroscience

Please join us in welcoming Zach Besler to the young alumni community!

Zach, who will be receiving his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree next week, pushed to achieve his goals even when obstacles came his way. Overcoming his injuries, and other health issues, Zach has now checked off his first bucket list and is moving onto his next!

Read more about Zach's story and his accomplishments on the Richmond's News Website!


Henry Lai

MSc 2020

Welcome Henry Lai into the alumni community!

Henry is a UBC Killam Award winner who specializes in Indigenous health. His passion for working with Indigenous communities to promote wholistic health and wellness inspired him to take on a research project at the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation lab as part of his graduate thesis.


A Call For Participants

UBC COVID-19 Pandemic Exercise (COPE) Trial Study

Dr. Eli Puterman and his team are currently at the starts of conducting a COVID-19 Pandemic Exercise (COPE) study to assess whether the use of a home workout app will significantly improve the well-being and health of individuals during a pandemic as people physically distance. For the COPE study, Dr. Puterman is seeking adults between the ages of 18-64 to participate.

The COPE study will be conducted through a 6 week program that aids to provide a way for those wanting to become physically active with minimal space and equipment, to do so.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the COPE team:


COPE Website | Eligibility Criteria

UBC Seniors COVID-19 Pandemic Exercise (SCOPE) Trial Study

Dr. Mark Beauchamp, a professor at UBC School of Kinesiology, is currently looking for adults ages 65 and above to participate in the Seniors COVID-19 Pandemic and Exercise Trial (SCOPE) study. Dr. Beauchamp and colleagues are looking to investigate if different types of exercise programs will significantly improve the well-being and health of older adults who are aged 65 and older. 

The SCOPE study is a free 12 week program that serves as a means to reduce the negative effects on mental health that older adults are at particular risk for due to social isolation. As well as, provide a way to become (and stay) physically active with minimal space and equipment for those wanting to become physically active.

If you are interested in participating, please contact:


SCOPE Website | Eligibility Criteria 


Education, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship: Creative Solutions for Today's Educational Needs |    June 15, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (PST)

Come Join Lane Merrifield, Canadian business leader and newest “dragon” from CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den and Santa J. Ono, UBC’s President and Vice-Chancellor, in a conversation moderated by Camille Saltman, Managing Director of Entrepreneurship at UBC Okanagan. Together they will discuss how innovation and entrepreneurship are essential to address the massive adoption of technology in the next normal of online teaching and learning.

Join us for a lively conversation followed by a Q&A period.


The UBC School of Kinesiology (UBCV) & Health, Exercise Sciences (UBCO) Seminar Series

UBC Vancouver's School of Kinesiology and UBC Okanagan’s Health & Exercise Sciences have come together to co-produce a free weekly academic webinar series that runs every Friday until June 26th on Zoom!

Webinars will start from 3:00 - 4:30 PM (PST).

This series will feature 8 leading academics within both Schools who will present current research topics.


More Information | Zoom Link

Upcoming Schedule

Dr. Andrea Bundon | June 12

“Disability sport research as advocacy work”

Dr. Jonathan Little | June 19

"Nutritional ketosis in health and performance”

Dr. Eli Puterman | June 26

Exercising during stressful experiences: Impacts on physical and psychological wellbeing”

alumNIGHTS Pride Celebration | June 12, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (PST)

There is still every reason to celebrate Pride Month so we’re moving the celebration online!

This event is hosted by all UBC Vancouver faculties and will be featuring fabulous music and live performances! DJ O Show will bring the passion for music with her energy-filled playlists and memorable sets, and Maiden China (BA '15), will offer two striking drag performances.

Come mix, mingle and kick-off the Pride Season with fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the LGBTQ2SIA+ community!

More Information

UBC Alumni Online Book Club

Feeling bored? Looking for some summer reading? Want to talk about your book with others? Join the alumni exclusive UBC Book Club!

The book club will connect through a private forum where alumni can discuss the current book and connect with each other.

Sign Up


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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Upcoming Webinars

Quiet Leadership | June 18, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (PST)

"Learn how you don’t have to be loud to be a great leader."

How To Tell a Great Story Using Data | June 25, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (PST)

"Attendees will learn what data visualization and data storytelling is all about, why it is important and the best practices to follow in telling their data story."


COVID-19 Webinars

Coping Together: How Community Connection Lifts us Mentally, Socially, and Physiologically | June 19, 10:30 - 11:30 AM (PST)

"Learn how community connection can continue to bring us hope and the science behind coping with stress."


More webinars from the COVID-19 Webinar Series.




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