UFV named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2021

Two employees wear their Strive to Thrive t-shirts

With most employees working remotely, UFV launched a virtual Strive to Thrive fitness program, along with other wellness initiatives. Employees VIcki Bolan and Pauleen Nuite show off their Strive to Thrive t-shirts as they stay active in the rain.

The University of the Fraser Valley has once again been named one of BC’s top Employers. This is the seventh consecutive year that UFV has received this distinction.

Here are some of the reasons why UFV was selected:

  • As part of their flexible health benefits plan, UFV employees receive a $1,000 health spending account that can be directed to cover additional medical costs — and unused flex credits can be transferred to their personal registered savings accounts
  • UFV helps employees plan for the longer term with retirement planning assistance, generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, and phased-in retirement work options for employees transitioning into life after work
  • UFV recognizes exceptional performance and achievement through internal awards for a variety of categories, including community service, research and teaching excellence, employee excellence, and long-service.

Candy Ho, who recently joined UFV as an assistant professor.

Candy Ho joined UFV as the first assistant professor of integrated and career and capstone learning in 2020. She already had good feelings about UFV before applying, through previous interactions with the university.

“My relationship with UFV dates back to the summer of 2016 when I had the opportunity to participate in UFV’s one-week facilitator development workshop. At the end of the week, then-president Mark Evered took the participants for an intimate tour of campus. Since then, along with subsequent interactions I have shared with UFV colleagues, I have come to recognize the university as a community-oriented institution that cares deeply about quality teaching and student success.”

When she heard about the new and innovative professorship that she now holds, she was quick to apply.

“When I was alerted of the opportunity to serve as UFV’s inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrated Career and Capstone Learning — an innovative, pioneering faculty role conceived to help students enhance their academic and career success — I was compelled to put my name forward. And, the rest, as they say, is history.”

The BC’s Top Employers competition is run by Mediacorp Canada, which manages the well-known Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and the Eluta.ca job search engine, now used by over 5.4 million Canadians annually. In addition, Mediacorp hosts the nation’s largest annual conference for senior-level HR professionals. Founded in 1992, Mediacorp is Canada’s largest publisher of quality employment-related periodicals. BC’s Top Employers for 2021 are listed here.

When UFV had to cancel celebration events due to COVID, the university delivered awards to the homes of recipients like John Belec, a recent retiree who received professor emeritus status.

UFV typically holds a welcome-back barbecue for employees. When that was cancelled due to COVID, the university sent employees a restaurant gift card and UFV-branded face mask.


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