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Students reach out to peers through volunteer programs

[Peer health educators Michelle McCowan and Naomi Mohan]Peer health educators Michelle McCowan and Naomi Mohan help plan and implement health outreach programs for students across the campus.

After participating in a residence yoga session offered by peer health educators last year, Michelle McCowan knew she wanted to volunteer with the program.

“Becoming a peer health educator through Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) gave me a chance to be a student leader in a non-formal setting. Furthermore, promoting healthy lifestyle choices is something that’s important to me,” says Ms McCowan, a second-year Arts and Science student.

Health Promotion is one of five peer volunteer programs offered by HCDS. The others include Peer Learning, Peer Mentoring, the Campus Observation Room, and the Leave the Pack Behind group that promotes healthy, tobacco-free living.

Naomi Mohan volunteers as a peer health educator and helps plan and implement health outreach programs for students across campus. The fourth-year Health Studies student searched for ways to get involved at Queen’s and she found the volunteer program matched her academic interests. She has enjoyed learning about all of the services offered by HCDS and meeting new people.

HCDS is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2012-13 academic year. To view job descriptions, access application forms and find out about upcoming information sessions, visit the HCDS website.

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