Workshop Schedule

The following is a complete listing of the workshops for the conference day in order by their time slot. For the whole day schedule please visit the At-A-Glance page. Please note some workshops have a limit to the number that can participate.

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Session A | Session B | Session A/B
Session C | Session D | Session C/D
Session A/B/C/D


Workshops at-a-glance

Workshop Session A: 10:00 - 11:00am

Awesome Flowers! Slots:30
Lisa Lautenbach and Caroline Dodd, The Watering Can
Participants will make their own individual floral piece to take home. No green thumb required! You will learn from the experts at The Watering Can.

BROCK to the Future Slots:20
Shari Sekel, Office of the Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Share your thoughts on the Brock of the future through a facilitated brainstorming session that seeks to capture your input on how we can all work together to make our University succeed. This session will focus on the wellness of Brock and how each of us can make a valuable contribution!

Brock's Tunnel Tour Slots:20
Dave McArthur, Facilities Management
The network of service tunnels below the main campus are unknown to some employees yet the University depends on the hidden tunnels for operative service. Experience a tour of the tunnel network where the longest one is actually 1.54km! CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED for tour.

Circuit Training in the Zone Slots:20
Chris Anderi, The Zone
Get to know the Fitness Centre and how to structure your circuit based workouts under the watchful eye of a personal trainer. This activity- based session will be fairly challenging, but exercise selection and intensity will be based on your own fitness level. Bring running shoes, workout attire and get ready to move!

Cold Soups Slots:12
Bruce McLeish, Sodexo
Beat the heat this summer with this cold soup workshop providing a cooking demonstration. Samples and recipes included!

Comprehensive Plans and My Pensions - Proper advice or best portfolio returns Slots:50
Mojtaba Razavi and Kaye Luk, Investors Group
This workshop will present comprehensive financial plans and provide training on best possible strategies on individual financial life planning, pensions, mortgages and insurance requirements matching financial plans.

Grocery Shopping 101 Slots:100
Bonnie Giampa and Briar Krieger, 8 Week Challenge Inc.
Learn how added sugars negatively affect our bodies when it comes to weight loss, diabetes, and heart disease. This interactive seminar will teach you how to analyze an ingredient list, make educated decisions while grocery shopping in any store, and put quick easy meals together.

Introductory Fitness Class - The Fountain of Youth Slots:15
Charlotte Sheridan, Graduate Studies
This class will provide an introduction to the wonderful benefits of exercise and focus on a full body workout. Water bottle required.

Kinesiology Lab Tours Slots:20
J. Greig Inglis, Dean's Office, Applied Health Sciences
The Department of Kinesiology studies human movement in various forms. Join us for a tour of the teaching and research labs used within this concentration of Applied Health Sciences.

Make Your Own Sock Owl Slots:14
Allison Bowman, Lifespan Centre
Repurpose your old socks into stuffed owls! Turn socks (not ankle socks) into owls using felt features. Bring your own sock and thread to match the sock, and a needle.

Put your HEART into it Slots:40
Steven Walker, Cardiovascular Health & Rehab Program, Niagara Health System
Cardiovascular disease and it's risk factors and treatments will be discussed in this workshop. Learn what can be controlled and how heart health is influenced by diet and exercise to lower risk of future heart problems.



Workshop Session B: 11:15 - 12:15pm

All levels Vinyasa Flow Yoga Slots:20
Miranda Cloudt, The Zone
Vinyasa flow, for all levels of yoga experience and fitness, will guide participants through movements and held postures, linking breath to movement. Your instructor will teach a class at your pace and give individual attention to participants, ensuring proper body alignment and techniques.

Awesome Flowers! Slots:30
Lisa Lautenbach and Caroline Dodd, The Watering Can
Participants will make their own individual floral piece to take home. No green thumb required! You will learn from the experts at The Watering Can.

BROCK to the Future Slots:20
Shari Sekel, Office of the Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Share your thoughts on the Brock of the future through a facilitated brainstorming session that seeks to capture your input on how we can all work together to make our University succeed. This session will focus on the wellness of Brock and how each of us can make a valuable contribution!

