Family Day Closures

By: MB


Posted On: February 10, 2017

Family Day is Monday, February 13th and there are some BCITSA closures that might effect you.

All BCITSA operations will be closed for business on Monday February 13th, we will return to regular hours of operation on Tuesday, February 14th.

The Stand Stores will have limited hours of operation this weekend.

The Stand North

February 11th:
8:00am – 2:30pm
February 12 & 13:

The Stand Central

February 11th:
8:30am – 4:00pm
February 12 & 13:

The Stand South

February 11th:
10:00am – 4:00pm
February 12 & 13:


Happy Family Day from your BCIT Student Association.

BCITSA Winter Closures

By: MB


Posted On: December 7, 2016

With the end of the semester fast approaching the BCITSA will start winding down our operations. Check out the list below to find how our winter break closures will affect you.

BCITSA Main Office (SE2 – 3rd Floor):

Closed December 17th – January 2nd
Regular hours of operation begin Tuesday January 3rd

BCITSA Services (SE2 – 2nd Floor):

Revised hours of operation from December 12th –16th:       8:00am – 4:00pm
Closed December 17th, 2016 – January 2nd, 2017
Regular hours of operation begin Tuesday January 3rd.

Habitat Pub (SE2 – 1st Floor):
December 19th – December 23rd: 11:00am – 5:00pm
(last call for kitchen & bar @ 4:30pm)
Closed December 23rd – January 3rd, 2017
Regular hours of operation begin Wednesday January 4th, 2017

Geared Up (SE2 – 1st Floor):
December 12th – 15th:                7:30am – 5:00pm
Friday December 16th               7:30am – 4:00pm
December 17th – January 2nd, 2017
January 3rd – January 5th:          7:30am – 5:00pm
January 6th:                               7:30am – 4:00pm
Closed January 7th & 8th.
Regular hours of operation begin January 9th.

The Stand North (NE1):
December 19th – 22nd:              7:00am – 2:00pm
December 23rd:                        7:00am – 12:00pm
December 24th – January 2nd:  Closed
January 3rd, 2017:                     6:45am – 6:00pm
Regular hours of operation begin January 4th.

The Stand Central (SE2):
December 17th – January 2nd:   Closed
January 3rd:      6:45am – 6:30pm
Regular hours of operation begin January 4th.

The Stand South (SE12):
December 17th – January 2nd:   Closed
January 3rd:      7:00am – 6:30pm
Regular hours of operation begin January 4th.


From everyone here at the BCIT Student Association we hope you have a fun and safe winter break

Wellness Week Challenge

By: MB


Posted On: November 16, 2016

Join our wellness week challenge


The BCIT Student Association is hosting its very first Wellness Week from November 28th – December 2nd! Join our online wellness challenge at Students who have completed the minimum requirement for each goal will be entered into a draw. Prizes include a Fit Bit, Evo Car Share packages, wellness packages, swag and more! Registration is now open and the challenge will begin on November 28th.

Students will be working towards completing goals each day based on three main components of wellness:

Stress management

Free wellness activities and events will be happening on campus all week long. Events throughout the week include:

Monday, November 28th

Financial Wellness Workshop – 11:30am – 12:30pm
Sign up – email or visit the SA Centre in SE2
Based on her extensive work educating people about their money, popular AAPS facilitator and financial planner Tracy Theemes will assist you in dealing with debt and gaining control of your personal finances. Knowledge is power—you can be on your way to achieving financial wellness!

Nap Room 10:30am – 3:30pm
Reserve your spot here

Tuesday, November 29th

Doggie De-stress Day – 11:30am – 1:30pm
SE2 – Great Hall

Mini Wellness Fair – 10:00am – 2:00pm
SE2 – Great Hall
Fentanyl Awareness and Education
Free chair massages
Mini naturopathic consultations

Brush it Off (Paint Night) – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
SE2 – Habitat Pub
Tickets are $5 at the SA Centre in SE2
Click here to sign-up

Meditation for Stress Management Workshop – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
SE2 – Town Square D
— Dr. Suman Kollipara will be teaching students about the science of stress and its effects on the body and how meditation helps neurologically. There will also be a short guided meditation session at the end and some take home some tools and techniques.

Nap Room 10:30am – 3:30pm
Reserve your spot here

Wednesday, November 30th

Free Dodgeball Game – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
SE16 – Gym
No sign-up required

Thursday, December 1st

Managing Stress Holistically Workshop
Sign up – email or visit the SA Centre in SE2
— In this session, participants will learn, practice and build awareness on how stress affects them holistically – physically, mentally, emotionally and behaviourally. The purpose is to build inner awareness, empower yourself to manage/maintain your health and to allow your body to heal itself.

