Capilano University signs Okanagan Charter during National Mental Health Week

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NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Today, Capilano University joined 10 other Canadian universities by signing the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. The Okanagan Charter provides post-secondary institutions with a framework to participate in the healthy campuses movement, prompt dialogue and conduct research to expand networks and mobilize action for health in all university policies, practices and academic mandates.

The Charter emanated from the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. Signatories are to provide transformative education, engage student voices, develop new knowledge and understanding, lead by example and advocate to decision makers for the benefit of society.

By signing the agreement, Capilano University is committing to promoting and supporting well-being across its campus communities and embedding well-being and sustainability into all academic, strategic and operational plans. 

In the short-term, CapU will create a strategy to embed well-being into all aspects of campus culture. For the longer term, CapU will implement its well-being strategy and lead health promotion and collaboration both locally and globally.

About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 99 programs, including bachelor’s degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 10,500 students each year, 8,200 in for-credit programs and 2,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Cheryl Rossi 
Senior Communications Officer    
Capilano University 
t: 604 983 7596 
c: 778 879 7119 
e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca
www.capilanou.ca

Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi