Thriving Campus features testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff members. This month we feature Dionne Halyk, a human resources administrative assistant within Development & Alumni Engagement.
How do you thrive at work?
Taking classes: I love taking classes and there is so much opportunity for staff and faculty to learn at UBC. I’ve taken classes ranging from Adobe InDesign to Ethnographic Film Methods to Writing for Multimedia and the Web. I also love to attend the “lunch and learn” classes put on by UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits. It’s a wonderful opportunity to eat my lunch while learning things like mindful meditation techniques, debt and saving strategies, and nutrition tips.
Taking part in things around campus: We’re lucky to have so many things available to us right on our doorstep! I’ve joined yoga on Fridays in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, gotten vitamin advice at the UBC Pharmacists Clinic, visited the Museum of Anthropology (multiple times), watched in awe at UBC’s Baccalaureate Concert, ate delicious Hot Lunches, competed in the Staff & Faculty Sports Day (shout out to my HR team, Team Fabulous, who just won this year’s Team Spirit award!), and so on. The list of things to do here is unending!
Collaborating with colleagues: I’m genuinely lucky to work with such kind-hearted, hard-working and very fun colleagues. Everyone – from my cubicle partner Masa to our very own President Ono – embodies the true UBC spirit of positivity and collaboration, and every day at work I see this. Working in HR means I connect with multiple people across campus daily and I can honestly say they make my job a joy. Thank you to everyone at DAE, IT, Central HR, Payroll, Benefits, Building Ops, Admissions, etc. for your help! We have a saying in my office – one team, one dream – and I can tell you that truly exists here.
How do you thrive at home?
All things artistic: Painting, writing, photography, filmmaking, sewing – I even made a willow chair once! I love being able to express myself and create different things.
All things outdoors: Hiking on the North Shore, snowboarding at Mount Seymour, being a beach bum at Kits Beach – mountains, forests and the ocean are happiness therapy for me.
Travel, travel, travel: I’ve been to 29 countries so far with plans for number 30 this fall. New people, cultures, art, architecture, foods and languages…these are a few of my favourite things.
And finally, my family and friends: Movie nights, board games or just sitting around telling stories and laughing – nothing makes me thrive more than spending time with them!
Dionne Halyk is a human resources administrative assistant within Development & Alumni Engagement. She has a BA in Sociology and a BComm in Marketing, both from the University of Saskatchewan. Dionne is originally from Saskatoon and has travelled, worked and studied in locations that range from Banff and Quebec City to Chile and Ireland. She is currently working on a short poetic documentary, blending her love of travel with writing and filmmaking.