O-DAYS! 2nd Annual Safety & Wellness Day

Safety and Wellness team 2015
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

NEW and RETURNING students, faculty, staff and members of the OCAD U community are invited to come and meet the Safety & Security Services and the Health & Wellness teams and enjoy some awesome activities and prizes.

Highlights include:

  • Free barber shop haircuts by The Mad One Barber Shop
  • DJ playing music
  • Food Trucks with discounted menus
  • Free giveaways
  • Enter-to-win prizes
  • Free pizza, popcorn and ice cream


Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187) and Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street

Fetal Alcohol Visualizing

Working with large sets of intricate and comprehensive data, this research takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to dissecting the discourses that surround fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Novel correlations across data collected from stakeholder groups, derived using advanced visual analytics tools, help to better inform new strategies for communicating FASD. The interdisciplinary approach to this project grants the researchers with the ability to employ creative methods of study; the design of striking infographics and innovative simulation technologies will serve the production of provocative public performance in an effort to refresh the dialogue on FASD.


Red and green DNA testing visualization
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 3:30pm
Lab Member: 
Paula Gardner
Patricio Davila
Lawrence Kwok
Tim Bettridge
Maggie Chan
Marjan Verstappen
Harjot Bal
Shuting Chang

OCAD University statement on Orlando shootings

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 4:00am

The OCAD University community is deeply saddened by the horrific mass shootings that took place in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12. We extend our sincerest condolences to the victims, their families and friends, and all who were touched by this tragedy.

OCAD University abhors violence against individuals and groups based on religion, ethnic or cultural heritage, country of origin, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other identity. We recognize the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse. We believe that our community is enriched by a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience embodied in an inclusive variety of communities, philosophies and ways of knowing.

As always, OCAD University’s support services, are available to those who need it. Students may access support through our Health & Wellness Centre (6th floor of 230 Richmond Street West). Staff and faculty may access support through OCAD U’s Employee Assistance Program.

OCAD U extends an open invitation to all to drop in at any time tomorrow at Onsite Gallery’s Pride Month celebrations for an opportunity for safe community engagement. A vigil in support of the LGTBQ community is being organized by several campus groups and information will be shared when it is available.

Alumna launches funding campaign for reproductive health screening kit

Image of sample collection device
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 8:15pm

Jessica Ching (2009, Industrial Design) has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to take her product, the Eve Kit, to market.

The Eve Kit is designed to be a convenient and accurate way for women to screen for common infections that can lead to cervical cancer (HPV), pelvic inflammatory disease, or infertility (Chlamydia and others).

The kit, ordered online, allows women to obtain a sample at home with a discreet collection device and place it in a pre-addressed box to be sent to the lab. Test results become available online in a secure patient information portal in a matter of days.

In a clinical study, over 4000 women were tested using the device. 81 per cent said they preferred it to a doctor-collected method.

Some women don’t have access to a physician or the time to make appointments for Pap tests and other routine reproductive health screening. Others are uncomfortable with the procedure. Ching hopes that the device will encourage more women to get tested and be aware of their reproductive health.

Ching has received a number of prizes for her innovative product in its early stages, including an award from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program and an OCE Market Readiness Grant.



Cheap Eats: Healthy Budget-friendly Snacks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Learn to make healthy, budget-friendly snacks for FREE with Jen, the nurse!*

Cheap Eats is a new initiative of the Health & Wellness Centre to help OCADU students choose, make and eat healthy food.

*Nut allergy alert - peanuts and cashews will be used at this event.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, rm 187, 100 McCaul St.
416.977.6000 ext.1253
Come make and eat budget-friendly healthy snacks!


OCAD University wellness day banner showing images of seated massage, therapy dogs, yoga and meditation
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm

Stressed? Anxious? Nervous? Overwhelmed? Forgetting to breathe?
Ah, end of semester exams and critiques. OCAD University Health & Wellness Centre,
Campus Life and OCAD Student Union invite you to stop by on our WELLNESS DAY, or
The time-for-some-end-of-semester-destressing-and-unwinding-and-breathing Day!

