By Miranda Massie on July 6, 2016
UBC based activities and events:
Visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to experience “Species at Risk”, a fun and illuminating mobile museum, housed in an inventively re-made trailer and accompanied by skilled and personable interpreters from the Royal BC Museum and the Robert Bateman Centre.
This UBC Farm workshop will focus on the mapping, plant selection, design and design communication skills necessary to develop a forest garden.
Summer Joga Series @ BodyWorks: July 14-Aug 2
BodyWorks Fitness is now offering Joga (Yoga for Jocks) for $36! Join Janelle, certified Joga Instructor & Ambassador, in a unique opportunity to achieve mobility and strength through yoga! Classes run every Tuesday, 12:00 – 12:45pm at Bodyworks Fitness Centre. Call 604-822-0207 to register.
UBC Chef Challenge: July 21
The UBC Chef Challenge is back by popular demand! Five competing chefs will serve savoury morsels perfectly paired with local craft beer. An expert panel of judges will taste their way to crown the victorious challenger and guests will award the People’s Choice winner.
Whether you’re a staff, faculty, or student, you don’t want to miss this unique summer spectacle. For more information and tickets visit www.utown.ubc.ca/chefchallenge
Free Yoga on the Mall: Summer 2016 (Ends August 12)
Why not squeeze some movement into your schedule and join in every Friday (except July 1) for free hour long yoga class at Fairview Commons (outside Earth Sciences). Expect a playful yoga class, designed intuitively to combine strength with mindfulness.
UBC Recreation Summer Boot Camp Punch Pass: Summer 2016
Punch passes can be used for any Boot Camp at the BirdCoop Fitness Centre or Ponderosa Commons Studio. Punch passes allow participants the opportunity to try different boot camps including new Outdoor Boot Camp!
By Miranda Massie on June 8, 2016
UBC based events and activities:
Summer Joga Series @ BodyWorks: New Pilot Period June 14 – July 5
BodyWorks Fitness is now offering Joga (Yoga for Jocks) for $36 as a pilot during its first term from June 14 – July 5! Join Janelle, certified Joga Instructor & Ambassador, in a unique opportunity to achieve mobility and strength through yoga! Weekly Joga classes will run every Tuesday, 12:00 – 12:45pm at Bodyworks Fitness Centre. Call 604-822-0207 for rates.
This panel discussion will address the challenge of respecting fundamental principles of justice for the defendant while fostering a better space for survivors within the criminal justice system. Moderated by Margot Young of the Allard School of Law, panelists include legal experts in sexual assault trials, and experts on the impact on survivors, and the media’s response. This event is supported by Alumni UBC. Register here.
Discover ways in which the pharmacist-led patient care clinic can assist you and/or a loved one with medication management. Seminar facilitators include Jordan Ho, 4th year pharmacy student, and Barbara Gobis, Lecturer and Director of the UBC Pharmacists Clinic. Seminar will be June 16, 12:00-12:50pm at the Osborne Centre, unit 1, room 203. Please view/share this poster.
UBC Opera Presents-A Midsummer Night’s Dream: June 23-26
A spat between the king and queen of fairies spills into the human realm, creating a tangle of misdirected spells and misplaced love affairs. Nothing is what it seems in this enchanting collision of worlds, as fairies, country folk, and moonstruck young lovers spin through a single magical night. Buy tickets here.
Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan: June 27 or 28
Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan (UYSPP) is an informative workshop session designed for potential and current members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. Register here.
Wednesday Farm Markets at the UBC Bookstore: June-October
The UBC Farm Wednesday Campus Market features an assortment of fresh UBC Farm produce and flowers. This mid-week market in front of the UBC Bookstore offers students, staff and faculty members a convenient opportunity to purchase UBC Farm produce. The Wednesday market only accepts cash, and customers are asked to bring their own bags.
UBC Recreation Outdoor Programming: Summer 2016
Looking to enjoy a low- or high-impact activity while still being able to enjoy the summertime time? UBC Recreation holds many of our popular classes outdoors during the warmer months including boot camps, yoga, and Tai Chi Chuan, as well as outdoor specific programs like golf, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching, and sailing. Learn more.
Summer Yoga Series (Blusson Spinal Cord Centre): until 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)
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!
