And That’s a Wrap on the 2021 Brock Hall United Way Campaign!

The end of November marks the end of our 2021 Brock Hall United Way Campaign. While we’ve wrapped up our official Brock Hall campaign, donations still count towards our funds raised. Make a one-time donation, or commit to payroll donations at

Highlights of this year’s campaign:

  • 54 payroll donors
  • 14 one-time donors
  • Funds raised thorough the Brock Hall campaign so far – $19721

Wine Survivor

In addition to raising funds through payroll donations, the Brock Hall United Way Committee hosted Brock Hall Wine Survivor. Twenty participants battled it out over three weeks to become one of the last three Survivors to avoid elimination. Our amazing UBC United Way Campaign Associate, Alex Kinkead performed an uncanny likeness of Jeff Probst, hosting and recording all of our elimination challenges and donor prize draws.


It was a hard fought battle, but in the end, it paid off to have immunity passes (take note for next year!). The final three survivors were: Ashley Elchuk (final survivor), Coby Thurmeier (second to last survivor) and Jessica Iverson (third to last survivor)! The three winners split 19 bottles of wine and a six pack of beer, high-fived, and left Brock Hall  that day emanating with power, glory and triumph.

Payroll and one-time donors working in Brock Hall were entered to win prizes during November. Here’s the list of ES staff members who won:

  • Julia Shen
  • Camille Jonson
  • Katja Clark
  • Elham Karimi
  • Cheryl Tyler
  • Winnie Ng
  • Effy Katahan
  • Drew Senay
  • Kate Ross
  • Heather Mitchell
  • Debbie Lin
  • Odessa Corletto
  • Nikki Reine
  • Colleen Mooney
  • Cassie Dominic


We wouldn’t have been able to donate prizes without the generosity of many companies and individuals.

Thank  you to our prize donors:

  • Debbie Lin
  • UBC West Coast Suites
  • UBC Athletics
  • Evo
  • Staples
  • Chambar
  • The Ballet Lounge
  • Anna’s Cake House
  • Peter from Brooks Corning

Thank you to the Wine Survivor participants who donated $370 in gift cards for donor prizes:

  • Pia Gormley
  • Velia Altamira (CSI&C)
  • Paolo Caguiat (CSI&C)
  • Michael Judd
  • Maria Jose Beck Buttedahl (ISI)
  • Kim Sicoli
  • Jessica Iverson
  • Aaron Anderson (ISI)
  • Teresa Tsang
  • Ashley Elchuk
  • Coby Thurmeier

And finally,  a huge THANK YOU goes out to all of the members of the Brock Hall United Way Campaign for planning and promoting Wine Survivor, UBC United Way events, and the payroll donation program!

  • Velia Altamira Vazquez (CSI&C)
  • Maria Beck Buttedahl (ISI)
  • Paolo Caguiat (CSI&C)
  • Ashley Elchuk 
  • Pia Gormley 
  • Cicy Guimond 
  • Winnie Ng 
  • Coby Thurmeier 


Halloween 2021

Posted on behalf of Lindsay Brock and ES O staff

Jennifer Kerr, Ashley Stapleton, and Lindsay Brock (Student Records & Financial Services) dressed up as the Hocus Pocus witches this year. They flew around campus on their brooms delivering Halloween treats to students and causing general mayhem.

Here is a video of the antics:

Jennifer Kerr, Ashley Stapleton, and Lindsay Brock

Jackie Leung’s daughter Aerith trying on their homemade costumes: Mario’s King Whomp and a Pokémon Butterfree mask. So cute!

Stephanie McRurie’s spooky front yard

Ashley Stapleton’s family dressed up in Frozen costumes, per her daughter’s request

Lindsay Brock’s daughters dressed as a dead bride and a hippie

The SRFS Office Stormtrooper ready for Halloween!

Winter Watch List

Posted on behalf of Sanchari Barua, with input from ES O staff

Whether you’re a fan of being bundled up at home or stepping into the world through big screens, here are some recommendations of TV Shows and Movies that were shared by our very own Okanagan team for you this winter:

Lindsay Brock The Morning Show, and re-watching Six Feet Under.

Stephanie McRurie There are so many great TV shows out there right now, but two that I’ve completed recently and really enjoyed are “Maid” and “Midnight Mass”.

Richard Arnold I watched Midnight Mass on Netflix and really liked it.  Also, Yellowstone (season 4 currently on tv but seasons 1-3 are on Amazon Prime).

Halyna Petryshyn I am currently watching Maid and Yellowstone.

Alisa Dewald Anything on BritBox. Current favourites are Fawlty Towers, Keeping up Appearances and Death in Paradise.

Ashley Stapleton – Yellowstone & Only Murders in the Building.

Jackie Leung Squid Game on Netflix, Away on Netflix.

Jennifer Kerr – Any creepy supernatural horror available! Fave standbys: 30 days of night, Girl with all the Gifts, Descent. As well as any and all Permaculture Farms around the world talking about their Food Forest via YouTube.

Sanchari Barua –

  • No Time To Die (007 Series)
  • Dune
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings

Doreen Lange –

  •  I Care a Lot – Prime
  • The Chair – Netflix
  • Power – 6 seasons – Prime
  • Great Escapes – History channel – Morgan Freeman
  • Pillars of the Earth – old, but good
  • Maid – based on true story – Netflix series