By Colin Hearne on March 3, 2015
In order to continue to bring its employees the best counselling and wellness services, UBC has selected Morneau Shepell as its new Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, effective April 1, 2015.
All UBC employees enrolled in EFAP will receive more information regarding how to access the new EFAP provider on April 1, 2015. Check out our EFAP website for up to date information: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/efap/.
Morneau Shepell was selected for the following reasons:
- Extensive experience providing EFAP services to post-secondary institutions in B.C. and Canada;
- Focused on providing excellent counselling services in more than 200 languages;
- More ways to access counselling services (face-to-face, video, telephone, email and instant messaging);
- Leader in mental health research and education.
Morneau Shepell replaces Homewood Health, which has been providing EFAP services to UBC since 2008. There will be no disruption of EFAP services as we transition from Homewood Health to Morneau Shepell.
Until April 1st, it will be business as usual with Homewood Health. Those who are currently in counselling at the time of the transition will be able to complete counselling with Homewood Health, and your counsellor will advise you of the details.
Stephanie Mah, Benefits Specialist
Tel: (604) 822-6823
Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP Coordinator
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By Colin Hearne on January 7, 2015
With the brand new year firmly in swing, now is the perfect time to connect with the wide range of Health, Fitness and Family discounts available to UBC staff and faculty on and off campus.
At UBC the physical grandeur is yours to take in, the intellectual stimulation yours to embrace. The art and cultural opportunities are wide open for your enjoyment, the recreational opportunities are waiting; and the events schedule is always active. Whatever your interests, chances are you’ll discover opportunities to fulfill them here. Check out the full list to see where you can save.
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum
- Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
- Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
- Pacific Museum of the Earth
- The Old Barn Community Centre
- UBC Aquatic Centre
- UBC Botanical and Nitobe Gardens
- UBC Museum of Anthropology
- UBC Student Recreation Centre and the BirdCoop Fitness Centre
- UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre
- UBC Food Services
- UBC Theatre
- University Golf Club
Many businesses and service providers in Metro Vancouver offer discounted rates to UBC staff and faculty. To take advantage of these discounts, you will need a valid UBC Faculty/Staff card. Check out the full list of participating merchants to see where you can save.
- Body and Soul Fitness
- Bikram Yoga Vancouver
- City of Burnaby
- Curves Women’s Gym and Fitness Centre West Point Grey
- Dailey Method Vancouver
- Gold’s Gym-UBC
- Hot Box Yoga
- iDance Vancouver
- Moksha Yoga Vancouver
- Thara Vayali – Naturopathic Doctor
- Parking – Vancouver Airport
- Pure Vibe Fitness Studio
- Richmond Olympic Oval
- Sunberry Fitness Richmond
- The Exercise Movement
- The PNE
- Urban Fitness Club
- Vancouver Parks and Recreation
- West Coast Hot Yoga
- YWCA Health and Fitness Centre
UBC does not endorse external service providers – these listings are for informational purposes only.
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By Miranda Massie on January 7, 2015
Yoga at MOA-Jan 15 start
Yoga at the Museum of Anthropology is back this winter, for as little as $4 per class.
UBC Continuing Studies at Robson Square is offering a practical course that will provide leaders with the tools to engage in challenging conversations with confidence.
TEAM UBC is a group of UBC staff, faculty, students and alumni who have come together to participate in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer event benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. Join TEAM UBC on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015, as they make the 250-kilometre journey from Cloverdale to Seattle, either as a rider or a crew member. Learn more about TEAM and join us for an orientation on Jan. 22, 5pm in Michael Smith Labs, room 101. Please RSVP here.
UBC Suicide Awareness Day-Jan 28
January 28 is UBC’s annual Suicide Awareness Day. Look out for booths and street teams across campus distributing resources and promoting the message of ‘Reach Out’. Wear orange on January 28 to show your support for people whose lives have been affected by suicide and for those perhaps seeking help.
