UBC Learning Exchange: Teaching & Learning as an English Conversation Program Facilitator

A whiteboard with vocabulary words from an English Conversation Program class on the topic of "Deforestation"

As an English Conversation Program Facilitator, I am responsible for preparing a lesson plan and guiding discussion for ESL learners on topics selected by the Program Coordinator. While I teach speaking skills, vocabulary, and pronunciation at the Learning Exchange, I'm also always learning from the patrons I meet as we exchange stories, skills, and laughs!

My ePortfolio Journey 2016-2018

Me talking in a workshop circle at the CIRCLe symposium

Here is a timeline of my involvement with ePortfolio making and the UBC Arts ePortfolio program starting from my 3rd year GIS class to the present! As I continue to collaborate with the UBC Arts ePortfolio program I will update this post.

Vancouver Aquarium: Educating and Interpreting the Wonders of the Sea!

My Vancouver Aquarium lanyard with my nametag and button which reads "My Favourite Animal - AXOLOTL - at the Vancouver Aquarium"

I have been a volunteer at the Vancouver Aquarium for 2 years as a Marine Educator and Gallery Educator. Find out how I engage visitors with facts and conservation takeaways about bamboo shark egg cases!

Final Project – Cultural Appropriation as a Spectrum

The title of poster which reads "Cultural Appropriation: a spectrum"

In order shed light on the complexity of cultural appropriation, I worked on a group project to present a variety of commonly discussed examples from popular media and daily life as a spectrum. Through the project, we hope to engage people to think beyond "is this appropriation?" to "if this is appropriation, who benefits and who doesn't?"

Cultivating Environmental Education in Downtown Vancouver

A poster of the environmental education in downtown Vancouver findings with a map of the community centres and boxes of text explaining the methodology of research, findings, challenges and needs, and recommendations.

As a term-long project, I worked with a group of 4 students as consultants for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and CityStudio with the goals to: Investigate existing environmental education (EE) programming in community centres and identify opportunities for the Parks Board to expand them.

Documenting Asian-Canadian Experiences: Canra Sri Lankan Plus

The banner of the @canrasrilankanplus Instagram page with an icon of the storefront sign and a short bio about the location and account purpose for HIST 483

Food isn't just food, it's nourishment, culture, community, and a livelihood! This is the idea my teammates and I had in mind when we first started this project to document and narrate the stories of Canra Sri Lankan, our favourite food court stall in the International Village Plaza mall.

Documenting Asian-Canadian Experiences: Ombre- a Stop-Motion Animation

A wall covered in sticky notes with drawings used in the stop-motion video "Ombre"

As the first assignment for my HIST 483 - Asian Migrations to the Americas class I was given the "simple" task of "representing a class partner in video, text, or sound". I chose to make a stop-motion draw-my-life style video! This assignment mostly gave us the chance to experiment with video-making and interviewing subjects for later assignments.

Final Project – Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery in BC

A thematic map of Oregon Spotted Frog Population and Recovery Programs in BC 1998-2010 showing populations of frogs in their habitats

For the final project of my GEOB 372- Introduction to Cartography course, we were tasked to make a thematic map on any issue we were interested in. As a volunteer for educational programs at the Vancouver Aquarium I decided to use my cartography skills to make an educational proportional symbol map that would summarize the current state of Oregon Spotted Frog populations and recovery programs in BC from 1998-2010.

The Makings of Cartography: Proportional Symbol Map of Population in India

A map of cities in India with populations greater than 2 million, 2014. The map highlights India in pink and neighbouring countries in grey. City populations are represented by larger or smaller translucent pink circles.

This is a proportional symbol map of major cities in India created through ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. I compare two methods of proportional symbol mapping: absolute and perceptual scaling.

The Makings of Cartography: Population of Non-Canadian-Official-Language Speakers

A choropleth map of the population non-English and non-French speakers in Vancouver by dissemination area in varying shades of pink from light pink meaning a smaller percentage, to dark pink meaning a larger percentage.

Using Canadian Census 2011 data, I create a choropleth map of non-English and non-French speakers in Vancouver on ArcGIS.

The Makings of Cartography: Comparing Projections

Two maps side by side showing Germany and Ontario in country-specific custom Albers Equal Area Conic projections.

Projections are important for all cartographers to consider, and in this assignment, I design maps of Germany and Ontario on ArcGIS according to custom equal area projections.

The Makings of Cartography: Major Cities in British Columbia

A map of major cities by population in British Columbia. BC is in light green and water features are in blue. Major cities are marked by circles proportional to their population size.

In this assignment, I create a reference map of major cities in BC with symbols with proportionate to population. As it was quite challenging to find ways to fit all text on the map, I provide some tips on text placement!

The Makings of Cartography: Canada’s Provinces and Territories

A map of Canada's provinces and territories. Canada is in green and neighbouring countries are in grey.

In this assignment, I was tasked to create a reference map of Canada that would be used in a high school social studies textbook. Using Adobe Illustrator, I explore different symbols to represent geographic features of Canada and create map elements such as a legend, scale bar, and north arrow.

The Makings of Cartography: Downtown Vancouver for Skytrain Users

A map of the skytrain route in downtown Vancouver. Stanley Park is in green and the rest of downtown Vancouver is in white. Major streets are displayed along with skytrain lines and stations in navy blue.

Welcome to my first cartography work! In this first week, I have been tasked with hand-drawing a special purpose map of Downtown Vancouver to familiarize myself with Adobe Illustrator.

Professional Development Reflection on the GEOB 270

Many layers of one landscape, each displaying different topographic, stream, point, and geologic information

This is a reflection of the soft and hard skills learned through GEOB 270 - Introduction to GIS!

Final Project – Gentrification Risk Analysis in the City of Vancouver (Updated)

As the final project for my GEOB 270 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences course, I work with three classmates to analyze and present a map of gentrification risk in the City of Vancouver.

Learning GIS: Environmental Assessment of Garibaldi Project

In this assignment, I have been tasked with performing an environmental impact assessment of the proposed Garibaldi resort in Squamish.

Learning GIS: Housing Affordability in Vancouver and Ottawa

Affordability is measured through the ratio of median house price to median income. In this assignment, I explore housing affordability in Vancouver and Ottawa using Census 2011 data and create a map.

Learning GIS: Identifying Vancouver's Tsunami Risk Areas

In this assignment, I have been tasked to prepare a map of the City of Vancouver's tsunami risk areas on the premise that sea level change and extreme weather due to climate change may affect our coastal city. I prepare a ArcGIS map of the affected neighbourhoods and land use types

Learning GIS: Coordinate Systems and Spatial Data Models

In my first week of learning GIS in my Introduction to GIS course at UBC, I have started to learn how ArcGIS works and also come across a few major concepts: Coordinate systems and Landsat data.