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CCEE Administration

CCEE Administration Office
Schmon Tower, ST401D
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

Cara Krezek (Boese)
Director
Co-op, Career, and Experiential Education
905 688 5550 x5334
ckrezek@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All areas of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Career development
  • Talent acquisition and human resources

Cara’s passion for leadership and for the careers of her staff and Brock’s students are at the forefront of what she does every day. She feels privileged to lead a team of outstanding professionals who help students find their passions, learn about their skills and gain experience in their fields of study.

Cara graduated from Western University and dove into a career in sales and management shortly after. Her career path led to management in on-campus recruitment, where she worked for Enterprise Holdings, partnering with universities from across southwestern Ontario to hire the best and brightest talent. Through her work with Enterprise, Brock University became a key partner for the company’s talent pipeline, which led Cara to make the life-changing decision to work at Brock in the Co-op Education Office as a Senior Relationship Manager.

Cara’s intrapreneurial spirit has fuelled her upward movement at Brock — from the Co-op Education Office to her work as Brock’s Manager of Talent Acquisition, and then to lead the Co-op, Career and Experiential Education team in 2015. She has initiated (managed/directed) major organizational changes and strategic initiatives to help Brock lead the way in the areas of co-op, career and experiential education.

Cara is an active Niagara citizen. She has been a long-standing member of JCI St. Catharines, a member of the Niagara Business Group, a winner of a Niagara Top 40 Under Forty award, and she has run multiple community projects and events. She has been a member of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) since 2003, where she served in various positions on the Provincial and National Board, and she is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

Cara is a proud mom of two amazing kids, she loves all things Niagara — especially the food and wine — and she is thankful for her northern Ontario upbringing.

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.” — Walt Disney

Heather Azar
Manager, Business Systems
Co-op, Career and Experiential Education
905 688 5550 x6203
hazar@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Database Administration
  • Budget/finance
  • Web design

In her current role at Brock, Heather administers the CareerZone database — a tool that is used by our Brock students, staff, alumni, and employers. She also manages the budgets for each of CCEE’s areas.

Heather has been employed in the education sector for more than 25 years, in Toronto and Burnaby, BC, before moving to Niagara and joining the CCEE team at Brock. She takes pride in contributing to students’ success, believing that each team member’s role, regardless of how directly or indirectly involved in the learning process, is integral to the overall student experience. Our students are why we’re here.

A proud Brock grad herself, Heather recently completed her degree in Psychology and Sociology while working full-time, and was named to the Dean’s Honour Roll in her final year of studies.

In her spare time, Heather fosters her creative side by gardening, painting, taking amateur photography, travelling to new places, and constantly renovating her home.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Jillian Nero
Event Coordinator
Co-op, Career and Experiential Education
jnero@brocku.ca
905 688 5550 x6269

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All areas of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Event planning and logistics
  • Marketing and communications
  • Client liaison

As a Brock University alumna, Jillian has dedicated her career to event and brand management in key industries in the Niagara Region.  After studying abroad in the heart of France’s famed Burgundy wine region, she returned to Niagara with a love of wine and the opportunity to work at Vincor Canada for one of the country’s most iconic wine brands, Inniskillin Wines.  Realizing she wanted to be more hands-on in the wine industry, she left the confines of Vincor’s head office in Mississauga for a new start up, Flat Rock Cellars in Niagara’s Twenty Valley.  There she developed and managed the marketing and sales functions of the business including the development, execution and participation in many key winery and industry events including Somewhereness, Niagara Wine Festival and Winemaker’s Boots experiential event series.

When the opportunity presented, Jillian found herself at Niagara’s Regional Tourism Organization where she managed the marketing portfolio and coordinated efforts to participate in many trade and media events, aimed to increase the profile of the region and visitation.

In her spare time, Jillian is a loving mother of two who enjoys planning parties of all sorts, playing co-ed sports with her husband, travelling and exploring all the great treasures Niagara has to offer.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”- Albert Einstein

Marisa Brown
Career Curriculum Specialist
Co-op, Career and Experiential Education
mbrown6@brocku.ca
905 688 5550 x5692

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All areas of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Career development and job search strategies
  • Program development and curriculum design
  • Coaching and mentorship
  • Workshop facilitation

Marisa is a career education professional with a passion for career development and a keen interest in incorporating theory into practice. Marisa has held progressively senior positions during her time at Brock University, initially with the Goodman School of Business. As a certified Career Development Practitioner, she currently supports Co-op, Career and Experiential Education by developing career curricula across each unit. Marisa completed her Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Development at Brock University with a research focus on career programming in higher education and employability skills. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and the Career Development Practitioner program at Conestoga College. Marisa is also an active member of the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE), and she is involved in the Career Educator 101 working group.

