On the Radar Volume 6 Number 3

 

 

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UBC Botanical Gardens

“On the Radar" is an electronic news bulletin for members of the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff at UBC. It is published periodically via email and on our website, under the guidance of the AAPS Communications Committee.


In This Issue

(The hyperlinks below will aid you in jumping to the articles you would most like to read.)


 


AAPS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Collective Bargaining Update

by Michael Conlon, AAPS Executive Director

Collective bargaining is now well underway. The University and AAPS bargaining teams met June 1, 2, 4, and 11 with two further sessions scheduled June 29 and June 30. The current agreement expires on June 30, however both parties are confident a deal can be worked out close to the date of expiry. If the present agreement expires, all current terms and conditions of the current agreement remain in effect until a new deal is signed and any changes would be retroactive to June 30, 2010.

As previously reported to the membership, the AAPS bargaining team presented proposals in three broad areas: Article 9 - Termination of Employment Without Cause; Benefits; and Professional Development. The negotiations have been cordial but spirited thus far as the parties attempt to reconcile differing positions. The negotiations fall under the purview of the Public Sector Employers Council (PSEC). PSEC sets the guidelines for total compensation in all bargaining in the public sector. In the fall PSEC announced a two-year, 0/0 mandate. Unfortunately, this means not only wages frozen for two years but any enhancements or changes to the benefits package must also be cost neutral. Bargaining under such constraints will make it very difficult to obtain any substantive material gains in this round of bargaining. However within the PSEC mandate the bargaining team continues to work hard with the University team to develop innovative, sustainable solutions that work for both parties. When this round of bargaining is completed AAPS will join with other employee groups to begin working to make the case that the next mandate from PSEC must include wage enhancements that, at the very least, allow members to keep pace with increases in the cost of living.

Once a deal is struck, consultations will be held with the membership to explain the specifics and context of the deal. Once consultations are complete the membership will have an opportunity to ratify the deal. For this round of bargaining, your bargaining team is:

  • Michael Conlon (Chief Negotiator)
  • Isabella Losinger (President)
  • Bernice Urbaniak (Past President)
  • Daryl Stowe (First Vice President)
  • Michael Shepard (AAPS Member)
  • George McLaughlin (AAPS member)
  • Robert Tudhope – (Second Vice President -- Alternate)

 

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Highlights of the Spring GM

by Jasmin Deol, Member Services Officer, AAPS

The Spring GM opened with AAPS President, Isabella Losinger welcoming Robert Tudhope to his new Board role as 2nd Vice President, and Jacqueline Smit as our new Secretary.  AAPS is currently looking for a new Treasurer, so if you are interested, please email Petra Ormsby at petra.ormsby@ubc.ca.   

Michael Conlon, AAPS Executive Director, then briefed the membership on the recent increase of advocacy cases, specifically without cause terminations.  “Members go through difficult personal times, and the role that the Member Services Officers play is twofold; the first is to offer the very best and most professional advice that we can provide them, in terms of what their options and rights are.  Secondly, we are the primary personal resource for those folks, and that’s simply the kind of work that cannot be rushed and needs to be done right.”  In passing the budget, the hiring of another Member Services Officer position was approved in order to meet the demand created by the increase in advocacy cases.

Michael updated the membership on Collective Bargaining.  As public sector employees, AAPS members' overall compensation is determined by the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC).  PSEC sets the mandate for Collective Bargaining annually, and this year have announced a 0/0 mandate for overall compensation.  Michael acknowledged that the 0/0 mandate would make bargaining quite challenging for AAPS.  “Any changes to benefits or areas of the agreement would have to be cost neutral, so the Bargaining Committee is currently working as a group to come up with creative solutions for you to enhance your agreement, but I think it important to be realistic and honest with the members that it is a 0/0 mandate this year and there will be no general wage increase.”

Next, Isabella Losinger provided members with an overview on the 2010/2011 Budget.  After passing the motion to approve the budget, a motion was introduced for a dues holiday for the month of June 2010.  The motion was passed unanimously.  She then reported on the status of the work being done and the new direction for the AAPS Disability Benefits Plan (formerly known as Income Replacement Plan or IRP).  The final outcome is that the plan will remain with Sun Life, but move to a fully insured plan.  There will be no change to the premium rate and no changes to the claim application and adjudications processes, but an improved coverage means a better definition of “disability” and recognition of partial disability. Kevin Jeffrey of Pointbreak Consulting, whom AAPS has retained for technical advice in evaluating the IRP Plan, was also on hand to answer questions.

The meeting ended with a motion tabled by a member to enhance member-to-member communication which was also approved.  The AAPS Communications Committee plans to work with board members and staff to review the motion and provide recommendations to enhance such communication among members.

120 AAPS members attended this year’s Spring General Meeting.  The event was also aired via web cast to increase member participation and is available,on-demand, for AAPS members.

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An AAPS Legend Retires

by Petra Ormsby, AAPS Office Manager

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Isabella Losinger (left) and George McLaughlin

 

After 33 years of dedicated service, George McLaughlin has retired from UBC.  A retirement party was held in his honour on May 28th, 2010, during which his history at UBC and his many accomplishments were recognized.  While humour was prevalent from the several members of the UBC community who came forward to share their stories, that didn’t stop the emotional wave that many felt as they realized that this was George’s last day.  Even dear George was brought to a moment of silence to regain his composure as he returned the favour by revealing his eternal gratitude for all that had passed during his time at UBC.

George joined AAPS as a Facilities Manager in July 14, 1997.  He joined the Board in Oct. 28, 1999 and over the next ten years, filled the roles of Member-at-Large, 1st Vice President, President, Past President, and ended as 2nd Vice President before retiring from the Board in Oct 22, 2008.  In addition to his Board roles he participated in the following committees: Bargaining Jan/02-Mar/03, May/05-Mar/06, Disability Benefits Plan (formerly Income Replacement Plan or IRP) Jul/03-Apr/10, and Market Salary Survey Oct/04-Dec/06.  Even though he has officially retired, he has agreed to stay on the current Bargaining Committee until it is completed.  Now that’s dedication.  Thank you, George, you will be sorely missed!

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2010 Recipients for the Presidents Service Awards of Excellence

by UBC Human Resources

2010 recipients for the PSA

 

Four AAPS members were recipients of this year’sPresident’s Service Awards for Excellence (PSAE).  Maura da Cruz (Department of Human Resources), Paul Lawson(Malcolm Knapp Research Forest), Justin Marples(Classroom Services), andGerald Vanderwoude(Department of Theatre and Film) were honoured for their outstanding contributions and personal achievement. Also receiving the award this year was Andrew Parr, from Student Housing and Hospitality Services.  Each recipient receives a gold medal, and $5,000, in a presentation during Spring Congregation ceremonies.  For more information about the PSAE and this year’s recipients, visit: www.ceremonies.ubc.ca

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Nominate an Okanagan Staff Member

by UBC Human Resources

Nominations are still open for the Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence and theDVC and Principal Award

The staff recognition awards program at the Okanagan campus has extended its deadline for nominations! 

If you know an Okanagan staff member who demonstrates exceptional leadership, or who goes the extra mile to provide service, or who excels at community engagement, or has really made an impact in terms of sustainability, now’s your chance to recognize them. Up to four recipients may be selected and will be formally recognized at the fall Town Hall.

As well, there is a new award you might consider – the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Award.  This award recognizes staff who have made an exceptional contribution to the Okanagan campus and community at large. Only one recipient is awarded this distinction and they receive $3,000 and formal recognition at the fall Town Hall, along with the other staff recognition award recipients.

