DT News interview: Charlaine Mallette, the Defence Team’s Senior Manager of Organizational Well-Being

Video / October 7, 2021

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(ET) After a trying 18 months, we all need a boost in the workplace, whether it's at home or in the office, right? This October marks the sixth year that the Defence Team will recognize the annual Canada's Healthy Workplace Month, with a focus on mental health, diversity and inclusion.

Charlaine Mallette, the Defence Team's Senior Manager of Organizational Well-Being, joins us to tell us more about how the military and civilian members of the Defence Team can participate in educational webinars and virtual activities that will help foster a supportive work environment.

So I understand that this year's program is gonna be slightly different than those in years past. Can you explain to us a little bit how 2021 is gonna be different?

(CM) Yes. So it definitely is a bit different this year and that makes it all the more exciting. Those who have participated in previous years can expect a complete renewal this year, because while we have traditionally focused on personal well-being and self-care for Canada's Healthy Workplace Month activities by offering fitness classes and nutrition webinars for example, which were very helpful on an individual level, this year, we are looking at the broader context with the goal of helping Defence Team members to learn more and explore factors that come into play, introspect and influence the experiences and well-being of their peers in the workplace as well as their own.

(ET) So, Charlaine, now that we know what the focus is and how people are gonna benefit from the program, how do they participate? Where can they join? Where can they sign up?

(CM) It's an excellent question. So you have a number of activities that are planned for the month with experts and guest speakers, from panel discussions to webinars, demonstrations, testimonials and even interactive activities, and everything is virtual and open to all Defence Team members. And as well, on a weekly basis, Defence Team members can also read what some other colleagues have to say about workplace wellness and what it means to them through weekly spotlight interviews. I would invite everybody to look for the related links and keep an eye on The Maple Leaf and social media wall to find out how to register and participate in these activities.

(ET) That's fantastic. Check out Defence Team news emails, the Internet site. The links will all be there so people can sign up and it will be super easy for them. So Charlaine, thank you so much for joining us today and letting us know about the activities over the next month. I give you the last word. Is there any final thoughts you want to leave people with on Canada's Healthy Workplace Month?

(CM) Well, I would just encourage everybody to participate. It's been a rough 18 months and I think in this virtual era, a better social connectedness benefits everybody, so please join us in this discussion and participate in these activities.

(ET) I second that. Thanks again, Charlaine.

(CM) Thanks for having me.

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