The Sandblog

Seek to Understand

by Lorna Muise Alberta Health Services | December 6 2018

Recently, I participated in a poverty simulation with over 100 staff members from Red Deer Public Schools. The purpose of this simulation was to gain awareness and understanding of what it’s like to live in poverty. More than one in six Alberta children live in poverty, according to a 2018 Alberta Child Poverty Report. They arrive at school with experiences and situations that many of us cannot…»

A Wellness Mosaic

by The Sandbox Staff | November 29 2018

Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported, no matter your workplace. Building a strong workplace culture that’s inclusive of all staff, regardless of their abilities, culture, age, etc., is crucial to enabling a team to grow and thrive. In light of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations-declared Human Rights Day (December 10), we thought we’d share some of The Sandbox’s resources and…»

Take a Hike

by Krista Sheehan ASEBP | November 22 2018 | 1 Comment

Picture this: a journey, a challenge and a revelation—of mountainous proportions! For a lot of people, a backpacking trip would sound like a dream but, for me, venturing out into unfamiliar territory with a group of professionals that I hadn’t yet met was equal parts exciting and terrifying. When all was said and done, I found that I’d not only survived (yay!), but that I’d learned a few new…»

Spicing up your Wellness Recipe

by The Sandbox Staff | November 15 2018

Fostering wellness in any workplace is a complicated mix, isn’t it? As a wellness champ, you’re likely to know this as well as anyone—workplace wellness requires a complex and, at times, confounding mix of ingredients, one that aims to accommodate a whole range of tastes and is ultimately something more than the sum of its parts. The good news is that every head chef needs a sous chef and we’ve…»

Hat's All Folks!

by Neil Neary ASEBP | November 8 2018

As a workplace wellness champion or someone serving on a workplace wellness committee, you have some sense of what will and what won’t work in your workplace. Still, it can be frustrating to work with a group of dedicated volunteers to come up with ideas only to have the uptake be less than overwhelming. At times, it’s tempting to just throw up our hands and say, “Well I guess people just aren’t…»

Sharing is Caring

by The Sandbox Staff | November 1 2018

Sharing is a skill taught early on in life and now it’s coming full circle! If you want to share things from this site that inspire and excite you but aren’t sure how to start, you’re in the right place. We’ve pulled together three Ss (yes, we just made that a thing) that will help you make the most of your Sandbox experience. Share If you’ve read a Sandblog that rocks your wellness world…»

Bringing Spirituality to Work

by Leanne Keyko ASEBP | October 25 2018

I recently attended the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Working Stronger conference and although there were many highlights, one conversation is stuck on repeat in my mind. It’s like that pop song you hear on the radio and can’t stop singing for days. The group was reflecting on spiritual wellness and how, despite it being a critical dimension of wellness, it’s often left out of conversations…»

Pencil Wellness In, All Ways

by The Sandbox Staff | October 18 2018

Getting our colleagues excited about making time for wellness may seem like a big job sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be! The Sandbox is full of resources that can help your wellness committee fit in healthy activities whenever and wherever they can—let’s dig in! 10-Minute Wellness Series. Everyone can spare 10 minutes for wellness—especially when the activities are fun and useful! Check…»

A Wellness Champ Weighs In

by Kristyn Berry ASEBP | October 11 2018

As one of ASEBP’s workplace wellness liaisons, I get to work with some very interesting people. I’d like to introduce you to one of them, Sarah B., an incredibly talented and high-spirited member of Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS). Sarah works as a teacher and a wellness consultant for staff and students. She has been doing some amazing work and I’m thrilled to be able to share her insights…»

A Threerrific Celebration

by The Sandbox Staff | October 4 2018

Can you believe The Sandbox has been around for three years already? It feels like just yesterday we were first dipping our toes in the sand. Since then, daily digging has become the norm! To celebrate the occasion, we thought it would be nice to switch gears from digging to share our top three insider’s tips (because hey, we’ve got three years’ worth) for celebrating. Get the Party Started…»