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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Events, Initiatives and Training for Health and Well-being

Healthy us. Healthy campus. Rise and thrive at Ontario Tech!

Your Human Resources health and wellness supports and services, including the Healthy Workplace Committee are committed to providing the university community with opportunities to engage in activities that promote employee optimal health and well-being. Check out this web page often for updates on offerings that support a holistic approach to building a healthier workplace. The events and initiatives page will be updated as offerings are confirmed.

Do you have an idea for an event, speaker, initiative etc? The Healthy Workplace would luv to hear from you! Please email wellnessatwork@ontariotechu.ca !

Upcoming:

  • Lifeworks Learning - Black History Month Fireside Chat (Feb 14 & 16)

    You are invited to a virtual, interactive fireside chat with Dr. Joseph Smith in honour of Black History Month. Our distinguished speakers and trailblazers will share not only what inspires them in their day-to-day, but the challenges they face on their journey to shape and impact the future of Black lives.

    English - February 14, 1 p.m. EST:
    REGISTER

    French - February 16, 1 p.m. EST:
    REGISTER

  • Campus Connected for Faculty & Staff (Feb 16)

    Campus Connected is a workshop for staff, faculty and students to learn how to engage with others with an attitude of caring and kindness, as well as listen with empathy and without judgement.

    • Attend a Campus Connected session.Campus Connected image
    • Display the Campus Connected symbol. 
    • Be available to listen, care and help others.

    Faculty & Staff Session
    Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
    Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: Shawenjigewining Hall, Basement Level, room 018
    REGISTER FOR FEB 16 SESSION

  • Virtual Cooking Class! (Feb 21)

    Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Location: Google Meet
    Facilitator: Dr. Haytham El Miligi

    Join Dr. Haytham El Miligi, Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology and member of the Health Workplace Committee for an enjoyable and informative cooking session! Dr. El Miligi will be preparing Egyptian Creamy Pasta and will incorporate healthy ingredients and options to consider when making this simple and hearty dish!

    REGISTER

  • The Working Mind (TWM) Training for Employees (Feb & March Dates)

    Gain knowledge to identify shifts in mental well-being in yourself and others while learning coping skills to manage stress. Increasing our awareness about mental health will help reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Register today!

    Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 

    The Mental Health Commission of Canada requires a minimum of 8 participants to run a session.  Maximum class size is 15 participants.  Participants will be notified if the session is cancelled due to low enrollment.

    Dates

    • Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
      REGISTER
    • Thursday, March 2, 2023 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      REGISTER
    • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      REGISTER
    • Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
      REGISTER
  • The Working Mind (TWM) Training For Managers (Feb & March Dates)

    Gain knowledge to identify shifts in mental well-being in yourself and others while learning coping skills to manage stress.  Increasing our awareness about mental health will help reduce stigma associated with mental illness. 

    Managers will receive The Working Mind for Employees plus additional content about supporting your team including:

    • Having healthy conversations,
    • Return to work & accommodation, and
    • Helping your team through crisis management

    Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 

    The Mental Health Commission of Canada requires a minimum of 8 participants to run a session.  Maximum class size is 15 participants.  Participants will be notified if the session is cancelled due to low enrollment.

    Dates

    • Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from9-4pm (Lunch break between 12-1pm)
      REGISTER
    • Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 9-4pm (Lunch break between 12-1pm)
      REGISTER
    • Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 9-4pm (Lunch break between 12-1pm)
      REGISTER

     

  • LifeWorks: Resiliency For Working Parents (Feb 22)

    Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoom
    Target audience: All faculty and staff
    Facilitator: Glen Matadeen

    Course Description:
    Today’s working parent needs to build resiliency in order to prevent burnout. This class will give you the tools to manage stress while maintaining a sense of work and family life balance.

    Objectives:
    Topics covered in this seminar include:

    • What is Resilience?
    • Mindset
    • Brief History of Parenting
    • What Kind of Parent Are You?
    • Addressing Expectations
    • Components Of Resilience
    • Avoiding Burnout
    • Maintaining Balance

    Access the Resiliency For Working Parents Participant Guide

    REGISTER

  • How You Can Apply Mindfulness at Work (Mar 7)

    Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
    Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Google Meet
    Target audience: All faculty and staff
    Facilitator: Michael Apollo

    Join this 45min + Question & Answer event filled with practical strategies on how you can apply mindfulness in your workday to gain greater focus, strengthen your health and wellbeing and reduce stress. 

