The Holidays and EAP Support

Attached is information on the services that Homewood Health offers (Click HERE). They are available 24/7 in both official languages and can be accessed internationally by calling collect.

I have also provided an article about Isolation and Loneliness During the Holidays (Click HERE). The article contains ideas and information on recognizing signs of loneliness and isolation in ourselves, and in those we care about.  It also offers tips on what we can do to support one another.

Our Mindfulness practice will be ongoing through the holidays, on Wednesdays with Brian and Ines. Please look for the bulletin requiring registration for the December 16th, 23rd, and 30th sessions taking place in English at 12:00h EST (09:00 PST) and in French at 12:45h EST (09:45h PST).

A complete list of EAP peers is available on the Air Canada Component App and website, all Local websites, and in Aeronet in Epub under contacts.

With Gratitude and Warm Wishes,

Mary Keough
Chair, Component EAP Committee

A Message About The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is pleased to announce that we will be able to continue to offer services to our laid off employees until April 30, 2021.

This program is designed to support employees and we feel it is important for those who are no longer in the workplace to have continued support. We have an array of services available including the weekly mindfulness sessions with Brian and Ines which will continue to be available.

Please click HERE to see information on the services of Homewood Health that are available.

A complete listing of EAP peers is available on the Air Canada Component App and website, all Local websites, and in Aeronet in Epub under contacts.

In Solidarity,

Wesley Lesosky
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE

Mary Keough
Chairperson, Component EAP Committee

Introducing: Stress Solutions – A new Life Smart coaching service

EAP and Homewood Health would like to introduce the following new Life Smart Service.

Designed through prevalence and growing necessity, Stress Solutions, our new coaching program is now available to members. Facing a pre-existing array of challenges, now paired with recent professional and personal complexities surrounding COVID-19, the resiliency and limits of today’s diverse and multigenerational workforce have demonstrated the need for additional support.

Stress Solutions consists of one to three telephonic sessions. Sessions include but are not limited to discussions surrounding psychoeducation, information about the cognitive aspects of stress, and connections between thoughts and feelings. Additionally, sessions will encompass coaching on stress management, lifestyle, priority management and tools such as meditation and relaxation techniques. In addition to coaching supported by a registered counselor or clinician with specialized expertise in stress, members will also receive a letter of resources with information specific to their source or primary stress indication. Employees will also receive a welcome booklet providing an overview of stress issues and stress management techniques. Members can access the service by contacting our customer service centre – English 1-800-663-1142, French 1-866-398-9505.

Wishing you all the best,

Mary Keough
Chair, Component EAP Committee

EAP-Webinar: The Emotional Effects of Retirement – ENGLISH SESSION FULL

There has been a lot of interest in the webinar being presented by Lakshmi Sundaram, entitled The Emotional Effects of Retirement, and we are happy to announce that all of the spots in the English session have been filled.  We do still have some spots available in the French session which is taking place on May 19, 2020 from 2pm – 3pm EDT.

Planning to retire can be a source of both excitement and anxiety. Whatever the emotional response, retirement marks a transition to a new life stage and lifestyle in which daily routines, identity, and roles all change. This session will introduce participants to the emotional effects of retirement. Participants will get an opportunity to reflect on what their ideal retirement looks like and what they can do to make it happen.

To register for one of the remaining spots in the French session, please email In your email please include your full name and employee number.

The remaining spots in the French session will be given out on a first-come, first served basis. You will receive login information for the online session once you are registered.

Lakshmi Sundaram is a bilingual counsellor, lecturer, mindfulness coach and freelance workshop facilitator. She is also a well-known communicatrice and media personality having appeared on numerous television, radio and print platforms. Lakshmi works in private practice in Ottawa and offers nature based, equine facilitated and mindful cooking and eating workshops from her farm in Gatineau Québec.

Wishing you all the best,

Mary Keough
Chair, Component EAP Committee