Institute = The Integrative Health Institute (IHI) at the University of Alberta, which formed this fall under the graceful and collaborative leadership of Dr. Sunita Vohra. I was fortunate to be involved in the proposal of the IHI and even more fortunate to be named Education Director. The past couple months have been a flurry of activity, including the creation of our website: a high-speed process with wonderful assistance from the University Digital Strategy team (see uab.ca/ihi).  We now have over 100 Scholars, faculty members representing the full range of disciplines.  As I was involved with preparing bios and doing much of the chimp work for the website, I got to see just how impressive this group is. I’m excited to be coordinating and facilitating educational projects including research on mindfulness in schools and the start of a Community of Practice on mindfulness in teaching and learning on campus.

Shun = well, I haven’t really been shunned, but it worked with the word play for the title. I have, however, come to the end of my secondment at the Faculty of Extension that will open space for me to spend the majority of my time with the IHI and also return me to one of the places of my greatest joy and contribution — undergraduate classes in Physical Education and Recreation.

Allies = the people with whom I have incredible opportunities for collaboration. It is so cool to be working with extraordinary people in building a new Institute and engaging in research and service projects. I’m very excited to have likeminded folks with whom I can pursue some intriguing work that will enhance learning environments and well-being in schools and on campus.

Please share your thoughts and questions about the IHI and the new directions.

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