Thrive Week

VIU Student Affairs is Proud to Present the 2nd Annual THRIVE Week!

October 21-25, 2019

What is THRIVE Week?

  • THRIVE is a week-long series of events for the entire VIU community focused on building positive mental health.
  • THRIVE is a way of thinking and acting that promotes positive mental well-being and resilience.
  • THRIVE is an opportunity to join others on campus to create the conditions that support positive mental well-being for our campus community.

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A Place of Positivity: Rejuvenate in B356 Atrium

October 21 – 25

All Day, Every Day, Drop-In
This is a drop-in event. Attend at any time!
B356 Atrium
Stop by the B356 Atrium and relax amidst photos on the theme of positivity, draw a deep breath beside the plants that will be installed this week, write down a positive thought on our ‘Positive Post-Its’ board. Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Education

Thrive Week Bingo!

October 21 – 25

All Day, Every Day, Drop-In
Ongoing throughout the week. This is a self-paced activity.
Bingo Cards available in B356 Atrium and outside B356 R109. Other locations for cards will be announced on the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Facebook page. Grab a bingo card and engage in 25 simple, fun activities anchored on the theme of THRIVE. Opportunities for prizes! (details on the Bingo cards). Faculty of Social Sciences

Hulithut Thqet - Life Tree

October 21 – 25

COWICHAN CAMPUS

All Day, Every Day, Drop-In
Learning Commons, Cowichan Campus
Hulithut: Hul’qumi’num word for revival, renewal, regeneration. What is something you will do to renew and regenerate your well-being this week? Write your answer on a leaf and place it on the tree to share with the Cowichan Campus community. Student Affairs, Cowichan Campus

Toast and Tea

8:45 – 9:30am

B356 Atrium
Come enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of toast with the Deans of Education and Social Sciences. Start your week on a happy raspberry jammy note! Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Education

Building Resilience

10am - 12pm

B300/R401
Building Resilience is dedicated to supporting post-secondary institutions to achieve wellness for faculty and staff. The Plan for Resilience tool provides an opportunity to explore factors that test one’s resilience. These factors could create stress for some people and the protective strategies suggested can help develop resilience and enhance one’s ability to cope when a crisis does occur. Creating a plan may not help avoid the crisis, but can make it much easier to get through it. The Plan for Resilience includes the following sections:
1. Developing Personal Resilience
2. Recognizing Your Automatic Responses to Stress
3. Choosing Healthier Strategies
4. Recognizing and Exploring Your Stressors
5. Balancing Your Support Network
6. Examining Your Options
7. Identifying and Using Your Strengths
8. Work Resilience for Leaders
9. Work Resilience for Employees
Human Resources

Positive Space Alliance Training (LGBTQ2+/Allies)

10 - 11am

B305 / R509
Want to join the Positive Space Alliance in making VIU a welcoming place for LGBTQ2+ individuals? Attending this training session is the way to join the Positive Space Alliance's safe spaces campaign. This session will provide background information on common issues faced by students and employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or two-spirited (LGBTQ2+), tips on what you can do to create a more inclusive environment at Vancouver Island University, and outline the expectations of those displaying the Positive Space sticker. Positive Space Alliance (positivespace@viu.ca)

Intro to Yoga

POWELL RIVER CAMPUS

10:30 – 11:30am

R134, Powell River Campus
This beginner’s class is for everyone so come out, destress, and have some fun! For those of you who have yoga mats, please bring them. For those of you who do not have a mat, join us anyway as mats can be provided. Health & Human Services

Your Advice Counts. Share How You Thrive.

11am - 1pm

B300-Upper Cafeteria
Stop by, learn and share ideas about how you THRIVE with your fellow students and Educational Advisors as you walk through the main cafeteria on Monday October 21 st , between 11am-1pm. Advising Centre

MCP Booth on Healthy Campus

11:30am - 1:30pm

Quad-Outside Library
Join the students from the Master of Community Planning program at the Library Quad to talk about how our campus could be mentally healthier for both students and employees from the planning perspective based on two projects that the students developed this summer: “Places in Between” project and the VIU Accessibility Map. The “Places in Between” project focuses on reimagining ten spots on our campus to be more welcoming and enjoyable for people to linger for studying, chatting, reading, relaxing, etc. Share your ideas with the campus population and promote a mentally healthier study-life/work-life balance. The VIU Accessibility Map is a helpful tool for people with disabilities and people carrying heavy facilities, such as IT staff and catering staff, to orient themselves with accessible paths on campus, considering the steep terrain of the campus. The map is beneficial for both mental and physical health as people will find that it is less challenging and torturing for them to recognize the optimal accessible path to their destinations. This activity also offers a great opportunity for raising more cares for people with physical challenges, for distributing the maps so that more people could benefit from them, and for collecting feedback and comments on the map for its improvement. Master of Community Planning

Pumpkin Smash

11:30am - 2:30pm

Quad - outside Library
Smash a pumpkin! Take it all out and release your stress! Buy a pumpkin and smash it out to help raise money for Biology related scholarships! Biology Club

The Psychology Club Scavenger Hunt

11:30am - 1:30pm

B356 Student lounge
On October 21 st , grab a bag of free popcorn with a positive message from the Psychology Club! Popcorn will be handed out from 11:30-1:30pm. Choose to join a scavenger hunt takes students around campus to various buildings to search for resources that support student health and well-being (ie: counseling, advising, writing center etc). The scavenger hunt will run all week long and submissions can be sent via email (photo) or put in an envelope on the psychology Bulletin board. We will compile the entries and have a random draw. Draw date will be Friday, Oct 25th at 2 pm. Psychology

THRIVE Week Kick-off Event!

12 - 12:30pm

Upper Quad (outside of the library)
Vancouver Island University will be hosting its 2 nd Annual THRIVE Week from October 21-25, 2019 at all VIU campus locations. THRIVE is a week-long series of events for the entire VIU community focused on building positive mental health; a way of thinking and acting that promotes positive mental wellbeing and resilience; and an opportunity to join others on campus to create the conditions that support positive mental wellbeing for our campus community. VIU staff and students are invited to get involved and host their own activities and events or to simply participate in events that are already happening. From workshops to socials, lectures to health fairs, everyone is invited to participate in THRIVE and help build positive mental health for all.
Join us and VIU’s new President for the THRIVE ‘Kick Off’ event on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 12pm in the Quad (outside the library) to officially ‘Kick Off’ THRIVE Week! Enjoy free coffee, hot chocolate and cake and get ready for some energetic celebration by Dance Pl3Yto launch VIU’s 2 nd Annual THRIVE Week! The President’s Welcome starts at noon and the cake will be handed out starting at 12:30pm until it’s all gone! For the THRIVE Week Calendar of Events, please go to Thrive@viu.ca.

Child Mental Wellness Discussion

POWELL RIVER CAMPUS

12 – 1pm

Library, Powell River Campus
ECEC student, Robyn Auclair, will be on hand to discuss mental wellness for children in both Western society and in Aboriginal cultures. Join Robyn to learn more about what you can do to promote mental wellbeing for children. ECEC Program

Meditation

COWICHAN CAMPUS

5 – 6:30pm

R380, Cowichan Campus
Join instructor Ian Whitehouse for free sessions; runs every Monday until December 9. English

Mind, Body & Soul Health and Wellness Fair!

10am - 1pm

B300-Upper Cafeteria
This year's Mind, Body & Soul Health and Wellness Fair is part of THRIVE Week which focuses on positive mental health, well-being and resiliency! We want YOU to be a part of it! Join us on Tuesday October 22 nd from 10am-1pm in the Upper Cafeteria to learn about all of the health and wellness resources available to you on and off campus to inspire self-care, support positive mental health and well-being, manage stress, encourage physical activity, promote nutrition and smoking cessation and more!
Move the music, eat free food and win prizes! See you there! Mariner’s Athletics & Recreation


Mark it RED-Supporting Mental Health & Dyslexia

COWICHAN CAMPUS

10 - 11 am

Learning Commons, Cowichan Campus
Wear RED – it looks GREAT on EVERYONE!! Support Mental Health and Dyslexia. Mark it RED. Find out about DYSLEXIA and how we can help the 1 in 6 children and adults who manage to THRIVE and succeed overcoming incredible challenges in reading and writing! Student Affairs

Bring Your Lunch & Learn! Mindfulness at VIU

12 - 1pm
B305| R440 Lounge
Join Wojciech Ziemkiewicz, Art Phipps, Rebecca Relkov & Heather Lloyd and other members of VIU's mindfulness committee.

Your Brain and Stress

POWELL RIVER CAMPUS

12 – 1pm

Gathering Space, Powell River Campus
Has your brain ever been hijacked by stress? Join retired counsellor, Sandy McCartie and learn how the brain responds to stress and what you can do to thrive. Student Affairs

Storm the Stairs

12 – 12:30pm

Quad –Outside Library
Come spend 30 minutes getting your heart rate up and feel good for the rest of the day! We will meet in the quad, walk down to the Pub and start our “Storm the Stairs” session, which will go from the Pub to Building 370. Bring a friend, take it at your own pace and have some fun with some new people! We are not fitness professionals, just people who like to move. Join us for this inclusive, welcoming activity. MARCOMM

All-levels Yoga Class by Donation

12:05 – 12:50pm

B210, R105
Yoga class to reset your day, breathe and move to start your afternoon off well. All funds to Health and Human Services student scholarships. Advancement and Alumni Relations

Virtual Workshop via Zoom: Topic: Discern What to Let Go to Thrive Not Just Survive

5:30 - 6:50pm

ZOOM
You have a vision of your ideal future, however, you realize that more energy is required. This workshop is designed to help you spend a little time discerning what you are tolerating and what is cluttering your days so you can begin to clear the clutter that is physically and mentally draining your energy. Walk away with heightened awareness and some ideas around what you might clear so you can do more than survive; so you can thrive! After you register in the workshop, an email with the link to join the Zoom room will be sent that will enable you to join the workshop virtually from your smart device or computer. You can join with either audio or with audio and video. Zoom is a free download at zoom.us. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://viu.zoom.us/j/593035549
Meeting ID: 593 035 549 or go to www.viu.ca/successcoach and the workshops tab to register.
Success Coaching

Health Stop

COWICHAN CAMPUS

10:30 – 1:30pm

Learning Commons, Cowichan Campus
Stop by to get your blood pressure, blood sugar and BM checked. Healthy snacks provided. Student Affairs, Cowichan Campus

Zumba

12 - 12:30pm

Quad-Outside Library
Join Veronique in the Quad to dance and have fun! Zumba is an uplifting, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, dance party. Good tunes, good friends and a chance to feel good!  Mariner’s Athletics & Recreation

Healthy Sleep Habits with Homewood Health

12:15 - 1:15pm

Royal Arbutus Room
Everyone feels much better after a good night’s sleep; our thoughts are clearer, our reactions faster, and our emotions are less fragile. This session will introduce participants to the effects of sleep deprivation and review some key strategies to promote healthy sleeping habits. Human Resources

Circus Arts

12:30 - 1pm

Quad-Outside Library
Release your creativity in motion! Explore how to juggle with scarves, balls, hula-hoops, and spin plates! Or just watch Veronique clown around! Feel free to join in! Mariner’s Athletics & Recreation1pm

Food for Thought

POWELL RIVER CAMPUS

1 – 2pm

R134, Powell River Campus
Join EACS program instructor Michelle Riddle for Food for Thought: Lifestyle Hacks to Calm Anxiety and Boost Your Brain. Health & Human Services

Unpacking Harm Reduction: An Open Conversation on Substance Use

3 - 6pm

B108| R105/110- Discovery Trade Centre
World café dialogue hosted by Master of Community Planning Students and attended by multiple community agencies involved with harm reduction. 5-6 pm – naloxone training by nursing students, pizza, community information
Psychology, Counselling, VIU Health Clinic, Nursing

SlugFest

7:30-9:30pm

VIU Malaspina-theatre
The Vancouver Island University Theatre Department and Other Guys Theatre Company present SlugFest, a new musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community. The Vancouver Island University Theatre Department and Other Guys Theatre Company present SlugFest, a new musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community. What happens when slug slime is hailed as a medical miracle? The residents of a small poverty-stricken and slug-infested village begin celebrating their good fortune! But Samantha, a young crusader for the environment, is determined to stop the harvest. She knows that slugs hold an important place in the coastal ecology, and she makes a compelling argument that threatens the deal the village has made with a large corporation. Disguised as an eco-celebrity, the President of the Corporation arrives in the village, determined to silence opposition and reap slug harvest profits. Familiar stereotypes abound in this hysterical melodrama – hero and heroine, villain and sidekick, stalwart RCMP Officer – and audiences are encouraged to boo, hiss, and cheer as “big pharma” and “the greens” face-off with slapstick and rhetoric, gumboots and buckets. Created by VIU theatre professor Ross Desprez with music by Desprez and his long-time collaborator Tobin Stokes, this new musical provides an opportunity for VIU theatre students to collaborate and perform with members of BC’s professional theatre community. SlugFest features choreography by Heather-Elayne Day, lighting by Gerald King, set by Dale Schulz and costumes by Crystal Hansen. The VIU band is rehearsed by Robyn Fortunat and conducted by Gregory Bush. Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Chair Massage

