Thank you everyone for your participation in our eighth annual ES Wellness Afternoon! While it was primarily virtual for the second time, a few folks were able to get together on the Vancouver campus, and it was again a delight to be able to have Okanagan staff participate as well.
Please share with us your thoughts on how this year’s event went, as well as your suggestions for next year, in our evaluation survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kPewmJ35OSx0Gi
Keep on reading for pictures and highlights from the day!
Virtual Escape Room
Ariel Lee outdid herself, leading two sessions of a Brock Hall and UBC themed Virtual Escape Room! Reviews at the wrap-up session were unanimous:
Ariel, it was amazing! Great job – Holly Ma
The virtual escape room was so much fun! – Manpreet Virdi
And here’s the even better news – you can try it out on your own time too with your own team! Ariel even said she’s open to emails asking for clues too, if you ask nicely.
Big thanks to Cicy Guimond for once again leading painting sessions for the ES staff! This time, everyone was assigned a portion of the same picture and when we’re all back in Brock Hall we will find a space to hang up the resulting masterpiece!
Here’s a sneak peak of the incredible artwork that will soon adorn Brock Hall:
Positive Coping Strategies
Miranda Massie, UBC’s Workplace Wellbeing Practices & Learning Consultant, led a large group in this insightful workshop on positive coping strategies. Check out resources from the course here:
- Video: What is Mental Health?
- Faculty & Staff Mental Health Resources
- Workplace Learning Class coming up in October: Preventing Burnout
Nailed It! ES Edition
Annie Yim did her very best Nicole Byer impression, leading two groups of staff through an ES spinoff of the Netflix hit show Nailed It! Where home bakers do their best to recreate unique creative baking creations.
We have some talented bakers in ES (Ellen Luu and Odessa Corletto impressed!), along with some others who maybe might not be up for any promotions into Food Services. Check out the creations below! (Click on the images to see the full size)
Mysha from Elements Academy of Martial Arts led two groups through self-defense training – here’s the notes from the day!
There’s a public course coming up this month as well – details are included in the notes linked above.
UBC Ergonomics Program
Abigail Overduin from UBC’s Ergonomics Program led two sessions on Home Office Ergonomics, and Digital Eye Strain + Ergo Your Posture. Check out some resources below, along with links to how you can register for this training through central HR.
- Digital Eyestrain. Online visual ergo guide
- Ergo Online Resources. Online resources including home office set-up, traditional office set-up and visual ergonomics.
- Ergo Purchasing Guides. Online list with examples of equipment and products.
- Ergo Webinars. Live and recorded ergo webinars , (e.g. Home Office Ergo, Digital Eye Strain).
- WSBC Office Ergo Resources. Guide to setting up your computer workstation.
- Ergonomics assessments.Virtual assessments can be arranged for home offices. Please complete UBC’s ergonomics assessment request form and someone will contact you to arrange an assessment.
- Mental Health Resources. Check out UBC’s Health, Wellbeing & Benefits Mental Health and EFAP
- UBC Occupational Health & Safety. Check out resources for more information on safety while working from home at or UBCO, and check out the UBC Remote Work 20-minute course .
Your Personality Type at Work
Coby Thurmeier led a group through work related to their personality type. Discover your personality type at https://www.16personalities.com/ and check out the deck from the session below:
Documentary & Discussion
Ashley Elchuk facilitated group discussion after watching the 2017 short film Holy Angels which tells the story of a survivor of the residential school system. Following the film we engaged in a discussion about the history of residential schools and shared information and resources on reconciliation, shared here below:
- Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports & Findings
- Indigenous Canada course
- UBC Extended Learning course: Principled Engagement with Indigenous Peoples
- UBC Extended Learning Course: Responding to Indigenous-specific Racism
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who led and produced sessions for this year’s event:
- Jessica Iverson
- Ariel Lee
- Cicy Guimond
- Robbie Morrison
- Debbie Lin
- Kristina Shen
- Holly Ma
- Debbie Oon
- Susana Baez
- Kim Sicoli
- Judy McGuigan
- Annie Yim
- Ashley Elchuk
- Coby Thurmeier
- UBC Rec
- Miranda Massie
- Abigail Overduin
- Munir Velji & LifeWorks (UBC’s EFAP Provider)