People and Resources and the Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (TLSE) portfolio recognize the importance of working together to shift the university towards a more comprehensive, integrated and sustainable approach to wellness by creating a system to draw together expertise from colleges and units across the university to support a healthy campus environment.

The Wellness Partnership works with both internal and external experts to move wellness strategies forward from concept to implementation with support from various teams created to support this partnership.


  • improve employee and student morale, engagement and productivity
  • strive to increase the well-being and productivity of all faculty, staff and students by enhancing all aspects of health
  • increase awareness of positive health behaviours
  • motivate faculty, staff and students to adopt healthier behaviours
  • provide opportunities and a supportive environment to foster positive lifestyle changes
  • support diversity and different approaches to the various forms of wellness
  • raise awareness, increase health knowledge and opportunities to learn new skills
  • improve employee and student recruitment and retention
  • increase ability to cope with psychological issues
  • reduce risk of chronic disease

Guiding principles

  • wellness embodies a whole campus approach and is shared responsibility among all stakeholders
  • wellness includes the provision of support to faculty, staff and students to achieve their full wellness potential
  • wellness requires a holistic/multi-dimensional approach to living that promotes being well in all areas of life
  • wellness is unique to each individual and involves a dynamic process that changes with every new experience


Executive Sponsors

  • Cheryl Carver, Associate Vice President, People and Resources
  • Dr. Patti McDougall, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (TLSE)

Wellness Leadership Advisory Team

  • Co-chairs
    • Cheryl Carver, Associate Vice President, People and Resources
    • Dr. Patti McDougall, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (TLSE)
  • Dr. Adam Baxter-Jones, former Interim Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Raelin Bliss, Senior Human Resources Consultant, People and Resources
  • Timothy Beke, Director, Total Rewards, People and Resources
  • Dr. Mary Buhr, Dean, College of Agriculture and Bioresources
  • Peter Hedley, Director, Student Affairs and Services, TLSE
  • Dr. Chad London, Dean, College of Kinesiology
  • Alison Pickrell, Assistant Vice-Provost, Strategic Enrolment Management, TLSE
  • Dr. Carol Rodgers, former Dean and Associate Professor, College of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Yvonne Shevchuk, Associate Dean (Academic) and Director, medSask, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Wellness Strategy Team

  • Co-chairs
    • Raelin Bliss, Senior Human Resources Consultant, People and Resources
    • Peter Hedley, Director, Student Affairs and Services, TLSE

  • Nafisa Absher, VP Operations, Graduate Students Association
  • Timothy Beke, Director, Total Rewards, People and Resources
  • Cristina Goertzen, Senior Wellness Consultant, People and Resources
  • Renata Huyghebaert, VP Student Affairs, University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union
  • Maxine Kinakin, Manager, Disability Services, TLSE
  • Rob Kliewer, Manager, Safety Resources, People and Resources
  • Jocelyn Orb, Manager, Student Wellness Centre, TLSE
  • Sheryl Prouse, Director, Student Advising, College of Arts and Science
  • Dr. Vicki Squires, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, College of Education
  • Nancy Turner, Director, Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, TLSE
  • Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, Director, Aboriginal Initiatives, TLSE


The University of Saskatchewan’s six strategic areas of focus are adapted from the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services and Canadian Mental Health Association. (2013). Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach. Vancouver, BC.

Insight used to inform the development and direction of the Wellness Strategy was gathered from various sources, including U of S employee and student stakeholders, U15 schools, U15 websites, relevant student and employee surveys and data analyses, federal government, provincial governments, health regions and expert bodies/organizations focused on supporting a healthy mind, healthy body, and healthy life.


Wellness Resources


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