Martin Mroz leads innovations in health and wellness
By Allen Tung
SFU’s Health and Counselling Services (HCS) provides a wide array of services to students, including clinical health, counselling, physiotherapy and chiropractic services.
Leading this essential unit at SFU is Martin Mroz. For his outstanding leadership and support, Mroz has been awarded a 2015 Staff Achievement Award for leadership.
“As a leader, Martin is strategic, supportive, innovative, inspiring, compassionate and collaborative,” say a team of nominators. “Not only has he demonstrated skill in effectively managing and leading a large, multi-disciplinary department, he has truly improved the services offered and the HCS’s approach to student health and well-being.”
His work has touched all facets of campus, with nominations coming in from student affairs, Vancouver campus administration, residence and housing, recreation, and safety and risk services in addition to his health and counselling colleagues.
In one letter, nominators credit Mroz for leading and supporting a “strategic shift in the way SFU promotes student health,” noting SFU has delivered a number of innovative initiatives under his leadership.
Mroz was integral in securing higher leadership support for SFU’s Vision for a Healthy Campus Community, which focuses on creating on-campus conditions that enhance health and wellbeing.
He also partnered with SFU Recreation to develop the Active Health Program, a one-of-a-kind program in Canada that prescribes exercise to help students overcome depression and anxiety.
Perhaps one of Mroz’s most famous initiatives is Puppy Therapy, held each semester during exam season to help students, faculty and staff de-stress.
“I see myself as an enabler,” he says, “creating the space for my colleagues to do their job and using whatever influence I have to help them.”
Mroz has been in his role for seven years now, but he says he has so much more to learn. He looks forward to continuing to innovate and evolve how SFU delivers health and counselling services to students.
“I have one of the coolest jobs in the University and I love it,” he says. “I’m surrounded by very smart people and I get to work with some amazing people.
“I’m blessed to have a dedicated, knowledgeable health and counselling services team.”