Thank you to Facilities staff from Deborah Buszard, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear Facilities staff:

As I walked across campus around 7:30 am to my office the other day, I realized the enormity of the challenge of clearing snow and keeping the campus operating.

I want to pass on my gratitude, and the thanks of our students, faculty and staff, for your work in keeping the campus accessible in recent days, especially during the exam period.

I know many of you have arrived early and stayed late and will no doubt do the same again before the winter finally ends.

Your work is hugely important to all of us on campus, so thank you for doing an outstanding job.

Deborah Buszard, etc.
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Kudos to Municipals Services & Custodial Services for managing snow and ice in December! 

Special thanks to Municipal Services & Custodial Services teams for managing snow and ice and keeping our campus community safe during extreme weather. Your hard work and commitment are appreciated! 

See more photos of our teams removing snow on UBC Vancouver campus on the VPFO Flickr

Facilities teams work together to ensure an ideal exam experience for UBC students

Setting up an exam space is not an easy task — it requires hours of hard work and strict compliance with UBC’s exam requirements, especially with space setup and delivery of exam booklets.

Twice a year, at end of Term 1 and 2, Custodial Services and Municipal Services work together to set up Osborne Gym and Student Recreation Centre (SRC) Gym with 1,340 tables and chairs, to support and maintain an ideal exam experience for UBC students.

Municipal Services’ Streets & Operations Support (SOS) team moves these items from South Campus warehouse to both gyms, where the Service Workers take over tarping the gym floors and laying out all of the items. During the exams, Custodial Services ensure the exam booklets in all of the exam spaces on campus are replenished.

Kudos to both teams for another excellent setup effort this past week!

Thank you for supporting the UBC United Way Campaign!

With three successful campaigns, UBC Facilities was able to raise money for the United Way and give back to the community. 

As a recap: 

  • The Great Dip Off on November 23 was a tremendous success, raising $391 for the United Way. The Kirklanders was voted as the winning team by our guest judges, David Speight, John Metras and Ricky Yada, while the Dipologists won the People's Choice.  
  • The 2022 World Cup finalists’ lottery ended on December 18 with Argentina winning against France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final. Dan Strikaitis won first place (Argentina vs France) and James Bellavance won second place (Morocco vs Croatia).
  • Our third campaign Silent Auction Week raised $420 for United Way.

Facilities raised a total of $1,153 for the United Way. Thank you all for representing Facilities and supporting local communities with your participation, hard work and donation! 

New Job Strategy Session (NJSS): January 10, 2022

Construction office

  • Forest Sciences Centre: Waterproof planter outside 2500A TA Pod
  • Henry Angus Building: Renovations to Room 155

Nationwide menstrual hygiene supplies shortage  

Due to supply chain issues, we are currently experiencing delays in refilling our menstrual hygiene dispensers in washrooms across the UBC Vancouver campus. our teams are working with our suppliers and distribution centres, however, we do not have a confirmed date when supplies will be available. 

Since 2019, Custodial Services has been working with Free Periods Canada, a grassroots organization founded by UBC students, to promote intersectional menstrual equity by ensuring all menstruators have access to the products and information they need. Currently, over 300 menstrual hygiene dispensers have been installed across the UBC Vancouver campus, providing free sanitary pads and tampons. To learn more about this project, visit the Free Periods Canada website

For questions/issues, please contact the Service Centre at 604-822-2173. 

Learn more: 

UBC embraces mass timber with $180 million Gateway Building

The new Gateway Building was recently featured in the Journal of Commerce by ConstructConnect. 

The Gateway building design won the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2021, with the jury commenting that the targeted GHGI goal of 1.4 was a significant achievement.

The wood construction also represents three of UBC's core values in designing the new Gateway Building: sustainability, personal well-being and Indigenous collaboration. Learn more about the Gateway Building project on the Infrastructure Development website.

Read the full article

Safety on the go. Download the UBC Safe Vancouver App

UBC Safe is the official safety app of UBC Vancouver Point Grey campus that integrates with UBC’s safety and security systems. Receive important safety push notifications, and find safety information, contacts, maps and procedures — all in one place!

  • UBC push notification: Turn on your push notifications to receive immediate information updates that are impacting the entire campus. — e.g. weather advisories, class cancellations, etc.
  • Critical services: Connect with Campus Security for assistance, first aid when needed, or arrange for SafeWalk to your car.
  • Campus resources: Access important safety resources in one convenient place.

Download the UBC Safe Vancouver app and make sure you turn on your push notifications to receive timely updates and urgent notifications. The UBC Safe App is free and recommended for UBC students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

For more information, visit UBC Safe Vancouver.

