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Mindful Employer Canada announces 2021 Mindful Campuses grant recipients

July 8, 2021

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14 post-secondary institutions across Canada receive financial support for mental health initiatives, compliments of Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Winnipeg, MB, July 8, 2021. . . Today, with the support of Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, Mindful Employer Canada has announced 14 Mindful Campuses grant recipients across Canada. Each recipient is a university or college and will receive $2,000 to help support mental health and well-being initiatives for students, faculty and staff.

“Now more than ever, Canadians are aware of the importance of good mental health at work and home, and at the same time, many need extra support,” said Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Strategy and Collaboration, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. “Since every campus is different, these 14 grants allow each the flexibility to fund programs or create initiatives that suit their needs.”

The final recipients are:

University of Waterloo - Opens in a new window – Waterloo, Ont.

Lethbridge College - Opens in a new window – Lethbridge, Alta.

Nipissing University - Opens in a new window – North Bay, Ont.

Keyin College - Opens in a new window – Newfoundland

Carleton University - Opens in a new window – Ottawa, Ont.

University of Ottawa - Opens in a new window – Ottawa, Ont.

Keyin College - Opens in a new window – Windsor, Ont.

Wilfrid Laurier - Opens in a new window – Brantford, Ont.

Concordia University - Opens in a new window – Edmonton, Alta.

Capilano University - Opens in a new window – North Vancouver, BC.

Sheridan College - Opens in a new window – Oakville, Ont.

Camosun College - Opens in a new window – Victoria, BC.

Wilfrid Laurier - Opens in a new window – Waterloo, Ont.

University of Regina - Opens in a new window – Regina, Sask.

From a new mental health workshop, to free workbooks and wellness activities, each grant recipient has a unique plan in place for their new funding. For example, last year Sheridan College purchased gift cards to support those experiencing food insecurity and gave staff and faculty subscriptions to a meditation app.

“It’s a pleasure to team up with like-minded organizations like Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. Over the past two years, we’ve seen these grants make a tangible difference across campuses in Canada,” said Sarah Jenner, Co-founder and Executive Director, Mindful Employer Canada. “With the extra support, many resources that support mental health and well-being have come to life. We’re thrilled to be able to help youth shift from survival mode to thriving mode.”

The Mindful Campuses project was created in 2019 to support post-secondary institutions, their staff, faculty and students across Canada.

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About Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Established in 2007, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health is a leading source of free and practical tools and resources designed to help with the prevention, intervention and management of workplace mental health issues. Around the world, Canada is recognized as a leader in workplace mental health. Many individuals and organizations contributed to this distinction and it’s been a privilege to play a part in many important initiatives. For more information, visit the website at WorkplaceStrategiesforMentalHealth.com - Opens in a new window .

For more information contact:

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Assistant Vice-President, Media & Public Affairs
The Canada Life Assurance Company
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Sarah Jenner
Co-founder and Executive Director
Mindful Employer Canada
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Sarah@mindfulemployer.ca

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