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August Events Campus Well-Being  

August 2, 2022

Drop-in Sports 

Enjoy the opportunity to play some of your favorite sports at our weekly drop! Our North Gym is open for lunch hour basketball and pickleball drop-ins! See below for more information:  

Basketball

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, NDC, 11:00am-1:00pm 

  • August 3rd 11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 5th 11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 8th 11:00am-1:00pm
  • August 10th 11:00am-1:00pm
  • August 12th 11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 15th 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • August 19th  11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 22nd 11:00am-1:00pm
  • August 24th 11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 26th 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • August 29th 11:00am-1:00pm
  • August 31st  11:00am-1:00pm  

Pickleball

Tuesday and Thursday, NDC, 11:00am-1:00pm 

  • August 2nd 11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 4th 11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 9th 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • August 11th  11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 16th  11:00am-1:00pm 
  • August 18th  11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 23rd 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • August 25th  11:00am-1:00pm  
  • August 30th  11:00am-1:00pm 

Check back later in the month to find out more information about the fun events we are planning for the fall!

Campus Well-Being July Events

July 4, 2022

Wellness Events 

July 6th 12:00pm -1:00pm In-Person Immersive Yoga with Holly

July 13th 12:00pm-1:00pm- In-Person Immersive Yoga with Holly* 

July 20th th 12:00pm-1:00pm In-Person Immersive Meditation with Crystal Bowl Healing*   

*In-Person events require registration by emailing pvillafranca@rrc.ca    
All in-person events taking place in- The immersion room (GM32, NDC- Mall level just outside the North Gym at NDC)   

Drop-in Sports

Our North Gym is open for lunch hour basketball and pickleball drop-in! See below for more information: 

Basketball– Monday, Wednesday & Friday, NDC, 11:00am-1:00pm  

July 4th, 6th & 8th 11:00am-1:00pm 
July 11th, 13th & 15th 11:00am-1:00pm 
July 18th, 20th & 22nd 11:00am-1:00pm 
July 25th, 27th & 29th 11:00am-1:00pm 
 
Pickleball– Tuesday and Thursday, NDC, 11:00am-1:00pm  

July 5th & 7th 11:00am-1:00pm 
July 12th & 14th 11:00am-1:00pm 
July 19th & 21st 11:00am-1:00pm 
July 26th & 28th 11:00am-1:00pm 

Virtual Yoga with Holly

  • Tuesdays 4-4:30pm   
  • Fridays at noon-12:30pm   
  • Yoga for all levels   

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU:   
 July 5th 4:00-4:30pm Register Here 

July 8th 2022  Noon-12:30pm Register Here 

July 12th 4:00pm-4:30pm Register Here  

July 15th Noon- 12:30pm Register Here  

July 22nd Noon- 12:30pm Register Here 

July 26th 4:00pm-4:30pm Register Here  

July 29th noon-12:30pm Register Here  

  Virtual Power Pilates with Sheena

  • Mondays 12:15pm-12:45pm  
  • Mat based Core Strengthening for all levels   

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU:  

Monday, July 4th  

Monday, July 18th 

Monday, July 25th 

Virtual Circuit Training with Sheena 

  • Wednesdays 12:15pm-12:45pm  
  • Full Body Circuit for all levels   

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU:  

Wednesday, July 6th 

Wednesday, July 20th  

Wednesday, July 27th 

Campus Well-Being Pride Film Viewing

June 15, 2022

Join us on June 21st from noon-1:00 pm to participate in our Pride Virtual Film Viewing, with films curated by the mental health team at Campus Well-Being. The film viewing is a space to view short films about pride, gender identity and the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community while engaging in discussion and exploring ways to support mental health. 

Moving beyond simple notions of self-care, our discussion will explore the systems that often place expectations on people. When we talk about mental health and the queer community, we need to challenge stereotypes that support heteronormativity and often “other” folks who live outside mainstream ideals of gender and sexuality. These oppressive stereotypes and ideals can strain the mental health of 2SLGBTQIA+ people.  

