Stay at Work/Return to Work

We’ll work with you, your department and your treatment provider to facilitate a safe, sustainable return to the workplace or create a plan to help you remain at work while you recover. 

If you are based in the Okanagan, please visit the Work Reintegration and Accommodation Program (WRAP) on the UBCO HR website. 

What to expect

Every situation is unique and we’ll work with you to determine the next steps to support you in the workplace. Generally speaking, the Stay at Work / Return to Work process will include: 

  1. Introductions: Meet your advisor virtually or in person. We can discuss your job, the tasks that you perform, and how your medical condition may be impacting you in the workplace.
  2. Visit your doctor: We may ask you to take a form to your doctor so that we can begin planning ways to support you in the workplace. 
  3. Share your ideas: Tell your advisor about the tasks you think you can perform and what you need to support you at work. Be open and willing to discuss the ideas of others, including your advisor and your manager. 
  4. Your plan: We’ll put together a formalized plan detailing your return to work or your workplace accommodations to help you remain in the workplace.
  5. Work according to your plan: Your plan is designed to help you come back to work or remain at work safely. As you continue to work according to the plan, we’ll check in with you and your manager to see how you’re doing. We may have to adjust your plan if challenges arise, which may include input from your healthcare provider. 
  6. Plan completion: Once your plan is complete and you are working successfully, we will close your file. You can contact us anytime in the future if your ability to continue working changes. 


ContactStay at Work / Return to Work, and disability-related accommodations advice for the following units:
Grace Wang
Manager, Return to Work & Accommodations
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
  • Sauder School of Business
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the University Counsel
  • VP Human Resources
Megan Mackie
Return to Work & Accommodations Advisor
  • Faculty of Applied Science
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • VP Development & Alumni Engagement
  • VP Health
  • VP Research & Innovation (except Animal Care)
  • VP Students - Athletics & Recreation
  • VP Students - Student Housing & Community Services (except Child Care, see below)
Michael Penney
Return to Work & Accommodations Advisor
604-822 -1451
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • VP Students - Student Affairs
  • VP Students - Student Careers
  • VP Students - Student Health & Wellbeing
Sacha Oddstad
Return to Work & Accommodations Advisor
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Faculty of Science
  • Peter Allard School of Law
  • VP Academic & Provost
Susan Lebrun
Return to Work & Accommodations Advisor
  • Faculty of Arts
  • VP External Relations
  • VP Students - Child Care Services
Wylie Chan
Return to Work & Accommodations Advisor
  • VP Finance & Operations
  • VP Research & Innovation (Animal Care only)

Centre for Workplace Accessibility (CWA) 


Can't find what you're looking for? Contact the CWA and we’ll connect you with the appropriate Advisor.
Kelly McIntosh
Director, Workplace Health Services
Responsible for continuing to ensure that Workplace Health Services provides programs and advice to support safe, inclusive, and healthy workplaces.
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