Program inspires UBC faculty, staff and students to be community leaders

Whether sharing stories of inspiring civil engineering research or finding meaningful ways to engage alumni, Lindsay Cashin’s pride for her community comes alive in her everyday work.

Now in her seventh year working at UBC, Lindsay first joined the university as a staff member in the Department of Civil Engineering and currently oversees special projects as a member of the Development and Alumni Engagement team at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

In 2017, on the hunt for a professional development opportunity that could offer her greater connection to the community within and outside of the university, Lindsay enrolled in the UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP).

“I was intrigued by the opportunity to gain experience working with students and a community partner outside the university ‘bubble,’” says Lindsay.

Lindsay makes a point of giving back to the community from where she draws inspiration and community pride. “Students make UBC possible,” she says, “so I find it energizing and satisfying to give back to them in my own small way.”

CLP is an experiential learning program offered annually to graduate students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by Human Resources and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, the program is designed in two phases with activities during the months of October to March.

In the first phase, participants take part in a series of concept-driven workshops. In the second phase, they apply their learning by collaborating with community organizations and undergraduate students through both the Reading Week program and the Student Leaders program. Together, participants spend three days implementing community initiatives in a school or non-profit organization in the Lower Mainland.

Lindsay encourages anyone who is curious about working with students, discovering community organizations beyond UBC, and developing themselves as a leader to consider CLP.

Reflecting on her experience in the program, Lindsay remarks that partnering with undergraduate students on a Reading Week project was a highlight. “I got to test-drive leadership skills while working with a brilliant student leader and five student volunteers on a film project for a really engaged and supportive community partner. It was unlike anything I’d experienced before at UBC.”

To read more about Lindsay’s experience with CLP, please visit Focus on People 2025:

To learn more about CLP, visit:

CliftonStrengths Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success

Living your best life begins when you apply your unique talents. This course will change the way you work and will influence the rest of your life. You will learn how to identify what you do best and how to maximize your potential by using your CliftonStrengths . Join us in this workshop which uses the CliftonStrengths assessment tool and enhances participant understanding of the full potential of these strengths.

Please note: In preparation for the session, registration will be closed by February 25, 2020

Event Information:

  • Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Tech Enterprise Facilities III – 6th FLOOR – Multipurpose Room, HR, 6190 Agronomy Road
  • Cost: $375.00

For more information, please visit the HR course catalogue.

The Working Mind: Workplace Mental Health Training for Faculty & Staff

Established by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Working Mind is an evidence-based training program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce stigma in a workplace setting. It includes scenario-based practical applications, custom videos of people with lived experience of mental illness, participant reference guides, and related handouts.

Event Information:

  • Date: Monday Feb. 24, 2020 (1 day)
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Building: Tech Enterprise Facilities III – 6TH FLOOR – Multipurpose Room, HR, 6190 Agronomy Road
  • Cost: Fee waived

For more information or to register for this event, please visit the HR course catalogue.

alumniUBC webinar: Engaging Employees Through Career Decisions

Knowing how to increase employee engagement remains elusive for many people managers at a time when more and more employees are craving career development in the workplace.
What can you do in your job to increase employee engagement (for yourself or others), regardless of your position in an organization?

How can you effectively retain Millennials and other independent contributors who want career support in the workplace?

Join Colleen Egli, BA’09, to learn what new research links employee engagement with employee-manager career development discussions, learn how to strategically use these discussions as an effective, low-cost, high-return tool to increase employee engagement levels at work, and discover what key points need to be addressed to propose a business case around supporting this type of engagement initiative.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm

For more information or to register for this event, visit:

Summer camp: new registration information

At the Vancouver campus, a big change is coming up for recreation and camps programs. A new registration system is launching that integrates with your CWL and will streamline discounted rates and improve the online experience.

To connect your CWL with a UBC Recreation login or to find out more, please visit:

Bassem Youssef: The Middle Eastern Monologues – March 2

UBC Connects presents The Middle Eastern Monologues with Bassem Youssef on March 2, at 6:30 pm.

Formerly a heart surgeon, Bassem Youssef shot to fame in 2011 as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World.” As Stephen Colbert put it, Youssef “hosted Egypt’s first political satire show until the government decided it would be Egypt’s last political satire show.”

In this talk, Youssef shares his experience as a doctor-turned-satirist during the most uncertain time in the Middle East. He will discuss the dynamics of humour, politics and search for liberties and freedoms in the Middle East. As a new resident of the United States, Youssef will take a fresh look at the factors shaping American policies in the Middle East while initiating an honest conversation with Arabs and

Muslims about their role and position impacting the historic events unfolding today.

For ticket information, visit:

Black activism in education and community: asserting black presence in Canada with OmiSoore Dryden – March 2

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. will be initiating the conversation on efforts on the part of colleges, universities and communities across Canada to assert Black presence and work towards systemic change.