View the nomination criteria and form for the Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence at:

http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/facultystaff/current-staff/excellence.html

View the nomination criteria and form for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Award at:

web.ubc.ca/okanagan/facultystaff/current-staff/DVC_and_Principal_Award.html

Nominations close June 30, 2010.

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Register for Paperless Claims

by UBC Human Resources

This message is being sent on behalf of the UBC HR Benefits team.

Haven’t yet signed on to Sun Life’s member website? You’re missing important confidential information about your benefits coverage and additional resources for you and your family.  Signing up is easy to at www.sunlife.ca/member.

If you’re already a Sun Life member, register for paperless claims and receive your reimbursements quicker via direct deposit. If you register for paperless claims between May 3 to June 27, 2010, you’ll also have the chance to win $1,000 to spend at your favorite retailer.  More contest details available atwww.sunlife.ca/signuptosun.

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2009 Focus on People Annual Report Released

by UBC Human Resources

focus on people logoUBC’s Focus on People Annual Report was released earlier this month.  This year’s report includes six feature articles that highlight the workplace experiences of faculty and staff.  View the report online.  To request copies of the print version for your department, please send your request by email.

 

 

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Advocacy Issues Report

The Advocacy Committee and the AAPS Member Services Officers are available to support and assist the Membership in advocacy issues. If you have concerns and/or questions contact us at the AAPS office and you will be assigned a representative to assist you with your situation. All information is treated confidentially. Questions that are brought forward raise AAPS' awareness of what is happening on the University's campuses, and ensures that the Agreement on Conditions and Terms of Employment (ACTE) is being appropriately applied. The following report identifies the Category of Issues as well as the number of specific issues within each category.

Advocacy Issues
May
(Reporting Period July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010)

Category of Issue Category DescriptionYTD
# Issues Handled
YTD
# of Issues Resolved
YTD 
# of Issues Remaining
Hours of WorkTime of day / day of week743
Workload OvertimeOver work/overtime pay1 1
DisciplineWarning/Suspension752
Terminations CauseCulpable firings33 
Terminations Without CauseLayoff/ Reorg/Lack of $/Unsuitability877413
Terminations ProbationSuitability/Fit   
Resignation/ RetirementQuit of own accord44 
Term Appointment EndsDate Moved/ Notice/$752
Classification & ReclassFamily/Grade761
PayAppropriateness29236
Bargaining UnitAAPS/CUPE/ FACUlTY   
ExclusionsWho is in/out   
Discrimination - 13 GroundsHuman Rights Code1 1
Harassment - PersonalBullying532
Work Environment - PhysicalSafety1 1
Work Environment - CultureToxic Environment1156
ReorganizationDept or UBC changes312
Long Term DisabilityExtend sick leave   
Sick LeavePay, duration, qualifying for1385
Leaves of AbsenceVacation & other leaves1798
Return-to-WorkAccommodation11 
PensionsAmount, entitlement, etc.1 1
BenefitsCoverage1055
Evaluation Post -Prob'nPerformance422
Evaluation ProbationPerformance1174
AppointmentsSearch/Selection/ Offer Letters1293
ServiceTotal Length of   
AttendanceAbsenteeism & Attendance Mgmt   
Professional DevelopmentTuition Waivers/PD Fund/Study Leave1064
Interpretations GeneralAnything not listed above403010
TOTAL 29221082

 

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AAPS Professional Development Events

Bookmark the AAPS PD Blog to keep up to date on Professional Development Events organized by AAPS. If you have an idea for a Professional Development Event, please contact Jasmin Deol at jasmin.harry@ubc.ca.

Upcoming Events Okanagan Campus

Speak Up: Speak Out - Personal Power & Respect in the Workplace 

Erica Pinsky

Erica Pinsky

 

 

Presented by Erica Pinsky

July 20, 2010 10:30am to 2:30pm
UBC Okanagan Campus
UNC 200 Ballroom

This event will be catered.

