SCARP grads take victory lap before their next adventure begins

SCARP grads holding diplomas

On Thursday, May 30, sunshine defeated rain as a SCARP cohort of extraordinary change-makers celebrated their graduation with loved ones, mentors, and peers. It's been our privilege to give them some of the tools and lenses that will help them undertake their extraordinary work, and now we celebrate their transformation into alumni and partners of SCARP.

These graduating students have been a tremendous force in the SCARP community, renewing a sense of camaraderie and possibility, growing an entire infrastructure of planning networks, and serving communities across BC with their insights and work. 

With herculean challenges to tackle as card-carrying planners and with summer around the corner, there are any number of perfect answers to the question "What next?", from networking in the Planning Institute of BC, to exciting new jobs in the field, to sweet-nothing, to bold research ventures, to weddings. 

In the years to come, many of them will return to SCARP to mentor new students and share with them opportunities to join their organisations as interns and project partners. 

In the meantime, though, with no further ado...

Congrats to these amazing grads!

Molly BarkowskyMCRP
Nadine BellMCRP
Mia BojicMCRP
Willow CabralMCRP
Christopher ChanMCRP
Audrey ChoongMCRP
Reyhan CumingMCRP
Caroline DunauxMCRP
Stephanie GrondinMCRP
Natalia HayesMCRP
Alex HeilmannMCRP
Jacob IsaacMCRP
Louisa-May KhooPHD
Maureen LongMCRP
Sayani MandalMCRP
Fumika NoguchiMCRP
Melissa PaisMCRP
Analisa RuizMCRP
Jasmeen SidhuMCRP
Chandima SilvaMAP
Gawin TiansuwanMAP
Megan UglemMCRP
Kathryn WuMCRP
Sunya ZamanPHD

Some words from a few of our graduates

Woman in tree-filled park

Willow Cabral, MCRP grad 2024

Studio project
“Enabling Car-Light Living in Transit-Rich Neighbourhoods”

Don’t give up and keep going! Community is at the center of all things – determining goals, directing action, finding support, and celebrating achievements. Momentum and success are fostered by a dedicated, kind, and empathetic team environment that welcomes and invites people to work together. Don’t be afraid to lean on your community for support whenever you may find you need it!

Woman in grassy park

Natalia Hayes, MCRP grad 2024

Studio project
"Enforcing Tenant Relocation Rights: A Catalogue of Tools for BC Municipalities"

"My time at SCARP has inspired in me, for the first time, a true sense of belonging in a community, it has helped me discover my ambitions, and has assured me that our chosen careers in planning tap into my core values of curiosity, empathy, and collaboration. I am very grateful to have learned alongside and from my peers, whom I admire greatly. I'm certain we will succeed in cultivating joy and justice in our communities wherever we can apply ourselves." 

Man in sunglasses and T-shirt beside SCARP building sign

Alex Heilmann, MCRP grad 2024

Studio project
"Bus Priority in Motion: An Implementation Toolkit for Metro Vancouver"

"My time at SCARP has been amazing not only for learning about planning in Vancouver and around the world, but also for the connections and knowledge I have gained from my fellow classmates and professors, who brought diverse knowledge and experience to the classroom and enabled me to make lifelong connections." 

Student in grad regalia, smiling

Rudrasen Sheorey

Studio project:
“Granville Island: Enhancing a Public Market Experience”

"The community of planners, students, and professors at SCARP brings a range of perspectives and knowledge systems to the program. This, along with the structure of the program, has truly helped me understand how planners work in real life. SCARP has helped me to broaden my outlook and prepare me for future challenges. Its focus on intersectionality and sensitivity to issues like decolonization has enhanced my perspective on planning as a practice."

The gravitas, the joy, and the community
Grad being given official PhD ribbon
Grad making peace-sign
PhD grads and faculty in regalia
Inside of you are 3 SCARP faculty:
Faculty member in regalia, laughing
Faculty member in regalia
Faculty in regalia, with peace-sign
It is yours!

A crowd of students in regalia, posing in sunshine around grad banner

You did it, everybody!

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