YES To Sponsorship Extension Proposal

Today we held the voting meeting in AQ 2013 Conference room. I am excited to say that after much deliberation, there was a unanimous vote of YES to Chris Breedyk’s Sponsorship Extension Proposal 🙂

These are the meeting minutes:

Thank you so much for everyone who could make it 🙂

There are some few changes regarding meeting times, from now on we are going to be meeting (all members) every other Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ( Once every 2 weeks)

Below is the breakdown of the WUSC SFU Sponsorship Funding


Ana Afanasyeva’s Blog – Volunteering in Botswana in WUSC

I keep forgetting to put up Ana’s blog. For most who don’t know, Ana is WUSC SFU’s Events Coordinator and she is currently in Botswana for the International Seminar. She is volunteering with WUSC Botswana as an International Student Manager for 12 weeks.

We all miss her here at WUSC SFU, but we are excited about the change that she is making in Botswana. Please read her blog, Diary of a Year Long Travels, which is written in away that makes you feel as though you are experiencing life with her 🙂

We are looking forward to her coming back, but for now, enjoy the Beautiful African continent 🙂

We love you and miss you Ana (Banana)

WUSC BC Regional Meeting, 15th Feb 2014 at UBC

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As usual every time the local committee members meet, there is a lot of fun, we helped each other grow by learning from the successes of others. The meeting was the 2nd Annual Regional meeting, and it is a really good tradition that is going to make the West Coast members network more. The WUSC Local committees in attendance were UBC, UVic, VIU, Royal Roads Uni (They want to start a committee), UNBC, and SFU. It was a very interesting time, having Michelle Manks, who is the SRP Senior Officer -WUSC OTTAWA and Claire Doherty, our BC Regional coordinator present.

More photos are coming up soon, and more social events are too 🙂

A Rare Opportunity for Burmese Refugees

A Rare Opportunity for Burmese Refugees.

A Rare Opportunity for Burmese Refugees

In 2012, WUSC reinstated the sponsorship of Burmeserefugees from Thailand – that ceased in 2008. One of themwas 20-year-old Kin Pwonglay.

Kin was born in Mae Surin, Karenni Refugee Camp #2 inThailand after her parents fled Myanmar when their villagewas burned down and they lost their land, livestock and all oftheir possessions. Despite the hardships of life in camp, Kin completed the highest level of secondary education offered and then studied two more years to graduate with distinction and earn the highschool equivalency that qualified her to finally applyto WUSC’sStudent Refugee Program (SRP). Kin went throughthe qualifying process and was sponsored by the Universityof Regina, Saskatchewan.

Kin says, “The day I found outI was accepted to the program, I could not believe it. My life was changed.”

Kin arrived in Canada in early September with six othersponsored students from different camps along theThai-Myanmar border. She was lucky that three of thesefemale students were sponsored at the same campus. Onarrival, they were met with bright signs and cheering fromthe University of Regina WUSC Local Committee members.

Kin found it difficult adjusting to the new social andeducational system. However, with the support of theWUSC LC who bought text books, registered them for classesand eased the transition to life in Canada, she and the otherswere able to complete their first year.

Kin is planning to pursue a degree in Nursing.

WUSC SFU Information session Prezi

Hi everybody,

We had our information session for this semester on Saturday the 28th of September. For most of you that could not make it, please look through at this Prezi since it highlights what was talked about.

We also took the chance to welcome our new Community Liaison, Eva Yu. Photos of the Executives are going to be put up shortly, so that you get a chance to know them.

Take care all.