During the virtual event, we will watch films that highlight the history of Pride, discuss the importance of community and talk about gender diversity. In addition to the films, we will review and practice different grounding techniques and discuss student resources available at the College. 

The Campus Well-Being team is passionate about inclusivity and is motivated by a vision there everyone feels safe, has access to affirming mental health care, and lives in a world where their gender expression and sexuality is honoured. 

Date: Tuesday, June 21st 2022 

Time: noon – 1:00pm  

Register Here  

For any questions about the event or accessibility requests please contact Pamela Villafranca. 

Buddy Up Therapy Dog Event

June 7, 2022

Buddy Up is a suicide prevention campaign created for men by men, encouraging us to have conversations with our buddies and to find ways to support our friends if they are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, there are often barriers to individuals feeling comfortable discussing their mental health. These barriers like fear of judgment, expectations surrounding gender roles, or simply not knowing where to reach out can leave people feeling alone and isolated. So, for June, we are highlighting and encouraging a conscious effort to reach out and check in with friends in your circle. 

Men are often socialized to internalize their experiences of stress and emotional pain. This can contribute to learning to cope without a support system or using harmful behaviours to cope. Sometimes men turn to suicide instead of seeking support from others or receiving professional help.  

As a community, when we have conversations about our mental health and check in with our friends, we actively work to combat the stigma associated with mental health. 

All humans go through periods where they may need additional assistance. When we are balancing working, going to school, and navigating the world, we sometimes feel pressures that can impact our mental health. Being able to rely on our friends, family, and service providers when we are having feelings or thoughts of suicide helps to cope with these challenging and scary feelings. 

As part of the Buddy Up Campaign, we will be hosting a Therapy dog visit. Stop by for a chance to discuss the resources available at the College, pick up some Buddy Up swag, and support deconstructing the gender norms that stop individuals from accessing life-saving services.  

To learn more about the campaign, visit the Buddy Up website. The site includes helpful tips to initiate difficult conversations and identify warning signs, and provides a list of national suicide prevention and crisis resources.   Sign up for the “Buddy Up Challenge” for the month of June.

Stop by and say “Hi” to therapy dogs at NDC  

Date: June 23rd 2022 

Time: 11:30-1:00pm  

Location: Dining Area of the STTC  

Free MindWell June Events

June 2, 2022

This month MindWell has some amazing workshops and classes organized to assist students, faculty and staff find ways to manage and support their mental health, using mindfulness based practices. All workshops and classes are free to Red River College Polytechnic faculty, staff and students. Sign up for a Free MindWell Account to access, and find a class that is right for you!

  • Foundations of Self-Compassion   
  • Using Breath to Decrease Stress
  • Optimize Your Energy  

4 Week Program on Self-Compassion – June 9th

Starting June 9th, join Erin McCarthy, Ph.D. to build your self-compassion in multiple ways in this 4 week foundations class. Including finding way to quiet your inner critic, to find ways to manage our experience of stress and anxiety, while maintaining a compassionate and understand lens towards ourselves and our feelings.

Thursday, June 9th, 12:00pm CST

Register Here


Using Breath to Decrease Stress – Every Friday in June

Our own breath is one of the most effective tools we can use to decrease our stress levels and bring a sense of calm into our lives – particularly during or after stressful situations – so we can perform our best no matter what is going on around us. Join in each Friday to learn how to use your breath as a tool to decrease stress and improve your overall well-being.

Fridays starting June 3rd at 11:00am CST.

Register Here


Optimize Your Energy – Mondays in June!

If it’s true that lack of sleep and lack of movement can both make us feel tired, how do we choose between rest and exercise? As students we may be balancing many priorities at once, which can contribute to our energy levels feeling low, or experiencing a lack of motivation.

Join Lucia every Monday in June to learn how to optimize your energy by learning when to push and when to pull back as you explore the push and pull muscles of the body.

Mondays, at 12:00pm CST.

Register Here


For any questions about MindWell, please feel free to contact Pamela Villafranca, Mental Health Coordinator.