Yoga (free) – 6:00pm -7:00pm
Sign up – email or visit the SA Centre in SE2

Nap Room 10:30am – 3:30pm
Reserve your spot here

Friday, December 2nd

Art Therapy Station – 10:00am – 2:00pm
SE2 – Great Hall

Colouring & Painting – take home your mini canvas

Nap Room 10:30am – 3:30pm
Reserve your spot here

SE2 3rd Floor Closures

By: MB


Posted On: November 7, 2016

Upcoming Closures of the SE2 3rd Floor

Due to ongoing renovations in SE2, the 3rd floor (including Council Chambers & Contemplation Room) will be closed November 1st through November 9th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Pub Tables

By: jforan


Posted On: October 5, 2016

The SA has recently received an update regarding the communal tables which are being custom built for our newly renovated pub, Habitat. The SA is working with Fraser Valley Craftsmen for this project, who provided us with a brief history of where the reclaimed wood for our tables came from. The wood was sourced from the Lord Strathcona school in Vancouver. We’re excited to have this unique piece of history live on in our pub in a new form, and pleased that this process of repurposing these timber beams is in line with our green philosophy.

Lord Strathcona Elementary School has a long history in Vancouver. It’s one of the longest continuously operating elementary schools, and the only school in the community to have legal heritage designation.

The original school was built in 1891. When it was demolished in 1920, the bricks from that building were saved and used to build what is currently the Primary Building.

Lord Strathcona has been in need of receiving seismic upgrades for several years now, and demolition began earlier this year. Green Demo was contracted by the Vancouver School Board to complete the demolition for the project’s first phase. When our team got on site in early March there was plenty of abatement, demolition, and salvage work to be done.

Salvaged Materials
Our team quickly realized that the floor joists they were removing from the building were in great condition and could easily be restored and repurposed. We got in touch with Western Reclaimed Timber, who was quite happy to take on this wood. It’s currently in the process of being de-nailed, scanned with metal detectors, and processed into a wide variety of beautiful pieces of timber. Western Reclaimed Timber creates incredible finished mantels, panelling, and flooring, as well as unique unfinished cuts of wood for people looking to build something unique with the timber.

BCIT Marine Campus (BMC) Lounge

By: jforan


Posted On: September 27, 2016

The SA is happy to report that the BCIT Marine Campus Student Lounge upgrade has been completed. As you may know, The SA has endeavoured to take on improvements of student spaces across all 5 campuses. We understand how important it is for students to have a place to take a step back, recharge the batteries, and continue with their studies. We hope the students at BMC will benefit from the improvements and updates to the lounge. Check out the before and after photos below:

Before the renovation:

before-1 before-2

After the renovation:

after-1 after-2 after-3



The Art of De-stressing

By: jforan


Posted On: April 21, 2016

Coming from a very successful event series in Open Mic, the Student Association took notice of the warm reception of arts and culture at BCIT. In a school where workload seems to get in the way of most things, many students have warmly welcomed small events like open mic and our newest Health and Wellness program: Brush it off.

Brush it off is a paint night event that’s designed to help students relax, de-stress, and express their creativity on a canvass. April 19th was the pilot event which was spearheaded by the SA Health and Wellness Coordinator, Hannah Bielert, who facilitates a plethora of events which all share one goal:  improve students’ mental and physical health.

There was a sample painting of a picturesque sunset which participants were encouraged to follow and put their own spin on. If you weren’t too keen on the chosen painting you were more than welcome to paint your own – to which a beautiful painting of a blue jellyfish was painted that night.

The class was inspired and led by Karen Dobrowolski, store design expert by day and master paint instructor by night. The paint night ended with 26 original masterpieces, some a little more refined than others, but everyone a lot happier and less stressed out.

Stay tuned for details on the next paint night!

Visit the SA Facebook page for more photos from the event.

Visit the SA Calendar for upcoming events.

Easter Long Weekend Closures

By: MB


Posted On: March 24, 2016

All BCIT Student Associations retail outlets and services will be closed the following days:

Friday, March 25
Saturday, March 26
Sunday, March 27
Monday, March 28

We will return to regular hours of operation on Tuesday March 29, 2016

Breaking Wave News!

By: jforan


Posted On: February 23, 2016

A gathering of 30 alleged able seamen…well let’s just be PC and call them “sea people”…  instigated quite the rascally regatta last week at the Marine Campus.  Formally touted as The Fifth Annual Float Your Boat Competition comprised of our salty dogs and Dick Deadeyes killing a lunch hour building ships from dollar store supplies then racing them across the training pool the next day.  It was over quickly but oh how the memories will last a life-time!

After winning three heats Parallax took home the First Prize of a Whistler Blackcombe Ski Package.

Most Creative Design – Ménage à trois  walked away with some adorably cuddly hoodies

Second Fastest prize went to Naughti Buoys –– who won a gastronomic gluttonfest at Boston Pizza

Special mention to our game non-winners (because there are no LOSERS anymore…I repeat LOSERS). The Attack of the Retreating Invisible Pandas

The Big Test Icicles, The Raedars, Visual Minorities

Other highlights:

  • Only one sad capsize this year.  All inanimate hands lost, burial at sea instantly. The crew’s last words on this earth were purported to be glub…glub.. glubidy glug
  • Upper arm strength especially formidable this time over previous years: note the pizza box propulsion on our YouTube Video.
  • Trending: Bulkheads impregnated by party balloons… equal deployment of plastic straws and barbecue skewers standing in for mizzen masts.  Multiple lightning strikes on a variety of tin foil hulls.
  • And nobody fell in the pool.

Until next year, Avast me mateys or ahoy or whatever!

See the video HERE: