What is a Campaign Hero?
Each year our UBC Community United Way Committee reviews the past year. We take a look at all the events that take place and the volunteerism involved. From this, we select UBC employees or students that stand out. We call them Campaign Heroes.
A Campaign Hero is someone that is recognized for their contributions and achievements. The Campaign Hero goes above and beyond the call of duty.
An Interview with Thalia Lang
Thalia Lang is the Chair of the Student UBC Community United Way Campaign and a third year Psychology Honours student in the Faculty of Arts. Thalia takes a different approach to raising student awareness about the United Way. Her focus is on fun, engagement and professional development. Last year, she spearheaded the UBC Community United Way conference. A conference that provided a perspective to volunteerism and working in the nonprofit sector. The conference will take place again March 2018.
How long have you been involved with the UBC United Way Campaign?
Last year, I joined the Student Committee as the Events Director. It’s been a wild ride and since then I’ve had the chance to chair the committee this year, so I’ve learnt lots!
Why do you volunteer for this cause?
I’ve done fundraising and community work in the past, but reading about getting involved with UBC United Way got me really excited! From selling donuts to raise money for the Burnaby Christmas Bureau a few years ago, joining meant that I could understand how non-profits worked on a bigger level. I love the idea of making community even better and I wanted to find new and innovative ways to engage students at UBC with the work United Way does.
What is your fondest memory from your involvement with the student committee?
Launching the first United Way Community Conference! To raise awareness is one thing, but to provide an opportunity for others to gain insight about the professional development opportunities in volunteerism is a whole other ball park. It’s hard to fundraise through the Student Committee at times, so I loved how we provided a different avenue to get people excited about the opportunities to grow themselves through giving back to their communities.
What is your goal for next year? What would you like to see happen?
I’d love to engage and collaborate more with undergraduate societies and other student organizations on-campus. Other than that, I’d like to make the United Way Community Conference even bigger and better. By then, it’ll be the third year running it, and I’m keen to make it a tradition and a new way for UBC United Way to provide students with workshops and tools to help navigate how to get the most out of volunteering.