Staff and Faculty

Reminder to Use Staff Professional Development Funds for 2018/19

As we approach the March 31 fiscal year-end, we encourage staff to use their professional development funds. Professional development funds are designed to support staff in pursuing professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Staff are welcome to make claims to their employee group based PD Fund on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.

Prior to submitting a claim, staff should review their current eligibility status and available personal balance through Faculty & Staff Self Service (select “Staff PD” tab to view) and check their respective HR PD Funding webpage for submission guidelines and updates on the overall fund balance.

Notes about PD funds (Fiscal 2018/19)

Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage.

Questions? Please contact pd.funds@ubc.ca.

Let’s talk about mental health on Jan. 30

Let’s talk about mental health on Jan. 30

On Jan. 30, let’s talk about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an opportunity to join a national conversation about mental health challenges and help reduce the stigma around mental illness.

UBC is committed to building mentally healthy workplaces where all employees can thrive – and we all have a part to play. Our ability to live, learn, work and support one another at UBC depends on our mental health and resilience. Bell Let’s Talk Day is one of the ways we encourage UBC faculty, staff and students to think about mental health, to reach out to one another and connect with the resources, services and supports available at UBC and in the broader community.

Here are five simple ways you can support mental health at UBC*:

  1. Learn about the mental health supports available.
  2. Find out how you can help a colleague in distress or help a student in distress.
  3. Register for a mental health training program or workshop at UBC Vancouver.
  4. Use Early Alert to share concerns about students.
  5. Find out if your workplace has a Wellbeing Liaison – there are over 70 on the Vancouver campus who focus on supporting student wellbeing! If your department/unit doesn’t have a Liaison, consider becoming one.

* Available at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan unless otherwise noted.

End the stigma around mental illness

One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

Bell Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need:

  • Language matters
  • Educate yourself
  • Be kind
  • Listen and ask
  • Talk about it

Get involved with Bell Let’s Talk Day at UBC

  • Jan. 25 (7:00 p.m.): Attend the Bell Let’s Talk Women’s Hockey Game, UBC vs. Saskatchewan at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC Vancouver)
  • Jan. 30: Visit one of the many Bell Let’s Talk booths hosted by the Wellness Peers and student leader groups all over campus (UBC Vancouver)

Thank you for supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day and for contributing to a safe, healthy and respectful community at UBC.


About Bell Let’s Talk Day
Bell Let’s Talk is a charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed to donate at least $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research. Annually, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each engagement on social media.

Community Leadership Program 2018-19 Information Sessions: July 12 & 23

Community Leadership Program 2018-19 Information Sessions: July 12 & 23

CLP 2017 Reading Week Kick-Off (Photo credit: Justin Lee)

Are you interested in an experiential leadership opportunity?

The UBC Community Leadership Program is an opportunity for emerging leaders to explore what leadership means to them by enhancing leadership skills, partnering with UBC student leaders, and giving back to community organizations.

Staff from all employee groups, as well as graduate students, are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.

Join us at one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more:

UBC Community Leadership Program Information Sessions
July 12 or July 23, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610
RSVP through our program catalog

Visit clp.ubc.ca for more information and to learn about the impact of last year’s program. If you can’t attend one of the information sessions and have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Workplace Learning Facilitator.