Past Events

E.g., Mar 28, 2023

Opening Ceremony Walk for Joy | Jan 25, 2023

Walk for Joy (formerly Walkabout) is a 9 week walking, rolling and physical activity challenge designed to get people moving and reduce sedentary time.

This challenge is open to all UBC students, staff, faculty, emeriti and community members. A large emphasis is placed on being social while completing physical activity, so find a friend to get moving with! Participants can join with a 5 member team or participate individually, and will try to accumulate as many steps during each week. Bonus “social steps” are given for any physical activities done with another person.

A step leaderboard will be updated weekly, so you can track your progress and keep an eye on how your team is doing! At the end of the challenge, awards and prizes will be presented to the team with the most steps walked, best team name and best team photo. The top team will have their team name engraved on a plaque!

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Wednesday, 25 January 2023 - 12:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Research Talk by David Almeida | Jan 24, 2023

Title: "Health as a Daily Experience: Lessons from 42,243 Days of US Adults"

Speaker: Dr. David Almeida is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and a faculty member of the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Victoria. Dr. Almeida’s research examines the effects of biological and self-reported indicators of stress on health. His primary interest has been the role of daily stress on healthy aging but has also examined stress processes in specific populations and contexts, such as the workplace and family interactions, parents of children with developmental disabilities, and family caregivers. Dr. Almeida has held leadership roles in three National Institutes of Health Research Initiatives including: the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Study; the Work, Family & Health Research Network; and the Science of Behavior Change Network. He is also the Director of a National Institute of Aging T32 training program on Psychosocial and Biological Pathways to Healthy Aging.

Summary: How we live our daily lives has profound implications for our health and well-being. Day-to-day patterns of stress, social interactions, mood, physical activity, and sleep have been shown to be powerful predictors of physical and mental health., a 20-year longitudinal study that combines daily telephone interviews about mundane yet frequent experiences with biological assessments of health. This research design permits the assessment of the dynamics of ebb and flow of multiple aspects of daily life. Three general "lessons" discussed are: First, it is vital to distinguish between exposure and responses to daily stressors, but this is difficult to do; Second, variety and range of experiences are often more important than amount of experiences; and Third, a stress-free life is not always beneficial.

Participants may attend in person at the Rudy North Lecture Theatre in the Centre for Brain Health at UBC or over Zoom. A light lunch will be provided for those attending in person.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 - 12:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Healthy Aging Public Lecture Series | Jan 23, 2023

Join us as Dr. David Almeida, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and a faculty member of the Center for Healthy Aging at Pennsylvania State University discusses how some daily challenge can benefit our health. This series is sponsored by the Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program and the the UBC School of Kinesiology and supported by the Providence Health Care Dialogue on Aging Public Presentation Series.

Title: "Finally, Some Good News About Stress! The Benefits of (Some) Daily Challenge"

Summary: Research documents the pernicious effects of daily stressors on well-being, but often ignored in these studies are people reporting no stressors This talk examines the benefits and costs of a “stressor-free life”, with a focus on the potential benefits of small amounts of daily stress. To answer these questions, we used data from the National Studies of Daily Experiences (NSDE) to calculate the prevalence of adults who reported no daily stressors over the course of 8 consecutive days. Data were comprised of 20,188 daily interviews from 2,804 adults ages 25-85. Results indicated that 10% of adults reported no stressors over the 8 days. These stressor-free individuals were more likely to be older, male, less-educated, and lower-income, compared to those who reported stressors. Stressor-free adults were also less likely to report positive events in their daily lives.

There is an option to attend in person at the Jim Pattison Pavilion South (room 1891), Vancouver General Hospital, or to join over Zoom.

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Monday, 23 January 2023 - 6:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Series at Green College January 19, 2023

'Disciplines Over Time: Making, Keeping and Breaking the Boundaries of Knowledge' is a cross departmental collaboration between UBC's Green College and Emeritus College.

This series will bring together scholars who inhabit the same academic discipline or field of study, and are at different stages of their careers, to talk about how the boundaries separating their field of specialization from other fields have changed over time. The conversation will inevitably lead to a consideration of cross-disciplinary influences and interdisciplinary trends, as participants account for changes in the cognitive strength of sub-disciplines and the rise and fall of disciplinary paradigms. The intent will be to identify underlying reasons for the observed changes and, by the end of the series, to draw some general conclusions about mechanisms of (inter)disciplinary interaction and development, in the spirit—if not necessarily the style—of Thomas Kuhn and Michel Foucault.

Series Convener: Donald Fisher, Past-Principal, UBC Emeritus College

Nursing OVER TIME: Broadening HORIZONS

Wendy Hall, Professor Emerita, Nursing, UBC

Lydia Wytenbroek, Green College Leading Scholar and Assistant Professor, Nursing, UBC

Elizabeth Straus, Green College Society Member and Postdoctoral Fellow, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph

This third event in the series will stage a conversation between scholars of Nursing. The moderator will ask the panelists a series of questions about their perspectives on the discipline, and the discussion will be opened at an early stage to members of the audience. The goal of the event is to grasp the interdisciplinary nexus that is ‘Nursing’ in Canadian and other universities and to peer into possible futures of the field.


Join us in-person at Green College on the UBC Vancouver Campus or virtually. The session will be followed by a reception. Meeting details on Green College Website

Green College Event Details
Coach House, Green College, UBC and livestreamed
Thursday, January 19, 5-6:30pm with reception to follow


Emeritus College and Green College

Thursday, 19 January 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Hybrid: In-person and online through Green College
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Community Volunteer Group January 19, 2023

Presentations by 5-6 members on their volunteer activities

Members will speak about their activities, how they got involved, and potential opportunities for others in the group who might be interested.  A wide range of sectors will be represented, as well as types of activity (hands-on, membership on boards, research, etc.).  The meeting in January will be a great chance to highlight members’ contributions and to make connections for those interested in similar opportunities.  

Join the Community Volunteer Group mailing list: Please email and express your interest.

Thursday, 19 January 2023 - 4:00pm
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Myanmar temple on top of a hill with pointed gold roofs

Travel Group January 19, 2023


Presented by: Nancy Langton, Ass. Prof. Emerita, Commerce and Business Administration

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is the largest country in Mainland Southeast Asia. The country has over 100 different ethnic groups. The presentation will feature two faces of Myanmar: 1) some of the major cities that tourists are attracted to, including Yangon (its largest city), Bagan (known for its hot air balloons), Mandalay (second largest city), and Inle Lake and 2) some of the villages, with their distinct dress and customs that are not often visited by tourists. It is an interesting country under a lot of strife. Currently the Canadian government recommends to avoid all travel to Myanmar due to the political tensions and high risk of civil unrest. I feel fortunate to have visited several years ago before the latest civil unrest.

If you wish to receive the zoom link for the meeting and are not already on the EC Travel group list, please contact Paul Steinbok at

A zoom link will be sent out before each meeting.

Thursday, 19 January 2023 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2