MobilizeYU Wellness Webinar Series

MobilizeYU Wellness Webinar Series

Stay Well. Stay Connected.

This webinar series will focus on broad topics of interest for communities given the global pandemic we’re facing. York researchers and community leaders will share their knowledge and experience and engage with us on these issues. The event will be moderated by York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit. Issues of wellness and connection are more important than ever. We hope you can join us from the safety and comfort of your home. Keep well and be safe!

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Knowledge Mobilization (Sam Tecle, Assistant Professor of Community Engaged Learning, New College, University of Toronto and Abena Offeh-Gyimah, CEO, Adda Blooms) - Monday, March 29, 2021

Issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) have raised in the public's consciousness. Two community activists and emerging scholars will share their perspectives around redefining the community-campus relationship with perspective to issues around EDI.

Mattering and Adapting to Life Challenges: How to Build Those Bridges Over Troubled Water (Prof. Gordon Flett, Canada Research Chair in Personality & Health, York University) - Monday, March 22, 2021

Professor Flett will address the need to matter to other people. Mattering is described as a fundamental relational resource that contributes to adaptability and resilience and is a pathway to key life outcomes (e.g., achievement, physical health, well-being). The power of mattering will be illustrated in research on youth and emerging adults, but discussion will examine actionable messages and ways to promote mattering in various contexts that can be taken up by people of all ages.

Mental Health in the Human Services Sector (Prof. Nazilla Khanlou, York University) - Monday, March 1, 2021

COVID-19 has placed a strain on the human services sector, with increased demands and challenges with doing business differently. Frontline workers are facing increased strains to support clients while maintaining their own health and wellness. Prof. Kahnlou will address issues of mental health for frontline workers.


Summer 2020

Community Ethics & Research (Talisha Ramsaroop, TD CEC) – Thursday, July 30, 2020

Talisha Ramsaroop, with York’s Toronto Dominion Community Engagement Centre shares the journey that York and the Jane-Finch community has embarked on over several years around the creation of the community ethics framework.


Municipal Policy Making (Tom Mrakas, Mayor of Aurora) – Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Decision-making by politicians has been expedited and Mayor Tom Mrakas from the Town of Aurora shares his experiences in policy making in recent months. For researchers and community leaders, insight on policy making provides local insight on evidence informed decision making processes.


Perfectionism (Gord Flett, Health) – Monday, July 13, 2020

Dr. Flett addresses issues of perfectionism in times of a pandemic. A Canada Research Chair and global leader in mattering and perfectionism, Dr. Flett also provides practical information for us to help support greater wellness in challenging times.


Seniors and Aging (Laura Tamblyn-Watts, E.D., CanAge) – Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Ms. Tamblyn-Watts shares her experience as one of Canada’s leading advocates for the rights of seniors in Canada. The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt significantly for the seniors community across the country and she presents recommendations to address the issues facing seniors and their families.


Food Councils and Food Security (Rod MacRae, FES) – Thursday, June 11, 2020

Prof. MacRae shares research findings and his experiences around local food councils and their support for enhanced municipal food security.