July 31, 2011 – The Canadian Alumni Network and the BC International Trade and Investment Office hosted the 4th BC Student Send-off while celebrating BC Day 2011 at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. The BC Alumni Reps and fellow alumni were on hand to do a presentation, which included sharing their own experiences to the 70 new students heading off to UBC, SFU and UVic, showing a video on the BC Alumni activities in Beijing, and giving out some prizes, like a Nokia X7-00 smartphone that went to one very lucky incoming SFU student, that was generously contributed by SFU Alumni Relations and SFU President Andrew Petter. For the first time, the event saw a large number of current UBC students participate in this event providing insight to life during their first years of university. A networking event was hosted afterwards in the Canadian Club with pizza, a common staple for university students, where alumni, students, and their parents were able to share some one-on-one time.
Thanks to all the alumni volunteers, reps and current students, who came out to help with the annual event from SFU, UBC and UVic. Special thanks to Kevin Tsui and his team at the BC Trade and Investment Office for sponsoring and supporting this annual event, and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing for their continued support, especially to Gary Lee, who is also a proud UBC Alumni!
Richard N. Liu is the UBC Alumni Representative in Beijing and founder of the Canadian Alumni Network. For questions how to the join the network, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org