Selkirk College is committed to promoting and integrating health and wellness into our day-to-day operations, practices and services. We embrace a holistic approach to wellness and offer programming for physical, mental, social and financial wellness.
Well-being and Wellness
Well-being is the overall goal of wellness and it’s important to recognize the difference. The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy is a destination that varies depending on how an individual perceives their life. Wellness is the active process of becoming aware and making choices that chart a course to the place you want to be.
Making a deliberate effort in our behavior is vital to wellness and takes a variety of different forms that impact our greater mental, emotional and physical health. No matter what your ultimate well-being destination is, taking steps through wellness is crucial for success.
Four Pillars of Wellness
Connect with some of the best support offered:
Homewood Health is Selkirk College's Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP). They give professional, confidential counselling services to employees and their dependant families. The service is voluntary and the goal of the program is a short term solution focused to help employees resolve personal and/or work life issues. Homewood Health can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-663-1142 as well as online at homeweb.ca.
During unsettling times, the resources found here are of great value in supporting our health and wellbeing.
Experiencing a Traumatic Event: Recovery and Coping Strategies - Unexpected events regardless of their nature, a serious accident, an act of violence, a natural disaster or some other incident that has left people directly or indirectly involved feeling unsettled or seriously impacted. The purpose of this handout is to help you understand some possible reactions you may be experiencing as a result of this incident and provide suggestions regarding the best ways to manage your reactions and begin your recovery.
Healthy Relationships (Lifelines by Homewood Health) - If recent times have made it especially difficult to maintain healthy relationships, this resource can help you and the people you care about.
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing the Impact (Spring / Summer 2021) - When we are uncertain about the health and safety of those we care about, we experience a range of reactions varying in degrees of intensity. Read this handout to help understand what you are experiencing as well as how to support others through these uncertain times.
Self Care: Time for You - What does "self care" actually look like? Beyond rewarding and treating yourself, there are some valuable efforts that can improve your well being. This hand-out gives practical tips for looking after yourself.
Employee Fatigue, Isolation and Lonliness - As the pandemic continues and new norms and routines evolve, changes can be linked to psychological effects including feelings of fatigue, isolation and lonliness. This handout addresses employee fatigue.
Experiencing Disruptive Events - Recovery and Coping Strategies: In response to the recent social unrest taking place throughout the United States and around the world, you may experience or observe various reactions. You may become preoccupied with your safety, feel distracted or feel less productive. This handout is an aid to support yourself and others.
ONLINE Fitness Classes – While we can't be on campus as much as we'd like this year, take advantage of online fitness classes recorded by Selkirk's instructors. Catch a class on your break, do a quick stretch or try after work to destress!
On-site health services such as Flu Clinic when applicable. Selkirk College brings in programs when they recognize a benefit to employee health.
Benefits for Health: Selkirk College offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees through Manulife Financial. See MySelkirk for more information specific to your employee group. Benefits include:
extended health (eyewear, massage, chiropractor care, physiotherapy and prescription coverage)
short-term and long-term disability
accidental death and dismemberment insurance and life insurance
emergency travel assistance
referrals to Best Doctors
Here to Help: Human Resources at Selkirk College is accessible. Tune into their weekly zoom help sessions on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. Zoom with them...
Campus Activities: Take advantage of music performances, Mir Centre for Peace programming, cafeteria services providing healthy meals, trail walks on campus (or just off) and authentic multi-cultural events. You can also connect with others in our free recreation classes and facilities. Enjoy free parking, depending on your campus.
Homewood Health financial planning resources: Through Homewood Health, Selkirk College employees have access to Life Smart financial consultation. Life Smart provides information and support to empower you to achieve greater financial peace of mind.
Overcoming Financial Fatigue and Concern - Under normal circumstances, different situations can affect our available time and income disproportionately. The continued pressures and uncertainty many people feel while living life in the pandemic can increase stress exponentially. This handout looksat ways to acknowledge and manage financial fatigue. It also shares some tips that could help alleviate some of your concerns about money management in the coming year.
Strategic Plan - Building Remarkable Futures
Read Building Remarkable Futures: Strategic Plan 2019-2024 for our advanced pledge of enhancing the lives of students, employees and members of the community. Here is an excerpt:
Health and Wellness
Selkirk College will continue to promote and integrate health and wellness into day-to-day operations, practices, services and educational programming. This includes physical health and wellness, mental health, safety, compassion, acceptance, social justice and belonging. We recognize the critical importance of education as a key social determinant of health. Selkirk College is a proud signatory of the Okanagan Charter, 2015.
Capacity to Connect
Supporting students as they attend Selkirk College is an important role of all employees. The 2021 Student Engagement Survey: 90 per cent of students say intructors and staff are caring and helpful.
To help support students, Capacity to Connect will support you. Developed by BCcampus, it provides foundational mental health and wellness knowledge along with ways to support students in distress. This resource is specifically designed for post-secondary employees. Click on the image below to get the resource or click here for the full story...