Topic Change for April 22nd EAP Webinar

As a result of the announcement earlier this week regarding the Early Retirement Incentive Program, we have decided to change the topic of the webinar scheduled for April 22, 2021.  The Truth About Credit webinar which was originally scheduled for April 22nd will be moved to June 10, 2021.  In its place we are pleased to offer you the “Retirement – Are You Ready” two-part webinar through the Credit Counseling Society.

Part I will be offered in English and French on April 22nd from 1200-1330 EDT.

Part II is currently only available in English and will be run April 29th from 1200-1330 EDT.

Part I
Are you retired or thinking of retiring?  Are you ready?  There are many aspects to retiring, and it is important that you are prepared. In 2000 18% of retirees retired with debt.  That number is now projected to be 67%.  Maybe not so coincidentally 67% of retirees continue to support their adult children. 47% of retirees worry about debt in retirement and the credit bureaus rank the 55+ and 65+ age groups as being at the highest level of risk for delinquencies and bankruptcies.  Come to our session, Retirement – Are You Ready Part I and learn what steps you should take to identify your debt and steps to tackle it.  Examine your sources of income, their respective tax implications and other areas of importance.

Part I will be offered in English and French on April 22nd from 1200-1330.

Part II
At any age, but especially as you approach retirement, there are certain items that we all need to attend to but put off.  Are you financial and household papers in order?  If you were to pass now would your spouse, your Executor be able to figure things out or would they have to deal with a mess of papers while struggling with their grief?  Are you comfortable with the differences between an Executor, a Power of Attorney, and a Health Care Directive?  Are you familiar with Wills, Probate, the cost of Probate and how to bypass this cost?  What happens to your debts when you pass, do they go to your spouse and other survivors?  Is there a way to help minimize costs associated with estate settlement?  Come to our session, Retirement – Are You Ready Part II and learn the answers to these and other questions.

Part II is currently only available in English and will be run April 29th from 1200-1330.
Click on the following link to register for the webinars listed above:
https://forms.office.com/r/BErNu1LGmy

Please note you must register for each webinar.

In Solidarity,

Mary Keough
Chair, Component EAP Committee

Have you Registered for The Race to Unlock the Best in You?

Air Canada’s health and wellness program has launched a spring fitness challenge called The Race to Unlock the Best in You. The objective is encourage employees to adopt or re-affirm healthy habits through a fun 30-day challenge with prizes to be won along the way.

 

Here’s how it works.

 

For the month of April (all 30 days), you’ll complete and average of 30 minutes of activity, or 6,000 steps.  Your steps can be will automatically be tracked via the app or you can manually enter 2000 steps on the app on the UBY website for every 10 minutes of activity you complete that day.

 

The first 800 employees to register for the race will automatically receive a UBY stress ball.

 

400 random employees who complete an average of 30 minutes of activity a day by April 8 will be entered into a draw to win UBY pens!

 

40 random employees who complete an average of 30 minutes of activity a day by April 15 will also be entered into a draw to win UBY infusion water bottles!

 

40 random employees who complete an average of 30 minutes of activity a day by April 22 will also be entered into a draw to win metal UBY water bottles!

 

20 random employees who complete the challenge will also be entered into a draw to win one of 20 earbuds!

 

Sign up today, challenge your colleagues and discover just what you’re capable of!

 

Click here for instructions on how to download the app and enter the race!

 

If you’re a little apprehensive about sharing any personal, health-related information with Air Canada, please don’t be. The UBY site and our App are run by independent third parties who only share information with Air Canada in aggregate—meaning they can only give us an overview of employees as a group, without any specifics. In fact, they cannot legally share any information with Air Canada that may easily identify you.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the UBY team at wellbeing.bien-etre@aircanada.ca.

EAP Webinar Series – April 2021

Supporting Mental Wellness through the Pandemic – A webinar series with Brian Dean Williams and Roxanne Dault

We are offering a series of talks to support members through the pandemic.  Each webinar will be offered in both French and English separately, and both Brian and Roxanne will attend each to support members.

Roxanne Dault has been teaching meditation for the last 10 years. She has sat long silent retreats both in Asia and in the West. A guiding teacher at True North Insight in Canada and a teacher at Insight Meditation Society in the USA, she is also trained in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-mind approach aimed at relieving the symptoms of trauma. She speaks French, English and is learning her ancestors’ language, Anishinaabemowin. www.roxannedault.com

Brian Dean Williams is a registered clinical counsellor and mindfulness teacher. Brian worked for many years with marginalized people in the public system, and now has a private practice. In addition to offering therapy, Brian teaches internationally at conferences, workshops, and meditation retreats. www.briandeanwilliams.com

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Standing Together Against Depression and Anxiety
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12 pm to 2 pm EDT – IN ENGLISH
Friday, April 16, 2021, 12 pm to 2 pm EDT – IN FRENCH

There is a maximum of 100 participants per session and the spots will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

During this pandemic, many of us are experiencing depression and anxiety. And yet, we also live in a time when people are very concerned, and taking such strong compassionate action, to protect people they have never met. In this interactive session, Brian will offer some insights, facilitated discussion, and video content, on the theme of Connection and how this can help us make it through the next phase of this pandemic. We are realizing increasingly the importance of connection as an antidote not only to loneliness, but a remedy for anxiety and depression. We will review some of the recent research on this theme. With so many circumstances pulling us away from each other, how can we rise together to meet the challenges of our time?

