Vote for Your 2016/2017 AAPS Board of Directors

 All AAPS members are eligible to vote for the AAPS Board of Directors. Elections will  close on October 25, 2016 and the results will be announced at the AAPS AGM on Thursday October 27, 2016.

Read the candidate statements here before casting your votes

Please note there are two elections in which you may cast a ballot:

Get Ready to Vote

  • Review all the Candidate's statements
  • Have your Employee ID Number and birthdate ready (these will be your election login and password)
  • Please note that the UBC online election system is different from CWL and uses your Employee ID Number and birthdate as your login and password instead

How to Vote

  1. Click here to vote using the WebVote election system website. Right click on the link to open the site in a new browser window or tab. 
  2. Click on "Cast vote."
  3. Click on "Vote" next to “2016 AAPS Board Members at Large—2-year term”
  4. Enter your user ID (seven-digit UBC employee ID number, please type and do not cut and paste).
  5. Enter your password (date of birth in the format YYMMDD).
  6. Click the box next to the names of the 3 candidates you would like to vote for.
  7. Click the "Submit vote" button.
  8. Confirm your vote by clicking “OK.”

Now cast your vote for the second election:

  1. Click on "Vote" next to "2016 AAPS Board Member at Large—1-year term"
  2. Click the boxes next to the name of the 1 candidate you would like to vote for.
  3. Click the "Submit vote" button.
  4. Confirm your vote by clicking “OK.”

* Polls close on October 25, 2016 at 23:59:59.


FOR ELECTION: CANDIDATES FOR MEMBER AT LARGE (2-YEAR TERM)

 

Jacqui Brinkman for Member-at-Large (2-year term)

604 827 4578
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year serving on the Board as a Member at Large and meeting many of you through events such as the Ideas Pub night, spring general meeting, and cycling art tour. I look forward to continuing my work with the Board and on the professional development committee. I believe one of my strengths is connecting people to each other and to resources they need. My practical attitude and ability to get things done will continue to be assets to the Board. 

I joined UBC in December of 2003 and, since June of 2011, have been the Manager of the Graduate Pathways to Success program in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  My current work focusses on improving the graduate student experience, with a particular focus on professional development. Prior to moving to Point Grey Campus, I spent 7.5 years in the Faculty of Medicine managing postdoctoral and undergraduate educational programs at the James Hogg Research Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital.

Outside of the office, you’ll most likely find me cycle commuting or hiking and backpacking in the mountains!


 

Sam Charles for Member at Large (2-year term)

250 807 9831
sam.charles@ubc.ca

 

It is important that everyone have an opportunity to have their voices heard. My candidacy for Member at Large within the AAPS Board is an effort to ensure that members on the Okanagan campus have a stronger voice within AAPS.  Since arriving at UBC three years ago, I have been an active member of the organization participating in a range of Okanagan events and committees hosted by AAPS.  My previous experience includes serving on a variety of Municipal committees in various communities across the country. If you have any questions about my candidacy please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or phone.

 

 

 

 

Margarita Fullerton for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 822 8908
margarita.fullerton@ubc.ca

 

I joined UBC in 2012 as a Senior Manager, Strategy and Decision Support.  In my role, I provide in-house strategic, operational and financial advisory services to the University. This position has given me the opportunity to work with many Faculties and units across campus, has increased my understanding of their unique challenges and opportunities and has allowed me to create meaningful connections. 

As an active participant in the activities that the AAPS provides to all its members, I can definitely understand all the work that goes into supporting our organization and our work here at UBC. I am confident that my experience and passion for problem solving will be a nice complement to this team and I look forward to your support throughout this campaign.

 


 

Joel Kobylka for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 827 0108
joel.kobylka@ubc.ca

Since arriving at UBC in 2005, I have been actively involved in multiple organizations focused on serving fellow colleagues and our community. I would like to add to the Board’s ability to represent its diverse constituency, sustaining the effective composition of the current Board. In particular, I would like to work with the Board to find innovative ways to engage our newest members. Reflecting on my own first weeks and months as a new UBC employee years ago, I understand how important it is to feel connected and supported, particularly during this formative time.

For the past four years, I have been an Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) within Enrolment Services, supporting students across all faculties and programs at UBC. During my time at the University, I have contributed to a number of internal and external groups committed to advancing our communities. I am currently the Treasurer for the Association of Student Award Personnel and have been on the Board since 2014. I am also on the UBC steering committee for the United Way 2016 campaign, as well as the Chair of my local United Way committee. Outside UBC, I have taken part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for four years and am now proud to lead UBC’s 2017 team as co-captain. I have also been a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers for the past ten years.

