Peer Support Education
We are Healthy U, your Peer Health Educators!
Healthy U volunteers provide one-on-one office hours during the Fall / Winter Terms in the Student Wellness 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.
Wanting to join our team? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the email list and notify when we are recruiting next!
Student Wellness Centre
Room 162 Extended Education
406 University Crescent
University of Manitoba
(Fort Garry Campus)
Healthy U Peer Health Educators
Hello! My name is Abby. I am a Healthy U volunteer for this academic year. I am currently in my 3rd year of Kinesiology. Health topics that interest me include strategies to manage stress/anxiety, self-care practices, and using movement to improve mental health. When I have some downtime, you can find me taking a dance class or settling down with a cup of tea and a good book!
Hi, my name is Bowen and I am in my fourth year in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences faculty! Some of my hobbies include working out, playing piano, volleyball, and watching anime. I joined the Healthy U team in hopes of creating an impact and reducing stigma towards health and wellness.
Hello, my name is Brendan and I’m a Healthy U volunteer and current U of M student entering into my last year of a psychology major. I look forward to participating in the Healthy U program, working with my peers and the university community, and learning more about health and wellness. Future aspirations include counselling and social work. Some of my hobbies include volunteering or spending time outdoors, fishing, and hiking.
I’m Dola! I am currently majoring in Film Studies and Theatre, minoring in Psychology (Counseling). My favorite health topic is mental health, favorite quote is “it’s okay not to be okay”. You would most of the time find me in the gym working out, playing soccer, basketball or volleyball. My hobbies are writing, reading, and hanging out with my friends or family. I practice self-care by writing poetry.
Hi everyone! I am currently in second year in the Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry Honours Program. I am very grateful to be a part of Healthy U this year and I am excited to make a direct impact on campus. Sexual health, reproductive health, and mental health are health topics that I am passionate about. When I am unoccupied, I am most likely drawing, crocheting, running or watching a movie.
Good day! I’m a proud Filipina in their 2nd year of Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. I hope to be a small beacon of info. to show you your next steps of being your true and authentic self! When I’m not in the office, I LOVE to read books to my heart’s content, and sing a karaoke song or two. I also adore playing instruments (ukelele, piano, etc.) and composing a couple songs.
Hello, I'm Jayanti, a third-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science Co-op in Genetics with a minor in Anthropology. I'm excited to return as a Healthy U volunteer for my second year. My passions revolve around mental health, sexual health, empathy-building, and women's empowerment, driving me to contribute positively to our community. These interests have shaped me into a well-rounded individual committed to personal growth and community betterment. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the world of sequential offenders, taking leisurely strolls with friends, and discovering new culinary gems. I'm also a horror movie and documentary enthusiast. Recently, I've developed a love-hate relationship with hiking, travelling, and camping. If you see me on campus, please recommend your favourite psychological thrillers or simply say hello. Looking forward to connecting with you all!
Hello everyone. My name is Jodh and I am a volunteer with Healthy U. I am in my second year of sciences with a major in Microbiology. Some of my interests include hiking, being in the outdoors, and reading. Hope to see you around!
Hello, beautiful people! My name is Lesley, and I am in my second year of my BA. My academic goal is to go into the psych master's program to become a psychotherapist. I am very excited to be a part of this program and to have the opportunity to help and teach other students. As a mature student, I have years of life experience that can be an asset. In my free time I like to go for walks, do yoga, paint, and chill with my cat.
Hi! My name is Madissen and I am a fourth year student completing an Honors Degree in Psychology. I am very excited to be a part of the Healthy U Team for the 2023-2024 school year. I am passionate about mental health research and intervention with specific interest in stress and anxiety management. Outside of school I enjoy hiking, swimming and baking!
Hello everyone! My name is Peace and I’m a third year kinesiology student. I’m super excited to be part of the Healthy U team this session. I am very interested in mental and physical aspects of health as well as stress coping strategies. In my free time I enjoy baking, taking walks, trying different foods and sleeping.
Hey everyone, I’m V! I am going into my fourth year of my Double Honours degree in Central & East European Studies and Sociology. This is my second year volunteering with Healthy U and I am super excited to be a part of this team and provide support and resources to everyone on campus! I love learning more about mental & sexual health, and normalising conversations around these topics. I also want to work towards finding different ways in which we can make our campus more accessible and safe by reducing stigma around various subjects. When I have some free time I enjoy crocheting, watching movies and sleeping!
Health and Wellness Team
Coordinator of Student Health and Wellness Education
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse and the Coordinator of Student Health and Wellness Education for the University of Manitoba! I provide health and wellness information and guidance to students individually or interested groups on campus. I also assist with co-coordinating UM’s SSET program and Healthy U. My areas of interest include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, harm reduction and exploring the mind-body connection. Outside of my role, I enjoy going to the dog park and travelling – anytime near the ocean is a plus!
Health and Wellness Program Assistant
Hello everyone! My name is Kayla, and I am the Health and Wellness Program Assistant. I am currently finishing up my final year in the Bachelor of Social Work Program. I am passionate about promoting self-care and mental health awareness, as well as supporting and learning about students diverse experiences while navigating through university. Outside of work and school, I enjoy exercising, reading, camping, and spending time with my friends and family.
Student Wellness Centre Assistant
Hi! My name is Lizzie, and I am the Student Wellness Centre Assistant. Currently, I am in my fourth year of my degree in Human Nutritional Science. I am passionate about helping students navigate the transition to university life, as well as addressing health disparities within our community. When I am not in the SWC, I enjoy being out in nature, trying new restaurants, reading, and watching reality TV.
Associate Director of Wellness and Prevention
Hello! My name is Arlana, and I am the Associate Director of Wellness and Prevention. I have a M.A. in Counselling & Psychology, and am currently a part-time student in the pre-Masters program in Sociology. Using a whole-campus, holistic and inclusive approach to mental health and well-being, I facilitate wellness and prevention programming, and support the Student Wellness Centre, Health & Wellness and Healthy U. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with partner and two kids, and I love sports - I curl and play soccer and hockey in my free time.
Counsellor at the Student Counselling Centre
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.