Wellness Activities

PARA is committed to providing opportunities to facilitate resident physician wellness. This includes hosting wellness events and sharing wellness-related research and initiatives from our partners.

All PARA-sponsored events are offered free of charge to our members and guests (and families where appropriate). See below for current and past activities.

Current Activities


Food and Friends. This month PARA would like to help you connect with a resident physician colleague over a meal. We’ll be giving away 30 pairs of $25 gift cards, one for you and one for your colleague to share a meal and connect. In addition, we’ll be supporting local food banks by donating $5 for every entry we receive.
To enter the draw, as well as support a local food bank, send a short email to Emma Frieser with the name and email address of a resident physician colleague that you would like to share a meal with. Please email Emma before April 15, 2022. Winners will be chosen by random draw.

Past Activities


PARA provided 100 $20 food vouchers for Skip the Dishes to help cover the cost of a meal for resident physicians working a busy shift, overnight call or just having a rough day. For resident physicians working in a region that without access to Skip the Dishes, PARA provided  meal reimbursement or gift cards.

Black History Month: To celebrate Black History Month we’re asking for you to share your favourite recipes, restaurants, books and inspirational quotes by black creators to be entered into a draw for a gift card.

Lunar New Year: Goodbye ox, hello tiger! February 1, is the Lunar New Year and we’d like to hear about your favourite traditions for celebrating. Let us know and you will be entered in a draw to win a gift card.

Small Victories: Getting a full eight hours of sleep, reconnecting over a meal, going for that run you’ve been putting off. It might seem like a small win but pausing to celebrate even the small victories—like making a home cooked meal as part of a wellness goal—reminds you that you’re making progress and that feels great.

For March PARA asked members to share their small victoriesto be entered into a draw for one of twenty $25 dollar gift certificates (10 Sidewalk Citizen Cafe for Calgary and 10 for the Duchess Bake Shop in Edmonton).

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