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: 

  • Complete mandatory online volunteer training module(s) 
  • Be available for a minimum of 10 hours per semester (volunteer meetings count toward hours) 
  • Be available to attend at least four of the six volunteer meetings per semester. Meetings are typically held twice a month on Mondays, 10–11:30am 
  • 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 promotion and public speaking or volunteering is an asset, but not required. 


Note

S.W.A.N volunteer applications are not open at this time. Please check back each semester for updates or email the Wellness Coordinator to indicate your interest and be informed of future opportunities.

Questions?

Contact Breanna Fraser-Hevlin, Student Life Wellness Coordinator

Email Breanna