Educating young children on solid waste collection on campus

The Waste Management team in Municipal Services recently paid a visit to the Berwick Child Development Centre to educate young children about the vehicles and equipment used for solid waste collection on the UBC Vancouver campus. The team demonstrated how waste is collected and handled by the vehicles and shared information on the number of bins and dumpsters that the Waste Management team services daily. 

The visit began with a “waste fleet show and tell” where the team showed off their garbage truck, recycling truck and curbside collection vehicle to the children. The kids were beyond thrilled to see the trucks up close and learn about how they work.

Kudos to the team for an engaging and educational session. Looking forward to more outreach efforts in the future!  

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Facilities Stores Customer Experience Survey

Digital storage lockers will soon be available for Stores to more efficiently distribute non-inventory items when they become available. 

Municipal Services would like to hear about your experience interacting with the Stores counter. Your valuable feedback will allow us to make informed decisions and enhance customer experience.

This survey takes 2 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and respondents in no way will be identified personally. Results will be reported in aggregate only.

Complete the survey by April 7

Be a voice for campus safety!

The UBC Vancouver Campus and community are constantly changing, and Campus Security is reviewing its services and model to make sure it is meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff.

Share your thoughts on how Campus Security is working for you by:

  • Taking our short online survey (March 27-April 18) and enter to win a UBC gift card
  • Booking an interview or sending in a formal email to our engagement consultant: Brittany Mason at
  • Stopping by a pop-up in the AMS Nest on April 4 or 5, between 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Registering for an in-person dialogue session on April 20, between 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. by emailing our engagement consultant: Brittany Mason at Food will be provided and participants will receive a gift card as a thank you for their time. Spots are limited.

Whether or not you’ve accessed Campus Security services, we want to learn from you!

The survey closes on April 18 – share your thoughts now:

Learn more:


  • Gilberto Andrade: Kudos to Gilberto Andrade in Municipal Services for getting his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification! Lots of hard work went into this achievement.  

People in motion

  • Cenon Ramiso has joined Custodial Services in Facilities as Auxiliary Service Worker. 
  • Farewell to Barb Gordon, Director, Capital Planning & Strategic Priorities, whose official last day is on March 31. Thank you for your service and congratulations on your retirement!  

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:

  • Custodial Scheduler (JR11943) – 03/28/2023
  • Trades 2 - Plumber (JR11966) – 03/31/2023
  • SubHead Trades 2 - Plumber (JR11970) – 03/31/2023
  • Trades 3 - Mechanic (Heavy Duty Ticket Preferred) (JR12009) – 03/31/2023
  • Project Manager 1 (JR11920) – 04/03/2023
  • Labourer 2 (Seasonal) (JR11189) – 06/30/2023

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.

Weekly Emergency Tip: Making a household emergency plan

A household emergency plan is an important part of how you and your family will respond after a disaster. Your plan will help you gather the relevant information and documents you will need and allow you to reconnect with loved ones should you be apart during the event.  

Make sure to carry a copy of your plan with you, and practice it on a regular basis. 

For more information about making a plan, visit the UBC Emergency Preparedness website or Government of BC’s website 

Managing your mental health

HR has collected mental health resources to help you manage your ups and downs. 

As a manager or leader, you play an important role in supporting your mental health and that of your teams. Complete the new required training: Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers and Supervisors.

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

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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