UBC Wellbeing

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To be a global leader in championing wellbeing for our faculty, staff, students and community members, we must work together—embracing wellbeing in our campus culture, promoting and supporting wellbeing in both large and small ways, and helping one another address challenges.

It is this strategic, collaborative, system-wide approach that defines UBC’s approach to wellbeing. It is not the effort of a single unit or department, but something we create collectively, with everyone contributing to making UBC a better place to live, work, learn and play.

UBC Wellbeing Steering Committee

Oversight for UBC Wellbeing is provided by the Wellbeing Steering Committee, a dedicated group of academic leaders, senior administrators, and student executives on both our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. They represent senior leadership at UBC and are a driving force in supporting wellbeing as a priority on our campuses, addressing why wellbeing matters, and recognizing how it can be better integrated into the strategic, academic, and operational work of the university.

Steering Committee Members 
  • Gord Binsted, Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan 

  • Rob Boushel, Professor and Director, School of Kinesiology 

  • Joan Bottorff, Professor and Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan 

  • Pauline Brandes, Director, Human Resources, UBC Okanagan 

  • Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor, UBC Okanagan 

  • Lisa Castle, Vice-President, Human Resources 

  • Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students 

  • Ian Cull, Associate Vice-President, Students, UBC Okanagan 

  • Taran Dhillon, President, Graduate Student Society
  • Matt Dolf, Director, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing 

  • Alan Ehrenholz, President, Alma Mater Society 
  • Guy Faulkner, Professor, School of Kinesiology 

  • Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion
  • Adrian Fischer, Managing Director, Campus Experience
  • Larry Frank, Professor, School of Population & Public Health 

  • Tracey Hawthorn, Work Re-Integration, Accommodation Program & Wellbeing Coordinator, UBC Okanagan
  • Louise Nasmith, Associate-Provost Health 

  • Andrew Parr, Managing Director, Student Housing & Hospitality Services (SHHS) 

  • Ben Pollard, Director, VP Students Portfolio Initiatives 

  • James Tansey, Associate Professor and Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative 

  • Janet Teasdale, Managing Director, Student Development & Services 

  • Kavie Toor, Director, Facilities & Business Development, UBC Athletics and Recreation 
  • Michael White, Associate Vice-President, Campus & Community Planning

UBC Vancouver Operational Committee

Members of the Operational Committee represent decision makers from a cross-section of operational units on the Vancouver campus. They meet regularly to provide guidance, partnership, and expertise to ensure key initiatives in their portfolios align with wellbeing priorities.

Operational Committee Members 
  • Gen Cruz, President, GSS
  • Matt Dolf, Director, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing
  • Patty Hambler, Director, Health Promotion and Education, Student Development & Services
  • Carole Jolly, Director, Community Development, Campus & Community Planning
  • Gilles Lepine, Managing Director, Athletics & Recreation
  • Loriann McGowan, Associate Director, Residence Dining & Mini Marts, UBC Food Services
  • Natasha Malloff, Senior Manager, Health, Wellbeing & Benefits, Human Resources
  • Jean Marcus, Associate Director, USI
  • Tifanny Mintah, Assistant Director Residence Life, SHHS
  • Allison Munro Associate Director, USI
  • Ava Nasiri, President, AMS
  • Michael Tan, Director, Intramurals and Recreation, Athletics & Recreation
  • Jude Tate, Director, Equity and Inclusion
  • Kavie Toor, Director, Facilities & Business Development, Athletics & Recreation

UBC Okanagan Advisory Committee

Members of the UBC Okanagan Advisory Committee represent faculty and staff from a number of units on the Okanagan campus. They meet monthly to discuss opportunities and ensure key initiatives in their portfolios align with wellbeing priorities across both campuses. 

UBC Okanagan Advisory Committee Members 
  • Joan Bottorff, Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan 
  • Pauline Brandes, Director, Human Resources, UBC Okanagan 
  • Sabre Cherkowski, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, UBC Okanagan 
  • Ian Cull, Associate Vice-President Students, UBC Okanagan 
  • Casey Hamilton, Dietician, Health and Wellness, UBC Okanagan 
  • Chelsey Hartwig, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan 
  • Tracey Hawthorn, Work Re-Integration, Accommodation Program & Wellbeing Coordinator, UBC Okanagan
  • Shelley Kayfish, Director, Campus Operations and Risk Management, UBC Okanagan 
  • Stephanie McKeown, Director, Planning and Institutional Research 
  • Bud Mortenson, Director, University Relations, UBC Okanagan 
  • Melanie Reed, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Division of Radiation Oncology, Assistant Dean Student Affairs - Southern Interior Medical Program
  • Sally Willis-Stewart, Instructor, Health and Social Development, Health and Exercise Science, UBC Okanagan 
  • Tanya Forneris, Instructor, Health and Social Development, Health and Exercise Science, UBC Okanagan

Strategic Support Team

Under the guidance of the Wellbeing Steering Committee, a Strategic Support Team of staff from key wellbeing supporting units on both campuses works with faculties, units and departments to integrate wellbeing into their practices, policies and unit cultures. Supports for wellbeing include:

  • Assisting with strategic planning; 
  • Communications and engagement; 
  • Planning and evaluation; 
  • Facilitation and connections; 
  • Bridging research and practice.
Strategic Support Team Members 
  • Matt Dolf, Director, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing
  • Patty Hambler, Director, Health Proomtion & Education, Student Development & Services
  • Ben Pollard, Director, VPS Portfolio Initiatives 
  • Natasha Malloff, Senior Manager, Health, Wellbeing & Benefits, Human Resources
  • Grace Lau, Manager, Student Experience Evaluation and Research
  • Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP Coordinator, Human Resources (UBC Okanagan) 
  • Heather Quigley, Project Advisor, Athletics and Recreation 
  • Suzanne Jolly, Physical Activity Manager, Athletics and Recreation
  • Melissa Baker, Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing, Student Housing and Hospitality Services 
  • Jenna Omassi, Advisor, Strategic Support Team 
  • Diana Jung, Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects Coordinator, Health Promotion & Education
  • Miranda Massie, Health Promotions Coordinator, Human Resources 
  • Gabriella Scali, Content and Engagement Strategist, UBC Wellbeing 

Working Groups

Working groups, comprised of student, faculty staff and community stakeholders, have been formed to support each UBC Wellbeing priority area. Each working group develops a "Framework for Action" to help guide goal setting and facilitate cross-cutting initiatives in each of the five priority areas. For more information on working groups, visit the priority area pages.  

Join the Conversation! 

Interested in learning more about championing and supporting wellbeing in your department or faculty?

Resources to Support your Wellbeing 

UBC offers a number of resources and services to support your own wellbeing, including counselling, benefits information and health and wellness programs.  

For Students
For Faculty and Staff
For UNA Community Members
For Indigenous Community Members

Tools for Integrating Wellbeing

If you are looking for tools and resources to help better integrate wellbeing into your teaching, learning or workplace environment, please visit the Tools and Resources section for a variety of communication resources, workshops and classroom supports.



We all have a hand in shaping campus environments that support health, wellbeing, and sustainability. By championing wellbeing, we can build stronger and more inclusive communities at UBC and beyond.