Vancouver Second Mile Society

About the project

Low income seniors are often marginalized and isolated. Nevertheless, each senior has a story to share about their lives which can amaze us. Students will team up and visit VSMS (Vancouver Second Mile Society) in two branches (Downtown South and East-side), talk to the seniors, and record the talk / sharing of the senior about their lives and VSMS impact on them. These snippets will then be compiled to create a short video clip of about 15 minutes and published. The main objective of this project is to increase awareness and appreciation of the community about an important part of the population who are rarely heard.


Kick-off Orientation :

Saturday, February 3 from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Project :

Tuesday, February 21 from 9:30am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, February 22 from 9:30am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 23 from 9:30am – 4:00 pm

What you will do

  • Students will work with two of our regular volunteers Raman and Phillip, who are UBC
    graduates, to put together video interviews of seniors from the community
  • Design the theme / story for the video and questions for the seniors to best reflect our theme
  • Brainstorm ideas to help support the communication and interaction between UBC students and the seniors
  • Facilitate and videotape the interviews
  • Editing the clips to create a meaningful video
  • Publish / broadcast the video on social media (YouTube, other ideas) to ripple the effect of the project: increase people's awareness of the isolated seniors in community and knowledge of the positive impact that VSMS has created to community


  • Enthusiasm and interest in engaging with seniors
  • Organizational, event planning, and management skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be able to skillfully use digital camera for video recording
  • Experience with photography and video recording is an asset
  • Experience in film editing program is an asset

Placement location

Vancouver Second Mile Society

Vancouver Second Mile Society

Continental Drop-in Centre

1067 Seymour Street
3rd floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 3M6

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