Monday update

Updates from UBC

Updates on UBC’s response to COVID-19 are at

Managing your mental health

HR has collected mental health resources to help you manage your ups and downs. Our VPFO HR staff is always available for a confidential conversation.

Operations updates


Building Operations, Energy & Water Services and Infrastructure Development


Comptroller, Finance & Operational Excellence and Treasury

Operations & Advising

Communications & Engagement, Human Resources, and Safety & Risk Services

  • Aligning UBC guidelines to the new public health orders: The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) recently announced two new public health orders for Gatherings & Events and Student Residents to reflect the non-medical mask and proof of vaccination status mandate. Safety & Risk Services teams are updating UBC guidelines to align with the updated health orders.
  • Understanding your audience: When you’re planning your communications, it’s important to think about what kinds of groups you might need to share information with. Learn how to identify and understand your audience on the VPFO Communications website.
  • VPFO HR on-site support schedule: Due to increased safety measures, the VPFO HR team will be working from home on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For any questions, please contact Senior HR Manager, Arvind Kang.
    • September 13: Daisy Chan, Kasia Burza
    • September 14: WFH
    • September 15: Rachel Lau
    • September 16: WFH
    • September 17: WFH

People in motion

Please join us in welcoming those who are joining us, celebrating promotions, and saying goodbye to team members who are moving on to their next steps.

  • Bert Tempel is joining Project Services today as Project Coordinator (Mechanical).
  • Anthony Boyce has been promoted to Head Metal Worker in Building Operations.
  • Django Lehner has been promoted to People & Process Manager in Building Operations.

VPFO job openings

All positions at UBC are available on the UBC HR Careers website, or through the career application in your Workday account. The following VPFO positions are currently open:

  • Director, Campus Security (JR3820) – closing Sep 16
  • Procurement Partner Manager (JR4180) – closing Sep 23
  • Lead Privacy & Information Security Advisor (JR2674) – closing Sep 28

Please remember to apply as an internal candidate. This ISC Knowledge Base article shows how: How do I apply for an internal job posting?.

Other notable updates

Getting ready for Canada’s new National Day of Truth & Reconciliation: What is the United Nations Declaration for the Recognition of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)?

Part one of this series covered why the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was established, how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was formed, and why their calls to action are important to all Canadians.

This week, we’ll explore:

  • What is the United Nations Declaration for the Recognition of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)?
  • Canada and UNDRIP
  • UNDRIP and UBC
  • Learning about UNDRIP to help your reconciliation journey

Read more and share your thoughts on our digital jamboard

Voting in Canada

On September 20, 2021, we go to the polls to elect our next federal government representatives and parties. The right to vote in Canada has evolved over time and for many marginalized groups voting was not a right until the nineteenth century.

In this EDI article, you’ll find resources about the history of voting in Canada and ways to navigate political conversations.

Read more

Optional All Staff Event Invite — Our next steps for return to campus

As we approach our planned October 4 deadline for VPFO staff to return to campus, this meeting will feature a short presentation on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 about our campus safety planning framework and current progress followed by a moderated Q&A to help answer your questions.

If you have already returned to campus, this meeting is optional, as you will already be working with the latest guidance.

Relevant resources

Get matched with a language learning partner through UBC Tandem

The UBC tandem Language Learning Program is a free initiative designed to build community through additional language acquisition, foster intercultural communication, and enhance cross-cultural understanding on campus.

Improve your conversational fluency in a language through matching with a partner who speaks this language fluently.

Learn more

Helpful news

Some interesting news articles team members have found informative, helpful, or fun! These are provided for information and entertainment only. Unless noted, UBC doesn’t specifically endorse or supply this content.

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