Boundary Bay is a popular brewery in our downtown. Not only do they have excellent food and beer, but they are well engaged with the life of our school. We interviewed one of the employees who is currently an alumni for Western, and her name is Brooke. Brooke majored in Community Health and minored in Environmental Studies, and went through Western’s Honors program. She has been working for Boundary Bay since she graduated, which was spring of 2016. And she gave us some great information on Boundary Bay and how they connect with Western.
Going through the interview we asked Brooke four main questions on how Boundary Bay bridged with Western. The questions asked were:
1. How is your organization influenced by Western students and alumni?
2. Has your organization run any events through WWU within the last year? If so, what were the event(s)?
3. About how many of the staff are current WWU students and how many are alumni?
4. If you could do something through your organization to give back to WWU what would it be and why?
Brooke had great things to say with just these four questions.
Boundary Bay is influenced by WWU in a variety of ways. Our busiest cheeriest times of the year often cycle with student’s schedules and interests. Events like Back to Bellingham, Summerstart Orientation, Graduation, finals/midterms, department meetings, and many more bring Western folks and their loved ones to our doors. Alumni and faculty are a big part of that too. I see four of my previous professors on a regular basis coming in with their families. Another big part of the WWU-Boundary Bay relationship is fundraising. Every year we host a ton of concert events and raffle type things with Western Associations. The other major component of influence is just the amount of students and alumni who have worked or do work at Boundary.
Boundary Bay runs countless events with Western every year, some being the ones already mentioned. I couldn’t guess on the exact total though. We have everything from monthly student discount specials and Alumni Association auctions to block parties. We’re also a regular sponsor of many Western student organizations and alumni businesses in the community.
I would guess that we currently have between 15-25 Western alumni on staff right now and 10-20 current students (but that fluctuates each year). It’s a big organization, so there could be more, but I don’t know everyone’s school history.
I think we do a pretty good job giving back to Western already. We love the school and they seem to love us back! But if I had to choose one thing, the owners could possibly throw another block party for Western students.
As you can see, Boundary Bay has the connections with WWU. So if you want to run an event, have that Western community vibe, or grab so food and beer, they are the place you want to be. So go out and connect with this local brewery!