SCARP says congrats but not farewell to graduates

UBC graduates, walking on

You've done it!

It has been our honour to watch the bold achievements of you our newest graduates.
Your bold inquiries, transformative partnerships, and indefatigable curiosity has not only proven your excellence, but already begun to serve the greater community around you.
This is only the start of your adventure!

We're celebrating...

From our PhD Program:

Lauren Ann Brown

From our Research Masters Program:

Emily Bardutz

From our MCRP Program:

Natalie Cappe
Charly Caproff
Seoyeon Choi
Andrew Rodrigues Figueiredo
Zoe Anais Howell
Fiona Kar-Yin Ko
Chelsea Krahn
Laura Meagan MacTaggart
Maren Rose McBride
Riley Nicole McLeod
Nura Azlan Shah Nur Saidy
Kyla Shellan Pascal
Celina Marie Ruhland
Brett Anthony Sparrow
Courtney Adair Stover
Vanessa Sun
Katrina Elizabeth Tarnawsky
Shanti Thurber
Tyler Raymond Tichenor
Katherine Annabelle Turriff
George Jackson Van
Kiera Vandeborne
Makaila Wenezenki
Breanna Lynn Willms
Mélanie Rachel Wittes
Connor Thornton Wolff
Yinxin Zheng

Congrats but not farewell

Planning is defined by the partnerships you forge and the networks you keep. That's why the "SCARP Life Cycle" doesn't end when you don your mortarboard and flip your tassel. 

Throughout your professional life you won’t just fondly remember your time at SCARP: you’ll have a community hub of peer experts and partners, and the resources you’ll always find here.  

SCARP’s graduates represent a vital global network of alumni. Many have remained in British Columbia and are well connected to local planning issues and debates, while others have enriched SCARP’s extended community with a myriad of experience from the contexts across the world in which they work and live.

So please, don't just stay in touch, but share community, resources, and amazing facts with us! Future students and SCARP graduates are a vital symbiotic relationship. We can't wait to tell you more. 

Some words from a few of our latest graduates

Zoe, in black blazer

Zoe is excited to continue working for the Society for Children and Youth of BC, where she has recently accepted a new offer as a Project Coordinator. Here, she will continue to work at the intersections of community building, emancipatory justice, and child and youth advocacy. In particular, she hopes to continue exploring food systems and housing planning.

Fiona Ko

Studio project: Moving Beyond the Car
Fiona, smiling with arms folded in front of city street

We really went from Moving Beyond the Car to Moving Beyond the SCARP. To think we all started this journey in 2020 behind little screens and now we’re out in the world improving our everyday places and spaces. Thank you to everyone who was part of this experience and a huge congratulations to my fellow graduates!

Celina Ruhland

Studio Project: Moving Beyond the Car
Celina Ruhland

Congratulations to our cohort for making it through Zoom university. Here’s to no more breakout rooms and a lifetime of having to explain what planning is.  

Vanessa Sun

Capstone: Best Practices for a Just Transition in Vancouver
Studio Project: Climate Adaptation Tools for BC Local Governments
Vanessa Sun

As Sun Tzu once said, "in the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity." We started our planning careers during an uncertain time, transitioning to an unfamiliar virtual space but we made the best of it. We found creative ways to present, to connect, and to grow and I am excited to see what we will accomplish post SCARP! If we are able to start planning school during a chaotic time, we will be able to make the most of all opportunities. I look forward to the future communities we are building! 

Tyler Tichenor

Studio project: "Equity in Zoning"
Tyler, in button-up denim shirt, smiling

Having focused on housing and land use planning, Tyler contributed to the studio project Equity in Zoning with the City of New Westminster. Their team analyzed the zoning regulations and processes at the City and provided recommendations on how to increase equitable outcomes through zoning reforms. Tyler is now using the skills and knowledge he gained during his time at SCARP while working in affordable housing development and planning in New York City.

Makaila Wenezenki

ICP Practicum with Siska Indian Band
Makaila Wenezenki

Makaila (they/she) is grateful to have completed the Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) program (2020-22) amongst her peers and unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territory. Makaila spent their final year in a practicum with sísqeʔ (Siska Indian Band). This work was done with Breanna Willms (ICP student), under the guidance of Jessie Hemphill (Supervisor - UBC), and in partnership with Samantha Gush (Comprehensive Community Planning Coordinator - Siska). Their capstone report, "Holding Space Gently: Trauma-Informed Emergency Planning with Siska Indian Band" provides reflections on this experience (available at link). Makaila continues to find her place within Indigenous Sovereignty and Land Back work as a settler planner/facilitator/artist.

Florence Zheng

Florence, in sweater in academic common space, face on palm, smiling

Florence Zheng is a graduating master's student of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, focusing on Comparative Development Planning. She is a social and environmental justice advocate, sustainability enthusiast, and map lover. Prior to her studies at SCARP, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from UBC. She aspires to be a planner to foster places that are inclusive, healthy, and sustainable.

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