Marisa is dedicated to the Niagara community. She has strong connections and networks within Niagara through involvement in local initiatives, such as Leadership Niagara, Random Act of Kindness Day, YES Niagara, the youth engagement community of practice, and supporting local businesses.

When not researching and tweeting about career development theory and practice, you are likely to find Marisa at a local arena being a “hockey mom,” cheering on her son’s rep league team, or shopping at her favourite waterfront shops, supporting local business.

“Stay organized, be flexible, ask for help and take manageable risks.” The core aspects of Brock’s career development model that can be applied to almost any life decision!

Stacia Heaton
Skills Translation Consultant
Co-op, Career and Experiential Education
sheaton@brocku.ca
905 688 5550 x5692

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All areas of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Skill development and articulation
  • Experiential learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Building strong relationships

Stacia is well known as a collaborative relationship-builder across Brock and for her expertise in student skills development and experiential learning. She has influenced many different aspects of student life over her 11+ years at the University including mentoring students through Youth University and developing learning opportunities and workshops for the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Stacia enjoys creating fun and challenging experiences for students to practice and utilize their unique skill-sets and ability to translate them into future experiences.

Stacia has completed her Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Masters of Education at Brock with a focus on constructivist learning and assessment. She is also an Ontario Certified Teacher. As the Skills Translation Coordinator for CCEE, Stacia is excited to continue her focus on experiential learning, student skill development and reflective practice.

Stacia is a mom of two energetic and adventurous girls who keep her busy with fun science experiments and upcycled crafts. She also enjoys a good outdoor concert, backyard bonfire or running the trails!

Co-op Education

Co-op Education Office
MacKenzie Chown, Room A336
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

T: 905-688-5550 x4325
F: 905 688 0631
E: co-op@brocku.ca

Alesia Dane
Senior Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x4252
adane2@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Accounting

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Career development
  • Relationship building
  • Student development
  • Professionalism

After graduating from the University of Guelph, Alesia threw herself into human resources and worked for a local brewery. She realized this position was not the right fit for her and decided to take a job as a youth employment counsellor, continuing in an area of work she began as an undergraduate volunteer. This position turned out to be her dream job, and she continued to work for non-profit organizations for several years. As a next step, Alesia worked for the Canadian Hearing Society, furthering her skills as a job developer. Having decided that she wanted to work with students in a career setting, Alesia networked and met with people from several post-secondary campuses. Consequently, she secured a job development role with Co-op and Career Services at the University of Guelph. Life circumstances brought Alesia to Niagara, where she began networking and landed a job with Co-op Education at Brock University!

Alesia is a member of the Distinguished Staff Service Awards Selection Committee

Alesia enjoys exploring Niagara’s beautiful hiking trails, as well as visiting the region’s many restaurants, wineries and theatres. She loves working with co-op students and being a part of the dynamic Brock community.

“If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.” — Chinese Proverb

Andrew Bassingthwaighte
Career Consultant
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x5577
abassingthwaigh@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All Brock University Co-op programs

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Career development
  • 0N90 / 5N90 course delivery
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Human rights

Possessing over 15 years of transatlantic career development experience, Andrew has worked with individuals across a variety of contexts, including post-secondary institutes. He is a strong advocate of lifelong learning and believes that students can learn something new on a daily basis.

Andrew has always been impressed with the passion and pride that people have for Brock, and this is something that he strives to pass on to his students as they start their careers. Having experience in both Canada and Europe, Andrew understands a variety of employment trends and needs; however, his main consideration is always the well-being of the student: jobs come and go – you remain.

In order to better serve his students, Andrew has completed degrees in Sociology and Education, a graduate diploma in Career Development and will shortly be pursuing a master’s degree in Social Justice and Equality at Brock.

“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – Terry Pratchett

Carolyn Halinda
Career Consultant
Co-op Education
chalinda@brocku.ca
905 688 5550 x3482

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Labour Studies
  • Mathematics

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Coaching and mentoring students
  • Mock interviews
  • Cover letter and resumé creation
  • Workshop facilitation

Carolyn’s experience in the Co-op Education Office began when she was a student at Brock. After graduating with an honours Bachelor of Business Administration, Carolyn completed a MSc in Sport Administration at Canisius College in Buffalo. She went on to work for several major professional sports organizations — in Texas, Toronto, and across Canada — before returning to Niagara to work at Niagara College. Carolyn’s journey came full circle in 2016 when she returned to Brock’s Co-op Education Office as a Career Consultant. In this role, she uses her energy and experience to help students to maximize their co-op experience and fully prepare for their careers.

Carolyn is committed to the well-being of animals and is a loyal supporter of the local Humane Society.

“I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it.” — Oprah Winfrey

Dana Tonus
Senior Relationship Manager
Co-op Education
1-866-618-9373 (Toll free)
dtonus@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Master of Business Economics
  • Labour Studies
  • All Math concentrations
  • Goodman School of Business
    • All BBA programs (except for BACC)
    • EBS and Dual Degree programs
    • MBA Domestic and MBAISP (except for CPA students)


SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Job development and strategic employer relationship building
  • Career coaching and facilitating student professional development
  • Fostering alumni relationships
  • Facilitating student achievement and success

After working in brand management at Heinz, Dana (pronounced Donna) dedicated the majority of her professional career to helping students succeed by assisting them in finding career-related co-op employment. She uses her BComm and MBA degrees to effectively market Brock University co-op students to prospective employers, and her passion for Human Resources to council and guide students throughout their career journey. Dana works remotely for Brock, and with over 20 years of co-op experience she is able to seamlessly assist students in succeeding in their job search efforts and work term endeavours. She has high expectations for herself and for the co-op students who represent the Brock Co-op brand, and she takes pride in her students’ achievements. She is a passionate spokesperson for the benefits of co-operative education and is determined and committed to do her best to persuade every employer to hire a Brock co-op student and assist every student to have a successful Co-op Education experience.

Dana has served on the Board of many organizations, including CAFEE (Canadian Association for Co-operative Education), CACEE (Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers) and Junior Achievement.

Dana has dedicated countless hours to volunteering and coaching. She has helped organize professional development conferences around the country and has been recognized for her volunteer efforts with several awards of distinction, including the WECDSB and CACEE Volunteer of the Year. Dana is a strong advocate for education and sits on various school board and ministry committees. She believes in the importance of co-curricular activities and serves as a volunteer and mentor with FIRST Robotics.

Dana believes the top two skills people need to succeed are a positive attitude and initiative.

In her spare time, Dana loves spending time with family and friends. Her interests include playing mini-sticks, soccer and football with her boys; travelling; reading; and watching movies. She enjoys coaching and volunteering and tries to give back to the community in which she lives.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney

Danielle Rapanaro
Career Development Consultant
Co-op Education
4921
drapanaro@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Arts and Sciences


SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Career development
  • Co-op education
  • Group facilitation
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Mock Interviews

Danielle is a Career Practitioner with over 4 years of experience working in post-secondary education. She has worked with undergraduate science students helping them through the career exploration process and assisting with many medical school applications. She has also worked to recruit quality candidates into a Masters of Business Administration program and supported the admissions team. Most recently, Danielle worked as program coordinator for a Masters of Business program, coordinating academic and experiential activities to enhance the overall student experience. Danielle is excited to be in the Niagara Region and at Brock University. She enjoys facilitating the Co-op Professional Preparation Course and supporting students through their job search.

Danielle holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education from Charles Sturt University and a Diploma in Career and Work Counselling from George Brown College.

Danielle was nominated and awarded for her excellence in the classroom during both practicum placements during teachers college. She was also the recipient of the Lucy & Thorton Blackburn Award for her commitment to community service while studying at George Brown College.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” — Maya Angelou

Jackie Crawford
Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x4853
jcrawford@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Goodman School of Business
  • Business Administration, Master of Business Administration – Domestic and International
  • Math (all streams)

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Coaching, advising, and leading individuals and teams to achieve their goals
  • Sales and strategic thinking
  • Writing to persuade or move to action
  • Facilitation and teaching adults

Jackie is an experienced coach and employment programs specialist. Working in the career education field for over 18 years; she is passionate about making connections and linking opportunities with talent. She’s driven to make an impact on the lives of Brock students by leveraging the best learning opportunities that employers can offer. Jackie lives, works and plays hard in Niagara – a community she loves.

For five years, she worked on the Mayor’s Committee for Community and Race Relations. She has been awarded for volunteering in her communities as a fitness coach, Peace Week organizer and sits on the Board of Directors for the Employment Help Centre.

Jason Peng
Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x3126
jpeng2@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Mathematics
  • Sciences

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Mentorship and Development
  • Building Relationships
  • Communications
  • Actualization

Jason joined Brock University in 2017 after working in the educational sales industry. He studied Psychology, Economics and Communications & Culture in Toronto, completing his BSc and MA. His work experiences have afforded him opportunities to travel from coast-to-coast, visiting post-secondary institutions from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. Jason has observed one thing they all share: the spectacular amount of discovery happening in Math and Science across Canada. Who will help facilitate all this new discovery? Jason’s goal is to align emerging industry needs with emerging Brock talent.

Having grown up in the Niagara Region, Jason is excited to be back home advocating for Brock University in support of Math and Science co-op students. Driven by a belief in continuous education and self-actualization, Jason hopes to support the development of students towards both their professional and personal goals.

Math and Science operate in a liminal space of discovery. As students, the best place to start is often in discovering yourself—what are your interests, your goals, and your challenges?

