UBCO will host a major conference this month at its Kelowna campus.

Major conference coming to UBCO to create healthier campus communities

The 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges will be held June 22 to 25, at UBCO

Universities and colleges from around the world will come together at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, B.C., for four days in June to share their experiences and develop new strategies to create healthier communities on their campuses and beyond.

The 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, June 22 to 25, is a gathering of experts from more than 40 countries focused on health promotion, wellbeing and sustainability in higher education settings and in the wider community. Organizers expect to welcome more than 400 delegates from around the world.

“We are creating a dynamic meeting place for researchers, practitioners, administrators, students and policy-makers from around the world to explore pressing issues and identify promising paths for healthy and sustainable campus development,” says Conference Chair Claire Budgen, Wellbeing Initiative director and associate professor emerita nursing at UBC Okanagan.

One of the conference’s major objectives is to renew an international charter originally created in 2005 when institutions of higher education gathered at the University of Alberta to establish the Edmonton Charter.

“Delegates to our conference will co-design a new international charter to inspire and guide future action,” says Martin Mroz, conference co-chair, practice partner lead, and director of Health and Counselling Services at Simon Fraser University.

“Through dialogue, network activity and drawing from the Edmonton Charter, a new Okanagan Charter will guide and inspire action for ongoing practice, research and policy. It will embrace a holistic view of health and recognize all campus members as part of healthy campus communities, including students, staff, academics and campus businesses.”

The conference is intended to mobilize the power and highlight the responsibilities of institutions of higher education to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students, to develop vibrant campus communities where everyone thrives, and to advance knowledge and practices relevant locally and globally to campuses and other communities.

The timing is right for this conference, says Matt Dolf, Wellbeing Initiative director at UBC’s Vancouver campus. “Universities and colleges around the world are seeking to promote health and wellbeing on their campuses. Our own UBC Wellbeing Initiative, for example, is engaging across our communities to develop UBC into a ‘wellbeing promoting’ university, bringing together the health and sustainability sectors.

“What we learn at UBC – and what other universities learn from their experiences in promoting health, sustainability and wellbeing – can be powerful for our own campuses and influence policies and programs for positive change well beyond our campuses, in our cities and neighbourhoods,” says Dolf, one of the conference’s 14 plenary speakers.

UBC President Arvind Gupta is attending the conference and will participate in signing the new Okanagan Charter on June 25.

Just Posted

Three candidates drop out of Central Okanagan municipal election

Two running for Peachland/OK West trustee and OK East rural director candidate step aside

Ancestral remains uncovered at Fintry to be reburied

Remains found along Shorts Creek in Fintry Provincial Park during flood remediation measures

Okanagan Rail Trail to officially open

Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m., Oyama Boat Launch, Wood Lake; public welcome

Growing Okanagan tech sector hailed in new report

Study shows sector employees 12, 474 workers and is worth $1.67 billion to regional economy

Order of St. John donates $50,000 to JoeAnna’s House project at Kelowna General Hospital

The donation will help build the home-away-from-home for out-of-town families of patients at KGH

Your weekend weather update

Rain continues to move right across the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

Low risk associated with case of pneumococcal disease in the South Okanagan

No identified risk to the public from recent case of pneumococcal disease with associated meningitis

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in B.C. exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Most Read