Brock Employee Wellness Day registration begins May 30

From teeing off in a round of golf to creating a colourful flower arrangement, there is no shortage of options available to Brock employees for the University’s upcoming Wellness Day.

Registration for the popular event opens Tuesday, May 30 at 9 a.m. and runs until Friday, June 2 at 4 p.m.

With almost 70 sessions planned for this year, the schedule features the return of past favourites such as yoga, art classes and recreational sports, along with new additions including the accessible sports of wheelchair basketball and boccia, as well as film screenings in David S. Howes Theatre — popcorn included.

Most of this year’s schedule will take place on or near campus with a combination of free and paid sessions.

“After the COVID-19 pandemic created a three-year hiatus from this much-anticipated annual event, the organizing committee felt this was a great opportunity to bring everyone back together to where Wellness Day started more than 20 years ago,” says Martina Ciglenecki, Manager, Health Management and Wellness.

Speakers from the Brock community will share their expertise through a variety of offerings, including interactive sessions in the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute and educational tours of Archives and Special Collections, which house some of the most unique, rare and valuable collections in the Brock University Library.

For those who cannot commit to a session, drop-in events have been planned throughout the day on campus and on the Canada Games Park track.

A complimentary lunch will be provided to individuals who register for two or more events. Employees who want to purchase a lunch and are not already receiving one can do so for $14.75.

Registration will take place using a new platform that will require employees to create a profile using their email address. As spaces have historically filled up quickly, participants may want to create their profile in advance.

Before registering, employees should discuss their participation with their supervisor.

Representatives from Health Management and Wellness will be in the Thistle Hall collecting payments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9. Methods of payment include cash, cheque (made out to Brock University), debit or credit card.

Individuals may also choose to spend a half day volunteering with a charitable or not-for-profit organization, which requires a letter issued by Health Management and Wellness to proceed. Employees are responsible for their own transportation to their volunteering opportunity.

Volunteers are also needed to be a part of the Wellness Day operations, supporting various sporting events and assisting speakers and guests getting to their classrooms, among other roles.

“We are seeking individuals for our volunteer pool,” says Ciglenecki. “These are short blocks of time to still enable full participation in the programming. For example, if someone signs up for basketball at the Canada Games Park, perhaps they also want to support getting the session set up too.”

For more information about the schedule and registration, visit the Wellness Day site.

Donations are still being accepted for the Penny Sale, which raises funds for student awards.

For information about making a Penny Sale donation or becoming a volunteer, email

Nominations are also still being accepted until Tuesday, May 23 at 4 p.m for the 2022-23 Health, Safety and Wellness Champion, an award presented during the Wellness Day celebration. Visit the Health, Safety and Wellness Toolbox on SharePoint for more information.

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