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The Okanagan Charter

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Topic Definitions

Information Box Group



Products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities.

Examples: Employee Disability Network (Equity & Inclusion Office) or Academic Accommodation (Student Accessibility Services)


Conflict Resolution

Resources available to aid in facilitating a peaceful ending of a conflict or dispute case.

Examples: Ombuds Office or Communication Essentials Course (CCE)


Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

Human rights, promotion of equality of opportunity for all, free from prejudice and discrimination.

Examples: All Gender Washrooms (Equity & Inclusion Office) or MSU Diversity Services


Environment & Sustainability

The promotion of clean and natural resources and environments to promote a more sustainable community.

Examples: Nature@McMaster or McMaster Teaching & Community Garden (Facility Services)


Financial Aid & Support

Grants, scholarships or funds to assist a student, faculty, staff or community member meet certain expenses professionally, academically or personally.

Examples: Mac’s Money Centre (Student Success Centre) or Employee & Family Assistance Program (HR)


Health & Safety

Promotion of freedom from danger, while protecting from risk of threat or harm personally, socially or professionally.  

Examples: Student Walk Home Attendant Team (SWHAT) or McMaster Safety App


Medical / Physical Health

Medical treatment or support for individuals.

Examples: Emergency First Response Team (EFRT) or Employee Health Services (HR)


Mental Health

Promotion of psychological and emotional well-being.

Examples: Grief Support Sharing Circle (Open Circle) or Museum of Art Wellness Collaboration



The guidance of an experienced individual, a mentor, to an unexperienced individual.

Examples: International Students Buddy Program or Yonkwahahi:yos Mentorship Program


Nutrition & Food Insecurity

Access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, nutrition related resources & education.

Examples: MSU Food Collective Centre or Mac Farmstand


Physical Activity

Promoting physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviour amongst individuals.

Examples: SOBI Bike Share Program or Yoga Groups (HR)


Physical Spaces

Physical spaces and locations associated with McMaster that can be utilized for health & well-being related activities.

Examples: McMaster Greenhouse or Student Wellness and Education Lower Lounge (SWELL)


Spirituality, Society & Culture

Spiritual reflection on values, identity, worldview, meaning-making, and personal development, and the effort to serve and live from these values on campus, within a diversity of cultures and faiths, and in society.

Examples: Annual Cultural Gathering (Powwow) or The Art of Seeing (Museum of Art)


Well-being Websites & Apps

Information sites & resources intended for use on mobile devices, computers or any other electronic devices to act as an online health and well-being service or program.

Examples: MacEats App (Hospitality Services) or McMaster Optimal Aging Portal