By Breeonne Baxter on February 17, 2017
By working together, we can all help to end bullying in schools and in the workplace. Please join us in supporting Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 22, 2017, and learn about how you can help to stop bullying in communities across the province at http://www.pinkshirtday.ca.
At UBC, we strive to provide a safe, respectful and productive environment for our faculty, staff and students. The UBC Respectful Environment Statement outlines our principles as we work to create a respectful environment for all.
The best possible environment for working, learning and living is one in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion are valued. Everyone at the University of British Columbia is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds these principles in all communications and interactions with fellow UBC community members and the public in all University-related settings.
One of UBC’s initiatives to support a respectful environment is the Bullying and Harassment Prevention website. The website has information for UBC faculty, staff and student employees to support a respectful and positive work environment.
The UBC community works together every day to build a respectful environment for all. On Feb. 22, wear pink to show your support for an end to bullying and harassment.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 15, 2017
UBC’s Next Century: Facebook Live with Professor Santa Ono
On Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 PM PST, Professor Ono will be discussing UBC’s next strategic plan live on Facebook.
Watch the live stream at https://www.facebook.com/universityofbc/videos/10154965031763704/
As our university enters its next century, we now have an opportunity to shape #UBC’s future through a new vision and strategic plan. Join Professor Santa Ono live on Facebook on Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 PM PST as he discusses the strategic planning process. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions live during the session via the comments.
This live event will be moderated by UBC Journalism Senior Instructor Kathryn Gretsinger and include special guests Professor Linc Kesler, director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and senior advisor to the president on Aboriginal Affairs, and Lisa Castle, vice-president, Human Resources.
Visit www.ubc.ca/strategicplan to learn more about the new strategic planning process.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 23, 2017
UBC’s Suicide Awareness Day is Jan. 25, 2017. Each year, this day is held to bring awareness to the UBC campus community regarding suicide prevention by educating students, staff and faculty on the resources available to them on campus.
As heads and leaders at UBC, we ask that you help us to start a conversation about suicide prevention with everyone in the University community.
Most people who take their own lives show some signs that they are thinking about it beforehand. As a head of unit, we encourage you to learn how to reach out in case you have colleagues or students in need of support.
Learn about the warning signs for suicide at http://thrive.ubc.ca/prevent-suicide/.
Assisting students in distress involves three basic principles: See, say, and do something.
See something: Pay attention to warning signs
You may be the first person to see signs that a student is in distress. It’s important to pay attention to warning signs. Mental health concerns can have a significant impact on everyday life, including academics.
Say something: Trust your instincts
Say something if you’re worried about a student or if they leave you feeling concerned. It’s okay to share your concerns about a student with someone else at the University in order to provide the student with support.
Do something: Reach out and help
A student may not know help is available or may hesitate to ask for it. Connect the student with resources and identify your concerns using Early Alert.
- Download Printable guides to helping students in distress: Green Folder (Vancouver campus) | Blue Folder (Okanagan campus)
Supporting your colleagues in distress involves similar principles to supporting students:
See Something: Recognize visible changes in behavior
If you see behaviour that is out of character or unusual for your colleagues, know that early intervention plays a key role in recovery from mental health challenges.
Say Something: Respond with concern and empathy
Often we may notice changes in behaviour, but are unsure how to approach a person having difficulties. Reaching out to a colleague shows care and concern, and opens a dialogue to check how they are doing.
Do Something: Refer your colleague to available resources
Staff and faculty may not be aware of the wide range of support services available to them, or may be hesitant to ask for help. There are ways to connect your colleagues to resources, or to learn about them together.
If you or a colleague are experiencing an emergency or crisis and require immediate counselling services, call UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, at 1-800-387-4765 and select the emergency option to speak to a crisis counsellor. More information on UBC’s Employee & Family Assistance Program at http://hr.ubc.ca/efap/.
Empowering yourself with knowledge and taking advantage of support can help you become more resilient when faced with challenges. http://thrive.ubc.ca/get-help/
Other Ways to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention at UBC
Wear orange: Wear orange on Jan. 25 to show your support for those whose lives have been affected by the suicide of friends, family members, students, or colleagues, and to show that you want to reach out to those who are considering suicide. http://thrive.ubc.ca/2017/01/09/suicide-awareness/
Take the Suicide Myths and Facts Quiz: Knowing the facts is an important part of raising suicide awareness, preventing suicide, and combating stigma. Test your knowledge by taking the quiz.
Learn more about how to prevent suicide: If you need help for yourself or if you are concerned about someone else, reach out and help prevent suicide: http://thrive.ubc.ca/prevent-suicide/
In-person trainings: Sign up for Suicide Prevention Training (QPR), or arrange a QPR training session in your unit.
