By Catharine Chang on May 7, 2019
Coaching@UBC screens and assesses all Coaches, regardless of type, to ensure they either meet or exceed UBC standards before they join our Community of Coaches.
We are continuing to grow our roster of coaches. We are in the process of recruiting new coaches to start in July and over the last several months, we have added new coaches to our roster. They have varied coaching background and specialties. Please welcome our new UBC Coaches:
- Mina Phaisaltantiwongs – (2018 Coach Intern)
- Shannon Remillong (2018 Coach Intern)
- Rebekah Bansback
- Jennifer Dowdeswell
- Andrea Fruhling
- Elizabeth Froese
- Tomomi Iwashina – Tomomi is able to provide coaching in Japanese and English.
- Carol Poon – Carol is able to provide coaching in Mandarin and English
By Catharine Chang on November 15, 2018
We would like to introduce two new Coaches to our UBC Community
- Karen Bakker
- Paola Baca
Many of us recognize Karen and Paola through their work in their respective roles and now we are thrilled have them as Internal Coaches who are available to coach UBC Faculty and Staff.
Also, after some time away, some past External Coaches have returned and are now available again to coach UBC Faculty and Staff. We are happy to give a warm Welcome Back to:
- Julia McLaughlin
- Gwen Semenoff
- Veronica Widmer
We are continuing to build the capacity of our Coaching@UBC 1-1 Coaching services in two ways. We are in the process of recruiting externally so watch for new coaches to be available in early 2019! Then to build our capacity from within UBC, we are inviting faculty and staff who are interested in pursuing Accredited Coach Training to apply for our Coach Internship Program. For more details about this program visit our website or or come to our Information session on Wednesday, November 21 from 1pm to 2pm. Details of the session can be found here.
To find out more about Coaching or to sign up for 1:1 coaching, visit www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching
By Catharine Chang on July 18, 2018
Coaching@UBC is proud to announce that we recently added seven (7) new Coaches to our roster of Coaches. Our new coaches continue to expand the diversity of coaching options for our UBC Faculty and Staff. Our new coaches are:
- Darran Fernandez – Enrolment Services
- Dee Dee Sung – Development and Alumni Engagement
- Horace Tong – UBC IT Service Centre
- Jesse Grimaldi – Sauder School of Business
- Justine Cochrane – Faculty of Medicine
- Leah Penrose – Sauder School of Business
- Mark Trowell – UBC HR Faculty Relations
By Catharine Chang on July 18, 2018
Some people say there are more “new years’ resolutions” made in each Fall than each January because so many people find the summer a great time to reflect on their career and their life. A coach can be a real asset to someone looking to reflect and take action.
Working with a coach is a helpful way to take stock of what you’ve done so far in 2018 and make plans for 2018-19. Some questions that you may want to work through with a coach:
- What have you accomplished so far in 2018?
- What goals do you want to set for the second half of the year?
- What obstacles will I need to overcome?
- What changes do you want to make?
- What mindset do you want to be in?
By Catharine Chang on October 2, 2017
Coaching@UBCs Community of Coaches continues to grow with four new coaches added to our roster. These new additions help expand the diversity of options for coaching to our UBC staff and faculty.
Our new coaches are:
- Judy Chan – Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)
- Chantal Duke – UBC Human Resources
- Meylin Zink-Yi – Botany
- Brenda Kwan – External
Chantal is a Coach Intern from 2014 and Judy and Meylin are both 2016 Coach Interns.
To learn more about our newest coaches, you can read their profiles here.
By Catharine Chang on October 20, 2016
This month’s Coaches@UBC feature, we meet long time External Coach with Coaching@UBC – Brian Fraser, who is also the Lead Provocateur of Jazzthink
Tell us about your role with UBC
I have been an External Coach since Coaching@UBC began offering 1-on-1 Coaching Services in 2004 when the program started. Prior to launching Jazzthink in 2002, I spent 17 years as Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, the Presbyterian College on the UBC campus, and taught history at Vancouver School of Theology. My particular interest in the history of the church was leadership and organizational development.
How did you decide to become a coach?
I completed the Royal Roads program as part of the 3rd cohort in 2002. Coaching was still in its early days, but I found its focus on curiosity, positive possibilities, realism about barriers to success, and collaboration in professional and personal development a provocative mix. Coaching is about being a thinking partner with people as they play their best, then play above that (to borrow a phrase from jazz great Miles Davis).
What does being a leader mean to you?
It’s not so much about being a leader – a heroic loner who makes things happen. That’s a recipe for over functioning and burnout. Rather, leadership is a collaborative relationship. It happens when people create space for authentic interest in a common purpose, positive encouragement of the gifts of others, and genuine support for everyone’s creative contributions to the organization. The skills of coaching – curiosity about aspirations, optimism about possibilities, attention to strengths, creativity with barriers, and heartiness in moving forward – are, in essence, the skills of great leadership. I have been enriched in my understanding of both leadership and coaching by connecting their practices to the art of jazz.
What are some of your favourite things?
In the field of Leadership: Frank J Barrett, Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz (Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012).
Who is your favourite author?
My favourite author, in a completely different field, is Marilynne Robinson.
What is your favourite movie?
The Shawshank Redemption.
Thanks for your time Brian!
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