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Peer Health Educators

Welcome to the Peer Health Educator Program

We are a group of students who are keen to spread health and wellness education to our peers at Douglas College. The group uses a variety of fun and innovative strategies to promote health on campus, including large campus events, workshops, and campaigns, to one on one sessions.
The program exists to promote overall health and wellness, while aligning awareness and knowledge to current issues that are relevant to the student population.

The Peer Health Education program would not be possible without a team of dedicated volunteers.  During the fall and winter semesters Peer Health Educators commit 2-4 hours per week.  They receive support from the Wellness Lead and the Recreation and Wellness Coordinator. Full training days take place in August (for fall semester) and December (for winter semester).

**Applications are now being accepted.  Click here to apply.

Areas of focus for Peer Health Educators

  • Alcohol and Drug Education:
    • Help reduce student substance abuse through campaigns and events, provide one on one peer support, and work with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC
  • Physical Activity Promotion:
    • Run active ice breakers on-campus, promote the benefits of living a physically active lifestyle, organize fitness and wellness challenges, and more
  • Sexual Health:
    • Work on safe sex material, organize condom 'handout' days, work on the Culture of Consent campaign with the DSU, create an environment that welcomes sex education dialogue)
  • Mental Wellness:
    • Support the Miles for Mental Health Run, Beyond the Blues Education + Screening Days, one on one peer support, mindfulness promotion, liaise with Counseling services and help promote anxiety workshops, and more
  • Financial Wellness:
    • Set up financial workshops to help students understand savings, budgeting, and student loans. Liaise with the Financial Aid office to learn about their services and help spread the word about opportunities. 
  • Self-care:
    • Help students with time management and to find a wholesome balance in their lives, help students learn about themselves and all of the things that make them happy, while removing the negatives - we want students to come to campus feeling great which can translate to positive grades and interactions with peers

Each Peer Health Educator will focus on one category and work towards creating material, organizing educational workshops and events, and promoting services.

Program Qualifications

  • Minimum of one year completed at a post-secondary  institution or equivalent experience
  • Interest in health and wellness issues and how these health issues impact college students
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Team player
  • Promotion experience (social media, video creation, design + implementation) is an asset, but not required

Commitment

  • Must attend 2 full days of training (specific dates for training will be decided upon soon)
  • Must volunteer at least 2 hours per week for at least a full semester, preferably a full academic year
  • Must attend bi-weekly Peer Health Education meetings/training days on Monday mornings (meetings will rotate between campuses)

 

The training will include the following topics:

  • Team Building
  • Event Planning/ Project Management
  • Mental Health First Aid crash course
  • Personal Training (proper form, muscle groups, machines, nutrition)
  • Suicide Prevention (SafeTalk)
  • Culture of Consent
  • Self-Care/Time Management
  • And more

How to apply

Applications are now being accepted!

To apply please fill out the survey.

You will be contacted within two weeks of submitting your application.  If you do not hear from us within that time please email peerhealtheducator@douglascollege.ca

 

Thank you for your interest.

 

Questions? Please e-mail the Recreation and Wellness Coordinator.