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March 29, 2021

LifeWorks’ latest Living Well podcast: The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home

Check out the latest episode of LifeWorks’ Living Well podcast: The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home. Have a listen and feel free to share with your colleagues, family, and friends.

For many of us, home has been our office now for over a year. At first, it was new and our focus was on learning how to work productively in a new environment, but now, work can be harder to leave behind when there’s no where to go. Listen to Living Well host and international mental health advocate Mark Henick discuss increasing reports of burnout with Duncan So, co-founder and executive director at The Burnout Clinic and our very own Paula Allen, global leader and SVP, research and total wellbeing.

Some key takeaways to implement are;

  • Daily Audit
  • State Management
  • Be kind to yourself and self care

Click here to listen to previous podcast episodes of Living Well.

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March 26, 2021

Pension Information Seminar

Click here to view the recording of the March Pension Information Seminar 2021 presented by Shenagh Rosa.

Learn how your pension plan works, other ways to save for retirement and how to apply for your pension.

For more distance learning opportunities visit United in Learning.

 

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March 9, 2021

LifeSpeak March Announcement: Brand New Topics & Experts available

The latest additions to LifeSpeak’s online library are now available. Brand new topics include:

  • Worry-Free Money: The Guilt-Free Approach to Managing your Money
  • Men's Health 101
  • Making Flexible and Remote Working a Success
  • Healthy Eating for Families

Check out the full list of topics available in both English and French.

For access from any computer or mobile device:

Log in at: united-church.lifespeak.com
Password: wellness

Ask the Expert

Be sure to join the conversation during the “Ask the Expert” segment. This month’s topic: Tired of Being Tired? How to Improve Your Sleep.

  • The English version will be with Dr. Marty Martin, Clinical Psychologist on March 24th at Noon ET. Add to your Calendar
  • The French Version will be with Faustin Etindele on March 25th at Noon ET. Add to your Calendar
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February 19, 2021

Pension Improvements as of January 1, 2021

Active Member Accrual Rate set at 1.625% for 2021

The Pension Board is pleased to announce that the accrual rate for active plan members will be 1.625% in 2021.  There will be no change to contribution rates. The accrual rate, which was set to return to 1.4% in 2021, will return to 1.4% in 2022.

Pension Increase to Retired and Deferred Plan Members Effective January 1, 2021

The Pension Board is pleased to announce that current pensioners. survivors and deferred members will receive a 2%* increase to their monthly pension benefit effective January 1, 2021.  If you are receiving a pension, the increase will be added to your April 2021 pension payment, retroactive to January 1, 2021.  If you are a deferred member, (that is, you terminated employment but left your entitlement in the Plan), the increase will be calculated and shown on your 2021 pension statement, which you will receive in June 2022.

* The Income Tax Act and regulations limit pension increases to the cumulative growth in CPI since the pension commenced. For this reason, recently retired pensioners and deferred members who terminated employment recently will see a lesser increase.

These improvements are possible because of adequate funding levels at the end of 2020, according to requirements set out in the Funding Policy.

 

Pension Information Seminar

Join us for the next Pension Information Seminar on March 9, 2021.  Learn how your pension plan works, other ways to save for retirement and how to apply for your pension.  Click here To register.

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February 9, 2021

LifeSpeak February Campaign: Let’s Talk About Racial Discrimination

February is Black History (or African Heritage) Month here in Canada and the United States. It is a time to honour the contributions, acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the cultural heritage of people of African descent.  

Efforts continue to improve our social consciousness as we strive towards more inclusivity here in North America. 

LifeSpeak’s campaign will focus on recognizing systemic racism and dealing with its consequences on one's mental healthJoin the conversation during the “Ask the Expert” segment. This month’s topic: Let’s talk Racism: Your Questions answered.  

  • The English version will be with Daphne Magna, Founder & Principal Consultant, Tough Convos on February 24th at Noon ET. Add to your calendar.
     
  • The French Version will be with Carla Beauvais on February 25th at Noon ET. Add to your calendar. 

 More information is available in both English & French 

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January 25, 2021

LifeSpeak January Campaign: Healthy Habits= Healthy Life Campaign

LifeSpeak’s campaign on Healthy Habits continues with the great discussion on Healthy Nutrition Habits. 

Be sure to check out each week, as we get expert tips to help improve our Lifestyle habits including; sleep, nutrition, fitness and mental toughness.  

There will also be “Ask the Expert” discussions so be sure to  Add to your Calendar 

Click here to “Engage with the campaign. 

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Learn how to get started in English or French 

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October 26, 2020

LifeSpeak November Campaign: Type 2 Diabetes

The LifeSpeak November campaign is focusing on nutrition and Diabetes Awareness Month. Learn about preventing Type 2 Diabetes, the impact it can have on your health, and information on understanding and managing Type 2 Diabetes.

Available in English and French.

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LifeSpeak will also be holding an “Ask the Expert” session in both English and French.

  • The English version will be with Nishta Saxena, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, on November 23 at noon (ET). It’s free to participate and you can sign up here.
  • The French version will be with Dre. Isabelle Huot on November 24 at noon (ET). Sign up for the French session here.
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October 1, 2020

LifeSpeak October Campaign: Mental Illness, Trauma, and Resilience

This months LifeSpeak campaign is all about fighting the stigma around mental health. 2020 has been a year of tremendous uncertainty and unrest which has put a significant strain on many people’s mental health. Each week throughout October, LifeSpeak will be focusing on various different topics such as eating disorders, digital addiction, mental illness and trauma, body positivity, achieving work-life balance, and much more.

Available in English and French.

Log in at: united-church.lifespeak.com

Password: wellness

They will also be holding an “Ask the Expert” session in both English and French.

  • The English version is with Janna Comrie, a Registered Psychotherapist, on October 21 at noon (ET). It’s free to participate and you can sign up here.
  • The French version is with Dr Nadia Gagnier, a Registered Psychologist, on October 22 at noon (ET). Sign up for the French session here.
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September 28, 2020

Find your silver lining in the COVID cloud – a new live, interactive webinar

We’re doing the best we can – and we’re learning more every day about how to do better. In the first webinar from Workplace Strategies for Mental Health by Canada Life, May the 4th be with you: flatten the anxiety curve, we talked about approaches that help us deal with mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic. (more…)

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September 8, 2020

Pension Webinar September 15, 1:00‒2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Join Shenagh Rosa for this 90-minute online program to learn about how your pension plan works, what it costs, what it provides, and how it should form part of a complete retirement savings strategy. (more…)

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