Julia Zhu
Associate Director, Co-op Education
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x3356
jzhu@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All areas of Co-op Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Relationship building
  • Coaching
  • Team leadership
  • Research

Julia joined Brock in 2005 after completing a Master of Arts, Economics degree at the University of British Columbia. She is a result-driven and motivated professional with a passion for creating excellence in work-integrated learning experiences for students, employers and community partners. One of the most exciting parts of Julia’s job is being able to contribute to co-op students’ professional development during their time at Brock.

Julia speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese fluently. She enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures.

“There were no roads; we made the roads.” — Lu Xun

Kate Balint
Administrative Assistant
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x4182
kbalint@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All faculties supported by Co-op Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Reports and documentation
  • Applying creativity, innovation and resourcefulness to daily work

Kate is one of our energetic Administrative Assistants who displays a sincere desire to help others. She has been an invaluable asset to Brock University since 2009, first with the Department of Residence and now with the Co-op Education team. Kate excels in her work capabilities with unique insight and ability — she drives the co-op engine from within. With a keen eye for detail, anything she gets her hands on is quick to achieve completion.

Kate was honoured with the “Create a Better Way” award at the Niagara Health System (NHS) for creating a new system on the NHS intranet that made processes more accessible, time and cost efficient, and effective.

Kate loves working at Brock because her efforts and actions make an immediate impact on the team and the University.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading, crafts, and volunteering and fundraising for a variety of child and youth organizations that her five children are involved in.

“The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.” — Albert Einstein

Kristen Richardson
Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education9
05 688 5550 x4204
krichardson3@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Dramatic Arts
  • History
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Psychology
  • Master of Social Justice and Equity Studies

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Business development with top employers across Canada
  • Talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Training and development
  • Providing exceptional customer service to internal and external stakeholders

Kristen spent the first 10 years of her career in the hospitality industry, where her passion for training, employee development and recruitment flourished. In 2008, she moved to the staffing industry and successfully provided temporary staffing solutions and permanent placement recruitment to Niagara’s top employers. In December 2016, Kristen’s hard work and dedication to her career allowed her to begin her “Dream Job” at Brock as an Employer Development Manager. She continues to successfully connect with top employers across Canada while building relationships with faculty and assisting passionate students as they gain meaningful work experience through each co-op work term.

Kristen is a graduate from Humber College with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, including her twin boys who are more tech savvy than she is. She will happily dance during the workday should a song of choice come on the radio.

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” — Oprah Winfrey

Lisa Arnold
Administrative Assistant
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x5215
larnold2@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All faculties supported by Co-op Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Excel data analysis
  • Organization and time management
  • Communications

Lisa is an experienced administrative assistant with a background in a variety of administrative environments. Lisa is a proud Brock University alumna with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In her current role at Brock, Lisa supports all administrative aspects of the Co-op Education program for a variety of faculties. Lisa is happy to have returned to Brock University to promote co-op education to students, faculty, and employers alike.

Lisa recently completed the Office Administrative – Executive diploma at Niagara College and was included in the President’s Honour Roll.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys running and has completed several half marathons and obstacle races, including the Tough Mudder Mud Run. She also holds a first-degree black belt in karate.

Lori Sather
Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x3023
lsather@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Accounting

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Building effective working relationships
  • Coaching and guiding students

Lori’s career path has not been typical. Returning to university as a mature student, she re-discovered her passion for learning and hasn’t looked back. Completing her degree in Sociology at Brock University while working full-time and raising a family was the catalyst for achieving a number of her future goals.  After graduating in 2007, she started her career at Brock in Human Resources and spent many years on the talent acquisition team before joining Co-op Education in 2015. Lori’s combined experiences have prepared her for her current role as an Employer Development Manager in Co-op Education, where she supports and encourages students in pursuit of their career goals.

Brock University has been the common denominator in many of Lori’s professional accomplishments. It was through the University’s sponsorship of her participation in Leadership Niagara that she first became associated with Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold. She is honoured to be a board member and current vice-chair of this valued community organization. She has also previously been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Lori’s ongoing passion is her quest to live a fearless life. However, her newest passion (and greatest frustration) is the game of golf. She enjoys golfing in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter, she enjoys waiting to golf in the spring, summer and fall.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

Melissa Beamer
Senior Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x4633
mbeamer2@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Arts and Science

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Administration and leadership
  • Managing and developing teams
  • Relationship-building
  • Mentoring and developing students
  • Student recruitment
  • Sales and marketing
  • Event and project management

Melissa is a proud Brock alumna who has a passion for student success. She describes herself as a “high-energy person” and thrives in fast-paced environments where change is the norm. Immediately after she graduated, Melissa started her career at Brock as a Student Recruitment Officer. She moved through various positions and progressive levels of responsibility, which eventually led to her current role as a Senior Employer Development Manager in Co-op Education. She is an experienced project and people manager who strives for excellence in her work. Melissa believes that work and fun aren’t mutually exclusive, and that fostering an environment of enjoyment and comradery increases team productivity and performance; this is at the heart of her leadership style. Currently, Melissa leads the Arts and Science team, matching co-op students with employers to make connections and meaningful co-op work term experiences.

