Humans of Human Resources: Carleigh Benoit

This month, we profile Carleigh Benoit, Manager of the Work Reintegration and Accommodation Program at the Okanagan campus.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a very cold prairie winter night, raised in Kelowna and returned to the prairies to study Art History and French at the University of Winnipeg, followed by a degree in Education. I taught at an international school in Thailand and travelled all over the world. When I returned to Canada, I pursued a graduate degree in Disability Management at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). I spent time as a Case Manager for Sun Life Financial in disability insurance. Most recently I spent three and a half years at UNBC as the Manager of Health and Wellbeing, overseeing benefits, pension, return to work and accommodation. It was the city, family and the great opportunity at UBC that called me back to my hometown of Kelowna.

What do you do in Human Resources?

I have been the Manager of the Work Reintegration and Accommodation Program for four months. My focus is to assist faculty and staff to stay at work, return to work and build healthy, sustainable habits. I love this work because people are amazingly resilient. They are compassionate, challenging and intriguing. I never leave the office knowing quite what tomorrow will bring and for me, this is fueling.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

With the mayhem that comes with relocating, I have kept my free time very simple:  wine touring, checking out fruit stands, and visiting with friends and family. Typically, I spend my free time in the middle of nowhere: camping, hiking, fishing, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. My partner Brad and I are looking forward to the cooler (and less smoky) fall temperatures to take advantage of our regular hobbies. I am always on the hunt for great coffee shops that not only serve delicious coffee/tea and treats, but also have cozy corners to read a book or write.

Photo: Carleigh Benoit