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Mental Health Week 2024

May 6, 2024

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May 6th marks the beginning of Mental Health Week (MHW). This year MHW is centered on the healing power of compassion. In the fast-paced and demanding post-secondary environment, prioritizing compassion towards ourselves and others can be a challenge. We encourage the RRC Polytech community to join Canadian Mental Health Association in exploring how compassion connects everyone.

Check out some quick tips below for fostering a culture of kindness and compassion in our academic community!

The Importance of the Compassionate Approach

Compassion lies at the heart of creating inclusive and empathic communities where individuals feel valued, understood, and supported. In a post-secondary environment, where academic stressors and personal challenges intersect, cultivating compassion becomes essential for promoting mental well-being. By embracing compassion, we acknowledge the humanity of each person and create spaces where kindness and understanding thrive.

Empathy and Understanding

Empathy is the cornerstone of compassion. It allows us to connect with others on a deeper level and understand their experiences and struggles. Practicing empathy means actively listening to others’ concerns, validating their experiences, and offering support without judgement. Empathy can also promote dialogue and combat sigma in conversations about mental health. By demonstrating empathy, we can create a culture of understanding and acceptance that fosters trust and belonging. By encouraging honest and compassionate communication, we can break down barriers and foster a culture of acceptance and support.

Supporting Each Other

Compassionate communities are built on a foundation of mutual support and solidarity. As students, staff, and administrators, we have a responsibility to look out for one another and offer support in times of need. Whether it’s checking in on a struggling classmate, reaching out to a colleague who seems overwhelmed, or simply lending a listening ear, small acts of compassion can make a world of difference in someone’s life.

Another resource that can be reached is Early Asist. If you are a student who is struggling or you notice a student is struggling, you are welcome to send in a referral to our Early Asist Case Manager. Learn more about Early Asist here.

Self-Compassion and Prioritizing Self-Care

In our efforts to support others, we should not forget to extend compassion to ourselves. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves with kindness and understanding, especially during challenging times. Self-care plays a vital role in self-compassion as well because it’s a way for us to nurture ourselves. By practicing a little self-care every day, we can even prevent burnout. Whether we take breaks while studying, practicing yoga or meditation, or engage in hobbies and interests outside of academics, self-care should be a priority for everyone. Think about it this way, self-care is like sharpening a pencil. Just as a dull pencil struggles to create clear lines, neglecting ourselves dulls our ability to function and manage our emotions effectively.

Resources and Supports

Practicing compassion requires intentional effort where we decide to expend energy showing kindness to ourselves and others. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to have that energy to give. Thankfully, RRC Polytech provides supports and resources to students and employees so that we don’t have to go it alone.

Take some time to review these supports and ask yourself if one or more could help you build your mental and emotional stamina so that you have enough energy to practice compassion daily.

Events to Look Forward To

Rock Painting with Artbeat Studio

Different sized rocks that have been painted with two paint brushes and three small containers of paint.

In recognition of MHW, Campus Well-Being will be collaborating with Artbeat Studio for some rock painting. Artbeat Studio Inc. provides social supports, working art studio and gallery space, and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment.

Date: Tuesday, May 7

Location: EDC Atrium

Time: noon-2pm

State of Mind 2024

Campus Well-Being is excited to host our first every “State of Mind” event. This event will highlight the achievements made toward the Healthy Minds Healthy College Strategy, what is in progress, and what is coming up in the future.

Guest speakers from different departments will speak about their respective roles in the strategy. A special highlight will be to hear from instructors who have incorporated mental health and well-being practices within their classes.

Please join us on May 28th from 12pm to 1pm. This event is open to students, staff, and faculty. Light refreshments will be provided.

In Person Location: NDC – Connected Classroom (GM139) – Register here.

Virtual Location: MS Teams – Register here.

May 2024 Mindwell Programs

April 30, 2024

Starting in May, embark on a transformative journey to feel your best! Mindwell is introducing a new version of the Take 5 Daily LIVE cohort and a series of programs that will lead you to a zone where you Feel and Be your best!

If you do not have an account, sign up here for free!

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Take 5 Daily Live Cohort

Take 5 Daily offers bite-sized learning modules for 30 days to help you develop the habits of mindfulness-in-action, so you can decrease stress and feel and perform your best no matter what life or work throws your way.

Join thousands of others accross the country as you go through the Take 5 Daily training

Thursdays at 12:00PM CST. Begins May 6. Register here!


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How to Embrace Change

Change can make us very uncomfortable. Yet, change is the only constant in life that we can count on. And, in order for us to elevate ourselves and our lives, change is often required. Learn tools that will help you embrace change – instead of resisting change – so you can live your best life.

