Wednesday, June 1, 2022


 Spring term is in full swing, and so are employee learning opportunities! Warm up to what’s new and available from OHD. Jump into a virtual, hybrid or in-person workshop; consider submitting a workshop proposal for Keeping Well @Work 1-day conference this October; and keep an eye out for the Staff Learning Needs Survey – coming to you in June.  

We look forward to seeing you soon! 


In this issue of OHD News: 

  • Upcoming Workshops 
  • Wellness Sessions from Homewood Health 
  • Call for Proposals is now open: Keeping Well @ Work 2022 
  • *New* Staff Learning Needs Survey 
  • New Staff Orientation – Thursday, July 23 
  • 2022 convocation call for volunteers  
Don’t want to miss anything? Follow OHD on Twitter: @OHDuwaterloo where we’ll share all the latest offerings and insights on employee learning and development. 


OHD is piloting in-person experiences once again starting this Spring. We will be hosting one hybrid and one in-person workshop. 

If you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend in person. Instead, please email us at to let us know you cannot attend.

Currently, virtual workshops and events are hosted on Microsoft Teams. An invitation will be sent to you by the workshops facilitator(s) no later than 48 hours before the workshop or event. If you have questions or have not received your invitation prior to a course, please contact


The University's Healthy Workplace Committee is pleased to announce that the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Homewood Health, will be presenting their wellness sessions, The Emotional Effects of Retirement, Foundations of Positive Parenting, and Communication in Family Life, for the University this June through Microsoft Teams. 

Each one-hour session will be facilitated by a Homewood Health representative. Register now on Portal



OHD is gearing up for our Fall conference: Keeping Well @Work! If you have ideas or an interest in presenting content related to employee wellness, we encourage you to submit an expression of interest here. This call for proposals will be open until mid-August.   

For other questions about or interest in KW@W 2022, please reach out to Dana Evans Laity



We want to hear from you! OHD will be launching a survey in July to better understand the learning needs of our staff community (that’s you)! And we need everyone’s participation! Keep your eye on the Daily Bulletin and Twitter for communication from us about this in July. 



 Join us for Staff Orientation on Thursday, March 24! 

If you are a new staff member at the University of Waterloo in the past 6 months, you are invited to join Staff Orientation on Thursday, June 23. This virtual, this two-part event (morning and afternoon 2-hour sessions) will connect the dots between you and the history, culture and people of the University of Waterloo. Get to know the services, resources and exciting opportunities available to you as a Waterloo staff member. 

Learn more and register now on Portal. We hope to see you there! 

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New to the University of Waterloo? On behalf of our community, OHD would like to welcome you to Waterloo, where we support the life-long learning of our employees. As a new employee, we strongly encourage you to participate in our Core Development Workshops to support your understanding of the university’s culture and values, along with resources available to enhance your experience and engagement. Explore our Calendar of Workshops for more opportunities. 


Did you know? Thanks to Policy 18, staff have the ability dedicate up to 5 working days (or equivalent hours) a year to invest in personal and professional development. Learn more about this in Policy 18, listed under Training and Development



Want to be part of the most exciting time on campus and grow your UWaterloo network? Join the growing group of convocation volunteers who will bring this celebration to life. With 18 ceremonies taking place from June 11 to 18, we need over 200 volunteers to make it a success.   Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to get involved, and managers are encouraged to promote this opportunity to their teams; there are many different roles and shifts available, providing new professional development opportunities and the chance to grow your network across campus. Training and meals are provided.   

Want to learn more and sign up? Visit the convocation website for role descriptions and available shifts. 



OHD Resources is a authenticated website full of learning content and materials for UWaterloo employees. Access recordings and resources from conferences, workshops and events.   

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