In 2018, the OPS continued to invest in the health and wellness of its members in order to attain our goal of a healthy, resilient and engaged workforce.

Since personal and professional lives often impact one another, the OPS recognizes the need to create a more robust system of health and wellness through cultural change, education, recognition, resiliency and support from pre-hire to post-retire.

In July 2018, the OPS launched its Peer Support Program with an amazing group of 39  people affiliated to the OPS — including actively serving sworn and civilian members, family members and retirees — to support our members and their families.

Each Peer Supporter was carefully selected and underwent a week of training to bring their own personal experiences forward in the hopes of helping others who may be experiencing similar challenges.

The Peer Supporters have met anonymously with a number of people. The program continues to grow with more and more people reaching out to talk to someone for support. 

But enhancing member wellness is a multi-pronged approach.

The OPS Real You Wellness Program is a health and wellness program for Ottawa Police employees and their families. The goal of the customized Program is to help participants enjoy a higher quality of life and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, with the support and expertise of a multidisciplinary health care team.

The Real You recently introduced a six-month condensed program which will help our members get started on a healthier path. The traditional 12-month Program, as well as the new condensed program, are open to all OPS members, including past participants. In addition, the immediate families of OPS members can register to participate in the Real You Program at their new Amani Health Centre, located at 1272 Wellington Street West. 

While there are a number of programs in place to support our members and their families, and attitudes around wellness within the OPS are beginning to shift, there is still much work to be done in order to sustain a healthy culture for current and future employees.

We look forward to continuing this work to improve the quality of members’ lives and to enhance their ability to do their job well.

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