Fridays at 11:00AM CST. Register here!


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Importance of Self-Care

When life gets busy, self-care is often one of the first things to go. Yet, self-care is crucial for decreasing stress and improving happiness, energy, resilience and more. Learn simple techniques to make massive changes in all areas of your life.

Wednesdays at 11:00AM CST. Register here!


A woman on the beach performing Tai Chi.

Tai Chi: First in Mind, Then in Body

Tai Chi makes our minds stronger and more flexible and our bodies stronger and more relaxed. Tai Chi’s focused physical movements are directly related to improved mental health and well-being. Experience more joy, calm and peace of mind with Tai Chi.

Tuesdays at 4:30PM CST. Register here!


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Building Psychological Safety at Work and Home

The importance of Psychological Safety (PS) at work and particularly for teams is well established. Jackie wil review some of the PS basics and challenge you to create a safe environment in your home (and work) life.

Mondays at 12:00PM CST. Register here!

Campus Well-Being May Programs

April 29, 2024

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Fitness and Movement

Bike Share Program (NDC)

Four bicycles parked vertically on the gym wall

Borrow one of Campus Well-Being’s bikes to go for lunch, run an errand or cruise around the area. Our four bikes include Moose and Bear (large), Eagle (medium) and Goose (small).  Come to the NDC North Gym customer service desk during regular gym hours, fill out a waiver and pick your bike – daytime borrowing only by students and staff.

Wearing a helmet is mandatory. Bring your own or borrow one from us; bike locks are available too. Each user receiving a bike will be responsible for:

  • Keeping it secure
  • Riding safely and lawfully
  • Returning it in a timely manner

Muscle and Mobility (NDC)

Join Coach Justin Ross to build strength, flexibility, and training knowledge in this self-paced class that focuses on movement quality over quantity. All fitness levels are welcome & exercise progressions and modifications will be provided throughout each workout to accommodate everyone.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus, North Gym: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:10 – 12:50pm, till June 19, 2024.

T’ai Chi (NDC and Virtual)

Group of college staff learning tai chi movements in a gym

T’ai Chi involves the use of daily gentle exercise to improve health with a focus on breathwork. Sifu Josh Schafer teaches this longevity practice that is easy to access and yet profound enough for a lifelong engagement.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus: Mondays 12:10 to 12:55pm, in the South Gym (till the end of May 2024, No class May 20). All experience levels welcome.


For a virtual Tai Chi option and other online movement classes, create or sign in to your free MindWell account.

Strength and Conditioning (NDC)

These fun and high energy sessions utilize bodyweight exercises, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, bands and more for a compete total-body workout. Coach MG welcomes all fitness levels, providing exercise progressions and modifications to accommodate everyone.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus, North Gym: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:10 – 12:50pm, till June 20, 2024.

Yoga (NDC and Virtual)

Several students on their backs holding a yoga pose.

Holly Pluchinski guides participants to stretch, breathe and feel good. Suitable for all levels; mats are provided for in-person sessions.

In-Person:

  • Wednesdays – REGISTER – 12:10 to 12:50pm, Notre Dame Campus, GM33, near North Gym.

Virtual

  • Wednesdays REGISTER – 12:10 to 12:50pm *Includes access to recording for one week post-class.
  • FridaysREGISTER – 12:15 to 12:45pm

Note: Links for virtual sessions will be emailed to registrants separately. Classes going until June 21, 2024.

Wellness

Nutrition for Staying Young (NDC, Virtual)

The food you eat now affects your short-term health, but can also affect your long-term health. From risk of chronic disease, your brain health and focus, and even the strength and structure of your body, nutrition can make a difference. Join Registered Dietician Hao-Yi Sim to learn all about the different ways nutrition can keep you young.

REGISTER – In-Person and VirtualNotre Dame Campus: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – 12:00 to 1pm, Connected Classroom in EMP – G139, near North Gym.

Unable to attend at that time? Register for the virtual option to receive recording after the session.

Virtual Paint Night

Painting with rainbow coloured background and three tall dandelion fluffs on stalks in the foreground.
Picture for May 8, 2024 virtual paint night.

“Art is a powerful form of medicine – with the power to heal, to find insight, stillness and growth, to de-stress and feel in balance. Making art is a safe space to be wild and free.” Kisa MacIsaac

Join Campus Well-Being, the Students’ Association and instructor Kisa MacIsaac, for a virtual evening of painting and creative discovery. Participants follow a step-by-step process to create a unique painted canvas.

There is no cost for this event. All students and staff are welcome to register.

