By Chelsey Maher on May 25, 2017
The May 2017 issue of the Staff Pension Plan Update newsletter was sent out this week. Members will have either received an electronic copy, or they will soon receive a paper copy of the newsletter along with their annual statement.
In this issue of the SPP Update:
- Join us for the Staff Pension Plan Fair: June 21
- Annual Report: 2016 Year In Review
- The 2017 Actuarial Valuation is underway
- Election Results
- New Pension Board Member: Michal Jaworski
- Annual Governance Update
- 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
- 2017 Workshops
View the May SPP Update newsletter.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 10, 2017
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2017, the only post-secondary institution to receive this designation. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.
This is the fifth consecutive year that UBC has received this award. Some of the services that UBC offers to support young employees:
- a Postdoctoral Fellows Office, which acts as a resource centre to help postdocs expand their professional skills; and
- employees can take advantage of a variety of learning and development programs, including Coaching@UBC, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty.
Young employees and employees who are new to the workplace can take part in many UBC programs and initiatives to help them to grow in their careers. UBC employees can access career navigation services, professional development funding and tuition waivers. As part of the university community, faculty and staff can take part in our workplace wellbeing initiatives, and access the athletics and recreation facilities at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses as well as UBC’s many attractions.
By Chelsey Maher on November 17, 2016
- UBC Staff Pension Plan as a Target Benefit Plan
- Your vote matters in the SPP Election
- Canada Pension Plan Changes
- We’ve gone green: Sign up for our electronic newsletter
- New SPP Website
- Missed the Pension Fair?
- Pension Office Holiday Closure
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 July 20, 2016
Are you interested in exploring what leadership means to you and how to build your skills while giving back to your community?
The Community Leadership Program is a professional development opportunity for UBC staff to explore the meaning of leadership through a series of interactive, participatory workshops. Participant leaders apply and practice new skills and knowledge by leading a group of UBC undergraduate students through a three-day community-service learning project in a school or non-profit organization during UBC’s Reading Week break in February, 2017. In addition to learning about leadership, project leaders assist UBC students to cultivate their own leadership capacity and reflect on some of the real issues in community.
Take part in our free information session:
July 26, 12:00 p.m.
Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road
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 14, 2016
In this issue:
Human Resources Administration
- HR has made a change to the job postings for staff jobs, for UBC employee groups paid on a salary range. We have added the maximum to the salary range, where previously only the salary minimum and mid-point were displayed.
- The new professional development funding year has begun for staff and Research Associates:
- April 1 is the start of the new funding year for UBC professional development funds for staff
- The Research Associates Professional Development Fund is accepting expense claims for the April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018, funding period.
- We have some upcoming professional development workshops for the HR Community of Practice at UBC, as well as staff and faculty.
- UBC IT is hosting Leading Change in a Digital World on April 29.
- The Equity and Inclusion Office is hosting three Positive Space workshops this spring at the Vancouver campus
Community and Workplace Engagement
- The next University-Wide Orientation events for staff at the Vancouver campus are April 26 and June 23, at Cecil Green Park House. Have your new staff RSVP for a spot.
- Workplace Conversations on Recognition: Thank you to everyone who submitted stories about how you recognize and engage staff and faculty in your departments – let’s keep the conversation going!
- The UBC Faculty Pension Plan Forum will be May 25 – Register by May 16.
- The UBC Faculty Pension Plan’s 2015 annual report is online.
- Human Resources and UBC Recreation invite you to join us at Staff & Faculty Sports Day on May 6.
Our next issue will be April 28, 2016.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 11, 2016
Do you know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to UBC? We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2016 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).
Please download nomination package at http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/. The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 11, 2016.
President’s Service Award for Excellence
This award is open to staff across UBC with 10 or more years of service. Up to five recipients are selected each year. The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.
President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus)
Open to all staff at the Vancouver campus with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
- Community Engagement
- Emerging Leadership
- Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)
Up to 12 recipients are selected each year, and recipients receive $2,000.
Staff Awards at the Okanagan campus
For information about Staff Awards at the Okanagan campus, visit the Okanagan Human Resources website.
Please visit http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/awards/presidents-awards-for-staff/ for full award criteria and nomination packages.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 2, 2015
UBC staff in the CUPE 116 employee group can now apply for up to $500/fiscal year from the CUPE 116 Professional & Skills Development Fund (subject to eligibility). This fund can assist you to pay for learning activities that will help you grow and develop in your current role and advance your career at UBC.
For the complete funding guidelines and reimbursement instructions, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/cupe-116
For information on all staff and faculty professional development funding at UBC, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/.
- The $500/year funding amount will be pro-rated if you work fewer than 20 hours per week.
- Note that UBC Aquatic Centre employees are not eligible for this funding program.
- Full details at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/cupe-116.
Some Possible Learning Opportunities
- Participate in a HR MOST workshop on customer service excellence or leadership;
- Work towards a certificate or diploma at VCC, Langara, BCIT or elsewhere;
- Purchase a resource book related to a new skill development area;
- Attend a conference to stay current in your field of work; or
- Many more opportunities are available.
If you have questions about a course or about your eligibility, please contact the HR PD Funding Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org , 604-822-6314, or in person at the Human Resources Service Centre on the 6th floor of TEF 3 (map). You can also confirm your eligibility on the UBC Self-Service Portal and click the “Staff PD” tab.
Applications to this funding program will be accepted and processed by Human Resources on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to overall budget availability.
Other Ways to Learn at UBC
- Online Learning : Learn technology, creative and workplace business skills at your own pace with lynda.com. UBC provides you with free and unlimited access to Lynda.com’s vast library of high-quality and engaging video tutorials. Use your CWL to login for free through www.lynda.ubc.ca.
- Tuition Fee Waiver Benefit: This UBC staff benefit provides tuition assistance for eligible CUPE 116 staff and can be applied to UBC undergraduate credit courses, as well as many UBC continuing studies non-credit courses. If you are eligible to use this benefit, you can take UBC courses for both personal and career development purposes. In some instances, you can transfer this benefit to your spouse or children.
- Career Navigation: If you are looking for assistance to develop your own career development plan or want enhanced support to navigate your career at UBC, Human Resources offers resources and assistance.
- Coaching: Coaching@UBC offers free 1-on-1 coaching for you. You can work with a coach for up to six sessions to focus and move forward on a personal or professional goal through the exploration of ideas with a coach as your confidential and unbiased thinking partner.
By Chelsey Maher on November 23, 2015
In this issue of the SPP Update:
- UBC Staff Pension Plan: Looking back and looking forward – Q&A with the senior leadership team at the Pension Administration Office
- New British Columbia Pension Benefits Standards Act
- Plan eligibility changes for CUPE 116 Hourly Employees
- Plan custodian change from RBC Investor Services to Northern Trust
- New Pension Board Director
- September 2015 Quarterly Report
- Pension Administration Office Holiday Closure
View the November Update Newsletter