Healthy Campus Themed Staff Day of Learning and Connection
Mark your calendar – February 14 is Discovery Day, an annual event held at Selkirk College for staff to learn from each other and socially connect.
This year’s event has a Healthy Campus theme to compliment the Healthy Campus Initiatives that are new to the College this year aiming to support staff and student wellness and create a thriving college community.
“It is recognized that every employee on campus contributes to the wellness of students,” says Director of Student Development Rhonda Schmitz. “From the counselling staff engaging with students in a structured environment, to instructors who witness students experiencing anxiety and stress in their classroom to maintenance staff who find a student crying in the corner of the parking lot... From financial aid to custodial staff, cafeteria to bookstore, we all play a role in contributing to the wellbeing of our students.”
Selkirk College staff gathered in the gymnasium on the Castlegar Campus for Discovery Day in February 2016.
In consultation with students and staff, Selkirk College has assessed a need for support beyond classroom learning. Healthy Campus Advisor Leslie Comrie has placed priority on Mental Health and Resilience, Healthy Sexuality and Strengthening Inclusion. Revitalizing the Student Ambassador program and continuing the successful Dinner Basket Conversations are also key Healthy Campus Initiatives.
This year’s Staff Discovery Day takes place on Tuesday, February 14th at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson. There will be a keynote speaker followed by morning workshops on topics such as Cultural Sensitivity, Disability Awareness, Bystander Training, How to Respond to Students in Distress and How to Receive a Disclosure.
Lunch will feature a mini-Dinner Basket Conversation session. Following the interactive meal, staff will be able to choose from a selection of fun activities. The day will wrap up with more afternoon workshops repeating morning content to ensure everyone is able to participate in a session of interest to them.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. but staff is welcome to remain and enjoy socializing further, a time to decompress from the sometimes difficult subject matter that Healthy Campus Initiatives tackles.
Staff are welcome to make suggestions of fun activities which may be incorporated into Discover Day. Please contact Milane Kutcher with these.
Transportation will be departing from Castlegar for staff travelling to Nelson from Grand Forks, Trail, Rossland and Castlegar.
Watch for more information including how to register as the date nears.