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.


The University Club is hosting a Thanksgiving Buffet October 10 and 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call ext. 33801 for reservations. 


Oktoberfest is returning October 11 to 19 across Waterloo Region. As a FestFriend, staff receive free tickets to Bingemans Oktoberfest, using the promo code: UOFW19.


Something for everyone. The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (HREI) is offering many workshops this month for staff: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence, Managing Difficult Conversations, Making Spaces, Updates to Policy 42, Anti-Racism, Verbal De-escalation and Crisis Intervention, You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know, Workplace Harassment Prevention, Equity 101, Consent, Giving Bad News, etc. Check the calendar and register for these staff opportunities.


On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the University and the Healthy Workplace Committee will be hosting the third annual Keeping Well at Work Day.  The daylong event will include two keynote speakers in the morning and an afternoon of workshops, activities, and wellness booths to provide information and support. The Healthy Workplace Committee asks that attendees bring non-perishable food items for donations to the Student Food Bank to support the health and wellness of our student community.  

The keynotes are:

  • Valerie Pringle, one of Canada's most accomplished and popular television hosts, opens up about why she is an advocate for mental health, discussing her daughter’s experiences upon starting university. Valerie speaks with honesty, concern and humour about going public about mental illness and the difference it has made in her life, and shares four key pieces of advice for those suffering in mental illness or supporting loved ones as they go through it.
  • Bruce Sellery, Business journalist and author of Moolala, is on a mission to help people get a handle on their money so they can live the life they want. He speaks, writes, consults and uses every media format to engage audiences in a smart, fun, high energy way.

The afternoon workshops include topics on Managing Time and Energy, Healthy Sleep, Equity 101, Building Resiliency, Menopause, and much more.  Be sure to check out the wellness booths from Homewood Health, Heart & Stroke, Diabetes, Blood Pressure Monitoring and more. As well, several activities will be offered, including Yogalates, Hatha Yoga, and both indoor and outdoor wellness walks. We hope you will take part in this important event on self-care.


Last call for shoppers! Join UWSA for the 15th Annual UWSA Shopping Weekend in Erie, PennsylvaniaFriday, November 8 to Sunday, November 10, 2019. Make a shopping list … and have fun with your friends or family members.  Shopping south of the border offers incredible bargains as there is no sales tax on clothing, children’s products and many other items in Pennsylvania and only 4% on everything else.  We will request discount coupons from various stores.   The trip includes round-trip bus transportation on a deluxe bus, two nights of accommodation at the Country Inn & Suites with a complimentary breakfast. 


Warrior Staff Day is October 26 for Women’s Hockey. Free tickets for all staff games, sponsored by Campus Dentist. Gowarriorsgo.ca/tickets.


Vaccines, Complexities and Controversies is the focus of this month's W3 meeting on October 30, from noon until 1 p.m. in EV1-221. W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering of women and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff, and faculty that (usually) meets on the last Wednesday of each month. W3 events are sponsored by the Faculty Association and Staff Association and coordinated by a committee of faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.


The Gender and Sexual Diversity Working Group would like to invite you to a LGBTQ2S+ Faculty and Staff Lunch on Wednesday October 30th.


Order your toys from Santa for our 31st annual Winterfest at CIF on December 1. Deadline for toy orders is October 23, 2019.


You and your family are invited to join Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. See Frozen2 with UWSA and their families on November 23 at 10:00 a.m.

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