Melissa is a Brock graduate twice over, with an honours BA, Combined Politics and Psychology, as well as a Master of Education, Administration and Leadership in Education.  She also participates in various community events throughout Niagara — The Rankin Run is her favourite.

Melissa is a fitness enthusiast — a day without a workout is not a good day! She is trying to get into yoga to get her zen on, but the silence is definitely a challenge for her!

“Choose a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” — Confucius

Ryan Larouche
Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x4502
rlarouche@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Business
  • Economics

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Business development
  • Talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Relationship management

Ryan started his career in staffing and recruitment with Scotiabank, where he quickly moved up to manage corporate recruitment initiatives for multiple business lines across Canada, the United States and Latin America. His area of expertise is recruitment in the banking and finance sector, helping to pair talented Brock co-op students with amazing co-op partners!

Ryan devotes much of his spare time to hockey, golf and country music. He devotes none of his spare time to the Toronto Maple Leafs or broccoli.

Sam Abraham
Employer Development Manager
Co-op Education
905 688 5550 x6244
sabraham@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Accounting
  • CPA

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Career development coaching
  • Job search strategies
  • Developing self-awareness
  • Networking
  • Career counselling
  • Sales and marketing

Sam knew as a young child that he wanted to help others secure employment when he grew up. However, he did not know how he could do that. It was destiny that brought Sam to Brock University. Although he came to Brock as a Biochemistry student, he was able to rediscover himself at the University and ended up graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree. As a student, Sam had the opportunity to gain experience through multiple on-campus jobs as well as through completing a summer internship with the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Upon graduation, Sam had the opportunity to work in employment services for programs funded by Service Canada and Employment Ontario as well as in the career services department of another post-secondary institution. Sam feels he has come full circle, working in a role that he dreamed he dreamed of in his childhood.

Hamilton City Council appointed Sam to their Advisory Committee for Immigrants and Refugees in March 2016. He will continue in his role until the 2018 municipal election.

Sam remembers going to the amusement park with his friends as a young boy and being able to go on the bumper cars. While his friends would get a thrill from crashing into each other, Sam would aim to dodge as many collisions as possible. This aversion to conflict has remained with him and contributes strongly to his natural tendency to problem-solve.

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” — Larry Stevens Furtick Jr.

Career Education

T: 905 688 5550 x3242
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

Peggy Karges
Administrative Assistant
Career Education
905 688 5550 x3242
pkarges@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Career Education
  • Goodman Career

skills/areas of expertise:

  • Administrative support
  • Customer service skills

Peggy brings over 30 years of Administrative Assistant experience, working in private industry, non-profit and post-secondary settings. She has always followed her passion for working with people and prides herself on providing outstanding and friendly service to students, campus visitors, faculty and staff. Her knowledge, willingness to try new things, ability to wear many hats and outgoing personality make Peggy an invaluable resource to the Career Education team.

When she’s not at work, you will find Peggy spending time with family, friends and her four grandchildren. A professed music junkie, she loves live music and is an avid concert-goer.

Stephanie Harper
Associate Director
Career Education
905 688 5550 x4731
sharper2@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All areas of Career Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Talent acquisition/recruitment
  • Facilitation and training
  • Career development
  • Operational design

Stephanie is a passionate HR professional, relationship builder and educator who has lived, worked, studied and volunteered in Niagara for more than 15 years. In her current role, she provides leadership and strategic direction on career education and campus recruitment programming, which aligns perfectly with her enthusiasm for preparing emerging professionals for the world of work.

Stephanie’s connection to Brock University and the Niagara community runs deep. Originally from Burlington, she came to Niagara to study at Brock and never imagined she would remain in the region to find a great career, establish lasting friendships, meet her husband and start a family. The Niagara community has embraced her as one of its own, and she is grateful for all that it has afforded her in both her personal and professional life.

Her colleagues would tell you she is a collaborative leader and team member who is exceptionally detail-oriented and possibly the most organized person they know.

Stephanie completed her business degree in 2005 and graduated from the Leadership Niagara program in 2008. In 2011, she achieved her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, and in 2014, she was honoured with a Niagara a ‘Top 40 Under Forty’ Business Achievement Award.

Outside of work, Stephanie can be found engaging in the community, spending time with family and friends, practising yoga and shopping for shoes!

