Thrive at St John's College

Peer Mentorship Program

Meet our Mentors!

Kevin Boreski

I am a first-year PhD student at U of M in Applied Health Sciences and currently teach at the university as well. My research is on physical activity and chronic disease. I've completed both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at U of M in Kinesiology, so I am very familiar with the university. In my free time, you'll often find me playing sports like soccer, ultimate, and volleyball. I am also in the trying to learn how to play squash right now. I enjoy reading, typically fiction, and finding activities to do around Winnipe


Karis Cochrane

My name is Karis, and I am a Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology Program, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Theule. My research and clinical practice focus on early child development and family functioning in families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have been at the University of Manitoba for the past 6 years, as I also completed her honours degree in Psychology here. As such, I know the university campus quite well! In my spare time outside of school, I enjoy playing volleyball, singing professionally, and spending lots of time with my family and new little nephew! I am excited to mentor someone who may be new to the university, in any program, and wants help finding resources on campus, navigating classes, etc. I am especially interested in mentoring someone who is interested in Psychology specifically, but this is not necessary as I am open to mentoring all!


Serena Truong

My name is Serena Truong, and I am a third year Agribusiness student in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. As an Agribusiness student, I am well educated in the sciences, management, economics and agriculture courses. My interests include cooking, reading, yoga, volunteering on campus and everything in between! I am firm believer in trying new things, and that sometimes where are you are comfortable is not where you belong. As a third year student, I am familiar with the many services and opportunities the campus offers such as the Active Living Centre, job opportunities, tutoring services, and more. I hope to provide academic advice, as well as mental and social support for students in any department of study. I also hope to make long lasting connections with people who may also teach me new things.

Valdo Yemene

My name is Valdo Yemene  and I am a third-year nursing student. Being an international student, I experienced challenges with getting acquainted with life as a university student at first. I definitely got a lot of help figuring out what services were available to me as a student and where to go when I needed those services, figuring out what I wanted to study and even picking out the right courses required for my program. Now that I am in my third year, I feel a great need to give back especially given how frustrating the first year of university can be. I am also involved in the College of Nursing and International Student mentoring programs. It always feels good to have a friendly person you can text or meet up with if when you need assistance.



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Writing Tutor

Meet with our resident Writing Tutor, in the St John’s College Library. Tutoring is available for two hours a week to give you helpful feedback on your writing assignments. Go to and select “Book an Appointment.”


Cram Night

Snacks in the St John’s College Library during exam periods to provide nourishment as you study.


Career Talk

Lunch-time information sessions with Admissions Officers, current students, and alumni from the Professional Degrees. Be prepared to apply, find out what to expect as a student in the program, learn about the realities of the profession.


Academic Coaching

Sherry Peters, the College Registrar, is a trained Academic Coach, ready to help you customize your study habits, access resources, and achieve your academic goals. Make an appointment to see her today!


Leadership Opportunities and Co-Curricular Credits

Participate in the St John’s College Students Association and represent the student body on College Council, Assembly, and other College Committees.