This month features, Nicola Johnston Beaudoin, Communications and Public Relations Manager at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff, faculty and students.
How do you thrive at work?
I thrive at work by finding balance. I am a big advocate of striking a healthy work/life balance. Working hard and producing results I can be proud of is important to my job satisfaction. But to work hard, I also need to focus and have a little bit of fun too; that means trying to get my sweat in for the day either before work with a home workout, on my bike ride to work, or during a daytime run or yoga session.
I also really enjoy the ability to learn about all the amazing ways UBC researchers from all faculties are making a difference in the world, and getting to tell those stories.
My colleagues also help me thrive at work. Creating relationships with my immediate colleagues and those across campus at UBC has become really important to me.
Continuing my education in my field, whether through workshops offered at UBC, or classes offered by other universities, has really helped me grow. I have, and will probably always be, an eternal student.
How do you thrive at home?
I am a little addicted to exercise and my favourite days are multi-activity days with my little family. My husband teases me for always being overly ambitious with my plans, but those days are the best days; mountain biking in Whistler, stopping to walk the dog at Nexen beach in Squamish, then finishing the day by going for a paddle in Deep Cove and catching a crab in our trap, to boot! I don’t really think there is anything better.
I also love food, and am dabbling in urban farming. I have a small veggie garden at home, and a couple of laying hens who each produce one egg a day. It really is an amazing thing. Too bad we don’t have room for a cow and a goat!
When I am not at UBC, I like to share my passion for outdoor fitness and wellness with others. I teach Stand Up Paddling, yoga and other classes via seatoskyfit.com.
Nicola Johnston Beaudoin currently works as Communications and Public Relations Manager at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in UBC‘s Vancouver campus. She holds a MA in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University, a BA in Anthropology from St Francis Xavier University, and is completing her Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. Nicola believes in the importance of communicating research, knowledge, information and policy so it can have an impact in the real world. In her spare time, she is passionate about helping to create community and connecting with nature. She is also the founder of Sea to Sky SUP, Yoga & Fitness, an organization that helps support individuals in the pursuit of an active, outdoor lifestyle.