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Register for a Thrive Week Paint Party! All Staff and Students Welcome

October 30, 2018

Painting on the Prairies is returning to RRC to instruct our annual THRIVE Week Paint Party! All staff and students are welcome to join us for 2 hours of step-by-step painting. No experience is necessary, and you will take home your very own painted canvas.

The therapeutic benefits of painting are both mental and physical; it helps you to cope with stress you have in your life while you explore your creative side. Owner and Artist of Painting on the Prairies, Amber Van Ma’iingan has been leading paint parties for three and a half years and she will give you all her best tips and tricks so that your painting will turn out it’s best!





Notre Dame Campus
Date: Tuesday, November 6th
Time: 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: The Cave Lounge




Exchange District Campus
Date: Wednesday, November 7th
Time: 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Dining Hall, Roblin Centre




Snacks will be provided. Register with Breanna to secure a spot, or just show up (seats are first come first served).

During THRIVE Week we take time to reflect on the role of self-care and balance on developing positive mental health that supports academic and career success. This year, THRIVE will be held November 5-9.

Events and activities provide an opportunity for rest, social connection, physical activity, fun, personal growth, and learning.

The week long series of events is a partnership between the RRC Students’ Association and the Healthy Minds Healthy College Initiative.

Check out the NDC Thrive Guide and EDC Thrive Guide to see the full slate of activities.

Guide to THRIVE Week Events and Activities!

October 22, 2018

During THRIVE Week we take time to reflect on the role of self-care and balance on developing positive mental health that supports academic and career success. This year, THRIVE will be held November 5-9 at all RRC campuses.

Events and activities provide an opportunity for rest, social connection, physical activity, fun, personal growth, and learning. All students, staff, and faculty members are invited to participate.

Some events to look forward to are:

  • paint night
  • yoga
  • therapy dogs
  • board game night
  • tour of the sweat lodge
  • visit from Rob Nash
  • mindfulness workshop and much more!

Check out the NDC Thrive Guide and EDC Thrive Guide to see the slate of activities.

Subscribe for updates to ensure you receive all THRIVE related information.

The weeklong series of events is a partnership between the RRC Students’ Association and the Healthy Minds Healthy College Initiative.

Wellness Weekly: Curated Readings for September 10 – 16

September 11, 2018

In our Wellness Weekly, mental health roundup feature we curate some of the best writing on the web related to health and wellbeing. Here is some recommended reading for this week.


  • Have you ever thought of wellbeing as a skill? Dr. Richard J. Davidson from the Centre for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison breaks down the research around four main contributors to wellbeing: resilience, outlook, attention, and generosity. He argues that if one practices the skills of wellbeing, one will get better at it. The Four Keys to Wellbeing.


  • Curious about the relationship between mental health and exercise? In The Wall Street Journal, Sumathi Reddy  explores a recent study to be published in the Lancet that looks at this association. Are certain types of exercise more beneficial than others? How about certain durations of exercise? Check out The Exercise that Helps Mental Health the Most.

Do you have some favorite reading you’d like featured? Contact Breanna.

Observe World Suicide Prevention Day with RRC

September 4, 2018

Each year, roughly 4000 Canadians die by suicide. Not only are these losses tragic, but each individual who dies by suicide was no doubt connected to a community of people who will experience complex grief. There are family members, colleagues, and friends who are left to sort through intense feelings, sometimes of helplessness, guilt, or pain.

The Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network (WSPN) recognizes that communities like RRC have an important role to play in both preventing suicide and supporting individual and collective healing; we agree. Laureen Janzen (Manager of Counselling and Accessibility Services) and Breanna Sawatzky (Mental Health Coordinator), are WSPN members and have been helping to plan World Suicide Prevention Day 2018. There will be a free public event over the noon hour on September 10th.

As part of the Healthy Minds Healthy College initiative at RRC, we would like to invite staff, students, and faculty to join us in observing this important day. This year’s theme is “Working Together To Prevent Suicide.” Please contact Breanna if you are interested in attending with the RRC group.

The event is about an hour in length and is open to all in the community.

Wellness Weekly: Curated Readings for September 3 – 9

September 4, 2018


In our Wellness Weekly, mental health roundup feature we curate some of the best writing on the web related to health and wellbeing. Here is some recommended reading for this week.

