Wellness Day

SFU’s Vancouver campus, Surrey campus and Health and Counselling Services are thrilled to partner again on Wellness Day! This free event is open to all SFU students, staff and faculty and aims to positively influence the health and wellbeing of the SFU community. Join us on Zoom for a lunchtime program including a short meditation and mental health dialogue with our panel of guest speakers. We hope you can take this time for self-care, to unwind with the meditation and learn about burnout prevention and how to address “SAD” (Seasonal Affective Disorder) at the panel discussion. As usual, there will be lots of prizes!

How Do You Practice Wellness?
Participate in Our Active Challenge from October 15 - November 12
(Faculty & Staff only)
Stay active with us! Form a team with your colleagues and join in the Stay Active Challenge, which runs from October 15 to November 12, 2021 in the lead up to Wellness Day on November 16. This challenge is open to all SFU staff and faculty. Learn more about the challenge and register by October 15! There are also prizes available: each person who participates in the challenge will be entered into a draw for one of three GooglePlay book credits! The draw will happen on November 16 during Wellness Day, so we hope you'll join us! 

How Can We Help Enhance Your Wellness?
Participate in Our
Campus Care: 2021/2022 Wellness Programming Feedback Survey (Vancouver & Surrey campuses Faculty & Staff only)
Building upon the successful collaboration on Wellness Day in March 2021, the Vancouver and Surrey campuses are endeavouring to collaborate more under the umbrella of “Campus Care”. We want to get feedback from faculty and staff on what we currently offer and to solicit suggestions for future programs focusing on various aspects of wellbeing.

Wellness Day Schedule

November 16, 2021

No previous experience is necessary and all levels are welcome.

Activity

Wellness Day Kickoff
12:00 - 12:15 pm

Description

Join the Executive Directors of SFU’s Vancouver and Surrey campuses, Laurie Anderson and Steve Dooley, to kick off Wellness Day!

Our EDs will welcome participants, share the Wellness Programming Feedback Survey results and draw the prize winners.

Mindfulness Meditation
12:15 - 12:30 pm

Connect with your body, relax your mind, and discover tools for bringing more calm and ease into your life in this mindfulness practice led by Registered Clinical Counsellor, Sarah Parkes

Sarah has a MA degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University and has been practicing mindfulness for more than a decade. She facilitates mindfulness programming at SFU and in the community through her private practice.

Mental Health Panel Discussion
12:30 - 1:30 pm

*Please note this event will be recorded

The pandemic has taken a toll on many people's mental health. With the rain and shorter days ahead this winter, we have invited a group of experts to discuss mental health challenges for various demographic groups and provide tips on anxiety and burnout prevention. 

The panel includes three speakers, and there will be a moderated Q&A after their respective presentations.

 

Dr. Scott Lear is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and the inaugural Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at St. Paul's Hospital.

Read Dr. Scott Lear's full bio.

Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie (kate-zee) First Nation. Len is an educator, consultant, TEDx Speaker, social activist, traditional knowledge keeper, and cultural practitioner.

Read Len Pierre's full bio.

Tricia-Kay Williams has extensive experience counselling individuals and families previously at the Salvation Army, the Pacific Community Resource Society as a Clinical Practicum student, and more recently at the Westcoast Family Centre as an FLA Co-parenting Family Counsellor.

Read Tricia-Kay Williams' full bio.

Past Wellness Days

SFU Vancouver hosted the first Wellness Day for staff and faculty in the spring of 2020 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The full day of events included yoga, chair massages, nutrition and physio workshops, a healthy lunch, as well as a variety of information booths hosted by amazing internal and local vendors.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fall 2020 and spring 2021 events were offered online, which allowed SFU Vancouver to open up the event to all SFU staff, faculty and students. We hope to reach an even greater number of staff, faculty and students for this fourth offering of Wellness Day and are proud to partner with SFU Surrey and SFU Health and Counselling Services.

Past Event Photos

March 2021

February 2020