Meet the Team

Peer Support Centre: We're here to listen.

Devin Smith - Program Lead |

Introduction/Background: Hi there! My name is Devin Smith (she/her) and I am the Program Lead for the Peer Support Centre. I am a graduate of MacEwan University, with my Bachelor of Communication Studies. This will be my third year as Program Lead!

I am.../I am not…: I am resilient; I am not defined by my own self-doubt

Self Care Practice: The beautiful thing about self care is it is what works for you. If I’m feeling overstimulated or burnt out, I will put my phone in a different room, put on some music, and cook a meal for myself. I also really love rock climbing, because it allows me to tune out the noise and focus only on the problem in front of me. Sometimes, I have to say no to things. This can be really hard, because (like many people), I hate feeling like I've let people down. It took some time, but I realized that it's okay to prioritize myself and take care of my own needs by letting go of other things. It helps me show up and be my best self!

Tip to students: Learn to reflect on and recognize the signs of burning out. Prioritize your mental wellbeing, just as you would your physical wellbeing, and incorporate time for self-care — even if means scheduling it into your calendar! Always remember that you have every right to reach out for support. You know your situation best and are the one who gets to make those choices for yourself!


Amara Hussain - Outreach Coordinator |

Introduction/Background: Hello! My name is Amara Hussain (she/her) and I am the Outreach Coordinator for the Peer Support Centre. I have my Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and minor in sociology and am working towards my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. This will be my third year with the PSC. I love the Centre, our entire team of admin and volunteers and the work that we put in to support others across the campus community.

I am.../I am not…: I am compassionate; I am not my past mistakes

Self Care Practice: For me, self-care is all about finding moments to take a break from school, work or whatever other stressors I might be facing in order to give me the energy to come back later and face them. I love taking time to just be myself to read, listen to music or watch a TV show. Doing a little skin care routine each morning and night gives me 5 minutes to recenter myself and relax. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, because it reminds me of some of the amazing supports that I have.

Tip to students: Do your best to be proactive and plan for deadlines ahead of time, it can save you from a ton of stress later on. Focus on what you can do and not on what you can't. Also remember to be kind to yourselves. It is okay to take breaks, to take time for the things you enjoy and to not always be productive.


Karen Pérez Cruz - Volunteer Coordinator |


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Peer Support Centre
Room 2-707
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7