Congratulations to the 206 employees celebrating their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, or 40 years of service with Student Housing and Community Services and UBC.

Each of these Long Service Award recipients were recognized with a unique Long Service pin to acknowledge their commitment to SHCS and UBC. Congratulations to all!

40 Year

Christina Choi
Food Services
Learn more about Christina

“Christina started working at our café in the old Student Union Building. She also worked at Vanier, Totem and every non-franchise location within the retail portfolio.

“Always willing to help, Christina’s passion and enthusiasm shows every day. The pride she takes in her work is truly inspiring.

“Outside of work, Christina loves Opera; she sings and teaches with the Chinese Opera Association and also helps with costume designs for the big events.” — Jody Ropas

Congratulations Christina!

Rich McGrath
Facilities and Building Services
Learn more about Rich

“Rich joined SHCS as our Mechanical Subhead for Trades in 2012 after working at Building Operations for 30 years as a Steamfitter.

“In his years with SHCS, Rich was a leader, a mentor, and an inspiration to the team. He was always eager and available to lend a hand—to any trade—in order to help out or to get the job done. And he was constantly on the go. 

“Now, in his retirement, Rich can enjoy fishing and spending time with family. He is very much missed within SHCS, and as sad as we are to see him go, we wish him absolutely the best in retirement.”  — Andrew Powter

Congratulations Rich!

Judy Medley
Judy Medley
Residence Life and Administration
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“You can’t come into the SHCS Main Office without hearing a greeting, dry quip, or story from Judy. She has a unique sense of humor that is well known to SHCS-ians and a laugh that is nothing short of infectiousShe is fiercely loyal, and cares immensely for her team.”  — Natalie Tole

Congratulations Judy! 

Gaye Melson Folker Pehlke
Residence Life and Administration
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“Gaye has spent 40 amazing years with us, first in Food Services before joining the Front Desk team. She is approachable, kind, knowledgeable and helpful with students and staff, and can bring a smile to anyone’s face. She makes connections with students by taking the time to get to know them, asking about their studies and how they are doing. One staff member shared “Gaye is one of the reasons I had the confidence to apply for my current position with SHCS and I will always remember her encouraging words.” Carol Young

Congratulations Gaye! 

Jack Stein
Jack Stein
Facilities and Building Services
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“Jack came to SHCS in 2015 after a long career at Building Operations. Needless to say, he probably didn’t realize how much fun he was about to have! Over the last three years Jack has helped hundreds of students and faculty, and he has done so with a jovial laugh and great smile. He is an integral part of our locksmith team here and we feel lucky to have his great personality, knowledge and experience to help us in our operations.” Andrew Powter

Congratulations Jack!

35 Year

Dennis Jim
Food Services
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“BC-born, Dennis has family throughout the lower mainland, and as one of the “younger” siblings, he spends much time caring for and helping out family members.

“Family interests in real estate means Dennis never lacks for things to do. He has developed great handyman skills and uses them regularly both at work and at home.

“Dennis continues to pursue his interest in martial arts and follows a regular training routine in his home garage/dojo.” — Rene Atkinson

Congratulations Dennis!

Anna Ziarek
Food Services
Learn more about Anna

“Anna immigrated from Poland to Canada and joined UBC in 1987. Since then, she has helped Food Services grow. In her early years, Anna worked as a commissary cook in the basement of the Pacific Spirit Place building and at our Pacific Spirit Place Cafe. 

“Anna’s talents expanded from there as she helped establish our offerings and food units in Totem Park and again when she came into the Retail Food Services department. Anna has no intention of slowing down. She continues to represent the values, vision and mission of SHCS every day—while at Mercante Pizzeria or Perugia Cafe or in the many other locations on campus.” — Connie Lay

Congratulations Ann!

30 Year

Genuina Ayento
Food Services
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“Genny leads her team of sales associates in residence with a quiet strength and grace, and her contribution to the operations in our unit is invaluable. Genny is not only a leader on her team—she is also a leader in her community. 

“Social events are often marked by one of Genny’s amazing cakes. A sought after baker for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries—you must place your order well in advance. 

“Her love of travel is abundant and she quickly makes friends wherever she goes.” — Rene Atkinson

Congratulations Genuina! 

Kerry Boultbee
UBC Bookstore
Learn more about Kerry

“Kerry has been a big part of the Bookstore’s customer service success. He started working in the warehouse as general clerk and a few years later became the retail supervisor. Kerry is a fantastic co-worker and has been a great leader on the retail floor. He is easy to talk to and strives to make sure everyone is heard.  Bookstore staff look up to Kerry (and not just because he is very tall…although we do ask him to get whatever we need off the top shelf! 😊).  

“He is a family focused person, loves animals, and is a very experienced cyclist who has been riding into work for as long as anyone can remember—even in inclement weather.” — Rodolfo Calero

Congratulations Kerry!   

