History of the project

Year Five: September 2015 – August 2016

  • Maddy traveled to Montreal, Quebec to attend the Issues of Substance Conference and share information at Dr. Colleen Dell’s booth about the work What’s Your Cap? has been doing
  • WYC was featured in The Sheaf’s Health Issue discussing drinking in moderation and drinking on the U of S campus
  • Thinking About My Drinking was launched for the second time with the partnership of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. It had 30 student participants who were entered to win one of two ipad minis! A pizza party in the North Concourse concluded our event and multiple local Saskatchewan new agencies came to interview Dania the market research coordinator and Marlize the lead volunteer for the event!
  • For St. Patricks Day we handed out green cupcakes in the arts tunnel that each featured green icing of standard drink sizes! Students had to answer a trivia question about alcohol in order to get an educational cupcake. Local Saskatchewan news came and interviewed our Project Coordinator Maddy about WYC’s take on campus drinking around holidays
  • We presented at Public Health, Sociology, Psychology and Kinesiology courses
  • WYC attended several residence events throughout the year such as information fairs, mocktail evening events, dances and more. We are always happy to partner with residence!
  • Vet-Med welcomed WYC to several events. One was a halloween pub crawl party where we handed out very popular mocktails! Another was a fundraiser potluck night where our mocktails were happily enjoyed again.
  • In September the toilet campaign “It’s Potty Time” was launched again! This is such a popular and fun campaign. The winner who found the most toilets received a prize package of back to school goodies and restaurant gift cards
  • We attended the PAWS Your Stress events on campus to provide information to students about different ways to decrease stress that do not involve alcohol consumption and of course about LRDGS and standard drink sizes
  • The WYC group worked on creating new displays to be used at all outreach events in the coming year
  • Our team worked hard to establish and maintain relationships both on campus and within the community! There are many exciting new collaborations planned for next year… stay tuned!

