Summary: Message from the President January 2009
The start of every year presents an opportunity for me to try something new. I took up
snowboarding after years of schussing down the slopes on two boards. More recently, I
learned to drive a motorcycle. I trained for my first marathon in 2001 and have since
completed five marathons and eight half- marathons. Running continues to challenge me but
it has become an important part of what I do. In 2009, I plan to revisit a previous goal to
try to golf more often. I've taken lessons a few times, but have yet to make it a regular part
of my life.
Trying something new is part of my personal commitment to wellness. It forces me to move
outside of my comfort zone and to grow through that experience. It can challenge me on a
number of levels. Running, for example, challenges me physically as well as intellectually,
socially and even spiritually.
Wellness comes to us from many facets of our lives. One definition of wellness says that it
embraces seven dimensions of well-being physical, social, intellectual, spiritual,
emotional, environmental and financial into a quality way of living. It's about striving to
live life to the fullest and maximizing personal potential.
This description of wellness is from our University's UR Well website, located at
http://www.uregina.ca/recservices/Wellness/index.html. I highly recommend everyone visit
the site and find out more about the dimensions of wellness and resourc es on campus that
support the well-being of our students and employees. Many of these resources, like our