The Okanagan Charter

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What is the Okanagan Charter?

The Canadian Health Promoting Campuses Network is guided by the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges, which calls on post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

Created in June 2015, the Charter provides institutions with a common language, principles, and framework to become health and wellbeing promoting campuses.

The Charter has two Calls to Action: 

  1. To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates;
  2. To lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

To learn more, consult the Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network website, and download the Okanagan Charter.

uOttawa and the Okanagan Charter

  • In June 2015, delegates from the uOttawa community participated in the development of the Charter, and brought back its principles to their colleagues in the uOttawa community.
  • In December 2019, the uOttawa Board of Governors received a presentation about the recommendations in the upcoming report.
  • In January 2020, the  Roadmap to Wellness at uOttawa - Mental Health and Wellness Report 2020 was formally shared with the Board of Governors, and they approved the recommendation to implement the Okanagan Charter.
  • In December 2020, the President's Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Wellness proposed 12 recommendations and they were endorsed by the President. The first recommendation included signing the Okanagan Charter.
  • On January 18, 2021, the Okanagan Charter will be officially signed and adopted by uOttawa. Members of the uOttawa community are also invited to pledge their support.
Pledges

We thank those who pledged their support!

(Please note it takes a few days for your pledge to come online)

  • April MacInnes - Senior Mental Health Advisor - Student Life
  • Benoit Lefebvre - Wellness and Return to Work Advisor - Human Resources
  • Aurélie Boucher - Communications Assistant - Mental Health and Wellness
  • Sylvie Marko - Spécialiste en promotion de la santé - Affaires étudiantes
  • Jennifer Keays - Spécialiste en promotion de la santé - Affaires étudiantes
  • Sylvie Seguin Brant - Leadership Coach/ Key Project Executive
  • Julie Tam - Assistant Director, Programming and Residence Life
  • Colin Timm - Assistant Director, Campus Recreation and Facility Development
  • Elizabeth Dowden - Project Coordinator, Student Affairs
  • Brigitte Paré - Employee
  • Eden Gladstone Martin - Undergraduate student
  • Erin Fitzpatrick - Part-time Professor (Faculty of Law) & Advisor, Human Rights Office
  • Alexandre Seguin - Senior software developer

Join us for the official signing!

The Okanagan Charter will officially be signed by uOttawa during the Wellness Week Launch on Monday, January 18th, 2021, at 10:45 a.m.!

You can join us by registering for the Launch Event, which includes a keynote presentation by Canadian Olympic athlete and mental health advocate Clara Hughes.

Pledge your support to the Okanagan Charter

Add your voice in order to support and celebrate the implementation of the Okanagan Charter at uOttawa!

Pledge your support

The Charter has two Calls to Action: 

  1. To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates;
  2. To lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

To learn more, consult the Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network websiteand download the Okanagan Charter.

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