After a two-year hiatus, the tradition of large family gatherings represented by the UdeS Staff Days (JDP) has truly returned! The hybrid formula of this edition, which mobilized the troops within the framework of a sporting challenge for several days in preparation for the great meeting of the 1ster June, attracted more than 1,000 people from all campuses and all industries. The record attendance rate attests to the team’s growing enthusiasm for this promising event.
A successful training effect!
The JDP sports challenge, which was a resounding success last year in pandemic mode, has returned to encourage employees to engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week at their own pace, according to the ParticipACTION model.
As soon as the challenge started, on May 16th, the energy and enthusiasm were already palpable, as the work teams competed in creativity and dynamism, sharing words of encouragement and photos of their sports activities on social media.
From one week to the next, several hundred employees recorded their physical activity sessions online to enter, at the same time, in the race for the various participation prizes offered within the scope of the weekly draws.
A day of great reunions
The great team gathered in 1er June, which followed the JDP challenge, was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere, with participants gathered on the Main Campus for a range of sporting, cultural and social activities. From rubber boots to improvisation, through the creation of a collective mural, pickleball, disc golf and trail running, there was something for everyone among the 16 activities offered in the afternoon.
The animation of some activities was entrusted to employees who are passionate about certain sports and hobbies, as well as students from our Faculty of Human Kinetics.
Teacher Isabelle Dionne, who has previously led fitness activities, set the tone for the group’s warm-up session before the groups headed out to activity venues. Those who complete their term as Dean of the Faculty of Human Kinetics on June 30 will continue their career as Deputy Vice-Dean for Studies and International Relations.
This year, the leaders served the popular community dinner and the JDP closing from 4 am to 6 pm. These festive gatherings took place to the sound of captivating music by the artist Boogát and an energetic performance by a talented band from the School of Music.
A success that depends on the commitment of the team
The resounding success of the event is due to the commitment of many people from the university community. An organizing committee composed of members of the support body, professionals, managers and faculty, including in particular representatives of unions and associations, supervised the development of the program.
In the field, about fifty fellow volunteers got together to ensure supervision and the smooth running of the various activities. Upstream of the JDP, more than 40 people agreed to act as respondents in all faculties, centres, institutes and services, in order to mobilize their colleagues.
Year after year, several hundred employees actively participate in this recognition event. Conducive to exchange, JDPs make it possible to establish links between colleagues from all walks of life and to develop a network of collaboration and mutual help. It goes without saying that holding a day dedicated annually to the practice of activities contributes to the promotion of organizational health in the university community.