Interview with Victoria Kan, Chair of Administration

1. Tell us about yourself

I was born and raised in Vancouver, and although I have travelled around the globe, including
living for a year in Australia, Vancouver will always be my favourite city. My passion is in the
health sciences, and I am particularly interested in health education and promotion. I received
my Bachelor of Science in cellular biology and genetics, as well as my Masters of Health
Administration, from the University of British Columbia. I am currently close to completing my
nursing degree at UBC as well.

2. How did you become involved with the Reading Bear Society?

I became involved with the Reading Bear Society two years ago when I was working full-time,
and looking for a meaningful way to become involved in my community.

3. What is your current role with the RBS?

As Chair of Administration for the Reading Bear Society I help manage the registration process
for new volunteers, maintain and organize internal documents, and provide support to
volunteers, FLEX students, and other members of the RBS student body.

4. What is your best memory?

Due to my schedule and role as an administrator, I do not frequently attend school visits. This is
why one of my best memories was a rare Valentine’s Day visit I was able to participate in at
Seymour Elementary School. I was impressed to see our modules and activity outlines come to
life, captivating and engaging a classroom full of kindergarteners. It was a great opportunity to
witness the impact the RBS has on children in our community, and reinforced the positive
influence of intergenerational mentorship.

5. Why do you support the Reading Bear Society?

When I was seeking to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity in my community, I wanted to
find something that aligned with my passion for health education and promotion, and also
allowed me to apply my administrative background. I felt that my values and passions truly
aligned with the RBS mission statement to “foster a more conscientious and loving society by
providing intergenerational mentorship and reading resources that encourage early literacy,
social wellbeing, and emotional health across generations and communities”. The RBS not only
recognizes the importance of early education in promoting the health of our children, but it
also acknowledges how the positive ripple effects of this education can lead to healthier
communities. In addition to educating children, the RBS also provides opportunities for UBC
medical students to complete their FLEX projects with the program. This engagement with the
health disciplines is invaluable as it provides students with an education and prevention view of
healthcare, a view that I feel is often underrepresented in the school curriculum. During my
time with the RBS, I have had the privilege of learning a great deal about the administrative
work that goes into running a non-profit society and a group of student volunteers, all while
contributing to a great cause! I am looking forward to another year with the RBS.