By Miranda Massie on November 1, 2015
UBC Events and Activities
UBC Thrive Week: Nov 2-6
Happy Thrive! Participate in Thrive 2015 by attending an event, trying out an activity, or by learning a new skill. There are over 40 ways to engage with Thrive this year, including visiting the Kick-Off Celebration, attending a film screening, checking out an art exhibit, learning more about positive mental health, and attending our wrap-up Zumba event!
UBC Thrive is a university-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff.
Piece of Mind Art Exhibition: Nov 4-21
Piece of Mind is an art exhibition showcasing pieces of work that answer the question: What does psychological health mean to you? Piece of Mind aims to inspire members of the community, through artistic expression, to live psychologically healthy lifestyles by adopting healthy coping skills.
Submissions will be available for public viewing with the hopes of facilitating a platform that will transfer these pieces of art into pieces of individual inspiration and motivation. The exhibition will be held in the Hatch Art Gallery in the new AMS Student Nest.
The Screening Mammography Program is providing free screening mammograms for female students, staff, faculty and university neighbours ages 40 and up. While no referral is required, it is recommended women between the ages of 40 – 49 and 75+ discuss the benefits and limitations of screening mammography with their doctors. A referral is required for women under age 40 who are at high risk of developing breast cancer. To book a mammogram at the UBC Screening Mammography Clinic at the University Services Building, call 1.800.663.9203 or 604.877.6187.
Lace Up for Kids: Nov 26
UBC Recreation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Rare Disease Foundation are teaming up to transform the world of rare disease care. Lace Up for Kids is a student-driven fundraiser supporting important, life-changing rare disease research, culminating in a community skating celebration at the UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena on Thursday, November 26.
Join UBC students, staff, faculty, and community members and make a difference in a child’s life.
More information about Lace Up For Kids: www.recreation.ubc.ca/2015/10/14/lace-up-for-kids-november-26
Are you interested in connecting with UBC colleagues across campus and making a difference in your community? 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. To learn more about TEAM UBC and the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer, please join us for the following orientation:
Thursday, November 26, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm in Michael Smith Labs, Room 101 (2185 East Mall)
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Free Flu Shot Clinics: November 2015
Beat the flu! Get vaccinated. Getting your flu shot is easy. Clinics are held at convenient locations/times across campus Nov. 2-30, just before the beginning of the flu season. Vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for all registrations. Register online to secure a vaccine on a day that suits you, during a morning or afternoon session.
Off-Campus Events and Activities
Diwali Fest 2015- Various locations: Nov 3-15
Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts and culture festival celebrating the universal light that exists in everyone. This growing event has shown increasing interest from the general public; we are proud to have had a total audience of over 15,000 people. Each year’s festival engages dozens of artists in events across the city, the majority of which are open and free to the general public, by suggested donation, or at very affordable ticketed prices.
Partners in Parks is pulling out all the stops and partnering with 365 Productions to bring the garden at Bear Creek Park to life. Combining digital technology with the natural landscape of the garden, this all new experience of sound and light will truly amaze.
Sports Day in Canada-Various locations: Nov 14-21
Be active and join in Sports Day in Canada. Try out free activities and local events and be one of over a million Canadians who are coming together for the love of sport.
Walk Richmond: Various dates
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. Come connect with other walkers in Richmond.
By Miranda Massie on September 15, 2015
Free recreation and fitness, UBC’s Movement Co., Weight Watchers @ Work, Continuing Studies programs, Alive @ Work Magazine, YWCA open house, U.Sask sedentary study, and lots more! Find out what is happening in and around the community this month.
UBC-based events (Vancouver campus)
Free Trial Period- at UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre: Sept. 8 – 18
Visit Bodyworks for free group fitness classes and access to the fitness centre. Meet the knowledgeable and friendly Kinesiology undergraduate and graduate student staff who provide a unique and positive environment for making lifestyle changes. View programs and services here.
Free Week at UBC Recreation: Sept. 14-20
Take advantage of UBC Recreation’s Free Week, and try out any instructor-led classes in the SRC Studio, SRC Dojo, Ponderosa Studio, Aquatic Centre, and the Tennis Centre. Or, check out the NEW Movement Co.