Chris McCauley
Campus Mail
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“Chris began his UBC career at the Bookstore where he built many good relationships. Campus Mail is lucky to have Chris on the team. He has been a huge contributor to the mail room’s reputation of outstanding community service. His sense of humour brightens a room and he is absolutely unflappableno crisis seems to phase him. Chris co-workers know him for his incredible work ethic and willingness to help everyone around him, including students and the UBC community in general. In his free time, Chris enjoys cycling and snowboarding, and there is a rumour that he also golfs, but we will have to see if that’s true at the next OWC Golf Tournament!” — Rodolfo Calero

Congratulations Chris! 

Loriann McGowan

Food Services

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“There is very little that Loriann has not done at Food Services over the past 30 years. She is patient and always puts the students and team first. In her time at Food Services, Loriann has welcomed and served over 100,000 first year students in Residence dining! It has been a true gift working and learning from Loriann and we look forward to more years to come! 

“About 7 years ago Loriann re-discovered her passion for curling. Now her calendar is circled in red when curling season starts and she is sad when it ends. She has often said that all her water sports are frozen. Win or lose she is happiest when she’s sliding down the ice guiding a rock or sliding down an ice cold beverage with her teammates afterward.” — Colin Moore & Rene Atkinson

Congratulations Loriann! 

Johannes Nonyane
UBC Bookstore
Learn more about Johannes

“Johannes has worked in many areas of the Bookstore, specifically working with computers Currently, he is working with the warehouse team as a bookstore assistant in the shipping receiving department. He is known for his excellent customer service to both external and internal customers, his upbeat attitude, and good humour. Johannes enjoys music—the Bookstore team “believes it’s Jazz”—and he loves to travel. His colleagues value his sense of humour and hearty laugh.” — Rodolfo Calero

Congratulations Johannes!  

Rick Single
Campus Mail
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“Rick has been a big part of the Mail Room’s reputation of incredible service and helping the UBC community at large. He is part of a network of routes which deliver to over 400 locations around UBC campus. He is known for sharing his Bookstore and Mail Room knowledge with new team members and his co-workers appreciate his ready-to-help attitude. On his spare time, Rick loves to go fishing and has “kicked some professional golfers’ behinds at the USB tournament once or twice…so he says!” — Rodolfo Calero

Congratulations Rick!

Lisa McArthur
Child Care
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“Celebrating a 30 year milestone, it cannot go unnoticed that Lee is a loyal educator and colleague at UBC Child Care. In addition to her long-time service to SHCS, Lee was a long serving BCGEU Shop Steward, Bargaining and LST/JOHSC Committee Member. Her passion for social justice and employee rights has always been a priority for Lee in her support of her colleagues and community members at UBC. Lee has woven Canada’s true history, thoughtfully and carefully into Raven’s philosophy, curriculum and environment. Every year, Lee and her team deliver a curriculum called Let’s Talk About Touching (LTAT). LTAT is an inclusive sexual abuse prevention program developed entirely in BC for young children that teaches them that their bodies are their own and that they have choice about who touches them and how they are touched.  In her role as Senior Early Childhood Educator, Lee has worked hard to support, and mentor her Raven colleagues, whom she considers family.  Over the years, Lee has made a lasting impact on the children and families she has supported and cared for.

“Thank you Lee for your continued commitment to the Raven, UBC Child Care and larger UBC community.” — Karen Vaughan

Congratulations Lisa!   


25 Year

Casey Bourque
UBC Bookstore
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“Casey joined the Bookstore in November 1997 as a “floater” on the retail floor, spending most of her time helping in clothing and departmental sales/stationery. By 1999, a full-time position opened up in departmental sales/stationery, so she worked on the shop floor for many years before moving up to the warehouse. Casey would like to thank all her colleagues past and present who have helped her along the way, many of whom feel like friends and family. She is honoured to live and work on the beautiful, unceded Musqueam territory that the UBC campus sits upon.” — Rodolfo Calero  

Congratulations Casey!

Conrado Dela Cruz
Facilities and Building Services
Learn more about Conrado

“Conrad has been a friendly face to students and guests alike. He takes pride in helping our residents and providing a personal touch in a place where many are away from home for the first time.

“Conrad is a quiet leader who leads by doing. He is the first person on site when there is something urgent, providing a calm presence for his co-workers. 

“He is so committed to his work at UBC that he leaves his home at 5:45 am for an 8 am start!  

“Conrad spends his time outside of work with his two sons, Nick and Nathan, and his wife of 28 years, Veronica. He can often be found cycling in and around Pitt Meadows or boating on Alouette Lake.” — Johanna Webber 

Congratulations Conrad!

