News and Updates

Indigenous training: UBCO Residence Advisors

On Sunday January 28, the UBC Okanagan Residence Advisor team had the opportunity to explore the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada and hear a presentation orienting staff to the host nation, the Syilx Okanagan Nation. This guided session with Educational Facilitator Naim Cardinal, from UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Programs and Services, allowed all 85 Residence Advisors to explore the massive, 11 metre x 8 metre atlas in the Nechako Residence Commonsblock gathering room. View a photo from the session.

Hydrogen Hub update

UBC Parking is excited to announce that the hydrogen hub—the hydrogen production, storage and fuelling station—near Thunderbird Parkade, part of the UBC Renewable Energy Hub that we covered in April 2022, has successfully passed a number of key commissioning requirements. With these milestones reached, we now have hydrogen on site, and the hub is nearly ready to open for fuelling commercial hydrogen vehicles.

Not Myself Today (NMT): February lunch and learn recap

On February 6, our Not Myself Today ambassadors hosted an informative, in-person lunch and learn session about emotional intelligence, delivered by Dr. Thara Vayali, ND, an internationally known speaker and writer and the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of hey freya. Nearly 40 staff from across SHCS attended the lunch and learn session, which covered positive ways to harness emotional intelligence and offered practical tools for enhancing our emotional skillsets.

Get your pair of “Shoes for Crews”

Our Occupational Health and Safety team is excited to announce our new “Shoes for Crews” program. Through this program, SHCS employees in Vancouver and the Okanagan receive a discount—an average of between 15% and 20%—on orders through Shoes for Crews, the leading supplier of slip-resistant work boots, clogs and athletic shoes.

To order your pair, visit our Shoes for Crews partner site, click “log in” under Employee Credit Card Purchase, then “log in” again on the next screen to view footwear with our discount applied. Each month will feature an additional promotional offer: for orders in February, use promo code “A32002” for free shipping; for March orders, use promo code “A34002” for a free hot/cold pack. Shoes will ship direct to your home and returns are easy. For any questions, contact the SHCS Occupational Health and Safety team.

Get your shirt for Pink Shirt Day at UBC Bookstore

The UBC Bookstore carries pink t-shirts in support of Pink Shirt Day (Feb 28, 2024). This year, we’re featuring the Kindness is Power design by Francis Horne Sr., Coast Salish Artist, which features an eagle forming a heart. Three dollars from every pink shirt sale will benefit the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund in support of Indigenous people and families who continue to be impacted by Residential Schools and intergenerational trauma. Learn more.

UBCO Child Care: second facility under construction

To expand much-needed child care access at UBC Okanagan, a new facility is currently being built next to the existing centre. This addition will increase the number of spaces child care spaces from 56 to 93. Construction of the building is well underway, with concrete work completed in late-January and framing started in early-February. We look forward to continued progress and opening this building to families in fall 2024. Learn more.

UBCO RA sets world record at Ironman triathlon

The UBCO Residence Life team shares the wonderful news that Zach Bernier, one of our Residence Advisors in Nechako residence, set a world record at the Ironman Arizona triathlon on November 19, 2023. Finishing fourth place overall, he set a new U20 (i.e., under 20-years old) Ironman Triathlon world record, with a time of 8 hours, 44 minutes and 56 seconds. Read more.

Ena Point (UBC Child Care) publishes two new children’s books

Please join us in congratulating Ena Point, the Indigenous Relations Engagement Pedagogist at UBC Child Care, on publishing two new children’s books. This fall, Ena published The Sounds of My Body in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, which is available for purchase online and in select bookstores in Vancouver, including Massy Books, Iron Dog Books and the UBC Bookstore. Ena’s second book, Once We Were Trees, is currently available for pre-order online and will be coming out soon! Learn more.

Food Services’ local supplier spotlights continue

This term, Food Services Vancouver continues to feature local suppliers on Instagram and in our residence dining rooms, including Save Da Sea, Kula Foods, West Coast Bannock, Panela Lemon and Solecito, with many more to come. Check it all out on the UBC Foodie Instagram. And while you’re there, check out the great Chef Q&As with Johnny Bridge, Andy Chan and more.

Child Care Vancouver spaces approved for $10 a day

On February 9, 2024, the BC government announced that over 700 spaces across BC would move into the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program. More than 300 of those are group child care spaces at UBC Child Care in Vancouver. Congratulations to the Child Care team on successfully applying for and receiving this approval, which means that all our pre-Kindergarten spaces are now $10 a day. Read the province’s announcement.

UBCO Commuter Student Hostel now open

The housing team at UBCO is excited to announce that late-last term, they opened up the doors to their new Commuter Student Hostel, Nicola Residence, which gives students who commute to UBCO from elsewhere in the Okanagan valley a place to stay on campus, if needed. In addition to regular bookings, one room in the hostel is being used by the Emergency First Response Team to support the 24/7 operation of on-call first aid and it came in handy during a cold snap in January, when several residents needed to be relocated due to frozen pipes. Learn more.

Congratulations to Gloria Sun, Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing

The Food Services Vancouver team is pleased to announce that Gloria Sun, who has been our Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing, on contract for the past year, has accepted a permanent position in this role. Please join us in congratulating Gloria. Congratulations also to Melissa Baker-Wilson, who held this position for the past seven years, on her new position with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, where she is now an educator with the Dietetics program.

UBC Bookstore: Featured collections

For Black History Month (February), the team at UBC Bookstore put together an extensive in-store display and online listing of brilliant books by black authors, from classics to contemporary, nonfiction to sci-fi. Plus, in honour of Freedom to Read Week (Feb 18–24), they also put together an in-store display and online listing of banned books. Visit the store until the end of February to check out these great displays. Throughout March, visit the store to check out the display in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8).

Welcome Chanakaya Shabnavees to UBC Bookstore

The UBC Bookstore team would like to welcome Chanakya “Sha” Shabnavees, the new E-Commerce, Special Events, and Assistant Retail Floor Supervisor. Sha comes to the Bookstore and SHCS team from his most recent external role as an E-Commerce Manager and started at the Bookstore in early-January.

Welcome Ruth Situma to C&A

The Conferences and Accommodation (C&A) team would like to extend a warm welcome to Ruth Situma, who is the new Meeting Planner and started on January 22, 2024. In her role, she will primarily support academic conference hosts with planning, registration services, abstracts, website management and social events. A UBC employee since 2012, Ruth was most recently the Program and Communications Manager at the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Science.

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