CCOVI Tour Slots:20
Kaitlyn Little, CCOVI
Experience Brock's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) by participating in a tour of Inniskillin Hall. You will get to learn about CCOVI's research, outreach and continuing education programs while touring the building. The session will end with a tour of the Canadian Wine Library - a cellared collection of Ontario's finest VQA wines.

Do you want to be FeelingBetterNow?? Slots:100
Dr. Sam Ozersky, MD and Rafi Chaudhury, Mensante Corporation
Those employees who have Long Term Disability coverage at Brock have access to FeelingBetterNow? provided through Mensante Corporation. This program is a mental health assessment tool and this workshop will discuss early identification, treatment and management of emotional or mental health problems at home and / or in the workplace.

Dough Sculpture: A Chinese Folk Art Slots:20
Jing Liu and Carol Liao, Confucius Institute
Dough Sculpture is a traditional Chinese handcraft with a history of more than 1000 years. Learn how to use every day ingredients and your imagination to create interesting works using simple techniques. At this workshop you will learn how to make a Chinese panda and other dough animals.

Healing Insulin Resistance, the gateway to weight loss Slots:100
Joleen Gruber
Joleen Gruber is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for coaching and mentoring in the areas of health and nutrition. Participants can improve metabolism, prevent and correct conditions and diseases, quit addictions and food cravings.

Make Your Own Sock Owl Slots:10
Allison Bowman, Lifespan Centre
Repurpose your old socks into stuffed owls! Turn socks (not ankle socks) into owls using felt features. Bring your own sock and thread to match the sock, and a needle.

Pilates for Pain Free Living Slots:20
Barbara Schmidt, Pilates Emporium
This workshop will help participants understand how body mechanics and posture affect pain in joints and muscles. The principles of Pilates movements will be explained and demonstrated while instructors assist participants to practice the movements accurately.

Put your HEART into it Slots:40
Steven Walker, Cardiovascular Health & Rehab Program, Niagara Health System
Cardiovascular disease and it's risk factors and treatments will be discussed in this workshop. Learn what can be controlled and how heart health is influenced by diet and exercise to lower risk of future heart problems.

Soccer Slots:20
Zoe Vulic, Human Resources
Do you still have World Cup fever? Come and play pick up soccer. All skill levels welcome! Come and get your kicks in a mini soccer game. Bring a water bottle.

The Art of Forgiveness - Drum Healing Slots:30
Alan Drew, Reiki Master
Forgiveness is that expression of love that can facilitate healing and more wholeness. Practicing forgiveness is like cleaning out the clutter in your mind, body and soul. All religions talk about forgiveness but its use is limited. In this session, which will be opened with Lakota Sioux Drum Healing vibrational therapy, we will learn about the history of forgiveness, discuss its importance to open up to healing and experience a forgiveness ceremony.

The Haudenosaunee teachings of condolence - grief, mourning & loss Slots:100
Bonnie Whitlow, Wilfrid Laurier University and Sherri Vansickle, Tecumseh Centre
This is a high energy, interactive workshop that will show how the Onkwehonwe use the traditional teachings to understand colonization and begin to heal and decolonize our bodies.



Workshop Session A/B: 10:00 - 12:15pm

Emotional Freedom Technique - Tapping Your Way to Freedom Slots:100
Carol Prentice
Want to decrease your stress levels? Improve your health? Learn to let go of negative emotions? E.F.T. is a beautiful blend of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology. E.F.T. is based on new discoveries regarding the connection between your body's subtle energies, your emotions, and your thoughts. The proper application of this tapping technique will be taught so you can walk away with this stress busting tool!

Ice Hockey Slots:22
Rick Manning, Facilities Management
Sharpen your skates and bring your sticks for a morning of ice hockey. Full equipment required (helmet, gloves, shin pads, pants and skates) for this fun pick-up style game. 20 skaters plus 2 goalies required. Bus transportation will be provided.

Tour of the Morningstar Mill Slots:8
Carla Mackie, City of St. Catharines
Participants will tour through Morningstar Mill and the Miller's house and discover the unique representation of early milling heritage. Please note this site is not accessible for wheel chairs. Bus transportation will be provided.