Get a Team Together and Walk for Joy 

Formerly known as Walkabout, Walk for Joy will run from January 30, 2023, to April 2, 2023. It is an annual 9-week walking challenge that strives to promote regular physical activity in social settings. The program is open to all UBC students, staff, faculty and community members. Form a team of five and monitor steps and overall physical activities over the 9-week period.  

Register using the registration form! 

Important Dates 

  • Kick-Off Event: January 25th at 12PM 
  • Registration Deadline: January 29th, 2023 
  • Awards Celebration: April 12th, 2023 at 12PM 

New this Year 

  • This year’s charitable beneficiary will be the Abreast In A Boat. Donation information will be listed on available in January, and we’ll provide that during the registration process. 
  • Opening and closing ceremonies will be both in-person and virtual this year. Upon registration, you will be sent more information about the opening ceremony. 
  • Participant referrals – this year, registrants will have the option to state who referred them to Walk for Joy. For each time a participant’s name is mentioned, they will be entered to win a special Move UBC prize pack. Want more chances at winning a prize? Encourage more colleagues to sign up! 


For any questions or concerns, please contact

People in motion

  • Erlinda Batiao, Grace Dimalibot and Evelyn Ferrera join Custodial Services as Evening Service Workers
  • Jordan Coleman starts in Municipal Services as Oper/Drvr-Heavy Equip
  • Garnet McKay has joined Building Operations as Electrician.
  • Natalie Walliser steps into new role as Acting Director for Infrastructure Development within Facilities at UBC Okanagan. 

Job openings

All positions at UBC are available on the UBC HR Careers website, or through the career application in your Workday account. Please note that applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the day prior to the posting end date. The following VPFO positions are currently open:

  • Labourer 2 (JR10120) – ongoing
  • Labourer 3 (JR8504) – ongoing
  • Head Trades 3 - Mechanic (JR11009) – 01/11/2023
  • Senior Facilities Planner (JR10966) – 01/12/2023
  • Head Trades 2 - Architectural (JR10894) – 01/13/2023
  • Trades 2 - Steamfitter / Pipefitter (JR7935) – 01/13/2023
  • Trades 2 - Painter (2 Positions) - 3 Months (JR10937) – 01/13/2023
  • Millwright (Building Operations) (JR10231) – 01/13/2023
  • Trades 3 - Electrician (2 Positions) (JR10841) – 01/20/2023
  • Auxiliary Service Worker (JR10999) – 01/22/2023   
  • Energy Conservation Engineer (JR10881) – 01/31/203

Don't forget to apply as an internal candidate! Please review the Apply for an Internal Job Posting guide in the Workday Knowledge Base for instructions on how to apply. Reminder to attach a copy of your resume when you apply for a career opportunity in Workday.

EDI: What is a land acknowledgement and how do you do it?

It’s important that this recognition of territory and our relationship with indigenous people doesn’t appear as just a formality. Take a moment to appreciate the meaning behind the words we use:

  • Traditional: recognizes lands traditionally used and/or occupied by the Musqueam people or other First Nations in other parts of the country.
  • Ancestral: recognizes land that is handed down from generation to generation.
  • Unceded: refers to land that was not turned over to the Crown (government) by a treaty or other agreement.

Read this VPFO EDI article to learn how to offer a land acknowledgment on UBC campuses and virtually. 

Weekly Emergency Tip: Learn basic First Aid and CPR

Following a disaster, first responders will be overwhelmed and assisting those that are severely injured. Having basic first aid and CPR skills is an important part of personal emergency preparedness, and it may help you save the life of loved ones and neighbors. Contact your local chapter of the Canadian Red Cross today to get trained, or visit their website to sign up. 

Our Campus Security patrol officers are Occupational First Aid Level 2 (OFA2) certified and provide First Aid for students, faculty, staff, student-staff, and visitors on the UBC Vancouver Point Grey campus. If you are faculty, staff, or student staff and require first aid on campus, please dial 604-822-4444. If you are a student or visitor and require first aid on campus, please dial 604-822-2222.

For emergencies, first call 9-1-1 and then call Campus Security for First Aid.  

Managing your mental health

Human Resources has collected mental health resources to help you manage your ups and downs. To view more workshops, webinars and events visit the HR event listing.

Representatives are always available for a confidential conversation:

  • Monica Haab ( Building Operations, Energy & Water Services, Customer Services & Informatics, and Infrastructure Development
  • Gregor MacDonald ( Custodial Services and Municipal Services

Feeling anxious or stressed about this upcoming holiday season? You aren’t alone.

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offers an extensive suite of services to support you – from providing wellness coaching or advising on family issues to offering legal support. 

Access the EAP confidential services through LifeWorks, by calling 1-866-424-0770. 

In case you've missed it 

In case you've missed it Here is a quick recap of key events and information that you may have missed. For more details, please click on the links below or refer to our weekly portfolio newsletter, VPFO Update.


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