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Workshop Details

We all have go-to habits that we turn to in times of high stress or challenge, but are these habits working for you, or against you?  Our mental health can greatly be supported and maintained with the help of effective coping strategies, however it can be tough to identify the right ones, and to stick with them.  Join Miranda Massie, UBC Workplace Wellbeing Consultant, to learn about coping and to try out practices that can support mental health and wellbeing.



Miranda Massie, ME'd

Workplace Wellbeing Practices & Learning Consultant, UBC HR

Miranda has a background in psychology, as well as health and adult education and is a Mental Health Commission of Canada certified instructor (Mental Health First Aid and The Working Mind). Miranda's work is grounded in health promotion and she believes in empowering employees to make informed principles that can positively impact their individual wellbeing.

Registration deadline: September 21st @12pm

In this webinar you will learn tips and tricks to help you minimize your risk of digital eye strain.  This is increasingly important as many of us are spending more and more time in front digital devices.  You may feel that dry, tired eyes is just the way it is but the good news is that there are things you can do to minimize your eye discomfort. 


Abigail Overduin

Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist Ergonomics Program Lead, UBC Vancouver & Lower Mainland

Abigail Overduin has been the Ergonomics Advisor at UBC since 2011. She specializes in musculoskeletal injury prevention across industry sectors including office and laboratory ergonomics and manual material handling. Abigail completed her Masters in Ergonomics through Derby University and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University. She has qualified as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and is President of the BC/YK Region of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists.

Registration deadline: October 26th @12pm

November is Thrive Month here at UBC! In celebration of Thrive month, we are partnering with Aisha Tejani to lead a workshop on mindfulness! This session will cover the basics, benefits, and myths of mindfulness and  meditation. We will also practice 3 meditation exercises in the session and will go over resources you can use to continue your mindfulness practice. 

Aisha Tejani

Workplace Wellbeing Associate 

Aisha Tejani is a Workplace Wellbeing Associate with Health, Wellbeing and Benefits from UBC Human Resources. She has taught mindfulness for over 5 years to over 1,800 participants at high schools, community centres and UBC.

The United Way

We're excited to announce that this month's workshop is in partnership with the United Way. The United Way is an annual campaign that focuses on prevention and addresses the underlying causes of critical social issues such as poverty and social isolation before they become crises.

If you would like to donate and you are either a UBC student or a UBC community member, be sure to include "UBC" in the comments of your donation to make sure that your kind offering goes towards the dollars raised for the UBC United Way campaign.

Registration deadline: November 23rd @12pm

Join the UBC Financial Wellness Peers as they discuss all things credit! What is credit? How to choose a credit card? Why is this helpful to know for the future? A chance to ask questions you may have and review common misconceptions about credit in Canada.

Financial Wellness Peers (FWPs) promote financial wellness through student-centred workshops and resources. FWPs strive to provide the information and encouragement to students, in a fun and approachable way to help them develop the motivation, skills, and confidence to manage their money throughout their degree and beyond.

Registration deadline: January 18th @12pm

This session will provide an overview of the basics of sleep, including how much sleep is recommended and the biobehavioural mechanisms that link sleep to future health outcomes. Next, I will share findings from my own research about how sleep might influence responses to stressful events, including recent evidence how poor sleep affects our expectations of stressful events the next day. The latter part of this session will be devoted to Q&A to discuss tips for maintaining sleep health amid stress.

Jin Wen


Jin completed his Master’s degree in Health Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2020. He is currently a PhD student in the Health Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Sin. Jin’s research interest is examining the effects of night-to-night sleep on daily stress and emotions via ecological momentary assessments and biomarkers (e.g., cortisol, inflammation). His current research seeks to evaluate cognitive appraisals as potential mechanisms in the links between objective sleep measures (e.g. actigraphy) and next-day affective reactivity to daily stressors. His future goal is to strive to develop accessible interventions to help improve sleep hygiene as well as mitigate the negative effects of daily stress.

Registration deadline: February 8th @12pm

March is Nutrition Month! Ever wonder what to eat before, during, and after exercising? Join Hillary Stevens, Dietitian & Health Promotion Specialist with UBC’s Health Promotion & Education unit, in an interactive session test your knowledge about the myths (and truths) of eating well for physical activity. 

Hillary Stevens

Health Promotion Specialist

Hillary Stevens is a Health Promotion Specialist at UBC and is a Registered Dietitian. Hillary has had a diverse portfolio within the Health Promotion & Education unit, working with students, staff, and faculty to develop and implement programs and initiatives that support and enhance student wellbeing. She is currently coordinating the Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC) Wellness Mentors pilot program. 

Registration deadline: March 22nd @12pm