Jack.org is the only national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health.

Visit the site to learn more about the vision of the network, some of their current initiatives, and ways you can get involved.

You can also browse a great list of resources for students and parents.

NEADS seeks applications for its Board of Directors

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking applications for the next two year term of its board of directors, January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2016. All persons interested in a position on the board must be regular members in good standing, that is students with disabilities enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution or recent graduates with disabilities (graduated within the last five years).

No prior participation in the disability or student movements is required to join the NEADS Board. Members who have strong skill sets in governance, fundraising, finance, social media and membership/partnership outreach are especially welcome. Any interested and enthusiastic NEADS member with relevant skill sets and a strong work ethic is encouraged to seek election.

For more information on the application process, consult this press release.

Disability Innovations Symposium

More than 400 employers, educators, agencies, government staff, people with disabilities, and their families attended the Innovations At Work symposium on May 22-23, 2014. The purpose of the symposium was to hear and discuss ways of enhancing employment opportunities for Albertans with disabilities. 

The event also included the announcement of two new programs designed to help create more job opportunities for people with disabilities:

Videos of presentations made at the symposium are available on the event website.

Summer Orientation Activities

The University of Calgary offers a comprehensive Orientation program to support student success. This post will outline some of the Orientation activities taking place over the Summer. For a full list of Orientation activities for the class of 2018, visit the Orientation 2014 website.

1. New Student Registration Assistance

Whether in Calgary or elsewhere, new undergraduate students can access the New Student Registration Assistance program in the Student Success Centre for questions related to course registration. A team of trained senior students provides one-on-one support over the phone, in person, or by email.

Contact the NSRA and learn more online.

2. Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation is an early half-day introduction to post‐secondary study, and includes sessions on academic and student life, campus tours, and help with registration.

Sessions take place Fridays and Saturdays in July, and August 8th and 9th.

3. Camp LEAD

This is a unique outdoor education experience for first-year students that allows for community building and engagement before Orientation Week. Offered in two sessions, August 17-19 and August 19-21, Camp LEAD brings together approximately 150 students. All incoming undergraduate students are encouraged to participate. Students must register in advance. All accommodation, transportation, meals, and programming are included in the $100 fee.

4. New to our campus: the UCalgary Welcome Centre!

The UCalgary Welcome Centre, funded by Students’ Union Quality Money, is a new program for assisting International and “new to Calgary” students with their immediate transitional needs.

What types of questions may be directed to the UCalgary Welcome Centre?

  • How do you use the City of Calgary’s C‐trains, buses and taxi services?
  • How do you connect to utilities and find the most affordable mobile phone providers?
  • Where can you eat and find food that is culturally relevant or meets special dietary requirements?
  • Where is the closest grocery store?
  • What neighborhood should I choose to live in?
  • How can I find a roommate that would fit my personality and work ethic?

Welcome Centre Contact Information

Mental Health Resources, Week 4

For the final week of mental health resources suggested by Derek Luk, Mental Health Education Coordinator at the University of Calgary, we look at a timely topic: Stress.

(We have previously featured videos on MindfulnessRelationships, and Addictions.)

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