About: Eunice

Live small but dream big is her mantra. E is a Human Resources major at UBC who seeks to create environments where people can shoot for the moon. Nothing excites her more than hearing about others’ passions and helping them achieve their goals. She is passionate about writing, believes in the power of women, and cannot wait to trek the world over.

Student Leadership Conference…a Love Affair

Never would I have thought One Direction would grace this page, but I also said that I would never watch Justin Bieber’s documentary and then watched it, loved it, and realized quite ironically… it’s called ‘Never say Never’. Lesson learned.

In January of 2008, in my senior year, I was invited to attend the SLC or Student Leadership Conference. Still in high school, I was more excited by the fact that I was invited to a university than the idea of a leadership conference. I went brimming with excitement and keen to experience something university-ish. It blew me away. I fell in love with the enthusiasm, the energy, the people, and well, Stephen Lewis, who was the keynote that year.

I went back every year. In 2011, T and I represented the Passion Project as a ‘highlighted project‘ at the conference. In 2012, we went back to lead our own workshop called, ‘Start: Making Ideas Happen‘ inspired by Guy Kawasaki’s thoughts on the art of the start AND we got our very own poster. Awesome. (Photos below of our 2012 adventure at the SLC)

Fast forward another year and as a recent unofficial grad, I went again to the UBC SLC  for a 5th time.

This year, 2013, the SLC theme was ‘Unwritten: Create your Story.’ Y’all know I love a good story and that even on our site, we ask students all the time, ‘What’s your story?’ Little did I know that my story for the day at the SLC would be a challenge to write something more bold than I am used to…It’s the story for another day and another place and I’ll be sharing more of my personal learnings here.

The SLC is also a place to reconnect with grand friends.

I sat through a ‘creatribution’ workshop with Adam Millard who led our second Passion Project and challenged us to combine passion + purpose.

Jackie, the talented + beautiful designer of this web-home, shared her creatributions at the ‘timeraiser’. We hugged it out. 3-4 times at least.

I was blown away at the #truthbombs Humaira left me with her workshop on Power + Passion. READ ABOUT IT HERE.

I was challenged to BE VULNERABLE at Jon‘s workshop. Jon joined us as a photographer in our third event.

And I came face to face with one message: DREAM BIG, LOVE BIGGER at Matt Corker & sista, Steph Corker’s fantabulous prezzie. Here’s an interview with Matt from back in the day.

Our passionate past just splayed out before me throughout my day at the SLC as I reunited with friends, reminding me how blessed beyond belief I have been in my 4.5 years to meet some magical folks and grow as a leader in my own shoes.

It was only fitting that I began and then ended my degree at the SLC. And even as a future alum, I plan on coming back…if they’ll have me. Student leadership – it’s a lifetime of a love affair.

A HUGE CONGRATS GOES TO SEF FOR MAKING FACES OF UBC!!! We’re so proud of you gal!

Do you share our love for the SLC? Comment below!

Lead on,

E

FOOD, a conference to delight your tastebuds

Hi Passionate ones,

We are so excited to have new people following us following meeting you at the #TEDXTT Conference. For those who have asked, I think my talk should be up on the world wide web in a few weeks at which point I’ll be sure to share more.

For now, I’m excited to finally FINALLY finally announce what we’ve been working towards this semester. Ahrthyh touched on it and many of you who follow us on facebook may already know.

You are all invited to our FOOD conference.

When: Saturday Nov. 24 11-3pm (lunch included!)

Speakers include: Dr.Shafik Dharamsi, Dr.Candace Rideout, and Peter Driftmier -  many more to come!

Join the facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/163101183831792/

Guarantee your ticket here: http://passionprojfood.eventbrite.ca/

Follow us on twitter: @passionproj

Everyday leading up to the mini-conference, we’ll put out a FOOD FUN FACT on twitter and facebook.

Stay tuned,

E

 

 

Teaser Documentary Night

Hi there,

Midterms are upon us. It’s that time of the year when students only leave the library for…FOOD. Have we got just the topic for you then.

 

WHAT: A Teaser Documentary Night (FOOD INC) hosted by yours truly, the PP team

WHEN: Thursday November 1st 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Global Lounge

WHY: keep reading!

Several months ago, we embarked on a journey to celebrate FOOD. We knew it was time to venture away from our past projects of music, poetry, and photography (if just for a lil while) and finally, finally, finally, tip our hats to people who feed us, quite literally: CHEFS AND BAKERS. If you’re a chef/ baker, don’t hesitate to get in touch! This year is for you. And if you shouldn’t be let into the kitchen for fear of setting toast aflame, but you LOVE FOOD nonetheless, then this year is for you all the more!

Little did we know, that this adventure to celebrate passionate chefs/bakers/foodies would open up a whole ‘nother set of doors…

Where does our food come from? Let’s talk about the fact that millions suffer from malnourishment. Throw in topics like climate change, population growth, and ‘food security’ is a term that you’ll hear frequently. It would be bad form for the Passion Project to host events laden with food and celebrate chefs without addressing the host of issues that come with our dinners.

“Consumers are deliberately being kept in the dark about food, where it comes from, what happens to it, and what it does to their bodies.”

- quote from FOOD INC

So…before we celebrate PASSIONATE BAKERS + CHEFS (your time will come, we promise! Stay tuned for the first ever UBC IRON CHEF coming in 2013), we want NEED to embrace ways in which we can educate ourselves about what we’re ingesting. Just think, something you do three or more times a day (EATING) has enormous ramifications on our planet.

We’re starting with this simple TEASER DOCUMENTARY NIGHT featuring the acclaimed FOOD INC.

Following that, we’ll be hosting the conference, “FOOD” (Saturday, November 24th – more details to come). For now, think twice about where your burger comes from and come join us NOVEMBER 1st.

Got a question or just want to say hello, email us at passionproj@gmail.com. We like love letters.

Stay passionate,

E