By Miranda Massie on May 2, 2019
Understanding Your Travel Benefits Info Session | May 7 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: UBC Vancouver & UBC Okanagan
Planning a vacation in Canada or abroad? This information session will be useful for anyone wanting to know more about UBC’s travel benefits through UBC’s Extended Health plan and how to be prepared in a medical emergency. Join UBC benefits administrator Janet McHugh for a one-hour session to deepen your understanding of your travel benefits and ensure that your well-earned vacation is as stress-free as possible.
UBC Vancouver: Find out more and register here.
UBC Okanagan: Find out more and register here.
Office Ergo Rep Training | May 7 | 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
If your department is looking for more efficient response and support with regards to ergonomic issues for staff, consider taking the three-hour Ergo Rep Training. Learn about basic ergonomic risk factors and assessments, proper computer workstation set-up, and resources to take back to your unit. Find out more and register now.
Practical Money Management | May 8 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Creating a plan to manage your money is a sound way to achieve the goals you want in life, whether it be a house, travel, education or retirement. The quote, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” does apply to the process of managing personal finances. In this session, join money coach Melanie Buffel to learn how to manage and control finances, reinforce good habits, build new ones and create a practical money management system. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | May 9 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation with a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse, and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Find out more and register now.
Sit-Stand Desks & Platforms | May 9 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This workshop will provide important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available for the workplace. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option may be most suitable. Product samples will be available for participants to try in order to understand how the different models impact physical positioning and workflow. Find out more and register now.
Nitobe Memorial Garden Guided Walk | May 23 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join a guided tour of the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese tea-and-stroll garden located at UBC Vancouver. Enjoy nature while socializing and learning about the many unique features of the garden. Limited spots available. Find out more and register now.
Understanding Mental Health Challenges | May 28 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: UBC Vancouver & UBC Okanagan
Understanding mental health challenges can be difficult and knowing how to interact with someone who might be in a mental health crisis can be even more challenging. The goal of this session is to increase mental health literacy while providing tools and skills to respond effectively in a caring and respectful way. You will learn the skills and knowledge to help better manage mental health issues in yourself, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
UBC Vancouver: Find out more and register here.
UBC Okanagan: Find out more and register here.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Begins Every Tuesday
This free, innovative, evidence-based training is for all UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. Content is delivered online via any device, and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, participants will be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work in a team. Learn more and register for the challenge now.
Additional Professional Development Opportunities
Community Leadership Program Info Session | May 6 and 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Are you interested in an experiential leadership opportunity? The UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) is an opportunity for emerging leaders to explore what leadership means to them by enhancing leadership skills, partnering with UBC student leaders, and giving back to community organizations. Staff from all employee groups, as well as graduate students, are welcome to apply for this program. Find out more and register for an upcoming info session.
Rehearsing Conflict Workshop Series | Applications due May 29
The Rehearsing Conflict workshop series, June 13-20, is a free professional development opportunity for faculty and staff who want to explore and practice new strategies for difficult conversations, strengthen emotional intelligence, and increase resilience when conflict occurs in the workplace. All UBC employees are welcome to apply. Apply before May 29.
May 6-12: Mental Health Week
May 21-27: UBC Recreation Free Week
May 27-June 2: Bike to Work Week
Photo credits: VPFRO Communication, Canadian Mental Health Association, UBC Recreation and UBC Campus and Community Planning
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By Miranda Massie on January 11, 2018
This Month’s Feature:
Jan 22-March 25: Join the 12th Annual UBC Walkabout
Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. Everyone at UBC is welcome to create teams of five or register as an individual. Cost is only $10 per person, and registration is now open. This is a great opportunity to achieve a personal or team fitness goal at the start of a new year! For more details, visit the UBC Walkabout website.
Other Events and Activities:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is filled with events and messages that aim to raise awareness and understanding about sexual assault, and what we, as individuals and the UBC community, can do to help prevent it. Join the conversation and explore ways to become involved.
Participate in a Standing Desk Study
Many office workers spend a high proportion of their work day sitting, often in prolonged unbroken bouts. The Population Physical Activity Lab in the School of Kinesiology at UBC is conducting a workplace intervention aimed at reducing employee sitting time through the provision of a low-cost standing desk.
If you are interested in trying out a standing desk, aged 18-65 years old, and sit at a desk at least three days a week, then you are invited to participate.