REGISTER – Virtual: Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 6pm to 8pm. Link will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

NOTE: The first 20 RRC Polytech students may request a paint kit to pick up from NDC or EDC. You will receive email confirmation. Student kits are limited, so register early.

Crafting Circle (EDC and NDC)

Group of students around a table colouring.

Take a break to create! Bring your lunch, some friends and drop by Campus Well-Being’s Crafting Circle. Activities and supplies provided include – knitting, crocheting, bookmark and button making, colouring and drawing.

Or bring your own project to work on while connecting and socializing with others.

Open from 11:30am to 1:30pm. You can register for a calendar reminder or drop in!

Mental Well-Being

Rock Painting with Artbeat Studio (EDC)

Rocks, paint and brushes. Text that reads, Rock painting Tuesday may 7 noon to 2 pm.

Join Artbeat Studio for rock painting to recognize Mental Health Week 2024!

Date: Tuesday, May 7

Time: Noon-2pm

Location: EDC – Atrium by Tim Hortons

No registration is required.

Therapy Dog Visit (NDC and EDC)

Come spend some time with our furry friends from St. John Ambulance from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

NDC

Date: May 13, 2024

Location: Campus Store Hallway

EDC

Date: May 14, 2024

Location: Atrium by Tim Hortons

Cat Café EDC

Join Campus Well-Being to visit some furry friends from Miss. J. La’s Fur Babies Adoption Centre! Register here!

Date: May 15, 2024

Location: EDC – P107

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Cat food donations are encouraged!

Recreation

Staff Cribbage & Games Lunch Hour (NDC and EDC)

Cribbage board and deck of cards on top.
Photo by KDorian

Pop by with your lunch and some co-workers to play cribbage, or pick another game to enjoy. Kristi Dorian, Recreation and Wellness Coordinator will be on hand with a variety of games between 11:45am to 1:15pm.

NDC – Selkirk Lounge:

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024

EDC – Cityview Room, E473

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Make an Outdoor Bug Hotel (NDC)

Pile of weathered bamboo rods outside with spider webs in spots.
Photo by Wayne M. on Unsplash

Want to add something cool to your garden this spring? Learn how to make a bug hotel that will support native pollinators! These small nesting boxes for cute leaf-cutter bees will be an awesome addition in your back yard. Through this workshop, you can help do your part to support native pollinators. Created with Syd Shukla-Bergen, BSc and Master of Science in Entomology student.

REGISTERThursday, May 16, 2024 in The CAVE from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. All materials supplied. Registration limited.

Home Maintenance Series – Automotive: Road Trip Prep (NDC)

Side of car on the road with person's feet sticking out, driving through the mountains and fall coloured trees.
Photo by Tamara Menzi on Unsplash

Prepare your vehicle for a seamless summer road trip with our seminar focused on essential maintenance checks. Discover how to inspect tire pressure, fluids, brakes and more to ensure your vehicle is in top condition for the journey ahead. Don’t let preventable issues derail your plans – learn how to keep your vehicle running smoothly for a worry-free adventure.

REGISTERTuesday, May 21, 2024, 4:30 to 6:30pm, in Automotive Building M

Please wear covered footwear, safety glasses will be provided.

Swing and Score Ladder Ball Challenge (NDC and EDC)

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Are you ready to test your throwing skills? Think you have what it takes to be the Ladder Ball Champion? Come show off your swinging and tossing skills to compete for glory!

Register in advance for our Ladder Ball Challenge and see how many points you can score out of nine. Drop-ins are also welcome.

  • REGISTER: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 in the NDC North Gym from 12pm to 1pm.
  • REGISTER: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 outside in the Elgin Plaza from 12 to 1pm. (Weather permitting, cancelled if raining)

Three fantastic prizes available for top three high scores at NDC and at EDC (six prizes total). In the case of a tie, random draw.

IMPORTANT for NDC: To save time during your entry, kindly sign the gym waiver form here. Remember your Student or Staff ID and indoor shoes for a swift entry swipe! 

Sargent Sundae Bike Ride (NDC)

Three staff members with bicycles standing in front of Red River College Polytechnic sign.

Join the Campus Well-Being and Sustainability departments for a guided, leisurely round-trip group ride to Sargent Sundae on Portage Ave. Bring your bike to the Notre Dame Campus bus loop on Tuesday, May 28 at 12pm.

Please register so we know whom to expect. Remember to bring your helmet, some water, and money to buy an ice cream. Can’t bike to work Tuesday? No problem! Check out our Bike Share Program and borrow a bike for the ride!

Second ride/rain date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Introduction to Mental Health Sessions – Prize Winners!