  • As we start a new school year with a fresh, empty locker it may be helpful to clean out our mental locker. This means getting rid of ideas, thoughts, and habits that no longer serve us. Gina Biegel and Todd Corbin encourage us to: “(1) keep your mental locker clean, (2) NIP those negative thoughts in the bud, (3) be mentally tough and confident, and (4) use positive self-talk to SPEAK to yourself in kind and confident ways.” Read how in New School Year: Clean Your Mental Locker and Get in the Zone


  • How does one sustain energy, remain creative, and avoid burnout? One crucial contributor is rest. Alex Soojun-Kim Pang and Arianna Huffington outline 10 ways to use rest to your advantage with the goal of sustaining wellbeing and career success. Read How You Can Use Rest as a Tool for Success.


  • Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is launching an innovative study to explore the power of music to treat clinical depression. They hope to use brain imaging and music to improve understanding of the causes of depression, possibly leading to new treatments. Read Harnessing the Healing Power of Music.

Do you have some favorite reading you’d like featured? Contact Breanna.

Walk like a Penguin to prevent falls on ice

January 6, 2015

Did you know that in 2014 we had 8 “Slips and Falls” at RRC?

boy and penguin on iceNot all of those were ice related, but, whether you are at an RRC Campus, or anywhere else, here are a few tips to prevent Slips and Falls on ice.

1. Walk slowly and carefully when you walk across the parking lot to your building
2. Take short, deliberate steps in which the mid-foot strikes the ground first, not the heel
3. Change direction carefully when walking on slippery surfaces
4. Be aware that black ice can look like wet pavement
5. Be cautious of new snow that may be covering icy patches
6. Ensure your footwear has good tread and is appropriate for cold or wet snow
7. Keep your hands free for balance
8. Don’t carry loads where you can’t see where you are walking
9. Watch where you are walking, don’t text and walk at the same time
10. Avoid climbing over snow banks, look for an alternate route to walk
11. Be careful when getting in or out of your vehicle, look for icy patches where you park, face the vehicle, use it for support
12. Use hand rails when available
13. Wipe / shake off snow from your shoes on the mats when you enter the building to avoid getting the floors wet
14. Be aware that stairs and floors may be wet so use caution

Our Grounds staff does a great job in keeping the parking lot and walkways cleared of snow at NDC, but, we live in a difficult climate, and weather conditions do not always make things easy for them. We need to take precautions where ever we go whether at work or somewhere else.

Do not become a statistic this winter. Avoid those Slips and Falls.

If you have any concerns, contact

Are your Personal Appliances Safe?

November 5, 2014

coffee makerPersonal appliances such as coffee makers, electric kettles, space heaters, and others are convenient but can also pose a hazard in the workplace.

In order to ensure that these devices are used and placed in a safe manner, a guideline has been developed for RRC staff use. You can read the guideline here.

kettleHere are some questions to help you determine if there are any safety and health hazards associated with personal appliances in your work area.

Can you say YES to all the below?   If not, contact or call 204-632-2596.


  1. ☐Is the appliance labeled so it clearly identifies the individual and/or department that the appliance belongs to?
  2. Is your appliance:
    • ☐CSA, ETL and/or UL approved
    • ☐in good working order and kept clean
    • ☐used for its intended purpose
    • ☐have any signs of misuse or abuse
  3. Your appliance does not
    • ☐“spark”, or have a burning odour while in use
    • ☐show signs of charring or rust
    • ☐have defects in closing (ie: microwaves)
    • ☐have defects in operation
    • ☐repeatedly trip the breaker
    • ☐have “hot spots” on the cord while the appliance is in operation
  4. Is your appliance:
    • ☐placed directly on a hard, stable surface, with nothing between the surface and appliance
    • ☐placed on a supporting surface large enough to accommodate the size of the appliance
    • ☐plugged directly into a permanent receptacle (not an adapter, extension cord, or power bar)
    • ☐plugged into a receptacle that is not loose
    • ☐equipped with its original cord, free of fraying, tape, or other “modifications”
    • ☐equipped with current safety features, such as automatic shut-offs
    • ☐automatic timer not set
    • ☐equipped with a cord as short as possible (and the cord is not draped across or over other items)
    • ☐cord secured so that it does not pose a trip hazard
    • ☐placed no less than 1 m. from a water source
  5. ☐Heaters need to be placed no less than 1 m. from any combustible items (furniture, wall, drapery, etc.).


