First-year nursing student receives a scholarship from Medavie

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Grace Dawson, a first-year Nursing student at Lakehead University, has received a $5,000 scholarship from Medavie.

Medavie, through its Foundation, has awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships that will be distributed to 10 exceptional students across four provinces, to support recipients in their post-secondary studies and future careers in health care.

“At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives and educational experiences of youth across the country, we were pleased this year to increase the number of scholarship recipients from two to 10,” said Joanne Kviring, Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation.

“These young Canadians were selected based on their academic achievements and efforts to give back to their communities – all while overcoming challenges in their own lives.

“As part of Medavie’s core mission to improve the well-being of Canadians, we hope these scholarships will support each recipient in their studies and path to being part of the next generation of health professionals in Canada.”

Since 2017, the charitable foundation has awarded these annual scholarships to Canadians, aged 17-29, who are enrolled in full or part-time studies at a Canadian post-secondary school, are pursuing a health-related program of study, and have overcome adversity related to mental health, either through lived experience or a family member.

The Medavie Scholarship honours Pierre-Yves Julien, former CEO of Medavie, who believed in helping communities where employees and clients live and work, and supporting Canada’s next generation of health care leaders. The program aligns with the Foundation’s core causes including adolescent mental health, post-traumatic stress and healthy living.

Lakehead Dining Winter 2021 Newsletter

Message From Our Service Team

Hello and Happy New Year to our Staff, Students and Faculty, who have been supporting us through the unique and ever-changing challenges of COVID-19. We at Food Services have been working to balance nutritious meal options and a fiscally responsible service for our meal plan community.

With that understanding, we have heard your concerns and have arranged for early/late pick ups, special dietary requests, or just a one-on-one conversation to explain the changes and new service structure.

We hope that you continue to reach out, so we can make the most of these service changes and you still feel you are receiving the very best service we can provide during this unprecedented time. We hear you and see you, and we are all in this together!

Christine, James, Kelly, Graham, Marco, Heleena and Caitlin
Conference Services Aramark

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Lakehead University launching Wellness Strategy to support students, faculty and staff

January 25, 2021 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University is launching its first Wellness Strategy on Monday, Jan. 25, acknowledging nine dimensions of wellness and describing a plan to support the wellness needs of students, faculty, and staff.

The plan’s mission is to embed systemic health and wellness practices and services into the University, to support the well-being of the communities where faculty, staff and students work, study and live.

“Through the Wellness Strategy, we are furthering our commitment to support the holistic health and well-being of our Lakehead community, recognizing that investing in the enhancement of health and wellness will better position our students for success in the classroom and as they enter the workforce upon graduation,” said Andrea Tarsitano, Vice-Provost, Students, and Registrar.

The development of Lakehead University’s Wellness Strategy has been influenced and supported by Lakehead University’s current Strategic Plan, Academic Plan, and Research Plan, all of which contributed to the objectives, metrics and strategies described in the plan.

It was also developed after consulting with members of the University community who provided feedback on what they hoped to see in the plan.

“The launch of our Wellness Strategy represents a seminal moment for our Lakehead community in striving toward our vision of an inclusive University that supports the diverse and shared wellness needs of our students, staff, and faculty,” said Adam Shaen, Associate Vice-President, Office of Human Resources.

The strategy acknowledges the following dimensions of wellness: social, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, environmental, emotional, cultural, and spiritual.

Living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle is even more important since COVID-19 arrived in Canada last year. 

Some of the plan’s objectives include embedding the wellness of students into the onboarding and orientation of new faculty and staff hires, developing more web resources to increase understanding of the services and supports available to students, and applying a health and wellness lens into the Facilities Master Plan highlighting the importance of light, windows, open communal spaces, etc.

Educational institutions across Canada have been advancing their overall perspectives on wellness over the past decade. In 2015, the Okanagan Charter was developed, calling on post-secondary institutions to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration both locally and globally.

