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Wellness Peers

Being a student can be overwhelming at times, but talking to someone who gets it, can help.

Got questions? Looking for a resource? Or just need someone to talk to? Connect with a VIU Wellness Peer - a VIU student volunteer trained to help you navigate student life and thrive!

The Wellness Peers are located in the Wellness Lounge in the Nanaimo Campus Library, in the South East corner of the main floor. Stop by on Tuesdays from 11-6:30, Wednesdays from 11:30-6:30, and Thursdays from 10-1:30. 

Connect with a Wellness Peer

The Wellness Peers are students, just like you, who are trained to listen and support you. 

The Wellness Peer are not counsellors, they are peer listeners who can support you with all things related to health, wellness, and student life. 

The Wellness Peers are trained listeners who you can talk to about almost anything! Got questions? Looking for a resource? Or just need someone to talk to? The Wellness Peers can help!

The Wellness Peers do not give advice, but they provide empathetic listening and support to help you solve your own problems and feel less alone. If they can't help you, they will help you connect to someone who can. 

The Wellness Peers are located in the new Wellness Lounge in the VIU's Nanaimo Campus Library, in the South East corner of the main floor. We also have a private room available where we can go if you'd like to have a more confidential conversation. 

You can drop into the lounge Tuesdays from 11-6:30, Wednesdays from 11:30-6:30, and Thursdays from 10-1:30. 

*please note the Wellness Peers will not be available over reading week, exam period, or the Dec break. 

The Wellness Lounge is located in the South East corner of the Nanaimo Campus Library. It's a place where you can come to hang out and take a wellness break! We have comfy chairs, fidgets, colouring pages, and FREE tea and hot chocolate! Stop by for a few minutes or a few hours!

And on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:30-3:30pm, you can even pet a therapy dog!

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Volunteer as a Wellness Peer

Are you passionate about promoting wellness and mental health? Are you interested in working towards building a more supportive, connected, healthy VIU campus culture? Are you interested in developing skills to aid in a future career in the helping professions? Apply to volunteer as a VIU Wellness Peer!

As a Wellness Peer you will provide support to your fellow students through empathic listening, education, and resource connection. The Wellness Peers will run the new Wellness Lounge in the library and  will provide peer support to VIU students.  Wellness Peers will be provided with training and ongoing support from VIU’s mental health team.

Further details around the position and the commitment involved can be found here:  wellness-peers-volunteer-description.pdf

Application details are listed below in the 'How to Apply' section. 

  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Cultivate knowledge and experience in the wellness and health promotion field
  • Gain valuable experience in a helping peer support role
  • Contribute to the health and wellness of the VIU community
  • Receive Co-Curricular Record Credit
  • Receive extensive FREE training in multiple areas, including (but not limited to):
    • Empathic and active listening
    • Unpacking biases
    • Understanding boundaries
    • Cultural humility
    • Trauma-informed care
    • Mental health basics
    • Responding to disclosures of sexual violence 
  • Complete Free certified trainings that you will be a huge asset for future careers in the helping professions (such as SafeTalk)
  • Be a part of a team of like minded VIU students interested in creating communities of wellness

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE FALL 2021 SEMESTER

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  • All applicants will then complete an interview with the Wellness Peer program coordinator to ensure fit and suitability
  • Applications will be accepted until all volunteer positions are filled

Questions?

Please contact Sara LaMarre at Thrive@viu.ca for more information.