Launching the Wellness Review Committee

Everyone benefits from a healthier workplace. To this end, I have established a Wellness Review Committee to ensure we are doing all that we can to support employees across the many dimensions of health.

The Wellness Review Committee will consult widely with staff, faculty members, and librarians about existing wellness services and programming across our three campuses, and identify areas of improvement. The Wellness Review Committee will begin its work immediately and will share recommendations with me later this year. The Committee’s Terms of Reference are below.

You can help support the Committee’s work by completing the University of Toronto’s 2024 Pulse Survey, which will ask you to share feedback about your wellness at work.

Thank you in advance for engaging with the Committee on this important initiative.

Terms of Reference

The Committee has been tasked with the following:

  • Review the efficiency, availability, accessibility, and engagement of People Strategy, Equity & Culture’s (PSEC) wellness offices, programs, and services.
  • Review how PSEC’s wellness offerings can be enhanced to foster an inclusive culture of well-being at the University.
  • Consider equity-deserving groups who may face additional barriers that impact their physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Consider the impact of mental health and well-being on employees’ job satisfaction, job performance, and absenteeism as well as staff retention and health care costs.
  • Consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic workplace on wellness and related needs.
  • Explore digital tools, technology, and platforms to enhance access, delivery, and administration of Health & Well-being Programs & Services processes and wellness programs.
  • Consider how to promote a better understanding of the different dimensions of wellness.

Committee Members

  • Erin Jackson, Assistant Vice-President, University HR (co-chair)
  • Sean Suleman, Executive Director, CAHRS & Workplace Investigations (co-chair)
  • Ian MacEachern, Director, Benefits, Pension & Payroll
  • Richa Chodha, Senior Integrated Wellness Consultant
  • Kim Burbine, Director, Health & Well-being Programs & Services
  • Ben Poynton, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Officer
  • Melanie Wright, Associate Director, Academic HR Services
  • Kaye Francis, Assistant Director, Family Care Office
  • Magdalena Rydzy, HR Consultant
  • Tania Poppleton, Senior Director, Campus Safety Operations, U of T Scarborough Campus
  • Heather Hines, Director of Office, Office of the Vice President & Principal, U of T Mississauga Campus
  • Thomas Froh, Information & Change Consultant