It’s a new social club designed to help UBC community members find new ways to move their bodies. It’s about fun, not being the fittest or the fastest. It’s an inclusive, encouraging and motivational environment to try out new opportunities to build on our wellbeing. All staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and members of the University Neighbourhoods Association* are welcome to join this free social club. Find out more!
New Session-Weight Watchers @ Work: Sept. 22
The UBC At Work Weight Watchers group is set to start a new series on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Take part in an Information & Sign-up Session on Tuesday Sept. 15. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and/or come to the Information Session.
Share a meal, share a story and join 1,000 other guests in celebrating 100 years of UBC at this outdoor community feast! Chefs from UBC Food Services and AMS Conferences and Catering will be preparing a three-course meal that is inspired by everything UBC, including fresh, local produce from the UBC Farm. All staff, faculty, students and community members welcome. After dinner, the fun continues with Arts Night Out! Feast guests are invited to enjoy free shows and exhibits in UBC’s Arts and Culture District.
Tickets are $20-$30 and can be purchased at www.planning.ubc.ca/harvestfeast. Last year’s event sold out so be sure to get your tickets soon!
Join the Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, in partnerships with the Movember Foundations, UBC Speakeasy and the Crisis Centre for a free, public documentary film screening. The screening will be followed by a discussion panel. For more information or to reserve tickets, click here.
UBC Continuing Studies Life and Career Programs help you take charge of your career and personal success, and gain the knowledge and skills you need to embark on a new path.
- Learn more about personalized and individual one-on-one career development and testing.
- Learn core counselling and interpersonal communication skills. Peer Counselling Certificate Program (Apply now. Starts Oct 16th)
- Learn to use coaching skills to influence positive change for individuals, group and teams. Organizational Coaching
UBC staff and faculty can use their tuition waiver s for these courses.
Connect with Respect Conversations (UBC Equity and Inclusion): Sept 30-Dec. 16
Connect with Respect Conversations are a series of four informative and interactive discussions about how we can all contribute to a respectful environment at UBC. These free, lunchtime sessions, facilitated by Equity and Inclusion Office staff address concerns you may have working or studying at UBC – come prepared to ask questions! Join us for one conversation or for all four. Click here to register or learn more.
A world of arts and culture is happening at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus. Everything from theatre, film, contemporary and fine art, to music, opera, live performances and a world-renowned Museum of Anthropology are right at your doorstep. Pick your path and discover unique and innovative programming.
Human Resources is excited to open a limited number of spaces to the Managing@UBC Program for any management and professional staff who have direct reports. There are currently three options for management and professional staff to enter the Managing@UBC Program:
1) Managing@UBC Onboarding and Orientation: if you have been in your management role for less than 1 year and are directly responsible for 1 or more staff member.
2) Managing@UBC Evolving Your Leadership: If you have been in your management role for more than 1 year and are directly responsible for 1 or more staff member.
3) Managing@UBC Intercultural Certificate: If you have been in your management role for any length of time and are interested in an intercultural focus and developing the University’s capacity to talk about diversity.
For more information: Contact Chantal Duke
Alive @ work-September 2015
Now mobile responsive! This month, discover cost saving back to school ideas; ways to revamp your work life and yoga for commuters.
YWCA Corporate Open House: Sept. 8-18
Visit the UBC’s corporate fitness discount partner, the downtown YWCA, for free! Over 70 different classes are available, in addition to pool and gym facilities.
Vancouver International Film Festival: Sept 24-Oct 9
The 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will once again welcome some of the world’s finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.
City Centre Block Party-Surrey: Sept 25
The main goal of the event is to bring together residents of the City Centre community, both Canadian-born and newcomers, to have fun and improve a sense of belonging and inclusion to the community.
Culture Days-Lower Mainland: Sept 25-27
Culture Days is a collaborative Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and culture life of their communities.
The University of Saskatchewan needs your help! The purpose of this research is to understand sedentary behaviour (sitting) in office workers. Participants will be asked to complete four online questionnaires within an approximately two-week period. Click here to participate in the study.
We are interested in studying the effects of exercise on brain health and function. Volunteers between the ages of 19 and 45 who are interested in participating in a 12-week exercise program should contact the researchers by emailing email@example.com.
