B1: Strategies to cultivate workplace wellness culture alongside student-staff
What does it look like to cultivate a meaningful wellness culture alongside student-staff teams? As the next generation of the workforce, post-secondary students are often hired as interns, summer staff, or part-time staff. We believe that the student-staff experience holds the potential for meaningful learning and growth, ultimately contributing toward mentally healthy and productive staff teams. Our remote staff team supports a diverse community of practice dedicated to promoting post-secondary student mental health across Alberta. Drawing upon our close connections to the student experience, we have developed a student-staff strategy that engages the student voice, promotes student learning, and benefits the entire team. This strategy is situated within the broader context of an organizational wellness culture, which supports mental well-being in practices and policies. This interactive session will share our student-staff strategy, offer practical tips, and encourage participant reflection: empowering participants to foster wellness-focused work environments alongside their student-staff. 
Meet your Speakers

Helen Pethrick, MA, is the Research & Knowledge Exchange Facilitator at Healthy Campus Alberta. A skilled facilitator, Helen creates space for conversation related to implementing evidence-informed mental health promotion programs, policies, and practices. 

Melodie Esau has been with Healthy Campus Alberta since 2018 and in her role as Coordinator is responsible for overall project management. Melodie takes a person-centred approach to mentoring student staff and ensuring the HCA community of practice is a community driven space for connection and sharing of resources. 

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Tansi — Cree | Oki — Blackfoot | ​Aba washded — Stoney (Nakota) | ​Ɂedlanet’e — Dene |  We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous people in Alberta. We want to recognize the significance of our relationships with the land and the peoples who call this ‘home.’ We commit to a reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews that honour and respect ways of knowing and being.