September 13, 2021 | Digest No. 268


BPK 101

Calling all first-year BPK students! Come on out on Thursday September 16th to BPK 101, a virtual event hosted on Zoom for students interested in BPK, meeting new people, and playing some fun games!  Hosted by the BPKSA, BNSS and BPK Peer Mentorship, we want incoming students to feel excited and prepared to begin their journey at SFU.  We'll discuss common resources at SFU (such as co-op and academic advising), and you'll have the opportunity to meet senior BPK students and Professors and find out about opportunities at SFU including the BPKSA! Register today, through the Eventbrite Link.

The Science of Connecting ft. @SFUSciProfs

Come and connect with SFU professors in the Faculty of Science more personally through Profbook, see some of their furry friends on PetTube, and learn more about them on other “social media” platforms. So, for an evening, join us and a panel with some of your professors that include: Kevin Lam (BISC), Nancy Forde (PHYS), Jim Carter (BPK), and others to be announced. You’ll get answers to some of your own questions such as what the professors were like at your age, their academic path to where they are today, advice for first-year students and much more. This event will allow you to get to know your professors in a fun environment outside of a classroom, and ask them questions that you may have never gotten the chance to otherwise!

Sat, September 18, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

CLICK for details and registration

BPK Co-op Info Session

The BPK Co-op team is holding an info session on September 22nd from 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM. Students can learn about the Co-op program, meet the team, and hear from Co-op students themselves. Registration is free and currently open at

SFU Study Abroad September 2021 Exchange Info Session

We're looking forward to exchanges in 2022-2023 and invite you to attend an Exchange Info Session! Attend an Exchange Info session to learn about the benefits of participating in an exchange, short-term study program, and/or virtual exchange, and how to pick what is best for you. With over 130 partner institutions in 45 destinations around the world, there are options for all disciplines. We’ll also cover costs & funding, eligibility & general application steps. Study Abroad and COVID-19 considerations and resources will also be covered. 

Time: Thursday, September 16 at 4:30 pm (PT)

Click here to register.

15th Annual Fraser Health Research Week 2021 (September 20 – 24, 2021)

Fraser Health’s Research Week is fast approaching - September 20 – 24, 2021, with sessions happening daily from 9:00AM – 1:00PM.

Join us this September for five days of talks and interactive workshops. This year, Research Week will explore the impacts and innovations that have emerged out of Fraser Health’s COVID-19 pandemic research and evaluation response. Each day of Research Week will explore a different theme. Sessions include:

  • COVID-19 Research with Care: Socially Distanced Showcase Day (Monday, September 20)
  • Viral Innovations in LTC and Virtual Health (Tuesday, September 21)
  • Quarantine with Clinical Research (Wednesday, September 22)
  • Isolating Advancements in Equity (Thursday, September 23)
  • Locking down on Evaluation Lessons Learned and Findings (Friday, September 24)

All are invited to attend. Research Week is open for attendees across Fraser Health, our colleagues across British Columbia, our academic partners, and the public.

A detailed schedule of events will be announced soon. Register here to receive an updated schedule. More information can also be found on our website here.

(All non-Fraser Health employees and the public need to create a Learning Hub account. If you have problems with registering after you create the account, please contact

Optimizing Human Performance at Home: Ergonomics, Human Factors, and Wellbeing Webinar

Join in on the Optimizing Human Performance at Home: Ergonomics, Human Factors, and Wellbeing Webinar hosted by Simon Fraser University Health & Counselling Services and the Association of Canadian Ergonomists.

Date: Friday, September 24th, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT
Registration is free. Limited Tickets. RSVP through Eventbrite with your SFU email.

In this event, you’ll learn ways to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing. We'll be discussing creative methods to set up your home office and different resources to care for your mental wellbeing. 

We will also have a panel of guest speakers who will speak more on their expertise and knowledge in the world of ergonomics and human factors. Our guest speakers for the event are Anne-Kristina Arnold (Chair of the Occupational Ergonomics Certificate at SFU), Vanessa Christner (Ergonomics Management System Program Manager at SFU), and Manu Nellutla (Chief Executive Officer of the ActSafe Safety Association and Current BC/YK President of ACE).

Please note the following:

  • This event is only open to SFU students, staff, and faculty.
  • Register with your SFU email. The Zoom link will be sent to SFU emails only and will be sent closer to the day of the event.
  • This event will NOT be recorded.

If you have any questions, please email both (Sonya Kung) and (Sarah Chae) who are the co-facilitators for the event.

2021 Kin Case Competition

Join us from Nov. 19 to 28 2021
at the 1st national virtual kinesiology event
Kin Case Competition!

The Kinesiology Case Competition is a national competition for students in the third and fourth years of Canadian university kinesiology, human kinetics and physical activity programs.

Up to 24 teams from provinces throughout the country participate in the week-long event. The competition offers participants great opportunities to meet new people and network with practising Kinesiologists, academics, researchers and prominent businesspeople attending the competition either as judges or sponsors. Participants are encouraged to develop cases and then present and defend them. Most importantly, teams should have fun!