 

 

Program Summary:

Over 95% of all workplace disputes can be resolved within the first 3 to 5 days of occurrence...if someone speaks up.

You Will Learn:

  • What holds you back
  • How you can be your own advocate
  • The relationship between behavior and culture
  • How to engage and empower others through respectful dialogue

Presenter Bio:

Erica Pinsky is a dynamic speaker, author and consultant whose passion is promoting respectful workplace cultures. Her highly acclaimed book, "Road to Respect: Path to Profit" offers engaging stories, powerful insights and concrete strategies to inspire leaders and those they lead to walk the talk of respect at work.

Erica’s work history includes the public, private and non-profit sectors in both federal and provincial jurisdictions.  Erica’s experience includes policy development, training and presenting, complaint investigation, mediation, organizational audits, conflict management systems and one-on-one skills development. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sociology from the University of Toronto, a Master’s of Science in Industrial Relations from the Université de Montreal and a Conflict Resolution Certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.  Erica has received her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation through the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is open to all AAPS members.

 To Register:

Simply send an email to aaps.pd@ubc.ca.

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Recent AAPS Events

Teach ‘em How to Fish: Practical Coaching Tools for Managers

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A total of 92 AAPS members from the Vancouver campus and 30 from the Okanagan campus participated in the Teach em’ How to Fish: Practical Coaching Tools for Managers event organized by AAPS.

The AAPS Professional Development Committee is currently reviewing the possibility of another offering of this workshop at UBC's Vancouver Campus in response to the large waitlist.

 

Your Prescription for Life! Seven Steps to Extraordinary Health and Happiness

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Dr. Susan Biali showcasing her books

 

187 AAPS members attended the AAPS event,Your Prescription for Life!  Seven Steps to Extraordinary Health and Happiness on May 26, 2010. 

To ensure all members have equal opportunity to participate in Professional Development opportunities, AAPS has taken the initiative to record and distribute all Keynote Speaker presentations.

 

Please email Jasmin Harry at jasmin.harry@ubc.ca if you wish to view the video of the AAPS event, Prescription for Life!  Seven Steps to Extraordinary Health and Happiness with Dr. Susan Biali held on May 26, 2010. 

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FEATURED ARTICLES

Understanding Your Agreement

Salary Administration Letter of Agreement #1 – Merit Pay

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Sharon Cory, AAPS’ Senior Member Services Officer, reviews the term or condition of employment from theAAPS Agreement.

 


In May 2010, the University confirmed that the 2010 merit funds will be available to those M&P Staff who were eligible for merit increases for their current position as of June, 2009.  “The Board of Governors based the merit ranges on the University’s current budget reality and has approved the merit plan based on a maximum award of 3%.” 

“The Merit Plan is to identify and reward meritorious performance.”   The established rating scale identifies the distribution “to recognize people for their various levels of contribution”:

  1. “Demonstrated above average performance - up to 1% “
  2. “Demonstrates excellent performance - over 1% and up to 2%”
  3. “Demonstrates extraordinary performance - over 2% and up to 3%

For more comprehensive information please reviewhttp://www.hr.ubc.ca/comp/merit/.  Once within the site noted above you can go to reference the “Memo on the 2010 Merit Pay Program”  (pdf) and review explicit information regarding the merit pay process.  This year the University is looking to reduce the period of lag time between the merit period and the merit pay being implemented.

We are available in the AAPS office to assist should you require support.

Benefits – Article 13

Employee enrollment in Benefits is unique and individual to each member of AAPS. As summer draws near, it is that time of year when you should check your individual information by entering your CWL Account and reviewing the Benefits Section. This section will identify those you cover on the plan and what programs you are enrolled in. With the year close to half done you want to ensure your Plan usage is within the identified amounts as well as refresh yourself with the process of using the plans while on vacation. Staying informed will remove personal pressure should you need to access the plans while on vacation.

 

Should you have questions please contact the AAPS office for further clarification or to assist with your specific situation.