Campus Well-Being June Events

May 31, 2022

Wellness Events

June 8th 12:00pm -1:00pm In-Person Immersive Yoga with Holly*

Join us for a full hour-long mindfulness-based yoga class in the College’s Immersion Room (GM32, NDC). Join us for a unique yoga experience, and allow yourself to take a break, recharge, and focus on yourself. Click the link above to register by emailing Pamela Villafranca, Mental Health Coordinator.

June 14th 12:00pm-1:00pm In-Person Immersive Meditation with Crystal Bowl Healing*  
A guided imagery meditation with sound healing to help us find peace within while relaxing to the healing intention and vibration of the crystal singing bowls. l’aura Carrol will guide us into nature and peaceful places to unwind, restore and rejuvenate.

June 22nd 12:00pm -1:00pm In-Person Immersive Yoga with Holly *

Join us for a full hour-long mindfulness-based yoga class in the College’s Immersion Room (GM32, NDC). Join us for a unique yoga experience, and allow yourself to take a break, recharge, and focus on yourself.  

June 29th 12:00pm- 1:00pm Immersive Journaling & Meditation* 

The workshop is an experiential workshop where you will be guided through different types of meditation and visualization to relax your body and mind deeply. We will go back and forth between meditation and journaling to process your thoughts and feelings and develop new ideas for simple ways to reduce stress and increase joy in your life. Bring a journal/notebook and something to write with.

*In-person events require registration by emailing pvillafranca@rrc.ca   
All in-person events take place in The Immersion Room (GM32 – Mall level just outside the North Gym at NDC).

Drop-in Sports

Our North Gym is open for drop-in sports! Come play during our staffed hours (call our front desk at 204-632-2399 for day-to-day availability). Otherwise, we have the following drop-in slots scheduled for the month of June:

Virtual Yoga with Holly Pluchinski 

  • Tuesdays 4:00-4:30pm  
  • Fridays noon-12:30pm  
  • Yoga for all levels  

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU:  
Friday June 3rd

Tuesday June 7th

Friday June 10th

Tuesday June 14th

Friday, June 17th

Tuesday, June 21st

Friday June 24th

Tuesday June 28th

Virtual Power Pilates with Sheena 

  • Mondays 12:15pm-12:45pm 
  • Mat based Core Strengthening for all levels  

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU: 

Monday, June 6th 

Monday, June 13th

Monday, June 20th 

Monday, June 27th 

Virtual Circuit Training A.B.C (arms, butt, core) with Sheena 

  • Wednesdays 12:15pm-12:45pm 
  • Full Body Circuit for all levels  

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU: 

Wednesday, June 1st 

Wednesday, June 8th

Wednesday, June 15th 

Wednesday, June 22nd

Wednesday, June 29th

New and First Time Visit to The Gym – An Inside-Out Perspective 

May 10, 2022

The following is a guest post by RRC Polytech’s Fitness Coordinator, Mario De Negri.

Doing anything for the first time will seem challenging and intimidating! We might try to avoid doing new things because it might feel uncomfortable. We may have questions like… where do I start? How will I know what to do? Will I feel okay? These questions are all normal thoughts we can have when we enter into places of uncertainty. 

 Interestingly enough, when we challenge ourselves to leave our comfort zone, things can turn out way different from expected. It’s like going on a trip to a new destination. We don’t know what to expect. We might have feelings of fear or nervousness. When we get back from our trip, it becomes a part of our comfort zone, so then we can’t relate to the feelings we had before. We may have never known if we hadn’t tried! 

 Here are some helpful perspective tips to help get you on your journey to physical health and well-being. 

Mind = Body  

Some steps to help ensure success is to visualize each specific action needed to get to your goal. An example of coming into the gym would be to imagine, and maybe you could list the things you need. “I have to get my bag packed with gym clothes and shoes. Then, I’d have to find my way of transportation to get to the gym. Then, I’d have to enter the gym and get changed in the changeroom.” Trying to picture yourself already doing all the steps means you are halfway there in motion. Visualizing our trip to the gym also helps us feel prepared for what we need and allows us to feel grounded in our discomfort.  