Registration period is NOW OPEN

TEAMS: until November 10 2021
SPECTATORS: until November 15 2021

CLICK HERE for details


BPK Scavenger Hunt

We’re excited to have you start this new academic year with us. To celebrate, we’re hosting a virtual BPK Scavenger Hunt, starting now! Head over to to find out how to play.

COVID-19 Information

*The BC Government’s official COVID-19 response app. The latest updates, resources, symptom tracking, and self-assessment.

*The Federal Government of Canada official Covid-19 response page.  The latest updates, prevention & risk, self-assessment tool, information for preparation & more.

Information On SFU'S Response to Covid-19
Your best resource – for students, staff & faculty:  SFU’s COVID-19 FAQ.  If you have a question about SFU’s response that is not covered in the FAQ, please email it to   The team will work to get you an answer. If you have an organization-wide addition to the FAQs, please email your suggestion to Angela at      

Health & Counselling
Comprehensive health services, including COVID-19 & Mental Wellness found here

* Faculty & Staff support

Stay safe and continue to support each other!

Academic announcements

Welcome Guides for International and Newcomer Students

These step-by-step guides are tailored for new international and newcomer students from different pathways. Download your checklist and complete all the required steps as you prepare to start your studies at SFU. Learn more:

Academic Resource Links

*  Exchange Students Covid-19
refer here for more information.

* Remote Study & Work

* Comprehensive Student Support (Grades, Withdrawals, Advising, student services, International Students, Available Resources, Financial, Co-op and more)

Academic Advising

***  All in-person advising is cancelled.  Remote advising will continue.  Log into Science's new Advisor Link with your SFU Computing ID and password and book academic advising appointments online. 

**  Please have Academic Transcripts on-hand for appointments.  Follow this link for instructions:

BPK Advising hours are as follows:




10am – 11:40am


10am – 11:40am
2pm – 3pm


10am – 11:40am
2pm - 3pm


10am - 11am
2pm – 3:40pm

Zoom Drop-in advising for quick (< 10 minutes) questions

Day Zoom Drop-in
Monday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wednesday 3:15pm - 4:15pm

If you are not available for drop-in times, or are unable to make an appointment, you may contact the academic advisor here. When contacting the advisor, please always include your full first and last name, your student number, and attach your advising transcript. Download your advising transcript from your student centre at go.sfu.caFollow this think for instructions:


Study in French at SFU - FSL Bursary Program $3000

It’s rewarding to be bilingual!

Are you a newly admitted first-year student commencing your undergraduate studies this Fall 2020?
Parles-tu français? Have you considered continuing your studies in French? Pourquoi pas?

You could be eligible for a $3,000 bursary.

Check out SFU’s undergraduate programs in French.

Contact the Department of French student advisor, Hélène Pouliot, to discuss your options.

FSL Bursary Program Eligibility:
As a first-year student, you would be eligible if

  • you are a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency
  • English is your first official language spoken
  • you are studying full-time for the academic year, both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms
  • over the two terms, an average of 50% of your courses and related activities are in French
  • you enroll in an undergraduate program option taught in French (which could be in addition to your program of admission)

See the full list of eligibility criteria and details about related activities in French:

Find out more about the FSL Bursary Program.

You can apply online now until September 19, 2021!

The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program (FSL Bursary Program), administered by the Association des collèges et université de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC), is designed to encourage English-speaking students to pursue post-secondary studies in French. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.


the StrongerU Student Sponsorship Program

Please see the poster for an opportunity to apply to the StrongerU Student Sponsorship Program.Two applicants will receive free enrollment in the StrongerU Senior Fitness Instructor course, one year of access to their monthly pre-choreographed classes, hands-on experience, and more ($490+ value). Click the poster for more information. Applications open today and close September 19.

FREE Medical/MCAT events with Princeton Review!

The Princeton Review’s virtual MCAT Week is coming up this month and we’re hoping to see you there!

We’ll be hosting free 1-hour sessions during the week of September 20th, where Princeton Review expert instructors will break down the MCAT for you – each day a different section! You’ll have the chance to go through some sample questions and figure out the best ways to approach the different sections of the MCAT!

BONUS: on the final day, we’ll be hosting an MMI Information Session for those interested in learning more about MMI and engaging in mock interviews with a counselor.

To register for all of these events for free, please visit:

Find the 6-digit course ID for the event/s you’d like to attend and enter it here:

Call 1-800-273-8439 ext: 5298.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Princeton Review Team

Global Connections Program

Be part of the Global Community at SFU! Join the Global Connections Program to take advantage of 1-on-1 and group mentorship opportunities. You will also meet other SFU students through various virtual events and socials during the term. Visit the program website to learn more and register:

Research participant recruitment

Employment Opportunities

Full Time Kinesiologist - Pro Administration

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Manager of Corporate Occupational Health & Safety, the Kinesiologist is responsible for the development and maintenance of MSIP Programs for all organizations within the Forster’s Group. The kinesiologist will also be responsible for supporting the Pro Administration Services Claims team in the management of Recover At Work Programs for workers suffering an MSI.


