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 Network 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 community moving forward.
The Student Wellness Awareness Network (S.W.A.N.) 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 uses 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. Peer-to-peer support can be an effective way to help work through challenges, relay important messages, and provide resources.
We will not be accepting applications for new volunteers during Summer 2021.
Please check back during August 2021 for information about the S.W.A.N. program and new volunteer intake for Fall 2021.
The new volunteer application period will be open from August 29th to September 12th, 2021. Please review this webpage including the FAQ in detail prior to applying.
What to expect after you apply:
Within two weeks of your application submission, you will receive an email from the staff coordinator with information confirming if you have been accepted a volunteer to the program and next steps.
Because we invest a lot of resources into your experience and development, we want to make sure this is the right fit for you and the program.
STUDENT WELLNESS AWARENESS NETWORK MEMBER TESTIMONIALS
- "The program really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I think it made me become more open, and I was able to build relationships with the Student Wellness Awareness Network members. It filled the experience of Douglas College for me. It helped me be more confident..."
- "I felt extremely comfortable to share my ideas. It is evident that my teammates care and understand me. I now feel interested and motivated to volunteer more at Douglas."
- "I felt like this program helped me get comfortable with talking to people and public speaking."
- "I gained confidence to just put myself out there! It also taught me that I need to practice self-care and balance for my own well-being."
--- Fall, 2019 Student Wellness Awareness Network members
"Being a part of SWAN has been a really helpful and learning journey for me. You not only get to know about others experience in various fields and learn but at the same time self-encourage to come out more about yourself and gain that confidence.
"This is my first semester at Douglas and I'm so appreciate for having SWAN team with me in this term. At first, I thought things would be even harder when all classes are online, I wouldn't be unable to make friends or explore the school culture when I'm currently outside of Canada, but SWAN gives me a wonderful semester, I can meet a lot people, share my opinions and learn new things. I proud of being a SWAN member."
--- Fall, 2020 Student Wellness Awareness Network members
- Meet friends, peers, and join an enthusiastic community of Douglas students
- Build confidence
- Improve public speaking skills
- Leadership development
- Collaborative team work
- Program planning
- Consent training, active bystander training, and more
- Learn about student wellness and healthy coping skills
- Develop mental health literacy skills
- Must complete mandatory online Student Wellness Awareness Network volunteer training module
- Must volunteer a minimum of 10 hours in one semester (bi-weekly team meetings count for hours) and attend at least 4 virtual bi-monthly team meetings on Monday mornings from 10 - 11:30am
- Skill Set:
- Excellent communication skills
- Demonstrates leadership capabilities
- Promotion and public speaking experience is an asset, but not required
- Prior volunteer experience is an asset
- Interest Areas (must have interest in a minimum of one or more of the following):
- Mental Health
- Sexual Health
- Physical Health
- Consent & Bystander Intervention
- Social Health
- Environmental Health
- - Emotional & Spiritual Health
- Team Player
REQUIREMENTS & PERK
Volunteers will receive a gift card perk if they complete a specific number of volunteer hours by the end of the term.
Number of volunteer hours required to receive the volunteer gift card perk will be determined on a term-by-term basis based on overall volunteer participation.
- Health Fair Week
- Self-Care Aware: Mission Nutrition, Trick or Teeth, Self-care Activities, Sleep Hygiene, Pap Awareness Week
- REC Crew: World of Dance, Intramurals/Tournament Support, Fitness Class Promo, Laughter Yoga, Intro to Fitness Centre Sessions
- Consent Champions: Consent Workshops, Consent Outreach, Sexual Violence Knowledge Activities, Music Behind Bars
- Mental & Sexual Health Activities: Beyond the Blues event support, PAWS for Mental Health (animal therapy), Let's Talk About Sex Safety, Mindfulness Sessions
- Staff Coordinator: Breanna Fraser-Hevlin, Student Life Wellness Coordinator
- Student Assistant Wellness Leader(s): Myat Pwint & Tristan Yan
All meetings will be held virtually via Zoom on bi-monthly Monday mornings.
Please check back soon for upcoming meeting schedules.
The first S.W.A.N. meeting of Fall term will be held on Monday, September 20th from 10 am - 11:30 am.