April 4, 2024

Mental health is an integral part of our overall well-being, yet it is often shrouded in myths, misunderstandings and stigma. To address this aspect of student life, Campus Well-Being created Introduction to Mental Health sessions, designed specifically for students!

These sessions, held during the winter term, were meant to be a steppingstone towards understanding the basics of mental health, debunking common myths, and learning effective strategies on how to manage mental health as a student.

All participants were entered into a prize draw and below are the winners! Read what they have to say about mental health and the Introduction to Mental Health sessions.

Olasubomi Kaka

Woman sitting on a chair with her hand on her cheek, smiling.

“There was a lot of valuable insight to be gained from the Introduction to Mental Health session. I learnt the importance of recognizing behavioral patterns because of how some harmless behaviors, when combined, could potentially be symptoms of mental health issues. For example, things like mood swings, and changes in sleep patterns, might be overlooked individually but could collectively signal depression or anxiety. Recognizing those patterns makes it easier to identify any struggles one might be having and to seek help if necessary. The best part of the session for me, was getting to engage in a discussion about mental health in a judgement free zone without any feelings of discomfort or awkwardness.”

Gurpreet Singh

“The first and the most important thing is to be aware of your own mental health. Education about this as we learned in the workshop is a way to increase awareness. As we have learned there are many supports available to help cope up with mental health challenges. Last one would be to address and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. As it is essential for creating a more supportive and understanding environment for those affected.”

Hui Kyum Moon

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“Sometimes I feel disappointed or discouraged, but whenever I do, I try to find a solution positively. I think what I learned in this session will help me a lot in the future.”

If you are an instructor who is interested in booking an in-class Introduction to Mental Health workshop (or other well-being workshop) visit staff forum to learn more.

April 2024 Mindwell Programs

March 28, 2024

This April, Mindwell is hosting programs to help you manage financial stress and build a healthy relationship with money so you can feel and perform your best, despite what is happening in the economy.

To register for your free Mindwell click here!

Financial Freedom Part 1

A small green plant growing out of the soil surrounded by three piles of coins.

Higher inflation and mortgage rates are impacting the cost of living and creating financial stress. Stress decreases our work creativity and our ability to make wise money decisions.

This April, cultivate simple, universal truths to transform how you relate to money and discover your purpose, ease, and engagement with money.

By joining this session, you will learn to:

  1. Gain awareness of the body’s and mind’s financial intelligence.
  2. Save money without feeling burdened.
  3. Discover how much is enough.
  4. Cultivate and experience a mindset of “enough”.
  5. reframe your unhelpful money beliefs and habits.
  6. Pay attention to the important numbers.
  7. Increase your confidence and creativity at work.

Starting April 4th 12:00pm CST. Register here!

Finding Peace from Within

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We often look for external confirmation to bring us peace or joy such as material things, money or validation from others. However, true joy and peace come from within. Learn tools to tap into these feelings at any time, anywhere!

Fridays at 11:00am CST. Register here!

Validating Your Inner Experience

A stem with leaves touching the top of a body of water.

When we feel stress, worry or any other “negative” emotion, we too often tend to try to push it away – which unfortunately brings it back stronger. Instead, learn how to connect to validate your inner experience and let go with mindful moment.

Wednesdays at 11:00am CST. Register here!

Thai Chi: Just 4 Feet and 10 Minutes

Two people in the outdoors doing Tai chi on green grass with trees in the background.

Tai chi does not require any equipment or special clothes. Learn the basics, and you can practice for free anywhere, anytime. Imagine doing your favorite hobby for free every day!

Tuesdays at 4:30pm CST. Register here!

Handling Financial Anxiety

An open hand facing upwards with a beam of sunlight and a bird coming out of it.

Are financial worries keeping you up at night? Join Jackie to explore, befriend and learn from your current financial anxiety so you can make wise, value-based choices to set yourself up for future success.

Mondays at 12:00pm CST. Register here!

Mindwell Challenge Winners 2024

March 26, 2024

Students and Staff all over Red River College Polytechnic participated in the Mindwell “Take 5” Challenge this year! The challenge was meant to improve stress management skills over a period of 30 days by teaching mindfulness-in-action.

Check out our winners from 2024 below and see what they have to say about the experience!

If you would like to sign up for Mindwell, click here!

Xinyu Li – Student

“I have learned to take 5 minutes in the morning before starting a new day. It calms me down and helps me to focus better on my work and studies. Taking some time for myself makes me a better person, and I can contribute in a kinder way.”

