Health and Wellbeing
By Breeonne Baxter on September 13, 2010
UBC Athletics has a number of offerings for UBC Staff and Faculty during the school year. UBC Employees can access Athletics and Recreation programs such as:
- $5 tickets for all UBC Thunderbird games
- Access to Intramural Programs
- Discounts on UBC REC programs
- Discounted access to the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and UBC Birdcoop.
For a full list of Athletics and Recreation opportunities on the Vancouver campus for Staff and Faculty, view the brochure (pdf).
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 Stephanie Mah on January 25, 2010
Are you enrolled in UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program? If so, you should have received a postcard last week about available Plan Smart Services from Human Solutions, our EFAP provider.
Please note that the telephone number provided (1-888-689-8604) on the postcard was the general information line for Human Solutions. For faster service, please contact Human Solutions Plan Smart Service number: 1-800-663-1142.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 23, 2009
The holiday season can be a great time of year, but it can also be quite stressful for some people. UBC Faculty and Staff (and your eligible dependants) can access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), provided by Human Solutions, to speak with a counsellor if you are having a difficult time this holiday season.
Human Solutions offers confidential short-term counselling on many issues. You can call Human Solutions if you need to talk with someone about:
- Relationship problems
- Parenting and caregiver concerns
- Work-related issues
- Stress and anxiety
- Alcohol and drug dependencies
- Financial advisory services
- Nutritional counseling
Call Human Solutions at 1.800.663.1142.
As part of your enrollment in the EFAP plan, your eligible dependants can also access EFAP services.
Please visit the HR Benefits website and click on your employee group to learn more about the services provided by the UBC EFAP provider, enrollment information, and details on the eligibility of your dependants.