What is Thrive?

Thrive is a series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff. Thrive is also a mindset that encourages you to flourish. We all have mental health, and we can each strengthen our mental health by learning about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering new skills and resources to help us Thrive all year long.

Goals of Thrive

Increase Mental Health Literacy and Promote Resources

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Thrive endeavours to improve our community’s understanding of how to obtain and maintain positive mental health of yourself and others. Thrive also promotes available resources for students, faculty, and staff who might need support, and reduce any stigma that might exist around seeking help.

Build Healthy Habits and Self-Care Skills

Thrive aims to help individuals discover how to cope with the challenges of day-to-day life, and develop self-care skills and resiliency. Thrive promotes healthy habits including but not limited to sleep, healthy eating, physical activity, mindfulness, and social connections.

Foster a Supportive and Inclusive Community

Thrive fosters a shared sense of belonging and supportive environment on campus. The activities and events of Thrive will help spread the word that you are not alone and that our community members have shared experiences and knowledge that can help.

2020 Thrive Core Committee 

  • Karen Parkinson, Occupational Health Nurse, Campus Wellness (Co-chair)
  • Kalpita Gaitonde, Health Promotion and Evaluation Specialist, Campus Wellness (Co-chair)
  • Alayna Frey, Communications Project Manager, Campus Wellness
  • Lindsay Thompson, Wellness Coordinator, St. Jerome’s University
  • Rev. Brian Bork, Christian Reformed Chaplain

Thrive Event Planning Committee (TEPC)

  • Thrive Core Committee (TCC) members (as seen above)
  • Sandra Gibson, Manager, Health Promotion, Campus Wellness
  • Heather Tunks, Peer Health Education Coordinator, Campus Wellness

Read the Thrive Committee Terms of Reference (PDF) for more information about the structure and processes of the Committee.

Thrive History

Thrive builds on the success of our previous annual Mental Health Wellness Day event and expands on the foundations created by it. The Thrive week initiative was developed by the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2009 and has been adopted by more than 11 Canadian colleges and universities.The first University of Waterloo Thrive Week was held in Fall term 2018, read the Wrap Up Report (PDF) to learn more.