Healthy U
Healthy U

What is Healthy U?

Healthy U is made up of two teams of friendly volunteers who are certified student health educators. We are passionate and knowledgeable about relevant health topics and are available to answer questions, provide information, and connect fellow students to resources.


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Apply to be a Healthy U Volunteer

Do you have a passion for Health and Wellness? Do you want experience and training in health promotion and prevention? Are you interested in an opportunity to be involved in the health and well-being of your peers?

Then Healthy U at the University of Manitoba is looking for YOU!

Health and Wellness & the Student Counselling Centre encourages applicants to become Healthy U Volunteers for the 2019-2020 academic year!

What is a Healthy U?

The Healthy U volunteer program is an opportunity for students to become health leaders on campus and gain hands on experience in the field of health promotion and prevention. A Healthy U volunteer is a highly trained individual who is committed to educating their peers and raising awareness on a variety of health and wellness topics related to mental health, sexual health and substance use that may affect students during their time at university and beyond.

What Do Healthy U Volunteers Do?

Healthy U volunteers provide mental health, sexual health, and overall wellness education through office hours, outreach events, workshops and presentations to groups, and online content.

  • Starting in October, 1x per week, each Healthy U volunteer will be required to fill drop-in office hours for 2 hours per week to meet with students and provide support (Office hours are not required during the final examination period – Healthy U volunteers are invited to volunteer to staff office hours during those times)
  • 1x per month, plan, design, create and host an interactive tabling outreach event to educate your peers on health related topics
  • 1x per semester, facilitate interactive and engaging presentations and/or workshops to students
  • Contribute to online health and wellness content including social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook) on health related topics, contribute to the Healthy U Blog as well as promote Healthy U activities through UM Today, Student Weekly, etc.
  • Promoting health & wellness resources on and off campus
  • Collaborating with other student groups or organization/departments on campus to address specific health and wellness needs by supporting, collaborating and attending health and wellness related events on campus such as Pet Therapy and Mental Health Awareness weeks.
  • Examples of Past Healthy U Initiatives:
    • Sex Pub Trivia Nights in the Hub
    • Stress Management Workshops in the Student Counselling Centre
    • Interactive tabling events including holiday-themed consent and condom giveaways, self-care stations, and U of M mental health resource map

What is Expected?

Students who are chosen to be part of the program are required to:

  • Attend and complete mandatory training and team building on Tuesday, September 3rd from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, September 6th from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
  • Be available each Friday for the rest of September from 2:30 – 4:30 pm for additional topic related training
  • Be available each Friday during the academic year from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm for Healthy U team meetings
  • Be committed to the program for an average of 3.5-6 hours per week for the fall and winter semesters.
  • Commitment to the program for both terms
  • Enrolled as a University of Manitoba student for the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year.

What are the Benefits of Being Part of Healthy U?

  • Develop highly sought after skills transferable to the workforce.
  • Gain experience functioning in the field of health and wellness.
  • Be involved in a multi-pronged approach (one-on-one service delivery, workshops/presentations, online content, and outreach) to addressing the health education needs of your fellow peers.
  • Contribute to the betterment of the health and wellness of the entire campus community
  • Be highly trained and supervised by health and wellbeing professionals.
  • Gain a sense of community and belonging by being part of a group of committed, passionate individuals.
  • Have the opportunity to take Mental Health First Aid
  • University of Manitoba Co-Curricular Record recognition.

Who We Are Looking For:

  • Someone who is:
    • committed and caring
    • disciplined and driven
    • creative
    • a team-player
  • Someone who demonstrates:
    • reliability
    • a strong interest in health and wellness.
    • positive energy
    • strong communication skills
    • confidence
    • a willingness to do public speaking and approach students to speak with them
    • a willingness to be a positive role model
    • a familiarity with social media and/or basic computer skills

Requirements for the role:

  • Attend and complete mandatory training and team building on Tuesday, September 3 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, September 6 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • Be available each Friday for the rest of  September from 2:30 – 4:30 pm for additional topic related training
  • Be available each Friday during the academic year from 2:30 – 4:00 pm for Healthy U team meetings
  • Be committed to the program for an average of 3.5-6 hours per week for the fall and winter terms (includes office hours, team meetings, planning, outreach)
  • Enrolled as a University of Manitoba student for the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Extended to Monday, March 25, 2019

Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in March 2019

To apply: Please fill out the application located on the health and wellness webpage, include a resume, the contact information for two people who would be able to speak to your character or work ethic (only one can be personal – the other must be professional, i.e. a professor, coach, or supervisor), printed proof of G.P.A. from Aurora online, and either mail, drop off in person at the SCC on the fourth floor of University Centre, or email to the attention of:

To apply: Please fill out an application form (DOCX), include a resume,  the contact information for two people who would be able to speak to your character or work ethic, printed proof of G.P.A. from Aurora online, and either mail, drop off in person, or email to the attention of:

Britt Harvey, RN, BScN, MJ
Health & Wellness Educator
University of Manitoba
Room 469 UMSU University Centre Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Telephone: 204-295-9032
Email: britt.harvey@umanitoba.ca

Volunteer opportunity under the leadership of: David Ness, Director of Student Counselling Centre and Britt Harvey, Health and Wellness Educator.