On March 20, 2019, Lakehead University marked the official beginning of its commitment towards the development of a Wellness Strategy that would support, encourage and inspire a culture of holistic health and well-being for the Lakehead community.

Lakehead Thunder Bay and Lakehead Orillia hosted kick-off events called Our Trail to Wellness and the Okanagan Charter was officially signed by Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Principal of Lakehead Orillia.

To view the Wellness Strategy, visit www.lakeheadu.ca/trailtowellness.

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 Media:  For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s University Rankings 2021; as well as included in the top half of the Times Higher Education 2020 World University Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

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Lakehead University hosting Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal discussing if internet can increase access to justice

January 21, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Shannon Salter will give a public presentation through Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 pm, part of the Harold G. Fox Lecture Series hosted by Lakehead University.

Salter, Civil Resolution Tribunal Chair and adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law, will discuss the way COVID-19 forced courts around the world to move online and what this could mean for the justice system.

She will describe the growing consensus that it’s time to digitally transform the justice system and if this will actually increase access to justice.

The Civil Resolution Tribunal is Canada’s first online tribunal resolving small claims, condominium disputes, and motor vehicle accident disputes.

“As a mainly online tribunal, the CRT stayed open and operating normally last year,” Salter said.

“Over its short history, the CRT’s jurisdiction has expanded to include condominium law, small claims, motor vehicle injury, and co-operative and societal disputes. From the beginning, the tribunal has been extensively co-designed with community legal advocates and their clients.

“This has led the CRT to focus on collaborative dispute resolution, with adjudication as a valued last resort. While the CRT offers mail, telephone, and (pre-pandemic) in-person services, over 99 percent of the approximately 20,000 disputes we’ve handled involved online tools.”

The CRT is paperless. Most of its nearly 100 staff and tribunal members have always worked from home. Dispute resolution services, from applications, negotiation and mediation processes, uploading evidence, and receiving decisions and orders, are all online.

“Aside from relocating some frontline staff to remote work, and supporting colleagues with sudden caregiving and other responsibilities, we didn’t have to adapt,” she said.

“Instead, we focused on the health, mobility, and economic impact of the pandemic on CRT users. We helped by waiving fees in cases of financial hardship, pressing pause on default orders, and extending deadlines through email requests.”

Before the pandemic, community legal advocates helped the CRT accommodate the needs of people with health, mobility, economic and other access barriers.

“Now, many more of us are also experiencing these challenges, and the CRT has scaled to meet this increased human need. It helped that we offered online tools.

“But we stayed open because of human-centred design and the outcomes it brought; free, plain language legal information and tools through the Solution Explorer, simple fee waivers, free interpretation services, staff well-trained in mental health issues, cultural competency and customer service. Most importantly, a culture of collaboration, inclusivity, and respect,” she said.

Salter doesn’t believe that technology can solve all problems related to accessing the justice system – it could even add more barriers to access. 

“It’s important to remember that technology is not a panacea, a cure-all for our access to justice woes, though it might have offered temporary pain relief for our COVID-related ones. Adding a technology interface to existing, inaccessible processes is not transformative, and can add further barriers.

“Building a flexible, resilient, and responsive justice system requires something that’s both much harder and much easier than legal technology. It requires fundamental system and culture change, co-designed and tested with those who need our public justice system the most,” she said.

Please click HERE to register.

 

Biography: Shannon Salter, BA, LLB, LLM

Shannon Salter is the Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online tribunal resolving small claims, condominium disputes, and motor vehicle accident disputes. She is also an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics and professional regulation. She earned her BA and LLB from UBC, and her LLM from the University of Toronto.

Salter was a BC Supreme Court judicial law clerk before practicing civil litigation at a large Vancouver firm. She has served as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, vice president of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals, and on the College of Registered Nurses of BC.

She is currently a director of the BC Financial Services Authority, a Law Society of British Columbia disciplinary hearing panel member, board member of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), and a director of Lexum.

