Department Spotlight: Jenny Lam


Vancouver – Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

Jenny Lam, Department Assistant with UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

How long have you worked in the Department/UBC?

I have been working for the Department since July 2022 – it has been just four months but it feels longer!

Can you summarize what you do in the Department?

As a department assistant, I am mainly responsible for providing administrative support to the co-heads especially on facilitating calendar management and meeting arrangements. I also provide financial support to our residents and faculty members.

What is your favourite thing about working in the Department?

The encouraging and supportive culture of the team! There are challenges in every position, and with an encouraging and supportive team, I never feel alone when I got lost. I am really grateful for this.

What is one interesting fact about you that people may not know?

Apart from being an assistant, I am also a freelance yoga instructor. I started practising yoga in 2017 because of low back pain caused by scoliosis, and completed my yoga certification training in 2020 (it was an in-person training rescheduled three times because of lockdown measures, and finished right before the fourth wave/ lockdown commenced in Hong Kong – lucky me!). It has been five years since I started and I am still very passionate about it. There is just too much to explore.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Practising yoga for sure – just give me some space and I can play on my yoga mat for hours. I also enjoy being outdoors, particularly hiking and strolling. I love walking and walk a lot as long as the weather allows. Can’t wait for the next summer!

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