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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Events and Initiatives


                       Healthy Workplace Committee

                                 Rise and thrive in 2022 - the year ahead

This page will be updated as events and initiatives have been confirmed so be sure to check-back! 

MAY                                                                focus and key theme: Mental Health Week

As part off the 71st annual Mental Health Week event, the Canadian Mental Health Association has developed tools and resources that largely focus on the importance of empathy.  Find out more by clicking here .

Mental Health Week takes place between May 2 – 8, 2022 and the Healthy Workplace Committee has the following events scheduled to help raise awareness and understanding:

Yoga Workshop 
                                       May 4, 2022 (in person)
                                                                  12 - 1 pm

Facilitator and workshop information: 

Genevieve Barnes has been with Ontario Tech since 2006 and is a Lab Technician within the Faculty of Science. Genevieve is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and has been teaching since 2015. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years and finds yoga to be a wonderful compliment to other activities which is what draws her back to her mat to this day – to find balance. Genevieve teaches yoga with the intent of creating awareness of connecting breath to movement while building strength and creating greater mobility.

In this session, participants will experience a gentle yoga flow session connecting breath with movement. This class is open to all levels of practice and is designed with the intention of leaving the yogi feeling lighter, looser and longer.

This workshop will take place at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre. Space is limited to 20 participants so register soon!

Yoga mats will be supplied. 


Your Health and Your Wealth                       May 5, 2022 (virtual)
                                                                        11 - 11:45 am  
                                                                        Sponsored by Sun Life

Facilitator and workshop information:

“As a lifelong entrepreneur, business owner, father and someone who has lived abroad for several years, I have a broad array of life experience. I also understand the challenges that many face whether they are a business owner or a family. Developing financial plans, no matter how simple or complex, is what motivates me. I know I’m helping each and every Client with each plan I build for them.

I'm proud of my CFP® and CLU® designations. I’ve combined my education and life experience to create a simplified process that helps Clients feel good about their future.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my amazing wife and our two kids. I’m an avid golfer and Blue Jays fan.” Greg Walsh

Did you know that good financial habits can improve overall well-being?

You’re invited to attend a webinar exploring the connection between Your health and your wealth on May 5th.  This presentation discusses the impact of financial stress on Canadians, the integration of physical, mental and financial health and how having a plan can help you be prepared.

In partnership with Ontario Tech, Sun Life offers financial education on various topics to help keep you financially healthy. Sign up today for this session!

Please register here: Your health and your wealth

Natural Mood Boosters Workshop                                May 6, 2022 (virtual)
                                                                                         10:30 - 11:30 am 
Facilitator and workshop information:

Sylvia Emmorey is a Professor with Durham College and a nutrition specialist. 

Learn how what you eat affects how you feel.  During this session, gut health, hormones and their affects on our brain and diet will be discussed. Foods that help balance and boost mood, decrease stress, anxiety, and depression will also be covered.



Healthy Kids                                               May 6, 2022 (virtual)
                                                                    12 pm - 1 pm 
                                                                    Sponsored by LifeWorks, Employee Family Assistance Program provider

Facilitator and workshop overview:  

Facilitator Donna Thomas believes that healthy kids lead to healthy adults and has held a variety of leadership positions in organizations that are complex and serve diverse populations. She is able to utilize her years of experience and skill set to effectively and compassionately address issues within organizations to meet their needs. 

Dr. Thomas has conducted numerous educational seminars and fitness sessions that focus on prevention of disease, disability, mental health, and overall well-being. 

During this workshop, we will discuss the research behind living a healthy life and practicing preventative health for kids as well as the impact healthy living can have on kids’ minds and bodies as they grow. The areas of discussion include nutrition for kids, exercise, immunizations and sleep, to name a few. Learn how you can raise a healthy kid!

A 1-hour instructor led training session that combines lecture elements with a variety of engaging elements like Q&A, group discussion, as well as polling and chat functionality. 


JUNE                                                               focus and key theme: Inclusivity and Leadership

Five Star Leadership                                    June 7, 2022 (virtual)
                                                                       12 – 1pm

Facilitator and workshop information:

Jeremy Greenberg is a Mental Health Counsellor in the office of Student Life and has been with Ontario Tech University since 2010. Jeremy is a registered Psychotherapist and holds an M.A. in Leadership and Training. 

The Five Star Leadership workshop will explore the intersections of leadership and health (mental, emotional and physical). Five Star Leadership defines leadership as a relational process that happens when motivated people work together to accomplish a shared vision of a better world. 


Please contact Julie Day, Health and Disability Management Specialist, with questions or if you should require an accommodation in order to participate in any of the above events.