Wellness Peers

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?

VIU is launching a new peer support program which will be located in the Nanaimo Campus Library, and we are recruiting student volunteers as ‘Wellness Peers’!

Wellness Peers

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


  • 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


Please contact Sara LaMarre at for more information.