Frequently Asked Questions

Topics

  • About Us - information about the Wellness Education and Promotion Centre and what we offer
  • Resources - topics we cover and information that we provide
  • Sex-related - common sex-based questions and what we offer surrounding the topic

Can't find your question?

No problem, just send us an email at wellness@uoguelph.ca and we'd be more than happy to answer your question directly.

About Us

The Centre is staffed by a number of peers who are busy at work preparing programming events on wellness topics for University of Guelph students. These peers are also there to answer questions and provide information and resources to drop-ins. Come in and check us out! 

We don't make appointments for Health Services. The extension for Health Services is x52131. However we will transfer you there if you call us.

A safer space is a place that strives to eliminate discrimination against people experiencing all forms of oppression, such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism and classism. This is partially achieved by using inclusive language. The Wellness Education and Promotion Centre is a safer space as we abide by these principles and strive to constantly use inclusive language. 

There are two options. One is to join the Peer Helper Program and become a Wellness Education and Promotion Centre Peer. This is a 10-hour-per-week structured commitment that generally involves 2 hours of meetings per week, and 8 hours of either staffing the Centre or running programming. Applications are received either for the Fall or Winter semester, depending on space availability on the team. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview. Check out our Peer Helper Program page for more details.

The other option is to join our volunteer team. This is a more flexible commitment that is more based around your schedule, but still allows you to help with Wellness events on campus and learn valuable information. Go to our WEPC Volunteer Program page for details.

We run a variety of fun, involved awareness and support programming throughout the academic year. Some of our favourites include:

  • Sexposé: A day of fun, interactive and collaborative learning about sex and sexual health resources both on and off campus. Students can gain valuable information, play games, and get free stuff including condoms and cotton candy.
  • Let’s Talk Mental Health Panel: University of Guelph students who have faced mental health challenges share their personal experiences in an incredibly moving evening.
  • HIV/AIDS Red Scarf Knitathon: A day of knitting red scarfs to support ARCH, a local HIV/AIDS support centre and clinic, and to reduce stigma towards HIV/AIDS.
  • International Women’s Day 5K: A walk/run is held in an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence and demonstrate the large number of people in our community committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence.
  • Flu Shot Clinics: We help you to avoid those nasty flu bugs that go flying around campus each winter.
  • Mirrorless Mondays: A campaign to promote and educate the University of Guelph community about positive body image, self-love, and Health At Every Size.

Visit the Wellness Education and Promotion Centre's GryphLife page for details on all upcoming events, or check out our Events page!

Wellness can mean a lot of things to different people, but for us it is a multi-dimensional approach to living a healthy and balanced life by recognizing and understanding the influences on our well-being. We recognize seven dimensions of wellness including emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellness. We invite you to learn what your sense of personal wellness means to you.

Yes! The Centre, located in the J.T. Powell Building, is completely accessible from both the main entrance and the East Ring Road entrance. (If entering via East Ring Road, you'll need to bring the elevator from the second floor down to the first floor to get to the Centre.)

Lucky for you, we have multiple social media accounts that we update frequently and post event reminders. Check us out.

Resources

Too many to count! Check out our list of info kits for some of the major topics we cover. If there is a specific topic you are interested in, email us at wellness@uoguelph.ca. There’s a chance we have a resource on that topic, or that we can find it for you and add it to our centre.

Sex-related Topics

Free condoms can be accessed at several locations across campus. These include:

  • Wellness Education Centre
  • Central Student Association front office
  • Student Health Services
  • Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity
  • Guelph Queer Equality
  • Your RA

Condoms can be accessed from our sexual health cart Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, but we also have a box outside the centre that can be accessed at all hours the J.T. Powell building is open. This box is sealed enough to prevent the condoms being damaged, but accessible.

Please visit the Sexual Violence Support Centre page. There are lots of options for support.

We have an information kit  and pamphlets on a wide variety of birth control options in our centre, and information on the relative effectiveness of these options. Some of these birth control options may or may not be covered by your student plan. To determine options for you, visit Health Services.

We do not consistently provide dental dams. However, we do offer instructions on how to make a dental dam from an unlubricated condom, and have unlubricated condoms available.

Yes! We have unlubricated condoms available in our Centre. Just ask one of the peers staffing the Centre, and they will grab some for you.