The faculty’s Community Health and Well-being team has released its 2022-27 Health and Well-being Strategy.
The new strategy was developed in consultation with the Student Health and Well-being Committee, Employee Health and Well-being Committee and various campus stakeholders.
The Health and Well-being Strategy provides direction for how the Faculty of Mathematics will work to address current health and well-being-related issues, assist with the development and implementation of initiatives and programming that promote self-care and positive health behaviours and support the wellness journeys of students, staff and faculty.
“Our Health and Well-Being Strategy is among the first of its kind at the University of Waterloo, and therefore positions us at the forefront of institutional efforts to promote health and well-being in our community,” said Christiane Lemieux, associate dean for operations and academic, who contributed to the development of the new strategy.
“It is important to mention that it is also a direct outcome of the faculty’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, in which ‘People’ was identified as one of our six key priorities,” she continued. “The document provides us with a good framework to articulate our goals, formulate strategies to reach them and measure our impact while keeping us connected to existing work and research in this area.”
Robert Bruce, the faculty’s community well-being and engagement officer, worked to develop the new strategy and sees it as a valuable tool to help move wellness initiatives forward and support faculty, staff and students. He says he is happy with the final strategy and with the process that brought it into being.
“I believe that our strategy not only reflects best practices and seminal literature associated with fostering a culture of health and well-being, but it also incorporates the culture of our faculty – Mathies helping Mathies,” Bruce said. “As the strategy states: ‘Success will be determined by the path we build together.’ I am hopeful that together we can forge a path to build a greater capacity for wellness within our classrooms, our labs, our office spaces and beyond.”
Check out more initiatives from the faculty’s Community Health and Well-being team and ways you can get involved.