Elisabeth Kesada – Student

“I learned a lot about mindfulness from Take 5 Daily. Not only did it introduce the Take 5 concepts and have us put them into practice, it also touched on other health topics such as nutrition, movement, and sleep. As someone with chronic health issues that are often set off by stress, I have benefited greatly from remembering to ‘Take 5’ on a daily basis. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about Take 5 and am looking forward to continuing to use what I’ve learned.”

Chelsea Welechenko – Staff

“My experience with the take 5 challenge is something I will carry forward in my everyday work life. Our working days can be intense and this challenge helps create the habit of taking a 5 and focusing on yourself to ensure a better day.”

Campus Well-Being April Programs

March 26, 2024

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Fitness and Movement

Bike Share Program (NDC)

Four bicycles parked vertically on the gym wall

Borrow one of Campus Well-Being’s bikes to go for lunch, run an errand or cruise around the area. Our four bikes include Moose and Bear (large), Eagle (medium) and Goose (small).  Come to the NDC North Gym customer service desk during regular gym hours, fill out a waiver and pick your bike – daytime borrowing only by students and staff.

Learn more about the Bike Share program here.

Muscle and Mobility (NDC)

Join Coach Justin Ross to build strength, flexibility, and training knowledge in this self-paced class that focuses on movement quality over quantity. All fitness levels are welcome & exercise progressions and modifications will be provided throughout each workout to accommodate everyone.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus, North Gym: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:10 – 12:50pm

T’ai Chi (NDC and Virtual)

Group of college staff learning tai chi movements in a gym

T’ai Chi involves the use of daily gentle exercise to improve health with a focus on breathwork. Sifu Josh Schafer teaches this longevity practice that is easy to access and yet profound enough for a lifelong engagement.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus: Mondays, 12:10 to 12:55pm, in the A103. All experience levels welcome.


For a virtual Tai Chi option and other online movement classes, create or sign in to your free MindWell account.

Strength and Conditioning (NDC)

These fun and high energy sessions utilize bodyweight exercises, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, bands and more for a compete total-body workout. Coach MG welcomes all fitness levels, providing exercise progressions and modifications to accommodate everyone.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus, North Gym: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:10 – 12:50pm

Breakdancing and Hip Hop Culture (NDC)

Group of students and staff learning how to breakdance in a gym

Learn about the foundational movements of Breaking, and their connection to Hip Hop culture with instructor, Mooki. Classes will be focused around learning steps, and terminology which will provide students a knowledge base to take the dance into their own hands.

REGISTERNotre Dame Campus: Wednesdays, 12:10 to 12:50pm, in the A103. All experience levels welcome.

Yoga (NDC and Virtual)

Several students on their backs holding a yoga pose.

Holly Pluchinski guides participants to stretch, breathe and feel good. Suitable for all levels; mats are provided for in-person sessions.

In-Person

  • Wednesdays – REGISTER – 12:10 to 12:50pm, Notre Dame Campus, GM33, near North Gym.

Virtual

  • Wednesdays REGISTER – 12:10 to 12:50pm *Includes access to recording for one week post-class.
  • FridaysREGISTER – 12:15 to 12:45pm

Note: Links for virtual sessions will be emailed to registrants separately.

Self Defense (NDC)

Learn practical self defense techniques in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Gain confidence and fitness while adding tools and techniques to the martial arts toolkit. Taught over five independent workshops, a person can attend all or any single class, and gain benefit.

Thursdays, March 28 and April 4, 2024, 4:15pm to 5:15pm, in North Gym side court.

Find out more class details and registration link.

Wellness

Beading Workshop (EDC)

Join Campus Well-Being and the Louis Riel Institute to learn how to bead a small flower! As you learn how to bead, the instructor will go over the history of the Red River Métis and why they were called the “Flower Beadwork People”.

There are limited spots available, so register here before they fill up!

Date: April 16, 2024

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Exchange District Campus Room E155

Heart Healthy Nutrition (NDC and Virtual)

Registered dietician, Hao-Yi sitting at a desk with keyboard and monitor.

Good heart health is vital at all ages, and proper nutrition can make a difference in promoting a healthy heart, as well as reducing your risk for heart related diseases. Join Registered Dietician Hao-Yi Sim to learn all about the different way’s nutrition can benefit your heart.

REGISTER – In-Person or VirtualNotre Dame Campus: Wednesday, April 10, 2024 – 12:00 to 1pm, Connected Classroom in EMP – G139, near North Gym.

Unable to attend? Register for virtual option to receive recording.

Home Maintenance Series – Small Engines: Lawn and Garden (NDC)

Person in using a weed trimming machine in a garden.
Photo by Michael Kahn on Unsplash

Learn how to troubleshoot basic maintenance and repair for common garden and lawn equipment like lawnmowers. Led by a trained RRC Polytech instructor. 

