U of G Recognized as 2019 Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month® Great Employer

University of Guelph has been recognized for the 2019 Canada's Healthy Workplace Month® Great Employer award.

The University is being celebrated for our planning and actions to help foster a physically and psychologically safe and healthy workplace, striving to continually improve across the key areas of our healthy workplace model including:

Spring Cleaning Challenge Winners

Throughout the month of April, employees were invited to dedicate time each day to spring clean. Small tasks were assigned each day, such as decluttering the nightstand, deleting old apps, or donating old board games.  Each day, employees checked off the tasks they completed. 

Two people were randomly selected and awarded with a small prize to congratulate them on their spring cleaning! 

A Walk in the Park- Answer Sheet & Winners

In April, we invited employees to go for a "walk in the park" to explore the unique and interesting sculptures at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

Three winners were randomly selected from the submissions received.  Congrats to the following winners:

Recipe Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone for your healthy recipe submissions for The Great Wellness@Work Recipe Contest. 

The review committee had some tough decisions to make, but has selected their top 3 favourite healthy recipes. Congrats to the following winners:

1. Yummy Guacamole and Quinoa Sweet Potato Boats- Brittany Dubbeldam - $50 Hospitality gift card 

2. One Pot Chicken Quinoa will Feta- Patricia Hass - Healthy cookbook 

October 2018 Wellness@Work Calendar

Highlights from Healthy Workplace Month 2018

In October 2018, U of G celebrated its second annual Healthy Workplace Month.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the events, activities and contests that were held throughout the month. 

Below you will find links to a variety of articles, photos and video recordings that provide a snapshot of highlights from some of the events that took place:


Spooktacular Space Contest Winners

As a new Healthy Workplace Month activity, employees were encouraged to festively decorate their work space or common office area with colleagues and submit photos using the hashtag #wellnessatUofG or email to wellnessatwork@uoguelph.ca.

11 groups used their creativity to decorate their work spaces and U of G looked spooky! 

Here are the top 3 winning Spooktacular Spaces:

1st- Amy Tyszka and Barb Piccoli in Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management

Discover our Spaces Scavenger Hunt Winners

Thanks to everyone who explored the U of G campus to complete the Discover our Spaces Scavenger Hunt!  

We had 39 employees submit their completed crossword and a review committee randomly selected the top 3 winners. Congratulations to the following prize winners:

1st place- Brendan Fagan

2nd place- Amanda Sawlor

3rd place- Morgan Rees

Here is the feedback we received from the cross-word activity: 

Celebrate our Spaces Photo Contest Winners

During October's Healthy Workplace Month, we asked employees to submit a photo of a beautiful U of G space. We asked, "What’s your favourite space on campus? Take a photo of the place that you love best on Guelph campus, at Ridgetown, the University of Guelph-Humber or at a research station – anywhere U of G is! – and tell us why you like it so much."

We received 21 photo entries and it was a difficult decision for the review committee. The following photos were selected as the winning photos:

1st place- Danielle Watson

U of G Recognized with Bronze Healthy Workplace Award

On November 6th, 2018 U of G was recognized at the Canada Awards for Excellence Summit for the Bronze Healthy Workplace® award.  View the full news release from Excellence Canada attached below.

Excellence Canada's mission is to help organizations in all sectors become the best-in-class by implementing standards of excellence. 

You can learn more about U of G's partnership with Excellence Canada and read the Bronze submission here.  

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