About Us

Student Services at Bannatyne Campus (SS@BC) provides consultation, support and referral services to all Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS) students. We are separate and distinct from any academic program and exist solely to support students' personal and academic success. Most services are available by appointment, although urgent cases are handled on a priority basis. Some services have extended hours to accommodate student schedules. All services are confidential and free of charge.

Director, Student Services at Bannatyne Campus:

Leah Deane has a Master of Social Work degree and is a member of the Manitoba College of Registered Social Workers. Leah provides confidential and private support to RFHS students. Students that are struggling with any personal, academic, financial, mental and/or physical health concern may meet with Leah to receive support. Leah fulfills a clinical role by providing assessment and crisis response. She assists students with system navigation and facilitates connections for students to services both on and off campus. Leah works collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide a shared-care model of support. Leah liaises with stakeholders on the Bannatyne campus to assess and address ongoing student needs. Additionally, Leah provides leadership and support to the SS@BC team.

Confidential Intake and Triage Specialist:

Rikki Fontaine is the new Confidential Intake and Triage Specialist. Rikki is a registered social worker and is completing her Master of Social Work degree at the U of M. Rikki is also a certified trainer in suicide prevention and intervention (ASIST T4T). Her experience includes over seven years of front-line service in the areas of counselling and case management both for a non-profit community organization and as a Community Mental Health Worker with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Rikki is highly skilled in building connections with students, de-escalating crisis situations, and prioritizing in a faced-paced environment. Rikki works collaboratively with the Student Support Coordinator to facilitate access to student supports and refer students to the various programs offered at Services for Students at the Bannatyne Campus.

Student Mental Health Services:

Dr. Tanya Sala (MD, FRCPC) is a psychiatrist, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and the neurosciences course leader in the Max Rady College of Medicine. She currently serves as the medical director of the Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program at the Health Sciences Centre and the medical director of quality in adult mental health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Dr. Sala has more than 12 years of experience providing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and has received specialized training at the Beck Institute. She has co-authored papers on anxiety and CBT, and wrote a book chapter on comorbid anxiety disorders and physical health conditions. Dr. Sala meets privately and confidentially with Faculty of Health Sciences students to provide assessment, consultation and treatment recommendations.

Counselling Services:

Cyndi S. Kirupakaran (M.Ed in Counselling) has a background in counselling with clinical experience extending over seven years. Cyndi has worked with various populations and her areas of interest include: addictions, mental health, LGBTTQ* concerns, self-esteem, stress management, relationship dynamics, grief/loss, parenting issues and cultural adjustment. Her clinical approaches include: client focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and art therapy. Cyndi provides counselling through the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. Website

Intercultural Specialist at the Student Counselling Centre:

Patrick Burek - Website

Student Advocacy:

Provides confidential services for receiving student complaints and serves as a general information source regarding student rights and responsibilities. Student Advocacy assists students in the resolutions of concerns arising from actions or decisions taken by the university, and advises of policies and procedures to follow. Susie Ally, student advocate at Bannatyne, started working for Student Advocacy in 2014. Susie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and is completing the requirements for a master's degree in global diplomacy. Susie previously held the position of vice-president, advocacy for the University of Manitoba Students' Union (2013/2014). Susie has received Mental Health First Aid training and has completed an online course on student affairs in higher education through Colorado State University. Website

Student Accessibility Services (SAS):

Provides support and advocacy for students with disabilities, such as: hearing, injury-related, learning, mental health, medical, physical, visual or temporary disabilities. Advisors act as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and service agencies. Jamie Penner has worked as an accessibility advisor with SAS since 2009. Jamie worked as the interim coordinator for one year and has been promoted to senior accessibility specialist. Jamie served as a member of the Asperger Manitoba Inc. board of directors and previously managed and worked in various organizations supporting persons with disabilities. Website

Career Services:

Assists all University of Manitoba undergraduate and graduate students with career planning, career exploration and job search. Alumni can receive assistance up to six months after graduation. Kate Yee, career consultant for Bannatyne, has more than 15 years’ experience working with students from all walks of life. Kate approaches career advising from a holistic manner focusing on the overlap of academic and career development. Kate has provided career advising to Bannatyne students for more than two years in-person, via online video, telephone and email. Website

Academic Learning Centre:

Serves graduate and undergraduate, full and part-time students at the University of Manitoba. Students are invited to access the resources available on the ALC web page, make an appointment with a writing or study skills tutor, and/or attend workshops in order to further develop academic strengths and skills in writing, learning and research. Website

Financial Aid & Awards:

Assists students by administering financial aid programs that helps them meet the cost of their education, while recognizing and rewarding them for their academic and other related achievements. More than 1,700 first-year students receive entrance scholarships annually, totalling over $2.7 million, while second year and senior students receive more than $6 million of scholarship and award funding. Combined with approximately $500,000 in athletic scholarships, $6 million in bursaries, and $1.3 million in scholarship and bursary funding from outside agencies, the University of Manitoba issues more than $16 million to students in the form of awards, scholarships and bursaries. There are also other need-based programs to assist students during difficult times, such as emergency loans and a food bank. Website

Spiritual Care Coordinator:

Edgar French has a Master of Arts in Theology, is a registered member of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care and serves on the provincial executive board. Edgar has had ten years of ministerial experience providing spiritual support to individuals and families of all backgrounds and beliefs, from within the local parish and the neighboring community at large. He has worked in the clinical setting as a Spiritual Care provider and a member of the clinical inter-disciplinary team, providing spiritual care to patients facing medically related grief and loss, particularly dealing with end of life matters. Edgar's services on campus help students cope with loss, crises, and transitions by assessing and addressing how their spirituality (values and beliefs that contribute to a sense of purpose, meaning, and identity) provides resilience. His method of care is attentive to and respectful of the uniqueness of values and life-styles, including religious affinities, which shape student identity. It draws from the wisdom of care that affirms health as not simply the absence of a physical ailment, but a person's ability to find meaning, hope, and purpose in the face of suffering. Website

Emergency Numbers and Resources