Welcome to the Wellness Collaborative

The Wellness Collaborative at the University of Waterloo was created in response to and guided by the principles of the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

This Charter, signed by the University of Waterloo in 2018, calls on post-secondary schools to actively integrate health and wellness into the learning environments, business operations, and academic mandates. These efforts will support a culture of empathy, sustainability, and social justice. By supporting the wellbeing of everyone at Waterloo, we will enhance the success of our institution through increased recruitment, retention, and academic achievement.

The University of Waterloo is also committed to working towards becoming a leader in establishing new and innovative health promotion projects, initiatives, research, and learning opportunities.

In working towards these aspirational commitments, the Wellness Collaborative has identified five priority areas based on the unique needs and context of Waterloo.

mental wellnessspiritual wellness

sense of belongingsupportive environments for active living and healthy eating

institutional commitment


Learn more about the five priority areas and how the University of Waterloo is making ongoing efforts to implement positive change within each area. These priorities may shift over time to be responsive to emerging needs of our community.

  1. May 3, 2021Centering Indigenous engagement in the work of wellbeing and health promotion
    Decorative text

    May 17th, 2021

    10am-12pm PST | 1-3pm EST


  2. Apr. 23, 2021Chronic Disease Club is creating safe spaces, connections, and awareness
    Chronic Disease Club Logo

    Wellness Champions: Chronic Disease Club is creating safe spaces, connections, and awareness

    Starting a club at the very beginnings of a global pandemic was a daunting task, but for Ashley Kruchka and Samantha Morin, it was important.

  3. Feb. 17, 2021Wellness Collaborative Advisory Committee At-large Positions for Students Who Identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour

    Purpose

    By signing the Okanagan Charter and the Healthy Workplace Statement, University of Waterloo has committed to take action in embedding wellbeing into everyday operations, business practices and academic mandates. The Wellness Collaborative will transform the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen our community, and contribute to the well-being of our people, places and the planet.

Read all news