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.

Think Local with the truLOCAL Warriors Kickback Program From now until February 20, truLOCAL has a special promotion running offering pre-set boxes filled with the best quality locally sourced meat and fish for you to choose from.  There are three different options to choose:

Mix It Up Box (Ground Beef, Steak, Chicken Breast, Pork Tenderloin, Salmon & Bacon)

Staples Box (Ground Beef, Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Breast, Bacon, Turkey Bacon)

Surf & Turf Box (Steak, Salmon, Shrimp)

Each box has three different price points available ($115, $159, $249) so there's a box to suit every budget and family size. The bigger the box, the bigger the kickback to the Warriors. Visit the program website at www.gowarriorsgo.ca/trulocal for more information on the box options

The program is open to any Warriors supporters (or potential supporters) and is available to residents of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.  With each pre-set box purchase, a portion of the kickback will directly support the varsity team of your choice. The varsity team that receives the highest kickback will also receive an additional $250 from truLOCAL. Questions? Contact WarriorsInfo@uwaterloo.ca

Valentines’ celebration: Noon Hour Concert: Love’s Course virtually at Conrad Grebel. Three cent music major trads from UW are featured. February 10 at 12:30 p.m. Free. Contact 519-885-0220 for more information.

The world is changing. “We’ve always done it that way” doesn’t cut it. Challenge your assumptions and embrace the growth mindset is the theme of a talk by Dan Trommater on February 17 at noon. Hosted by OHD, this is one of a series of keynote speakers leading up to our 2021 Staff Conference in April. https://uwaterloo.ca/organizational-human-development/events/dan-trommater-weve-always-done-it-way-challenge-assumptions

Virtual meeting with Dr. Stephanie DeWitte-Orre, hosted by Canadian Federation of University Women on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. “Viruses and Vaccines: What we know about the coronavirus that has turned our lives upside down.” This talk will introduce the SARS-CoV-2, briefly describe how the virus replicates within the body, and what is known about its ability to transmit between humans. Current vaccine platforms, how they work, and the pros and cons will also be discussed. Free. Contact cfuwkw.mtgs@gmail.com to request an invitation.

The Healthy Workplace Committee has organized various wellness sessions for you to participate in this term! This month Building Resilience in the Face of COVID-19* Homewood Health takes place Friday, February 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Register by Feb. 2nd. Eye Strain and Visual Demands in a Work from Home Environment Dr. Julie Shalhoub takes place Wednesday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register by February 8th. COVID-19: Calming Your Mind in Challenging Times* Homewood Health Thursday, February 25 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register: February 15 – 22.

Live Stream Exercise classes for UW Staff launched in January! **50% subsidy thanks to Staff Excellence Fund. UW Fitness (part of CCCARE – Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence) recently launched livestream exercise classes to UW staff. Thanks to the Staff Excellence Fund, we are able to offer these programs at a 50% subsidy! Participants can register for either of our popular Express Home Workout or Bootcamp programs with lunch hour and after work sessions available. Sessions are 6 weeks long with energizing 30 min once weekly livestream workouts delivered over Microsoft Teams. Small group sizes ensure staff are closely monitored during livestream sessions.  If you missed signing up for our January session, additional 6-week sessions will be starting March 8th and April 19th. Spaces are limited and staff will be registered on a first come, first served basis. For more information and how to register, see our website at https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-community-clinical-applied-research-excellence/uw-fitness-services/staff-and-faculty-training

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.

Spending time in nature can reduce stress and increase happiness. Check out some of the links below to find ways to be active at home or outdoors. When being active outdoors, follow government guidelines and by-laws regarding social distancing and only use spaces that are open to the public.
Waterloo Trails
Kitchener Trails
Cambridge Trails
Mind Body Run
Free guided meditations

Outdoor skating is a Canadian winter tradition and great for mental and physical health.  Check this page out for the list of Waterloo community run rinks: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/gettingactive/outdoorrinks.asp And here's Kitchener's list: http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/OutdoorRinks.asp

The 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.

Hire a co-op student. Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) has been working hard to ensure that all Waterloo students are supported throughout their co-op experience, while providing increased flexibility for employers to bring fresh talent into their organizations.

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.

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.


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