This study involves wearing an activity monitor and completing a few surveys – three times over a six-month period. You will receive $60 for your participation and be offered the standing desk to keep.
Click here for more information or if you’d like to sign up for this study, please email Dr. Guy Faulkner, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health, or Katie Weatherson, the Research Assistant at email@example.com.
January 8-14: UBC Recreation Free Week
It’s that wonderful time of the year when you can check out UBC Recreation classes – for free! Drop in for a fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camp or aquatics class. No experience required. Try as many classes as you like, and register for your favourites!
January 14: UBC Opera Tea Series
Enjoy a concert of opera arias and song favourites in a casual setting. Coffee, tea and light refreshments served. Advanced reservation required.
January 18: Reawakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry
Participate in an inspirational evening with Suquamish Elder and Master Basketmaker Ed Carriere and wet site archaeologist and ancient basketry researcher Dr. Dale R. Croes. Ed and Dale will present a richly illustrated talk about ancient basket making and invite visitors to interact with the ancient basket replicas they make.
January 19: UBC Winter Classic Hockey Game
This popular annual event sold out last year, so get your tickets to watch the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey before they’re gone! Family pack and student rate tickets available.
January 20: First-Year Educators’ Symposium
This free symposium will provide opportunities to network and share research and resources related to teaching, learning and community building with a focus on first-year students at UBC. This event is supported by Student Development & Services, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.
January 26: Arts in Health Research Community of Practice
The Arts in Health Research community of practice aims to be a vibrant collegial space in which members share their work, engage with and learn from the approaches of others, discuss challenges and successes of their research, and explore emerging trends and innovations in arts-based methodologies. All researchers who are currently working at the intersection between the arts and health research are welcome to attend.
January 31: Suicide Awareness Day
Reach out. Help is available. Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires everyone’s support. On Suicide Awareness Day, January 31, show your support for awareness and prevention. Visit ow.ly/bDae30gVnx4
To request free Suicide Awareness Day stickers for your group, department or faculty, please click here to place your order.
February 1: Wear Your Active Wear Day
On the first day of Move UBC month, you are invited to wear clothes that encourage you to move throughout your entire day. We want to see your lulu’s or your bright running shoes– anything that encourages you to move!
PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series returns in 2018 with the first of six dynamic events, where doctoral students tell their community-engaged research stories in just under seven minutes.
Save the Date: May 4, 2018 – Staff and Faculty Sports Day
Mark your calendars now to ensure that you are available to participate in this year’s event.
Photo credit: Martin Dee/UBC Communications and Marketing
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By Miranda Massie on September 13, 2017
This Month’s Feature
September 14: Welcome Back Staff BBQ (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
This annual event is an opportunity for UBC staff to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of colleagues. Registration has closed, but if you would like to attend, bring your UBC Card to the registration table on the day of the event. A limited number of wristbands are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other Events and Activities
September 1-October 31: UBC Campus Challenge
Discover the Vancouver campus, complete the fun challenges and enter for a chance to win great prizes! Open to staff, faculty, students and alumni.
September 5-22: Still Here Photo Exhibit
Still Here is a collection of photographs and art from queer people affected by suicide. Through their experience and willingness to tell their stories, Still Here participants are helping to raise awareness about depression and suicide in the queer community. Still Here is a project from the Men’s Health Research program at UBC’s School of Nursing with support from community organizations and donors.
September 11-16: UBC Bodyworks Free Class Trial
Staff, faculty and community members new to Bodyworks are invited to try any class at UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre for free during the start of this month.
September 11-17: UBC Recreation Free Week
New and returning staff and faculty: this is your chance to try any instructor-led classes with UBC Recreation for free. Drop-in to fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camps and aquatics classes . Try as many classes as you like, and register for your favourites!
September 14: Urban Green Spaces & Health Webinar (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Trees and green spaces promote health, but why is this so and how do we use this knowledge? Hosted by and featuring the research of UBC assistant professor Matilda van den Bosch, this presentation will outline pathways and mechanisms behind the health effects from urban natural environments.
September 16: UBC Homecoming
This year’s Homecoming starts with fun activities around campus and concludes with the big game at Thunderbird Stadium. Break out the blue, get out your gold, celebrate the Thunderbirds and show your UBC pride with 10,000 of your closest friends.
September 19-December 19: Tuesday Yoga at MOA (5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.)
