Winter, 2023 Learning & Development Series

We are looking forward to a new year and hope that we can offer you some sessions to help  you fulfill your resolutions! Maybe you want to improve your technical skills, or maybe it’s time to focus on your health and well-being. But whatever your goals are for 2023, your Human Resources department is here to guide, assist and encourage you every step of the way!

Building Trust Across Cultures
Trusting relationships are at the foundation of inclusivity. In professional settings, the actions and experiences that establish trust can differ across individuals and cultures.

In this workshop, we will:

  • discuss why taking time for trust building is vital in multicultural interactions and teams.
  • define different orientations to trust-building and locate our own orientation.
  • learn about the role of empathy and cultural humility in trust building.
  • explore strategies for shifting our approach trust-building in work with colleagues and students.

This will be an interactive workshop – be prepared for reflection and application activities. If you have questions or specific scenarios you would like to discuss, please contact Victoria Surtees:

Eager to read ahead?  Check out these two resources to start reflecting on what trust means to you in the context of communication across cultures.

Date & Time:  Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:         Abbotsford,  A225
Facilitator:      Victoria Surtees, Teaching & Learning specialist, Internationalization


Equity Diversity Inclusion 101: 3-Part Series

Dates & Time:  Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb 8 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:           Chilliwack, A2428
Facilitator:        Sundeep Hans, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Workload Management in a Hustle Culture
In a hustle culture, we often get caught up in working harder, not smarter. We have limited resources, time, and more on our plates. In this interactive session, join us to learn tips and tricks to work smarter to help yourself and your team reach their potential. Learning outcomes include:

  • Learn about the connection between psychological health, well-being, productivity, and innovation
  • Have tips and tools to improve productivity to work smarter not harder
  • Take away a personal plan to be healthy and productive at work and beyond

Date & Time:  Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:         TBD
Facilitator:      Wellness Works


Turning Conflict into Opportunity
We all experience conflict. Most of us have developed our own toolkit for preventing unhealthy conflicts and to resolve issues that arise. But what if we’re blinded by our own comfort zone and style? Clinical evidence-based conflict research shows how we all have a preferred approach when in conflict. While our approach may work well in some circumstances, it is less effective in others. Those skilled in dealing with workplace conflict expand their toolkits with surprising techniques from other approaches that really work in resolving issues. Participants leave this dynamic and engaging session with practical tools they can implement right away to resolve conflicts for good!

Date & Time:  Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:         Abbotsford, A225
Facilitator:      Roy Johnson, The Neutral Zone Coaching and Consulting Services Inc.


Embracing Others, Getting Results
Even before the pandemic of the last two years, engaging and motivating others required skill. Now it seems even tougher since COVID when family, friends and co-workers all are more stressed and overwhelmed. Yet, work needs to get done and goals need to be achieved. How can we more effectively influence others by understanding the barriers and using evidence based communication techniques to overcome resistance? Come find out! This interactive and dynamic session will leave participants with fresh insights into how to help those around us overcome current stressors and move toward greater productivity and satisfaction.

Date & Time:  Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:         Online
Facilitator:      Roy Johnson, The Neutral Zone Coaching and Consulting Services Inc.


FIPPA Basics
An overview of privacy legislation in British Columbia. Topics to be discussed will include freedom of information requests, protection of privacy and a consideration of privacy issues that arise in a remote-work environment

Date & Time:  Tuesday, January 31, 2023 between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:         Abbotsford, A225
Facilitator:       Stephen Gaspar, Legal Counsel


Making Effective Selection Decisions
This workshop explores the best practices in hiring and is designed to help employees be effective SAC Chairs or members. Topics covered are: purpose of the interview, legal considerations in hiring, job descriptions and competencies, developing interview questions, and deliberation and decision making.

Date & Time:   Tuesday, February 21, 2023 between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:          Abbotsford, A225
Facilitator:       Mark Pearson and Tara Rozenek, Human Resources


Psychological Safety in the Workplace
In this 90-minute workshop we will explore the phenomenon of psychological safety and create a safe place for participants to share their own experiences of feeling psychologically unsafe in the workplace. We will discuss the challenge of unconscious biases and the tell-tale signs of these to watch out for revealed through subtle micro-messages. At an individual level, a person’s emotional intelligence is the primary enabling skill that contributes to the level of psychological safety on a team and in an organization. Individuals with high emotional intelligence create higher levels of psychological safety, whereas those with low emotional intelligence can destroy it.

Date & Time:  Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:         Online – Zoom
Facilitator:      Geoff Frost & Associates


Inner Strength
This session will explore self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy, all important components of inner strength, as well as the benefits of practicing self-compassion. Participants will be introduced to a variety of theories and concepts around these topics, have the opportunity to complete self-assessments and learn strategies to help build a stronger sense of self.

