#RoadtoCACUSS 2017 took a team to our nation’s capital by cycling approximately 475 km from Toronto to Ottawa from June 4-8, 2017.
#RoadtoCACUSS 2017 was a wellness journey that culminated in Student Affairs Professionals cycling from Toronto to Ottawa. The bike trip began on June 4th but the journey really began long before that as participants trained, prepared and geared up for the adventure. The trip will ended on June 8th, approximately 475 km from where it began and lead into the annual conference for CACUSS (Canadian Association of College and University Student Services).
Mental illness impacts everyone. As Student Affairs professionals, we see first hand the need to engage in discussions and programming related to enhancing student well-being on our campuses. That’s why we rode, and we teamed up with Jack.org for their fundraising efforts.
The goal for this iteration of #RoadtoCACUSS was to raise funds and awareness for student mental health initiatives on our campuses across the country. Mental well-being continues to have a significant impact on our students, and our roles as student affairs professionals, across all functional areas of Student Affairs. The commitment riders made to our own well-being by training for and completing this long-distance ride brought attention and further awareness to this cause.
The team cycled approximately 475 km from Toronto to Ottawa from June 4-8, 2017 and raised $40K for Jack.org.
Brandon Smith • Cassie Anton • Cathy Nguyen • Ian Crookshank • Ian Ingles • Jen Gonzales • Kait Taylor-Asquini • Laura Girz • Troy Murray • Lauren Goodman • Mark Atia • Rachel Barreca • Rick Ezekiel • Samantha DeBoer • Sarah Thompson • Allan Macdonald • John Austin
For a generation of young people raised on the internet, social media, and text messaging, the traditional approach to mental health awareness and stigma reduction just isn’t working. It’s time to think outside the box. Jack.org is the only national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health. With initiatives and programs designed for young people, by young people, we will end stigma in our generation. Jack.org’s core programs include a network of 120 student chapters on campuses across the country, a speakers bureau with 50 talented youth presenters who give talks at school assemblies and other events, and a national and regional summit program which brings students from across Canada together to develop innovative strategies for improving the mental health of their communities.
To learn more about Jack.org’s youth mental health programs, visit www.jack.org.
Reflections on the Ride
Positive Psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman’s PERMA-V model of well-being was used to ground this experience. PERMA-V represents Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment and Vitality. Throughout training and the rest of the experience, participants considered the ways in which the building blocks of PERMA-V could be used to inform their practice, and transform a current professional/personal challenge they are experiencing. The team reflected on these themes and more in their blogs, as posted below. You can learn more about PERMA-V here.