  • INFO and support tables (10:30 am to 2:30 pm)
  • FREE healthy snacks courtesy of ihaveaplan.ca
  • FREE seated massage (11:30 am to 1:30 pm) by Artists' Health Alliance!
  • VISIT with Mikey the Therapy Dog (11:00 to 12:30 pm)!
  • FREE meditation (12:30 to 1:00 and/or 1:00 to 1:30 pm) by Artists' Health Alliance!
  • FREE yoga (1:30 to 2:30 pm) by YYoga!

Drop by and take some time to breathe!

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)

HWC National Health Assessment Survey

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4:00am to Friday, April 1, 2016 - 4:00am

WIN $50!

Help OCAD U and the Health & Wellness Centre understand the health needs of OCAD U students by participating in this on-line survey. 

Check your student email to see if you have been randomly selected to participate. 

By completing the survey you could WIN a $50 gift card to Amazon.com!

Venue & Address: 
Health & Wellness Centre 51 McCaul St., 2nd floor
416.977.6000 x260
The National College Health Assessment Poster with page info

Catherine Heard's "Errata" and "Symmetries" on view at McMaster Museum of Art exhibition

distorted bust of a child
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 4:00am

Catherine will be representing OCADU at the panel discussion, Wellness on Campus: The University, the Museum and the Health Sciences, Thursday Feb 25, 2016

January 5 – March 26, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 14, 6 - 8 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday, February 25 at 6 pm, full details below
Picturing Wellness is a two-part exhibition with complementary education programming that focuses on a medical humanities perspective as the bridge between understanding resilience through treatment, care and social action.
Picturing Wellness I: From Adversity to Resilience
Visual Literacy with the Health Sciences
Coordinated by Nicole Knibb, Education Coordinator, MMA,
and Christine Wekerle, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, McMaster University
A didactic exhibition which examines how visual literacy skills may be employed by health professionals in order to develop their observational and empathetic skills as well as various self-care practices. The exhibition includes works from the McMaster collection by: David Blackwood, Blake Debassige, Betty Goodwin, Tadashi Kawamata, Tony Scherman and Michael Thompson.
This exhibition sprang from two collaborative programs developed by McMaster Museum of Art and the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences: Engaging and Educating in Child Maltreatment and The Art of Seeing™.
Picturing Wellness II: Museums and Social Engagement
Michelle Bellemare (Toronto)
Rebecca Belmore (Montréal)
Nancy Kembry (Toronto)
Catherine Heard (Toronto)
Yvonne Singer (Toronto)
Picturing Wellness Part II is not meant to be a didactic illustration of Part I. Rather, it presents artworks that ponder, in broad scope, issues related to trauma, the body, memory, history, medicine, health and the museum. What is consistent, throughout all of the works, is a consciousness of an “impact” on the individual and on the role that art can play in interpretation, processing, or healing. The impact could be either physical or mental, individual or societal. The project examines the museum at the crossroads of healthcare and personal well-being.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday February 25 at 6 PM
Wellness on Campus: The University, the Museum and the Health Sciences
Presented in partnership with MSU Mental Health Strategy
Moderator: Christine Wekerle
Catherine Heard, Artist, Assistant Professor, OCADU
Olaf Kraus de Camargo, Associate Professor. Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
Anne Niec, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
(image attached –– Errata, 2006, Pigmented Beeswax over plaster.)


Let's Talk About Winter Health: A Workshop for International Students

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Feeling overwhelmed?
Wondering how to stay healthy and active during the Canadian winter?
Interested in meeting other international students?

The Health & Wellness Centre and International Student Services will be hosting a workshop specifically for international students! At this workshop, we will be covering a variety of topics including:

• Preparing for winter and staying healthy
• Stressors specific to international students
• Coping and relaxation strategies
• Social support

A pizza lunch will be served!

If you would like to attend, please email Susan Kemp at skemp@ocadu.ca by Friday, November 6, 2015.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 284, Level 2

Let's Talk about Health! A Workshop for International Students

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Wondering about your health insurance?
Feeling overwhelmed?
Interested in meeting other international students?

The Health & Wellness Centre and International Student Services will be hosting a workshop specifically for international students! At this workshop, we will be covering a variety of topics including:

•University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
•OCAD U Student Health and Dental Plans
•The health system in Ontario
•Coping and relaxation strategies
•Social support
•Stressors specific to international students

A pizza lunch will be served!

If you would like to attend, please email Susan Kemp at skemp@ocadu.ca by Monday, September 21st.

Venue & Address: 
Room MCA 284 (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)