The Sheridan community cares deeply about health and wellness. We want our campuses to be supportive spaces that foster everyone’s mental, physical and social well-being -- opening up boundless opportunities for learning, engagement, and innovation to flourish. That’s why Sheridan’s bold new Strategic Plan makes wellness a top priority in the next chapter of our evolution.
As part of the goals outlined in the plan, Sheridan embarked on a college-wide wellness strategy – one that will propel vibrant campuses across Sheridan grounded in the key principles outlined in the Okanagan Charter. We’ve heard from over 3,000 voices in our community – students, employees, and external stakeholders – about what wellness should look like at Sheridan. Together with the best practices for well-being on campus laid out in the Okanagan Charter, this feedback has been critical to the development of our Community Wellness Strategy.
The first iteration of the strategy was presented to our community through in Fall 2019 for their feedback through surveys and consultation sessions.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic placed a sharp focus on fostering wellness for both students and employees. As a result, the final version of the Wellness Strategy will not only reflect the feedback received during the community consultation process in Fall 2019/Winter 2020, but also the renewed focus on nurturing wellness in the challenging, rapidly-changing environment presented by the pandemic.
The final version of the Community Wellness Strategy will be formally presented to our community in early January 2021, along with important objectives for Year 1. During Fall 2020, we will also be inviting members of the Sheridan community to join the Sheridan Wellness Committee, which will be key to the successful implementation and ongoing activities that support the Strategy.
Our Four Priority Areas
Sheridan’s draft strategy is focused on developing key objectives that align with the following four priorities
Whole Systems Approach
1. Design and commit to an inclusive, holistic approach to wellness, and ensure all policy, procedures and plans account for their impact on health and wellness.
Healthy Supportive Environment
2. Ensure our campuses promote wellness through natural, cultural, and built environments that support everyone’s success.
Promoting Life-Long Wellness
3. Equip everyone at Sheridan with wellness knowledge and tools, and engage them in nurturing a healthy community.
Inclusive Wellness Services
4. Enhance the health and wellness services we provide to both students and employees, ensuring they are inclusive, accessible, and proactively foster our community’s well-being.
Share your voice: Sheridan’s Wellness Committee
Help us put the Community Wellness Strategy into action!
Just as the development of the Strategy was guided by feedback from students, staff faculty, so will its implementation. You're invited to help bring the Community Wellness Strategy to life and play an important role at the planning table as a member of Sheridan’s new Wellness Committee. Your feedback and ideas will be key to the successful rollout of the strategy and its initiatives.
To learn more about the role of the Wellness Committee and how to apply, please visit Sheridan Central. The deadline to apply is October 30, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is the wellness strategy directed only toward students?
A. The wellness strategy will support all members of the Sheridan Community: students, faculty, and staff.
Q. Why are we creating a Community Wellness Strategy?
A. Sheridan invested in a highly consultative process to develop its new Strategic Plan – Sheridan 2024: Galvanizing Education for a Complex World. Throughout the collaborative process, a unanimous theme emerged: The Sheridan community cares deeply about health and wellness. As part of the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan, Sheridan is embarking on a college-wide wellness strategy and is committed to creating healthy and vibrant communities on each campus and across Sheridan.
Q. When will the Wellness Strategy be finalized?
A. The Wellness Strategy will be launched in early January 2021. Stay tuned for more information.
Q. What is the Okanagan Charter?
A. The Okanagan Charter (2015) is an International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, which calls upon post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.