Our December MHW Newsletter. Learn about ways to support the many facets of wellness in your daily life.



December 2020


As we wrap up 2020, and prepare for the holidays, hats off to our McGill community. What incredible resilience and adaptability we have witnessed over the past year!


We’ve come a long way. Remote work with online everything: onboarding, planning, services, teaching and learning in community, a virtual Health Fair - even celebrations with virtual balloons and cake! We are not lacking in creativity and agility at McGill.


Heartfelt thanks to our generous My Healthy Workplace (MHW) volunteers, partners and extended McGill family for nurturing a sense of belonging, connection and care, so vital at this time.


The countdown is on now as we prepare to “zoom out” for well-deserved rest and relaxation. We hope you will enjoy a few year-end gifts in this edition and we look forward to co-creating our healthy workplace together in the New Year.


In the words of artist and writer Agnes M. Pharo, may the holiday season be filled with “tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future… a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”


Health, Love and Joy to You and Yours.


Health and Well-Being Pillars


McGill's Health and Well-Being Advisor, Sara Charbonneau, reflects on the coming winter months of the pandemic and provides resources from 5 pillars of well-being to add to your wellness toolbox.


Help from Change Management

Sometimes we plan for change and still there are surprises. Other times, change happens entirely unexpectedly, without our consent. We are facing both kinds as we negotiate our way through the pandemic, with all its twists and turns, and forge forward with changes in platforms online, technologies, ways of connecting and working.


How can we maintain our power and stay the course? It helps to understand how transitions impact us. Here are a few buoys to hold onto while at sea.



A Unique Health Fair Experience


The 10-year anniversary of McGill’s Health Fair was marked by a new concept and a unique venue, adapting to our unprecedented circumstances. With more than 650 employees in attendance and 19 exhibitors, it was a great success. Attendees left with many resources and valuable information on how to support their health and well-being. Read more about how it went!


Health and the Holidays


This unique holiday season, it is more important than ever to ensure that we stay healthy and connected. Here are a few tips to prepare you and your team for a holiday season like no other.


Staying in the Positive Zone in Strange Times


How we manage ourselves now can reinforce our self-confidence and our foundation for future success. Think about how you want to show up and the impact you want to have on others. Do you make a conscious decision every day to take a constructive, positive approach to your life circumstances? My Healthy Workplace News polled some fellow McGill colleagues for their secrets to staying in the “positive zone”, even in these strange times. Read more to find out about some of our colleagues’ insights.


New Employee and Family Assistance Program Services


As a McGill employee, you now have access to an enhanced level of resources for yourself and your dependents including increased services related to nutrition, counselling, finance and legal services. Read about the Increased Services on this page to learn what is available.


Financial Wellness Series


The Health and Well-Being program is offering a series of webinars on financial wellness, sponsored by CPA Canada. Join us to learn about effective tax strategies, healthy financial management tips, teaching your kids about money, and saving strategies from various financial professionals. Learn more and register here.


We Want to Hear from You!


This newsletter is for McGill employees by staff. Send the MHW News editorial team an email to let us know what you think of this issue. Please contact us to suggest an initiative to highlight, or if you are interested in contributing an article.