Whether you’re thinking about suicide yourself, or you know, hear, or see someone who might be, the most important thing you can do is reach out.
Don’t have any orange? We can send you and your colleagues Suicide Awareness Day buttons. Contact Miranda Massie for more information.
Getting Active at UBC has never been easier. Learn about the benefits of walking and find a list of walking activities available on campus!
Studies have shown that 46.5% of the time, our minds and attention are wandering. Learn how practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you become more productive at work and more balanced in life. View a list of mindfulness and meditation activities and trainings on campus.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month-Jan 2015
January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. Start talking, keep learning, and stand up against sexual assault. You can help end the violence.
Off Campus Events
Alive Interactive Magazine-January Issue
Focus: Easy and Healthy Goal Setting
The Robson Square public ice rink will remain open until Feb.y 28, 2015. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available.
This free guided walk series is for people of all ages and fitness levels and is led by a led by a member of the Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association.
This market runs weekly at the Port Moody Recreation Complex. Come by for local BC products, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods!
Burnaby Used Kidstuff Sale– Jan 24
This event will take place at the Edmonds Community Centre. Clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain!
Surrey Family Day-Feb 8
Explore, enjoy, and create art together on BC’s Family Day weekend! Drop in to the Surrey Art Gallery for interactive and family-friendly activities.
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By Colin Hearne on December 4, 2014
The holiday season can be a very busy time. – Get the most of your UBC health-boosting benefits this December with a helping hand from your extended health plan.
Some examples of extended health coverage:
- $750 combined annual maximum for massage therapy* and physiotherapy.
- $1,200 annual maximum for a psychologist* or social worker*.
All maximums indicated are per person. Practitioners must be licensed and registered with the regulatory body for their profession. *A doctor’s referral is required for these practitioners.
UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program: Here to Help
Sometimes during the holiday season, we can get overwhelmed. UBC Faculty and Staff (and dependents) can talk to a counselor through EFAP if you are having a difficult time this holiday season. UBC’s EFAP provider, Homewood Health, offers confidential short-term counseling on many issues. You can call Homewood Health if you need to talk with someone about:
- Relationship problems
- Parenting and caregiver concerns
- Work-related issues
- Stress and anxiety
- Alcohol and drug dependencies
- Financial advisory services
- Nutritional counseling
To access all the above services through Homewood Health’s online database and toolkit, visit www.homewoodhhealth.com. For more information on EFAP services, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/efap/.
Knowing where to turn
- Meet the Health, Wellbeing and Benefits Team – We are here to help faculty, staff and their dependents at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. We look forward to helping you with your health, wellbeing and benefit questions! Meet us by clicking here.
- If you have questions about your UBC Extended Health benefits or need help filing your claim, contact UBC Benefits here. For information about pre-authorizations, call Sun Life at 1-800-361-6212 or submit a secure message via the Sun Life Members website. Be sure to have your Access ID and password handy.
The UBC Extended Health plan is designed to help promote the continued health and well-being of UBC staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services that are beyond the scope of coverage of BC’s Medical Service Plan.
You must be eligible for and enrolled in a Canadian public health plan (such as MSP) either through UBC or another benefit plan in order to be eligible to enroll in UBC’s Extended Health plan. If you are arriving to British Columbia from out-of-country, you must satisfy the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP) waiting period (which consists of balance of the month you arrive in B.C. plus two full months) before you can enroll in UBC’s Extended Health plan.
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By Colin Hearne on October 29, 2014
This month features Chantal Duke, Leadership Program Manager in Human Resources.
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 work life to help you thrive?
Disclaimer- I’m far from what most consider ‘thriving’. I’m currently and probably always will be a work in progress, as I navigate competing work priorities, professional development and personal needs. What I know is that in order to even begin to thrive, I need to be patient and flexible with myself, set boundaries, create and reevaluate goals, and vocalize what I need to keep healthy to those around me.