Year Four: May 2014 to April 2015

  • Kaitlyn and Dani travel to Edmonton, Alberta, to present to student representatives from 14 different post-secondary institutions in Alberta on the invitation of Alberta Health Services in May 2014. AHS has been working on the implementation of a toolkit to assist campuses with developing a culture of responsible drinking.
  • Kaitlyn presented to representatives from the Five Hills Health Region in Moose Jaw, SK, who are interested in launching moderation campaigns in their local college  and community (May 2014).
  • WYC is asked to comment on the cancellation of LB5Q, a prominent binging event put on annually by the Edwards’ Business Society at the University of Saskatchewan (June).
  • September 2014 features WYC in the best booth in the University of Saskatchewan Bowl. In addition to super cool swag, including new bottle cap openers, WYC releases the new Infographic, ensuring the research collected gets back to the students.
  • #itspottytime campaign is launched for the second year in a row on the University of Saskatchewan campus over September orientation week. Toilets are set up in Kinesiology, Arts and Science, Edwards’ School of Business, Agriculture, the WYC office, Health Sciences, and St. Thomas More. These colourful toilets always make students do a double take.
  • WYC, Paws Your Stress, and Student Health Services team up every Wednesday on campus to help students de-stress. From 11:00 am-12:00 pm, students can come to room 323 Upper Place Riel to visit with St. John’s Ambulance therapy dogs, get some cool WYC swag, and relax.
  • WYC launches the Party Smart Pledge, asking students to sign one of four pledges to encourage alcohol moderation. In turn for signing, students are given a Party Pledge wristband.
  • For the second year in a row, WYC partnered with Peer Health Mentors on campus, helping to provide students on campus with health outreach campaigns. Hardworking volunteers have always been an integral part in the success of the campaign.
  • Kara Leftley, a business student, is hired on a Market Research Coordinator ( October).
  • WYC purchases a slush machine through Harlan Fairbanks in Saskatoon. This will save time and money when it comes to supporting non-drinking events around campus. Throughout the year, WYC lends the machine to Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Residence, and other campaign supporters and campus student groups.
  • October was Party Smart Month, and WYC worked hard to create awareness among campus. This was done through the development of 16 Party Smart Posters, highlighting WYC’s four pillars, bringing out the Party Pledge wristbands and slush machine, and additionally, sponsoring the crashed car display in the bus loop.
  • October marks the beginning of Term 1 WYC surveys. With the help of SESD, Dani and Kara worked hard to re-format the surveys into an online form. This will continue to be the format for remaining research for the campaign. Term 1 brought in 458 student answers!
  • WYC does two presentations, in Public Health 847, where the magic all started, and additionally in an STM Sociology class. (October)
  • In addition to many other campus partners, WYC takes place in Stress Less in the North Concourse over the first week of finals. (December)
  • Thinking about My Drinking takes place for the first time in WYC history, thanks to efforts of brilliant student volunteers and help of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.
  • WYC and the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs partner again for weekly Paws Your Stress over the second term of school.
  • WYC was very fortunate to strengthen our relationships with Residence over the second term. College Quarter, Voyageur Place, and McEown Park students received a combination of slush machine beverages, mocktails, moderation discussion, and other fun times!
  • The post-survey was launched in late February. Term 2 brought in 383 student answers!
  • STM welcomed WYC into their college three times over the month of March, so that we could share our campaign details, research methods, and future plans.
  • Kara presents at the Saskatchewan Alcohol Group Meeting in March, put on by Sask Prevention Institute and other provincial stakeholders.
  • WYC brings forward new buttons, representing the Standard Drink Sizes and Low Risk Drinking Guidelines. (March)
  • WYC was very proud to be selected by the USSU as the winner’s of the Vera Pezer Award Winners for Student Group of the Year! This great honor would have not been possible without the help of all previous and current volunteers, employees, and advisors!
  • St. Patrick’s Day had WYC and Peer Health Mentors in the tunnel celebrating with green slush, green swag, and a basketball hoop challenge! Knowledge of the dangers of binge drinking were voiced among the students in the tunnel.
  • Stress Less took place once again during the first week of finals season. WYC was welcomed to participate again, and took the time to develop a “What Do You Do for Your Stress?” white board campaign. Check out the events area of our website for more details!
  • WYC and the Therapy Dogs took a break from the usual hang-out of Place Riel, and were welcomed to Vet-Med with Anna-Belle in late April.
  • In April, WYC was invited to celebrate the end of the school year in Voyageur Place and McEown Park! Two classy nights of providing mocktails to excitable students was a magnificent way to end off the school year!

Year Three: May 2013 to April 2014

  • Adam begins his work on creating a campaign event for September
  • Justine continues her work as Campaign Coordinator; Christina continues her work as Research Coordinator until the end of August, where she goes on maternity leave.
  • Dani and Justine continue work on the How-To document over the summer. It is published in the fall of 2013. They’re distributed to 30 schools provincial wide
  • Danielle Clark (Sociology & Political Studies) is hired on as Research Coordinator
  • Orientation 2013 occurs, where WYC rolls out Adam’s new campaign #itspottytime, which becomes WYC signature toilet campaign asking students where they want to be at the end of the night. A media release is sent out, bringing in radio, television, and newspaper outlets from both Saskatoon and Regina. Along with the toilets, new SWAG was handed out and cocktails were served for a second year.
  • Year two of the surveying begins, which will continue until March 2014.
  • WYC takes part in Welcome Week out in the bowl handing out SWAG items and promoting the toilet campaign.
  • Partnership begins with the Peer Health Mentors, working together to create a single message on campus around alcohol use.
  • October 2, 2013 Dani represents WYC and meets with the Five Hills Health Region at the Moose Jaw SIAST. Discussions begin around how a campaign similar to WYC can be created on MJ SIAST campus
  • October, WYC teams up with PHM to bring the SGI crashed cars to
  • November, Adam and Justine present the WYC campaign at Issues of Substance 2013 Conference in Ottawa. Dani present her poster, winning first place in the CIHR Poster Competition.
  • End of December, Danielle Clark leaves her position. It is decided due to time constraints, the position will remain vacant for the rest of the school year.
  • Patrick’s Day 2014 sees a collaboration with Dr. Dell’s PAWS Your Stress, where students were able to de-stress with Anna-Belle  the bulldog, take photos and hear information around alcohol and stress from WYC
  • With the prominence of Neknominations on social media, WYC is asked to comment on responsible drinking habits and the dangers of binge drinking. In turn, WYC supports the RAKnomination (Random Act of Kindness) Campaigns.
  • Adam and Justine finish their work at the end of March. Kaitlyn Tress (Pharmacy) is hired on as Project Coordinator.
  • April 2014 at the beginning of the exam period, WYC, PHM and PAWS Your Stress worked together to create an event for students to de-stress with dogs, healthy food, and massages, while given facts about ways to stay healthy during the exam period

