Summit Overview

On March 7th and 8th 2019, campus stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff and senior administrators, from across British Columbia came together to mobilize collective action in pursuit of promoting mental health and well-being and healthier relationships with substances on campus. On March 9th, post-secondary students gathered to continue the dialogue and grow the student voice towards the provincial goals of Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses.

Summit 2019, Building Connection At All Levels: A Socio-Ecological Approach to Well-being on Campus, took place in downtown Vancouver in the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue. This year’s Summit featured an array of engaging speakers and opportunities to learn and collaborate together, with immersive workshops aimed to inspire innovation and action on campus and beyond.


 Featured Speakers

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Featured Sessions

Keynote Addresses

Building Connections on Campus: Frameworks, Examples and Challenges by Dr. Anne Thorpe, PhD

The Complexity of Healthy Connection: A Conversation with Shannon Turner


Connecting the Dots on BC Campuses by Martin Mroz, Charlotte Heppner, Polly Leonard, Lauren Oleksewich

Okanagan Charter Endorsement Dialogue and Anticipating Our Future by Dan Reist and Matt Dolf

Morning Yoga 

Connect with Yourself: Mindbody Medicine with Thara Vayali, N.D.

Arts-Based Workshops

Movement and Mental Health Workshop with DancePl3y by Melanie Levenberg, M.Ed., B.Kin

Story Weave by Dawn Schell and Anne Cirillo

Deep Dive Sessions 

Supporting mental health on Canadian campuses through the development of the Standard on Psychological Health and Safety for Post-Secondary Students by Polly Leonard and Punit Virk

The Interconnected Student: The Importance of Holistic Education by Charlotte Heppner, Jennifer Lisle, and Marcia Mejia-Blanco

Innovation Talks

The Connection between a Supportive Campus Environment and Student Mental Health by April Holland

Enhancing Well-being and Social Connection for Graduate Students and the Students they Teach by Alisa Stanton and Tinta Bbela, Simon Fraser University

Pop-Up Market 

Beyond the Blues: Education and Screening Days by Sarah Hamid-Balma

Talk to Me (TTM) at Vancouver Island University by Michael Kuntz and Celina Guadagni

For more sessions and information regarding the program, please see Summit Program

Post Summit

Snapshot Report

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This year’s Summit brought in 168 participants from all across British Columbia and Canada!

This year we welcomed participants from:

  • 23 Public Post-Secondary Institutions from across the province of British Columbia
  • 2 BC Private Post-Secondary Institutions
  • 4 Alberta and Ontario Post-Secondary Institutions
  • The Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • 4 BC Community Organizations
  • The BC Federation of Students
  • Representatives from 2 Government Ministries
  • …and the highest proportion of Post-Secondary Students to ever attend a Summit (over 30%)!


“A healthy campus experience” A student led mural project at Selkirk college

Activating the Okanagan Charter- Engaging Faculty to Support and Enhance Student Wellbeing

Advancing Campus and Community Wellbeing Through Teacher Preparation

Building Connections in Student-Informed Mental Health

Building connections on campus-frameworks, examples and challenges

Campus Smoking Policy Options

Collegiate Recovery Communities-Building Campus Connection for Students in Recovery from Addiction

Creative Collective-Building Social Connections

Enhancing Well-being and Social Connection for Graduate Students and the Students they Teach

Let’s Talk Mental Health

Mental Health Literacy-Approaches On Our Campus

The Connection between a Supportive Campus Environment and Student Mental Health

The Interconnected Student

Your Voice Matters-A Dialogue About Student Mental Health

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