Thriving actually wouldn’t be my word of choice, but I have learned that to be successful and enjoy each day, I need to keep my mind and body healthy. I see many parallels between my work in Human Resources and how I try to thrive. I manage a program called Managing@UBC that supports managers across campus to work on various leadership and management responsibilities. The program honours that managers have a busy and stressful schedule, so we don’t force managers to sit in a room at learn about a topic that isn’t relevant or meaningful for them – we assign them a program advisor and allow them to articulate what they want to change/need support on and allow them tap into offerings that support their goals. Offerings involve access to a just-in-time portal for support, and face-to-face events to address questions that come up in a management role. Just like I do with Managing@UBC participants, in order to ‘thrive’, I need to ask myself “What am I seeking change in? What do I need to holistically be successful? And what offerings can I tap into to support this?” The key fact around the program as well as thriving is that you need to be your own advocate and find what is important and meaningful for you.
What has worked for me- Well, as much as I am involved in offering developmental opportunities, I often need to remind myself how important it is to continue my own development, as well as check that I do not have unnecessary stress in my life. How I create space for development is by carving out time in outlook (in advance) for two hours the day before I’m out of the office for an event, and two hours the morning I’m back – to give space for urgent items or last minute priorities. In regards to managing stress, a big plus for me is to work alongside some amazing people who make my workspace a healthy, stress busting area. Recently my colleague Arlene Decaire has been facilitating lunchtime yoga sessions in our office which I have welcomed as a distraction once a week; and the UBC Health Wellbeing and Benefits team who sit in close proximity host regular events such as the Pick your Peak Stair Challenge (our office walked nearly 70km of stairs in one month!). Despite having heaps of work to tend to, once challenged, the competitive edge in me came out and I did the stairs at least once a day.
What strategies do you use in your personal life to help you thrive?
Outside of work I love being outdoors – I try to swim as much as possible, hike the local mountains, and play soccer and volleyball with friends regularly. I also find that I am at my happiest when I am exploring new places globally, have had eight hours of sleep, and am spending time with my favourite people.
As Leadership Programs Manager, Chantal Duke is responsible for program management, marketing, planning, and development of the Managing@UBC Program offered through Organizational Development & Learning at UBC. Managing@UBC is a self-directed program designed to support formal managers, recognizing the significant responsibility they hold for employee performance, engagement and achievement of unit goals.
By Colin Hearne on July 3, 2014
Finding the time to care for and nurture our relationships with others can be challenging. However, Homewood Health, UBC‘s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider has developed a new service called Relationship Solutions. Relationship Solutions is offered through your Plan Smart – Lifestyle and Specialty Counselling Services. It helps you take a proactive approach to enhancing your relationships. Included in the service is up front coaching, as well as a Relationship Solutions Resource Kit.
Relationship Solutions can help:
- Need help communicating with your loved one? We help you learn the importance of communication, honesty, and forgiveness.
- Want to get the spark back? We help couples relate to each other so they can keep the relationship fresh.
- Juggling kids, work, and your love life? Today’s couples are busy. We provide tips to help you learn how make time for each other.
- Need help resolving couple conflict? Learn how to work out differences constructively, and how to appreciate and communicate each other’s point of view.
The Relationship Solutions Resource Kit includes:
- A two-part educational workbook with information on how to enhance communication and a series of exercises designed to encourage you and your partner to re-engage with each other.
- A relationship self-help book, focused on improving relationship communication and resolving conflict.
- Other tools to support behaviour change in a fun and meaningful way.
- Also, If you are feeling too overwhelmed by the challenges in your relationship, we can arrange counselling.
Want to know more?
For more information on Relationship Solutions or Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), visit our website. If you would like to book a presentation for your unit to review the free EFAP services available for UBC staff and faculty, contact Colin Hearne, EFAP Assistant, at 604-827-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: if you ever feel overwhelmed or stressed out by the challenges you face in life, you can easily access counselling (face-to- face, over the phone, or online) from Homewood Health. Visit www.homewoodhumansolutions.com or call 1-800-663-1142.
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