Salter is a co-author of the BC Administrative Decision Maker’s Manual, as well as a number of legal journal articles. In 2017, she was named one of the 25 Top Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, and was previously recognized as one of Canada’s New Law Pioneers by the Canadian Bar Association and an Access to Justice All-Star by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSLAP).

She received the Adam Albright award for outstanding teaching by an adjunct professor in 2016. Salter is also a fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts and a visiting professor at the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre in Victoria University in Melbourne. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on online dispute resolution, administrative law, legal education, and the future of law and technology.

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University research team publishes promising results from app that helps youth build resilience

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January 19, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Dr. Aislin Mushquash, a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University, and her research team have published exciting results from a 28-day study of the JoyPopTM app developed by a team at McMaster University, which promotes resilience among youth.

The JoyPopTM app was created based on research suggesting that mental health and resilience can be fostered by helping youth gain coping skills, especially those related to managing difficult emotions and increasing engagement in positive activities.

“There are so many mental health apps that are available – yet very few have been evaluated. Our team recognized the importance of studying the impact of the JoyPopTM app before broader implementation occurs,” said Dr. Mushquash, the principal investigator.

The app’s creator, Dr. Christine Wekerle, an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at McMaster University and an Associate Member of McMaster’s Offord Centre for Child Studies, explained that her mother, who was a much-loved teacher, always said, “Young people just need a chance, a bit of help.”

“I designed JoyPopTM to be that help with the science of psychology,” Dr. Wekerle said.

Angela MacIsaac, a PhD student in Lakehead’s Clinical Psychology program who is a member of Dr. Mushquash’s research team, said the study looked at young people who were starting post-secondary school.

“Our research evaluating the JoyPopTM app among older youth transitioning to university showed that using the app more over the 28-day study period was associated with greater improvements in emotion regulation skills and symptoms of depression,” MacIsaac said.

Dr. Mushquash said that the improvements in emotion regulation are especially prominent among individuals who have experienced adversity or trauma during childhood.

“The results are encouraging and support the JoyPopTM app as a tool that could be used by youth and young adults to improve their resilience and overall well-being,” Dr. Mushquash said.

Given the promise of JoyPopTM, Dr. Mushquash is collaborating with Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and Dilico Anishinabek Family Care to develop and pilot a new service that will feature the app.

The new service will immediately increase access to mental health supports for youth and is made possible thanks to $14,436 in funding from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and support through the Children’s Centre Foundation.

The JoyPopTM app includes a host of features designed to foster resilience. Youth are encouraged to rate their moods and prompted to engage in helpful activities depending on their ratings.

Activities focus on relaxing the body, helping to organize the thoughts, and providing a fun or distracting outlet. The JoyPopTM app can also link youth directly to their support system or established telephone help lines when further assistance is required.

To read the study, visit this page. To learn more about JoyPopTM, press play.

Download JoyPopTM now for only $6.99.

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University launches Lakehead Global Certificate

January 18, 2021 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University International is excited to announce the launch of the Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) program.

A specialized, non-academic co-curricular program, the Lakehead Global Certificate provides a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate Lakehead students who, through their work on campus and involvement in the community, are building their cultural intelligence, global awareness and intercultural communication skills.

“Lakehead International strives to develop competent and socially engaged leaders,” said James Aldridge, Vice-Provost, International. “It is our hope that the Lakehead Global Certificate program inspires students to seek out skills and experiences that will help them thrive in culturally diverse environments.”

Unlike a traditional certificate program, the LGC is earned at no cost to the student and is completed during their undergraduate or graduate studies. The program is designed so that students can demonstrate cultural intelligence and intercultural skills to potential employers or on applications to future academic programs.

“Not only will this program enable students to set themselves apart from their peers by giving a global edge to their Lakehead University degree, it provides students with an opportunity for personal development and growth,” said Aldridge.

