About Thrive

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.

People walking in the Thrive Walk

Ways to Participate in Thrive

  • Attend Thrive events during our Thrive Days <link>
  • Host your own events in your unit or department <link>
  • Talk about Thrive on your social media channels <link>
  • Become a Thrive Ambassador <link>

Goals of Thrive 

book iconIncrease Mental Health Literacy and Promote Resources

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Thrive endeavours to improve our community’s understanding of how to obtain and maintain positive mental health of yourself and others. Thrive also promotes available resources for students, faculty, and staff who might need support, and reduce any stigma that might exist around seeking help.

Heart icon with heartbeat line through itBuild Healthy Habits and Self-Care Skills

Thrive aims to help individuals discover how to Thrive despite the challenges of day-to-day life, and develop self-care skills and resiliency. Thrive promotes healthy habits including but not limited to sleep, healthy eating, physical activity, mindfulness, and social connections.

Hands holding a heart iconFoster a Supportive and Inclusive Community

Thrive fosters a shared sense of belonging and supportive environment on campus. The activities and events of Thrive will help spread the word that you are not alone and that our community members have shared experiences and knowledge that can help.

2021 Thrive Core Committee 

  • Karen Parkinson, Occupational Health Nurse, Campus Wellness (Co-chair)
  • Grace Wong, Student Mental Health Project Coordinator, Campus Wellness (Co-chair)
  • Kalpita Gaitonde, Health Promotion and Evaluation Specialist, Campus Wellness
  • Cassie Hunter, Occupational Health Nurse, Campus Wellness
  • Rev. Brian Bork, Christian Reformed Chaplain

Thrive Event Planning Committee (TEPC)

  • Thrive Core Committee (TCC) members 
  • Sandra Gibson, Manager, Health Promotion, Campus Wellness

Thrive Terms of Reference and Structure

Read the the Thrive Committee Terms of Reference (PDF) for more information about the structure and processes of the Committee.