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Healthy U

Peer support education


We are Healthy U, your peer support volunteers!

Healthy U volunteers provide one-on-one office hours during the Fall / Winter school year in the Student Counselling Centre. Come talk to us about mental, sexual, physical or substance-use health!

We do health promotion via outreach events. You might have seen us around campus with beer goggles, giving out snacks for a study break or at Sex Pub Trivia! Check out our events section to see our previous events. 

Student Counselling Centre

UMSU University Centre (fourth floor)

65 Chancellor's Circle

University of Manitoba

(Fort Garry Campus)

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Office hours are now closed.


Healthy U office hours operate during the Fall and Winter terms. Please check back with us September 2023 for our updated schedule!


2022-2023 Healthy U volunteers

Alma's face looking at the camera, wearing a black jacket and in front of a nature landscape

Alma (she/her)

Caitlin looking at the camera while smiling, taking a selfie in a forest

Caitlin (she/her)

Elizabeth smiling at the camera and wearing sunglasses

Elizabeth (she/her)

Hello everyone! I’m an international student starting my third year of honours psychology in the Faculty of Arts. I am very excited to join Healthy U this year and learn more about different health topics. When I’m not studying, I enjoy crocheting, playing tennis and watching movies.

Hello friends! My name is Caitlin (she/her) and I am in my last year of the BSW program. I am excited for this opportunity with Healthy U, and grateful to help others on their journey. Topics that interest me include mental health, neurodiversity, and micro-practice counselling. I love hiking, paddle boarding, camping, traveling, connecting with people, and adventuring the mountains in my free time! Have a great year and hope to see you around!

Hello! My name is Elizabeth (she/her), and I am in my 3rd year studying Human Nutritional Sciences. Some of my health topics of interest include health disparities in our community, reproductive health topics, and promoting health literacy. In my free time I love being outside, reading books and baking treats for my friends and family.             

Jayanti smiling at the camera while holding a drink in her left hand

Jayanti (she/her)

Hello everyone! My name is Jayanti (she/her) and I am a Healthy U volunteer for this year. I am an international student currently in my 3rd year of bachelor's in Genetics and a minor in Anthropology. I resonate with mental health well-being, trauma, and women empowerment. These topics have created my interest in helping the community on a much larger scale. When I am unoccupied with my studies and volunteer position, I love to go out and eat my comfort foods, take a walk around the neighborhood, and cook food with my friends. I also love to watch horror movies and documentaries.

Maha looking at the camera, wearing a black coat, in front of a pine

Maha (she/her)

Hello everybody! My name is Maha, Healthy U volunteer for the current academic year. I'm in my final year of a human nutrition science program (B.Sc.). My areas of interest include sexual and mental health. When I am not in school or working, I like to exercise and spend time with friends and family. I usually attempt to discover new cafés or restaurants since I enjoy trying out different cuisines

Maria smiling at the camera in front of a tree

Maria (she/her)

Hello! My name is Maria and I’m a volunteer with Healthy U. I am in my last year majoring in Psychology through the Faculty of Science with a minor in Biology. Suicide prevention, accessibility to reproductive health, and exploring sexual and gender fluidity are health topics that fascinate me. Apart from my time spent at university, I enjoy reading books from nearly any genre, drawing, biking in the summer and skating in the winter!

Megan smiling at the camera while sitting in a classroom

Megan (she/her)

Hi everyone! My name is Megan (she/her). This is my fourth-year volunteering with HU. I love learning about mental health and teaching others what I have learned. Right now, I'm learning a lot about Buddhist psychology in my free time while I finish up my undergraduate degree in psychology. I'm also learning how to play the ukulele.

Sydney smiling at the camera while sitting in a mediterranean-style sculpture

Sydney (she/her)

Hi everyone! I am currently completing my final year in the Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Honours Program. I am very excited to be a part of the Healthy U team because I am passionate about health, building resources in the community, and diminishing stigma. I love psychology; when I am not studying, I enjoy exercising, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.

Terra standing in a clift in a forest in Manitoba

Terra (she/her)

Hello! My name is Terra and I am currently finishing my last year of a B.A. Honours in Psychology. In the future, I plan on doing graduate work in clinical psychology. My main interests include issues and management strategies related to mental health, how to cope with and manage stress, and issues in interpersonal relationships. Outside of school, my hobbies include reading, baking, and hiking.

 Andrea's face looking at the camera, wearing a gray cardigan and in front of a tree in fall

Andrea (she/her)

Hello everyone! My name is Andrea, and I am the Health and wellness program assistant. I am currently finishing my last year of studies in the Interdisciplinary health program, focusing health policy, plan, and evaluation (BHsc), in addition to a minor in Asian studies and languages. Some of my interests in the area include women’s health, the intersectionality in our healthcare system, and promoting health literacy. In my free time I love to explore Manitoba, especially new restaurants as a foodie. I also enjoy fishing, music, and rating movies on my spare time.

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Bryanna (she/her)

Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse and the Health and Wellness Educator for the University of Manitoba! I provide health and wellness information and guidance to students individually or interested groups on campus. I am also the co-coordinator of UM’s SSET program and Healthy U. My areas of interest include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, harm reduction and exploring the connection between our mind and body. Outside of my role, I enjoy going to the dog park and travelling – anytime near the ocean is a plus!

Picture of Danna smiling at camera. She is outdoors and wearing a grey hoodie

Danna (she/her)

Hello, my name is Danna McDonald (she/her) and I’m a counsellor in the Student Counselling Centre, and a co-coordinator of the Healthy U program. I’m a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Social Worker and I work through a Feminist lens. Some of my interests and areas of expertise include body image and eating disorders, including connections to race and society, sexual and reproductive health, trauma, and our relationships with our emotions. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, learning new things, and being outdoors.  

Vaishali smiling at the camera in front of a brown background

Vaishali (she/her)

Hello everyone! My name is Vaishali, but you can call me V 😊. I am in my second year of university in the Double Honours program for Central and East European Studies and Sociology. Some of my interests include mental health around students and how to normalize topics relating to sexual health in society targeting young adults. Coincidentally my favorite hobby is also how I practice self-care – sleeping. I like to sleep during my free time and recharge. I also enjoy going on walks and being outdoors.

The Health and Wellness Team 

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