Originally from Ontario, I am an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan, enjoy travelling, camping, cycling, and exploring our beautiful West Coast. I believe my broad-based experience with colleagues across UBC and commitment to groups focused on enhancing our community will allow me to successfully contribute to the AAPS Board, and I’m excited to use my skills and experience to help the Board further support our colleagues across the University.

 

Margaret Leathley for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 822 8119
margaret.leathley@ubc.ca

My name is Margaret Leathley, and I have been lucky enough to have been part of the AAPS Board for close to 6 years as a Member-at-Large.  In addition to being on the Board, I have been part of a few AAPS committees during that time and currently hold a spot on the joint Disability Benefit Plan Committee.

Being part of an organization that is there to help its membership be able to work in a safe, respectful and outstanding environment is about a greater purpose - helping others.  I would very much like to continue to bring my experiences, knowledge and my volunteer commitment to the AAPS Board and by that to the AAPS membership, which is why I am putting my name forward once again for the Member at Large, 2-year term position.

I’ve been an employee at UBC since 1987, and while I have had the pleasure to work in a couple of departments, most of my 29-year career has been in Human Recourses.  My home for the last 25 years has been part of the UBC Staff Pension Plan team, of which 18 of those years has been your Pension Administrator (my official title, unofficial title “The Pension Lady”).  While my position encompasses many different roles, I strongly advocate the importance of member education and enjoy facilitating SPP seminars and assisting UBC employees with their retirement planning.

Outside of UBC my passion lies with the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) where I hold a Board position plus volunteer weekly at the RAPS Cat Sanctuary.  Anyone who knows me well knows that Wednesday nights are Cat Night—a night when I’m at my happiest as I’m giving to one of my favorite passions and getting heaps in return. This what volunteering is all about and why I wish to continue to volunteer my time for you via the AAPS Board.

 

Greg Mather for Member at Large (2-year term)

250 807 9820
greg.mather@ubc.ca

My name is Greg Mather, and it’s my hope to represent you as a Member at Large on the AAPS Board of Directors. I have been with UBCO since July of 2012 first as a Coordinator of First Year Services and more recently as the Commuter Services Coordinator within the Student Services portfolio. In my role I liaise with many different departments and faculties to carry out Create New Student Orientation. It is these connections that I hope to make use of to be a voice for the Okanagan campus on the AAPS Board of Directors. If elected my intent is to advocate for more professional development opportunities for this campus. Be a voice for the Okanagan campus to the larger UBC community regarding specific issues and concerns we face. Support AAPS members through the collective agreement and provide assistance in understanding the professional development fund, leaves of absence and other benefits provided by UBC and the AAPS Collective Agreement.

Prior to working at UBC, I was employed at Bishop’s University where I worked in a unionized environment. I understand the need for advocacy, support, and communication between employees and employer. I am also currently working towards a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Management, where I am currently learning negotiation, mediation and best practices in regards to contracts, collective agreements, and supports for workers. Thank you very much for your support.

 

Robert Tudhope for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 827 3580
robert.tudhope@ubc.ca

I have had the great privilege of working at UBC now for 17 years. I began my career here at the University as a Career Advisor in Enrolment Services working with students who were transitioning from UBC into the work world. After 3 years I moved on to the former Student Financial Assistance and Awards office where I supervised the Front counter staff and worked as a Financial Aid Advisor helping students access student loans and bursaries as well as scholarships and awards.

 For the past 10+ years I have had the pleasure of working for the Faculty of Arts in the Arts Academic Advising Services office as an International Academic Arts Advisor. I should also mention that I was seconded for 6 months to work for the Access and Diversity office, where I worked with students with learning or health challenges and assisting with academic accommodations to allow them to be successful in their academic studies here at UBC.

During my years at UBC I have volunteered twice before for the AAPS Board of Directors. In the past I have been a member at large for 2 terms as well as the 2nd Vice President for the Board 2 terms. I have taken the past 2+ years off from the Board to focus on my career and other interests. While I was on the AAPS Board, I sat on the grievance committee and was part of the negotiating committee working to strengthen our Collective Agreements with the University.

I have chosen to stand for election to the Board of Directors as a member at large. I would like to volunteer my time again to help our association move forward. Recently I have seen a worrying trend of terminations of staff across campus. Some long hard working staff have recently been terminated, and this is motivating me to run again for a position on the AAPS Board of Directors. I do hope everyone will take the time to vote this month. Our organization and our campus community is strengthened when more people get involved.

