We are excited to continue the Humans of Human Resources series as part of Benefits FYI. Our next ‘human’ is the lovely and jovial Margaret Leathley, Staff Pension Plan Administrator in the Pensions Administration Office.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born and raised in the lower mainland – specifically, I grew up in Burnaby. I have been married to my husband Mark for over 19 years. Interestingly, if it wasn’t for a friend of his, who worked at UBC at the time, setting us up on a blind date, we never would have met! We live in North Delta with our two cats, and while we don’t have any children together, I am fortunate that Mark has a daughter who is married with two children. So I get to be called ‘Grandma’ and I love every minute of it!
What do you do in HR?
I’ve been a UBC employee since 1987, and while I’ve had the pleasure of working in a couple of departments since then, most of my 28-year career has been in Human Resources. My current department and home for the last 24 years has been with the Staff Pension Plan (SPP). I have been the SPP Pension Administrator for 18 of those years. While my position encompasses many different roles, one of those key roles is advocating for the importance of member education. I very much enjoy facilitating SPP seminars and assisting UBC staff with their retirement planning. I have been truly blessed to have such a rewarding career and amazing colleagues to work with every day.
What do you do in your free time?
Outside of UBC, my passion lies with the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS). I volunteer weekly at the RAPS Cat Sanctuary, and I sit on their Board of Directors as Treasurer. Anyone who knows me well knows that Wednesday nights are “cat night” – the night when I’m at my happiest! Not only do I get to contribute my time and energy to this wonderful organization, but I get heaps of satisfaction back in return. That’s what volunteerism is all about! I also enjoy travelling, sewing for the wee babes in my life (and for myself too, once in a while), reading, cooking and being with family and friends.