Health Promotion staff and students strive to make the healthy choice the easy choice through education, skill building, environmental changes and policy development on campus. We are committed to effective harm reduction strategies for appropriate health topics (e.g. substance use and sexual health) and value peer-led health education. The value of student perspectives and peer-led outreach is an essential component of health promotion work done on campus. We strive to provide meaningful volunteer and work experiences for our 80 student volunteers and 5-7 part-time paid students each year.
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Meet the Professionals
Kate holds a Masters in Community Health from Brock University, and undergraduate degrees in Physical & Health Education, Biology and a Bachelor of Education all from Queen's University. As the Health Promotion Coordinator she oversees all Health Promotion work, provides students with one-on-one healthy lifestyle and smoking cessation consultations and manages operations of the Campus Observation Room on campus. She is also an active member of several health and wellness committees (i.e., Alcohol Working Group, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group).
Kate's favourite parts of her job include supporting students to find their own ways to be healthy and working with the dedicated Health Promotion student volunteers/staff. Kate also enjoys living and working on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario. In her spare time she spends time outside paddling, hiking and cross-country skiing and keeps active by running, playing ultimate and practicing yoga
Lauren graduated from Laurentian University’s School of Human Kinetics with a degree in Physical and Health Education. As the Peer Health Outreach Coordinator Lauren oversees the Peer Health Educator program and supports its forty-five student volunteers in delivering health workshops and outreach events. She is a member of many campus committees, including the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group, Physical Activity Working Group, and the Peer Program Collaboration Committee.
Lauren has always been passionate about living a healthy, active lifestyle and supporting others in achieving in their health goals. She likes to stay active by swimming, horseback riding and hiking. Her favourite self-care strategy is spending quality time with her dog Roxy.
Beth Blackett (on leave)
Beth completed her Masters in Health Promotion with the School and Kinesiology Department at Queen’s University. She has worked in Health Promotion as the Health Promotion Coordinator, and the Peer Health Outreach Coordinator over the past ten years. Beth has been an active member of several health and wellness committees and is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Beth is a big advocate for active living; she commutes to work either by foot or by bike, teaches fitness classes at the ARC, and enjoys playing volleyball and running in her spare time.
Kevin is currently a fourth year Life Science student at Queen’s University. As the Health Promotion Student Assistant, he will be working on summer projects related to the expansion of Health Promotion exposure, in terms of messaging, and will work to develop peer-to-peer programs, specifically related to the many intersections of health. Promotional work will have a heavy focus on the Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) and Fall Orientation.
Kevin is looking forward to providing a student’s perspective to how to best reach and communicate both resources and healthy lifestyles to students.
Varsha will be entering her fourth year in Kinesiology at Queen’s University where she will be completing an Honours Thesis on HIV/AIDS intervention strategies in South Africa. As the Health Promotion Student Assistant, Varsha works closely with the Peer Health Outreach coordinator to evaluate and develop new initiatives to be implemented by Peer Health Educators and Health Promotion with special regard to mental health and wellness.
In the future, Varsha hopes to continue working in the health promotion field through global public health and medicine.