 

Simran Walia for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 827 1801
simwalia@mail.ubc.ca        

 

Working at a great institution such as UBC is a pleasure. I have been on the receiving end of reaping the benefits of the wonderful and tireless work of AAPS and the effort that it gives for the overall development and growth of each individual belonging to the group. As much as I enjoy receiving the benefits, I would like to be a part of the AAPS leadership, to serve the members with greater zeal. I would like to be the voice of all AAPS members and represent the motto it stands for.


 


 

 

Vince Wong for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 822 8882
vince.wong@ubc.ca

I have worked at UBC for 16 years with Continuing Studies at both UBC Robson Square and the Point Grey Campus.  In my role as Managing Director, Administration and IT, I have gained substantial knowledge and experience with the University in human resources, financial management, business operations, student services, and facilities management in an entrepreneurial and cost recovery environment.

I am also a UBC Alumni, having graduated with an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business and went on to work with several high tech firms before returning to the University to continue my career. 

It’s time to give back more to the educational institution that has meant so much to me for so long.  My extensive background successfully dealing with human resources and financial issues for the University will serve fellow AAPS members well.   As with my current role, I will strive towards a progressive, transparent, inclusive, and equitable workplace for my AAPS colleagues along with a genuine work/life balance.   As an AAPS Board Member, I’ll use my demonstrated creativity, organizational, negotiation, and mediation skills to advocate for AAPS interests.  I strongly believe that an engaged and committed administrative and professional workforce is essential to the success of the University.

 

Sophia Xian for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 827 2296
sophia.xian@ubc.ca

My name is Sophia Xian, and today I ask for your vote. I offer my integrity, expertise in Economics, 10 years of dedicated service in the public sector, advocacy, non-profit Board and Committee experience. I am passionate about serving you, our members. I promise I would listen to you and be your voice.

​I am inspired by the talent, dedication, and diversity of our members. I believe every voice matters, and together we are stronger. I welcome the opportunity and responsibility to serve on your Board of Directors. I would stay true to AAPS values, work diligently and collaboratively to enhance the benefits for our members and improve your work experience at UBC.

​I am currently the Manager of Faculty and Staff Housing at UBC, where I am responsible for housing programs, education and research in supporting the University’s strategic priorities. Previously I worked as a Senior Economist and Project Lead at BC Housing and BC government. I led initiatives on economic research, policy development, stakeholder consultation and innovative solutions in housing, health care, energy, and education.

I hold an MA in Economics from the University of Victoria and Project Management Professionals (PMP) designation. I volunteered with the City of Victoria to advise on Asia-pacific relations and investment. I gained Advocacy experience through working at the Health Employers Association of BC, Board experience as the Treasurer with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. I also sat on the University of Victoria Alumni Council Committee. Please go to my webpage: http://sophiaxian.weebly.com/ or LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/sophiaxian to learn more about me. Thank you for your support.

 

Minghui Yu for Member at Large (2-year term)

604 822 5618
minghui.yu@ubc.ca

It has been my honor to serve fellow AAPS members in the past two years as an elected Member at Large and a member of the Professional Development (PD) Committee. I joined UBC in 2009, and I am currently a Programmer Analyst in UBC IT.

In the past two years, I worked with AAPS staff and the PD committee to listen to your feedback and brought more PD events according to your needs. I am pleased with the growing members' engagement through PD events. Some other initiatives I am working on or plan to work on include bringing PechaKucha style knowledge sharing presentations, exploring the possibility of bringing in flexible benefits, etc.

Nevertheless, my focus is enhancing job security and increasing rehiring rate. Since coming to UBC, I have witnessed numerous "termination without cause."  Many laid-off AAPS members were qualified for other UBC openings, but the rehiring rate is very low. If re-elected, I will continue working with you on those two challenges through advocacy and negotiation.

In my own time, I like gardening and writing poems. I invite you to visit my LinkedIn to learn more about me. Thank you for your support.



How to Vote

 


FOR ELECTION: CANDIDATES FOR MEMBER AT LARGE (1-YEAR TERM)
 

Jon Mislang for Member at Large (1-year term)

604 827 1307
jonathan.mislang@nursing.ubc.ca
My name is Jon Mislang, and I’d  like to introduce myself as a potential AAPS Board Member for the position of Member at Large. I am a Registered Nurse (RN) and have been working at UBC for 10 years. Currently, I am the Clinical Simulation Lab Educator for UBC School of Nursing where I am responsible for developing and delivering the lab curriculum for the undergraduate nursing program.  Additionally, I have a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) that focused on nursing education.

Prior to UBC, I worked clinically as a nurse for Vancouver Coastal Health in various high stressed acute environments and have held many clinical leadership positions.

I am proud to call UBC my employer.  Notably, I admire the opportunities that are available for employees from all parts of campus to engage with the broader UBC community. As an AAPS Board member, my intention is to continue to push for our members an emphasis on professional development and to create opportunities that will connect members across departments where they can grow both professionally and personally.

