By Breeonne Baxter on August 31, 2011
UBC students (who pay AMS fees) are automatically enrolled in the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health Plan. If UBC faculty and staff are taking undergraduate or graduate courses with their tuition waivers, you can opt-out of the Student Health Plan by showing proof of coverage of your UBC Benefits. Similarly, if your dependent children are enrolled at UBC, they may be eligible to opt-out of the student health plan by showing proof of coverage through a parent’s benefits plan.
UBC Faculty or Staff with a child attending UBC
Eligible dependent children (up to the age of 25 and who are in full-time attendance in their program) who are covered under a parent’s UBC Extended Health and Dental Care plans may opt out of the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health plan if they provide confirmation of this coverage. To request a confirmation letter on behalf of your child, staff and faculty need to contact their Benefits Representative in Financial Services (see below). Once received, your dependent can request to opt-out of the plan by visiting www.ihaveaplan.ca.
UBC Faculty or Staff Taking Credit Courses at UBC
Staff and Faculty who are taking undergraduate or graduate courses may opt out of the UBC Student Health Plan. To opt-out of the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health Plan, staff and faculty must provide confirmation of their coverage under the UBC Extended Health Plan. The quickest way is to visit www.sunlife.ca/member and print their Sun Life coverage card. To make a request to opt-out of the plan, visit www.ihaveaplan.ca.
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By Breeonne Baxter on May 6, 2011
Recognizing the contributions of staff members to the UBC community, five staff have been awarded the 2011 President’s Service Award for Excellence. The PSAE acknowledges staff who have made outstanding contributions to UBC, and excel in their personal achievements.
The winners this year are:
- Katherine Beaumont, Director, Go Global
- Carol Mayer, Curator (Oceania & Africa), Museum of Anthropology
- Patricia Mirwaldt, Director, Student Health Services
- Michele Ng, Project Coordinator, Department of Computer Science
- Tangerine Twiss, Executive Assistant, International Office, Office of the Vice President Research & International
For full biographies on the winners, please visit UBC Reports.
To learn more about previous winners of the PSAE, please visit our PSAE Recipients page.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 14, 2011
The three CUPE locals at UBC (CUPE 116, CUPE 2278, CUPE 2950) will host a memorial event that will take place at the CUPE 116 Memorial site between the Chan Centre and Rose Garden. All staff and faculty are invited to partake in the ceremony.
The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. at Flag Pole Plaza, with introductions and speakers to start at 11:15 a.m. The event will conclude with a moment of silence.
Date: April 28, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Flag Pole Plaza
Speakers: Barry O’Neil (CUPE BC), Pierre Ouillet (UBC)
Event Listing at UBC Events
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By Breeonne Baxter on April 13, 2011
Nominations are now open for the 2011 UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards.
The UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards recognizes the personal achievements and contributions of staff to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University.
The five categories of President’s Staff awards are:
- Leadership and Creativity
- Enhancing the UBC Experience
- Global Citizenship
- Emerging Leadership (new in 2011)
- Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (new in 2011)
All permanent UBC Vancouver staff with a minimum of three years of continuous service are eligible.
Nominations are accepted until May 31, 2011.
To view the full eligibility criteria, and to download nomination forms, please visit UBC Vancouver President’s Staff Awards at the Focus on People website.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 18, 2011
The purpose of this message is to provide important information for faculty and staff currently in Japan.
Today, the university directed all UBC students currently in Northern Honshu and Tokyo and surrounding areas to return to Canada immediately. This decision was made in light of the extension of Government of Canada travel advisories for Northern Japan, and the uncertainty surrounding nuclear facilities in the region after last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The safety of UBC faculty and staff and their families is of the utmost importance. Given the above developments, UBC is urging all faculty and staff currently in Northern Honshu and Tokyo and surrounding areas, for either business or personal reasons, to use the available information to make the right decision for themselves and their families. Options to consider include leaving Japan, or moving away from the impacted areas.
The following information and resources are available to help impacted faculty and staff in making their decision, and to assist them should they choose to leave Japan:
- Government of Canada Travel Advisories and information to assist Canadians currently in Japan
- UBC Travel Benefits, which includes information on accessing emergency medical services while outside of Canada
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Human Solutions has also provided a document about Coping with the Emotional Aftereffects of the Tsunami (pdf).
