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Moving forward as a strong, healthy community

A list of wellness programs and resources

January 22, 2021 — 

As we continue to live with the pandemic, faculty and staff wellness is a priority. The University of Manitoba offers a wealth of wellness programming and services for faculty and staff throughout the year. Many can be accessed online, and can provide both individual and unit support.

The Live Well initiative is a collaboration between multiple UM units, including Active Living, Human Resources, Student Affairs and the Office of Sustainability, and is closely aligned with our university mental health strategy, Success through Wellness. Dedicated to building personal and community health, Live Well provides accessible information about the many resources available to students and employees on our campus.

The Live Well @Work initiative provides year-round events and resources for faculty and staff that support health and well-being.

Health and wellness initiatives are also supported by the Respectful Work and Learning Environment (RWLE) policy, which promotes diversity and inclusion.

“Wellness is about our whole selves — our mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being,” says Arlana Vadnais, UM’s employee wellness specialist and campus mental health facilitator. “So we think broadly when developing new programs and initiatives.”

“Our wide range of wellness programming is meant to provide community members with opportunities to focus on well-being, maintain positive, professional relationships, and be engaged in our work,” she adds.

“Ultimately, we want to continue to move forward as a strong and healthy community.”

A list of health and wellness resources for faculty and staff:

Live Well @ UM
This cross-campus initiative promotes health and wellness resources through informational campaigns, activities and an online hub, recognizing the “whole selves” that faculty and staff bring to work each day. The website includes supports for employees’ mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. 

Live Well @Work

Check out upcoming activities and resources from past events, focused on supporting the wellness of all staff and faculty. Stay tuned for the announcement of 2021 virtual events.

UM’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
The 24/7 program provides a free and confidential range of services, including personal counselling, tools to manage stress, and a variety of wellness resources. It is managed by an outside supplier.

UM’s Psychological Service Centre
Did you know the university has a dedicated professional to provide advice and consultation for faculty members about mental health and well-being? Contact Harold Wallbridge, director, Psychological Service Centre, 204-474-9069 or harold [dot] wallbridge [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

Office of Human Rights & Conflict Management (OHRCM)
The OHRCM promotes a respectful working and learning environment in which individuals are treated equitably and diversity is valued and inclusion is fostered. They provide conflict resolution supports including one-on-one coaching, mediation, conciliation and facilitated group dialogue, as well as support in situations of harassment, discrimination and sexual assault.

Learning and Organizational Development (LOD)
LOD will host many workshops that support both the professional and personal development of staff and faculty.  Among the many offerings are workshops on journaling for wellness, managing conflict and creating a respectful work and learning environment.

Human resources consulting and wellness

The team of specialists provide coaching and advising services, engaging with community members to maintain a respectful and fulfilling work environment and navigate medical concerns and leaves, as well as disability-related needs. Consultants and specialists work at both campuses and look forward to collaborating with colleagues.

Office of Human Rights & Conflict Management’s Respect Policy
The Respectful Work and Learning Environment (RWLE) policy promotes diversity and inclusion within the university community, and an overall climate of respect.

Success through Wellness: The University of Manitoba’s Campus Mental Health Strategy
Launched in 2014, Success through Wellness supports and promotes mental health and well-being and encompasses students, staff and faculty in fulfillment of the UM’s strategic priority of providing an outstanding working and learning environment. The strategy focuses on building a community that is committed, caring, healthy, responsive, supportive and resourceful. It includes 67 recommendations that fall under six goal areas.


Explore the wide range of wellness programming, committees and groups at

For more information on wellness programming and mental health resources, contact Arlana Vadnais at arlana [dot] vadnais [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.

Any general questions can be directed to hrfeedback [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or human resources contact us webpage.


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