A UBC Okanagan partnership with the Third Space non-profit group will see nursing and social work students providing community health services in Kelowna’s newest living lab.
The five-year partnership will see UBC social work students experience a clinical placement in a non-profit mental health clinic while nursing students will help local businesses develop work-life supports for their employees.
“As an institution that has benefited a great deal from the generosity of Okanagan residents, we are excited to find a way to incorporate these kinds of services to the community and into our curriculum,” says Gord Binsted, dean of the faculty of health and social development. “We also look forward using Kelowna’s newest living lab to give our students the opportunity gain real-world experience with local health practitioners.”
As part of the five-year partnership with Third Space, UBC has been provided with space in the Landmark group of buildings, located in central Kelowna as well as partnership and mentorship opportunities with health practitioners operating in the area.
“We are thrilled and honoured with the relationship our team has been building with UBCO leadership and students, collectively they bring a tremendous amount of experience and vision to Third Space,” says Ken Stober, Third Space founder. “The students who have been working at Third Space are bright, enjoyable and inject energy into our space, we are incredibly excited as to what the future holds.”