Student Wellness Awareness Network (SWAN)

The Student Wellness Awareness Network (S.W.A.N) can help you learn how to prioritize your well-being. S.W.A.N hosts workshops, provides resources and more so you feel connected, supported and successful throughout your journey at Douglas. 

S.W.A.N is made up of student staff and volunteers, overseen by a Student Life staff member.  They are keen to share wellness information with their peers to help foster healthy lifestyles. The group uses a variety of fun and innovative strategies to promote health on campus, including educational events and campaigns, interactive tabling, social media content and more.

Volunteer Benefits

As a volunteer with S.W.A.N, you’ll get many benefits, including: 

  • Meeting other students with a passion for wellness and self-care 
  • Building your self-confidence 
  • Developing your public speaking, program planning and leadership skills 
  • Learning about student wellness, healthy coping tools and mental health literacy 
  • Taking part in consent training, active bystander training and more

Volunteer Testimonials

"Being a part of S.W.A.N has been a really helpful learning journey for me. I learned about others’ experience and at the same time gained the confidence to be more myself.” – Fall 2020 volunteer 

“I gained a lot of physical and spiritual wellness tips that helped me as a student while volunteering with S.W.A.N. The team is very wholesome, mindful and always willing to help each other. Being part of S.W.A.N. makes me feel grounded and very motivated.” – Winter 2021 volunteer 

“I learned so much during my time with S.W.A.N. and look forward to applying my knowledge and skillset in my daily life.” – Winter 2021 volunteer 

Volunteer with S.W.A.N

Here are the eligibility requirements for prospective volunteers for Fall 2022 term: 

  • Complete mandatory online volunteer training module(s) as required every term 
  • Be available for a minimum of 12 volunteer hours per semester 
    • Volunteer hours will be completed by attending volunteer meetings and volunteering for events & other Student Life programming 
  • Be available to attend the mandatory new volunteer training orientation session
    • September 26th, 9:30am to 12pm, New West Campus   
  • Be available to attend five scheduled volunteer meetings per semester. Meetings are typically held twice a month on Mondays, 10–11:30am, New West Campus
    • October 3rd
    • October 17th
    • November 7th
    • November 21st
    • December 5th 
  • Be available to attend the mandatory consent training session
    • October 24th, 10am - 11:30am, New West Campus 
  • Have excellent communication skills 
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities 
  • Have an interest in at least one of the following wellness topics: social, mental, physical, financial, sexual, occupational or emotional/spiritual health, consent and active bystander intervention or environmental sustainability 
  • Be motivated and have a positive attitude 
  • Be respectful, encouraging and a team player 

Prior experience with event planning, health promotion, and public speaking or volunteering is an asset, but not required. 


Applications for new volunteers for the Student Wellness Awareness Network for Fall 2022 semester will be open from August 29th through September 12th.

Please check back during the application for the application form link. Prior to applying, please review S.W.A.N. volunteer requirements in detail to ensure you can attend the required meetings and trainings and that the program is a good fit for your interests and availability. 


Contact Breanna Fraser-Hevlin, Student Life Wellness Coordinator

Email Breanna