UBC Department of Psychiatry Staffing Updates – June 2021



Dear Department members,

I am pleased to share some exciting staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Administration and Education teams. Firstly, please join me in warmly welcoming Mr. Ahsan Sahibzada, who started as our new Senior Program Assistant for the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program on June 14. Ahsan may be reached by email at ahsan.sahibzada@ubc.ca. As we welcome Ahsan to our team, we will be saying farewell to Ms. MJ Alarcon on June 30. MJ was brought on board from Hiring Solutions in August 2020, and had since been providing excellent coverage as the Interim Program Assistant, PGE. We would like to thank MJ for her valuable contributions, and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Additionally, we are very pleased to welcome Ms. Stephanie Milne to our Administrative team as the new Executive Coordinator for the Head’s Office. Stephanie started in her new role on June 21, and will be providing confidential and complex administrative and secretarial support to the Department Head, Director of Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and the Mood Disorders Directors in the Department of Psychiatry. Stephanie may be reached at psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca, and all inquiries and requests to the Head’s Office will be handled by her.  With Stephanie stepping into this new role, at this time we would like to say thank you and best wishes to Ms. Valentina Favero from Hiring Solutions, who has done an amazing job as the Head’s Interim Assistant and whose last day will be July 9.

On behalf of the entire Department, please join me in once again thanking MJ and Valentina, and also welcoming Ahsan and Stephanie to their respective new roles in the Department!




Vicky Yau  (She, Her, Hers)
Director, Administration
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
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