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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Peer Leaders

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Senior Peer Leaders

Caitlin and Erin are Senior Peer Leaders
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Caitlin

Caitlin

Year: Fourth

Program: Criminology

Favourite class: Punishment and Society - This class is one of my favourites because we were able to consider not only how prisons are administered, but how they are experienced. The amazing professor is a bonus. 

Hobbies/ interests: Activities such as; running, weight training, yoga, dirt biking, walking my dog, and swimming. 

Career aspiration: Work with young men and women who are in conflict with the law.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I joined the peer leader program in my first year at Ontario Tech University because I wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of incoming students. I was fortunate enough to get involved on campus during my first semester and have made wonderful memories/experiences because of it.
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Erin

Erin

Year: Third

Program: Forensic Psychology

Favourite class: Developmental Psychology - I volunteer with kids and so getting to learn more about them is my favourite thing in the world!

Hobbies/interests: Yoga, softball, reading, baseball, and photography

Career aspiration: Help families through social service work

Why I became a Peer Leader: The transition into university can be a tough time for anyone, I love getting to work with a team that loves Ontario Tech as much as I do and wants to help incoming students find their place here!
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Angelique

Angelique

Program: Political Science

Year: Third

Favourite class: Mobilizing for Change - I have a passion for social justice and this course allowed me to expend on my knowledge of grassroots movements in Canada.

Hobbies/interests: My partner jokes that I am an old lady but I really enjoy knitting, cross-stitching, and sewing. I am interested in learning something new every day! I have a passion for sustainability and equity advocacy.

Career aspiration: As a third-year student, I am still trying to figure out where I belong in the world. Right now the dream is guidance counseling. I know I want to do my part in decolonizing Canada and educating the future generation seems like a good start.

Why I became a Peer Leader: As a first-year, I felt like I had no support system which affected my mental health. I wanted to become a Peer Leader and share my experience to help others know they aren't alone. University is HARD but it becomes easier when you expand your support system.

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Connor

Connor 

Year: Second

Program: Communication and Digital Media Studies

Favourite class: Through my Pop Culture class, I learned that influential media is not only forms of entertainment, but is the ripple effect of how other industries are impacted by media. Also, the importance of media in how it encapsulates particular eras and the concerns held at the time.  This course allowed me to investigate media companies that I am familiar with and see how wide their reach really is.

Hobbies/interests: Reading, drawing, photography, film-making, video games, and comics

Career aspiration: A video editor for advertising, and eventually the video editor for music videos found at Pop Rok. Pop Rok is a Canadian owned organization that produces videos for Canadian artists and more, most notably Drake.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader to connect with and meet other students and to be able to share our different perspectives. Also, I became one partly because as a bridge student, I did not find any Peer Leaders that were college transfer students and thought by being one I could help fill this gap.

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Dakoda

Dakoda

Program: Legal Studies

Favourite class: Foundations of Legal Studies

Hobbies/interests: Playing Piano, Playing Soccer, Reading, Writing, working out, running, camping, hiking, cooking, hanging with friends 

Career aspiration: Lawyer 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because I wanted to inspire first-year students and help make their transition into university the best it can be. Starting university can be a scary and nerve-wracking time, especially when you don't know what to expect. I want to help guide first-year students so that they could be the most successful in their university careers. By participating in the Peer Leader program, it will give me the opportunity to do so. 

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Erin H.

Erin H.

Program: Legal Studies

Favourite class: LGLS 1000 Foundations of Legal Studies - I have a passion for learning about the Law and I felt like I learned a lot. The Prof was also amazing, extremely engaging, and supportive, he was very knowledgeable and made the class super interesting. 

Hobbies/interests: Sports - Intramural Ice hockey and ball hockey. The Law - I am involved in the Student Law Association. Outdoor Activities - I love the outdoors, whether it be hiking, biking, swimming, and adventurous things like cliff jumping and water skiing.

Career aspiration: My goal is to go to Law School and become a Lawyer, I am aiming towards either Corporate Law and/or Real Estate Law. I also want to help young women and children in Third World countries. I want them to have a better chance at a safe, healthy, and better future.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I really want to help and guide new students coming into Ontario Tech. I want them to feel like they have someone they can talk to and ask questions about anything. I want to be a friendly face on campus!
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Gemma

Gemma

Year: Third

Program: Forensic Psychology

Favourite class: SSCI 2900 Research Methods - The professor is very engaging and you can tell they love their job!

