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OISE Wellness: Supporting Health and Wellness in our Community

OISE Wellness Post-Pandemic Working Group - Call for Members

The last few years have been challenging and difficult but the pandemic also gave us opportunities to explore ways to learn and work remotely and be mindful about dedicating time for self-care and creating more work-life balance.  Although challenging, we worked together as a community and learned to be agile as we continue to respond to our ever-changing environment.

The OISE Wellness Committee is seeking representatives from our community to participate as members of an OISE Wellness Post-Pandemic Working Group for the 2021/22 academic year. Our objective for this working group will be focused on developing programs and resources to help us cultivate a culture of Readiness, Resilience, and Recovery as we adapt to our evolving learning and work arrangements.

We anticipate that the activities of this group will include:

  • engaging in meaningful discussions about the needs of each of our constituent groups as our learning and work arrangements evolve
  • gathering data from our community through surveys, focus group discussions, interviews
  • exploring current trends and strategies from other organizations
  • learning from and working with experts, both internal and external to OISE, to develop a post-pandemic wellness strategy
  • building a library of resources to help us cultivate a culture of Readiness, Resilience, and Recovery

The OISE Wellness Committee was formed in response to priorities that were identified in the Learning and Leading from Within - OISE Academic Plan 2017-2022. The OISE Wellness Committee's mandate is to serve all faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners, and friends of OISE on a journey of wellness. Our key objective is to enhance the wellbeing and mental health, both individual and collective, in our local, national, and global communities.

If you are interested in participating in the OISE Wellness Post-Pandemic Working Group, a subgroup of the OISE Wellness Committee for the 2021/22 academic year, please send an email to oise.wellness@utoronto.ca by Friday November 12, 2021  Please include:

  • your name
  • contact information
  • department/unit
  • who you represent: student, faculty, staff or another member of our community
  • and a short paragraph indicating any expertise you have in the area of health and wellness and how you believe you can contribute to the committee.  Please note: expertise in the area of health and wellness is not essential to participate.

OISE Wellness Committee

The OISE Wellness Committee was formed in response to priorities that were identified in the recent Learning and Leading from Within - OISE Academic Plan 2017-2022**.

Our mandate is to serve all faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners and friends of OISE on a journey of wellness. Our mission is to improve efforts to address the physical and psychosocial environment through support, engagement and encouragement of healthy lifestyles for our community members.

In the recent Learning and Leading from Within - OISE Academic Plan 2017-2022**we identified Wellbeing and Mental Health as one of our focusing themes for the next five years.  Our key objective in this area is to enhance the wellbeing and mental health, both individual and collective, in our local, national and global communities. 

We established the OISE Wellness committee in the Spring of 2018 and have started to develop a wellness program to support the health and well-being in our community.

The initial priorities from the report include:

  • Establish a wellness committee representative of faculty, staff and students to make recommendations and lead the development and implementation of the institutional wellbeing and mental health initiatives.
  • Explore ways to improve quality of work-life balance for staff, faculty and students, and support healthy lifestyles through, for example, yoga and mindfulness meditation opportunities.

**From the Government of Canada, https://wet-boew.github.io/wet-boew-legacy/v3.0/demos/archived/archived-en.html. Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or record keeping purposes.  It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived.  Please contact us at oise.wellness@utoronto.ca to request a format other than those available.


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