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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 Executive Leadership Team

The UBC Wellbeing Executive Leadership Team provides oversight and decision-making support to ensure that UBC moves toward becoming a wellbeing-promoting university, embedding health and wellbeing in all that we do: into everyday operations, business practices, and academic mandates.

Executive Leadership Team
  • Simon Bates | Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning
  • Gord Binsted | Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan 

  • Marcia Buchholz | Vice-President, Human Resources 

  • Lesley Cormack | Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Okanagan Campus
  • Ainsley Carry | Vice-President, Students 
  • Matt Dolf | Director, Strategic Support | UBC Wellbeing Office

UBC Wellbeing Advisory Committee

The Wellbeing Advisory Committee is made up of a dedicated group of academic leaders, senior administrators, and student executives on both our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. They represent leadership across portfolios 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. The Advisory Committee typically meets quarterly.

Advisory Committee Members 

 

— Chaired by members of the UBC Wellbeing Executive Leadership Team

  • Alison McLean | VP University & Academic Affairs | Graduate Student Society | Vancouver campus
  • Michelle Berner | Managing Director, Total Compensation | Human Resources | Vancouver campus
  • Joan Bottorff | Professor & Director | Institute for Healthy Living & Chronic Disease Prevention | Okanagan campus
  • Eshana Banghu | VP Academic & University Affairs | Alma Mater Society| Vancouver campus
  • Guy Faulkner | Professor | School of Kinesiology | Vancouver campus
  • Sara-Jane Finlay | Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion | Vancouver campus
  • Brianne Howard | Director, Academic Support, Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Vancouver campus
  • Gillian Henderson | Director, Human Resources | Okanagan campus
  • Carole Jolly | Director, Community Development | Campus & Community Planning | Vancouver campus
  • Shelley Kayfish | Director, Campus Operations and Risk Management | Okanagan campus
  • Dale Mullings | Associate Vice-President, Students | Okanagan campus
  • Margaret Moss | Director | First Nations House of Learning | Vancouver campus
  • Linda Nowlan | Executive Directors | UBC Sustainability Initiative | Vancouver campus
  • Andrew Parr | Managing Director, Student Housing and Hospitality Services | Vancouver campus
  • Samantha Reid | Executive Director | Office of the Vice President, Students | Vancouver campus
  • Student Senate Caucus | Vancouver campus
  • Kavie Toor | Managing Director | UBC Athletics & Recreation | Vancouver campus

Strategic Support Team

Under the guidance of the Wellbeing Advisory 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 
  • Levonne Abshire and Kelly White | Co-interim Directors | Health Promotion & Education | Student Health & Wellbeing | UBC Vancouver
  • Melissa Baker-Wilson | Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing | Student Housing and Community Services | UBC Vancouver
  • Carleigh Benoit | Manager, Work Re-Integration Accommodation Program | Human Resources | UBC Okanagan
  • Matt Dolf | Director, Strategic Support | UBC Wellbeing Office | UBC Vancouver
  • Melissa Feddersen | Wellbeing Specialist | Health and Wellness | UBC Okanagan
  • Alicia Hibbert | Senior Lead, Workplace Wellbeing Strategies | Health, Wellbeing & Benefits | Human Resources | UBC Vancouver
  • Crystal Hutchinson | Workplace Wellbeing Strategist | Health, Wellbeing & Benefits | Human Resources | UBC Vancouver
  • Sara Kozicky | Food Insecurity Project Manager | UBC Wellbeing Office | UBC Vancouver
  • Natasha Malloff | Director | Health, Wellbeing & Benefits | Human Resources | UBC Vancouver
  • Natasha Moore | Planning & Evaluation Advisor | UBC Wellbeing Office | UBC Vancouver
  • Alyssa Reyes | Physical Activity Manager | Athletics and Recreation | UBC Vancouver
  • Gabriella Scali | Content and Engagement Strategist | UBC Wellbeing Office | UBC Vancouver
  • Karen Selby | Planning & Evaluation Advisor | UBC Wellbeing Office & HR Health, Wellbeing & Benefits | UBC Vancouver
  • Julie Stachiw | Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing | Student Housing and Community Services | UBC Okanagan
  • Amanda Swoboda | Wellbeing Strategist | Human Resources | UBC Okanagan
  • Roger Wilson | Director | Health & Wellness | UBC Okanagan

Community of Practice 

A “Community of Practice” enhances connections for staff connected to health, wellbeing, and sustainability promotion but without necessarily having a mandate for systems-wide work. This group focuses on knowledge sharing, capacity building, innovation, and collaboration to connect communities and embed wellbeing across the institution.

Community of Practice Members 
  • Arts & Culture District: Deb Pickman​
  • UBC Food Services: Sarah Kozicky
  • HR Health, Wellbeing & Benefits: Natasha Malloff, Crystal Hutchinson, Melissa Lafrance, Miranda Massie​
  • UBC Recreation: Alyssa Reyes
  • Student Development & Services, Health Promotion & Education: Patty Hambler, Levonne Abshire, Diana Jung, Hillary Stevens, Kelly White
  • UBC Okanagan Campus Health: Casey Hamilton
  • UBC Okanagan HR: Carleigh Benoit, Wellbeing Specialist TBA
  • UBC Okanagan Health and Wellness: Roger Wilson, Wellbeing Specialist TBA
  • UBC Wellbeing Office: Matt Dolf, Natasha Moore, Gabriella Scali, Karen Selby

Other regularly invited groups include: University Sustainability Initiative, Campus + Community Planning,  UBC Health, Equity & Inclusion Office, First Nations House of Learning

Committees

Comprised of student, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders from both campuses, committees support our Wellbeing Priority Areas. Each committee develops a "Framework for Action" to help guide goal setting and facilitate cross-cutting initiatives in each area.

For “Built & Natural Environments” and “Social Connection,” efforts are already underway within key supporting units, and the need to create a separate committee is currently under review.

For more information on committee membership and initiatives, visit the Wellbeing Priority Area pages.

Join the Conversation! 

Interested in learning more about championing and supporting wellbeing in your department or faculty? We want to help! 

Request Form


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.

Sign up for Wellbeing News

The bi-monthly Wellbeing Round-up email contains wellbeing-related news from across our campuses. Contact gabriella.scali@ubc.ca to sign up.

 


UBC Wellbeing Annual Status Report 

Check out the work happening across our campuses to support faculty, staff and student wellbeing. 

 

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.