Local employers, employees encouraged to attend two free seminars on work/life balance and stress management

    Presented by The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Desjardins Financial
    Security, featuring Dr. Steven Stein

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Psychology Foundation of Canada and
Desjardins Financial Security proudly present two seminars this Thursday,
October 23, "Managing to Manage Workplace Stress-Make Your Workplace Great!"
and "The Struggle to Juggle: Top Stress Management Strategies for Work and
Home", both led by Dr. Steven Stein.
    "Managing to Manage Workplace Stress" is a breakfast seminar, being held
at the Vancouver Club from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Studies show that the Canadian
economy loses $51 billion each year in lost productivity due to excessive
stress and other mental health problems among employees. Dr. Stein will share
a number of tools that can be applied in the workplace to help people achieve
better work-life balance, manage stress and increase productivity.
    "This seminar will be especially useful to employers who are interested
in creating an environment that improves productivity," said Michael Howlett,
president and CEO of the new Canadian Mental Health Commission. "Also, on a
financial note, it will help employers find the tools they need to help their
staff stay healthy while keeping an eye on the bottom line."
    "Struggle to Juggle" is offered with two afternoon timeslots to choose
from, noon-1:00 p.m. OR 1:15-2:15 p.m., at the Guinness Tower Conference Room.
Achieving a balanced life is one of our greatest challenges. Dr. Stein will
share some key work-life balance strategies to use at work and at home and how
these strategies relate to emotional intelligence. Also hear how stress
affects your children and pick up some great stress management strategies to
use with your kids during this busy time of year. He will also open the floor
at both events for questions and discussion.
    "While these seminars are open to everyone, we particularly encourage
CEOs, HR professionals, EAP specialists, employees, parents, caregivers and
other senior decision-makers responsible for employee health to attend," said
    For more information about registering for these free seminars,  
sponsored by Desjardins Financial Security, please contact Krista Saleh at

    About Dr. Steven Stein

    Dr. Steven Stein, psychologist and CEO of Multi-Health Systems is the
author of Make Your Workplace Great: The 7 Keys to an Emotionally Intelligent
Organization and co-author of The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your

    About The Psychology Foundation of Canada

    The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) is a national registered
charity that supports parents and strengthens families through a number of
initiatives including creating educational resources, developing training
programs for professionals, and delivering community-based education. Founded
in 1974 to promote the understanding and use of sound psychological knowledge
to better people's lives, the Foundation is guided by a Board of Trustees
comprised of psychologists and business and community leaders. PFC's programs,
like Kids Have Stress Too!(R), Parenting for Life and Diversity in Action,
help Canadians better understand how to manage situations and relationships
more effectively at home, school, community and work. To find out more, or to
order materials, please visit PFC's Web sites at www.psychologyfoundation.org
or www.kidshavestresstoo.org.

    About Desjardins Financial Security

    Desjardins Financial Security, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the
largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, specializes in
providing life insurance, health insurance and retirement savings products and
services to individuals and groups. Every day, over five million Canadians
rely on Desjardins Financial Security to ensure their financial security. The
company employs over 3,900 people and administers more than $22 billion in
assets from offices in several cities across the country, including Vancouver,
Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec, Lévis, Halifax and St.
John's. For more information, visit www.desjardinsfinancialsecurity.com and

For further information:

For further information: Sarah Twomey, Desjardins Financial Security,
(416) 926-2700, ext. 2015, sarah.twomey@dfs.ca; Krista Saleh, The Psychology
Foundation of Canada, (416) 878-7004, klsconsult@rogers.com

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