This month’s Thriving Campus feature is Angelique Crowther, Communications Manager in the Equity and Inclusion Office.
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 am thrilled to be part of the great network of communications professionals at UBC. It is amazing to attend the UBC Communicators Network and Event Planners Network meetings, and these professional networks help me feel connected to the campus. I am lucky enough to have found a few mentors within these groups and I never hesitate to ask for their advice and feedback.
Our office partners with a number of departments across campus to hold educational events related to equity, diversity and inclusion themes. One of the events which I am proud of is the panel discussion during Thrive Week held in partnership with the Liu Institute for Global Issues. This year’s panel discussed speaking up when you witness racist, sexist, homophobic, or similarly offensive behavior. As a communicator, I enjoy taking part in these events as they provide space for people to talk frankly about issues.
On a personal note, I try to attend Naturopathic doctor Thara Vayali’s health series seminars through HR. She has an amazing way of translating complex information into practical advice and she has helped me to re-evaluate my diet and deal constructively with stress at work. One of her tips was to do a digital detox – I have taken several Sundays off from social media and the internet which is hard but very freeing.
Probably the most meaningful change I have made to help me thrive at work is to construct my own standing desk. A colleague built her own desk from inexpensive Ikea parts and that inspired me to try my own. It is remarkable what a difference it has made to stand much of the day – backaches are gone, my posture has improved and I feel energized all day.
How do you thrive at Home?
I have always taken my work life too seriously and I am aware that I need to learn to thrive in my personal life. One of the commitments I made to my health this year was to take advantage of UBC’s fitness centre discounts and join a gym. I chose a gym that is in the middle of my daily commute so I can easily stop by before I get home. I can honestly say it is one of the nicest things I have done for myself.
Another important takeaway from Dr. Vayali’s seminars was that consuming more than we produce can lead to an imbalance in our lives. By this, she meant that we consume a lot of media such as streaming shows or attending movies or concerts and produce little creative work ourselves. I took this to heart and have tried to offset my love of entertainment with taking photographs and doing some crafty pursuits of my own.
Angelique Crowther is responsible for planning communications and events at the Equity and Inclusion Office. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in communications and film studies from Simon Fraser University. Currently she is taking advantage of UBC’s tuition waiver to pursue a Certificate in Cultural Planning from UBC Continuing Studies.