Wellness Champions

Patches the mascot crowd surfing over students wearing Green and Gold after a dodgeball game

Wellness Champions program recognizes individuals and groups of students, staff, and faculty at the U of A campus that contribute to the culture of wellness, those who go above and beyond their role to create a healthier working, learning, and living environment for our campus community.

A healthy university is one that aspires towards the creation of a learning environment and organizational culture which enhances the health, well-being, and sustainability of its community, and enables people to achieve their full potential. We all have a role to play in making the University of Alberta a healthier place and it's important to recognize and celebrate the great work members of our campus community do every day.

This project is possible with the partnership of Wellness Supports and Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment.

Nominate a Wellness Champion

Eligibility guidelines

Wellness Champions 2022

Dr. Lauren Sulz is a co-founder and co-director of the “ Healthy Schools Lab ” where Dr. Sulz aims to  heighten awareness and understanding of issues and opportunities surrounding health and wellness in the K to PhD education system and contribute to the collective development of a healthy, active society. She collaborates within the community while conducting research while also supporting professional development events  such as, Healthy Teachers and  Healthy Schools.Dr. Sulz is a fierce advocate and supporter of early childhood education, an exponent of health and wellbeing within our University, and crusader for fellow educators. 

Fahim Hassan advocates for inclusive, accessible health and education systems here in our community. He has marshalled a range of community initiatives and programs that supports hundreds of international students and new immigrants in Edmonton. Fahim also spearheaded “ Champion for Children ” - an awareness-raising campaign  supporting community integration for children living with disabilities. Fahim integrates research into his work by designing inclusive technology systems, shifting existing  boundaries of Artificial Intelligence to support greater diversity. Fahim translates his learnings into meaningful actions both on campus and in the community. 

Launa-Rae Linaker founded the Student Recovery Community (SRC) at the University of Alberta. She has been successful in integrating the SRC with Canada-wide collegiate recovery programs, aligning the SRC with U of A's mental health goals for students, and secured funding to further develop a  community. Launa has facilitated a number of Recovery Yoga sessions and Founded  Women and Gender Diverse All Recovery Circle,   offering a supportive and safe environment for those seeking recovery.   

Learn more about the 2021 Wellness Champions