By Chelsey Maher on November 1, 2016
The Staff Pension Plan (SPP) Election for two Pension Board members is now under way. Your vote is important in determining who will sit on the pension board and represent the interests of Plan members.
Election packages were mailed to Plan members on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Follow the link below for candidate information and to vote online:
Voting closes at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016. The results of the election will be posted on the SPP website on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
UBC Elections has been tasked with the duty of holding elections of Board members who are elected by and from the membership of the Plan. If you have any questions regarding this election, please email email@example.com or call 604-827-0003.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 1, 2016
Vancouver: The Remembrance Day ceremony at the Point Grey campus will be held Nov. 11 in the War Memorial Gym. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. and will last for approximately one hour. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. All are welcome to attend. More information is available at the Vancouver Ceremonies page.
Okanagan: The Remembrance Day ceremony at the Okanagan campus will be Wednesday, Nov. 9, starting at 10:45 a.m. in the campus courtyard. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony in the Arts Building Foyer. For more information, view the Okanagan Ceremonies page.
Remembrance Day (Nov. 11) is a statutory holiday at UBC. See the full list of UBC’s statutory holidays.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 20, 2016
By Chelsey Maher on May 13, 2016
A reminder that the Staff Pension Plan Pension Fair takes place on Wednesday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The fair will be held in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre [map]. No RSVP is required.
This is a great opportunity for members to learn more about their pension plan and Plan benefits. We are also pleased to have the following groups in attendance:
- UBC Retirement and Survivor Benefits
- Shepell (UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Provider)
- UBC Investment Management Trust Inc.
- UBC Continuing Studies (Seniors and Community Programs)
- CARP (A New Vision of Aging for Canada)
For more information, including an event guide, event poster, FAQs and more, visit the SPP Pension Fair event website.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 13, 2016
UBC Human Resources and UBC Recreation invite you to join us at UBC’s Staff & Faculty Sports Day, on May 6, 2016.
Sports Day is a free, fun event for staff and faculty to build teamwork and celebrate the end of the school year by taking part in physical and intellectual challenges with colleagues, with a free lunch! As part of UBC’s Centennial year, we will have activities to celebrate UBC’s impact over the last 100 years.
- Managers/Directors/Heads: Please encourage your staff and faculty to take part in Sports Day – sign up as a team or an individual, or show up to cheer on your colleagues.
- Faculty & Staff: Take a break in your workday to take part in this community-building event, designed to bolster your physical and mental wellbeing.
- Volunteers: Want to lend a hand at Sports Day? Sign up to volunteer with set-up (on May 5) and the event itself (on May 6) at http://www.recreation.ubc.ca/sportsday/volunteer/.
Be sure to register by April 29, 2016, as space is limited: http://www.recreation.ubc.ca/sportsday/.
See you at Sports Day!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Last Year’s Sports Day Impact
In 2015, 399 staff and faculty participated in Sports Day.
50 UBC departments (plus staff from the Alma Mater Society) took part.
Respondents believed that Sports Day had a positive or significantly positive impact on:
- their teammates (96.5%)
- their sense of belonging to UBC (89.6%)
- their sense of belonging to their team (94.8%)
- themselves as an individual (87.9%)
- their physical wellbeing (72.4%)
- their mental wellbeing (91.4%)
When asked, 2015 Sports Day participants said that they believed Sports Day significantly promoted collaboration, fun, cooperation and team building.
Most importantly, 86% respondents said they would definitely sign up for Sports Day in future years.
We hope to see everyone on May 6!
By Chelsey Maher on April 5, 2016
On Wednesday, May 25, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum. The Pension Forum provides a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news regarding their pension plan and to meet the FPP trustees, management and staff.
There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2015 investment performance and a review of the 2015/16 initiatives. As well, there will be information tables for members to learn more about the UBC FPP and other retirement benefits and services. Registration is required.
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 10:15)
Location: Commons Block, Marine Drive Residence [map]
Please visit the Pension Forum event website for the latest information and to register by May 16!
By Chelsey Maher on November 5, 2015
The UBC Faculty Pension Plan Election for two Pension Board trustees is underway. Election packages were mailed to all eligible Plan members on Monday, October 19, 2015. Members can vote by paper ballot or online. Follow the link below for candidate information and to vote online:
Voting closes at 4p.m. PT on Friday, November 13, 2015. The results of the election will be posted on the Plan’s website on Monday, November 23, 2015. We encourage you to take time to exercise your vote in this year’s election.
If you have any questions regarding this election, please email email@example.com.