United Way Update

Posted on behalf of Cassie Dominic, co-Chair, Brock Hall United Way Committee

Fall and the crisp weather makes me think of the coming holiday season but in the last few years, it has also made me think of the community I exist in and how to show compassion for all around who may experience holiday seasons in a very different way than I do, for a variety of reasons. For this reason, I decided to become more involved with United Way.

The UBC United Way Campaign is an annual workplace campaign that runs in the fall and creates a great opportunity for students, staff, and faculty on campus to connect, network and raise funds for a great cause. The University of British Columbia (Vancouver and Okanagan) has been the top contributor to United Way for many years. Since 2009 UBC has consistently raised over $550,000 annually in support of the local community.

All over campus between now and the end of December, there are various fundraising initiatives taking place to garner awareness and support for the campaign. Here in Brock Hall, we have a fantastic little committee that has come together from most units that work out of the building and we are collaboratively putting together a few events to support the cause that will be held in the Main Concourse (in front of the CSI&C):

  • Brock Hall Breakfast: November 20th between 9am and 10.30am
  • Brock Hall Bake Sale: November 21st between 11am and 1pm

Below is a summary of ES colleagues in support of UW pledges via payroll or one-time donations (at the events) & eligibility details for Brock Hall prizes, breakfast & bake sale:

ES staff who pledge a minimum of $5 per pay/payroll deduction in the month of October 2019 are eligible for:

  • Free coffee (Ethical Bean and Milano) for the month of November
  • Brock Hall prize draws, ticket to Nov 20 breakfast & 1 baked good from bake sale (Nov 21)

ES staff who pledge a one-time donation (any amount) via pledge/UBC UW site in the month of October 2019 are eligible for Brock Hall prize draws, ticket to Nov 20 breakfast & 1 baked good from bake sale (Nov 21)

Interested in a Hot Lunch?

Join your colleagues from across campus at the monthly Hot Lunch at St. John’s College. Each month, a senior UBC leader is invited to speak about their personal career journey, and their current work at UBC. You’ll also have a chance to network with staff and faculty from all levels of the university.

Upcoming hot lunch speakers

Eilis Courtney, Senior Advisor, Ceremonies & Protocol
Wednesday, January 30

Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice President, Human Resources
Wednesday, February 27

Your $10 ticket includes a hot lunch buffet (vegetarian options available).

Buy your ticket before they sell out.

Not able to attend the next hot lunch? Sign up to receive alerts when hot lunches are announced.

Staff spotlight: Zenia Ferreira

Who: Zenia Ferreira
Position: Planning & Evaluation Strategist, Student Diversity Initiative, Equity and Inclusion Office, Vancouver Campus
Since: December 2017

Professional Background: I have an undergraduate degree from McMaster University and graduate degree from the University of Waterloo, both focused on the social determinants of health and political science. As part of my Masters I completed a 12 month co-op at BC Cancer Agency in health economics where I researched the cost of cervical cancer screening methods. Since then I have hopped all over Toronto, the UK and back to Vancouver. I continued working in health economics research at the University of Leeds before returning to Toronto and working in a dual role as an analyst for new business at a change management consulting firm and in a strategic planning role at its sister marketing firm. The Student Diversity Initiative was the perfect opportunity for my interests; it involves individual behaviour shift, use of data to uncover patterns and creation of a healthy culture.

Current work: My first six months at UBC have been a whirlwind. There are so many great people to meet here and the amount of enthusiasm and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in Enrollment Services has been amazing. As an embedded planning and evaluation strategist my role is to help ES leverage their great work, as well as further identify opportunities for supporting systemically underrepresented and/or marginalized students. ES is one of the early partners in the Student Diversity Initiative. The other partners include the Faculty of Arts, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Student Development and Services and the Faculty of Science. We’ll be presenting an overview of the work being done at the November ES stand up meeting so stay tuned!

Personal information: In my free time I work out, spend time with friends, phone family back in Ontario or read a book. I bought an e-reader this summer and it’s changed my life. There were so many words I didn’t realize I was skimming over and now I stop to check their definition. My current book recommendation is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Everyone should read it and anyone will get something from it.

Feel free to get in touch. My email is Zenia.Ferreira@ubc.ca. In case you’re wondering, my name is pronounced Zeen-eee-ah.