PEER SUPPORT

Peer Wellness Ambassadors

Wellness Ambassadors are Concordia students like you, trained in peer support and active listening. Connect with them for resources, support and more!

Active listening

Active listening sessions with Peer Wellness Ambassadors will resume in Fall 2022. 

In the meantime, consult this page to find a range of resources, including short-term counselling and peer support and active listening. 

Meet the Ambassadors

Anna

BSc, Biology Specialization

Constance

BA, Honours Psychology

Dave

BComm, Business Technology Management

Drishti

BA Psychology

Jennifer

BFA Major in Studio Arts, Minor in Psychology

Kate

BA, Education

Mehrnaz

MASc, Quality Systems Engineering

Vatsal

MEng, Industrial Engineering

Meet the wellness team

 

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Jillian Ritchie
Wellness Coordinator

Jillian started at Concordia in 2018 as the Wellness Coordinator and manages the Peer Wellness Ambassador team, coordinates Zen Den programming, runs mental health events and develops partnerships both on- and off-campus. Working with a diverse team of students and colleagues is an incredibly rewarding experience, and promoting wellness on campus is truly a passion. 

We look forward to seeing you online or in one of the Zen Dens!


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Camila Velez (MA, c.o., Psychotherapist, OPQ)
Wellness Counsellor 

Camila is a Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist at Concordia's Counselling and Psychological Services and Zen Dens. Camila’s role involves developing and providing psychoeducational and skills-based programming and workshops, wellness outreach and promotion, connecting students to relevant resources, and individual short-term counselling.

Camila holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining Concordia, she worked as a Wellness Consultant and Academic Associate in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University. She has participated in the design and implementation of academic wellness curriculums for diverse programs in the health professions, with the aim of helping students develop self-awareness, self-care, and holistic well-being. In addition, she enjoys outreach work, with previous initiatives including co-hosting a Wellness Podcast, creating a learner art online exhibit, implementing mindfulness-based programs, and launching support groups for BIPOC learners. Given her interest in scholarly work, she has also conducted, published, and presented qualitative research in the areas of counselling, wellness programming, and client outcomes. 

As a counsellor, Camila has supported students from diverse backgrounds dealing with a range of presenting concerns. Her integrative approach is collaborative, nurturing, strength-based, and empowering. She is also committed to infusing her counselling work with social justice practices. For example, she advocated for and inaugurated the anti-oppression and anti-racism strategy of The WELL Office at McGill. Prior to working in academia, Camila completed her clinical internship at a rape crisis center, where she developed a passion for supporting survivors of sexual violence using individual and advocacy-based efforts. Lastly, she has coordinated a drop-in support service for sex workers and published research on strategies to better support sex workers who seek counselling services.

 

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