Humans of Human Resources

Humans of Human Resources: Terri Jones

This month, we profile Terri Jones, Human Resources Advisor at the Okanagan campus.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Alberta and raised in the lower mainland of BC, where I lived until recently. With close family in the Okanagan, I’ve visited Kelowna and Lake Country many times over the years. I was offered the opportunity to move to Kelowna to accept the position of Human Resources Advisor at the Okanagan campus.

I began my post-secondary career working in finance for payroll services at the college level. I was drawn to the human resources profession [and pursued my HR education] at BCIT, along with some speciality HR offerings at UBC and the Justice Institute of BC. I have 13 years of progressive human resource experience specific to the post- secondary sector, from college to university-college to university environments.

What do you do in HR?

As a Human Resources Advisor, I support all levels of the organization in my portfolio by providing advice and guidance on a wide range of issues related to the workplace, such as recruitment and selection support and strategies, faculty and staff collective agreement interpretation, conflict resolution, unit reorganizations, attendance and performance management, job design and classification.

I strive for a curious approach to understand subject context and to ensure timely communications for those involved.

I look forward to supporting my UBC Okanagan clients with their HR queries and workplace needs.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

When not at work, I like to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend my time outdoors, either hiking, gardening or exploring new areas. My dog, Lola, joins me in most of my outdoor activities.

I have a deep interest in all genres of music and attend concerts and music events when possible. I like to read and socialize with friends and family, and I’m an avid Scrabble player. With my move to the Okanagan, I am looking forward to kayaking this summer.

Photo: Carleigh Benoit


Humans of Human Resources: Crystal Hutchinson

Humans of Human Resources: Crystal Hutchinson

This month, we profile Crystal Hutchinson, Workplace Wellbeing Strategist for Health, Wellbeing & Benefits at the Vancouver campus.

Tell us about yourself

I was born and raised – and still reside – in East Vancouver. I have completed three degrees (two undergraduate, one graduate) at Simon Fraser University. I have always been extremely passionate about health and wellbeing. I spent the first few years of my professional life as a high school teacher in Vancouver and my teaching experiences really demonstrated to me the critical importance of health and wellbeing in terms of one’s ability to reach their full potential in learning and in life. As a result, I started to pursue other opportunities that combined my interests in education and health promotion.

After obtaining my Masters in Education focused on comprehensive approaches to Health Education, I took on a new role at Simon Fraser University as a Health Promotion Specialist. During my four years at SFU, I was fortunate to be involved in a number of innovative projects. I was part of research team that investigated how teaching practices contribute to psychosocial wellbeing and learning. I developed and led the “Wellbeing through Physical Spaces” project at SFU which focused on enhancing health through the built environment. One of my most memorable experiences was being part of the team that co-hosted the 2015 International Conference for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges and being involved in the development of the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

What do you do in HR?

I joined the HR team in July 2017 in the newly created role of Workplace Wellbeing Strategist. In my role, I meet and partner with different faculties, departments and units to provide support in taking strategic, evidence-based action to foster healthy and supportive work environments. Together, we identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for action within the unique context of the faculty, department or unit to support wellbeing within the workplace.

Part of my role also entails increasing awareness of all the fantastic resources provided through HR that are available to support workplace wellbeing by addressing issues such as career transition, change management, and enhancing leadership skills and competencies. One of my favourite things about my role is getting to meet with diverse and wonderful people from across UBC. It is truly inspiring to connect with staff, faculty and those in leadership positions who care deeply about fostering wellbeing within their working and learning environments.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Most of my free time is spent with my husband, dogs, family and friends. I love travelling, running and winter sports. I am also a bit of a thrill seeker. I’ve done zip lining, paragliding, bungee jumping and skydiving, and I would do them all again!

Photo: Cliff Mah Photography