Prioritizing Wellness

KACL WELL is an initiative that serves ALL of KACL; our staff, the people we support and members of the community. The Committee is made up of representatives from throughout the organization who are passionate about wellness.  The committee members are personally invested in contributing to the culture of wellness in our workplace and beyond.


The WELL Committee's Mission

To promote an organizational culture of healthy, informed lifestyle choices where both KACL staff and those we serve, have access to resources and opportunities that encourage life-long patterns of health and well-being with reference to body, mind and heart.  We will demonstrate leadership in our community by generating inclusive experiences that support patterns of health and well-being for all citizens.

The Chemistry of Joy

To support the committee in achieving their mission, KACL WELL utilizes Dr. Henry Emmons’ book The Chemistry of Joy.  In this resource Dr. Emmons integrates Western science and Eastern wisdom to highlight the fact that holistic health is about caring for the whole person:

  • – what builds our body also builds our brain
  • – learning to regulate our mind cultivates an open heart
  • – it is ALL integral to our overall health

Importantly, this learning is inclusive of Indigenous world views of health and healing.

Dr. Emmons outlines 9 pathways, 3 within each of body, heart and mind.

All of the offerings are planned through the lens of holistic wellness to support aligning the body, heart and mind and to continue building resiliency and joy. Some of our events build upon all of the pathways within the three areas of body, mind and heart, while some events focus on 1-2 pathways.

Wellness Initiatives

Land Acknowledgement

The Board and Employees of KACL gratefully acknowledge that we live, work, enjoy the richness of and play on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people of Treaty 3, and on the homeland of the Metis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Metis ancestors of this place and reaffirm that the historic and current relationship that exists between us is defined by Treaty.

We commit to work to create the conditions for belonging and social justice so that each person can live fully in the unique identity that matters to them, in a community that accepts and welcomes. We recognize that our work must be in the service of Reconciliation. Our work must be at the level of the individual and the community, so that our collective identity as a community lives up to the values we want for ourselves and our children. A community where equity, peace, and respect for cultural differences are respected and nourished; and a community that acknowledges that the early Anishinaabe people of these lands saw we were strangers, welcomed us as guests, and invited us to stay as neighbours.