Member Event

January Local Lunch Break

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Local Lunch Break

Wednesday, January 27, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.​

Hosted by Matt Johnston, Johnston Group

Local Lunch Break

Wednesday, February 24, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.​

Managing Life’s Load– Lessons from High Performance Sport
Host: Matt Johnston, Director of Wellness, Johnston Group
Facilitator: Donna Harris, Coach, researcher, and Wellness Consultant, Johnston Group


All of us carry a daily “life load,” and that load is composed of physical elements, emotional elements and, right now, the stress of living through a pandemic. Sometimes our load is high, and that is ok; we can handle high loads – if they don’t last forever! The key is to gain an awareness of your load, what makes it high, and what makes it low so you can manage it and be at your best.

Hosted by Matt Johnston, Director of Wellness at Johnston Group, this session will start with a presentation from Donna Harris, Coach and Wellness Consultant at Johnston Group, who will share the outcomes from her thesis while a graduate student at U of M, Passion and the Expert Coach: Impact on Life and Performance. Her in-depth look into the lives of elite coaches and their partners (i.e., World and Olympic/Paralympic coaches) has drawn outcomes that lend insight into the impact leadership roles can have on an individual, their partner and their family. Donna will facilitate the group through a short exercise to help participants gain awareness of their life load, the elements that contribute to it and how that load impacts them – at work, their personal lives and their engagement in self-care. We’ll then discuss the routines and support systems that we all need around us.


Donna Harris is a Chartered Professional Coach skilled in program development and execution. Following her time as an athlete at the collegiate level she transitioned to coaching at the national level and held concurrent roles as an Athletics coach and sport administrator working full time for various national and provincial sport organizations including Athletics Canada.  Donna holds a M.A. in Kinesiology and her graduate research focused on the performance needs of elite coaches.  Donna works as a Wellness Consultant with Johnston Group where she is working to develop programming to grow their health and engagement offerings; and leading the build of the Human Assignment platform, a start-up focused on developing personal and organizational wellness programming and services.


Matt Johnston is the Director of Wellness at the Johnston Group Inc.. Matt joined Johnston Group in 2016​ to help build their Wellness and Engagement division. He started his career running Matt Johnston Professional Golf Inc while playing professional golf on Tours in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Following his golf career, Matt worked in Silicon Valley, where he participated in the Tradecraft Startup Accelerator program and worked as a Management Consultant for Ultimate Xperience Ventures, leading Business Development for the Startup professional sports league, the American Ultimate Disc League. Matt holds a business degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was Captain of the NCAA Division I golf team.

Matt currently serves on the United Way Winnipeg’s Campaign Cabinet and the advisory boards of the Community Financial Counselling Service, the Forks Foundation, the U of M Bison Golf team the PGA Tour Canada’s Manitoba Open.


​About Local Lunch Break

Working from home and your stomach starts to grumble? Time for lunch!

When we get in the zone of working, especially working from home, we often forget to take breaks or even eat lunch. However, it is important for your overall health to regularly take a break from work and nourish your body.

Although you can’t meet up in the lunchroom with coworkers for that mid-day break, you can join us digitally in our remote lunchroom!

Register for our Local Lunch Break as a reminder to yourself to take a break and eat, plus it gives you a chance to socialize with others.