University of British Columbia
By Breeonne Baxter on August 28, 2017
We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the President’s Staff Awards at the Vancouver campus. These awards recognize the personal achievements and contributions that our staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the University.
This year’s President’s Staff Awards recipients are:
- Jennifer Chin, Associate Director, Enrolment Services
- Gerry McGeough, Director, Planning and Design, Campus & Community Planning
Creativity & Innovation
- Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager, Instructional Design, Faculty of Education
- Glenn Jolly, Technician and Electronics Shop Supervisor, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Enhancing the UBC Experience
- Chris McGill, Research Manager, UBC Animal Welfare Program/Program Coordinator, Applied Biology Program, Faculty of Land & Food Systems
- Cherrylyn Navarrete and Sally Vargas, Service Workers, St. John’s College
- Debra Harris, Divisional Assistant, Accounting/Law & Business Communications Group, Sauder School of Business
- Marlene Chow, Director of Academic Programs, Administration and Facilities, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Advancing Diversity & Inclusion
- Debbie Harvie, Managing Director, University Community Services
Please visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/2017/08/28/2017-presidents-staff-awards-vancouver-campus/ to read all about the accomplishments of these recipients.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 8, 2017
The August issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Making Space Work for Your Health
- Nurturing Nature and Its Impact on Overall Health and Wellbeing
- When is the Best Time to Meditate?
- Live Smoke Free: Smoking Cessation Benefits
- Free Events This Month: August 2017
- Community Health Events: August 2017
- August’s Healthy Recipes and Tips
- Fitting in Fitness: Summer Solutions
- Alive@Work: August 2017
By Breeonne Baxter on July 11, 2017
Each year, the President’s Office and Human Resources welcomes UBC staff to the new academic year with the Welcome Back Staff BBQ.
Registration is now open for this year’s Staff Welcome Back BBQ (Vancouver campus):
Thursday, September 14, 2017
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Flag Pole Plaza [map]
How to Register
Your department has a contact for this event who will register all attendees in your department online. You can find the list of Department Contacts here. Registration closes on Friday, Aug. 11. The Ceremonies Office will send tickets for registered attendees to your department in early September. Registration information can be found here.
Staff who miss the registration deadline can still register on the day of the event at the onsite registration table, with a valid UBCCard. Note: food cannot be guaranteed for day-of registrants.
This event is for UBC employees with “staff” appointments (not faculty or student appointments). If HR Administrators have questions about the eligibility of employees in your department, please contact your HR Associate.
Feel free to download the event poster for your work space.
Please visit http://www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/staffbbq/faqs/ for more information about the event.
The Staff Welcome Back BBQ is hosted by the President’s Office and Human Resources, and produced by Ceremonies & Events.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 13, 2017
Rehearsing Conflict: A Forum Theatre Performance
June 29, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm at Dorothy Somerset Studio [map]
This summer, members of the UBC community have come together to share and act out stories of conflict in order to find solutions, challenge assumptions, and build understanding, in the Rehearsing Conflict: Theatre Workshop Series. Join us for the final performance on June 29, for a unique theatrical experience that will feature the results of this work.
This free show will involve reflection on the difficult conversations we all face in the UBC workplace and there will be space for interactive community dialogue. In forum theatre, some audience members even voluntarily become part of the story by jumping on stage. Everyone is encouraged to attend and interact with the performance at their own comfort level.
There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Chelsey Maher on May 25, 2017
The SPP Pension Fair takes place on Wednesday, June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The fair will be held in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre [map]. This is a drop-in event; no RSVP is required.
The Pension Fair is a great opportunity for members to learn more about their pension plan and increase their pension knowledge. We are also pleased to have the following groups in attendance:
- UBC Retirement and Survivor Benefits
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program
- UBC Investment Management Trust (IMANT) Inc.
- CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons)
Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for more details.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 24, 2017
Staff and faculty at the UBC Vancouver campus are invited to participate in the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge, May 15 – June 9, 2017. Register by May 10 to take part.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 21, 2017
Today, we are pleased to share with you that UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2017, for the sixth consecutive year.
Some of reasons why UBC has been recognized with this award include:
- UBC was the first university in Canada to create a sustainable development policy back in 1997, followed by the opening of the first Campus Sustainability Office a year later — in 2010, the UBC Sustainability Initiative was established to create a framework to deeply integrate its academic and operational efforts to create a truly sustainable campus for the long term
- As part of its many ongoing sustainability programs, UBC created the Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability program in 2010 to engage and create collaborative partnerships between students, faculty and employees — since its inception, the program has led to over 1,100 research reports and over 100 applied research projects covering topics such as waste management, procurement, materials, building water, energy, transportation, climate, food systems and biodiversity
- UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings — the University now has 15 LEED registered and 10 LEED certified buildings, and developed a long-term implementation plan to create the largest portfolio of green buildings at a Canadian university
To see all of this year’s Greenest Employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/.
By Chelsey Maher on April 13, 2017
On Wednesday, May 10, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the Plan’s trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2016 investment performance and a review of the 2016/17 initiatives.
This year, we are offering a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person. Webcast details will be emailed to members in early May. The webcast link will also be posted on the Plan’s website at faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum. Members are encouraged to make sure their email address is up-to-date.
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Commons Block, Marine Drive Residence, 2205 Lower Mall, Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit the following link for event details and registration: faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum
By Breeonne Baxter on April 4, 2017
UBC Human Resources and UBC Recreation invite you to join us at UBC’s Staff & Faculty Sports Day, on May 5, 2017.
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… as well as a free lunch!
See you at Sports Day!
By Breeonne Baxter on March 28, 2017
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.
Why UBC was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017:
- UBC offers an Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding at the university.
- UBC hosts an annual “Thrive” week to encourage dialogue and awareness on mental wellbeing and participates in the “Not Myself Today” campaign — additionally, the university offers meditative and mindfulness programs and provides mental health training to faculty representatives.
- In addition to maintaining an on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice supports CampOUT, a community-based summer leadership camp to help queer, trans and allied youth develop leadership skills and build self-esteem.
Staff, faculty and students in the UBC community can take part in our renewed Positive Space training at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses:
- April 21 – 10:00 to 12:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
- May 16 – 1:00 to 3:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Register at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-vancouver/
We invite those at our Okanagan campus to connect with us to discuss Positive Space training at email@example.com.