Campus Team

Campus Career
Schmon Tower, ST119
career@brocku.ca

Ashley Haroutunian
Career Consultant
Career Education
905 688 5550 x 3106
aharoutunian@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All disciplines

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Human resources
  • Career development
  • Employment preparation

Ashley is an experienced campus recruitment, human resources, career development and co-op education professional with experience in both private and public sectors.

She strives to set students up for success in their job search and beyond by helping them learn important career and life skills. In her current role at Brock, Ashley provides career support to students in all disciplines. She applies her strong recruitment background and further education in career development to help students learn about themselves, explore possibilities and shape their career paths.

Ashley’s favourite place in the world (so far) is Italy, and a highlight of her travels there was venturing to the top of Pania della Croce mountain. One of her toughest recruitment jobs involved hiring firefighters for the City of Waterloo. She has been known to accept bribes that involve chocolate, wine or both.

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home” — Betty Bender

Kara Renaud
Supervisor
Career Education
905 688 5550 x5268
krenaud@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All disciplines

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Career development
  • Career programming
  • Leadership
  • Post-secondary school to work transitions
  • Professional development
  • Skills identification and translation
  • Work search preparation

Kara has devoted her life’s work to supporting the career development needs of students in higher education. She brings her passion for helping others to grow and succeed into every interaction she has with students and staff. In her current role, Kara manages the daily operations and staffing of the CareerZone Resource Centre, and facilitates support services that help Brock students explore career possibilities, articulate their skills and find meaningful work.

Kara obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology from McMaster University, and she is currently completing her Master of Education degree at Brock. She also holds a Career Development Practitioner Certification from Conestoga College, and Professional Certification in Event Management from Ryerson University.

As an advocate of career education, Kara and her team of career assistants received accolades for having one of the “Top 10 Awesome College & University Career Service Blogs” by Jessica Miller-Merrell of blogging4jobs.com.

Kara’s interests outside of work include travelling to well-known culinary destinations to experience the food, wine and culture; visiting different sporting venues to cheer on her favourite teams; and playing competitive music trivia with friends. On campus, you are likely to see Kara at the Zone or in fitness classes over her lunch hour.

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”  Diana Ross

Katrina Volpini
Med Plus Consultant
Career Education
905 688 5550 x3782
kvolpini@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Med Plus
  • Career Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Program development
  • Mentoring
  • Career counselling and job development
  • Relationship building

Katrina is a proud Brock alumna who has experience in program management, facilitation, collaborating with local organizations, employment counselling and job development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Certificate in Advanced Employment Counselling. Katrina values the opportunity to build relationships with students at Brock; whether that is through her past experience mentoring placement students in the local non-profit recreational industry, working with recent graduates in her previous job developer role or utilizing her presentation skills to guest lecture in a variety of courses on campus. In her current position, she is able to work with students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care through our Med Plus program. She takes pride in helping students find their motivation to achieve their goals.

In her spare time, you will find Katrina on the field coaching little league for the Greater Niagara Baseball Association. She loves live music and also hopes to see the Toronto Maple Leafs win a Stanley Cup in her lifetime.

“Talk about a dream, try to make it real.” — Bruce Springsteen

Lisa Kuiper
Employer Development Manager
Career Education
905 688 5550 x3376
lkuiper@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All faculties (aside from Goodman)

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • New grad recruitment and consultation
  • Business development/partnerships
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Human resources and AODA legislation
  • Experienced board member (non-profit sector)

With over 20 years of experience in the human resources and recruitment field, Lisa has a wide variety of experience related to graduate recruitment, marketing, employer development and diversity. As the Employer Development Manager, Career Education at Brock University, Lisa is passionate about providing employment opportunities for students, graduates and alumni. She also works with students on developing their careers; with a specialization in working with diversity students. Lisa previously held positions with Human Resources Development Canada (now Service Canada) and worked for the Public Service Commission on their Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign. She is Chair of the Diversity Committee and an active member of the Career Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) and the National Association of Career and Employers (NACE). Lisa is currently the Business Development Director with the Human Resources Professional Association of Niagara (HRPAN) and sits on Brock University’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (BUAAC). She has also served as a Board Director with Pathstone Mental Health and HRPAN. Most recently, Lisa has been nominated to serve on the CACEE Board as Educator Director.

Lisa was awarded the Excellence in Innovation in Diversity from the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). She was also the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award for Outstanding Contributions at Brock University.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys travelling, spending time with her nieces and exploring her creativity with interior design. She has a passion for guiding people to realize their full potential; both personally and professionally.