Year Two: May 2012 to April 2013

  • Justine Shenher (Sociology) and Christina Meeds-McGowan (Psychology) were hired on; Christina became the new Research Coordinator and Justine became the new Project Coordinator
  • Dani’s role switches over to Graduate Advisor
  • BDPI worked with Brown Communications in Regina to rebrand BDPI to What’s Your Cap?: Know When to Put a Lid on Drinking
  • The summer consisted of planning the upcoming school year events, creating and ordering new swag while still working towards imbedding the campaign into the university.
  • Connections were made with SESD and Student Health.
  • Maria Saddiqui came on as a Public Health Practicum student for the summer. She was assigned to work alongside the BDPI members, creating an evaluation and logic model for the campaign.
  • Heather completed her work with us in the summer of 2012
  • Orientation 2012 was the roll out of WYC, which went off well. New SWAG items were handed out, along with a photo booth asking students what their cap is. The biggest hit were the mocktails handed out to students. Local radio and television news stations came to highlight the new initiative and what it’s role is within the university community.
  • Annual surveying began, and would continue to the end of March, 2013
  • WYC was invited to the CURIE University & College Risk Management Meeting 2012 to address to Canadian Western Universities the concerns around binge drinking and importance of having university students at the table during policy discussions.
  • Christina, Dani, and Justine presented at the FASDLive Conference 2012 in Saskatoon
  • Presentations were given throughout the 2012-2013 school year, addressing binge drinking on campus to undergraduate students.
  • End of October, Dani presented a poster on WYC at the Celebrating Student Success in Graduate Studies & Research Conference at the U of S, where she won 1st place in her category of Social Science, Humanities & Fine Arts.
  • Christina and Justine presented at the FASD International Conference in Vancouver in February, 2013.
  • March 14-15, 2013 Dani was invited as a guest panelist and poster judge at the Crossroads Conference 2013 in Halifax
  • Work began on two publications; An article looking at the creation of the campaign and a How-To Guide
  • Over the winter term a partnership is created with STM, allowing for a new position to be created
  • April, 2014 Adam Slobodzian from Edwards is hired on as the new Communications Coordinator.

Year One: May 2011 to April 2012

  • May, four undergraduate students were hired – Dani, Kate, Katrina, and Paige
  • Created U of S Student Binge Drinking Prevention campaign
  • End of August began meetings with College Deans and key university members. This continued until March 2012.
  • End of August began Rapid Assessment, which include key informant interviews, surveys, and focus groups. This continued until April 2012.
  • Had first appearance in September at Orientation 2011
  • Katrina and Paige finished their work with BDPI
  • October 2011, College of Graduate Studies awarded us with a Graduate Research Fellowship. We were able to hire on Heather Davis, who began the work on the Environmental Scan, which went on until March 2012.
  • November 3, 2011 presented to the University of Saskatchewan University Student Council where representatives passed a motion to support the initiative.
  • End of December, Kate went on maternity leave, ending her work with BDPI
  • January 2012, Umar Raheel from Edwards was hired on.
  • January 12, 2012, BDPI was presented at the U of S student forum, where a conversation was started between faculty, administration and students on the issues around binge drinking on campus
  • February 29-March 2, 2012 Heather and Dani went to Vancouver to present the campaign at the Insights & Innovations Conference 2012
  • March 9, 2012 Heather and Dani presented a poster at the 19th Annual Life & Health Sciences Research Days. They won 2nd place in their category Epidemiology, Social, Cultural and Population Health.
  • For St. Patrick’s Day, BDPI teams up with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute’s “Hammered” project, bringing powerful images from Saskatchewan youth to the U of S