Discomfort = Comfort  

Most of the time, it’s more about showing up than it is about feeling the need to do things perfectly. Just attending can bring more comfort to the new environment for moving and exercise. The act of being there will start to feel more normal. Doing simple things like standing, to sitting on the floor and back to standing, repeating those actions can feel uncomfortable at first, but after enough repetitions, we begin to feel more at ease. Then, we can move on to more complicated and challenging movements that could invoke more discomfort, which our bodies will adapt to become comfortable again.  

Weak = Strong  

One of the things we don’t speak about in the gym is that the practice we are doing is trying to make ourselves weaker. In trying to feel weaker, the body will respond, and its response will be strength. The sensations we are experiencing in the gym are our bodies moving into more strength with each time we allow ourselves to feel out of breath or we cannot pick up that object one more time. Embracing our efforts to find where our limits are will transform us into how strong we will become.   

Silly = Serious  

Any new skill we attempt can make us feel silly. That is part of the journey of success. Try to practice being silly a few times in the gym by crawling on the floor, rolling around, or jumping around. The sillier we allow ourselves to be and feel, the response from the body will be a mastery of the movement, plus it will enable us to not to take ourselves too seriously and feel more ok being ourselves. Silly is more childlike and playful. Although it may be termed a “workout”, the gym should be a place for play and for users to feel more like children again. Jumping, crawling, pushing, and lifting are the playful actions we can do to help bring us more in tune with our inner self, which is outstanding work.  

Nervous = Relaxed  

It is normal to feel nervous when going into unfamiliar spaces. Meeting new people, new clubs, and new spaces all bring up some nervousness. However, after a bit of time, we meet others or get more familiar with the space, we can start to feel more comfortable because we know what to expect! Embracing some of the nervousness as your inner wisdom to understand there are things you may not know. As you step into this wisdom to grow and learn, you will relax and be more open to new experiences and essentially a new you. The gym can make us nervous because some things may be new, but the more we try, the more comfortable we will feel using gym equipment and working out in the space.  

Not Knowing = Knowing.  

We know far less than we think we know. Regardless if you have visited the gym 5 times or 30 times, we will always have new things to learn. If you are worried you won’t know something, ask questions, lots of them! Do a simple internet search on one exercise for one body part and practice it. Asking for help is difficult in any situation, so use the gym as a practice tool to ask for help so that it becomes easier to apply that to other areas of your life. For example, you could email us and get a fitness consultation with a simple questionnaire and some direction or book a time to get an orientation on the equipment. On the surface, many people put on a good show, but with every move they make, they experience the same discomfort and challenges we do, which connects us all. Knowing you may not know everything is a liberating and enlightening experience and will open doors to us we otherwise didn’t know. We are all human, and we all navigate through feelings of discomfort. The whole Campus Well-Being team is here for you to help meet you where you are at! 

Combatting Body Stigma, and Reclaiming Your Space at the Gym

April 26, 2022

The following blog is written by Judimar Diotay, 1st year Electrical Engineering Technology Student, at Red River College Polytechnic.

Hello, my name is Judimar. I am in my first year of electrical engineering technology at RRC Polytech. I like to work out and attend the EDC and NDC fitness centers now that the doors have re-opened. I noticed that the gym has been quiet, and the attendance levels have been low. Unfortunately, the college hallways reflect this as well.

I know we are coming out of a pandemic, but it made me reflect on barriers that my friends and classmates were facing that stopped them from heading to the gym.

I decided to do an informal survey to ask my fellow students what was stopping them from going to the RRC Polytech fitness centers. A significant barrier for many of them was related to body stigma and self-esteem. Additionally, my classmates discussed uncertainty about how to use the equipment. Finally, there was an overarching worry about how they would be perceived while working out.