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. — Mark Caine

Pauline Dawson
Manager
Career Education
905 688 5550 x4414
pdawson@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Career Education — Campus Team
  • Plus Programs

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Advanced education interview preparation
  • Career portfolios
  • Co-curricular programming
  • Personality dimensions facilitator

As the Career Education Manager at Brock University, Pauline has over 20 years of experience working in the field of career and employment counselling. Managing a team of career professionals allows Pauline to see the commitment the campus career team has to helping Brock students realize their potential, build their career plans and make valuable connections with employers. Pauline oversees Brock’s co-curricular transcript program, Experience Plus, and has a passion for helping students increase their understanding of how their skills and experience intersect with what employers are looking for. Pauline loves seeing the drive and excitement that students have for the future, and she strongly believes that in order to build an effective career plan they must first take the time to understand their talents and weaknesses.

In her spare time, you can find Pauline experimenting with her camera, going to the theatre, being a taxi driver to her kids’ extra-curricular activities or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

Goodman team

Goodman Team
MacKenzie Chown Complex
A-Block, Room 336
goodmancareer@brocku.ca

Ashley Chimenti
Manager
Career Education
905 688 5550 x3532
achimenti@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREAS(S):

  • Goodman School of Business

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Interview techniques
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Coaching and mentorship
  • Leadership

Ashley has spent her career bridging the gap between those looking for new opportunities and employers seeking qualified candidates to fill their business needs. She brings a wealth of experience, having worked in numerous areas of career development including agency recruitment, education as well as the Employment Ontario Service model. As Manager, Career Education, Ashley leads the Goodman Career team to ensure the operational strategy meets the needs of students, employers and the Goodman School of Business. Ashley works to inspire confidence and positivity in those she interacts with, mentors and coaches, and she feels that belief is the strongest tool anyone can have when working towards their goals. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and she is a member of the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE).

Ashley has always been open to whatever experiences come her way. Known by her colleagues as the office “onion,” there is always a new layer to uncover about her past work, interests or community involvement. From her current foray into entrepreneurship, in the form of a health and wellness business, to a past formal apprenticeship in hairstyling, or her brief time spent as a bouncer for a Maestro Fresh West Concert,  you just never know what fun story she will be able to share next!

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” — Richard Branson

Kristen Dortono
Career Consultant
Career Education
905 688 5550 x6242
kdortono@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREAS(S):

  • Goodman School of Business

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Coaching and mentoring students
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Cover letter and resume assistance

Kristen graduated from Brock University in 2017 with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – concentration in Human Resource Management. In her final year, Kristen worked with the Goodman Career Education team as the Junior Career Associate, helping to provide students with preliminary career advice. After a summer working for Brock’s Human Resources department, she has returned to the Career Education team as a Career Consultant for the Goodman School of Business. In this role, she mentors students in their job search process through career advising, resume/cover letter assistance, interview preparation and much more.

During her time as a Brock student, she was the captain of the Brock Figure Skating team, winning her individual event and placing 2nd overall at the OUA Championships in 2017. With skating behind her, Kristen now takes on Aerial Silks for her fun form of exercise.

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Charles Swindoll

Kristen Nilsen – currently on secondment with HR until October 2018
Career Consultant
Career Education
905 688 5550 x6242
knilsen@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREAS(S):

  • Goodman School of Business

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Advising
  • Coaching
  • Recruitment

During her studies at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, Kristen completed a Bachelor of Business Administration – Co-op, with a concentration in Human Resource Management. After graduating, she was able to share her own Brock story with prospective students across the province as a university recruiter. With a passion for coaching and advising, Kristen has been able to work with students in a variety of capacities to determine their academic and career goals while also helping them to achieve those goals. As a career consultant, she continues to support students through one-on-one coaching and event planning as they prepare for employment while at Brock and beyond.

Kristen holds the CHRP designation, and she is currently completing her Master of Education with a specialization in Administration and Leadership.

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” — Bobby Unser

Venessa Magny
Employer Development Manager
Career Education
905 688 5550 x 4976
vmagny@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREAS(S):

  • Goodman School of Business

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Accounting Industry
  • Employer Relations
  • Career Consulting (Interview Prep and Networking)

Venessa is an experienced Career Education professional with over 5 years of experience in post-secondary institutions and experience in Campus Recruitment with an Accounting firm. Venessa completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa and a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management at Humber College as well as obtaining her CHRP designation. She is fluently bilingual in both official languages and loves to connect with Francophones in the community.

Venessa is from Timmins and worked in the mines underground as a summer student. She spent her summers assisting the Heavy Duty Mechanics repair equipment underground. Yes, it is dark, damp, freezing cold and boiling hot depending on how far down you go and very very dirty!

