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Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Sep 18
Tags: community, all updates

Dear members of the University community,

Counselling services for students and launch of the Mental Wellness Hub

With the Fall term now underway and most learning taking place remotely, it is key that mental health and well-being supports are available to students.


Among those supports is Uniwellbeing, a free five-week program offered online by the University of Regina Online Therapy Unit led by Dr Heather Hadjistavropoulos. One of the many programs offered by the Online Therapy Unit, Uniwellbeing is designed specifically for Saskatchewan postsecondary students.

As students work online through Uniwellbeing materials, they can obtain support from an online therapist via email and/or phone. Through this process, which addresses symptoms of a variety of stressors including university studies and COVID-19, students learn to identify symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress, and develop strategies to manage thoughts and behaviours associated with them.

Counselling Services

Also central to the University’s online mental wellness supports for students are those offered by Counselling Services. A variety of 24/7 online resources are in place. Five registered clinicians led by Dr Jenny Keller provide secure live Zoom counselling from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and as needed. A waitlist is never run for Zoom counselling; students reaching out via the online contact form are contacted within 24 hours and typically assisted within a week.

Crisis Text Line

With the support of the Co-operators, the University has partnered with Kids Help Phone to operate a Crisis Text Line. Students in crisis can receive immediate support by texting “UofR” to 686868.

Counselling Services Video

Counselling Services has made a video for students outlining some of the services the unit provides. Please recommend these and other University of Regina counselling resources to students who may benefit from them.

Mental Wellness Website

At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday 29 September, we will launch a new digital Mental Wellness Hub as part of our overall mental health strategy. The Hub will be a consolidated resource where students, faculty, and staff can access mental health services and supports, learn about best practices and coping strategies, use self-assessment tools, and learn about mental health initiatives and research taking place at the University. 

Additional information about the launch will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars.

Board members recognized for service to community

Two of the University’s Board members were recently recognized for their service to the community.

Cadmus Delorme

On 10 September, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its 2020 ABEX Awards, which celebrate business excellence in Saskatchewan.

Among them is Cadmus Delorme, Chief of the Cowessess First Nation and a graduate of First Nations University of Canada and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Chief Delorme was named “Community Leader of the Year” – an award honouring one who has taken a lead role in developing solutions to social challenges in Saskatchewan. As Chief of the Cowessess First Nation since 2016, he has helped move forward key initiatives related to Indigenous education, child welfare, and business development. He is in his second term as Chief, and joined the University’s Board of Governors earlier this year. 

Pam Klein

This week, the South Saskatchewan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Canada announced that our Chancellor, Pam Klein, is the recipient of that organization’s 2020 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist.

Chancellor Klein has a distinguished record of community engagement and charitable activity, which includes founding the Power of Pink event in support of breast health. Over eight years, the Power of Pink raised approximately $750,000 for breast cancer research and support.

Chancellor Klein continues to be a strong example of philanthropic and community leadership, whether through her work on the Boards of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, her service to the North Central Family Centre, and now as our Chancellor. She has also established the Pamela Klein Women in Leadership Scholarship in the Faculty of Business Administration. It will be awarded for the first time this fall.

Chief Delorme will receive his award at a virtual ceremony on 14 November, and Chancellor Klein will receive hers the following day at a virtual ceremony on National Philanthropy Day. Please join me in congratulating both on these well-deserved recognitions of the time, talent, generosity and expertise they so graciously share with others.

Thank you and congratulations to you both!

Dr Gordon Pennycook, Dr Nicholas Carleton, and Dean Esam Hussein honoured

Three other members of the University community also received prestigious honours in recent weeks – in these instances, for contributions to their disciplines.

Dr Gordon Pennycook

Dr Gordon Pennycook, assistant professor of behavioural science in the Faculty of Business Administration, has been named a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Created in 2014, the College provides national recognition to those who in their early careers demonstrate scholarly, research, or artistic excellence.

Now in his third year at the University following a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University, Dr Pennycook is recognized internationally for his contributions to cognitive psychology. Over the past five years, he has published 66 journal articles, five book chapters, an edited volume, and many media articles on a wide variety of topics including disinformation and “fake news.” His work has also been featured in major media outlets in North America and beyond.

Dr Nicholas Carleton

Earlier today, alumnus Dr Nicholas Carleton, professor in the Department of Psychology, was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). CAHS brings together leading scholars from Canadian universities to inform decision-making about our country’s health care policy, investment and practice.

Also named a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists last year, Dr Carleton is an internationally recognized researcher focusing on the prevention of and early intervention for mental health injuries among public safety personnel. He is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT), a University of Regina-led pan-Canadian consortium dedicated to supporting the mental health of Canada’s public safety personnel.

Dr Esam Hussein

And Dr Esam Hussein, now in his second term as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers, an organization dedicated to promoting the profession of engineering nationally.

Being named a Fellow is a recognition of Dr Hussein’s distinguished career in the field of nuclear engineering as a practising engineer, teacher, researcher, graduate supervisor, and administrator. Last year, he received another signal professional honour from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, which presented him with its Outstanding Achievement Award.

Congratulations to our colleagues on these very notable achievements!



Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor