Over the last few years, we’ve achieved important milestones in improving the mental health and well-being of our community.
In 2022, we published the . This report, based on the best practices in mental health across Canadian postsecondary institutions and a thorough campus-wide listening effort, offered 12 recommendations to enhance the mental health and well-being of everyone in our community.
In July 2022, we appointed Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Kristjansson as University advisor for mental health and wellness. She oversaw the implementation of these recommendations, identifying and addressing gaps and working to enhance the overall well-being of our community.
This effort culminated in June 2023 with a new developed by Kristjansson. The framework guides our efforts to empower students, professors and support staff to thrive in a caring and compassionate university setting.
During a transition period, our inaugural , Awad Ibrahim, will lead our university in implementing this framework. He will help us cultivate a caring, compassionate University environment that not only embraces diversity but thrives on it.