Community Engagement Staff

Community Engagement Staff

Deb Zehr
Director, Community Engagement


Deb provides leadership and strategic direction for the work of the office. She brings over 20 years of experience in senior management and leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector and provincial government with responsibilities ranging from stakeholder relations, policy development and province-wide operations to federal/provincial relations and negotiations. Deb holds a particular passion for developing processes that are inclusive and respectful of divergent views as well as understanding and navigating complex environments. (full bio)

Kat Cureton
Engagement Strategist

As the Engagement Strategist on the Community Engagement team, Kat has the pleasure of connecting directly with community organizations to consider how UBC can learn from their valuable expertise and to assist them in getting what they need from UBC. Kat is passionate about university-community engagement and promoting more opportunities for students to get outside the classroom and gain real-world experience. For three years, she taught a community-based experiential learning course in the School of Kinesiology titled “Interculturalism, Health & Physical Activity”, where students had the opportunity to test physical activity as a tool for connecting people. This course was co-developed between UBC (led by Dr. Wendy Frisby), Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and multiple stakeholders involved in the Renfrew-Collingwood INTERactive initiative. Prior to coming to UBC, Kat worked with AMSSA, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and Red Fox Healthy Living Society. Kat has a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology (socio-cultural studies) from UBC.

Katie McCallum


As an Advisor, Katie works with the team to bring a thoughtful and forward thinking approach to community-university engagement research and analysis, policy and strategic planning. With a background in social research, analysis and planning, Katie enjoys working with people and numbers alike to translate information and conversation into tools for decision making. Her commitment to outcome-driven planning processes, collaboration and community development brings energy and focus to her work. Katie received a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia and has since been an avid learner in the fields of project evaluation, learning analytics, visual analytics and community organizing.

Katie’s areas of research experience include immigration and settlement experience, homelessness, rural and Northern community development and food security.