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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Peer Wellness Education Team

Peer Wellness Educators are current Ontario Tech students, responsible for advocating and educating their peers on a variety of health topics including emotional wellbeing, self-care, sleep, active living, food and nutrition, substance use, and sexual health.

This team develops and delivers workshops and displays, supports events, disseminates evidence-based information, and implements campaigns to promote health- and wellness-related resources available on and off campus.

What is a Peer Wellness Educator?

What is a Peer Wellness Educator?

Peer Wellness Educators are current Ontario Tech students, responsible for advocating and educating their peers on a variety of health topics including emotional wellbeing, self-care, sleep, active living, food and nutrition, substance use, and sexual health.

This team develops and delivers workshops and displays, supports events, disseminates evidence-based information, and implements campaigns to promote health- and wellness-related resources available on and off campus.

Meet your Peer Wellness Educators

Meet your Peer Wellness Educators

Annika Schoeman

Human Health Science

Annika Schoeman - Peer Wellness Educator

I wanted to be a Peer Wellness Educator because I am truly passionate about health and wellness education. I have a high interest in public health research and examining up-to-date statistical data. I am passionate about learning and sharing valuable information to help improve people’s quality of life. This aligns with the future path I wish to pursue—Physiotherapy. A large part of the occupation is education and providing health-care services to help improve the quality of patients’ lives. 

 

Dhroov Paul

Health Sciences

Dhroov Paul - Peer Wellness EducatorI wanted to join the Peer Wellness Education Team to raise awareness regarding the various stigmas associated with mental and physical health, and to aid the people suffering in silence through kindness, empathy and understanding.

 

 

 

 

Nicole Persaud

Nursing

Nicole Persaud - Peer Wellness Educator

I wanted to join the Peer Wellness Education Team because I have developed a passion for community health in my program, and this role allows me to be creative and work alongside others with the same passion to promote health and wellness to our fellow peers and campus community.

 

Salma Bafagih

Human Health Science

Salma Bafagih - Peer Wellness EducatorI wanted to join the Peer Wellness Education Team because I wanted to take part in health and wellness initiatives that would genuinely benefit the students at Ontario Tech, as well as provide support to our community.

 

If you're running an event on campus related to health and wellness, let us know! Our Health Promotions Co-ordinator or a Peer Wellness Educator want to collaborate and can assist with the event.