When I heard this message – it gave me flashbacks to elementary school and what it was like to be bullied for being fat. It got worse during physical education no matter the activity -basketball, baseball, soccer, etc. My classmates always told me to sit out of the games. I rarely got to play unless the teacher intervened. So, I could relate to my colleagues’ worries personally, and I knew that I wanted to share their concerns with the Campus Well-Being unit.

It is hard to feel comfortable in a space where society has expectations of what we should look like, and which bodies hold more merit. But I realized early on that I deserve to care for my body just like anyone else and that I deserve to take up space in the gym if that is what I wanted. Body positivity is so much more than just accepting other bodies, but it is also an acknowledgement of the systemic barriers that hurt people who do not fit into these stereotypes. We need to figure out how to combat those hurtful ideas and come together as a community.

I want to share my body confidence principles with you!

  1. Focus on the people who “get it” 

Other people’s opinions about your body are more about them than about you. Focus on the people who cherish you and use that as motivation to focus on caring for yourself in your body. whatever that looks like for you!

  2. What can I control? What is not my job to control?

You cannot fully control what a person thinks or says about you, but you can control who you are and what you are meant to do on this earth. We will have days where our body image is worse than other days. But find the things you can control. Take extra care of yourself and talk to a friend who supports you.

  3. Remember you are loved and wanted

Your family, friends, and people who care love you for who you are and will be there when you need them the most. You deserve and have the right to take up space in this world, no matter what your body looks like. Finally, you can reflect on what your body has done for you. Bodies have helped us navigate the world and create relationships based on so much more than our weight.

  4. Follow Body Positive influencers

Fill your feed up with influencers with diverse body types. You will see all types of bodies working out, living, and wearing the clothes they want to wear. This normalizes different body types, but it also supports people who exist outside of dominant beauty standards.

  5. Be an ally

Stand up for others, advocate for your needs, and challenge body image and beauty stereotypes. Speaking up against injustice is a small step towards creating a cultural shift. Critically think about where the messages about beauty are coming from.

My Closing Message

Rest assured! Individuals who feel they do not belong in the gym hesitate to go. I discussed creating a body-positive and accepting environment at the gym with the Fitness Centre Supervisor and Mental Health Coordinator. Safety and comfort are priorities for the Campus Well-Being unit. We discussed the processes to ensure people feel safe at the gym. There are many supports available, and if you are hesitant about attending the gym, please make sure to contact recreation@rrc.ca. They would be happy to help you with starting your journey at the RRC Polytech fitness centres.

 I hope that this message helped reach someone who may have been struggling with the same issues around body stigma – and that this will encourage them to reach out to someone for support or to try something new. Even though we at RRC Polytech represent a small corner of the world, we can turn this corner into a platform that promotes love and acceptance of an individual’s diversity and create a safe space for all people. We can challenge the norms together that often exclude individuals from certain activities. We can make body stigma and self-esteem issues a thing of the past through our combined willpower and perseverance.

Thank you for reading this, have a wonderful and joyous morning/afternoon/evening.

Sincerely, 

Judimar Diotay

Campus Well-Being May Events

April 26, 2022

Wellness Events

May 4th 12:00pm-1:00pm In-Person Immersive Meditation with Crystal Bowl Healing*  

May 5th  12:00-1:00pm Drop-in Relaxation Hour 

May 12th 12:00pm- 1:00pm Immersive Journaling & Meditation

May 11th  12:00pm -1:00pm In-Person Immersive Yoga with Holly*
 
May 17th 11:30-1:00pm Therapy Dogs at RRC Polytechnic @ Manitou a bi Bii daziigae
  
May 19th  12:00pm-1:00pm In-Person Immersive Meditation with Crystal Bowl Healing*  

May 25th 12:00pm -1:00pm In-Person Immersive Yoga with Holly *  

May 26th  11:30-1:00pm Therapy Dogs at RRC Polytechnic NDC- STTC    

*In-Person events require registration by emailing pvillafranca@rrc.ca   
All in-person events taking place in- The immersion room (GM32, NDC- Mall level just outside the North Gym at NDC)  