Leslie Kupillas
Facilities and Building Services
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“Les joined UBC in 1997 and transferred to SHCS in 1999 as a plasterer. He has been a tireless worker, colleague and leader for those 25 years. Other than his outstanding work within his trade, Les has also served his union, being a shop steward for CUPE 116 for two yearsMost recently, Les was promoted to the Head Trades position, overseeing 35 Tradespeople—a job at which he has excelled. Other than his passion for spending time with his family and hunting, his dedication to SHCS is second to none and we are lucky to have him!” — Claudia Popa

Congratulations Les!  

Noella McMillan
Child Care
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“Noella is a  thoughtful and caring colleague at UBC Child Care, who always seems up for a challenge or an opportunity to try something new. Noella is passionate about Infant and Toddler care, and recently described her program as a place where you must be guided by your heart to support and build relationships  with very young children and their parents.

“The way that Noella connects with every family and child in such a thoughtful, responsive and respectful way is an inspiration for everyone she’s spent time with over the years, and that is thousands of UBC children and their families along with hundreds of early childhood educators.  Many of the Senior Educators at UBC have worked with Noella and they often share how she has played a pivotal role in their practice.” — Karen Vaughan

Congratulations Noella! 

Alexi Peraza Martinez
Learn more about Alexi

“Alexi is simply loved by his friends and colleagues. He’s warm, kind and caring—all qualities that you want in a work buddy (especially in the kind of job where you frequently do NOT make someone’s day). He’s dedicated to his job, the Department and, most of all, his many, many friends.” — Brian Jones

Congratulations Alexi! 

Michael Roth
UBC Bookstore
Learn more about Michael

“Michael Roth has had quite the arc in his UBC career trajectory. Starting as an hourly Sales Clerk in 1997, with promotions every few years until finally a bittersweet promotion to Senior Trade Buyer in 2013.

“Mike’s laidback and diplomatic style of ‘massaging the message’ is admired immensely by all his coworkers at the Bookstore, but what inspires most is his brave attempt at climbing Chomolungma [], also known as Mount Everest, only stopping to meditate along the way and then having his ascent thwarted by a paper cut at base camp.

“His April 1, 2015 book release, Scandal at UBC Bookstore, while never having been available, is a mythical cult classic and widely sought after by only the most ridiculous book aficionados. 

“We look forward to witnessing Mike’s continued success and diverse, some would say magical, book buying expertise for many more years.” — Jennie Orpen

Congratulations Mike! 

Deb Thompson
Child Care
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“Deb came to UBC Child Care Services on August 25, 1997. Over her 25 years at CCS, Deb has built enduring and strong relationships with this community. You can often find an educator or a program manager sitting in Deb’s red chair, beside her wall of Fluevog shoes, seeking advice, comfort, guidance or friendship.

“The highlight of Deb’s career at UBC was establishing the mixed age programs. Deb’s hopes and dreams for the future of UBC Child Care is to ensure that a solid foundation of intentional pedagogical thinking is established before she rides off into the sunset—with a complicated book in her hand and a fancy pair of shoes on her feet.” — Karen Vaughan

Congratulations Deb! 

Melanie Walters
Child Care
Learn more about Melanie

“Melanie joined UBC Child Care Services on August 18, 1997 as an Early Childhood Educator. She journeyed through a variety of different CCS settings over the years, enhancing each one with her love of gardening, interior design and risky play before gracefully moving through to enrich another one. Mel completed both her BA and MA in Education while working full time, an accomplishment that she is very proud of. She is now a Program Manager and mentor to many of our early childhood educators.” — Karen Vaughan

Congratulations Melanie! 

Carol Young
Residence Life and Administration
Learn more about Carol

“Carol joined the Student Housing team as the Front Desk Supervisor in 1997 and was promoted to a position as Residence Life Manager in 2002. Carol was promoted to her current role as the Associate Director, Service Development and Operations in 2012. 

“Carol works tirelessly to manage 10 residence front desks serving 13,200 residence students. Carol knows the nooks and crannies of every residence front desk and could share the standard operating procedures in her sleep. Carol has many strengths, but one we’d be remiss to forget is her aptitude for reflection—and inspiring this in others. Reflection is a core aspect of Residence Life training that captivates the attention of 250 Residence Advisors annually, making it a gift that she has shared with thousands of staff at UBC. She has touched multiple young professionals’ lives through her mentorship and guidance.” — Lakshmi Sangaranarayanan

Congratulations Carol! 

