This month features Cheyenne Parizeau, Business Operations Coordinator at UBC‘s Robson Square location.
Welcome to Thriving Campus – a new addition to our Healthy UBC Newsletter featuring, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences from UBC staff, faculty and students.
What strategies do you use in your personal life to help you thrive?
There are some days when I look at the day’s schedule – kids, mine, work, hubby’s, volunteering – and wonder how it can all possibly get done. We have a great number of activities that take us all over the city, all in the name of health and happiness. It can be a balancing act, and important for me to recognize when it tips into “over-scheduling”. There is no way that I can do it all – I’ve tried. I have learned that it isn’t healthy to live under the stress of getting to soccer and Brownies at the same time, nor is it even necessary.
I am extremely fortunate to have a tremendous community of friends and family who I can call on for assistance. Organization and reciprocal pickups/playdates have become a cornerstone of my life. In addition to attending to the details of our daily lives, it is even more important to find the time to simply ‘be present’ with my two growing daughters. Already eight and eleven, my eldest reminded me yesterday that it will only be five years until she gets her driver’s license. That is less than half the time I’ve known her, and far too soon in my mind! A nightly check-in has been very valuable in our relationship, and something we have come to rely on. Without outside distractions – iPhones, TVs, siblings… – that relatively small amount of time spent is precious to me.
Finally, ‘me’ time – ironically last on the list. Whether spending time with my monthly moms’ group, who have been an invaluable source of support and inspiration, or a date night with my husband, it is a time to relax, laugh and revive. Exercise, probably the easiest thing to excuse away, is so important in maintaining my serenity and sanity. As I write this, it seems to me that I thrive by celebrating all I have to be grateful for, living with intention, and my network of generous family and friends.
What strategies do you use in your work life to help you thrive?
UBC Robson Square is an extremely dynamic and diverse department and campus. We balance any number of events and activities along with our partners’ classes and have fine-tuned it over the years to a well-run machine. Because each day can present new projects, it can be challenging to complete that (sometimes rather long) to-do list I’ve put together. In order to thrive at Robson, I have drawn upon flexibility and able to work effectively through constant change. A learned ability to get back on task, go with the flow, ask for assistance, and maybe have a laugh along the way has helped me considerably. I am extremely fortunate to work with my colleagues at Robson.
We have a talented and amazing group of people here who are supportive and encourage self-improvement, whether through professional development, sage advice, or going on much-needed caffeine runs. Understanding and embracing my purpose at Robson has also contributed to my confidence and efficiency. Humour, flexibility and an ever-changing project list have been key to my ability to thrive within the UBC Robson Square environment. Working with an incredible crew is icing on the cupcake!
As Business Operations Coordinator, Cheyenne Parizeau is responsible for facility management, human resources as well as health and wellness initiatives at UBC Robson Square. UBC Robson Square hosts over 40,000 participants annually who attend adult educational programs, meetings, conferences and public seminars.