Workshop Session C: 1:15 - 2:15pm

(Why) is the grass greener on the other side? Slots:40
Dr. Michael Busseri, Psychology
We all think about how our lives (and our selves) would be different if something changed (income, job, height, happiness!). In this session, we will explore how and why we compare ourselves to other people, other lives, and other outcomes - and the impact of these comparisons. Recent research will be presented and plenty of time for discussion will be provided.

Awesome Flowers! Slots:30
Lisa Lautenbach and Caroline Dodd, The Watering Can
Participants will make their own individual floral piece to take home. No green thumb required! You will learn from the experts at The Watering Can.

BROCK to the Future Slots:20
Shari Sekel, Office of the Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Share your thoughts on the Brock of the future through a facilitated brainstorming session that seeks to capture your input on how we can all work together to make our University succeed. This session will focus on the wellness of Brock and how each of us can make a valuable contribution!

Investments 101 Slots:40
Robert Taylor and David Muirhead, PenFinancial Credit Union
This informal workshop will cover the basics of investing; including GIC's, TFSA's, RRSP's, RRIF's, Mutual Funds, etc. This workshop is perfect for those who want to learn more about making investment choices that are right for them and their families.

Office Ergonomics 101 Slots:20
Kathryn Walker
This workshop is designed to provide basic office ergonomic recommendations for staff. It will also provide an opportunity to educate staff on a new website link that will provide guidelines on an ideal ergonomic setup and a referral process to Health Management for an ergonomic assessment.

Opening in 2015: The New Home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts Slots:100
Dr. J. Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities
The Dean of Humanities will present an illustrated update on the state-of-the-art facility that in 2015 will become the new downtown home of our Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, incorporating the departments of Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, and the Centre for Studies in Arts & Culture. Situated between the future St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre and the Meridian Centre spectator facility, Brock's newest venue will play a central role in the educational and cultural renaissance of our city's core.

Outdoor Boot Camp Slots:30
RaeAnn Reimer
Challenge your muscular strength and endurance in this non stop workout using your own body weight. Bring a sweat towel and a water bottle.

Parenting - the Teen years Slots:30
Louise Mercier, Shepellfgi
Teenagers are ready for additional independence and often try to push their limits - how do you set boundaries as a parent while remaining understanding and supportive? This session will provide participants with suggestions on how to best support their adolescent child's transition into young adulthood.

Selfies 101: A Study in Selfies & Social Media Slots:20
Jacqueline Delange, Marketing & Communications
If one picture is worth a thousand words, selfies can sure say a lot about social media. Learn all about self-taken photos posted online and what they can tell us about navigating platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Bring your own device for an interactive segment.

Spinning Class Slots:16
Jane Lovett, The Zone
Indoor cycling classes are great exercise for participants of all experience and fitness levels. Your certified instructor will lead you through drills to stimulate different energy systems in the body and give you a challenging workout that let's you control your pace and intensity.

The Art of Tai Chi Fan Slots:25
Liying Wang, St. Catharines Chinese School and Jing Liu, Confucius Institute
Discover the unique beauty of Tai Chi Fan - the artistic and practical side of Tai Chi will increase flexibility, ease soreness in bones and joints, and achieve inner balance in your mind and body.

The Truth of Olive Oil Slots:20
Lydia Kinos and Regina Paczkowski, Della Terra
Please join Della Terra, Fresh Olive Oil & Balsamic Tasting Bar for an educational and delicious experience! Participants will be led through a guided tasting of mild to robust fresh extra virgin olive oils with consumer tips about how to select the healthiest, highest quality product.

Vibrant Energy, Beautiful Skin and Anti-Aging Slots:100
Joleen Gruber
Learn the emotional effects of always being in a hurry and the effects it has on sleep. This workshop will take a look into skin and anti aging naturally.



Workshop Session D: 2:30 - 3:30pm

Amp Up Your Profile - How to Brand Yourself on LinkedIn Slots:45
Cara Boese, Human Resources
This session will help you understand the how to's and the importance of building and maintaining a professional LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn has shared best practices and insights with us to help you build a profile that will highlight your career background and expertise. Come understand how LinkedIn works in today's career market and how others are using it to find out about you and Brock University.