11am - 1pm

B300 | Upper Café
Enjoy a relaxing massage. You earned it!
Mariner’s Athletics & Recreation

Campfire in the Quad

11:30am - 1:30pm

Quad-Outside Library
It’s important to make time to relax and it’s ok to step away from the stress of school work sometimes! So come by, unwind, and enjoy a campfire, marshmallows, hot chocolate, and live music! Find us outside the library in the quad for this all ages free event hosted by your VIU Students' Union. VIU Students’ Union

Modern Romance: Lessons on Love & Life Drop-In Group

12 - 1pm

B180|B138
A drop-in group learning & discussion to support the development and maintenance of healthy mutually
supportive human connection. The discussion is facilitated by counsellors and informed by the interests of
participants. The topic for this week is “Yes, no, maybe so: Desire in relationships”. Come once, or join the
group for any topics of interest to you!
Counselling Services

Understanding Addiction

POWELL RIVER CAMPUS

12 – 1pm

R136, Powell River Campus
An open discussion of our understanding of addictions will be explored with a focus on the social and existential aspects involved including a Ted Talks presentation. Student Affairs

the AMAZING Cowichan Campus Scavenger Hunt

COWICHAN CAMPUS

1 - 2pm

R215, Cowichan Campus
Have some fun in a campus scavenger hunt! Early Childhood Education and Care program

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs

POWELL RIVER CAMPUS

2 – 3pm

Library, Powell River Campus
Research has found that holding or petting dogs can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety and ease loneliness and depression. Yes, it is a well-known and scientifically proven fact that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant health benefits. Feel free to drop in anytime between 2 and 3pm for some fur fun! Community Education Department

Go By Bike Celebration Station

3:00 - 5:30pm

4 th Street & Wakesiah
Celebrating commuter cycling in fall weather (and other active transportation). Department Facilities & Ancillary Service

Nature Walk & Plant ID

4:15pm - 5:45pm

Morrell Sanctuary
Join us for a walk through Morrell Sanctuary to destress and learn more about our native flora with some help from our club plant ID experts. Time spent in nature has been associated with better mental health, so even if you’re taking time away from studying to attend, you’ll actually be doing yourself a favour. VIU Eco Club.

SlugFest

7:30 - 9:30pm

VIU Malaspina-theatre
The Vancouver Island University Theatre Department and Other Guys Theatre Company present SlugFest, a new musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community. The Vancouver Island University Theatre Department and Other Guys Theatre Company present SlugFest, a new musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community. What happens when slug slime is hailed as a medical miracle? The residents of a small poverty-stricken and slug-infested village begin celebrating their good fortune! But Samantha, a young crusader for the environment, is determined to stop the harvest. She knows that slugs hold an important place in the coastal ecology, and she makes a compelling argument that threatens the deal the village has made with a large corporation. Disguised as an eco-celebrity, the President of the Corporation arrives in the village, determined to silence opposition and reap slug harvest profits.
Familiar stereotypes abound in this hysterical melodrama – hero and heroine, villain and sidekick, stalwart RCMP Officer – and audiences are encouraged to boo, hiss, and cheer as “big pharma” and “the greens” face-
off with slapstick and rhetoric, gumboots and buckets. Created by VIU theatre professor Ross Desprez with music by Desprez and his long-time collaborator Tobin
Stokes, this new musical provides an opportunity for VIU theatre students to collaborate and perform with members of BC’s professional theatre community. SlugFest features choreography by Heather-Elayne Day,
lighting by Gerald King, set by Dale Schulz and costumes by Crystal Hansen. The VIU band is rehearsed by Robyn Fortunat and conducted by Gregory Bush. Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Hope and Resilience – Psychological First Aid Training for Campus Community