    Learning outcomes:

    • Understand how practicing mindfulness at work can help you reduce stress, access greater ease and happiness and be more effective
    • Gain strategies to incorporate mindfulness in your workday from real-life examples from companies like Google, CIBC, University Health Network and more.
    • Experience a “Relax-Reflect-Respond” practice for decision-making in challenging and stressful situations from the Applying Mindfulness at Work course. 

    Bonus: All participants will gain FREE access to an online Applying Mindfulness at Work micro-lesson course including over 20 workplace-tailored guided mindfulness practices and more!

    About the Instructor:

    Michael Apollo MHSc RP

    Michael Apollo HeadshotMichael Apollo is the founder of the Mindful Society Global Institute. He previously served as the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the University of Toronto and is a registered psychotherapist and certified teacher in mindfulness-based programs such as MBSR and MBCT. With a passion for promoting mindfulness, Michael's work has reached millions of individuals globally and showcased its scientifically proven benefits.

     

     

    REGISTER

     

  • LifeWorks: Care for the Aging (Mar 23)

    Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
    Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoom
    Target audience: All faculty and staff
    Facilitator: Karen Harvey

    Course Description:
    With an aging population, elder care responsibilities are now becoming a reality for an increasing number of Canadians. This multifaceted role is quite different from any other, and many individuals may find it very challenging to investigate and learn about the critical issues they will face as a caregiver for older loved ones. This seminar will enhance caregivers’ decision- making ability and increase their likelihood of experiencing caregiving as a positive and rewarding role.

    Objectives:

    • Anticipate and prepare for the care of an elderly loved one.
    • Understand the changes that occur as one ages.
    • Adapt a home to meet the evolving needs of the senior.

    Access the Care for the Aging Participant Guide

    REGISTER

  • The Soul at Work: Discovering the Meaning of What You Do (Mar 10)

    Title: The Soul at Work: Discovering the Meaning of What You Do
    Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Location: Virtual (Zoom)
    Facilitator: Seth Silver (Silver Consulting)

    This session is a somewhat more reflective and ‘deep’ look at what each person finds meaningful in their lives, and how some of this can be enacted at work. Without reference to any particular religion, views on the purpose of life will be shared in sub-groups, “appreciation lists” will be created, life goals and personal values will be reflected on, and work as a way to make a contribution to the world and feel connected to others will be discussed.

    REGISTER

  • safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone Training by LivingWorks (April 11 & 27)

    safeTALK participants will learn that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided. Participants will learn the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe, and will learn to activate a suicide alert. This session is facilitated by the Canadian Mental Health Association and participants will receive a certification from LivingWorks.

    A minimum enrollment is 10 participants. Participants will be notified if the training is cancelled due to low enrollment.

    Date: April 11, 2023, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: Shawenjigewining Hall, Basement Level, room 024

    REGISTER FOR APRIL 11

    Date: April 27, 2023, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Location: Shawenjigewining Hall, Basement Level, room 024

    REGISTER FOR APRIL 27

  • 61 Charles: Health, Safety and Wellness Fair (Jan 25) - Being Rescheduled - Please Stay Tuned

    Due to the expected inclement weather conditions and the shift to work-from-home/move to online learning as of noon on Wed., January 25th, the Charles Street Booth has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date!

    On Wednesday, January 25th from 1-3pm, Elise Arbic, Manager, Employee Health and Wellness, Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer and Julie Day, Health and Disability Management Specialist, will be present on the main level of 61 Charles. All employees and students are encouraged to stop by and find out about services and supports that are offered at Ontario Tech to support health and wellness. A key focus will be on mental health, ergonomics and accident injury reporting and prevention. Those that visit the display booth will also have an opportunity to enter a prize ballot!

Reoccurring:

  • Mindfulness Series (virtual) every Monday from Jan. 30-April 10

    Beginning Monday, January 30, Student Life Staff, Krista Elliott, Melanie Hewitt, and Lindsay Smith will be offering virtual mindfulness sessions to staff and faculty once a week on Mondays from 11:00am to 11:30am for the Winter Term (Jan 30-April 10).

