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Thrive Week 2022 brings happiness and joy

  • First place - Kari Knowles
    First place - Kari Knowles
  • Second place - Brandi Wilkes
    Second place - Brandi Wilkes
  • Third place - Nathalie Brown
    Third place - Nathalie Brown

Earlier this fall, several events were held as part of Thrive – a week-long series aimed at building positive mental health and wellness through discussion, learning, skill development, and resource sharing. This year’s events focused on the key concepts of happiness and joy.

In total, 37 events were offered from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, with over 700 registered participants in attendance including staff, faculty, and students. Events were offered both virtually and in-person for the first time since 2019.

Some of the popular events included keynote speaker Dr. Gillian Mandich, an award-winning, internationally recognized happiness researcher, educator, and author, as well as the Rewilding Panel Discussion which highlighted rewilding efforts taking place in Kingston, Amherst Island, and Bader College.

Initial feedback from the events has been overwhelmingly positive, with one participant saying they “appreciate the variety of programing” and “love to learn more about the cool stuff that happens on campus.” Other participants have noted that Thrive programming throughout the year would be helpful, something that the Employee Wellness Services team is working towards for 2023.

“We want to ensure everyone can access and enjoy Thrive events, and that means shifting our focus to more year-round programming,” says Greg Simmons, Wellness and Engagement Coordinator, Employee Wellness Services. “We have some exciting projects lined up for next year that we look forward to sharing with the Queen’s community and continue to develop programming on an ongoing basis.”

Throughout Thrive Week, a number of contests were also held with several awards going to deserving participants including:

  • Roda Mendoza, winner of the scavenger hunt
  • Holly Shepard, winner of the individual Halloween Costume Contest
  • Kari Knowles, Brandy Wilkes, and Nathalie Brown placing first, second, and third respectively in the annual Thrive photo contest

If you participated in any of the Thrive events, we want to hear from you! All participants are invited to submit their feedback by completing a brief online survey. The results from the survey will be reviewed by the Employee Wellness Services unit and will help shape future wellness events and opportunities. The survey closes December 7, 2022.

You can learn more about Thrive by visiting the HR Intranet.