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Social and Community Well-Being

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Did you know that having a strong social network and healthy relationships can improve general health? Positive social and community connections can help us manage stress more effectively and build resiliency, while also supporting physical and mental/emotional wellness.

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Teaching Inclusivity and Inclusive Language Resources

We all need to feel wholly accepted as individuals. We also need to know that we have equal footing with others, despite our differences. These are some of the broad fundamentals of inclusivity, a form of social and community well-beingLanguage is essential to helping to create inclusive environments. Learn more about inclusivity and inclusive language or watch this accompanying video. Find out more by learning how the United Nations promotes inclusivity with guidelines for gender-inclusive language and disability-inclusive communications

Resources for Inclusivity

Navigating Family Dynamics

It's a given that no two families are alike. However, our first forays into becoming more aware of our families' dynamics begin when we gather with extended family. Differences also show up when visiting friends' families and view portrayals of some of the most beloved families in popular culture. It can leave us questioning why our families can't more closely align with what we may perceive to be idealized versions. But, for better or worse, there's close to universal agreement on the value of family as a concept because it teaches us about belonging to something bigger than ourselves. Families are where we first learn about connections, relationships, and friendships.

Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provides support for both employees and their immediate family/dependants – counselling, Life Smart coaching for elder/family care, parenting, legal issues, financial and more. This article, Understanding Family Dynamics, explores the different types of family dynamics, identifies healthy dynamic traits, and discusses how to distinguish toxic traits.

To log in to Homewood Health:

  • Our Customer Account Name: Vancouver Island University
  • Our Invitation Code: BCI714 (note: 3 capital letters, 3 numbers)


Caregiving by its nature is not something that can be added on top of your daily activities in a neat, stress-free package. It must be integrated with our many other responsibilities, and for that we must acquire new knowledge and a different set of skills. Login to Homewood Health to check out a variety of caregiving resources, including articles on self-care for the sandwich generation, elder and family care, and respite care.

Employee and Family Assistance Program: Family—whether traditional or non-traditional—may be considered the first or primary community in our lives. Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provides support for both employees and their immediate family/dependants – counselling, Life Smart coaching for elder/family care, parenting, legal issues, financial and more.

Roots to Thrive Blog: Subscribe to the Roots to Thrive blog, led by Dr. Shannon Dames at VIU, be kept in the loop with the latest news, resources, and events related to thriving. There are articles on a variety of topics including Recognizing Interconnectedness as We Cultivate Community. This is an open access program, available to all! Spread the word so we can continue connecting people to resources that remind us of our common humanity, promoting connection and wholeness.

Work Teams are a source of social support. Those water cooler and coffee chats are a type of informal connection between colleagues that enhances social well-being. Positive professional relationships—particularly between employee and direct supervisor—are a significant facilitator of fewer, shorter medical leaves and successful returns to work.

Contribute in your own community

United Way: Do you love where you live? Do you want to make this community even stronger? Show your local love. When people in local communities struggle, the United Way is there to help by bringing together the right people, the right information and investing in programs to make change happen. We can also increase our own sense of well-being when we can give to others in our community.

Canadian Blood ServicesCanadian Blood Services: VIU is a member of the Canadian BlooD Services Partners for Life program. Together, we can make a lifesaving difference for patients in our community and across Canada. Join the VIU team and make a lifesaving difference for patients in our local communities and across Canada. Joining a team is now easier than ever:

  1. Set up an account or download the GiveBlood app for Apple
  2. Select “partners” from the menu
  3. Select “join a team” and search VIU Vancouver Island University – a drop down list will appear
  4. Select the team you wish to join, and
  5. Book your next appointment either through your team bookings (visible under your team) or as an individual
  • Partner ID: VIUV011640  (four letters and six numbers) 
  • Organization: VIU Vancouver Island University
  • Year: 2023       
  • Pledge: 75

Know about a club or other means of social connection at VIU? Email to share the information.

Employee and Family Assistance available 24/7 at 1.800.663.1142 or visit Homewood Health.

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