2018 President’s Awards for Staff Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the President’s Service Awards for Excellence and the President’s Staff Awards, presented by the university annually to recognize staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence within the UBC community.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence

The President’s Service Award for Excellence is presented each year to up to five outstanding staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the university, and who excel in their personal achievements.

This year’s President’s Service Awards for Excellence recipients are:

  • Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar & Director, Student Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions, Enrolment Services
  • Enid Ho, Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program
  • Chiara Longhi, Director, Student Services, Faculty of Forestry
  • Lynne Murchie, Associate Director, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
  • Charles Shi, International Student Advisor RCIC, International Student Development

President’s Staff Awards

The President’s Staff Awards at the Vancouver campus recognize the personal achievements and contributions that staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the university.

This year’s President’s Staff Awards recipients are:

Leadership

  • Kari Marken, Educational Strategist, First Year Experience, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
  • Ido Roll, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • David Speight, Executive Chef & Culinary Director, UBC Food Services

Emerging Leadership

  • Winnie Cheung, Lab Manager, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research Centre

Enhancing the UBC Experience

Creativity & Innovation

  • Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic, Media Producers, Department of Political Science | Michael Smith Laboratories
  • Grace Wong, Senior International Advisor, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic

Community Engagement

  • Dylan Brown, Program Director, UBC Active Kids, School of Kinesiology
  • Lindsay Marsh, Program and Communications Manager, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

  • Alyssa Reyes, Intramural Events Coordinator, Athletics & Recreation

Wellbeing

Last Call to Register for Conflict Theatre – Deadline Extended to June 14

Every team faces conflict, and as a leader it’s important to know how to guide your team through these trying times. Conflict Theatre just might be the edge you are looking for to bring your conflict management skills to the next level.

Learning Outcomes

As a participant you can expect to walk away with the following skills:

  • Acquisition of new options and strategies for approaching conflict in a different way
  • Increased understanding of the hidden systemic and interpersonal structures that drive conflict
  • Development of communicative strategies and awareness of possibilities within situations of conflict
  • Practice in creating a sense of community and support, and collective a-ha moments

The deadline to apply has been extended to June 14. Sign-up today through the online application.

Visit the Conflict Theatre website for more information.

Call for UBC-V QPR Instructors: Application Deadline – June 13, 2018

The Suicide Awareness Working Group is recruiting staff and faculty members who are interested in becoming QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) instructors at the Vancouver campus. This is a volunteer role and full training is provided.

As a QPR instructor, you will:

  • Provide training
  • Promote QPR within your department
  • Receive ongoing support from the QPR instructor community of practice and QPR Institute
  • Have the opportunity to contribute to UBC Vancouver’s suicide awareness strategy

If you are interested in becoming a QPR instructor, please read this Info Sheet and complete a brief online application by Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Training will take place on June 27 and 28, 2018.

If you know a staff or faculty member who may be interested, and you are supportive of their use of time toward this initiative, please encourage them to apply or share the Info Sheet with them.

Questions about the QPR instructor training program? Contact the Co-chairs of the Suicide Awareness Working Group: Tam Uden or Kelly Eaton.

Last Call to Register for “The Working Mind” Session on June 20

We have a few spots still available for “The Working Mind”, a new training session being previewed by Miranda Massie (Health Promotions).

This evidence-based workplace training program aims to increase mental health literacy for employees. Anyone in HR is welcome to register for this free session.

Visit the post from May 17 for more information about the training session.

Attend the Staff Pension Plan Fair on June 21

The UBC Staff Pension Fair takes place on Thursday, June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair will be held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This is a drop-in event; no RSVP is required.
The Pension Fair is a great opportunity for members to learn more about their pension plan and increase their pension knowledge. We are also pleased to have the following groups in attendance:

Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for more details.

Inviting comments on Proposed Policy #7 (Occupational and Research Health and Safety Policy)

Faculty and staff are invited to comment on the Proposed Policy #7 (Occupational and Research Health and Safety Policy) and its related procedures (collectively referred to as “Proposed Policy #7”).

You can view the policy at https://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2018/05/Policy-7_Call-For-Comments.pdf

Proposed Policy #7 establishes consistent, up-to-date, standardized, and subject matter specific procedures related to health and safety. This is intended to ensure all preventative measures are appropriately taken to eliminate unnecessary risks, injuries, and occupational diseases, arising out of UBC’s workplace, teaching, and research environments, in order to sustain UBC’s reputation as both a leading research and teaching institute and employer.

Deadline for comments: September 30, 2018

Faculty and staff are invited to submit any comments to the Office of the University Counsel at university.counsel@ubc.ca by September 30, 2018.

Expression of Interest in Advisory Committee to UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Initiative: Deadline June 1, 2018

UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI) invites individuals from Indigenous communities, UBC faculty and UBC staff to express their interest for an advisory role as part of IRSI’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.

The ISRI commits to enabling collaborative research, better practices of engagement, and supporting research excellence.

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide culturally-relevant advice, leadership and guidance to the staff and leadership team of the IRSI on matters relating to but not limited to: strategic direction of the network, research and ethics protocols, community outreach, governance, procedures and processes of the network.

Expression of interest closing date: June 1, 2018

Full details: https://research.ubc.ca/about-vpri/indigenous-research-support-initiative#advisory