People of UBC

UBC’s unique personality comes from the people that study, teach, work, and live in its community. Every individual contributes to what sets us apart. In this series, we invite you to meet the people of UBC.

Kristin Webster

Senior Early Childhood Educator, UBC Childcare Services

I believe that through teaching social justice and empathy, children can be the change we aspire to be. I value childcare as capable humans and leaders.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2017


Cecil Konijnendijk

Cecil Konijnendijk

Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry

Passionate about trees, and especially about contributions trees and nature make to better cities. Also an avid writer, and working on urban forestry matters across the globe.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018

Laila Telawi

Laila Telawi

UBC Alumna, B.A. International Relations (2017), Faculty of Arts

I can’t tell a joke. I either misplace the punch line or forget it entirely. And so I listen, because I find a unique form of beauty in the way people choose to share what makes them laugh.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018

Renita Drakes

Renita Drakes

Manager, Digital Communications & Technology, Faculty of Forestry

Barbados born, digital strategist, UBC alumna, saxophonist, and avid seeker of knowledge. Always on a quest to curate new experiences, preferably involving music, good food, and sunshine!

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018


Shahria Alam

Shahria Alam

Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan

Professor in structural engineering at UBC Okanagan. Works closely with industry and community for developing safer and sustainable civil infrastructure.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018

Ainsley MacDougall

Ainsley MacDougall

Student, Global Resource Systems, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Student senator, senior student ambassador, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, aspiring food and resource economist. Always looking for a new adventure!

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Catherine Rawn

Catherine Rawn

Senior Instructor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Here to teach students about psychology and what makes it a science, and to help support colleagues toward teaching excellence. Enjoys yoga, running, travel, Vancouver, good friends, good food.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018


Michael Brauer

Michael Brauer

Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

I study how the environments we live in impact the health of populations here and around the world. Some of my most productive thinking happens while cycling or watching baseball.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Miranda Dinwoodie

Miranda Dinwoodie

Student, Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health and Social Development

Human Kinetics student. Positive and motivated. Passionate about the health, and well-being of others. Dogs and coffee enthusiast. Inspired by my friends and family!

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Winona Kent

Winona Kent

Graduate Programs Assistant, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

SPPH education staff by day, writer by night. Storyteller since I was a toddler drawing pictures on walls. UBC MFA (Creative Writing) program graduate. Author of 5 published novels (6th on the way).

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018