Hello May,

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.

Take a step back and pay attention to your mental and physical needs during this pandemic. Seek therapy if you need it. Reach out to Homewood Health for short-term, confidential counselling through your UW benefits, the Employee and Family Assistance Program. As well, staff received a message on April 22 announcing a federal program Wellness Together, which provides mental health and substance abuse support through Homewood Health.

Other tips to take care of yourself during the pandemic. Try to keep a sleep routine. Get dressed. Eat healthy. Don’t overeat and monitor your happy hours. Read OHD’s tips for staying healthy while at home. Wash and moisturize your hands more than you think is necessary. Don’t touch your face. Practise deep breathing. Start a new physical routine (but don’t overdo it).

Workplace Yoga Program is live-streaming classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. again in May. 

Warrior Recreation online workouts, Monday to Friday, three times a day at 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Workouts will be broadcast live through ZOOM Video Communications. Warrior Recreation is offering free online workouts using Zoom video communications.

ZOOM Video Communications    

Download for free and create a login

Also available on the App Store and Google Play

Use the following ZOOM ID to enter the live workout: 679-940-7327

You can also click the following link to enter the workout: https://zoom.us/j/6799407327

Questions? Please contact Donna (dmrheams@uwaterloo.ca) or Stacey (stacey.majaury@uwaterloo.ca)

Hey Groovers! Cindy Howe leads this enthusiastic group for our campus and sent the following update: I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last email.  The transition to working from home as well as everything else going on has been, frankly, quite difficult at times.  I’ve had some good days, some “ok” days, and some not-so-good days. So, while we can’t groove together in person right now and, by the projections, for quite some time yet, there are many opportunities to connect with the world-wide GROOVE community on Facebook.  There are some full-length classes (one hour’ish) as well some “grooves of the day” with one or two songs.  So be sure to check out “Groove Waterloo Region” and “Groove Ontario” on Facebook for these.  As well, look for me on Facebook too where I often share inspirational messages and things that make me smile and/or giggle. Please know that I’ve been thinking about you and hoping all is going as well as can be expected! Groove on!

In the wake of COVID-19, many in the Waterloo community are overwhelmed with questions and uncertainty about the pandemic and its effects on our well-being, health and economy. University of Waterloo experts are available to share their knowledge and answer questions from the community. Join your colleagues online for a series of free weekly community talks. Each Wednesday, for the next six weeks, Waterloo researchers will share information and answer your questions on important COVID-19 topics. Community talks will be held online using a video link that will be provided before the talk. Registration is required. The schedule is as follows:

Protecting our mental health featuring speaker: Christine Purdon, Professor, Department of Psychology, Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 p.m.

Long-term care and our loved ones featuring speaker: John Hirdes, Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Wednesday, May 13, 12:00 p.m.

Social media and our quarantine life, featuring speaker: Shana MacDonald, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Arts, Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 p.m.

Planning for retirement in uncertain financial times featuring speaker James Thompson, Professor, School of Accounting and Finance, Wednesday, May 27, 12:00 p.m.

Quarantine boredom featuring Professor Danckert, professor, Department of Psychology, Wednesday, June 3, 12:00 p.m.

In pursuit of a vaccine featuring Professor Roderick Slavcev of the School of Pharmacy, Wednesday, June 10, 12:00 p.m.

Check out the full schedule of talks on the Community Relations and Events website. Anyone with questions is invited to contact Community Relations and Events at cre@uwaterloo.ca.

For staff members with school-aged kids at home: The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing has launched CEMC at Home, a free, open and online resource to support students and parents. Most weekdays, we will post something for each of four grade levels: Grade 4 to 6, Grade 7/8, Grade 9/10 and Grade 11/12. The goal is to provide a wide variety of fun and educational ways to do mathematics and computer science while at home practicing social distancing. The resources will include games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more.

Join the conversation. President Feridun Hamdullahpur will be hosting a President’s Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. to ensure our institution continues its dedication to timely and relevant updates during these challenging times. We will be making the session completely open to the University of Waterloo community and beyond. This event is also an opportunity for me to hear from you. Your questions. Your concerns. Your ideas. I welcome your input before the event by pre-registering for the event and submitting a question or concern, as we have in past Town Hall events.

I truly want this Town Hall to be an opportunity for our entire community to learn through open dialogue. The road ahead will certainly have more hurdles to overcome, but that only means more opportunities to build the future of our University. Thank you for your ongoing dedication to our institution. It is a time of change, but one I know we can continue to take on together.

The Stratford Festival is presenting a free film festival to entertain you during this period of social isolation. We’re offering free streaming of 12 of our most successful Shakespeare productions. To access all STRATFEST@HOME content, click here.

Did you check out the April Action Calendar created by Organization and Human Development? There was no May calendar as of press time, but watch for an update soon. Thanks, OHD!   





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