  • Member of BACK with good standing
  • Completion of a bachelors in Kinesiology or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1-2 years recent related experience.
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in the utilization of Microsoft Word and Excel.

CLICK HERE for full detail and email Mariam Aziz directly with resume and cover letter.

Behaviour Interventionist Opportunity

Stepping Stones Consultants is an agency seeking individuals interested in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disorders (ADHD/ADD, ODD, GAD, etc.) in the role of a Behaviour Interventionist (BI). The successful candidate will implement a home-based therapy program under the guidance of a Board-Certified Behaviour Consultant (BC). Therapy includes working 1:1 sessions targeting play, academic, social, communication, self-management, and self-care skills.

This position is perfect for those with a background in/goals towards a career in speech-language pathology, education, psychology, social services, rehabilitation sciences, occupational therapy, and the like.

$15 per hour, increasing to $20 per hour after the first 3-month probationary period, with opportunities for raises every 6 months thereafter.  

- Energetic, punctual, patient, and interested in supporting growth in children
- At least 19 years of age
- Have strong communication and play skills
- Able to commit to the position for at least 6 months
- Having your own vehicle is an asset

Experience working with children and/or ABA training is an asset but is not required. If you are interested please contact Carolyn Sorial via email at or via phone at 778-552-3055 with your CV. 

Please note, due to COVID regulations and the nature of this work, BIs will not be able to wear masks unless they are clear in order for their mouths and facial expressions to be fully visible.  


Volunteer Event Directors - motionballU SFU

motionballU SFU is looking for 2 event directors who want to build their leadership skills and develop their resume while getting involved with an important cause. Your role will include organizing and leading a team of about 4-6 members to organize events to raise funds for Special Olympic athletes. Event directors are supported by the national office in Toronto with resources and direction the entire way through the year.  If you would like more information, please visit or please contact

Link to apply as an event director:

Undergraduate Volunteers

Dr. Julian Guttman, a cellular microbiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences is looking for undergraduate student volunteers. Volunteering duties include stocking the lab, autoclaving, cleaning dishes, etc…  The volunteers have to be available for a minimum of 1 hour per week. YOU MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 TO ENTER THE LAB AND MUST ALSO WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES.

If you are interested in these volunteer positions please contact Dr. Guttman’s volunteer coordinator, Kaitlin Bruzzini, at

Fraser Health Crisis Line Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Why not start now!

The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity,the first step is to review the information on our website and then attend a Zoom Information Session. Please go to and click on Get Involved -> I Want to Volunteer -> Crisis Line. Here you will find the dates and Zoom links for the up-coming sessions.

Many volunteers report that their Crisis Line experience was significant in helping them reach their educational and/or career goals, including acceptance into Graduate Programs, Policing, Medical School, E-Comm 911, Social Work, Mental Health and related fields. Volunteers also tell us that they find the Crisis Line to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, as they are truly making a difference.

Learning Buddies Network

Learning Buddies Network (LBN) is a non profit organization dedicated to helping elementary school students develop essential literacy and math skills through free one on one, after school mentoring. We reach children who otherwise would not have the help they need. Our goals are to enhance self-esteem through improvement in academic skills, and to ignite a passion for learning in a safe and caring environment.

We are looking for Reading and Math Mentors to work with elementary-school aged buddies in our Reading and Math Programs. By volunteering with LBN, volunteers take on significant responsibilities and develop leadership, communication and organization skills. Mentors have the opportunity to work directly with one child and develop a supportive mentoring relationship that will help foster building their learning skills, self-esteem, and a positive attitude.

All training and sessions will be held online via the Zoom Meeting platform.

Mentor Training:

  • Math Mentor Training Part 1: Saturday, September 25th @5-7pm
  • Reading Mentor Training Part 1: Sunday, September 26th @5-7pm
  • Math Mentor Training Part 2: Saturday, October 2nd @5-7pm
  • Reading Mentor Training Part 2: Sunday, October 3rd @5-7pm
  • Orientation: Week of October 4th (Oct 4th and 5th for orientation, 5th and 6th for Social)

Program: October 11th - December 17th
Our program will be running during the 4 following times:

  1. Mon/Wed: from 3:30-4:45pm
  2. Mon/Wed: from 5:00-6:15pm
  3. Tues/Thurs: from 3:30-4:45pm
  4. Tues/Thurs: from 5:00-6:15pm

Applications are open from August 15th - September 15th. Please visit to apply.

Please contact Maya at with any questions or concerns.



DISCLAIMER: The Department of BPK is forwarding these opportunities as we receive them, however we strongly encourage you to research and obtain information regarding the reputation of organizations, the terms and conditions of employment or service, as well as to understand your rights and responsibilities. The Department does not endorse any specific individuals, organizations, products, programs or services. If you have questions on the above please contact If you see any suspicious postings or hiring practices, please notify us immediately.