Feature Friday with Lesley Dampier

Job title: APBI Teaching and Research Support Technician

Hometown: Born in Vancouver, grew up in Dawson Creek

How long have you worked at LFS/UBC? Just over a year

Let’s talk work…

Describe what you do for LFS: 

I provide support for APBI lab-based courses and manage the APBI teaching laboratory (MCML 102). I also work as part of the operations team in the MacMillan building, supporting safety initiatives, maintaining the vehicles and other activities.

What are you currently working on?

Currently I am providing support for APBI 200, working on several health and safety initiatives, updating an inventory of APBI equipment/supplies, and keeping the vehicles maintained. Hopefully I will soon be preparing for a TLEF project (looking forward to hearing if the application was successful!). I am also participating in the UBC Community Leadership Program which matches staff and students with community partners to deliver a project over reading week.

What do you enjoy the most about working for LFS? 

The people (where have we heard that before?!?). I feel very supported by the LFS Operations Team and have learned so much from them in a short period of time. All of the instructors I have been fortunate enough to work with have also been great, helping me get up to speed in their courses and showing appreciation for the experience that I bring. Others in the faculty that I have worked with have always been pleasant and helpful.

What challenge have you dealt with that you are most proud of? 

The recent renovation to the APBI Teaching Lab presented many challenges but I am very proud of how it has come together! In preparing for the renovation we tried to apply Green Lab principles to minimize waste – we were able to rehome or recycle much of what was no longer used in the space. When the renovations ran behind, the group rallied together to prepare an alternative space for teaching in September. We have also inventoried much of the lab in the “move in” process to make these resources more accessible.

Let’s get personal…

How do you like to recharge?

Commute home by bike – it clears my head! I also love camping – spending a night around a campfire always fills my soul.

What was a favourite vacation or trip you’ve taken? 

I’ve got two – Paddling the Yukon River with my family as a child and paddling the Bowron Lakes with my partner (#lifegoals to attempt to do both of these again with my own family).

What was the last book you read?

I am currently reading “A History of Canada in Ten Maps”

What’s one thing your co-workers don’t know about you?

I once performed at the Rickshaw Theatre as part of a bellydancing troupe (we were the VERY beginner class).

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