Hello October,

Here is a summary of some of the many upcoming events, activities, and opportunities for UWaterloo staff. If anyone has any events they would like to share in these monthly communications, please send them to lbolger@uwaterloo.ca.


Opening today, October 1, the new on-campus COVID-19 Testing Assessment Centre is located in the Health Services building. It is available to University of Waterloo employees by appointment. If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or your public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, book an appointment to be tested.

To make an appointment:

  • Complete this online COVID-19 Assessment Registration Form.
  • Once registered online, you will be contacted with an appointment date and time. Appointment times will be from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Fire Prevention Week is October 4 to 10. To help kick it off, Waterloo Fire Rescue & Home Depot will team up for Fire Prevention Week 2020. Saturday October 3, 2020 from 10-11am Waterloo Fire Rescue will be hosting a free virtual ZOOM Home Fire Safety Presentation for Adults & Children. Good info. & fun activities for the kids. Email Public Education Officer John.Percy@waterloo.ca to register.

As COVID-19 continues to rise, it is as important as ever that everyone in our University community plays a part in limiting the spread of the virus. Resources have been developed to help protect yourself and all Warriors.

October 5th deadline:  Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their work in the community? Nominate them for the  President’s Community Impact Awards.

The Committee on Student Mental Health will be hosting the University of Waterloo's inaugural Virtual Conference on Student Mental Health Research on November 5th, 2020, as part of Thrive Week. The goal of this event is to bring together members of the Waterloo community to share knowledge, connect researchers, and promote mental wellness. We will be accepting submissions for presentations from UWaterloo students, faculty, and staff until 11:59pm EDT on October 9th, 2020. Visit the web page to submit your abstract today!  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the team at cosmh@uwaterloo.ca

The UW Equity Office supports anyone on campus who experiences racism. Their counselling services and the Employee and family assistance program are for anyone who needs help now, or in the future.

For those who want to take action, the Equity Office has developed resources to help combat racism on our campus, in particular anti-Black racism.

The FAUW Climate Justice Working Group wants UWaterloo to divest from fossil fuels. If you want support this group, here’s an action that staff may take:  Sign a letter calling on the University of Waterloo to divest from fossil fuels and re-invest in a just, climate-safe future. 

Each Wednesday, enjoy noon hour recitals by professional musicians from the comfort of home, courtesy of Conrad Grebel University College. Music, creativity and connections are increasingly important in our new socially distanced reality. Noon Hour Concert @Home continues the Grebel and UWaterloo Music Department tradition of providing professional musicians space to share their work, and supporting our communities through conversations and music. Concerts held most Wednesdays on Grebel’s YourTube channel until November 25. Check the schedule. https://uwaterloo.ca/events/events/noon-hour-concerts-home.

Healthy Warriors at Home. Free programming including Online Fitness, Personal Training, Health Webinars, Personalized Nutrition and more. Open to students, staff, faculty and alumni. Register today.

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