Hobbies/interests: Photography, reading, hiking, and being outdoors!

Career aspiration: Jury Selection

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because I have always loved helping others and this is one way that I can help incoming students find their way through their first year here.

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Jacinta

Jacinta

Year: Fourth

Program: Criminology

Favourite class: CRMN-3027U-001

Hobbies/interests: Cooking, volunteering, watching movies and reading

Career aspiration: To work as a probation/parole officer with parole board  of Canada in Ottawa

Why I became a Peer Leader: My Peer Leader really helped me navigate my first year at university and I wanted to join the program to pay it forward for new students as well as getting involved on campus. 

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Jack

Jack

Year: Second

Program: Criminology

Favourite class: ENVS-1000U Environmental Science - This class was one of my favourites because of the amazing professor and how helpful she was. The course is also very interesting and provides an educational perspective of the state of the Earth. 

Hobbies/interests: Gaming and playing sports such as: basketball and volleyball, etc. 

Career aspiration: Pursue a career as a probation officer 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I really enjoy the dynamic and atmosphere of University and I believe that first year is the most important year. I wanted to become a peer leader to help first year students adjust and become familiar with their new environment.
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Jade

Jade

Year: Second

Program: Forensic Psychology

Favourite class: Political Science, because I like talking about social issues in the world.

Hobbies/interests: Lacrosse, Painting, and hanging out with my dog!!

Career aspiration: One day I hope to become a successful Psychologist working in British Columbia.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader to help newcomers achieve their goals, but to also make my university experience more than just about studying and bookwork!!

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Joely

Joely

Year: Third

Program: Communication and Digital Media Studies

Favourite class: COMM 1320U Public Speaking - I loved taking part in this class because it got me more comfortable and confident presenting in front of others. The professor constantly reminded us that our class was a safe space and that we would all be supported on good and bad days, and I definitely felt this throughout the semester.

Hobbies/interests: Singing, watching sports/sitcoms/reality TV, chatting with friends, dance workouts, going on walks

Career aspiration: Elementary school teacher

Why I became a Peer Leader: Coming into Ontario Tech, I did not know anybody in my program or faculty. Becoming an Ambassador in my first year and a Peer Leader in my second year allowed me to meet people with similar interests as me, as well as expand my communication and leadership skills. I want to encourage incoming students to get involved and not be afraid to meet new people because this can make a very positive difference in their university experiences.

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Kiara

Kiara

Year: Second

Program: Criminology and Justice

Favourite class: CRMN 1000U - Introduction to Criminal Justice; In this day and age, I believe it is crucial to be educated about our Criminal Justice System: from its ideologies to its impacts, and recognize the importance of diverse representations in law enforcement agencies.

Hobbies/interests: kayaking, biking, baking, playing Jackbox games, and sending memes.

Career aspiration: To work with the Canadian government in supporting immigrants, protecting refugees, assisting citizenship applicants, and keeping Canada safe

Why I became a Peer Leader: I enjoyed an amazing first-year experience and was inspired by my friends and mentors' kindness, encouragement, and enthusiasm. In return, I want to support students in facing university with confidence, optimism, and excitement. The opportunity to help and inspire others through a proudly diverse and inclusive team sparks great joy and fulfillment!
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Mariam

Mariam

Year: Fifth

Program: Criminology

Favourite class: Rights and Wrongs in the Justice System

Hobbies/interests: Shopping, working out, netflix, and bike riding

Career aspiration: Fraud Analyst

Why I became a Peer Leader: Peer leaders are experienced students trained to share their knowledge and tips about life and learning at Ontario Tech University. I became a peer leader to connect with other peer leaders in my program, help achieve my peer program's goals and expectations, participate in training and receive support in my role, develop my professional and employability skills, and receive recognition for volunteer service.
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Megan

Megan

Year: Second

Program: Legal Studies

Favourite class: CRMN 1000U Criminal Justice: This class gave very interesting insights into correctional facilities and allowed us to explore our justice system and how things work!

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with friends, sneaker shopping, and watching Disney movies.

Career aspiration: Work as a Paralegal in Toronto.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I love interacting with new people and helping them in any way I can. The Peer Leader program is a way for me to be involved on campus, while helping out new faces and welcome them to the Ontario Tech community!
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Michael

Michael

Year: Second

Program: Political Science

Favourite class: ENVS 1000U Environmental science- This was my favourite class because I love the environment. I got to the opportunity to learn the different parts of the environment and learn how I can help save it.

Hobbies/interests: I love playing the drums, golf, biking, and working out.

Career aspiration: I don't have an exact idea, but a field with a focus on the environment.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because I wanted to get more involved on campus and make the most of my university experience. I also wanted to get involved so I could expand my network while continuing to get to know more people and contribute to the university.
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Nuriam

Nuriam

Year: Third

Program: Legal Studies

Favourite class: Human Rights Law

Hobbies/interests: Listening to music, engaging in physical activities like biking and hiking in nature, and keeping up with social issues around the world

Career aspiration: Lawyer

Why I became a Peer Leader: As a peer leader, I want to make it easier for my peers to navigate their undergraduate studies, both the academic and non-academic aspects to it. Not only will I (hopefully) contribute to someone's success, but I will also learn something new along the way!

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Olivia

Olivia 

Year: Second

Program: Communications and Digital Media Studies

Favourite class: COMM 1100U Introduction to Communication - This was my favourite class because I got to know my professor really well and as a Communications and Digital Media major, I really enjoyed the content in the class.

Hobbies/interests: Singing, playing the flute, and listening to music

Career aspiration: I hope to do communications for a company

Why I became a Peer Leader: My peer leader was able to help me succeed in my first year and I want to be able to help in the same way.
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Pamela

Pamela

Year: Fourth

Program: Political Science

Favourite class: POSC 2200 - Fundamentals of Policy Theory: This has been one of the most challenging classes of my post-secondary career because of how hard it was and how much I learned, which is why I love it! The Prof is amazing and makes you want to do well in the class.

Hobbies/interests: Hiking, camping, horseback riding, dogs, and the occasional Netflix binge.

Career aspiration: Environmental Policy Analyst

Why I became a Peer Leader: As a bridge student I wanted to help other bridge students with the unique situations that we face using my experience, as well as helping as many students as I can in their transition to university.
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Sam

Sam

Year: Second

Program: Legal Studies

Favourite class: Introduction to Legal Studies

Hobbies/interests: My interests are learning new languages, reading, and meeting new people!

Career aspiration: My career aspiration is to be a Lawyer 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader to engage with and offer support to incoming students as they transition into the University lifestyle. It is an effective way to meet and connect with students from different faculties which can lead to endless friendships, connections, and opportunities!
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Sarah

Sarah

Year: Third

Program: Forensic Psychology

Favourite class: Restorative Justice - An educating class taught by an amazing professor who doesn't tiptoe around what needs to be heard.

Hobbies/interests: Painting, reading, jogging, music

Career aspiration: Plan A: Counselling psychologist via AUT. Plan B: Crisis counselor

Why I became a Peer Leader: The program really introduced me to my first friends during my first year and helped me get adapted from high school to university life. I'd love to help fill that role for other first-year students.

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Warda

Warda

Year: Fourth

Program: Criminology and Justice

Favourite class: Abnormal Psychology

Hobbies/interests: traveling, yoga, shopping, and decorating.

Career aspiration: counselling psychologist 

Why I became a Peer Leader: for advancing leading and cooperative learning skills.
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Yogita

Yogita

Year: Fourth

Program: Forensic Psychology

Favourite class: SSCI 2021 - Issues in the Family: This was one of my favourite classes in my Forensic Psychology degree because I found the subject matter to be really interesting and the professor was amazing!

Hobbies/interests: Playing the piano, cooking, participating in law-related activities, and entrepreneurship.

Career aspiration: To become an attorney in the criminal law field and work at a big law firm in Los Angeles. 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader because at the beginning of my university journey, there was so much that I didn't know. I really struggled and made a lot of mistakes along the way. Now that I have been a student at Ontario Tech University for almost 8 years (as I am currently completing my 2nd Bachelor's degree), I have learned a lot throughout my time here and I wanted to share my experiences and insight with incoming students to make their transition to university easier and help make their overall university experience an enjoyable one.