Staff pension plan
By Miranda Massie on July 1, 2017
This Month’s Feature
July 20: Fourth Annual UBC Chef Challenge: Summer Suds n’ Grub (5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Chef Challenge is back! See what the chefs from your favourite campus food outlets are cooking up this year. There are five competing chefs, including a special faculty/student team, who will prepare the tastiest bites perfectly paired with local craft beer. Enjoy three live bands, lawn games and plenty of fun in the summer sun. Staff and faculty tickets are only $25 each, so grab yours now before they sell out!
Other Events and Activities
June 29: Rehearsing Conflict Performance (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Performed by UBC employees, this presentation draws on real-life experiences to inspire insight, explore conflict and create change. Watch how forum theatre is used to explore conflict at work and gain new insights into yourself and others that can shift how you engage in conflict. RSVP here.
July 1 – August 30: Aboriginal (Un)History Month Exhibit
The fifth annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month exhibit is now on display at UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. This exhibit asks the question, “Whose 150?” and explores the rich Indigenous history and culture in Canada.
July 5 – August 13: Free Yoga on the Mall (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Grab your mat and take a break! Every Wednesday, attend a free flow yoga class that will reset your day. Find your breath, open your hips and improve your core strength. Each practice will be tailored for all levels and ages, and beginners are most welcome.
July 12: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health Lecture (5:00 p.m.)
Individuals with autism often struggle with managing anxiety, anger or depression, and increasingly, interventions are being used to help address these difficulties. Treatments are best provided within a context of supporting families and healthy environments. This public lecture will review the evidence for individual, family and community supports and is suitable for parents, professionals and students. Part of the UBC Faculty of Education’s Summer Noted Scholar Series, this event takes place in Richmond, BC at the Pacific Autism Family Centre.
July 18 & 19: Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan
Join this informative workshop session designed for both potential and current members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. If you are already a Plan member, regardless of age, this workshop will help you learn more about the Plan, pensions in general, and related retirement considerations. If you are not yet a member, receive enrolment information and an opportunity to have all of your pension-related questions answered.
An internationally recognized expert in the area of sport for development, John Lambert from the University of Brighton, UK will deliver two presentations as part of UBC’s School of Kinesiology Distinguished Speaker Series: “Football for Peace: a values-based approach to coaching sport in a divided society” and “Identifying and developing elite athletes”.
July 26, 27, 28: UBC Blueberry Fest (9:00am-1:00pm)
Don’t miss the annual UBC Blueberry Fest at the UBC Bookstore Plaza featuring BC blueberries, pancake breakfasts, Ethical Bean Coffee and chef demos (each day at 12pm). Visit food.ubc.ca for more info.
By Colin Hearne 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. Sign up today for topics including Naturopathic Cleanse, Manage Your Money, Ergo Your Office training, and more. Look out for upcoming sessions being offered through the summer as well!
Join Dr. Thara Vayali, Naturopathic Doctor, Yoga Teacher, UBC alumnus, and Healthy UBC Newsletter contributor, to kickstart your cleanse in this three-part workshop series this May. In this series, mindfulness, eating and movement goals, supported with health education, discussion and community will support you to become empowered, inspired and informed. Cost: $10 (Payable by Cash, JV to KPGK or by cheque to UBC Human Resources). Spaces are limited. Click here to register and for more information.
UBC Ergonomics strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (one three-hour session) and material required for reps to promote, educate and ensure musculoskeletal health for employees in their departments. Office Ergo Reps are trained by UBC Ergonomics Advisor Abigail Overduin in simple computer workstation set-up, how to notice signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up, and to control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. For more information or to register click here.
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 saying “failing to plan is planning to fail” does apply to personal finances. Join money coach Melanie Buffel in this workshop to help you plan for your future by providing tips on how to create a budget, decrease debt, and increase your savings. For more information and to register click here.
The Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge is a fun and inclusive way to encourage staff & faculty to take the stairs. Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core – and the best part about it? It’s FREE! Click here for more information
Pension plans are complex. This informative workshop is designed for both new and current members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan, and will answer any questions you may have regarding your pension benefits and how they work. You will also learn how the UBC Pensions Administration Office can help you with your financial and retirement planning. For more information and to register click here.