Learning goals:

  • Increased understanding of what causes anxiety and depression
  • Knowledge of effective treatments and strategies for coping
  • Finding creative ways to foster connection in context of public health / social distancing measures

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The Credit Counselling Society Webinars

Together with The Credit Counselling Society, we are offering financial webinars for our members.  All Credit Counselling Society sessions will use the CCS RingCentral system.  Meeting links will be sent to those that register.  Each webinar will be conducted in English and French.  There will be 2 separate simultaneous sessions with the English to be conducted by Tim St. Vincent, and the French by Gary Rusyn.

Tim St. Vincent, CEPF, is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for the GTA and surrounding area, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, and is based out of Winnipeg. Tim has over 25 years experience in Financial Services and is a retired Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Tim also taught the CFP program for several years, completed the Canadian Securities Course (Hons.), achieved his Certificate In Management (C.I.M.) Hons. and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF). Tim believes strongly in the power of education, planning and acting on your plan.

Gary Rusyn, CEPF, is a financial educator for the Credit Counselling Society in Ottawa. With more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector, as well as secondary education in Montreal. Gary can communicate efficiently in both official languages.

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Making Cents of Money: Budgeting 101
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:00 – 13:30 EDT

English and French, English to be conducted by Tim, French by Gary (2 separate, simultaneous sessions).  There is a maximum of 200 participants per session and the spots will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Participants will learn the 7 steps to budgeting which will help them take control of their finances and give them peace of mind.

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The Truth About Credit
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 12:00 – 13:30 EDT
English and French, English to be conducted by Tim, French by Gary (2 separate, simultaneous sessions).  There is a maximum of 200 participants per session and the spots will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Participants will learn about the myths around credit, the facts around credit reports, credit ratings, and credit scores alongside strategies on how to protect or repair their credit.

 

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Click on the following link to register for any of the webinars listed above:
https://forms.office.com/r/BErNu1LGmy
In Solidarity,

Mary Keough
Chair, Component EAP Committee

Upcoming EAP Seminars

We have some exciting seminars coming your way in April and May.  These will be available to all members, whether active or on laid off status. More information about these sessions including how to register will follow.
Brian Dean Williams and Roxanne Dault will be hosting a webinar via Zoom on the following subjects:

Standing Together Depression and Anxiety in the Pandemic
April 15, 2021 – English 12:00-14:00 EDT with Brian
April 16, 2021 – French 12:00-14:00 EDT with Roxanne and Brian

Mindful Solutions to Digital Distraction
May 13, 2021 – English 12:00-14:00 EDT with Brian
May 14, 2021 – French 12:00-14:00 EDT with Roxanne and Brian

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The Credit Counselling Society will offer the following:

– April 8, 2021 – Budgeting 101, 12:00 – 13:30 EDT, English and French, English to be conducted by Tim, French by Gary (2 separate, simultaneous sessions)

– April 22, 2021 – The Truth About Credit, 12:00 – 13:30 EDT, English and French, English to be conducted by Tim, French by Gary (2 separate, simultaneous sessions)

All sessions are to use the CCS RingCentral system, meeting links to be sent shortly.

Webinar: COVID-19: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue – Self-Care Strategies

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it prolongs the need to maintain physical distancing practices in tandem with adherence to lockdown protocols restricting in-person interactions in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus. While these measures help to keep our communities, families and workplaces safe, it brings with it unique challenges such as loss of routines, isolation fatigue and loneliness. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care strategies and to nurture the positive relationships and connections in our lives.

To support members across the country, on Tuesday, April 13th and Wednesday April 14th Homewood Health will be hosting a webinar focused on the unique challenges for individuals experiencing loneliness and isolation fatigue.

COVID-19: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue – Self-Care Strategies, hosted by Katherine Sisak & Sophia Oumzil (English) and Jacques Lareau (French).

This one-hour session will increase participant’s awareness and understanding of the psychological impacts of isolation and loneliness while highlighting factors that can promote and preserve their health and well-being during the pandemic and beyond.

Dates and times:

ENGLISH: Tuesday, April 13th @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST facilitated by Katherine Sisak
ENGLISH: Tuesday, April 13th  @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. PST facilitated by Sophia Oumzil
FRENCH: Wednesday, April 14th @ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST facilitated by Jacques Lareau

Please note that this webinar will be recorded and posted to our website one week following the final session.

Please join us for this special event.
Space is limited, register now!

Katherine Sisak, MSW, RSW, RP
Katherine Sisak has worked as a clinician and manager in the field of mental health and addiction for over 10 years in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, shelters, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, and private practice. She has been with Homewood Health since 2016, first as the Trauma Specialist at the Homewood Health Clinic working with first responders consulting for trauma-related issues, and currently as a Clinical Manager with Disability Prevention Services. Katherine holds registration with the OCSWSSW as a social worker, and as a psychotherapist with the CRPO.

Sophia Oumzil, MSW, RSW, 
Sophia Oumzil has worked as a clinician and manager in the field of mental health and trauma in a variety of settings including hospitals, EFAP, outpatient clinics and private practice. She has been with Homewood Health in a variety of capacities since 2013, and is currently a Clinical Manager with Crisis Management Services. Sophia holds registration with the BCCSW as a Social worker.

Register Here: Tuesday, April 13th 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST

Register Here: Tuesday, April 13th 7:00-8:00 p.m. PST

Register Here: Wednesday, April 14th 7:00-8:00 p.m.EST