 

Anita Ryder for Member at Large (1-year term)

604 827 4011
anita.ryder@ubc.ca

My name is Anita Ryder, and I am a Project Manager at UBC’s Project Services, where I deliver renovations and infrastructure upgrades across the Point Grey campus. Since I joined UBC in 2011, I have been fortunate to meet and engage with representatives from a number of different departments and the broader UBC community. My passion has been for projects driven by strategic change in operational processes and modernizations. I love working with clients to understand their needs and believe it is imperative that we capture the ‘why’ and ‘how’ along with parameters like budget and physical constraints.

I’m also a firm believer that continuing education is instrumental in personal & professional development. I recently completed my MBA part-time through Sauder, which was made easier by leveraging some of the AAPS professional development benefits. I feel it is now my responsibility to give back in turn and I am enthusiastic at the opportunity to do so through being an AAPS Member at Large.

 

 

 

Tammy Yasrobi for Member-at-Large (1-year term)

604 827 1547
tammy.yasrobi@ubc.ca

I am excited by the opportunity to represent AAPS members as a Member-at-Large. I came to UBC in 2011 and became a member of AAPS in 2012. As the Manager, Learning Applications for UBC IT I am in the unique position of working in close collaboration with AAPS colleagues across UBC in central and academic units. That collaboration has the allowed me to see first-hand the opportunities and the challenges that we all face as members of the UBC community.

AAPS members have been acutely impacted by the wave of change at UBC. However, I believe that change brings the chance to articulate a strong vision and to reconfirm our shared commitment to continue to improve UBC and to make it a great place to work and to study. My professional background in communications and change management would be beneficial as we work with the University on making this progress.

I have a degree in Political Science and since coming to UBC, have worked for the Faculty of Dentistry; the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology; and UBC IT. Outside work, I can be found playing dodgeball, softball, or exploring Vancouver. Thank you for your consideration.

 


How to Vote

 


ACCLAIMED

Lia Cosco for 1st Vice President (2-year term)

604 822 6882
lia.cosco@ubc.ca


I am seeking your support in the AAPS Board of Directors election as First Vice President of the board. Serving in my capacity as Second Vice President since 2015, and as Member at Large since 2014, I have had the opportunity to help shape a positive strategic direction for AAPS. I would be honoured to be able to continue to lead our organization forward. My time serving and meeting members through Board and committees work and PD and networking events, has been invaluable in shaping my commitment to our workplace. The community of M&P staff is a dynamic one. I am continually inspired by the talent, energy and professionalism we bring to UBC. I consider it a privilege to be able to represent our community and our organization, and welcome members to get in touch with any issues or ideas anytime: cosco@allard.ubc.ca. Thank you for your consideration and support.

 
 
 
 
 

Mike Devolin for Secretary (2-year term)

604 822 3464
mike.devolin@ubc.ca

For the past 2 years I’ve been fortunate to serve on your Board and Executive as Secretary.  During this time, the Board has made significant progress in policy review, long/short term planning and developing a vision for the association. This has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding time to play a key role on this board.  I’m looking forward to continuing this great work and for your continued support during this campaign.  A little bit about myself: I joined UBC in 2011 as Facilities Manager with Building Operations, managing a portfolio of buildings primarily in the Faculty of Medicine.  In 2013 I was promoted to the role of Manager, Architectural Trades. In this role, I manage a significant collection of 9 individual trades groups that service the entire campus infrastructure/assets.  Professionally, I have chaired many committees during my career including; HSE, Diversity & Inclusion, and Organizational Capabilities to name a few.




 

Andrea Han for President (2-year term)

604 827 3912
andrea.han@ubc.ca

It’s been my pleasure to serve on the AAPS Board since 2011, first as a Member at Large, then as a Vice President and most recently as your acting President. Over the past several months as the Acting President, I’ve had the opportunity to fully appreciate the challenge of the role. I’ve connected with numerous members and the leadership of other employee groups. I’ve met several times with HR regarding a number of issues, including the market salary survey. I also had the honour of representing you on the Presidential Search Committee. Through these engagements, I’ve developed a strong understanding of the issues facing AAPS members and member concerns, as well as how to effectively advocate with the University on behalf of members.  I look forward to the opportunity to represent you as President.

I'm currently the Associate Director for Curriculum and Course Services in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. I have a PhD in Educational Administration and have worked in a number of educational institutions over my career. Based on this experience, I believe that the expertise AAPS staff bring to UBC is one of its greatest assets. It's been my honour to represent AAPS members and look forward to continuing to do so.

 

 


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