The Reading Bear Blog


Introducing our new Co-chair of Fundraising, Santiago

An introduction of RBS ambassador and co-chair of fundraising Santiago: I am a Biochemistry Major at UBC, currently striving toward a career in Nanopediatrics. I have invested the majority of my life in youth empowerment, primarily through my work at Catching the Spirit Youth Society. With this organization, which delivers leadership camps of environmental stewardship, […]

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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 […]

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Thomas McFarland Shares Reading Bears in Kelowna

  Thomas McFarland, MD 2020 Co-chair of the Kelowna RBS Chapter Being new to the Kelowna region, I have found it incredibly rewarding being part of such a wonderful project that brings me into the community. Being from a large Ontario family with many young cousins and family friends, I spend much of my time […]

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An Interview with Mary Zheng

This month’s blog is featuring Reading Bear ambassador Mary Zheng.  Dr. Joanne Roussy and Dr. Isabel Chen have nominated Mary for the YWCA, Young Woman of Distinction Award 2018 in honour of  her enthusiasm for the Reading Bear Society and her dedication to the community the society serves.  Thank-you Mary ! RB: Tell us about […]

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Reading Bear Society Holiday Season Fundraiser featuring Christmas cards by local artist PhD/MD student

As the holiday season nears, we are seeking your assistance to help children who are less fortunate. This year the RBS is launching a fundraising campaign that will allow giving in simple ways. Either by a book or a teddy bear drive (collect teddy bears for the children) or the sale of holiday season greeting […]

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Interview with Katrina Hsu, Director of Communications

Interview with Katrina Hsu, Director of Communications: This month’s blog features Ms. Katrina Hsu, one of the Reading Bear’s most dedicated and inspirational volunteers. Currently a member of the Board of Directors, Katrina first joined the RBS in 2012 as an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University. With her hard work and leadership qualities, she […]

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RBS partners with Beaty Biodiversity Museum

New Partnership with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum: Bringing literacy and environmental stewardship to the classroom and community. The RBS is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum (BBM). The Beaty Box outreach kits, focusing on bears and the forest ecosystems, complements the RBS signature animal as well as their operational model. […]

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Summer Picnic with Mom2Mom and 1000 Books

For the fourth consecutive year, the RBS donated bags of books and bears for the children of Mom2Mom (M2M). Mom2Mom is a community-based organization supporting mothers and children living in Vancouver’s inner city, and a sister organization to the RBS. The RBS began just after M2M was established in 2012 when founding M2M member Dr. […]

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Thanks for the Thanks!

Here are a few of the Thank-you notes The Reading Bear has been privileged to receive this past year. It’s always nice to feel appreciated ! Dear Joanne, On behalf of our students and staff many thanks to your team for all the support provided through RB. It is so important for students to develop […]

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❤️Thank-You Teachers & Principals

  Dear Principals and Teachers,   As the end of another school year comes to completion, we would like to express our gratitude for supporting the Reading Bear initiative. Since our first pilot in the spring of 2012, we have reached 41 kindergarten & Gr 1 classrooms, 343 StrongStart toddlers, 160 grade 5s, 585 grade 8s, […]

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