Two members of the faculty receive the UBC 2017/18 Student Development Award

Michael Lee, Senior Instructor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Vivian Tsang, first year medical student are recipients of the 2017/18 UBC Student Development Award – Margaret Fulton Award.

The Margaret Fulton Award is granted to an outstanding individual (student, faculty, or staff) who has made a contribution to student development and the university community in honour of Margaret Fulton’s commitment to university access and student learning.


Lee believes in the importance of preparing the younger generation to become outstanding therapists; he started investing his time and energy in educating future occupational therapists almost 20 years ago. In 2006, he started his position as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at UBC. His main responsibility is to support many students in maximizing their learning experience so that they evolve into competent entry-level therapists.

Tsang founded the Humanitarian Organization for Providing Empowerment, a non-profit organization that empowers students to work alongside marginalized community groups in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside through mutual aid and interpersonal humanitarianism. To improve student experience and learning, she created the HOPE for Success program in Vancouver, helping over 300 students every year in their transition into post-secondary education. She has also done research to improve medical education through investigation of test-enhanced learning and analysis of students’ ability for knowledge transfer.

The recipients of the UBC Student Development Awards will be celebrated at a special reception and ceremony on March 28 at UBC’s Cecil Green Park House.