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COLLETTE BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Members of CURAC/ARUCC Retiree Associations (which includes UBC Emeritus College members) are eligible for a 20% discount and more on a wide range of Collette Tours.  
In the past, UBC Emeritus College members booked trips with Collette and had a good time. Offer is valid until November 29, 2022.
Click here for more information (PDF).

Posted: November 23, 2022

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH ACADEMICS WITHOUT BORDERS

An online program to enhance education of health professionals in Nigeria.

The College of Health Sciences at Obafemi Awolowo University is in the process of establishing a Centre for Health Professions Education. As part of establishing the Centre, the College hopes to collaborate with AWB volunteers to develop a set of three online professional development courses for faculty in: Teaching in the Health Professions, Fundamentals in University Teaching and Learning, and Research in Health Professions.

Application deadline: December 20, 2022

Click here for more information.

Posted: November 23, 2022

SPEC ELDErs circle - guiding elders

The SPEC Elders Circle will offer a new course "Legacy-Making for Organizational Guiding Elders" in the spring of 2023. Click on link for more information (PDF).
They are piloting modules for this training in December - February and offering these at no charge to interested participants.

Each module will include two 2-hour sessions. The different modules will include information on how organizations behave, effective communication, supportive leadership styles, and ethical and diversity practices, all of which underpin social cohesion.  They'll also offer a Youth Panel and, (hopefully) an Indigenous Elders Panel. The first module is an Effective Communications module on December 1 & 8. 

If this is something you are interested in, please register using the following form by clicking on the link or reply by email to: elders@spec.bc.ca.

Posted: November 22, 2022

Elaine Carty recipient of ubc honorary alumni award 2022

"Overcoming controversy, resistance, and opposition, the courageous nurse and midwife Elaine A. Carty has been a pioneer in the practice of, research about, and advocacy for women’s health, and helped introduce midwifery into the Canadian health care system.

Beginning in the late 1970s, she worked with forward-thinking obstetricians and family physicians on pilot projects demonstrating safe maternity practice. She also conducted clinical research on innovative approaches to care during childbirth, built alliances across hospital and community care sectors, and reduced structural and attitudinal barriers to legitimizing midwifery. Her research focused on developing sensitive care for women with disabilities experiencing childbirth, midwives experiences of integration into the BC health care system, and images of women in pharmaceutical advertising.

In 2002, she established B.C.’s founding midwifery education program within the Department of Family Practice of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. As the first director of Western Canada’s first formal midwifery program, she was involved in developing the admissions process, curriculum, and teaching environment.

Having devoted 50 years to lobbying for the recognition of midwifery, she has seen the profession become regulated in most provinces, including in B.C. as of 1998. Her leadership was instrumental in spreading midwifery services across B.C., which now has almost 300 registered midwives. The College of Midwives of British Columbia awarded her its inaugural Life Membership in 2005, McMaster University granted her an honorary Doctor of Science in 2013, the University of New Brunswick an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2022, and she was appointed a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of B.C. in 2017.

Her efforts will continue to provide healthy choices for women and families in B.C. and beyond."

Posted: November 15, 2022

JOB Posting: Indigenous graduate academic assistant

Job title: Indigenous Graduate Academic Assistant for Indigenous Projects
Pay rate: $20-$25 per hour
Hours per week: 5 hours per week for 10 weeks
Time Period: Jan-March 2023

Project Background and Description

The UBC Emeritus College (EC) requires a graduate academic assistant to assist the Continuing Scholarly Activity and Engagement Committee (CSAEC) with a new project related to the EC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan. The project is to identify and collate information about Indigenous educational resources, courses, events, and Indigenous business services to inform and educate members of the Emeritus College.

Full job description
 

Order of Canada Recipients - June 2022

Congratulations to our members:

Dr. Paul Joseph Dubord, O.C. Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology
Vancouver, British Columbia

Recognized for his contributions to ophthalmology and for his tireless humanitarian work on the international stage, notably in India.

Eva-Marie Kröller, C.M., Professor Emerita of English Language & Literatures 
Vancouver, British Columbia

For her contributions to the appreciation of Canadian writing, and for her achievements as an educator.

The 2022 Johnson Scholarship Program is open

Johnson, Inc. is once again offering 50 scholarships valued at $1,000 each to eligible students attending a post-secondary educational institution in Canada in the fall of 2022.

The Johnson Scholarship Program is open to children and grandchildren of all UBC Emeritus College members (even if they are not Johnson policyholders).

Applications must be submitted by July 28, 2022. To learn more, visit Johnson.ca/scholarship.

lATEST ISSUE OF NEWSLETTER - April 20 2022

The April issue of the newsletter is available online.

Past issues of the newsletter are available as well.
Please let us know if you have a paper copy of past newsletters from the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti (1988 to 2011)
Thank you!

graduation at ubc - may 26-27 & 30-31, june 1-2 2022

This is your graduation journey. Use these resources as your roadmap to the memories you’ll soon be making with friends and family on your big day. Share your graduation stories and view your classmates’ pictures, messages and cheers at #UBCgrad.

