Wellness Resources


Wellness Resources
Administration Building, room E140
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2

Phone: 306-966-4580
Fax: 306-966-2882
E-mail: wellnessresources@usask.ca

Wellness Resources is a unit within the Human Resources Division. Our desired state is to create an environment of wellness and engagement at the University of Saskatchewan through awareness and acceptance of any health challenges and to be recognized as a leader in wellness promotion and minimal lost time.

Wellness Resources works across a continuum of health management practices from health promotion, prevention, early intervention, risk identification and case management to ensure all university employees maintain or return to an optimal level of wellness.

Please see below for further information about referrals, medical accommodations, disability benefit plans, and University of Saskatchewan wellness programs, resources and events.

Employee and Family Assistance Program

GuidanceResources® is an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) that the U of S offers its employees and family members. The program offers free, confidential service which provides psychological counselling, work-life solutions, health coaching and crisis intervention services. Learn more.

EFAP Board Members

Name Phone Email Representing

Kathy Evans



CUPE 1975

Lisa Bagonluri




Michael MacGregor



USFA and Co-chair

Bill Gulka



CUPE 3287

Timothy Beke



Administration and Co-Chair

Peter Hedley







External Consultant

Contact any board member with comments or concerns about the program. 

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention (DHP)

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention (DHP)

Services are available to all faculty, staff and students and include:

  • Confidential consultation and as requested, taking action to resolve any concerns.
  • Providing university officials with advice and assistance on preventing, resolving or investigating issues.
  • Advocating for natural justice and fair treatment for all members of the university community. 

Learn more about discrimination and harassment

For further information on discrimination and harassment prevention, please contact:

Email: dhps@usask.ca
Phone: 306-966-4936

Guidelines and Forms

General Guidelines and Forms

Workplace Injury forms and processes

Wellness Resources Referral Form

Medical Accommodation Guidelines

Ergonomic Guidelines
(offered through Safety Resources)

Scent Free Guidelines 


Wellness Resources
Administration Building, room E140
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2

Referrals to Wellness Resources

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to creating an environment that promotes and supports the health and well-being of all who work and study at our campuses. Wellness Resources is available to provide appropriate resources and supports to help faculty and staff reach their full wellness potential.

The following are common circumstances in which it is best for a supervisor, human resources, unions/associations to refer an employee or an employee to self-refer to Wellness Resources:

Extended Medical Absence (Greater than 5 days)

If an employee is currently away or planning on being away from work for more than 5 consecutive business days due to medical or if the duration of absence is unknown due to illness or non occupational injury.

Medical Accommodation (Temporary or Permanent)

If an employee requires a temporary and/or permanent accommodation due to a medical disability. Please refer to Medical Accommodation Guidelines for further information.

Patterns of/or Excessive Absence

If there is a pattern of absence or excessive absences over a period of time that may be due to medical issues.

Workplace Injury (WCB claim)

If an employee is away from work due to a workplace injury, then Workers Compensation Board (WCB) reporting requirements must be followed.

The employee’s supervisor is to notify Wellness Resources immediately of any lost time and/or if the employee requires a temporary or permanent accommodation. Note: Faculty members are not covered by the Workers Compensation legislation, as teaching professions are currently exempt.
Request current WCB E1 and W1 forms from Wellness Resources

Motor Vehicle Accident Injury (SGI claim)

If an employee is away from work due to an injury they sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Confidential Wellness Consultation

Employees and Managers/Supervisors may contact Wellness Resources to meet confidentially with Wellness staff to seek resources/information and/or obtain advice/referral.

Referrals to Wellness Resources can be made by anyone simply by completing the Wellness Resources Referral Form (NOTE: new form as of August 2017) or by contacting:

Wellness Resources
Administration Building, room E140
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2

Phone: 306-966-4580
Fax: 306-966-2882
E-mail: wellnessresources@usask.ca

Medical Accommodation

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to accommodating medical restrictions with modified schedule and/or duties and working with all key stakeholders to determine how we can accommodate any temporary or permanent medical restrictions.

Accommodation arrangements can often be made for modification of schedule and/or duties through a collaborative process involving the employee, supervisor, and health care provider(s). It is important that a meaningful discussion occur between the employee and the supervisor (or similar reporting relationship, such as department head) to establish the general requirements of the medical accommodation, or the length of medical accommodation anticipated. While the employee is not required to disclose confidential medical details to the supervisor, the supervisor does have the right to understand the nature of the medical condition, the medical restrictions and limitations, and the expected duration of the accommodation.

