By Breeonne Baxter on August 20, 2010
- The New Benefits Website
- Sun Life Closes Edmonton Office
- Going Green Update
- New Requirements for Orthopaedic Shoes and Orthotics
By Breeonne Baxter on June 14, 2010
If you’re thinking about retirement, check out the HR website at http://hr.ubc.ca/retiring/ for information about transitioning into retirement.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 8, 2010
Moving to a new house or apartment can be a busy and chaotic process. Once the dust has settled and you’ve managed to find the coffee cups, make sure to change your address with UBC, to ensure that you’ll continue receiving all information:
Faculty and Staff Self-Service
The one-stop address change location is in UBC’s Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal. Under the “myPersonal Info” tab, select “Home and Mailing Address” to update your address. While you’re there, make sure that your emergency contacts and email address are up-to-date as well!
Medical Services Plan (UBC Group Enrolment)
If you are enrolled in the provincial Medical Services Plan through UBC group enrollment (a direct debit from your UBC paycheque), you will need to contact Payroll to change your address on the MSP system:
- Fill out Section E of the MSP change form, and submit the form to Financial Services (Forms and addresses are available at the Benefits Forms page).
- Email Payroll, indicating that you need to change your address with MSP. You can find your payroll portfolio representative contact information online.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 7, 2010
There is more information now available about UBC Breastfeeding-Friendly Spaces at UBC Vancouver. This is a joint initiative from Human Resources, the Equity Office and the Department of Health, Safety and Environment. For information about the UBC Breastfeeding-Friendly Spaces at UBC Okanagan, which are already established, please go to the UBC Okanagan Sustainability Office website.
While every mother has the right to breastfeed in public, some mothers may prefer to breastfeed their children in more discreet settings for personal, religious or ethnic reasons. To support diversity and as part of the University’s effort to create a supportive and healthy environment for all students, staff and faculty UBC has created a network of semi-private and private Breastfeeding-Friendly Spaces across campus, but we need your help to create more spaces.
- Quiet, clean and sanitary spaces identified by common signage (signs coming soon)
- Comfortable seating, electrical outlets, and change table in room or a nearby washroom
- Sanitization and educational information for families
The degree of privacy in designated spaces varies from private to semi-private. Signage outside of these spaces will signify if the space is private or semi-private.
These spaces are designed for mothers to breastfeed or pump, yet many of these spaces can be used by anyone tending to a child. Fathers should note that some spaces are women-only spaces, due to facility constraints (eg. the space is accessed only through a women’s washroom).
Information about the spaces is updated on the Health, Safety and Environment website.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 20, 2010
The Spring 2010 issue of Benefits FYI has been released! Check out this edition, which features stories on:
- Know Before You Go: Travel benefits for work and leisure
- Go Green: File paperless benefits claims with Sun Life
- April is Oral Health Month
- News from the Pensions Office
By Breeonne Baxter on March 5, 2010
On March 11/10, UBC will become one of 13 community stops on the Paralympic Torch Relay. To celebrate, the UBC 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Secretariat and UBC REC are planning a free campus-wide celebration which will be open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends.
Paralympic Torch Relay Celebration
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SUB South Plaza, at the corner of University Boulevard and East Mall
For more information on the day’s events, visit the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Secretariat website.
UBC Paralympic Torchbearers
In this week’s edition, UBC Reports interviews UBC participants in the Paralympic Torch Relay, to get their thoughts on the event and what it means to the community. Check out the article to read stories from the UBC students, staff and faculty who are participating in the Torch Relay.
(And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Paralympic Games schedule at UBC… it might get pretty busy on the buses and the roads to Point Grey!)
By Breeonne Baxter on March 3, 2010
The start of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games is less than two weeks away!
UBC will host Ice Sledge Hockey at the UBC Thunderbird Arena. Twenty games will be played between March 13 and March 20, matching up eight countries.
The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat has posted the Ice Sledge Hockey schedule on their website. Of particular interest to people who work and study at the Point Grey campus will be Tuesday, March 16, during which four Ice Sledge Hockey games will be held at UBC. The first game begins at 10:00 a.m.
We will likely see an increase in traffic (both bus and vehicular) to campus on this day. Your regular commute may be impacted.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 25, 2010
UBC’s Point Grey campus is the home of the UBC Botanical Garden, Canada’s oldest continuously operating university botanic garden. The UBC Botanical Garden was established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia’s first provincial botanist.
$5 Membership: UBC Faculty and Staff have the opportunity to purchase an annual membership for $5.00. Membership gets you free admission to both the UBC Botanical Garden and the Nitobe Memorial Garden (see below). Considering that a single day’s adult pass to the Garden is $8, signing up for a membership is worth it! This offer is open to all UBC Faculty and Staff, regardless of your campus location. Download the membership form today.
Hours: The Botanical Garden’s spring hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. Visitor parking is available, or you can hop onto the C20 shuttle bus [route map] from the UBC Bus Loop.
Canopy Walkway: One of the newest features of the UBC Botanical Garden is the Greenheart Canopy Walkway. The 308-metre walkway reaches heights in excess of 17.5 metres, allowing visitors and researchers to experience the unique biodiversity of a Pacific Coastal Rainforest canopy, which includes treetop mosses, lichens, birds, insects and other invertebrates, and offers a “bird’s eye” view of the forest canopy. UBC Staff and Faculty members of the garden can show their member card to get Concession pricing to the Canopy Walkway.
Amphitheatre: This spring, the Botanical Garden will open its new outdoor amphitheatre, available for outdoor lectures, meetings or events. Contact the Garden for more information on the amphitheatre.
Another of the UBC Botanical Garden’s sites is the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese garden. The Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be the best traditional authentic Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden in North America.
To view photographs of the Nitobe Memorial Garden throughout the year, visit the Nitobe Garden Flickr pool.
Follow UBC Botanical Garden on Twitter for great Daily Botany Photos and upcoming events at the Garden.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 22, 2010
11,087 hot dogs sold in the first five games! UBC Food Services staff have been serving up a storm to the spectators watching Olympic ice hockey at Thunderbird Arena.
Check out Game Time for a message from Andrew Parr, Managing Director of Food Services: UBC Food Services serves thousands at UBC Thunderbird Arena:
To accomplish this takes immense hard work and dedication from a huge team of Food Service professionals. From production staff making huge volumes of excellent meals to distribution staff, to house staff and store person, all service and front of house staff and a strong management and administration team, everyone needs to work in unison to make all this happen.
-Feb. 16 issue of Game Time
With only a few games to go at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena, the UBC Food Services’ staff have certainly outdone themselves. Amazing job, everyone!
By Breeonne Baxter on January 22, 2010
The UBC Point Grey campus is home to the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology. This weekend, on Jan. 23-24/10, MOA will hold a Celebration of Creativity to celebrate the completion of the Museum’s recent renovation and expansion. The celebration is open to all, and free to the public. Visit the MOA Events page for details on the weekend’s celebration.
If you can’t make it to the opening weekend, you can visit the Museum over the coming months. UBC Staff, Faculty and Students get free admission year-round by presenting your valid UBC ID at the door.
The Museum of Anthropology Celebration of Creativity is co-presented by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.