September 15, 2009
Media Release

Surviving to thriving: Making stress work for you and your team

Local business professionals come together to learn how to build a resilient workforce
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will host the 9th Annual Workplace Wellness Conference on Wednesday, October 21st.
Leaders, managers, supervisors, labour representatives, wellness coordinators and human resource representatives from workplaces of all sizes across York Region are invited to attend this one-day morning workshop.  Participants will learn how to identify the sources of employee stress and effective strategies to manage it.
Employees experience a dramatic increase in job-related stress during difficult economic times.  With downsizing and restructuring occurring in some workplaces, maintaining company performance while supporting employee health can often be a challenge.
This year’s keynote speaker and contributing author of the book Awakening the Workplace, is Beverly Beurmann-King.  She will provide an interactive presentation that identifies the sources of stress experienced by leaders and their teams.  A number of strategies based on the S-O-S Principle and the Seven Spokes of Wellness model will help workplaces develop useful and practical action plans for effective stress management and workplace wellness programming.
When:  Wednesday, October 21st
  8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Glenway Country Club
  470 Crossland Gate
Town of Newmarket
Cost:  Early bird by September 16th - $50 per person
  After September 16th - $60 per person
  Cost includes GST
Beverly Beurmann-King is a stress and wellness expert with her company, Work Smart Live Smart.  She has trained and educated over 30,000 leaders, employees, social service workers and volunteers during the past 15 years.  Beverly is the author of several publications for the Canadian Mental Health Association, stress and wellness articles and books, a corporate wellness e-newsletter and a contributing author for the book Awakening the Workplace.
The York Region Workplace Wellness Program was developed to provide York Region businesses access to  public health programs and services from a variety of health professionals including public health nurses, public health nutritionists, public health inspectors, dental professionals and health educators within the Community and Health Services department. Consultative and supportive services related to  planning, implementing and sustaining a comprehensive workplace health program are available.
To register or for more information on this annual conference, the Workplace Wellness program or any other public health program, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 716-9753

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