Peer Support & Peer Mentoring
Peer Leadership Programs & Peer Support Centres
I've worked with colleges and universities across Canada to design, develop, and implement peer leadership programs and peer support centres in the post-secondary sector. These initiatives have included drop-in peer support centres and mental health peer coaching programs.
Select Clients Include:
- Bishop's University
- Centennial College
- Niagara College
Peer Mentoring for Students with Mental Health Issues (Queen's University)
I designed, developed, coordinated, and evaluated an innovative peer mentoring program for students with mental health issues at Queen’s University, with funding from the provincial Mental Health Innovation Fund.
- "A Pioneering Peer Mentoring Program", Queen’s Alumni Review
Certificate in Learning and Wellness (York University)
I developed the wellness curriculum for a new certificate program for graduate students, which launched in October 2018. I incorporated components of positive psychology and health behaviour change theory to equip participants to develop wellness goals and strategies through a five-week program.
Peer Mentoring Training Curriculum (Queen's University)
I worked collaboratively with colleagues to create a comprehensive, 25-hour training program for peer mentors, including sessions on: peer helping skills, communication skills, mental health education, stigma, boundaries, confidentiality, learning strategies, crisis response, and making effective referrals.
I compiled and edited an open-source training manual with lesson plans, learning outcomes, activities, and handouts for all training sessions. These resources are hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health in a program toolkit.
Research & Evaluation
The Stop Community Food Centre
I designed and implemented an evaluation of The Stop's volunteer program to identify strategies to understand how volunteering impacts volunteers' health and to identify barriers to meaningfully engaging service users as volunteers.
Persistent Poverty: Between the Margins
In 2010, I co-authored a book that captured the stories and lived experiences of people living in poverty in Ontario, along with policy recommendations to reform Ontario's social assistance policies. Persistent Poverty was published by Between the Lines Books in 2010.
- Persistent Poverty was used as a lobbying tool by anti-poverty activists in the 2011 provincial election.
In 2012, Persistent Poverty was short-listed for the Speaker's Book Award.