Peer Resource and Leadership Centre

Become a peer leader

Peer leaders are committed to providing peer support, information, and referrals to the UFV community of students. Peer leaders don’t follow a typical profile – volunteers can come from all walks of life and bring different life experiences to the table. Successful peer leaders will have the following characteristics:

  • Empathetic
  • Compassionate
  • Able to quickly build relationships with new people
  • Mature
  • Committed and reliable
  • Respectful of privacy and confidentiality
  • Appreciative of diverse lifestyles and points of view
  • Flexible and open to change
  • Able to work individually as well as in a team setting
  • Able to remain calm during emergency situations

Volunteering with the Peer Resource and Leadership Centre is a considerable time commitment. Mandatory training is approximately 30 hours. This volunteer position is not for everyone, so please take the time to consider the overall time commitment before applying. Peer leaders are asked to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week for a minimum of two semesters (September to April).

Some of the specific topics to be covered in training include sexualized violence, mental health, supporting students in distress, and suicide prevention.

Students who are selected to interview for this position will be asked for two references (can be business, education, or volunteer related).

 

Thank you to everyone who applied to be a Peer Leader for 2018/2019! If you are interested in becoming a Peer Leader but missed the deadline to apply, please email us to be notified when applications open for next year.

 

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