During this one-hour wellness webinar participants will:

  • Become familiar with the concepts of self-esteem, self-confidence and self-efficacy
  • Learn techniques to help increase self-esteem, self-confidence and self-efficacy
  • Understand the importance of self-compassion

Date & Time:  Tuesday, January 24, 2023 between 1200 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:         Online – Zoom
Facilitator:      Homewood


Negotiating Respectful Interpersonal Boundaries
At work, and at home, individuals are regularly negotiating their own needs with those of others. Choices need to be made between competing priorities. When boundaries are set, while consulting with key stakeholders before making decisions, cooperative relationships are created. This session will outline how to consciously set time, task, and role boundaries in order to create successful relationships

Date & Time:  Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:         Online – Zoom
Facilitator:      Homewood Health


Fundamentals of Change & Transition
Change is a fact of life, but letting go of the familiar can be challenging. When individuals understand the need for change, and are resourced to manage it, they can transition with greater ease. Participants in this session will explore strategies, frameworks, self-care tools, and resources to navigate the change process successfully.

Date & Time:  Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:         Online – Zoom
Facilitator:      Homewood Health


Navigating Challenging Situations
Navigating Challenging Situations takes us through a real-life example of a challenging situation you have experienced in the past. Using your own example, you will uncover the role (s) you and others played in the situation and that you can do differently when faced with a similar situation in the future. Once we recognize the role we play in a challenging situation, we can create strategies needed to behave differently next time.


  • Identify your responses when faced with challenging situations
  • Identify strategies to resolve challenging situations

Date & Time:  February 15, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:         Online – Zoom
Facilitator:      Glenda Johnston


Advanced Word
Learn advanced Microsoft Word skills through Blackboard Collaborate. Topics may include form, index, table of contents, and tab stop creation. Review and revising documents and document protection. Contact the instructor at by xx if you have specific topics you’d like covered

Date & Time:  February 14, 2023  from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:         Online
Facilitator:      Courtney Boisvert


Managing Email Effectively
Looking to be more efficient with your emails? This workshop covers tips and tricks used in MS Outlook to enhance your productivity by utilizing the calendar to categorize, create recurring appointments, and plan meetings with others. Additionally, learn to effectively utilize contacts and manage your day-to-day tasks.

Date & Time:  March 16, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:         Online
Facilitator:      Courtney Boisvert


Fundamentals of Adobe InDesign
Learn how to create and modify collateral for print and web using Adobe InDesign. UFV Branding and design basics are baked into the lesson plan. Participants will get a full set of InDesign marketing templates after the course so that they can start creating right away.

Workshop includes tutorials on setting up your page, adding images, typography and typesetting basics, shapes and colours, and exporting for print or web.

Date & Location:  March 8, 2023 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:                Online
Facilitator:             Camilla Coates


Fundamentals of Writing for the Web
Research shows that the ways in which we consume information have been changing significantly as more information and content moves online.  Learn the fundamentals of how to inform, instruct and inspire your website visitors.

Date & Time:  February 22, 2023 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:         Abbotsford A225
Facilitator:      Stephanie Jantzen and Marieme Mbengue


Step up Your Insta-game
Take your Instagram strategy to the next level. In this workshop, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of the Instagram platform, learn how to grow your following using strategic content, and practice creating content for Instagram including stories and reels. Key takeaways in this workshop will apply to both individual and business Instagram users.

Date & Time:  February 16, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location:         Abbotsford B121
Facilitator:      Breanna Willock


Safety Series – Stretching break: Learn stretches at your desk

Date & Time:  Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 12:00 pm -12:30 pm
Location:         Online – Zoom
Facilitator:      Jason Dallavalle, Manager, Environmental Health & Safety


Safety Series – Incidents: Near Misses & Hazard Reporting

Date & Time:  Thursday, March 2, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Location:         Online – Zoom
Facilitator:      Jason Dallavalle, Manager, Environmental Health & Safety


Learn How to Navigate A225 for Meetings & Presentations
Join the Join the Audio-Visual team of IT Services for a hands-on audio-visual training session in meeting room, A225.  Employees will learn how to navigate their way from hosting a local presentation, to a full hybrid experience with remote participants, covering the common use-cases of the room including video recording. This training session will focus on technology components specific to A225, IT Services will be offering additional sessions for other meeting spaces on campus in 2023.  If you have a suggestion on the rooms or sessions you would like to attend, email us at

Date & Time:  January 18, 2023 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location:         Abbotsford A225
Facilitator:      Audio-Visual team of IT Services


Chronic Pain: Challenging Myths & Misunderstandings – Leanne Cianfrini

  • Brief overview of scope and impact of chronic, non-cancer pain on the population
  • Introduction of chronic pain mechanisms within a neuroplastic and biopsychosocial framework
  • Challenges biases about pain treatment and dispel common myths
  • Explore evidence-based, non-medicine, pain self-management options (with an emphasis on pain psychology)

Date & Time:  February 3, 2023 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Location:         Online
Facilitator:       Leanne Cianfrini, Ph.D.