#RoadtoCACUSS 2017 will take us to our nation’s capital, by cycling approximately 475 km from Toronto to Ottawa from June 4-8, 2017!

#RoadtoCACUSS 2017 is a wellness journey that will culminate in Student Affairs Professionals from across the country cycling from Toronto to Ottawa.  The bike trip begins on June 4th but the journey will begin long before that as participants train, prepare and gear up for the adventure.  The trip will end on June 8th, approximately 475 km from where it began and lead into the annual conference for CACUSS (Canadian Association of College and University Student Services).

What is a Student Affairs Professional? We are a collection of folks working on post-secondary campuses who are committed to supporting students, empowering their growth and learning, and encouraging their success.  We come from all walks, backgrounds, academic and life experiences but we share a desire to support the development and education of the students we serve.

The Cause
Mental illness impacts everyone. As Student Affairs professionals, we see first hand the need to engage in discussions and programming related to enhancing student well-being on our campuses. That’s why we’re riding, and we’ve teamed up with Jack.org for our fundraising efforts.

About Jack.org
For a generation of young people raised on the internet, social media, and text messaging, the traditional approach to mental health awareness and stigma reduction just isn’t working. It’s time to think outside the box. Jack.org is the only national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health. With initiatives and programs designed for young people, by young people, we will end stigma in our generation. Jack.org’s core programs include a network of 120 student chapters on campuses across the country, a speakers bureau with 50 talented youth presenters who give talks at school assemblies and other events, and a national and regional summit program which brings students from across Canada together to develop innovative strategies for improving the mental health of their communities.

To learn more about Jack.org’s youth mental health programs, visit www.jack.org.

Why We Ride
The goal for this iteration of #RoadtoCACUSS is to raise funds and awareness for student mental health initiatives on our campuses across the country. Mental well-being continues to have a significant impact on our students, and our roles as student affairs professionals, across all functional areas of Student Affairs. The commitment riders will make to our own well-being by training for and completing this long-distance ride will bring attention and further awareness to this cause, and ultimately benefit our students’ experience through fundraising and storytelling.

Of course, as a community of Student Affairs professionals, our ride will involve team building, exercises that will build inclusivity, and opportunities for fun to be had as we ride in community towards CACUSS 2017.

Positive Psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman’s PERMA-V model of well-being will be used to ground this experience. PERMA-V represents Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment and Vitality. Throughout training and the rest of the experience, participants will consider how the building blocks of PERMA-V could be used to inform their practice, and transform a current professional/personal challenge they are experiencing. You can learn more about PERMA-V here.