REGISTERTuesday, April 23, 2024, 4:30 to 6:30pm, in Z122

Please wear covered footwear, safety glasses will be provided.

Cooking for Wellness (Virtual)

Open tortilla with chicken, sauce and vegetables on half of it, ready to roll up.
Photo by Amanda Lim on Unsplash

From the comfort of your own kitchen, Abby Legaspi leads at-home chefs through the step-by-step recipe for a Chicken BBQ Wrap. Cozy up with good food and lots of fun!

REGISTER – Virtual, Thursday, April 25, 2024: 6 to 8pm.

NOTE: The first 20 NDC or EDC, RRC Polytech students may request an ingredient kit to pick up from NDC or EDC. You will receive email confirmation. Student supply kits are limited, so register early.

Crafting Circle (EDC and NDC, Drop-in)

Group of students around a table colouring.

Take a break to create! Bring your lunch, some friends and drop by Campus Well-Being’s Crafting Circle. Activities and supplies provided include – knitting, crocheting, bookmark and button making, colouring and drawing.

Or bring your own project to work on while connecting and socializing with others.

Open from 11:30am to 1:30pm. You can register for a calendar reminder or drop in!

Community Garden (NDC)

Students and staff are invited to plant and tend to a community garden plot, located behind the Notre Dame Campus.

community garden plots with various plants growing
NDC Garden Plots (2023)

Connect with the earth as you dig in the soil, watch nature grow after planting vegetables and flowers, nurture your spirit while pulling weeds over the summer.

Share your questions and discoveries in the NDC Gardeners TEAMS group.

Then discover the exhilaration of harvesting and preparing food you helped grow.

For more information and availability:

  • If you are a student, please contact Chloe with the Students’ Association (Food Bank students first priority).
  • If you are a staff member, contact Kristi, Recreation and Wellness Coordinator.

Recreation

Paint a Pot or Butterfly (EDC and NDC)

Group of students painting plant pots at the Exchange District Campus.

Join the RRCSA and Campus Well-Being for a night of pottery or wood painting! Enjoy some relaxing, unhurried creative time by picking a small terracotta ready-to-paint flowerpot or a wooden butterfly and transforming it into your own amazing work of art.

All materials supplied!

group of painters showing off their painted flower pots.

REGISTER – EXCHANGE DISTRICT CAMPUS: Thursday, April 4, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

REGISTER – NOTRE DAME CAMPUS:  Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in The Cave.

Shoot Out Basketball Challenge (NDC)

basketball about to go into net
Photo by Danny Lines on Unsplash

Are you ready to test your basketball skills? Think you have what it takes to be the Shoot Out Champion? Come show off your free throw shooting skills and compete for glory!

Register in advance for our Shoot Out Basketball Challenge and see how many baskets you can make out of ten shots. Drop-ins are also welcome.

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in the North Gym from 12pm to 1pm.

IMPORTANT: To save time during your entry, kindly sign the gym waiver form here. Remember your Student or Staff ID and indoor shoes for a swift entry swipe! 

Three fantastic prizes available for top three high scores.

Monthly Board Game Nights (NDC and EDC)

Group of college students playing taboo around a table

Bring yourself, your friends or family for an “all welcome” board game night. NOTE: Last one this academic year.

DROP-IN – Exchange District Campus: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 4 to 7pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

DROP-IN – Notre Dame Campus: Thursday, April 18, 2024, 4 to 7pm, in The Cave, DM30.

Contact Kristi if you’d like to reserve a specific game for your group of friends, classmates or staff team.

Staff Cribbage & Games Lunch Hour (NDC and EDC, Drop-in)

Cribbage board with pegs.
Photo by Bruce Guenter via Wikimedia Commons

Pop by with your lunch and some co-workers to play cribbage, or pick another game to enjoy. Kristi Dorian, Recreation and Wellness Coordinator will be on hand with a variety of games between 11:30am to 1:30pm.

NDC – Selkirk Lounge:

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024

EDC – Cityview Room, E473

  • Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Intro to Geocaching (NDC)

A geocaching box opened up with Winnipeg items and other goodies inside.
Photo by J.Johnson

Do you love treasure hunting, exploring new places, and having fun outdoors? If so, you might want to try geocaching, the world’s largest treasure hunting game!

If you want to learn more about geocaching, join us for an Introduction to Geocaching Workshop, hosted by Jo-Ann Johnson, Vice President of the Manitoba Geocaching Association.

REGISTERTuesday, April 30, 2024 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at NDC in Prairie Lights.

