Learning Buddies Network is here for children who otherwise would not receive the academic support that they need.

Alison Lee – YWCA award

Our Vice-President, Alison Lee, has recently been awarded for YWCA Young Women of Distinction!

A community-focused and global-minded UBC medical student, Alison gives back to the next generation through volunteerism and leadership. She is deeply involved in campus life, including organizing more than 120 international exchange opportunities for Canadian medical students as the Canadian National Exchange Officer. She volunteers extensively as both an oncology research assistant and at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and she helped form a new Model United Nations for BC high school students.

Passionate about literacy, in 2007 Alison co-founded the Learning Buddies Network, which pairs struggling readers and math students with high-school or university reading buddies. The program started with 40 student-tutor pairs and with Alison’s enthusiasm and conviction it now provides tutoring to more than 250 students annually. Alison was honoured with the BC Premier’s Excellence Award and the UBC Wesbrook Scholar Award.

Connecting the Community Quote:


“Having witnessed the importance of stable support and care to children in their early years through my work with The Learning Buddies Network and Canuck Place, I fully support YWCA’s early learning and child care program.  I believe this program will have longterm invaluable benefits to our society as we nurture the future generation.” – Alison Lee

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