Take part in a weekly, all levels Hatha/Flow yoga class in the beautiful grand hall of the Museum of Anthropology. Pay for the program, a 10-class pass or drop in. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org at the hosting department (MOA) or payments to email@example.com.
September 28: Harvest Feastival
Get your friends and colleagues together for a night of food, art and culture. Enjoy a feast featuring fall favourites from the UBC Farm, followed by after-dinner entertainment at one of the many special shows and exhibits planned just for you at UBC’s world-class Arts and Culture District.
Next Month: United Way Community Campaign
October 10: The Great Pancake Race IX
The Great Pancake Race is a community-building, awareness-raising, kick-off event for UBC’s United Way campaign that promises flip-tastic fun for all. Gather your team of four together and vie for the coveted Pan Trophy.
October 11: Turkey 2K Trot
Come out and support UBC’s annual United Way campaign. Enjoy a 2km run or walk + BBQ, bake sale and live music. Door prizes to be awarded as well as prizes for top finishers.. Who will take home the Turkey Trophy this year? If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Indiana Letkemann.
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By Miranda Massie on May 4, 2017
This Month’s Feature
May 23-29: UBC Recreation Free Week
You are invited to try as many classes as you want, for free!
Drop in to fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camps and aquatics classes for free from May 23-29. No experience is required. Try as many classes as you like, and then register for your favourites!
Others Events and Activities
May 5 – June 4: Candle: UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the 2017 graduates of the Master of Fine Arts program.
May 9: Weight Watchers at Work (UBC)
Join the upcoming 20-week Weight Watchers at Work program at the UBC Bookstore. Drop by on May 9 to register between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. with no starter fees (other participant fees apply). See the program flyer for details.
May 13: Wesbrook Village Run for Women
Join the Wesbrook Village Running Room and Wesbrook Village in community, celebration and fun – supporting BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre in its initiatives to help women in our community who bravely face mental health issues. Choose from 5K, 10K and walk/run options. Registration required.
The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in grand style, with a full program of Canadian works and guest artists at the Chan Centre. This is a family-friendly event. Please join our celebration and show your Canadian pride!
May 29 – June 4: Bike to Work Week
From May 29 – June 4, UBC will defend its title as reigning champion of the “Best Workplace (1000+ employees)” and “Best in Higher Education” categories during Bike to Work Week! Grab some co-workers, put together a team and get ready to ride. Make sure to visit our celebration event on June 1st from 4pm to 6pm to grab some treats, cycling resources, get a free tune up and register your bike with Project 529’s anti-bike theft system. For more information, and to register, visit the HUB website.
May 31: UBC Forward Food Summit
The Forward Food Summit brings together food-service professionals, industry leaders and others in a peer-to-peer environment to share insights into the latest trends for implementing and marketing plant-based menus. Click here for more details or to RSVP.
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By Miranda Massie on September 13, 2016
UBC Based Activities and Events:
Mindfulness programming is back: Fall 2016
Build your personal resilience by participating in evidence-based mindfulness programs for staff and faculty.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge: Starting October 3
Mindfulness@Work 6-week program: Starting November 7
Sign up while spaces last!
Bodyworks Fitness Centre Free Trial Period: Sept. 6-17
Visit UBC BodyWorks for a free trial of any fitness class! Access to the fitness centre is also included. Try any of the following classes, and be sure to bring a friend:
- Community Fit
- Fit Over 50
- Changing Aging
Schedule details can be found here.
UBC Employees: Receive 10% off Basic Membership Passes when you present your UBC Staff ID Card.
UBC Recreation Free Week: Sept. 12-18
Try out as many classes as you want, for free!
Drop in to fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camps, and aquatics classes for free. No experience is required and all abilities can be accommodated. Try as many classes as you want, and register for your favourites!
Staff Welcome Back BBQ: Sept. 14
This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of your fellow UBC staff colleagues.
UBC Homecoming: Sept 15-17
This year’s Homecoming will feature a pep rally and BBQ, the Great Thunderbird Trek, and a street party concluding with the big game against the University of Regina Rams. Come out, cheer on your Thunderbirds and show your UBC pride.
Harvest Feastival: Sept. 22
Kick off the new school year in style by treating your taste buds to an epic outdoor feast, followed by six exclusive shows and exhibits in UBC’s Arts and Culture District.
