Meet the Team

Peer Support Centre: We're here to listen.

Elliot Brooks - Program Lead |

Introduction/Background: Hey there! My name is Elliot Brooks (He/Him) and I'm the Program Lead of the Peer Support Centre. I am a recent graduate of the University of Alberta with my BA in German, Translation Studies and Psychology. This will be my 5th year working with the Peer Support Centre.

I am.../I am not…: I am resilient; I am not my anxiety.

Self Care Practice: I really enjoy going rock climbing and playing chess. Both of these activities take the focus off my stresses and directs my thoughts and physical energy into a more focused puzzle. This keeps me in the moment and helps to alleviate the built up stress from the day.

Tip to students: Incorporating balance into one's schedule takes work, but can be super helpful! We all need wellness built into our days, and this can look different for each person. Once you figure out what wellness activities work for you, don't be afraid to set time aside in your schedule to participate in these activities. You can achieve your goals, and taking a break to make sure you are doing OK is normal and encouraged to achieve that balance.


Vanessa Vuong - Volunteer Coordinator |

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.


Mariah Venkatraman - Outreach Coordinator |

Introduction: Hi there! My name is Mariah Venkatraman (she/her) and I am the Outreach Coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am a recent graduate of the University of Alberta with a BA in Psychology and Anthropology.

I am.../I am not…: I am trustworthy; I am not my labels.

Self Care Practice: What I love about self care is that everyone has different things that work for them! I enjoy relaxing with some tea and either a good book or a movie on Netflix. I also enjoy spending time with people I care about, and going to the mountains when I have the time. For me, all of these activities take my mind off of the stress, and help to remind me of the importance of balance.

Tip to students: Finding and creating a balance that works for you is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Learn to recognize, understand, and respect your limits, and plan time for self care activities! Asking for help can be difficult, but it shows strength and awareness to be able to reach out and get the support you need.


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Monday to Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 8:00pm
Exam Weeks:
10:00am - 6:00pm


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