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Tips and Best Practices:

Users IT Risk, What Could Go Wrong Tomorrow?

Each edition of On the Radar includes an article written by a member of UBC's Internal Audit, to assist M&P staff in ensuring that their department’s financial practices meet the requirements of UBC’s accounting standards.

Michael Lonsdale-Eccles


In this edition, Michael Lonsdale-Eccles, Senior IT Auditor has agreed to author this month’s article. Michael has been a member of the UBC Internal Audit department since March 2010. He has over 5 years of IT audit and accounting experience.

 

Risks and rewards are a part of daily life.  Everything we do in life, from our trip down the birth canal (very risky), first steps (probably felt risky at the time) to turning on our computer in the morning… involve risk.  We accept these risks because with them, come rewards.  The reward of turning on a computer is access to a vast array of information gathering and processing tools.  On a daily basis I rely on the world’s one stop shop for information, Google; I track my finances using online banking; I get in touch with friends and family using Skype, e-mail or MSN messenger.  The rewards are clear, but this is not an article about rewards, it’s about IT risk.  IT risks are any risks that result from the use of IT and computers.

What risks do we expose ourselves to when we start using computers in all their forms?  I say all their forms because as I look around my desk I see a laptop, an IP Phone, a blackberry and a printer each of which is essentially a computer.  I could spill water on my blackberry, cutting my communication with the world.  I could inadvertently open a virus containing e-mail, resulting in the corruption of all my files.  I could type in my banking password while someone was watching, resulting in the theft of my savings.  The list goes on, but there is a common theme.  A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and nine times out of ten that weak link is us, the end users!  Very rarely do computers stop working, without having someone to push them in that direction.  Abandoning the use of computers is however not the solution, so is there anything we can do?  We users are responsible for educating ourselves about IT risks, and learning what we can do to reduce them.  The advantage of being the weakest link is, everything we do to make our link stronger will strengthen the whole chain, so yes there is something we can do.

So what are the most common risks, and what can we do about them?  The following points are common risks that we as IT users face on a daily basis, and what we can do to reduce the likelihood that something bad will happen.  It is by no means exhaustive, but it is certainly food for thought.

Viruses, Trojans and Spyware – These are nasty pieces of software that are adept at finding their ways onto our computers. They vary from benign software that just propagates itself to malicious software that could result in theft of all of our passwords.  They could result in file corruption, mass e-mails to all your contacts, and transmission of personal information through the use of key loggers.  We should make sure we have an up to date and configured anti-virus/spyware application.  Don’t open e-mail attachments from unknown senders, or even attachments from known senders that look unusual and don’t seem to have a point.  If you find a USB memory stick in your employer’s parking lot, don’t plug it into your PC without consulting with IT.

Loss of identity information – Application and system passwords, bank details, your date of birth, the name of your first pet; these are all items of information that we should want to keep private.  Whenever working with such information, treat it with sensitivity relative to its importance.  Passwords should never be shared, written down or saved in an insecure location.  With the vast number of passwords people need to remember today, it is worth considering storing passwords in an encrypted file or in password store applications such as blackberry’s password keeper.  Just remember, if you forget the password that gets you into the encrypted file, you will lose all of your passwords! For more information about UBC’s password policies refer to the UBC security policy atwww.it.ubc.ca/security/securitypolicies.html.

Loss or theft of computers – Aside from the irritation of having to replace any items that are lost or stolen, as a good rule of thumb, any information that has not been encrypted will be accessible to the acquirer.  Every password control that you use in order to access your computer can be bypassed by simply removing the hard drive, and placing it in a separate PC.  Simple practices such as encrypting your most sensitive information, ensuring your computer is locked away when you are not with it and not leaving portable devices in cars can significantly reduce the risk of losing highly sensitive information. 

