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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 & Training for Health & 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. 

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

Stress Wisely with Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe Recording

If you missed the Stress Wisely presentation, members of our Ontario Tech Community will have access to view a recording of the session until March 5, 2024.

Upcoming

  • February is Heart Health Month

    February is Heart Month, a time to raise awareness and emphasize the importance of cardiovascular health, and ways in which we can reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.

    Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults, and is the second leading cause of death in Canada.

    By making healthy lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking, eating healthy foods and maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising on regular basis, and monitoring cholesterol and blood pressure levels, our heart health can improve. 

    Your Healthy Workplace Committee encourages you to browse through these recipes offered by the Heart and Stroke Foundation approved by dieticians and aimed to please a variety of appetites!

    Don’t forget to sign up for events to support a healthy heart! Cruise through the information above and below this section for details!

    Recognize the signs of Cardiac Arrest and take 90 seconds to learn CPR!

    On February 13th support Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre and wear RED with us! 

  • Work From Anywhere - Feb 29, 2024

    Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Virtual
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff

    As the only 'non-repetitive' day of the year, February 29th is known as Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day. In acknowledgement of this day, we're going to review best practices for working from home, office, or on the road. Let's go from being slouched and distracted to comfortable and focused wherever you go.

    In this workshop, you will:

    • Learn how to utilize various postures to build the habits of practicing repetitive relief.
    • Go beyond ergonomics and deepen your understanding of how the built environment can optimize health and performance.

    REGISTER

  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - Mar 1, 2024

    * The Mental Health First Aid registration is now closed*

    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.  This is a certified training program from the Mental

    Health Commission of Canada and is part of The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. This training is currently the only international mental health training program that is being delivered in 25+ countries around the world.

    Date: Friday, March 1, 2024
    Time: 8:30-4:30pm
    Location: Virtual, zoom meeting
    Target Audience: All Faculty & Staff
    *Participants are required to complete a ~2-Hour online self-directed learning module prior to attending the March 1st virtual training day.  To facilitate access to this course, please register by February 16th, 2024.
     

    Course participants will learn how to:

    • Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis
    • How to initiate conversations with someone experiencing mental illnesses
    • Learn about professional resources and supports that can help with recovery
    • Suicide intervention response and crisis training
    • Self- Care - Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being
    • Learn additional communication strategies for people with different cultural backgrounds, and people in the 2SLGBTQ+ community
  • A Good Night's Sleep: Find Those High-Quality ZZZs - Mar 13, 2024

    Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Virtual
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff

    As the clocks spring forward, impacting your sleep, attend this workshop to:

    • Design the ideal sleep environment and routine.
    • Learn how to recover from poor sleep quality.
    • Learn how to track and troubleshoot your sleep quality.

    REGISTER

  • Happiness: Learning from Positive Psychology - March 20, 2024

    In recognition of March 20th as International Day of Happiness, in this seminar, participants will learn strategies to increase happiness through intentional activities.  Positive psychology focuses on enhancing well-being and helping an individual flourish. It aims to create a more balanced psychology that encompasses the wholeness of the human experience. Several researches on happiness have been conducted based on the concept of positive psychology to understand what allows people to flourish, be more resilient and increase their perception of happiness. Scientists found that when referring to happiness, we need to look at positive feelings and overall life satisfaction which is largely attributable to intentional activities. In other words, we must empower ourselves to create our own happiness.

    Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Virtual, Zoom
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff

    REGISTER FOR HAPPINESS: LEARNING FROM POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY ON MARCH 20, 2024
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - 2 Days - Mar 26 and 27, 2024

    Date: Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - Note: Participants MUST attend both days
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: In Person, SHA 038
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff

    ASIST is a two-day in-person workshop featuring powerful audio-visuals, discussions, and simulations. You'll learn how to recognize when someone might be thinking about suicide, and how to provide a skilled intervention and develop a safety plan with the person to connect them to further support. This workshop will increase your willingness, confidence, and capacity to provide suicide first aid.

    This training requires a minimum of 8 participants to occur.

    REGISTER

Reoccurring

  • Wellness Walks - Begins January 29, 2024

    Student Life and the Wellness at Work teams invite all staff, faculty, and students to join us for Wellness Walks!  These 30-minute walks are a free and fun opportunity that promotes physical and mental health by getting mindful walking breaks.  Come out for a walk to restore your concentration, uplift your mood, decrease your stress and be a part of your campus community.

    Dates: Alternating Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning Monday, January 29, 2024

    • Monday, January 29
    • Tuesday, February 6
    • Monday, February 12
    • Tuesday, February 20
    • Monday, February 26
    • Tuesday, March 5
    • Monday, March 11
    • Tuesday, March 19
    • Monday, March 25
    • Tuesday, April 2

    Location: Meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Information/Front Desk at noon

    Time: Walk will begin at 12:15 p.m. and end at 12:45 p.m.

