The Sandblog

The Tip of the Iceberg: Systems Thinking

by Megan Pharo ASEBP | November 14 2019

It’s been 22 years since the classic movie, Titanic, was released. I used to watch it back when it was split onto two different VHS tapes—yes…I said VHS! I enjoyed watching the first half of teenage heart-throb, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet’s romantic tale, but I’d avoid the second half of the disaster story when the Titanic struck the iceberg that ultimately sank the ship. Icebergs…»

Don’t Wait, use all Eight

by The Sandbox Staff | November 7 2019

With eight dimensions of wellness, it’s easy to pick your favourites and run with them. (Don’t worry, we’re guilty of this too!) Since each dimension is equally as important as the next, maybe spend some time focusing on ones you may have overlooked in the past and incorporate them into your existing wellness initiatives. Environmental Wellness Are you and your team in the planning stages? Take…»

It’s All Connected

by Leanne Keyko ASEBP | October 31 2019

As some of you may know, over the past year, ASEBP worked in partnership with Alberta Blue Cross on their first-ever Wellness Summit. I’m grateful I was part of the team that created such an incredible event because seeing it come to life was truly a career highlight. The intention behind The Wellness Summit was to create a space for people passionate about healthy workplace culture to connect—more…»

Let’s ‘Fall’ into Wellness

by The Sandbox Staff | October 24 2019

Thanksgiving’s already under our belts (literally), Halloween’s creeping up and the mercury's starting to plunge. We all know what that means—cocooning season is upon us! While it’s tempting to eat comfort foods (pumpkin EVERYTHING!) and adopt a cold-weather attitude of solitude and hunkering down, it doesn’t have to be that way. Keeping things upbeat and social at work can be a great way…»

Look Through a Health Lens

by Jenn Flynn APPLE Schools | October 17 2019

So often, wellness is seen as an add-on or another thing to plan, sign up for or delegate. When promoting health in schools and school communities, I hear the same hesitations over and over—the last thing people want is another thing on their to-do list to squeeze onto their plates. At APPLE Schools, we work hard to examine existing initiatives that are already happening in our office or in schools…»

It’s our Party…

by The Sandbox Staff | October 10 2019

It’s official! The Sandbox is celebrating four years of workplace wellness wonderfulness (say that five times fast). We’re feeling four-tastic, and celebrating this momentous milestone has got us thinking about what a great party and a healthy workplace have in common. Hint: it’s not yummy food (although that helps)—it’s all about the fun atmosphere! So, we’ve pulled together some tips…»

Fill your Cup

by Neil Neary ASEBP | October 3 2019

You know those dreams where you find yourself running but not going anywhere? That’s really not so different from how you might sometimes feel about your great wellness ideas. Perhaps they get stalled out and don’t pick up the steam you’d hoped for throughout your workplace—you and your team might end up cursing silos and bottlenecks and simply head back to the drawing board. But what if I…»

Run, Forrest, Run

by The Sandbox Staff | September 26 2019

The Terry Fox Run always signals the start of a new school year for us. It’s such a great way for school communities—staff and students alike—to gather together and participate in a run or walk, enjoying the beautiful fall foliage while they’re at it. It’s just one of the things we love most about fall. As you reminisce about this year’s Terry Fox Run, think about some of the ways you…»

The Power of Resiliency

by Patricia Tallon ASEBP | September 19 2019

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive excellent leadership training both from amazing mentors and through more formal avenues. This summer, as I embarked on a new leadership role, I spent some time reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned over the years to help set myself up for success on the road ahead. I’ve found that the biggest lessons are to stay positive and build…»

No Mountain Too Tall

by The Sandbox Staff | September 12 2019

Who doesn’t love a little Dr. Seuss? Those rhythmic, off-beat pearls of wisdom and encouragement—who wouldn’t? With the start of another school year bringing a whole new set of workplace wellness goals and opportunities, we found just the quote if you’re looking for a jolt of inspiration: “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” As…»