MRSA Coffee Chat
On February 15 from 10-10:30 a.m. our guest will be MRFA President, Lee Easton, who will join us via Google Meet for a discussion on the topic of job action.
Click this link or copy and paste this URL in your browser to join the Coffee Chat:
MRSA Social Committee
February Positive Notes Campaign
You may remember, last February was our first Positive Notes Campaign and it was very successful, so we held it again in May. Let’s do it again! Winter can be dreary for some and not everyone enjoys Valentine’s Day, so why not brighten a colleague’s day by sending them a thoughtful or encouraging note. During the month of February 2022 send someone a positive note.
Send a positive or encouraging message to a colleague by completing this form: This form will be open February 1 - 28, 2022.
You will receive one entry into a draw for each form you complete. We will do two draws on March 1, each for a $25.00 e-gift card. Open to MRSA members.
Messages will be sent throughout the month of February as the Social Committee has time. You may have your message sent anonymously if you choose (see last question on the form). You must list your name to be entered into the draw.
Watch for next month’s newsletter for St. Patrick’s Day activities.
In an effort to become more inclusive, the Social Committee would like your feedback to help us become aware of any events or special dates that you celebrate that you would like acknowledged by the Social Committee. Fill in this form to let us know. Submissions will be anonymous unless you would like to provide your name to help with an event.
The MRSA Social Committee would like to recognize the following important events for the month of February: Black History Month, Lunar New Year, Imbolc (Wicca), Vasant Pachami (Hinduism), International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Nirvana Day (Buddhism), Magha Puja Day (Buddhism), Lailat al Miraj (Islam). Best wishes to all who are celebrating these occasions!
If you would like to contact the Social Committee, you can reach us at email@example.com.
Lunch n' Learns
As mentioned in the previous newsletter we have several lunch n' learns beginning this semester. All lunch n' learns will be from 12:00 - 12:50 and are hosted virtually. Shortly before the date you will receive a link to join.
Occupational Health and Safety - Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Bullying and Harassment - Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Human Rights and EDI - Tuesday April 19, 2022
To register please fill out this form.
For more detailed descriptions of the lunch n' learn sessions.
These topics are considerable, so these lunch n' learns will be a quick touch into these important areas of interest. The goal of the lunch n' learn is to arm you with some vital information and resources so that you can feel empowered to exercise your rights, access process and support you in your workplace. Hope to see you there!
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on February 3 for the EDT Lunch n’ Learn. If you missed the session, you can access the recording and a copy of the slide deck here.
2022 PD Days: Save the Dates
The PD Committee has been working hard to secure speakers and schedule sessions for the 2022 MRSA PD Days. We are pleased to announce that this year PD Days will be split into two weeks, offered in two separate months. We hope this staggered schedule will provide more opportunities for you to engage.
We are currently working to finalize contracts and will release a detailed schedule, speaker bios, and registration instructions once that is complete. In the meantime, please hold a few dates in your calendar:
February 22 - 24, 2022
April 26 - 28, 2022
We will offer a variety of morning, lunchtime, and afternoon sessions each week; the second week is not a repeat of the first. We encourage you to attend any sessions that are of interest to you.
All sessions will be offered virtually this year in order to accommodate as many members as possible and maintain a safe environment.
We look forward to sharing details with you soon!
MRSA Staff Lounge
For staff working on campus, the MRSA staff lounge is open. We have worked with Environmental Health and Safety to ensure COVID-19 measures are being followed. The furniture has been arranged to ensure appropriate physical distancing including only one chair per table. Wipes and hand sanitizer have been placed in the lounge.
To ensure this space continues to be available please follow these measures:
-Masks must be worn in the staff lounge except when eating or drinking.
-One person per table or couch - please do not move tables or chairs.
-Wipe down microwaves and fridge after use.
-Wipe down faucets and the water filter lever after use.
-Wipe down the table and chair or couch that you use.
-Wipe down the TV remote after use.
-Please follow safe handwashing practices.
Events and Activities
MRU Student Massage Therapy Clinic is Open - support students and get a massage!
Appointments are now available for you to book at a reduced rate while supporting students. The experience they gain in the clinic is a critical piece of their education and we are proud to provide this vital service to our community. Whether you need a relaxation massage or have a condition that requires therapeutic treatment, our students are trained to the highest standards nationally and can meet your needs.
Book Now. The $30 fee for one-hour massage treatments supports our student scholarships. Present your MRU OneCard for a special MRU Advantage rate of $20. Please bring exact change or a cheque.
For more information, visit our website: mru.ca/bookamassage.