Awesome Flowers! Slots:30
Lisa Lautenbach and Caroline Dodd, The Watering Can
Participants will make their own individual floral piece to take home. No green thumb required! You will learn from the experts at The Watering Can.

Brock at 50: A historic review of the University Slots:20
David Sharron, Brock University Library
This workshop will cover a 50 year retrospective look at the University; incorporating photos, videos and other resources. The presentation will be approximately 30 minutes followed by a tour of the Special Collections and Archives.

Cardio Dance Slots:30
RaeAnn Reimer
Join us to dance through the decades,with cardio dance moves and music from the oldies, Zumba/Latin, line dance and more. Working out has never been so fun! Bring a sweat towel and a water bottle.

Cold Soups Slots:12
Bruce McLeish, Sodexo
Beat the heat this summer with this cold soup workshop providing a cooking demonstration. Samples and recipes included!

Dorset Buttons Slots:20
Jo Stewart, Dean's Office, Social Sciences
Dorset buttons originated in the 17th century in the town of Dorset, England and today are made with rings of plastic or wood, and have many uses including key chains, decorative buttons and wall hangings. Workshop participants will create their own buttons which can be used for a key chain or an embellishment on clothing.

Enhancing Couple Relationships Slots:30
Louise Mercier, Shepellfgi
A loving relationship can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. As one moves through life with a partner, many challenges will undoubtedly arise. Fortunately, these situations can be overcome through building a healthy relationship based on an ongoing commitment of time and effort. This session will focus on strategies to help participants build and maintain mutually satisfying relationships.

Gentle Aqua Fit Slots:20
Aquatics Centre Staff
Cool off in the Pool with a Gentle Aqua Fit class. The Aquatics Centre offers Aqua Fit classes in Fall / Winter / Spring - come and try a class!

Keeping Yourself Safe Online Slots:40
Jason McSpadden and Adam Rempel, PenFinancial Credit Union
This informal workshop will cover Identity Theft precautions including information safeguarding, monitoring your financial accounts, debit/credit card protection and overall online safety.

Preventing Osteoporosis: Healthy Eating for Healthy Bones Slots:100
Dr. Wendy Ward, Kinesiology
What is osteoporosis and how can you influence bone health with your diet? Professor Wendy Ward is the Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development and will discuss key nutrients - beyond calcium and vitamin D - that are best choices for bone health.

The Truth of Olive Oil Slots:20
Lydia Kinos and Regina Paczkowski, Della Terra
Please join Della Terra, Fresh Olive Oil & Balsamic Tasting Bar for an educational and delicious experience! Participants will be led through a guided tasting of mild to robust fresh extra virgin olive oils with consumer tips about how to select the healthiest, highest quality product.



Workshop Session C/D: 1:15 - 3:30pm

Ball Hockey Slots:22
Gary McDonnell, Electronics
The good ole hockey game will take place at BHI this year! Gloves required and shin pads recommended. Bus transportation will be provided.

Progressive Euchre Tournament Slots:40
Jim Boekestyn, Application Development and Dimitre Jankoulov, Geography
It's all in the cards! Come out and enjoy a little friendly competition during this fast paced card game in a tournament style. Get ready to win with grace, lose with humour and have a great time regardless.

Spirituality 101 Slots:100
Carol Prentice
Do you desire to create magic and miracles in your life? Would you like to learn to quiet your own mind, become fully present, and be guided by Spirit? This workshop will define spirituality, the nature of reality, meditation, developing intuition, and daily practices to strengthen your connection to Spirit. All belief systems and levels of experience welcome. The only thing required is an open mind.

Teachings from the Medicine Wheel: A First Nations approach to wellness Slots:20
Sherri Vansickle and Jessica Riel-Johns, Tecumseh Centre
From the Medicine Wheel teachings, you will learn about spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellness. To help you remember the teachings you will make your own medicine wheel.

Try-A-Tri Slots:
Karl Thorp, Campus Security
This fun and competitive event will allow entrants (individuals or team of 3) to swim 100m or 400m, cycle 12.4km and run 3km. Employees participating in this event must also register through Campus Security at http://www.brocku.ca/campus-security/community-policing/try-a-tri



Workshop Session A/B/C/D: 10:00 - 3:30pm