UBC will cover the cost of travel for faculty and staff who wish to return to Canada. Faculty and staff may contact North South Travel to make their travel arrangements: http://www.northsouthtravel.com/ or 604.736.7447. Please identify that you are with UBC when you contact North South Travel.
I want to re-emphasize that the safety of UBC faculty and staff and their families is of the utmost importance to all of us at the University. Please circulate this message immediately and widely to ensure that those are impacted receive this information as quickly as possible.
Please note that information for UBC students in Northern Japan is available at http://www.students.ubc.ca/global/safety-abroad/.
AVP, Human Resources
By Breeonne Baxter on March 14, 2011
Here at UBC, our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. Please read the following for more information on support services available to UBC Faculty and Staff.
Information for Faculty and Staff:
- UBC Travel Benefits (including information on accessing emergency services outside of Canada)
- Travel Advisories (Government of Canada page)
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami
Human Solutions, our EFAP provider, has put together a document about coping with the emotional aftereffects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan: Download Coping with the Emotional Aftereffects of the Tsunami [.pdf].
Information for Students:
Please visit the UBC Bulletins page for full information.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 22, 2011
UBC is one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2011, for the fourth consecutive year. UBC is one of only two post-secondary institutions in Canada to receive this recognition, and the only one in BC.
Some of the reasons why University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2011:
- in partnership with other universities, UBC’s Equity Office participates in equity research projects such as the “International Equity Benchmarking Project”, which is dedicated to developing and ensuring the maintenance of equitable practices
- the office also publishes an annual report and newsletter, “Equity Matters“, to keep members of the community informed of the progress and development of current initiatives
- finalized a formal equity and diversity plan that outlines diversity goals and commitments, methods to track progress and development, and key personnel responsible for overseeing the implementation of goals
- is developing a pilot program in partnership with the “Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” and the “Open Door” group to recruit individuals with disabilities
- created an Aboriginal strategic plan in 2008 to enhance recruitment, support, and advancement initiatives for Aboriginal faculty and staff — the plan also includes curriculum programming to ensure Aboriginal issues and perspectives are represented within academia
- engaged in a campus-wide “Positive Space” campaign to increase awareness of LGBT issues and offers educational workshops for faculty, staff, and students on the impact of homophobia and heterosexism
For more information on UBC’s people practices, please visit Focus on People.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 9, 2011
UBC has been named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2011, for the fifth consecutive year.
“UBC is grateful for the professional and personal achievements of our faculty and staff, and the community they belong to with students and alumni at the University,” said Lisa Castle, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources. “Every day, we are committed to providing a fulfilling environment and mutual respect, as well as encouraging the open exchange of idea and opinions as outlined in Place and Promise.”
UBC was recognized for:
- Our faculty and staff pension plans, as well as our retirement options;
- Maternity leave salary top-up, and access to on-campus subsidized daycare;
- Encouraging faculty and staff work-life balance;
- Supporting employee development through tuition waivers and in-person and online training options; and
- Tuition support and scholarships for the children of faculty and staff.
UBC has almost 20,000 faculty, staff and student employees at our campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, as well as the distributed medical program, hospital, farm, forest and other locations. We are the largest employer of students in the province of British Columbia, with over 8,000 student employees.
For more information on our people practices, please visit Focus on People.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 28, 2011
Coaching@UBC is accepting applications for the 2011 intake for Coaching Internship Applications. Successful candidates will receive funding towards coach training at an institution of their choice. Please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/become-a-coach/coaching-internship/ for full details and application documents.
Funding is negotiated based on funds available with a maximum of three applications considered annually. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2011.
For more information about Coaching@UBC, or to sign up for Coaching Services, visit www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 21, 2011
We have a number of Focus on People initiatives already happening in 2011:
- The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund is accepting applications until Feb. 25, 2011.
- Recognition opportunities are being expanded for staff, with nominations now being accepted for the President’s Service Awards for Excellence.
Visit the Focus on People website to learn more about the initiatives and programs supporting UBC’s people practices.