    Registration for single or multiple walks using this Wellness Walks Registration Link.

  • Wellness Wednesdays - Every Wednesday starting January 24, 2024

    Wellness Wednesdays      

    Wellness Wednesday logo.

    Campus Coffee Break is now Wellness Wednesdays! 
    Drop-in to these virtual sessions, to connect with colleagues, pick-up a wellness tip/resource, and be entered into a random draw for a prize.  Prizes will be distributed at every session, so don’t miss out – save the below dates from 2:30-2:45pm every Wednesday.

    Join Wellness Wednesdays on Google Meet

    meet.google.com/bky-tpkw-zic

    Or dial +1 778-735-9402 PIN: 328 437 081#

     

    Date Topic
    January 24 Mental Health - Let's Talk Day 
    January 31 Stretch Break 
    February 7  Heart Health 
    February 14 Gratitude 
    February 21  Get Fit As You Sit 
    February 28  Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness 
    March 6 Nutrition Month
    March 13 Sleep
    March 20 International Day of Happiness 
    March 27 Mindfulness 
    April 3 Stress Awareness Month 
    April 10 TELUS Health One Platform - Did you know?
    April 17 Earth Day 

    Have questions or need more information?  

    Contact the Wellness at Work Team, wellnessatwork@ontariotechu.ca

  • Staff Activity Days

    The department of athletics and recreation is encouraging staff and faculty from the campus community to join us for our “Staff & Faculty Activity Days”. Head down to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) to participate in a variety of activities throughout the year. No membership needed. Staff change rooms available.

    Staff & Faculty Activity Days Schedule

    • Thurs. Mar. 28, 2024 from 11:30am-12:30pm Gym 5 – Pickleball & Table Tennis

    Contact athletics@durhamcollege.ca or athletics@ontariotechu.ca if you have any questions.

  • Free Fitness Classes for Staff and Faculty

    Ignite your fitness journey and experience the power of group fitness on our campus. From barre to spin, to yoga and self-defence, our fitness classes will help you stay active, energized and motivated. Guided by experienced instructors, classes are open to all skill levels, beginner to advanced. Classes are offered at a variety of days and times and vary in length from thirty to fifty-minute classes.

    All fitness classes are free for members of the campus community, including students, staff and faculty.

    For class schedules and registration information, please visit the Campus Recreation-Fitness Classes webpage.

  • Mindful Meeting Starters and Self-Care Practices

    All Ontario Tech University Faculty and Staff will have 1-year (May 2023-2024) of complimentary access to the Mindful Society Global Institute's Mindful Meeting Starters and Mindful Self-Care Practices.

    • Mindful Meeting Starters
      • Reference Guide
      • 8 Guided practices you can use to start meetings.

    • Mindful Self-Care Practices
      • 2 Reference Guides
      • 8 Guided practices validated to support mental and emotional well-being.

    ENROLL NOW to receive complimentary access to this digital resource bundle!

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Orientation: Watch a recording or attend a live session

    Whether you are new to Ontario Tech or wanting to refresh your knowledge of the supports and services available through TELUS Health, our Employee Assistance Program, please select the orientation format that works best for you.

    1. 1-Minute Mini Orientation for Employees - Video Recording
    2. 25-Minute Full Orientation for Employees - Video Recording
    3. Virtual Orientations: Employee and Manager* sessions held live. Select the date within the Orientation Flyer that you would like to attend to register.

    *Orientation for Manager video recordings are available on the Leader Supports webpage.

  • Health, Safety, & Wellness Fair - Digital Resource Package available

    Health Safety & Wellness Fair

    Thank you to everyone who visited the Fair! 

    Digital Resource Package

    Employees who were unable to attend can download this Digital Package of resources from the fair.

    Digital Resource Package Vendors and Links
    Ergonomics Position for Safety Poster
    Kensington Ergonomic Equipment 
    SunLife Mobile App
    TELUS Health EAP Brochure 
    TELUS Health EAP Service Summary

    Pumpkin Voting Now Closed

    Thank you to everyone who voted for the best carved and best decorated Ontario Tech Pumpkin! More than 20 pumpkins were entered into this year's Pumpkin Extravaganza contest, held at the October 26th Health Safety and Wellness Fair. After 277 votes, the winners are:

    Best Carved: Blue Screen of Death, submitted by IT Services team members:

    • Christine Gray
    • Anna Jaworski
    • Jason Pirocchi
    • Mike Prasad
    • Wendy Young

     

    Best decorated: Night of the Library Dead, submitted by Campus Library team members:

    • Kate Gibbings
    • Alyssa Jeffrey
    • Paul Pasgas
    • Jenn Tesluk

Learning and Development

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.