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Student wellness awareness team (S.W.A.T.)

Douglas College is more than just a college. We are a community that cares and wants students and employees to feel safe, respected, happy, and healthy. The Student Wellness Awareness Team is here to help spread health education and information so these words can translate into action. We hope more students feel connected, supported, and successful as a whole student moving forward.

The S.W.A.T. is a team comprised of student staff and student volunteers who are keen to spread health and wellness education to their peers, helping to foster healthy lifestyles. The group will use a variety of fun and innovative strategies to promote health on campus. These include college-wide outreach events, workshops, campaigns, interactive tabling, and much more.  The hope is that the team can help peers “swat” out unhealthy behaviors by providing tools to guide them on a more positive and healthy road ahead. Peer to peer support can be an effective way to help work through challenges, relay important messages, and provide resources.

Below are examples of events, workshops, and activities that SWAT members could be involved in:

Self-Care Aware

  • Mission Nutrition
  • Trick or Teeth
  • Self-care workshops and activities
  • Art for the Heart sessions
  • Exam Jam type events
  • Pap Awareness Week

Rec Crew

  • World of Dance
  • Intramurals/Tournaments
  • Fitness Class Promo
  • Dodge for a Cause (CMHA dodgeball tournament)
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Intro to Fitness Centre Sessions

Mental + Sexual Health Advocates

  • Beyond the Blues event support
  • PAWS for Mental Health (animal therapy)
  • Safe sex material give-a-way days
  • Mindfulness Sessions

Consent Champions

  • Consent Workshops
  • Consent Outreach
  • Bystander Intervention Workshops


Want to be a SWAT member? Of course you do!! You get to do important work, have a cool name, and meet like-minded peers. Currently the team is full, but we'll be accepting and looking at applications over the summer months to be active members in the fall. 

Program Requirements

  • 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 and public speaking experience is an asset, but not required
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset, but not required
  • Ability to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per semester

Training Includes:

  • Consent and Bystander Intervention
  • Public Speaking
  • Event Set up
  • Communication Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Douglas College Knowledge
  • Self-Care
  • Teambuilding
  • Mental Health First Aid (crash course)


Questions? Please email the Recreation and Wellness Coordinator