    This is a new series of sessions suitable for someone just beginning, or for someone that has already developed their own mindfulness practice. Each session will be opened with a theme, then a guided meditation, and will close with a brief opportunity to connect in discussion.  This series is being offered to create a space for connection with self and others.

    No registration required!  Join the weekly sessions via Google Meets.

    Friendly reminders:

    -Find a quiet room to meditate

    -Find a seating position that works for you (you can sit on a chair with back straight and feet flat on the floor, lay down flat on the floor, or sit in kneeling position with a cushion under your bottom)

    -Close your Outlook as the notification sounds and emails can be distracting

    -Put your phone away and on silent mode

  • Online Course: Applying Mindfulness at Work 4-Module Course – Register by March 31st!

    *All Ontario Tech University Staff & Faculty will have FREE Access to the Applying Mindfulness at Work 4-Module Course for a limited time!

    Enroll by March 31st by following these steps:

     ENROLL NOW 

     

    Description:

    In this on-demand online course, you will learn the latest science-based insights and workplace practices to reduce stress, strengthen wellbeing and improve focus and performance. During four experiential and very practical modules over four weeks you will receive step-by-step guidance to apply 20 workplace mindfulness practices to help you deal with stress more effectively and develop the ability to be calm, clear and focused at work.

    What you'll get:

    • 47 micro-lessons on-demand in high quality video and audio + transcripts
    • 20 guided workplace mindfulness practices + transcripts
    • Access to a private course community
    • Learning Portal with guided practices, transcripts and course learning materials
    • Access to all of the above for 3-months
    • Note: The first 25 staff/faculty to complete the course will receive a micro-credential (in addition to the completion certificate)

    Weekly modules:

    • Module 1: The Science & Practice of Workplace Mindfulness
    • Module 2: Resilience & Reducing Stress
    • Module 3: Focus at Work
    • Module 4: Optimal Habits at Work & Sustaining Learning


    Who is the course for?

    • This course is for anyone interested in applying mindfulness to their workplace or day-to-day working lives, including coaches, corporate trainers, mindfulness practitioners and facilitators.


    Meet your instructors:

    Michele Milan MA

    Michele Milan MA is the former CEO of one of the top business schools in the world, Rotman School of Management, and has spent 20 years in leadership development designing and delivering leadership programs for organizations around the world.

    Michael Apollo MHSc

    Michael Apollo MHSc is a leader in workplace mindfulness, executive development and mental wellbeing with 20 years of experience in mindfulness.

    What People Are Saying:

    “This course helps you take care of yourself in order to be successful, productive, and happy. By doing so, you also can become a support system for others to do the same and encourage them as well.”

    “The most helpful part of the course was the introduction of new practices and the explanation on how they specifically can enhance focus and presence at work.”

    “Great program with a good catalog of Mindful Practices for work.”

     

  • Dr. David Posen Presents Stress Mastery - Recording Now Available

    Recording Now Available!

    If you missed Stress Mastery with Dr. David Posen, Ontario Tech Faculty and Staff will have access to watch the recording.  This Stress Mastery recording will be available until March 31, 2023.

    Workshop description: 
    Stress is everywhere. We are living in unique and stressful times, post-pandemic and rising inflation rates, to name a couple of challenges. Attend Dr. Posen's session to learn how to help manage your stress levels to live a more fulsome life. 

    Speaker bio:Dr. Posen was a family physician for 17 years before devoting his time exclusively to stress management and lifestyle counseling.  Known as Doc Calm, Dr. Posen delivers MD advice with wit and wisdom to motivate, entertain, and inspire.

    Workshop learning objectives:

    • What stress is, how to recognize it and where it comes from.
    • The simple PPP formula for taming stress in your life.
    • Time management tips to help you control your day.
    • How the way you think affects the way you feel.
    • How simple lifestyle changes can profoundly improve your energy and your mood.
  • Free Skating for all students and employees!

    Free Skating for all students and employees! Details below: 

    Dates: Monday to Friday
    Time: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Campus Ice Centre
    Directions: Ontario Tech Campus Maps - Campus Ice Centre
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 events.