LINK TO GRADUATION SITE

Share this day with the loved ones who helped get you here. You can request up to two (2) guest tickets online starting Friday, April 1 at 12:00 pm (PT).

Family and friends who cannot join you at your graduation ceremonies may watch the live webcast to virtually cheer you on. Live Webcast 

UBC hosts nearly 32,000 graduates and their guests each year for the spring and fall graduation ceremonies. These resources will help your guests easily find their way to graduation, receptions and more. Guest Resources 

LATEST ISSUE OF NEWSLETTER - March 16 2022

The March issue of the newsletter is available online.

Past issues of the newsletter are available as well.
Please let us know if you have a paper copy of past newsletters from the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti (1988 to 2011)
Thank you!

UBC Statement on russia and ukraine

The UBC Emeritus College is in support of President Ono's statement on Russia and Ukraine.

"On behalf of the University of British Columbia, I am deeply concerned about Russia’s attacks on Ukraine and its impact on many of our university community members. These attacks are unwarranted, unprovoked, and unacceptable.

We join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan in deploring this illegal and unjust war, and echo the international community’s calls for de-escalation and an immediate resolution to the conflict.    

We recognize that students, faculty, and staff may be affected by the conflict. I want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to provide required supports during this evolving situation." 

You can read the full statement by clicking on the link.

Deadline for two Awards Nominations - February 15, 2022

1. UBC Emeritus College Award for Excellence in Innovative and Creative Endeavours

Nominations due February 15, 2022

The Award of Excellence in Innovative and Creative Endeavours from the UBC Emeritus College recognizes UBC emeriti for excellence in innovative research, artistic creation or new applications of previous research since attaining emeritus status.
Each year, Emeritus College holds a ceremony to highlight both UBC and the accomplishments of its Emeriti, honouring those who have excelled and brought integrity to UBC. In addition to the recognition of the Award, recipients will receive $1,000. Any person may nominate candidates for the Award to the Emeritus College through an online nominations form.

Candidacy nominations can be submitted by any persons, however, to be considered, candidates bust be persons listed under "Emeritus Staff" within the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar.
More information about the online application and last year’s recipient at: UBC Emeritus College website

2. UBC President’s Award for Distinguished Service

Nominations due February 15, 2022

The UBC President's Award for Distinguished Service honours UBC emeriti who have displayed exceptional leadership in volunteer community services.

UBC Emeritus college seeks to recognize the importance of the voluntary and community contributions made by UBC Emeriti toward broader communities. In addition to the recognition of the Award, recipients will receive $1,000. It is anticipated that the recipient(s) will direct the fund to an organization, charity, or fund of their choosing. 

Candidacy nominations can be submitted by any persons, however, to be considered, candidates bust be persons listed under "Emeritus Staff" within the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar.
More information about the online application and past award recipients at: UBC Emeritus College website

Latest issue of Newsletter - January 31 2022

The January issue of the newsletter is available online.

Past issues of the newsletter are available as well.
Please let us know if you have a paper copy of past newsletters from the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti (1988 to 2011)
Thank you!

Order of Canada Recipients - december 31, 2021

Congratulations to our members:

Pieter Cullis, O.C., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Vancouver, British Columbia

For his contributions to the advancement of biomedical research and drug development, and for his mentorship of the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs.

Donald Chisholm McKenzie, O.C., M.S.M., Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology and Family Practice
Sidney, British Columbia

For his expertise in sports medicine and for his seminal research on the effectiveness of exercise as an intervention for breast cancer patients.

Walter N. Hardy, C.M., Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy
Vancouver, British Columbia

For his pioneering contributions to the fields of particle physics, materials science and high-temperature superconductivity, as a distinguished theorist and experimentalist.

Latest issue of Newsletter - November 2022

The November issue of the newsletter is available online.

Past issues of the newsletter are available as well.
Please let us know if you have a paper copy of past newsletters from the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti (1988 to 2011)
Thank you!

Summary of Survey 2021 online

A summary of the survey is available online.

“I do not relate to the term ‘retirement’. I resonate more to ‘re-inventing’, ‘re-tooling’, ‘re-firing’.” (2021 Survey respondent).

In Spring 2021 the College conducted this survey of its members to garner qualitative feedback on its programs and activities, and to explore how people adapt to a new phase in life. There were 456 respondents who were representative of the 1227 survey recipients in terms of gender, age, and length of retirement. Many people took the time to provide comments which will be helpful in shaping College initiatives.

Only 8 respondents (2%) indicated dissatisfaction with their post-retirement experience, while 87% expressed satisfaction (41 (11%) were neutral). We hope that you will appreciate that the information in this report contributes to the growing view that "Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning." (Quote by Chaterine Pulsifer)