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Wellness Friday: Psychological Hygiene

From a very young age we adopt common physical hygiene habits such as brushing our teeth, washing our hands and taking regular showers. What about hygiene habits that focus on our mental health? This 1 hour, interactive session will increase participant’s awareness and understanding of psychological hygiene while learning the factors that can promote and preserve good mental health. Individuals will gain practical tools and resources to activate their own personal psychological hygiene practice. Facilitator: Homewood Health...

Arboretum Spring Clean-Up

About the event Join us as we celebrate Earth month by helping us clean-up the litter in the Arboretum and enjoy the beautiful weather that Spring brings! Bring a colleague or even your whole team. Individuals will be put in pairs or groups of three as we clean the Arboretum.  Gloves, pickers, and garbage bags will be provided. Volunteers are invited to join us for lunch after from 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided, but is optional for volunteers. Come prepared for the weather and muddy conditions.  In the event of rain, the clean-up day will be re...

Leading Sustainability at U of G: Discussions to Take Action

Join us for an inspiring and interactive workshop designed to empower University of Guelph staff to take meaningful action towards sustainability in their personal and professional lives. In this workshop, Samantha Casey from the University of Guelph Sustainability Office will lead you through practical strategies and actionable steps for integrating sustainability practices into your daily routines and work life. It will also explore how YOU can help advance sustainability at the University of Guelph and what current initiatives and projects exist. Schedule...

U of G on Tour: Biodiversity, Insect Collection and DNA Barcoding

Ever wonder how DNA is determined and used to identify species? Meeting at the entrance to the Centre for the Biodiversity Genomics, building 135, starting at 12 pm, this 60-minute tour will include a review of DNA barcoding processes and a visit to the Centre’s insect collection. Limited to 10 participants. Did you know? U of G Scientist Dr. Paul Hebert, founder of the Centre for the Biodiversity Genomics has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Earth and Environmental Science for 2024. Known as “the father of DNA barcoding,” Hebert receives the medal...

Kick-Off Event: Fostering Safety: Physically and Mentally with Keynote Speaker Rob Ellis, Founder of My Safe Work

We're back in person and you're invited! Join us at Waasamowin in the Summerlee Science Centre on Monday, May 6, 2024 for the Kick-off Event for Be Well, Be Safe Week. Enjoy this opportunity to step away from your workspace, connect with colleagues, and enjoy lunch while listening to Rob Ellis, President and Founder of My Safe Work share a moving story of losing his son, David Ellis, from a workplace accident in 1999 leading him to become an advocate for health, safety and...

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Orientation

From time to time, employees may find themselves in need of confidential, professional counselling for personal, family, relationship, and wellness issues adversely affecting work performance or threatening to do so. The purpose of the University's Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is to help meet these needs. Eligibility for EFAP counselling has been expanded to encompass not only regular full-time employees, but also temporary full-time and part-time employees with appointments greater than 6 months and workloads greater than 35%, along with their immediate family members. ...

Staff Only Learn to Lift - Tuesday

Free Staff Only Learn to Lift Looking to begin your fitness journey? This program is designed to teach you proper use of resistance machines and free weights safely, aiming to help you feel confident and see results. All sessions take place in the NRG Zone, our NEW training studio. This space provides a more private training experience, creating a safe learning environment. All skills and identities are welcome. If you like this program, register for a full series. Registration ...

Free Staff Climbing

This Be Well Be Safe Week, come join fellow University of Guelph staff members on this fun opportunity to go climbing and enjoy a new activity. During this experience, you will have exclusive use of the climbing wall with our trained staff! They will belay you, teach you how to belay, as well as how to properly tie a knot for climbing top rope. You will feel comfortable at the climbing wall by learning techniques and trying bouldering and top rope climbing in a safe and positive environment. All equipment, harnesses and climbing shoes, are included in this climbing wall program. ...

safeTALK

Designed by Living Works, SafeTALK is a 3.5 hours alertness training and certification that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. This training includes understanding of the importance of suicide alertness, learning to identify ways people invite help, and how to connect those who need help with resources when they are at risk. This training is recommended for individuals who are not mental health experts but who might have on-going relationships with people who have mental...

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