20 Year

  • Jose Abad
  • Rose Marie Acuna
  • Shannon Dunn
  • Randy Gvora
  • Rita Khosla
  • Elizabeth Krisciunas
  • Julia Kwon
  • Joanna Kwong
  • Frank Lupomesky
  • Brian McLaughlin
  • Lamberto Millanes
  • Glenda Pascasio
  • Kulwinder Rai
  • Karla Ruano
  • Marcia Tween
  • Johanna Webber

15 Year

  • Clarissa Asia
  • Avelina Bantiyao
  • Ricky Biring
  • Jennifer Cheng
  • Mei Kwan Cheng
  • Leni Corcino-Consejo
  • Yulia Elfimova
  • Maria Falcon
  • Jennifer Fuentes
  • Inderjit Gill
  • Shannon Heighes
  • Philip Hung
  • Shwu-Meei Lan
  • Debbie Lavery
  • Tamara Lee
  • Paula McCready
  • Mike McGhee
  • Cherrylyn Navarrete
  • Quoc Nguyen
  • Surinder Padda
  • Julieta Palcon
  • Patrick Quinn
  • Bryan Rangel
  • Romel Rioja
  • Eduardo Sio
  • Shamima Sultana
  • Harjit Sumra
  • Chrissy Teodoro da Silva
  • Kanae Utagaki
  • Natalia Vasquez
  • Kristen Walmsley
  • Maya Walsh

10 Year

  • Marilyn Advincula
  • Juanita Albay
  • Maaike Ammerlaan
  • Rachelle Aquino
  • Rosita Avila
  • Amira Awad
  • Bhavandeep Bains
  • Poongothai Balakrishnan
  • Olof Balasamy
  • Selina Bancroft
  • Kushaldeep Bhullar
  • Kim Buttedahl
  • Daniel Chow
  • Yeon Hee Chung
  • Cristina Cua-Go
  • Kelly Davies
  • Poonam Dhillon
  • Yoko Fukasawa
  • Jeren Hezretova
  • Van Hua
  • Komal Jhaj
  • Heesun Kim
  • Kerstin Lam
  • Andy Li
  • Bennett Macken
  • Martina Mihalikova
  • Muthu Muthukumar
  • Kamlesh Parmar
  • Krista Power
  • Jaya Rayat
  • Maria Santos
  • Gemma Sarmiento
  • David Solomon
  • Amy Stewart
  • Lee Na Sze
  • Myrtle Taganas
  • Vincencius Tjhin
  • Natalie Tole
  • Yan Wang
  • Jessica Yu

5 Year

  • Joseph Acorda
  • Leni Acorda
  • Virginia Alberca
  • James Aquino
  • Esteban Arratia
  • Rajwinder Auluck
  • Julienne Ballitoc
  • Joseph Bayacal
  • Sarah Bellis
  • Johnny Bridge
  • Ofenia Calata
  • Rina Calayan
  • Joanne Chan
  • Jatinder Chhina
  • Sukhvir Chohan
  • Young Chun
  • Jim Collier
  • Jacob Conde
  • Julien Cuenca
  • Tannya Daula
  • Ena Daviduk
  • Eric de la Cruz
  • Zenaida de Leon
  • David Delgado
  • Mulu Deneke
  • Colin Dewar
  • May Diaz
  • Zoe Diomis
  • Gorgonio Dogillo
  • David Ferguson
  • Muthukumar Ganesan
  • Angie Gil
  • Jennifer Gunn
  • Pahul Gupta
  • Taylor Hall
  • Erika Hasegawa
  • Margareta Herman
  • Kuo Chou Hsu
  • Sam Szu Chung Huang
  • May Huynh
  • Alfonso Jaimes Barrera Rubio
  • Jean Jamora
  • Tarsem Khella
  • Herbert Lai
  • Bette Fung King Lee
  • Jaskaranjit Lehal
  • Louis Letiecq
  • Valerie Leung
  • Changping Li
  • Lewelyn Lizaso
  • M. Paola Lozano Tapia
  • Michael Luk
  • William Mailley
  • Pierre Malozewski
  • Elsie Marayag
  • Ray Mattison
  • Ewen McCormick
  • Catherine Melicor
  • Amelia Merin
  • Maria-Jose Navarro
  • Rodolfo Opina Jr.
  • Lynette Penano
  • Marieta Petrik
  • Claire Ponce
  • Claudia Popa
  • Angelita Quadra
  • Jorge Romero
  • Harpreet Saini
  • David Sandoe
  • Pawneet Saroya
  • Robert Scudamore
  • Hiroko Shiono
  • Michael Soo
  • Andrew Stephens
  • Jessica Sterman
  • Danil Stoyak
  • Jane Sunwoo
  • Dominika Svec
  • Cassandra Sweers
  • Judith Tagalicud
  • Raymond Tahum
  • Tessie Tenerife-De Guzman
  • Jie Teng
  • Tony Tsu
  • Marco Turcios
  • Jill Unger
  • Maria Christina Villar
  • Gabriela Villasenor Velasco
  • Darcy Wong
  • Linzi Wong
  • Zackary Woodward
  • Sandra Yallop
  • Arellano Young