UWaterloo Community Events

Hello February

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.


20th annual Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retiree Day is February 2 at Noon. Men’s and women’s basketball teams vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves. Free with code.

World February 4 is World Cancer Day and aims to get people around the world talking about cancer. This year’s theme is “I Am and I Will”, which reflects your involvement in cancer awareness; it gives you the power to make change. So think about what you will do this year to promote cancer prevention for yourself, your family, your community, and the world. You may visit https://www.worldcancerday.org/ to learn more about World Cancer Day, and any activities/events taking place near you! To get all the employers involved across campus, the Healthy Workplace Committee Healthy Workplace website will be providing cancer ribbons that you can pin on to acknowledge the day. Please contact Occupational Health to request ribbons for your department.

The Centre for Career Action is offering winter term workshops for staff. February 5: Interviews, Preparing for questions from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. February 12: Interviews: Practice from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. February 27: Discover your career values, 12 noon to 1 p.m. March 20: Emotional Intelligence and career, noon until 1 p.m. Workshops held in TC. Watch for employee career advising pop-ups in the Davis Centre, MC, E7 and SLC this term.

Winter term Thrive Day is Monday, February 11. 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.

Noon concerts at Conrad Grebel Chapel are hosted each Wednesday. February 13, it is Grand Duo with Jerzy Kaplanek on violin and Leopoldo Erice on piano at 12:30 p.m. For other offerings or information contact music@uwaterloo.ca.

Indigenous Speakers Series is presenting Marie Campbell on Wednesday, February 13 at 4 p.m. in ML. Maria Campbell is a Cree-Métis writer, playwright, filmmaker, scholar, teacher and elder. Her memoir Halfbreed (1973) is regarded as a foundational piece of Indigenous literature in Canada for its attention to discrimination, oppression and poverty.

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Check UWSA discount partners for ideas for dinner-out or gifts for your loved one.

 W3 Represents: A Research Symposium takes place on Wednesday, February 20 all day in STC Rooms 10 and 20. Free. Please register by February 11th. This W3 event is sponsored by the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo, the University of Waterloo Staff Association, the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10 campaign, the Department of Communication Arts, the Department of English, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and the Department of Philosophy.

The Centre for Ocular Research and Education is seeking participants for a spectacle study. Children between six and nine who wear glasses for myopia (nearsightedness) will receive $690 for 9 visits over three years and a free pair of spectacle frames. Register at COREstudies.ca.

UW Fitness is offering several specialized once weekly small group exercise programs for UW Staff and Faculty in addition to our regular twice weekly Small Group Personal Training. Thanks to funding from the UW Staff Association’s Staff Excellence Fund, UW Staff receive a 50% discount on all “Learn To” programs AND Small Group Personal Training sessions!  Take advantage of the private on campus facility under the guidance of our certified staff. Please see our website for more details and scheduling at https://uwaterloo.ca/uw-fitness/fitness-appraisal-and-training-services/staff-and-faculty-small-group-training. Email fitness@uwaterloo.ca to register or call ext. 36841 for more information. Spaces are limited and new programs are starting soon so sign up ASAP!

International Women’s Day is March 8, 2019. UW marks the day with a women’s recognition dinner at Fed Hall starting at 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are $56.50 from cre@uwaterloo.ca.

You can also celebrate IWD with friends, food, and fun at the KW Zonta IWD event on Monday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Bingeman’s Ballroom, Kitchener. Enjoy dinner and the best International Women's day party in KW with witty writer-actress-comedian Martha Chaves, a regular on CBC Radio's "The Debaters" and "Laugh out Loud." All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Zonta’s international projects for women. Tickets are $65 and available at www.zontakw.org/iwd

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 26, 2019. That’s the day UWSA will host a Blue Jay game outing at Rogers Stadium. Would make a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. Watch for details.  

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