By Breeonne Baxter on March 18, 2011
The purpose of this message is to provide important information for faculty and staff currently in Japan.
Today, the university directed all UBC students currently in Northern Honshu and Tokyo and surrounding areas to return to Canada immediately. This decision was made in light of the extension of Government of Canada travel advisories for Northern Japan, and the uncertainty surrounding nuclear facilities in the region after last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The safety of UBC faculty and staff and their families is of the utmost importance. Given the above developments, UBC is urging all faculty and staff currently in Northern Honshu and Tokyo and surrounding areas, for either business or personal reasons, to use the available information to make the right decision for themselves and their families. Options to consider include leaving Japan, or moving away from the impacted areas.
The following information and resources are available to help impacted faculty and staff in making their decision, and to assist them should they choose to leave Japan:
- Government of Canada Travel Advisories and information to assist Canadians currently in Japan
- UBC Travel Benefits, which includes information on accessing emergency medical services while outside of Canada
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Human Solutions has also provided a document about Coping with the Emotional Aftereffects of the Tsunami (pdf).
UBC will cover the cost of travel for faculty and staff who wish to return to Canada. Faculty and staff may contact North South Travel to make their travel arrangements: http://www.northsouthtravel.com/ or 604.736.7447. Please identify that you are with UBC when you contact North South Travel.
I want to re-emphasize that the safety of UBC faculty and staff and their families is of the utmost importance to all of us at the University. Please circulate this message immediately and widely to ensure that those are impacted receive this information as quickly as possible.
Please note that information for UBC students in Northern Japan is available at http://www.students.ubc.ca/global/safety-abroad/.
AVP, Human Resources
By Breeonne Baxter on March 14, 2011
Here at UBC, our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. Please read the following for more information on support services available to UBC Faculty and Staff.
Information for Faculty and Staff:
- UBC Travel Benefits (including information on accessing emergency services outside of Canada)
- Travel Advisories (Government of Canada page)
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami
Human Solutions, our EFAP provider, has put together a document about coping with the emotional aftereffects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan: Download Coping with the Emotional Aftereffects of the Tsunami [.pdf].
Information for Students:
Please visit the UBC Bulletins page for full information.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 27, 2010
The Amazing Race Health Challenge is back! Join UBC’s staff and faculty community in this year’s race to a healthier you. The challenge is 5 weeks in length beginning November 8, 2010 continuing until December 12, 2010. The challenge is open to all UBC staff and faculty members.
On your own, or in teams of 3 to 10, collect points by completing a variety of activities each day. These include anything from eating fruits and vegetables to completing a Sudoku puzzle. You may already be completing some of the included activities on a daily basis so why not join your colleagues in this year’s challenge to improve health and wellness among staff and faculty? The challenge includes health activities in all five dimensions of wellness: physical activity, nutrition, intellectual, psychological and social/community.
For details on how to register, visit http://thrive.ubc.ca/amazing-race/