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Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces
January 10 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
An interactive, informative workshop exploring ways to develop and sustain mentally healthy workplaces through Management and Leadership, Employee Experience, Culture, and Strategic Human Resources.
Recommended for: Human Resources, Occupational Health & Safety, Wellness Committees, Union Representatives, Managers, and Workplace Leaders.
This is a FREE event but registration is required.
Catered lunch will be provided – plus tips for healthy nutrition at work!
The first 50 people to register and attend will receive a copy of Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown.
Click here to download the agenda for this event.
Speakers (scroll down for bios):
• Stewart Babineau, Supervisor Prevention Field Services WorkSafe BC
• Trudi Rondou, Senior Manager, Industry and Labour Services, WorkSafe BC
• Wendy Creelman, Okanagan College Professor & Principal of Live Work Play Consulting
• Carleigh Benoit, Manager of Work Reintegration & Accommodation Program UBC Okanagan
• Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart, Professor Interdisciplinary Studies UBC Okanagan
• Tracey Hawthorn, Director, Wellbeing for UBC Okanagan
• Tanja Halsall, Director of People and Culture, CMHA Kelowna
• Amanda Swoboda, Facilitator CMHA Kelowna Mental Health Education & Training
• Sgt. Cara McMillan, Respectful Workplace Advisor, RCMP
• Andrea Krause, Director of Operations, Pihl Law Corporation
This event is now full. Registrations will go to a wait list.
Stewart Babineau, Supervisor Prevention Field Services WorkSafe BC
After working in private industry as a safety professional for nearly 20 years, Stewart joined WorkSafeBC in 2001 as a Prevention officer and has led many different high risk strategies including Account Management and Health Care. Stewart became a Lead officer for the Bullying and Harassment team in 2013 and in 2015 was promoted to supervisor of the group. For 2018 to 2020, Bullying and Harassment has been combined Discriminatory Action and the team has been expanded from 4 lead officers to 14. Stewart will carry on in the role as Supervisor for this expanded team.
Trudi Rondou, Senior Manager, Industry and Labour Services, WorkSafe BC
Trudi Rondou is a senior manager in industry and labour services at WorkSafeBC. She’s spent the last decade working with numerous industry and labour groups to reduce workplace injuries and improve return to work outcomes. Over the last three years, Trudi’s focus has expanded to include workplace mental health. She currently serves as Chair of the BC First Responders Mental Health Committee. Trudi speaks at conferences and gatherings around the province on new and young worker safety, health and safety management systems, and promoting positive mental health in the workplace.
Wendy Creelman, Okanagan College Professor & Principal of Live Work Play Consulting
Wendy Creelman is passionate about creating positive work environments that promote employee well being and lead to high levels of employee engagement. She is a Professor at Okanagan College and Principal of Live Work Play Consulting Inc.
Carleigh Benoit, Manager of Work Reintegration & Accommodation Program UBC Okanagan
Carleigh Benoit is the Manager of the Work Reintegration and Accommodation Program at UBC Okanagan. Carleigh’s role focuses on case management for faculty and staff members within the integrated, collaborative, best-practice approach to illness, injury and reduced work capacity. She supports individuals who may need supportive measures to be able to remain at work and will consult with academic and department leaders in facilitating early intervention and safe reintegration of ill or injured team members. She has years of experience in both post secondary institutions and disability insurance benefits.
Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart, Professor Interdisciplinary Studies UBC Okanagan
Dr. Stewart’s position and focus at UBC is teaching! Most of the time she can be found teaching nutrition, health promotion and healthy lifestyle courses as well as devoting much time to directed studies and practicum students running programs and research out of her Nutrition Education Center. She supports her colleagues’ research efforts by bringing her expertise and community connections to research and graduate student committees. She attends courses and conferences to further her knowledge, both in teaching content areas, as well as in new teaching techniques and skills to bring to the classroom. She challenges her students to apply course content to practical situations in the community. Dr. Stewart is passionate about improving the classroom environment and the health of students and faculty to facilitate academic success. This is the focus of her current educational leadership and teaching research projects.
Tracey Hawthorn, Director, Wellbeing for UBC Okanagan
Tracey has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a postgraduate degree in Physiotherapy and has worked in the health field for 30 years. She is currently the Director of Wellbeing for staff, faculty and students on the Okanagan Campus for the University of British Columbia. She is the lead on wellbeing initiatives that include mental health and resiliency, food and nutrition, increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behavior, built and natural environments and inclusion and connection.
She is the lead for a Community of Practice Group for Psychological Health and Safety within Canadian Universities and Colleges. She also leads a local Employer’s Community of Practice Group on Psychological Safety and Health in the Workplace.
She is certified to provide Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention Training (QPR) and is a certified advisor of the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. She developed training for all campus employees on the prevention of bullying and harassment and building a positive workplace culture. She is working with faculty to improve mental health in the classroom.
Her work on mental health in the workplace has led to one local and two national awards.
Tanja Halsall, Director of People and Culture, CMHA Kelowna
In addition to her work at CMHA Kelowna, Tanja Halsall, MA, CPHR, works with the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan as an adjunct professor and personal development coach with the Masters of Management program.
Tanja holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, a Post- Diploma in Human Resource Management and initially began her commitment to learning while working towards her Bachelor of Education. She has completed the Grant Thornton executive coaching program and most recently, Tanja has completed her Masters of Leadership through Royal Roads university.
Amanda Swoboda, Facilitator, CMHA Kelowna Mental Health Education & Training
Amanda has 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. As an educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna Branch, Amanda has combined both professional and lived experience to connect with diverse audiences. CMHA Kelowna is dedicated to equipping workplaces for early intervention, stigma reduction and promoting mental well-being.
Sgt. Cara McMillan, Respectful Workplace Advisor, RCMP
Sgt. Cara McMillan has been a police officer with the RCMP for 27 years. The first half of her career was spent in Surrey BC as a General Duty Investigator followed by several years in the Surrey Drug Unit and Commercial Crime (Fraud) Unit. She transferred to Kelowna in 2004 and worked in Federal Policing up until her transfer in May 2016 to the Respectful Workplace Program. She currently works as a Respectful Workplace Advisor, providing advice and guidance to employees and supervisors on a number of human resource related issues thorough one-on-one mentoring, detachment reviews and public speaking engagements. She is also a Peer to Peer Advisor, a Harassment Investigator and
Andrea Krause, Director of Operations, Pihl Law Corporation
Andrea has over 20 years of experience working in senior human resources and executive leadership roles. For the past 5 years she has helped to develop a positive work culture at Pihl Law Corporation – recipient of the 2017 Mentally Healthy Award for Small Business. Andrea is looking forward to sharing her experiences and learning from others at the workshop.