March 29, 2023

With the end of the semester creeping up, students are feeling more stressed out than usual. Luckily, Conestoga Students Inc. has some events and workshops to benefit your mental and physical health while also reminding students of the importance of self-care.

On Nov. 21, the college offered students the opportunity to access services all across campus. In the atrium at the Doon campus, there were a few outside vendors that came in to offer their services.

Christa Sandalj, from Dundas and Main Dentistry, offers students free toothbrushes in the atrium at Conestoga College on Nov. 21, 2018. Photo by Jessica Towriss, Spoke News

Dundas and Main Dentistry was a vendor who was invited to the Health and Wellness Expo in the atrium. The dental practice handed out little bags containing a new toothbrush and floss for dental hygiene. It also promoted a special offer that included a dental exam, X-ray, cleaning and polishing and a dental whitening kit for only $199.

“We are here marketing the new office that we opened in March,” said Christa Sandalj from Dundas and Main Dentistry. “We are trying to get some new patients and we accept all forms of insurance. We want to help students out because we know you have busy schedules so we try to work around you. We are open every day of the week to try and accommodate post-secondary students.”

The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides was another group at the Wellness Expo with hopes of educating students on their services, which include many different dog guide programs like hearing, service, seizure response, autism assistance, diabetic alert and the newest program, which is support dog guides. The service club helps Canadians with a mental or physical disability by providing them a dog at no cost.

Oden the poodle, a future guide dog, hangs out in the Conestoga College atrium on Nov. 21, 2018. Photo by Jessica Towriss, Spoke News

“We were invited to come to the Wellness Expo today,” said Deborah Feick, with the Lions Foundations of Canada Dog Guides. “We brought a few future guide and service dogs in training. We want to provide information about guide and service dogs and we want to encourage students to interact with people that require these types of dogs.”

Conestoga Students Inc. was also in the atrium selling healthy food options for students, such as cucumbers, brussels sprouts and many others, at a low cost. All proceeds from these purchases were part of fundraising for a Global Service Leadership (GSL) trip to Costa Rica.

“Now, until February, we are just trying to fundraise for the GSL trip,” said Jasmine Marinelli, a student at Conestoga College who is going on this year’s GSL trip. “This is our first fundraiser, but we want people to expect more fundraisers from us. On our trip to Costa Rica, we work on a project that helps those in need while also allowing us to develop leadership skills.”

There were many freebies that students could pick up on their way through the expo. Most of these products consisted of personal hygiene products, such as dry shampoo and packets of laundry detergent. Students could also get a free manicure from Diana’s Divine Escape Mobile Spa Services and a free massage from the Wellness Office.

The Health and Wellness Week provides students at all Conestoga campuses with an opportunity to access a wide range of services and unwind before the semester ends.

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