9:00am - 3:00pm

Note: Refreshments will be provided in the morning. Please note that there will be a one hour lunch-break for people to get their own lunch. The Cafeteria is located directly under the Royal Arbutus Room. VIU Nanaimo Campus, Royal Arbutus Room (Building 300, Room 401) Psychological First Aid to build hope and resilience in the face of stress, loss, trauma, and grief. Psychological First Aid is endorsed by Health Emergency Management B.C. and equips learners in developing a functional understanding of the effects of disasters -- stress, loss, trauma and grief, with emphasis on preparation, protection, resilience and self-care. Learners will be oriented to the WHO’s Look, Listen, Link, and Live model - a resiliency-building approach to emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Participants will learn to support self and others to cope with the effects of various types of stress. Experiential learning and table top scenarios build knowledge, skill, and confidence. These factors are key in supporting optimism and resilience. 

Eventbrite Registration is required:

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Circus Arts

11 - 11:45am

Quad-Outside Library
Release your creativity in motion! Explore how to juggle with scarves, balls, hula-hoops, and spin plates! Or just watch Veronique clown around! Feel free to join in! Mariner’s Athletics & Recreation

Putting the "Me" In Mental Health: A Symposium on Promoting Positive Psychological Health

11am - 1pm

B355 | R211
Join the Fear and Anxiety Research Lab’s symposium to learn about and promote positive mental health and self-care including mindfulness, healthy living, LGBTQ+ resilience, and positive affirmations. Join in a workshop on the ABC's of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy towards the end of the session. Psychology

Child Mental Wellness Discussion

POWELL RIVER CAMPUS

12 – 1pm

Library, Powell River Campus
A second opportunity to join ECEC student, Robyn Auclair, to discusses mental wellness for children in both Western society and in Aboriginal cultures. Learn more about what you can do to promote mental wellbeing for children. ECEC Program

Thriving Yoga #1

12 - 1pm

B190-Gym

Greet your week end on Friday with an invigorating yoga practice and explore a series of poses working on balance, flexibility and breath. Expect tunes and a fun welcoming environment. All levels welcome. There are a limited number of yoga mats available so feel free to bring your own mat if you have one or borrow one from us! End your school week Thriving because YOU deserve it. Mariner’s Athletics & Recreation

Thriving Yoga #2

12 - 1pm & 1 - 2pm

B190-Gym

Greet your week end on Friday with an invigorating yoga practice and explore a series of poses working on balance, flexibility and breath. Expect tunes and a fun welcoming environment. All levels welcome. There are a limited number of yoga mats available so feel free to bring your own mat if you have one or borrow one from us! End your school week Thriving because YOU deserve it. Mariner’s Athletics & Recreation

How Biophillic Designs Contribute to Mental Well-being

2 - 3pm

B370|R243
An interactive Lecture - Personal Experience on how biophillic designs have a positive impact on mental health, and scientific background of the benefits of biophillic design on mental health. Geography

SlugFest

7:30-9:30pm

VIU Malaspina-theatre
The Vancouver Island University Theatre Department and Other Guys Theatre Company present SlugFest, a new musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community. The Vancouver Island University Theatre
Department and Other Guys Theatre Company present SlugFest, a new musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community. What happens when slug slime is hailed as a medical miracle? The residents of a
small poverty-stricken and slug-infested village begin celebrating their good fortune! But Samantha, a young crusader for the environment, is determined to stop the harvest. She knows that slugs hold an important place
in the coastal ecology, and she makes a compelling argument that threatens the deal the village has made with a large corporation. Disguised as an eco-celebrity, the President of the Corporation arrives in the village,
determined to silence opposition and reap slug harvest profits. Familiar stereotypes abound in this hysterical melodrama – hero and heroine, villain and sidekick, stalwart RCMP Officer – and audiences are encouraged to boo, hiss, and cheer as “big pharma” and “the greens” face- off with slapstick and rhetoric, gumboots and buckets. Created by VIU theatre professor Ross Desprez with music by Desprez and his long-time collaborator Tobin
Stokes, this new musical provides an opportunity for VIU theatre students to collaborate and perform with members of BC’s professional theatre community. SlugFest features choreography by Heather-Elayne Day,
lighting by Gerald King, set by Dale Schulz and costumes by Crystal Hansen. The VIU band is rehearsed by Robyn Fortunat and conducted by Gregory Bush. Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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