December Lunch and Learn Bulletin

This December Human Resources, Health Safety and Environment is pleased to offer sessions with a focus on mindfulness and managing stress this holiday season as well as an extended session on how we can be conscious allies in the workplace.

All sessions will run from 12–1 p.m. unless noted otherwise and will be delivered online. Please enroll through the LearnCentre. These sessions are listed under the Health and Wellbeing catalogue.

Gender pronoun use and workplace best practice: Becoming conscious allies

Evan Westfal, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services
Thursday, December 3
12:00 - 1:30 (extended session)

In this webinar, participants will explore concepts and terminology regarding gender and sexual diversity, specifically focusing on understanding the minutiae of sex assigned at birth, gender identity, and gender expression. Participants will look at intersectionality and how it relates to best practices in developing allyship skills in the workplace and community at large.

Jingle all the way: Managing holiday stress

Ronaye Coulson, EFAP
Tuesday, December 8

While holidays are meant to be a time of celebration and relaxation, they can generate feelings of stress, isolation and sadness. The current COVID-19 pandemic can further exacerbate these feelings. This workshop will examine common stressors that can emerge over the holiday season and the impact of COVID-19, and equip participants with strategies to build resilience and explore the power of self-compassion at this challenging time.

Mindful movements: An introduction to tai chi and qi gong

Herman Lau, KSR
Wednesday, December 16

Join us for this gentle and inclusive session that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement. Tai chi (short for T'ai chi ch'üan or Tàijí quán) is described as meditation in motion - gentle and flowing postures that connect the body and mind. Qi gong (pronounced chee gong) is translated as "mastery of your energy". Combining the two practices will give participants the opportunity to learn how to channel their energies to focus on the connection between their mental and physical wellbeing. This session will focus on beginner techniques that are accessible to most levels of mobility - no special equipment or clothing required.

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