Geocaching is a game where you use a GPS device (mostly your smartphone) to find hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of geocaches all over the world, waiting for you to discover them. Geocaching is a great way to enjoy nature, learn new skills, and connect with other geocachers.

Sport

Intramural sports provide students & staff an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational sport activities on campus in a safe and supportive environment.  All students and staff are welcome. Registration is not required.

Volleyball

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm North Gym

Futsal (Indoor Soccer)

Fridays 3:00 – 4:00pm North Gym

Cricket

Fridays 4:00 – 5:30pm North Gym

Badminton

Mondays 4:00 – 5:30 pm North Gym

Basketball

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm North Gym

2024 March Madness Bracket Contest

March 7, 2024

Campus Well-Being is hosting a 2024 March Madness Bracket Contest for our students & staff. This is a fun and exciting way to follow the tournament, compete with your classmates or colleagues, and potentially win a prize!


What is March Madness?

March Madness is one of the most anticipated and watched events in all of sports with 64 college basketball teams competing in a seven round tournament. On Sunday March 17th, each team will be arranged in a tournament bracket. The games start on Thursday March 21st, and once a team loses, they are eliminated.

To enter this contest, you’ll be asked to predict the winners for each game before the tournament begins. All picks must be made before the games start on Thursday March 21st.

Sign up now to show us how well you know NCAA Basketball, or how good you are at guessing the winners! Entry is free, and no basketball knowledge is required.  


Contest Details

Sign up online and enter your bracket here. You’ll first need to create an account, then you’ll be asked to join the RRC March Madness Contest.

Brackets must be submitted between Sunday March 17th and Thursday March 21st at 10:00am (before the start of the tournament). Live updates will be made to our contest standings as the tournament goes on, so follow along to see where you rank amongst our college community.


Contest Scoring

For each game winner that is correctly chosen, points will be awarded. Higher point totals will be awarded for correct picks as the tournament progresses. The point breakdown for each round can be found below:

  • First Round – 1 point
  • Second Round – 2 points
  • Third Round (Sweet 16) – 4 points
  • Fourth Round (Elite 8) – 8 points
  • Final Four – 16 points
  • Championship – 32 points

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the top three people in the standings at the end of the tournament. Winners will be contacted by email at the end of the contest on April 9th, 2024.

  • 1st place – $100 Sport Chek Gift Card
  • 2nd place – $50 Sport Chek Gift Card
  • 3rd place – $25 Sport Chek Gift Card

Please email Davis with any questions.

March Mindwell Programs

March 4, 2024

Emotions are a part of our mental health! They affect how we react to experiences and how we perform everyday, as well as our relationships in our personal and professional lives.

This March, Mindwell will be focusing on helping you build your Emotional wellness, so you can successfully handle life’s stresses, release negative emotions, adapt to change, and remain grounded.

In alignment with World Sleep Day this month, the program includes a series of classes around simple tactics you can apply to improve the quality of sleep.

Remember to sign up here for your free account before registering for programs!

Release Emotions Through Tapping

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Discover how to use Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping) as a tool to help release negative emotions and anchor positive ones!

When: Thursdays at 12:00pm CST – register here

Staying Grounded

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Life constantly throws distractions our way. It can be easy to lose focus on your goals when facing setbacks in everyday life. Learn simple tools to help you remain grounded even in tough scenarios.

When: Fridays at 11:00am CST – register here

Emotional Awareness

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Emotions are powerful signals from our body. Learn to tune into your own body so you can receive their messages and learn to better handle all emotions through the act of loving-kindness.

When: Wednesdays at 11:00am CST – register here

Calm Your Emotions

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Emotions can be strong and powerful. Being able to manage them will help you make good decisions and take positive actions. In Tai Chi, deep breathing helps us calm our emotions so we can take the best step forward.

When: Tuesdays at 4:30pm CST – register here

*please note that the image above is incorrect, the program runs Tuesdays and not Mondays.

Sleep Affects Mood and Emotions

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Not getting enough quality sleep has many implications on mental and emotional health. In honour of World Sleep Day this month, join Jackie to explore the benefits of a good night’s sleep – and simple tactics to improve the quality of your sleep.

When: Mondays at 12:00pm CST – register here

International Women’s Day 2024: Meet the Panelists

February 27, 2024

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Campus Well-Being and the RRC Polytech Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) working group are hosting a panel discussion, featuring distinguished professionals. The engaging discussion will address the topic of student mental health and the achievements and contributions of women in the mental health field.