Join UBC Ergonomics Advisor Abigail Overduin in this one-hour tutorial combining a presentation and a practical session giving you the skills to optimize your office environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. For more information, or to register, click here.
Upcoming Healthy UBC Workshops-Summer 2015
Take this opportunity to meet our new EFAP provider and learn about how to access the new range of services for UBC staff and their enrolled dependents. Find out about:
- new ways to access counselling services
- new Naturopathic, Elder care and Legal Advisory services
- the extensive new Family Support programming available to you.
Shepell will be available to answer any questions you may have. For more information, or to register, click here.
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in this three-part series to help UBC employees navigate possible career opportunities and create a personalized career development plan. These sessions will provide you with access to thought-provoking questions, links to resources, tools, and web sites within UBC that may support you in your career planning process. For more information, or to register, click here
Join Breast Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Counselor, Bonnie McCoy, in this Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment session with information about how to modify and decrease breast cancer risk via lifestyle changes. For more information or to register, click here.
Whether caring for aging parents in the home, or managing elder care plans from a distance, most of us don’t know where to go for reliable answers. Join Home-to Home, seniors advisory and assistance business based in Vancouver, in this one-hour session to learn how to develop an elder care roadmap to plan for your parents’ housing and care needs as they age, and much more. For more information or to register, click here.
This four-session course is designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. It will introduce participants to the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques and is specifically tuned to the working environment. Sessions will include instruction, discussion, guided meditation and visualization in a non-religious context. Participants will be provided with handouts, homework practice, and follow up emails and access to downloadable recordings. Cost: $35, payable by cash, JV to KPGK, or by cheque to UBC Human Resources. Payment must be received before registration is confirmed) Click here for more information.
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By Miranda Massie on August 6, 2014
Early Music Vancouver brings light and life to historical musical treasures that could otherwise be lost. Take part in their three-week-long summer festival and educational program based at UBC. Ticket prices are listed on the website.
UBC Farm Markets –Every Wednesday
This mid-week farmer’s market in front of the UBC Bookstore offers students, staff and faculty members a convenient opportunity to purchase UBC Farm produce.
Celebrate UBC with Sports on the Mall–Aug. 7-29
Looking for something fun and active to do at lunch? Campus and Community Planning and UBC Recreation are teaming up to get you moving on Main Mall with a series of lunch-hour activities from tennis to yoga and more. All activities are free, so drop by and join!
UBC Staff Pension Plan Info Session– Aug. 19
Pension plans are complex and may not be easy to understand, which is why the Pensions Administration Office offers regular sessions to help you understand your UBC Staff Pension Plan, and how the Pensions’ office might help you with your financial and retirement planning.
UBC Corporate Discount at the PNE!– Aug 16-Sept. 1
Use the exclusive UBC promo code for discounts on gate and fair passes.
Staff and Faculty Welcome Back BBQ-Sept. 10
It’s that time of year again! Join your UBC colleagues for a fun and entertainment-filled lunch at Flag Pole Plaza
UBC Discount-Colour Run Vancouver–Sept. 13
We’re happy to announce that the Color Run have listed UBC as a VIP Partner again this year and have offered a $10 discount on entry for UBC Staff and Faculty. Registration details here.
Are you receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer? You may be eligible to participate in a cooking class program that may help manage treatment side-effects and help reduce the risk for other types of cancer.
Events Off Campus
Alive interactive Magazine-Summer edition
alive interactive is an excellent onlineresource that provides easy-to-use information about natural health, healthy living tips, and great recipes.
Squamish Nation Youth PowWow-Aug. 29-31
Don’t miss the 27th annual Squamish Nation PowWow held at Capilano Reserve Park. Enjoy dance competitions, traditional food served all day, crafters and games for kids.
Richmond Maritime Festival-Aug. 8-10
Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage at the 11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival.
Each summer, Civic Square comes alive with expanded playground activities, community art projects, outdoor movies and cultural programming. Located beside Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch.
Bard on the Beach-now until Sept. 20
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals.
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