Meet the Team

Peer Support Centre: We're here to listen.


Devin Smith - Program Lead | devin.smith@su.ualberta.ca

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 is my second 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!

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Vanessa Vuong - Outreach Coordinator | vanessa.vuong@su.ualberta.ca

Introduction/Background: Hello everyone! My name is Vanessa Vuong (she/her) and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am currently in my third year of Physiology.

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

Self Care Practice: School and life can be overwhelming sometimes, so it is important that you are taking care of yourself. It can be something big or something small; we all have different ways of embedding self care in our lives! Personally, I like spending time in nature or doing arts and crafts. Going on runs in the ravine or doing origami always helps take the stress away!

Tip to students: As a student, it is so important to take care of yourself not only physically, but to ensure that you are looking after your mental health, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well. Reflecting upon your personal goals, boundaries, and limits can be very helpful in creating balance in your life! Always remember that you have every right to reach out for additional support if you feel you need it and that it takes an incredible amount of strength and bravery to do so.

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Tami Oguntona - Volunteer Coordinator | tami.oguntona@su.ualberta.ca

Introduction/Background: Hello everyone! My name is Tami Oguntona (she/her) and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am currently in my fourth year of Business Economics & Law.

I am.../I am not…: I am driven; I am not defined by societal expectations

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Help Line

780-492-HELP
(780-492-4357)

Phone

780-492-4268

Fax

780-492-7267

Email
psc@su.ualberta.ca

Hours

Monday to Friday
9AM - 8PM
By appointment only.

Address

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