Ready, steady, healthy: Keeping the navy team ship-shape

Navy News / November 9, 2017

Royal Canadian Navy putting people first with bold, powerful approach to promoting health and wellness to its team and families

The health and wellness of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) team is, without a doubt, critical to our ongoing operational success. Our women and men in and out of uniform work exceptionally hard at supporting Canada’s security operations across the globe, while ensuring our nation’s vast coastlines are secured.

The RCN command team recognizes that, in order for our team to be effective, engaged and productive, we need them to be healthy physically, mentally and socially. Creating the right conditions for engagement allows for high performance organizations. 

“The total health and wellness of all personnel serving on the Naval Staff continues to be a top priority in our drive to embrace the credo of ‘People First, Mission Always’. Our morale and, quite frankly, strategic and operational effectiveness to complete our various missions and tasks, depends on our overall physical, mental and spiritual well-being.”

Capt(N) Richard Jean
Chief of Staff - RCN

Our success is solely dependent on our professional, capable team, and we need to empower them to cultivate the skills and energy they require to protect Canada and its interests.

An important step in promoting healthy workplaces was taken by the institution last year, as it made the DND/CAF Total Health Strategy a top priority for senior leaders. 

We, in the navy, are following in those very important footsteps and finding bold, creative ways to improve the overall health of RCN team members.

On Friday, November 10, the RCN command team is taking a significant leap forward in advocating for healthy members and working environment by allowing those not on duty or providing essential services a Total Health and Wellness Day.

“After my morning coffee, I will be hitting one of the local gyms in my area for an exhausting spin class.  This will certainly get my heart rate going, which is the most important muscle in the body.  Giving my heart the work it needs to stay healthy is vital, along with quadriceps and glutes. Once I get my heart rate down to normal, I will be making a date with my yoga mat to find a sense of Zen to expand my body and mind, and release tension and stress. Namaste!”

PO2 Melinda Waterman-Stuckless
Orderly Room Supervisor, Naval Staff Corporate Services

Make no mistake. Our bases will be open and our ships will still sail. Personnel are simply encouraged, with the approval of their supervisor, to take the day to participate in activities to aid their morale and improve their overall health and wellness. 

While granting personnel “short leave” days for health and wellness has been a long-standing means to support our people, they are rarely used. Navy command has simply decided to offer one broadly, recognizing that we have a sacred obligation to take great care of our team and their families. 

Creating a culture that enshrines all aspects of health is an obligation we take seriously. We will be taking further steps to incorporate additional health strategies into our organization as we keep building a stronger navy team.

Ready, Aye Ready!

The Royal Canadian Navy Executive Team