The event is jointly hosted by the UBC Black Caucus, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, and the Equity & Inclusion Office. Light dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Event Information:
• Date: March 2
• Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
• Location: UBC Robson Square Theatre

This event is free, but registration is required. Light dinner and refreshments provided.
This event is free but registration is required. Register for the event here:

MOA hosts International Women’s Day celebration – March 5

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year’s International Women’s Day at MOA is a unique intergenerational, intercultural celebration of women supporting women.

This event is co-curated with dancer, rapper and community organizer, Kayla Vargas; JUNO-winning musician and community organizer, Meredith Bates; and singer/songwriter and musician, Chelsea Johnson.

Event Information:
• Date: March 5, 2020
• Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
• Location: Museum of Anthropology

All ages are welcome. This event is free with museum admission. For more information, visit:

Call for Nominations: President’s Staff Awards

2020 UBC President’s Awards for Staff: Call for Nominations

We all know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to the University community. We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2020 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).

Download the nomination package at

The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 13, 2020.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence
This award is open to all UBC staff with 10 or more years of service. Up to five recipients are selected each year. The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus)
Open to all staff at the Vancouver campus with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:

  • Wellbeing (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Community Engagement
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)

Up to 14 recipients are selected each year (two awards per category), and each recipient receives $2,000.

Visit the Focus on People website to read past recipient profiles.

Memo: Management and Professional Staff Compensation Review 2019

On Jan. 29, HR issued a memo: Management and Professional Staff Compensation Review 2019

As you may be aware, the university regularly conducts market reviews to evaluate the competitiveness of its compensation for Management & Professional (M&P) staff. These market reviews not only enable the university to retain fair and competitive compensation for staff, but are also required by the agreement between UBC and the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS).

Compensation review results

As a result of the 2019 review, some of UBC’s M&P staff members will receive a pay grade and/or salary increase. It is important to note that this compensation review will not result in a general wage increase for all M&P staff — only those in job family levels that have fallen behind the 50th percentile of the relevant comparator market will be impacted.

Implementation and timing

  • Salary adjustments will be retroactive to July 1, 2019. Retroactive pay to that date will be paid out on the March 15, 2020 pay cheque.
  • Staff members whose salaries are impacted, will receive a letter directly from Human Resources advising them of their new job family level and salary increase.
  • Prior to implementation, Human Resources will send a spreadsheet to department administrators denoting changes for each eligible M&P staff member in the Faculty/department.

For more information, including a full listing of all impacted job families, please visit:

See all HR memos at

Equity Enhancement Fund Call for Admissions

The Equity & Inclusion Office has opened up applications for the Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion – one of the core themes of UBC’s strategic plan. Applicants can request up to $25,000 in funding.

This year’s initiatives must also must advance one or more of the actions outlined under the goals of the Inclusion Action Plan.

All UBC students, staff and faculty are welcome to apply for funding by February 26. We’ll also be hosting a workshop on how to write a successful proposal on February 11.

For more information, visit:

Travelling Health Fair

The Travelling Health Fair is a free mobile health clinic put on once a year for UBC staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows. It offers one-on-one health assessments and consultations throughout February. Come join us and let’s talk about you!

Who should attend: Everyone! Whether you are currently living with a chronic condition or want to learn about your risk factors, there is something for everyone at this fair. It is never too early to think about prevention.

Registration will open on February 3, 2020

  • Feb. 12 – Orchard commons, room 3052 (Point Grey)
  • Feb. 18 – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, rooms 222 & 224 (Point Grey)
  • Feb. 19 – UBC Life Building, ARC classroom (Point Grey)
  • Feb. 20 – Neville Scarfe Building, rooms 200 (Point Grey)
  • Feb. 26 – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 1st floor lecture hall (VGH/DHCC)

All services are provided by pharmacists from the UBC Pharmacists Clinic and trained students from the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

For more information, visit:

alumniUBC: February Professional Development Events

alumniUBC is offering two new professional development learning opportunities this February.

The Habit Course

Building on the momentum of alumni UBC’s popular webinar, Managing Your Energy at Work, and our online book club selection, The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, The Habit Course will teach you how to implement new habits at work.

As change becomes the norm in our workplace, our ability to adapt and modify our behaviours is a critical skill. Being able to implement habits of your choosing will allow you to excel at work, and provide additional bandwidth to focus on what really matters. In this five week, live online program, you will learn tried and tested practical tools to create new habits.

The course begins February 10, 2020, and ends March 13, 2020.

The Habit Course is comprised of five 2-hour online sessions delivered once per week. During class, you will learn new concepts, have opportunities to engage with classmates and the facilitator, and participate in reflective exercises.

Course Fee:
UBC Alumni: $149
General Admission: $199

The Art of Adaptive Leadership

The Adaptive Leadership framework is a practical toolkit that helps leaders and organizations adapt and thrive in complex, rapidly changing environments. At its core, the framework assists in providing leaders the insights and resilience to become more effective by engaging others in challenging work, particularly when facing complex organizational and/or interpersonal challenges. It builds capacity within organizations by mobilizing people to ask deeper questions and do adaptive work.