toasterThanks for taking the time to read this information! Together we can ensure that our workplace is a safe and healthy place.  If you have any questions or comments, contact us at


Sniffing out the problem

June 5, 2014

Did you know that scented products such as hairspray, perfume and deodorant (and there are more) can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress and headaches? These are only some of many health problems scented products can cause. Certain odors, even in the smallest amounts can trigger an attack on some people. Just think what a heavily scented product could do. And just because a product claims to be scent free, it may have masked the scent by the use of an additional chemical.

dog smelling


Ask yourself the following questions:
1) Do you currently wear scented products to work?
2) How often are you bothered by scents at work?
a) Frequently? b) Occasionally? c) Seldom? d) Never?
3) If scents bother you at work, in what way are you bothered?
a) Clothes and/or hair
b) Stinging eyes
c) Coughing
d) Headaches
e) Interferes with work performance
f) Concern for long term health affects
g) Triggers allergies
h) Triggers asthma
4) Would you stop wearing scented products if a family member’s health was affected?
5) Would you be willing to stop wearing scented products to work if you knew it was affecting the health of others around you?

Scented products could be making a co-worker sick and can actually be a health issue that affects their work. If someone can smell your perfume and you are more than an arm’s length away, your scent is too strong.

Red River College is a scent-sensitive workplace and you should limit the use of these products while in our facilities. If you have concerns or are experiencing health symptoms, consider talking to your manager/supervisor or the Health Centre.

To find out what scented products can affect someone and what the side effects are check out this CCOHS site.

More Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

December 9, 2013

Red River College has added 19 more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout our campuses and we now have a total of 33 AEDs.

We have installed the new AEDs as follows:

      •  9 more at NDC
      • 1 more at Roblin Centre
      • 5 in our Regional Campuses at Peguis/Fisher, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Winker
      • 4 at our sites at Bannister Road, Church Avenue, Language Training Centre, and the Massey Building 

A complete listing of AEDs can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety Services Webpage by clicking on the following link:

Automated External Defibrillator Locations

Familiarize yourself with the locations and share this information with all staff, students, and residents.

We would like to give a special thanks to the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Manitoba Government for the generous donation for 10 of these units.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that can be used to treat a victim of cardiac arrest. It evaluates a cardiac arrest victim’s heart rhythm, determines if shock is needed and delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.

The use of an AED with CPR within the first three minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase the individual’s chance of survival by up to 75%. The survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest without CPR is zero. For every one minute delay in defibrillation, the survival rate of a cardiac arrest victim decreases by 7-10%.” (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba).

If you have any questions, please contact:

How Loud is Too Loud?

November 14, 2013

Do you take your hearing for granted?  Think about your day and what sounds you hear. Whether it’s your alarm going off, the sound of your children laughing, or crying.  Imagine going through one day without hearing those sounds, or any sounds. 

Causes of hearing loss include a buildup of earwax, infections, damage to inner ear, and a ruptured eardrum. Loud sounds can put you at risk for hearing loss.  The level of noise and the length of time you listen to the noise combined can put you at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Noise levels are measured in decibels (dB). The higher the decibel level, the louder the noise.

Think about loud sounds that you are exposed to on a regular basis.  The average decibel level for a blow dryer can be 80-90 dB.  A gas lawn mower or snow blower decibel levels can be over 100 dB.  Can you imagine what the noise level at a Rock concert could be?  These sounds are loud enough to damage hearing over time.  Prolonged sounds that are louder than 85 dB has the potential to cause permanent hearing loss.

The good news is, hearing loss is preventable.  Wear ear protection if you know you are going to be exposed to loud sounds for more than a few minutes.  There is a wide variety of hearing protection you can use; ear plugs (preformed or foam), ear muffs, or canal caps. 

Hearing Protection

Hearing is a precious thing, so don’t take it for granted.  Consider what loud sounds you are exposed to every day for long periods of time.  Consider the consequences.  Please take care of your hearing. 

For more information contact

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