Wellness Resources can assist the employee and supervisor with temporary and/or permanent accommodation by requesting medical restrictions and limitations from the physician, interpretation and/or clarification of the medical recommendations, and advising the employee of short term or long term disability benefit applications, if applicable.

For further information on the University of Saskatchewan accommodation process, please review the University of Saskatchewan Accommodation Guidelines.

If a supervisor and/or employee require Wellness Resources' assistance with a temporary or permanent medical accommodation, please complete the Wellness Resources Referral Form or contact:

Wellness Resources
Administration Building, room E140
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2

Phone: 306-966-4580
Fax: 306-966-2882
E-mail: wellnessresources@usask.ca

CUPE Medical Leave and Disability Benefit Process
ASPA, Exempt, USFA Medical Leave and Disability Benefit Process


Please visit the University of Saskatchewan’s Ergonomics website to learn more http://safetyresources.usask.ca/ergonomics.php
Wellness Events

Extracurricular Activities: How Much is Too Much

Participation in extracurricular activities can help children build self-esteem, discipline and commitment as well as being just plain fun. However, today children are taking on more and more activities in their schedules. Too many activities can add additional stress to the normal stress kids deal with by being full-time students. Determining how many activities is too many can make a big difference in the stress level of kids and families.

The University of Saskatchewan is hosting a free webinar for faculty, staff and their families to help children balance their extracurricular activities. Registration is required.

Workshop Objectives
At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the positive and potential negatives of extracurricular involvement
  • Describe the benefits of structured activities
  • Identify the problems associated with severely limiting free play time
  • Describe recent research findings concerning child development and extracurricular activity
  • Identify ways to finding the right balance
  • Identify simple rules to determine how many activities to schedule
  • Describe how to plan activities with your child, not for your child
  • Describe the importance of downtime and free play
  • Describe the symptoms of the over-scheduled child
  • Describe the emotional, physical and behavioral signs that indicate your child may be over-involved in structured activities

Date: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017
Time: 11 am

This event is free for all University of Saskatchewan faculty and staff and their families.

For more information:
email Wellness Resources or call 306-966-4580.

Wellness Bingo

Wellness Bingo

Do you want some healthy competition? Encourage your colleagues, friends and/or family members to join you in the Wellness Bingo game. See who can get bingo first!

Goal: Encourage a healthy and holistic lifestyle by doing daily activities that focus on our eight dimensions of wellness: physical, spiritual, social, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, and occupational. 

Here are the details:

  • Individual participation
  • Pick an area of wellness you want to focus on for the month ie) Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Social, Financial, Environmental, Occupational and Intellectual and click on the applicable Wellness Bingo card below.
  • Bingo game starts at 12:01AM on 1st of the month and ends at 11:59PM the last day of the month.
  • You work towards achieving at least one wellness square per day.
  • Set a personal goal to complete at least 17 squares over the course of the month.  If you achieve blackout (complete all the squares) over the course of the month shout BINGO!
  • Supplies you may require:
    • Bingo card
    • Journal/Book to document your responses to any challenge/reflection/journal questions.
    • Pen
    • Bingo dabber is optional (if using an electronic bingo card, don’t dabber your computer screen)
  • Themed Wellness Bingo Cards:
Wellness Links


Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Branch

Mental Health & Addiction Services

Mental Health Brochures

Mental health: It’s everyone’s issue” by Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Partners for Mental Health

Substance Abuse

Alcoholic Anonymous (Saskatoon and District)

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Mental Health and Addiction Services

Narcotics Anonymous



Canadian Cancer Society

Cancer Chat Canada – Professionally-led online support for Canadians affected by cancer

Bladder Cancer

Breast Cancer

Childhood Cancer

Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Kidney Cancer

Leukemia & Lymphoma

Lung Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Skin Cancer

Testicular Cancer

Thyroid Cancer

Food and Nutrition

Canada’s Food Guide

Dieticians of Canada

Food and Nutrition

Food Safety

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Physical Activity

Public Health Agency of Canada – Physical Activity

Physical Activity Benefits & Tips for Adults (18-64 years) 

Physical Activity Benefits & Tips for Adults (65 years and older)

College of Kinesiology, Recreation Services, Activities Guide

City of Saskatoon, Recreational Activities & Fitness


National Sleep Foundation


Mindfulness Meditation

Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Free Guided Meditations



Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity

Yoga for Health

Yoga Directory Canada



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