Congratulations to these SHCS staff on retiring, and thank you to each of them for their dedication to UBC throughout their careers.

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Anh Lam

Facilities & Building Services

Anh’s last day at UBC was October 23, 2022.
Congratulations, Anh, on your 11 amazing years at UBC! 

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“Anh was born in Saigon, Vitenam and moved to Vancouver in 1989, where she and her husband raised two children.

“Whether it’s finding a special new walking route in her neighbourhood or visiting Europe, Anh loves to travel and try new things. Her favourite food is seafood—especially lobster.

“Anh has been a valued member of SHCS since 2011 and will fondly remember her friendly co-workers and cooking her famous noodles for the staff pot luck lunch during the holidays. We will miss Anh in SHCS but wish her all the best in her next adventure.”

— Randy Gvora, Building Service Manager

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Rich McGrath

Facilities and Building Services

Rich’s last day at UBC will be October 31, 2022.
Congratulations, Rich, on your 40 remarkable years at UBC!

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“After 40 years at UBC, Rich McGrath has made the tough decision to retire. Rich joined SHCS as our Mechanical Subhead for Trades in 2012, after working for 30 years as a Steamfitter in Building Operations.

“In his 10 years with SHCS, Rich was a leader, a mentor, and an inspiration to the team. Never one to say no, 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.

“As much as he loved his job, his love for fishing and spending time with his family was a top priority; now, in his retirement, he can enjoy these and more. Rich will very much be missed within SHCS, and as sad as we are to see him go, we wish him absolutely the best in retirement.”

— Andrew Powter, Associate Director, Facilities

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Romulo (JR) Garcia

Facilities and Building Services

Romulo’s last day at UBC will be October 31, 2022.
Congratulations, Romulo, on your 14 amazing years at UBC!

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“We want to thank Romulo for his time in Building Services. He was a friendly face for residents and staff alike. We also want to thank him for his many years of services as part of the safety team. We wish him lots of bike rides in his retirement and time with his grandchildren.”

— Johanna Webber, Associate Director, Building Services

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Evereth Basinang

Facilities & Building Services

Evereth’s last day at UBC will be November 12, 2022.
Congratulations, Evereth, on your 27 incredible years at UBC!

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“Evereth Basinang started as a service worker with Building Services in 1995, working with UBC Student Housing as it has grown and change through out his 27 years with the department.

“Evereth was known widely for his dedicated services and willingness to step up to help get the job done ensuring staff, students, and guests had the best experience possible. Whether it was jumping up to help clean an urgent flood, helping his colleagues take on work orders and fixing things, or a laughing in the break room, Evereth was always willing to lend a helping hand and smile to the cause.

“Even outside of work Evereth was willing to help his colleagues as his cheerful and friendly demeanour bulled them into his orbit as friends. He was always willing to lend a hand or even on occasion, drive the opposite direction from work to pick up his peers so they would make it to work on time.

“Evereth’s commitment to service, getting the job done, and his cheerful presence will be greatly missed and he leaves a legacy of hard work, diligence, and team work that will not soon be matched. We wish Evereth the very best in this next stage of his life as he spends his time with his large family sharing with them his passion for karaoke!”

— Lyndon Duncan, Building Service Manager

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Jose Abad

Facilities & Building Services

Jose’s last day at UBC will be November 12, 2022.
Congratulations, Jose, on your 20 remarkable years at UBC!

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“Jose Abad was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Vancouver in 1998 and began his career with SHCS. Jose was driven by relationships; he mostly enjoyed the training and the people he met through his years with UBC.

“After being married for 37 years and taking care of 3 children, those caring characteristics showed through his work and were witnessed in how much effort he put into each day. Those qualities are carrying through after retiring as he enjoys taking care of his 2 grandkids. Jose will be missed in SHCS.”

— Johanna Webber, Associate Director, Building Services

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Joel Dy

Facilities & Building Services

Joel’s last day at UBC will be November 30, 2022.
Congratulations, Joel, on your 17 remarkable years at UBC! 

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“Joel Dy, born in Manila, Philippines, moved to Vancouver in 1995 where he later started working at UBC. Joel is motivated by love and hope, two words he truly believes in.

“In his spare time, you will find him cooking Chinese and Philipino food or donating his used clothes to Big Brother. Joel, also known as “Doctor Dy, Specialist in Floorcare” from his time working at a Children’s hospital, was hard-working and was known for his positive attitude in the workplace and spreading it through his sense of humour to his co-workers.

“Married for 20 years with 4 children, he was able to provide for his family by dedicating 17 years to UBC as a Service Worker. He truly made a big impact on the community with his positive attitude and generosity—you could always count on him to lend a helping hand. Joel Dy will be missed in SHCS, but we have no doubt that his impact will last a lifetime.”

— Johanna Webber, Associate Director, Building Services

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Jennie Orpen

UBC Bookstore

Jennie’s last day at UBC will be December 9, 2022.
Congratulations, Jennie, on your 21 outstanding years at UBC! 

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“After 21 years as the Merchandise Manager, Jennie has decided it is time to seek a life of travel and adventure. Her commitment to excellence in the Bookstore’s merchandise categories is second to none in our industry. She has led the buying team to achieve great things and will be sorely missed by all.

“We wish her all the best as she explores the world starting in December in New Zealand.”  

— Steve Alb, Director, Bookstore & Campus Mail

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Jenny Fuentes

Finance (UBC Bookstore)

Jenny’s last day at UBC will be December 16, 2022.  
Congratulations, Jenny, on your 16 amazing years at UBC! 

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“After 16 years of dedicated service to UBC supporting both the Bookstore and Campus Mail as Senior Finance Manager, Jenny Fuentes has announced her retirement. I have been delighted to witness how Jenny has grown both professionally and personally during her time at UBC and it has been my immense pleasure to have her as a colleague.

“I know that Jenny is excited to spend more time with family when she retires, which will include three wonderful grandchildren who constantly want her attention. Jenny and her husband will prioritize travel, and look forward to visiting their daughter and her family in Australia.”

— Brian Heathcote, Chief Financial Officer, SHCS

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Alice Chow

Food Services

Alice’s last day at UBC will be January 1, 2023. 
Congratulations, Alice, on your 37 extraordinary years at UBC! 

“I would like to thank UBC for all the great opportunities I have had as an employee. I have enjoyed working with and learning from my colleagues for the last 37 years and am ready to move on to the next phase if my life.”

— Alice Chow

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“When Alice began with UBC at Starbucks, she found her second home. Alice loved the campus and she gained many friends and Starbucks followers who visited year after year.

“We are grateful for Alice’s contribution over her tender at UBC—for every shift and impact made on each and every student.”

— Connie Lay, Retail Rood Services Manager