In this interactive session, Adel Gamar will uncover how adaptive leadership can help individuals and organizations learn anew and thrive in competitive professional environments.

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 7:30-9:30 am
Location: UBC Robson Square Theatre (C300), 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

UBC Alumni: $20
UBC Sauder Executive Education Alumni: $20
UBC Students: $10
General Admission: $30

For more information on these events, or to register online, please visit

Learn How to Prepare for an Emergency at Ranger Station

Emergencies happen, and as UBC students, faculty, staff, and residents, we all have a role to play in emergency preparedness.

The Emergency Management team is hosting an Emergency Ranger Station to help you get informed, get prepared, and become Ranger Ready. Being Ranger Ready means equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools to prevent, respond, and recover from any and all emergencies.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 10.00 a.m. — 3.00 p.m.
Location: Atrium, The AMS Student Nest

For more information, visit:

Call for Speakers: Community of Practice Change and Transition Pecha Kucha


Call for speakers:
Share your stories and inspire the audience with your thoughts and experiences, (personal or professional) using PechaKucha 20 x 20 format. The theme is change and we’re excited to hear your story about capacity and resilience during change.

The UBC Change and Transition Community of Practice is hosting a PechaKucha style event on March 17th @ 2:30pm and is welcoming submissions from speakers. This is a great opportunity to hone in on or practice fast-paced presentation in a friendly environment!

If you are interested in presenting, submit your proposal to by February 14th 2020.

  • Proposal format: Your proposal should be about 200-300 words and include a title and a short summary of your talk. Please include your contact details (Name, email and phone number)
  • Theme: The theme should reflect on capacity and/or resilience during change
  • Presentation format: PechaKucha format
  • Deadline: Submit your proposal by Friday 14th February 2020

We look forward to hearing from you! For more information, visit:

Limited Staff Professional Development Funds Remaining for 2019-20

As we approach the March 31 fiscal year end, we ask that you encourage staff in your departments to check their available professional development funds before submitting a claim.

Please note there is limited funding available for remainder of 2019-20 fiscal year for a number of employee groups. Prior to making a PD related purchase, staff are encouraged to check their respective employee group PD Fund webpage (links below) for updates on the funding pool balance.

As a reminder, staff access to funding is based on UBC employee group affiliation. Staff are welcome to make PD claims on a first-come, first-served basis until their applicable funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner.

Notes about funds for (Fiscal Year 2019-20)

We anticipate that the  M&P (AAPS) PD Fund  will exhaust by January 24. The CUPE 2950 PD Fund and the  Non-Union TRA PD Fund  have  already exhausted and are no longer accepting staff PD expense claims for the current funding year.

It is expected that the other employee group PD Fund budgets will be able to accommodate PD claim requests until the March 31 year-end.

The amount available for individuals to claim depends on the employee group, as each group has its own individual maximum claim amount and annual funding pool. Staff PD funds are available for the following employee groups:

If an employee group’s funding pool runs out of money prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year. Claims will be accepted again in the next fiscal year.

These are annual funding pools designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Questions? Please contact

Memo: 2020 Income Replacement Plan Premium Rate Change (January 14, 2020)

On Jan. 8, HR issued a memo: 2020 Income Replacement Plan Premium Rate Change

The long-term disability plan for Faculty Association members, Academic & Administrative Executives, and M&P staff enrolled in the Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) is called the UBC Income Replacement Plan (“IRP”). This is a mandatory, employee-paid plan that provides a monthly income should you become unable to work due to illness or disability, once you have passed the qualifying period.

In 2020, the IRP premium rate will decrease from 1.487% to 1.190% of earnings. The new premium rate will be implemented on the first pay cheque after January 1st.

See all HR memos at

Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver with Shelby McPhee

Recent and ongoing incidents in Vancouver and Canada illustrate that anti-Black racism is very much a local reality. Black communities that include activists, artists and academics have a long history of working to create new narratives, analyses and immersive experiences that shift this reality.

This event highlights the thinking and efforts of Black communities, and aims to expand the public conversation and prompt non-Black communities to act in effective solidarity to dismantle anti-Black racism.

Our special guest for this event is Shelby McPhee, a recent graduate of Acadia University, who will share stories and comments on how to recognize and address anti-Black racism.

The event is jointly hosted by the UBC Black Caucus, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

The event is free but registration is required.

To register or for more information about this event, visit:

Call for Applications – Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force

The UBC Equity and Inclusion Office is committed to building a more inclusive campus community. As part of efforts to advance these commitments, a Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diversity task force will provide strategic direction to UBC’s senior leadership in the area of gender identity, gender expression and human rights.

Interested? Apply by February 9, 2020.

To learn more or apply for the task force, visit: