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Student Wellness

Wellness peers

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What is a wellness peer?

Wellness peers are student volunteers who are passionate about supporting their peers.

  • You can find them at the Abbotsford & Chilliwack Wellness Centres.
  • Wellness peers are available to provide one-to-one health and wellness support when you're feeling like issues are hard to manage alone.
  • Wellness Peers are trained to ensure your safety and care are a priority.
  • Wellness peers are also well-informed about resources on campus and in the community. They can point you to supports that fit your situation.


Join the Wellness team!

Peer support is essential to post-secondary life, as students lean on their network and communities to access guidance, support, and care. The Wellness Team will facilitate opportunities to aid in promoting, educating, and supporting health and wellness through events, programming, and one-to-one support. The Student Wellness team understands the importance of recognizing and celebrating language, cultural and gender diversity in our students. Our team is committed to learning and growing from each other's diversities and sharing this with the UFV community.

We are looking for students for our Fall 2023 Wellness Team! Here is how to become a Wellness Team member:

Available wellness team roles

Wellness Ambassador | 1-3 hours/week

Wellness Ambassadors are UFV students that are enthusiastic about health and wellness. Ambassadors will promote and market the Student Wellness and Wellness Centre initiatives around campuses. Ambassadors will attend marketing events, tabling, and walks, bringing awareness to the supports and services offered.

Wellness Peer | 3-5 hours/week

Wellness Peers are student volunteers and passionate about supporting their peers. They are located at the Wellness Centre, aiding students that need access to information, resources and support with health and wellness. They will be involved with providing individual, group and event-based supports year-round. Peers will be offered specialized training to provide peer to peer support, including safeTalk, Mental Health First Aid and Harm Reduction.

Wellness Educator | 10 hours/month

Wellness Educators are student educators providing specialized training in harm reduction, sexual education, pleasure product sales and peer to peer support. Educators will assist the coordinator with specialized areas of health and wellness education and promotion.


Interested in applying?

The UFV Wellness team recognizes the importance of recognizing and celebrating language, cultural and gender diversity on our teams. Our commitment is to learn and grow from each other! Here is what we look for:

  • Passionate about Student Health and Wellness
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including building relationships with students and the larger UFV community
  • Commitment to a set training schedule, ongoing learning and professional growth throughout your placement
  • Supporting others through an inclusive lens and appreciation of diverse lifestyles
  • Availablility within Student Wellness Centre hours (Monday to Friday, 9 am - 6 pm)

Apply to join the Wellness team


Sometimes when we feel stressed, one of the most helpful things can be venting to someone else. Talking through our issues and sharing feelings can be very impactful, and that is what the Wellness Peers are there for. They are not counsellors; they are students who are going through a similar experience. The Wellness Peers are there to listen and walk alongside you as you navigate your life in university. Talking with friends and family is not always an available or comfortable option. Wellness Peers can be there for you when you feel like you don’t have anyone else to turn to. 

— Jada M, BSW student (3rd year)