Things just stop working – Like it or not, computers break.  This could be a result of external factors, such as a flood in the room dripping on them all night, or it could be something internal, such as the computer gremlins that spend their days smashing away at the tiny wires inside your PC.  Irrespective, we as users are responsible for making sure that if we can’t afford to lose the information on our computer, it should exist in more than one place.  Within each of our departments there is likely to be a policy or process to enable us to have our files backed up, but this risk extends well beyond the workplace.  If we want our digital family photos to last a life time, it is well worth investigating a solution to have a second location where these are stored… and that location shouldn’t be the same place as the primary computer.

Being aware of IT risks is the first step to reducing your IT risk.  There is nothing that we can do overnight to drastically change the risks we face when interacting with computers, but over time we should ask ourselves, what are the risks associated with what I’m doing?  Is there a way I could reduce it?  Is it an acceptable risk?  With this attitude, we will become responsible end users and will find that we and our computer really start to get along. 

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Getting to Know Your Committee Members

Each edition of On the Radar will include a Q & A session with an active committee member. This month, AAPS Advocacy Committee Member, Nancy Hogan is featured.

Nancy Hogan


What is your position at UBC?

I have been in my role as Assistant Director, Operations at the Centre of Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) for over six years and have been part of the campus community for over eleven years.  After working in the private sector for over twelve years, I decided to come to UBC because of my love of life-long learning.

What do you love most about working at UBC?

I love the diversity on campus and the opportunities to get involved in different areas and work with others across campus.  There are always ways to reach out and get involved to get to know others to grow your network and your skills.  There are talented and amazing people to learn from on this campus and you often don’t get to meet them if you only circulate in your own department.  There are many ways you can get involved - people often forget that UBC is larger than most small towns in BC!

What is your volunteer position at AAPS?  Explain your duties.

I serve on the AAPS Advocacy Committee and assist members with questions or difficult situations in the workplace.  People often need information to make informed decisions on how to proceed with a work situation they are faced with, and most of the time this information is not easily accessible.  I also serve as a UBC Associate Coach on campus and take a coach-approach to a situation to ensure it is resolved in a way that best supports the member.

What made you decide to volunteer for AAPS?

I have been volunteering my time on the Advocacy Committee since 2007.  I enjoy supporting others on campus and wanted to keep my human resources (HR) skills sharp by mediating challenging situations, or helping to resolve situations before they escalate.  I also enjoy actively working with the talented members on this committee as we enjoy learning from each other.

What was the biggest accomplishment in your AAPS position?

I try to assist as much as possible with new cases that come into the AAPS office.  My first assignment was a challenging one that involved assisting a member with a reclassification issue that spanned a number of years.  It took a great deal of time although was finally resolved.  Every case is important (big or small) and I always strive to ensure there is resolution and closure for the member involved.

What is your favourite restaurant on UBC campus and why?

I love One More Sushi in the University Village and always find the service upbeat and cheerful. As well, the food is delicious. 

If you could give a piece of advice to new M&P Staff about his/her career, what would it be?

Design your own career plan!  As a UBC Associate Coach, I find that a number of people come to me without a career plan and have drifted through the jobs they have held, and are not really satisfied.  One approach that can be taken is to help the person focus on their passions and strengths to determine the best path forward.  There is no one right answer and the key is to focus on your strengths to define the career possibilities that best fit who you are and to pursue them.  I also write a coaching column for the AAPS newsletter and I happen to address this topic in this newsletter.  Please read on!!

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The Coaching Advantage

Discover Your Strengths

by Nancy Hogan, CEC BBA

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Nancy Hogan is part of UBC’s award-winning Coaching Services, which offers one-on-one coaching services with a professional coach, team coaching and skill development in coaching. Services are available to all UBC faculty and staff. For more information about UBC Coaching Services, visithttp://www.hr.ubc.ca/odl/coaching/


When was the last time someone helped you search for your hidden gifts, or assisted you to develop these gifts the same way you would learn to prepare sushi or drive a car?