Ticket price includes a generous family-style dinner and all the after-dinner festivities and staff and faculty tickets are only $30. Tickets and info are available at the Harvest Feastival website
Movement Co. is back! Fall 2016
Registration is open for UBC Movement Co. This free social club will get you moving in free, fun, and easy ways! Join your colleagues in walks, events, workshops and . Registrants will be eligible to win free Day of the Longboat participation. Information on all events can be found on the website. Register now!
Join Step It Up: Fall 2016
Whether you’re trying to build your overall sense of wellbeing, reduce stress, make new friends, or reduce your risks of cancer or cardiovascular disease, walking can help you on your way. Join in for free lunch-time walks. Meeting place is the north-facing entrance of the SRC unless otherwise specified.
Partner with Thrive 2016: Register by Oct. 7
UBC’s largest mental health initiative is back and will run Oct.31-Nov. 4, 2016. Thrive is a university-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff. Interested in hosting an event or partnering this year? Register here. Stay tuned for more information, the events calendar, a photo contest and more!
UBC United Way Kick-off Week of Caring: Oct. 11-14
The Great Pancake Race VIII: Oct. 11
A community-building, awareness-raising, kick-off event for UBC’s United Way campaign. Bring a great sense of humor, spirit and energy and get together over your lunch for a relay-race involving frying pans and flipping pancakes. Prizes to be won, including best costumes!
Turkey 2K Trot: Oct. 12 (Info TBA)
DAE and United Way – Stretch for a Cause: Oct.14
Join in another United Way Stretch for a Cause at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Get out of the office, stretch out, and be inspired about what United Way is doing in your community. What to bring? A yoga mat and donation to the United Way.
By Miranda Massie on May 3, 2016
UBC based events and activities:
This May, the David Suzuki Foundation is challenging people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. The goal: to reconnect human beings with nature for the sake of their health and mental wellbeing.
Free week at Bodyworks Fitness: May 2-7
Bring a friend and join Bodyworks for a free trial of popular fitness classes! Come as many times as you like between May 2-7. Registration is also open for the Spring/Summer Term. Click here to view the spring 2016 brochure.
Summer Yoga Series (Blusson Spinal Cord Centre): May 3-Aug 25
Do you work at or near VGH? Activate yourself this summer with lunchtime fitness classes. Taught by certified instructors and offered Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Sign up for strength based full body workouts, combo yoga-pilates classes or both! (Cost: $230/32 classes; $120/16 classes; $85/10 drop-in classes)
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by this year’s graduates of the Master of Fine Arts program.
Free week at UBC Recreation: May 14-20
UBC Recreation Free Week is a chance for staff, faculty, students and the general public to try out any instructor-led classes in the Student Recreation Centre and Ponderosa Commons Studio. Drop-in to fitness, yoga, pilates, dance, martial arts, and boot camps for free. No experience is required, so try the classes out and register for your favourites! Full listings available here.
Our health and our work are interdependent. In view of changing demographics, work and labour markets, and social contexts, the key challenges to be addressed in work and health research and practice will be discussed. Join Dr. Ute Bültmann, University of Groningen, Netherlands for this public talk.
Difficult conversations come with leadership positions, and being able to navigate such conversations effectively is crucial to both personal and organizational success. Explore the reasons for fear and discomfort and learn strategies to manage emotional conversations by blending the application of skills, tools, knowledge and self-awareness. (Cost: $275)
Bike to Work Week: May 30-June 5
There’s no better time to get active and energized on your way to campus than Bike to Work Week. To help you prepare for your ride, UBC and HUB are offering a free lunch-hour workshop!
Free lunch-hour workshop on May 19
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Policy Labs, 2260 West Mall [map]
This fun and interactive workshop will get you ready for Bike to Work Week, providing useful tips for cyclists of all abilities, from new riders to those who already bike to work. Certified instructors will discuss bike safety scenarios, taking bikes on transit, route planning, what to wear/carry, and much more.
Pizza will be served, so invite your colleagues and register today! Register to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
Staff Pension Plan Fair: June 8, 2016
The UBC Staff Pension Plan (SPP) Pension Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Whether you are new to UBC, or have been part of the Staff Pension Plan for years, the Pension Fair is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your pension plan and gain some pension knowledge. There will be a variety of information tables for members to visit and learn more about the Plan as well as other retirement benefits and services. Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for details on the venue, information tables, what kinds of questions you may want to ask, and more. No need to register!