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    The first ever CFMWS Employee Wellness Day was held May 30 at Jubilee Lodge and Black Bear Campground. Participants posed for a group photo before activities got underway. (Photo by Bruce Peever)

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    Team members attempt to build a paper structure, at least one foot high and using minimal materials, at the close of Wellness Day activities May 30 at Jubilee Lodge. (Photo by Bruce Peever)



CFWMS employees take part in Wellness Day

By Bruce Peever

Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

A work/fun balance was evident May 30 as dozens of CFMWS employees took part in an Employee Wellness Day.

Held at Jubilee Lodge and Black Bear Beach Campground, the first ever event was a way to get out of the office and enjoy some good camaraderie according to organizers. It was open to Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services staff including Personnel Support Programs, Non Public Funds Human Resources, Non Public Funds Accounts and the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre.

Health Promotion Manager Dana Lawson was the lead organizer and explained the event was first held in Ottawa last year. “It was a directive from National. This year in Petawawa, Military Fitness and Health Promotion came together as a team and came up with some broad ideas. Community Recreation was pulled in and we all put a lot of thought into all aspects of wellness,” Lawson stated.

“It was an outstanding event,” noted Senior Manager PSP Petawawa Nathan Lane. “It was a lot of fun, there was good interaction among staff and lots of laughter out on the trail.”

The day’s activities kicked off as 50 or so participants were split into seven groups and given a quest to find hidden boxes, complete puzzles and perform aerobic activities as part of a challenge.

Each participant walked at least three kilometres up the hill on Givensche Road, down Devin Road to the campground and through a nature trail back to Jubilee Lodge.

Afterwards a catered nutritional lunch was provided by The Kitchen Eatery and Catering Company. This was followed by a timed construction challenge and a team cheer-off.

“I really think people liked doing the challenges and it was great to hear everybody laughing and having fun,” Lawson said, adding she expects a similar wellness day will be held again next year.