I know from experience that one of the top three reasons a person starts to work with a coach is to create or refine a career development path.  One possible way a coach may work with a client to begin this journey is to have a client complete the “Strengths Finder 2.0” assessment (book can be purchased at any bookseller).  The assessment is part of a book of the same title by Tom Rath.  The introduction in the book provides a short description of the background behind the assessment, while the second part of the book describes the 34 themes for your talents that have been developed by research done by the Gallup organization.

A coach can work with you to interpret the results from the assessment.  This focused assessment identifies only your top 5 strengths and makes suggestions regarding ideas for action based on your strengths that can be tailored to suit individual needs.  An individual action plan may include defining steps to develop more of your strengths and link them to your passions.  Another important factor is to examine what these same strengths may look like when they are overused and to be aware of the signs to easily recognize when this is occurring and take action.

This tool has also been used successfully at UBC when members of a team complete the assessment and then have a facilitator guide team discussions of the results to explore where team members may share similar strengths, have different strengths or identify gaps on the team where key strengths are lacking.  Be sure to watch for workshops being offered by the UBC ODL team on this informative topic.

How are you making the most of your strengths?

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Introducing Summer TechTrek

Summer TechTrek is a series of summer camps designed to expose high school students to a WIDE variety of fun and educational concepts, topics and activities related to Computer Science!

Inspired by our extremely popular TechTrek series, UBC Computer Science brings you TechTrek Summer Camp! Take computers to a whole new level with a wide range of activities intended to excite, amaze, and teach you REAL skills. Computer Science brings a wealth of possibilities. Don't just be a part of the future... make it happen!

Check out our promotional poster. Hang one at your school!

What/When/Where?

Click here to learn about the General CS Camp: A camp for students entering Grade 8 or Grade 9 in September 2010. It is 5 days long, and will be run Monday, July 12th until Friday, July 16th.

Click here to learn about the Robotics Camp: A camp for students entering Grade 9 or Grade 10 in September 2010. It is 4 days long, and will be offered from Tuesday, July 20th until Friday, July 23rd.

All camps run from 9:00AM until 3:30PM at the ICICS/CS Building, 2366 Main Mall, UBC Campus. We recommend that you arrive at least a few minutes early for ease of sign-in. We will have extended drop-off (8:30am) and pick-up (4:30pm) times available for any student participants that require it.

Cost?

Cost of the camps are $225 if you Register now until June 30th and $300 after June 30th. That includes all activities, tours, materials and supplies for the duration of the camp, including a t-shirt and a very cool robot USB key.

Summer TechTrek camp fees are refundable up to and including June 30, 2010, EXCEPT for a $50 non-refundable administration fee. If you require a refund on or before June 30, you must email us at undergrad-info@cs.ubc.ca, and we will refund you at our earliest opportunity. All Summer Tech Trek camp fees are non-refundable after June 30th, 2010. No exceptions will be made to this policy, but in cases of illness or absence, we will be more than happy to attempt to provide any missed activities or materials to registered participants either in person, via e-mail, or via Canada Post.

What else?

There will be no food provided or served as part of these camps. Therefore we require all parents and guardians to provide camp participants with a game plan for lunch and snacks! We strongly recommend that parents pack a lunch, a water bottle, and several snacks to have on hand during breaks throughout the day. Alternatively, if you provide your child with money, there are some cafes and restaurants on campus that students can purchase food and drink items from during their lunch break.

Register!

Click HERE to REGISTER for SUMMER TECH TREK!

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Connect with UBC HR Directly

by UBC Human Resources

AAPS members who wish to stay abreast of UBC HR news and updates can follow UBC HR tweets and blog at www.twitter.com/ubcHR andwww.hr.ubc.ca/blogs/hr.  Both social media platforms enable members to receive information directly from UBC HR and provide the opportunity to share comments.

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Know Before You Go: Understanding your Travel Benefits

by UBC Human Resources

Planning your summer travels?  Taking off for conferences abroad?  Before you leave, there are several things you should know about your health and welfare benefits coverage, including what documentation to take with you and what to do in the event of a medical emergency. It is important to plan ahead and understand the associated risks when travelling to other parts of the world so that you can prepare for events that may occur. 

UBC HR has provided a comprehensive online travel benefits section for staff and faculty – bookmark it at http://hr.ubc.ca/benefits/travel/.

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Preparing for Grad School?

Invest in your future with a head-start on your graduate school exam preparation.UBC Continuing Studies' test preparation courses can help you excel on the GMAT, GRE and LSAT exams. Instructors are experienced educators, trained in meeting the diverse needs of adult learners. All courses include a custom-designed workbook, text book and practice on real exam questions. Tuition waivers are accepted.


Spaces are still available for the following courses:

GRE Test Prep starts June 29

GMAT Test Prep starts Aug 7

LSAT Test Prep starts Aug 21

For more information visit www.testprep.ubc.ca or call 604-822-1459.

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Build an intelligent career this summer with this one-week intensive at the UBC Continuing Studies Life and Career Centre.

Find out more and register: http://www.lifeandcareer.ubc.ca/summer/#CAREER

Investing in yourself may be one of the smartest things you can do in today's economic climate. Building an intelligent career begins with you: knowing that what you do counts, who you know matters, and what value you bring to the world of work is crucial.

Taught by dynamic instructors from business, academic and educational communities, this one-week program will help you:

  • apply a "who, what and why" model to your career development
  • evaluate core values, strengths and skills
  • reconnect with a sense of purpose
  • create an action plan for moving forward in your career

Instructors:

Norm Amundson, PhD – UBC Professor in Counselling Psychology / Faculty of Education and the author of Active Engagement: Enhancing the Career Counselling Process and Physics of Living.

Gregg Taylor, CHRP – President, BC Career Management Assoc., career and employment specialist and winner of several awards for innovative career development practices.

Ann Rice, BJ, BA, CEC – Certified Executive Coach and experienced workshop facilitator

Howard Askwith, MA, CCC - Experienced career and employment counsellor

Sally Halliday, MA, RCC, CCC - Managing Director of Program Outreach and Counselling Services, UBC Life and Career Centre.

Building an Intelligent Career 
UBC Life and Career Centre 
Mon – Fri, July 12-16, 9am – 2pm 
$460 + tax 
604.822.8585 to register

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UBC Summer Institute in Sustainable Urban Design, July 18-23

Enhance your design knowledge and skills by learning how to incorporate and implement sustainability concepts into the planning and design of buildings, neighborhoods, cities and regions. Check out the website atcstudies.ubc.ca/sisud for more details, including a list of expert speakers and detailed conference agenda.

Presented by Design Centre for Sustainability in the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Applied Science and UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability.


Special half-price rate for UBC Staff! Call 604.822.1420 using promotional code UBC1420.

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Professional Grant Development Workshop

The Grant Training Center
Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals
Proposal Writing I: July 12 - 14, 2010 
To be held at:
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
 
Sponsored by: The Grant Training Center 


This intensive three-day grant proposal workshop is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies.

The center of attention will be on how to effectively tell the story that leads to funding, be it for the researcher in the sciences and social sciences, educator and non-profit professional.

Participants Will Learn How To: 
• Comprehend the diversity of the grant funding community 
• Research and identify potential funding sources 
• Create the right fit with the funding agency 
• Address the guidelines of proposals 
• Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal 
• Integrate each component of the grant into the final product 
• Develop focused and realistic budgets 
• Package professional grants submissions 

Space is limited, and since this class fills-up quickly, it is on a first-come-first serve basis.

Workshop fee: $595.00, including tuition, materials, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast. Rebate of $50.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.

To Register
To register by phone or for more information call (866)-704-7268 * (571) 257-88-64

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