Drop-in Sports

Our South Gym is open for lunch hour basketball and pickleball drop-in! See below for more information:

Basketball– Monday, Wednesday & Friday, NDC, 11:00am-1:00pm 

May 2nd 11:00am-1:00pm
May 4th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 6th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 9th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 11th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 16th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 18th 11:00am-1:00pm

Pickleball– Tuesday and Thursday, NDC, 11:00am-1:00pm 

  • Details: Pickleball equipment will need to be signed out from the North Gym front desk, and returned at the end of use. You will be required to leave your student or staff ID card with the front desk staff in exchange for your equipment loan.  

May 3rd 11:00am-1:00pm
May 5th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 10th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 12th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 17th 11:00am-1:00pm
May 19th 11:00am-1:00pm

Virtual Yoga with Holly Pluchinski 

  • Tuesdays 4-4:30pm  
  • Fridays at noon-12:30pm  
  • Yoga for all levels  

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU:  
Tuesday, May 3rd  

Friday, May 6th  

Tuesday, May 10th  

Tuesday, May 17th  

Friday, May 20th  

Tuesday, May 24th  

Friday, May 27th  

Tuesday, May 31st  

Virtual Power Pilates with Sheena 

  • Mondays 12:15pm-12:45pm 
  • Mat based Core Strengthening for all levels  

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU: 

Monday, May 2nd 

Monday, May 9th 

Monday, May 16th 

Monday, May 30th 

Virtual Circuit Training with Sheena 

  • Wednesdays 12:15pm-12:45pm 
  • Full Body Circuit for all levels  

REGISTER FOR EACH CLASS THAT WORKS FOR YOU: 

Wednesday, May 4th 

Wednesday, May 11th 

Wednesday, May 18th 

Wednesday, May 25th 

Accessing Supports During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 19, 2022

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), observed each April, is an international campaign dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence, promoting education and the prevention of sexual violence, and highlighting supports and resources available to those affected by sexual violence.

SAAM is a critical opportunity to not only demonstrate the College’s unwavering support and solidarity with survivors and those who are otherwise impacted by sexual violence, but to be agents of change in creating a campus culture that fosters healthy relationships and puts consent into practice. In marking SAAM, the College encourages all students to take the Respectful College Training to become leaders of change.

Helpful resources which highlight the College’s commitment to safe and supportive learning and working environments for all members of the College community can be found in the College’s Library Guide on Sexual Violence Awareness, Education, Prevention and Supports. The Guide includes links to resources on a range of related topics such as campus sexual violence, building a culture of consent, understanding trauma and trauma-informed practice, self-care, healing and recovery, male survivors, and BIPOC perspectives surrounding sexual violence.

The College recognizes that while SAAM is empowering, it can also be difficult and emotionally draining. Here are some ways that you can prioritize your health and wellbeing this month and every day of the year:

The College is committed to a safe and inclusive working and learning environment for its staff and students, free from all forms of sexual violence in all College spaces (including online spaces).  It is a shared responsibility of all members of the College community to encourage and foster such safe and inclusive spaces.

If you have experienced sexual violence, know that you are not to blame and that you are not alone — you have the option of sharing your experience and accessing help through both internal and external resources.  There are supports available to you through the College, including:

  • The College’s Resource and Resolution Advisor Christine Jeroski who is available to discuss with you your options for reporting a concern of sexual violence, discrimination, or harassment to the College if another member of the College community was involved.
  • The College’s No Wrong Door microsite includes information about College policies and procedures on reporting and responding to allegations of sexual violence and includes additional information about supports.
  • RRC Counselling Services are available to all students.
  • The REES (Respect Educate Empower Survivors) online reporting tool allows survivors to make a report of sexual violence to the College, the police, or anonymously using a secure online reporting form.

If you are in crisis and need to speak with a counsellor immediately, please contact Klinic’s 24-hour crisis line at:  1-888-322-3019, or Sexual Assault Crisis Line:  1-888-292-7565

In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.