Students can achieve one of three levels that will indicate their commitment to global learning: Global Inquirer, Global Explorer, Global Citizen. Points are awarded for each level under six pillars: Peer to Peer Engagement, Community Involvement, and Intercultural Education and Awareness, International and Global Experience, Diverse Work Experience, and Language Learning.

Lakehead International will be hosting an information session on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm for individuals, organizations and businesses interested in learning more about how these experiences are helping our students and how to get involved. Register at https://bit.ly/3r4QJbC.

More information can be found on our website at lakeheadu.ca/lgc.

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Media: For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Jaclyn Bucik, Media, Communications & Marketing Associate, at 705-330-4010 ext. 2014 or  jbucik@lakeheadu.ca

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s University Rankings 2021; as well as included in the top half of the Times Higher Education 2020 World University Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca. 

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Thrive Week 2021

Thrive Week, Jan. 25 to 30, aims to increase mental health literacy, build healthy habits and self-care skills, and help foster a community of wellness at Lakehead University. We are excited to move this program virtually in 2021 and learn how to thrive from home. All events are free and open to all Lakehead students, faculty and staff unless otherwise noted.

This year’s Thrive Week will kick off with the launch of Lakehead’s Wellness Strategy and some highlights include a Jack Talk, a cooking demonstration with Chef Jen Sauve and Student Life Coordinator Jenny Veal, and an art and yoga workshop with Thunder Bay artist, Vik Wilen. We will be putting a spotlight on Lakehead’s wellness supports on our social media accounts throughout the week and running daily challenges on the @Lakeheadlife and @Lakeheadosa Instagram accounts. Students, staff and faculty will also have the opportunity to complete a Supporting Students in Distress workshop to learn how to notice, engage, and refer students who might be struggling with mental health. Campus Rec and LUSU will also be offering events in conjunction with Thrive.

Thursday, Jan. 28, is Bell Let’s Talk Day, all Thunderwolves are invited to join the conversation about mental health by taking and sharing a selfie with a mental health message in our virtual photo booth. We also encourage you to bring Thrive Week into the classroom and meetings with our Mindful Moment slides.

To get details and information about all of this year’s Thrive Week activities, visit www.lakeheadu.ca/thrive.

Lakehead Athletics featured in Campus Rec magazine

In the January/February edition of the international Campus Rec magazine, Lakehead University’s Laura Ferguson discussed the Healthy at Home series and addressed the challenge of offering virtual fitness.

“Virtual fitness changes how we approach our programming in a variety of capacities from staffing, class planning, equipment usage and more. The big questions we have to address are, ‘How do we make ourselves stand out and keep our students using our materials?' and 'How do we meet their specific needs currently?’

“The virtual fitness realm is huge, which means we have a lot more examples to look at, but also people and teams to compete with. Look at YouTube — you search ‘30-minute HIIT workout’ and pages on pages of free videos pop up. Campus recreation diving into virtual fitness is a whole different world and it means we have to work a lot harder to stand out and ensure our programming is unique and specific enough to the university population we serve.”

To read more, visit this website and turn to page 33 and 34 to learn about the online fitness options available to students, faculty and staff.

Save the date: Research and Innovation Week will be from March 1 to 5

Research and Innovation Week is Lakehead University's annual celebration of our research and innovation achievements.

This year it will be held online from Monday, March 1 to Friday, March 5.

2021 Research & Innovation Week Theme: Our Changing World

We've all heard the catch-phrases: In these unprecedented times, we are all in this together, to try to flatten the curve, while adjusting to a new normal. Our world is changing, but living through a global pandemic has radically changed so much of our daily lives.

We look to scientists, political leaders, artists, and intellectual thinkers for direction, as they work tirelessly to improve health and well-being, drive us toward social equity, and aid us in discerning fact from fiction. These are uncertain times, but as we pivot in these uncharted waters, we look to research and innovation to help us understand and appreciate this new world.

More information will be coming soon, including a schedule of events.

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