Event Details

Location

In person: Red River College Polytechnic Notre Dame Campus – Room G139 – register here

Virtual: MS Teams – register here

Time

11:30am to 12:30pm – The panel discussion

12:30pm to 1:30pm – Lunch and networking

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Natasha Ali, C. Psych.

Dr. Natasha M. Ali has been a Registered Psychologist in Manitoba since 2016. She is currently pursuing a Diploma in Islamic Psychology through Cambridge Muslim College in the UK. She runs a private practice in the city, works at the University of Manitoba as a psychologist and Muslim spiritual care provider, and also offers her services to the local Muslim community through Manitoba Islamic Association.

For nine years, she was the counsellor assigned to the Indigenous Student Centre at the University, working closely with Indigenous students. She therefore brings a unique lens to women’s issues, one shaped by her own experience of being a racialized woman, studying and working in predominantly White institutions, of listening and learning from Indigenous women, and from her faith tradition, Islam.   

Natasha was born in Montreal to immigrant parents from the Caribbean. She has lived most of her adult life in Canada but grew up in the Caribbean. She discovered the protections that came with practicing her faith when she was completing her doctorate in the US. 

Taylor Kerelluke

Taylor is a mental health professional with a wealth of experience and a passion for driving meaningful change in the mental health field. She has a blend of clinical expertise, hands-on advocacy experience, and a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology that uniquely equips her to understand the complex intersections of mental health, trauma, and community support.

Her journey into the mental health field began early, fueled by a genuine desire to create change in her community. Taylor’s experience spans various domains, including subsidized housing, women’s equality, mental health and addictions, victim support, career guidance, student accessibility, inclusivity, and mental health advocacy within governmental, private, academic, community-based, and non-profit sectors.

Currently serving as the Director of Operations at Candace House, a pioneering non-profit organization that provides comprehensive support to family survivors of homicide in a home-like environment, Taylor is deeply committed to holistic care and community support. Her role allows her to address the complex emotional needs of those affected by trauma through fostering healing and resilience.

To balance her own self-care in the midst of supporting others, Taylor enjoys indulging in her hobbies – whether that’s diving down a research rabbit hole, knitting among her collection of candles, or whipping up delicious treats in the kitchen.

Rita Chahal

Rita Chahal is the Executive Director of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. Traveling from Northern India to Pier 21 on Canada’s east coast at the age of nine, Rita and her family were the second East Indian family to settle on PEI during the mid ’60s. She would later graduate from Dalhousie University with honors and eventually settle in Manitoba. Building her career on the prairies for over 42 years, Rita’s work spans academia and corporate sectors, however most prominently she has served the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years.

As a champion of change, Rita has held key leadership roles serving as Executive Director for: The Women in Media Foundation, Employment Projects of Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC). Her vision and leadership played a key role in leading the province through the resettlement of refugees during the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and the influx of US claimants during the Trump administration.

As the General Manager of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Rita was the first person and woman of color to take on the role. Major cornerstones of her initiatives addressed labor skills shortage issues, foreign-trained credential recognition, and HR services to address the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. Her community work includes serving on numerous local, provincial, national committees, and Crown Corporation boards as a chair or executive member.

Joanna White

Joanna is Anishinaabe from Huron Tract Territory and a member of Aamjwinaang First Nation. Joanna has been with RRC Polytech since 2015 and has held two positions in the Department of Community of Services – faculty and most recently as the Indigenous Curriculum and Cultural Advisor. With a background in counselling and social work, Joanna approaches her work from a holistic and relational perspective which is rooted in Indigenous cultural, spiritual, and ceremonial practices. Joanna brings 30 years of diversified experience in the human and social services field providing services and leadership to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and organizations throughout Canada and the United States.

In this new role, Joanna’s focus will be Indigegogy where she will be working with faculty to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and ways of teaching and learning into curriculum and instructional practice. Joanna is passionate about creating holistic and relational learning experiences for faculty and staff to learn about Indigegogy and how to approach Indigenizing curriculum and practices.

Nadine Powell

Nadine is currently working as an instructor at RRC Polytech’s micro credential Shelter Support Worker program for housing and intimate partner violence. She draws on the experience and training gained from more than 10 years working in the social service field with youth and women, a master’s degree in Social Work from the school of Social Work at McGill University and an Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg with majors in Religion and Culture and Conflict Resolution Studies. Nadine is also a PhD candidate in Sociology at Carleton University. where she has explored food culture in relation to transnational identities, race and ethnicity in Canada, disability studies and capitalism and economic stratification.

She has worked in the health care setting at Health Sciences Centre Emergency Department and has a strong interest in social policy that aligns with the health and wellbeing of an inclusive society. She believes strongly in the value and power of community knowledge and community building.

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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