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Read the many thank you messages to faculty and staff

In the June 9 UBC Today newsletter, we invited you to thank a colleague, team, Faculty, or unit for their support during the COVID-19 outbreak. Scan the list to see if there is a message for you, or consider submitting a thank you message. We’ll share your shout-out in an upcoming edition of the UBC […]


COVID-19 gratitude shout-out

The last few months have been challenging for many of us, as we’ve learned to adapt to new ways of working as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. You may have seen our series recognizing faculty and staff who are adapting to new ways of working as a result of COVID-19. In response to these […]


How UBC went online — virtually overnight

This is part four in a series recognizing faculty and staff who are adapting to new ways of working as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In this update, we share the experiences of those in the UBC Okanagan (UBCO) Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and UBC Vancouver (UBCV) Centre for Teaching, Learning and […]


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30-Second Bio: Gregory Garrard

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Name: Gregory Garrard

Title: Dr

Department/Unit: English and Cultural Studies

Location: Okanagan

Year I started working at UBC: 2013

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: Associate Dean of Research, environmental and animal literature expert.

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: Incredible opportunities for collaboration and support for interdisciplinary research.

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: At home in the garden with my Sheltie. Second place: outside the fish taco van, when it's on campus.

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: The Okanagan campus, like the city of Kelowna, hasn't yet decided what it's going to be about. That can be disappointing initially to arrivals from elsewhere, but it's also a tremendous opportunity.



30-Second Bio: Lorraine Beckett

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Name: Lorraine Beckett

Title: Clerk 3

Department/Unit: Building Operations

Location: University Services Building

Year I started working at UBC: 1994

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: My work helps others do their work

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: Being part of a very large group of hardworking people whose role is Stewardship of the campus.

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: At my desk looking out at West Mall, watching the students and little ones from the daycare in our building walk up and down West Mall.

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: Enjoy working on this beautiful campus at the edge of a peninsula surrounded by water and trees. Never take for granted that this is a beautiful place to work, great and diverse people. Laugh alot, you will need a sense of humour