This month we feature Janet Gannon from UBC’s Sauder School of Business as our Thriving Campus profile.
How do you thrive at work?
I am in awe of the physical beauty of our workplace: forest, ocean, mountain views, and the perfume of spring flowers. When I make my way to the office, with each step, I take it all in and this helps me prepare for my workday.
In my job, every day is a learning day and I thrive on the variety and challenges that each workday brings. Creating positive relationships with colleagues, faculty members and students across campus is a top priority. I am truly grateful to be surrounded by highly supportive individuals.
I am also very lucky to have an office with a window that opens (so important) with great views of the mountains and English Bay. My lunch hour is sacred. It is my time to reset, re-energize, refuel: walking lunches to the Nitobe and Botanical Gardens, visits to the Museum of Anthropology and Belkin Art Gallery, concerts at the Faculty of Music, ocean swims…Lunch hour “away time” from my desk is an investment in my wellbeing.
How do you thrive at home?
I choose to have a simple lifestyle and consecrate my spare time to my favourite activities. My passion for travel gets me out of my comfort zone and helps cultivate resilience and creativity. Going on weekend solo trips to Asia and Europe with no set itinerary is my oxygen: to simply wander different neighbourhoods and be immersed in a different language, culture, and cuisine. Ocean swimming with seals and cormorants, herons and bald eagles overhead and mountains as backdrop at sunset is simply amazing — another great investment in my wellbeing. Going for long walks enables me to slow down and quiet the mind. Exploring neighbourhoods with family and friends is a great bonding experience and something I truly enjoy.
Janet Gannon is a staff member at the UBC Sauder School of Business (27 years and counting). She has a degree in French and spent a year at l’Universite d’Aix-Marseille in Provence, France. She is married with two adult children. She and her husband are French car enthusiasts. Janet is continually on the lookout for her next adventure. Nolite timere (be fearless)!
Photo Credit: Erica Hill