By Miranda Massie on August 5, 2015
UBC Movement co. call for captains, public lecture on youth eMental health, volunteer at the indigenous health garden, Alive @ Work magazine, PNE family discounts, outdoor movie nights and more. Find out what is happening on and off campus this month!
UBC-based events (Vancouver campus)
Call for Movement Co. Captains! (Point Grey Campus only)
Do you want to help others become healthier and more active? Do you aspire to be healthier and more active yourself? Join our Movement Co. team to help us influence behaviors and make a healthier UBC community! Movement Co. Captains will be the guiding leaders of a new program designed to create a supportive environment and lower the barriers to individuals accessing physical activity.
Volunteer opportunity: UBC Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm– Aug 6-25
Much of the work done at the UBC Farm is made possible with the help of an amazing team of volunteers. They have lots of upcoming opportunities, including in the Indigenous Health Garden
Join the UBC Mood Disorders clinic for a session on youth eMental Health. The lecture is free to the public, but registration is recommended.
Aboriginal History Month exhibit-ends Aug 25
As part of the celebrations of Aboriginal History Month at UBC Library, a satellite exhibit was developed at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre featuring belongings, replicas, images, maps and video looking at Musqueam ways of knowing, especially connections to their, and ancient belongings.
Part of what makes UBC such a great place to work is our sense of community. New faculty and staff at UBC are invited to settle into your new job and explore the UBC community in a positive way through participating in this important and informative event.
Are you looking for a quiet place to relax and take a moment for yourself? Interested in a new meditation spot on campus? Check out Roots on the Roof, the new rooftop garden at the new UBC Nest.
Regular physical activity and overall fitness is part of a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle, but it can be challenging to fit this in to our busy schedules. UBC Recreation has a variety of programs designed around you. With classes offered throughout the day and across campus, they can help fit activity into your day.
Off campus events
Alive @ work-August 2015
Now mobile responsive! This month, discover how to become a morning person; eat better in seven easy steps and detox your relationships.
Enjoy an entertainment-filled day in Deer Lake Park at the 16th Annual Blues and Roots music festival.
Visit the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival for a fabulous day of fun. Enjoy entertainment on the World Beat Stage, kid’s arts and crafts, great vendors, food, and of course exciting dragon boat races. Cheer your favourite team on to victory!
Head Talks: Conversation for Change-Aug 25 (By donation)
This public event is designed to unravel the intricate topic of mental health by exploring it through first person perspectives, practicing clinicians and support systems. All proceeds will go to the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. Keynote speakers: Christine Yu, M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor and Ali Eberhardt, Registered Dietitian
PNE Summer Family discount-Back for 2015
Enjoy summer fun at the PNE without breaking the bank! The Pacific National Exhibition is one of UBC’s staff and faculty corporate discount partners offering discounts on online purchases for individual and groups.
Surrey Summer movies:
Saturday Nights-Holland Park
Bring your family and friends, blankets and lawn chairs out each week in August to enjoy a free movie outdoors. Live entertainment and family games starting at 7:30pm. Sponsored by the City of Surrey.
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By Miranda Massie on May 5, 2015
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of FREE activities and events coming up in May and over the summer. Sign up for topics including Naturopathic Cleanse, Manage Your Money, Ergo Your Office, and more!
National Mental Health Week: May 4-10
This week is designed as a celebration of mentally healthy lifestyles and positive attitudes, as well as a source of information and support.
- Improve your mental health with Shepell (UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance program)
- Learn more about UBC Thrive
Join the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge! Register by May 20
Climb your way to better health! This is a fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to use the stairs. Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core. Grab some teammates and challenge yourself to a 4 week climb to the peak of your choice. Runs May 25-June 19, 2015.
Yoga at Hillel: May 27-August 5
Looking for yoga this summer? Look no further. UBC’s Hillel house will be hosting drop in or full term pass classes with mats and block provided. Early bird deadline is May 8!
Safe and Sustainable Transportation Month, May, 2015
UBC is committed to creating a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly campus community. Throughout May, we’re celebrating safe, active and sustainable transportation with activities and events aimed at promoting walking and cycling on campus—from a Jane’s Walk, to Bike to Work Week, to community bike clinics and more. Visit http://www.utown.ubc.ca/sstm.
UBC has a brand new self-directed office ergonomics guide and assessment tool available to all staff and faculty. For a full description, read more here.
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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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