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing – Walt Disney

Experiential Education

Experiential Education Office
Schmon Tower, ST 401B
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

Sandy Howe
Associate Director
Experiential Education
905 688 5550 x4126
showe@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • All areas of Experiential Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Broad knowledge of experiential education and the local community
  • The teaching and learning process with a focus on active learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Curricular and co-curricular knowledge of campus
  • Mental health and other student supports
  • Doing all she can to get to “yes” in relation to good ideas

Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Sandy has made her way to Niagara via stops at Western University (BSc., minor in Zoology) and the University of Windsor (Residence Manager). At Brock, she has enjoyed working directly with students on leadership and engagement exercises outside of the classroom, often travelling with them internationally to volunteer.

In her current role, she loves hitting the ground running each day with an awesome team who work to create and support opportunities for students to put theory into practice. Working with faculty and community partners to strengthen experiential education as one of Brock’s strategic priorities, Sandy and her team aim to create meaningful, skill-building, hands-on learning experiences.

As a 2016 “Top 40 Under 40” recipient in Niagara, a past Leadership Niagara participant, and a facilitator of Mental Health First Aid training and the 24-hour Instructional Skills Workshop, Sandy believes in lifelong learning, being a good neighbour and that taking the time to care about those around you goes a long way.

In her spare time, Sandy can be found baking cupcakes, leading a personal wellness business and pursuing her favourite pastime of all — exploring Niagara. She loves to discover the great food, drinks, markets, craft fairs and festivals that the region has to offer.

Carolyn Finlayson
Experiential Education Coordinator
Experiential Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
905 688 5550 x6188
cfinlayson@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Faculty of Social Sciences

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Experiential learning
  • Curriculum support
  • Student engagement
  • Facilitation and brain storming

Carolyn is a passionate, student-centred professional who is excited to support the Faculty of Social Sciences in growing new experiential education opportunities at Brock University. As a Brock grad in Child and Youth Studies, and a Bachelor of Education graduate from the University of Ottawa, Carolyn has a strong background in understanding effective ways to enhance student learning through facilitated experiences. Her knowledge is also supported through her previous professional roles engaging students in experiential learning and development both at Niagara College and the John Howards Society.

Personally, Carolyn enjoys exploring and supporting her local Niagara community and spending as much time as she can with friends and family.

Catherine Brigantino
Experiential Education Coordinator
Experiential Education, Faculty of Math and Science
905 688 5550 x 5782
cbrigantino@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Faculty of Mathematics and Science

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Partnership development and community engagement
  • Problem solving and critical analysis
  • Continuous policy and process improvement
  • Project coordination and management

Catherine is an Experiential Education Coordinator who supports the Faculty of Mathematics and Science to embed practical, hands-on learning opportunities into the curriculum. After completing both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brock, Catherine became a staff member with Brock’s ESL Services. Catherine has since worked for the Niagara Region where she had the opportunity to use a community development model in various roles and specialized projects. With a commitment to life-long learning, Catherine believes in a student-centred approach to strengthen collaborative partnerships and grow experiential learning across the institution.

Catherine was honoured with the Public Health Commissioner’s Award for Customer Service Excellence during her tenure with the Niagara Region. She continues to develop her professional competencies and is certified in Mental Health First Aid, Crucial Conversations, and Open Space facilitation.

An avid hiker and nature lover, Catherine seizes every opportunity to enjoy the many trails and parks in Niagara. She is always up for the challenge of trying something new and has participated in many extreme sports such as mountain climbing, white water rafting, roller derby and sky diving. Catherine has most recently learned to golf and is humbled with each attempt to become proficient at the sport.

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey

Daniel Lonergan
Senior Experiential Education Coordinator, Goodman School of Business
Experiential Education
905 688 5550 x5023
dlonergan@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Goodman School of Business

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Leadership
  • Team building
  • Logical thinking

Born and raised in Niagara, Dan has been connected to Brock since 2008. He holds a BSc in Mathematics, a BEd, and has also gone on to pursue his MBA. Having had experiential opportunities as part of each of his degrees, Dan has first-hand knowledge of the many benefits these opportunities can bring. He has a passion for enabling students to see the many doorways their degrees can open and encourages them to be open to new ideas.

In his current role, he recognizes, develops and strengthens relationships with community partners, faculty and students. In doing so, Dan is committed to ensuring the Brock and Niagara community continues to be a thriving place to study, work and live. This commitment aligns seamlessly with his role in the Goodman School of Business allowing him to connect students with the broader community and have them experience industry challenges, first hand.

Dan is an avid musician, sports enthusiast and traveler.

“Pay attention, don’t let life go by you. Fall in love with the back of your cereal box.” – Jerry Seinfeld

David DiPietro
Experiential Education Coordinator
Experiential Education, Goodman School of Business
905 688 5550 x5933
ddipietro@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Goodman School of Business

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Business development
  • Social media
  • Student engagement
  • Public speaking

David provides support to the Goodman School of Business as part of the Co-op, Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) team. Prior to joining CCEE, David attended Niagara College, where he studied Business Administration (Co-op), and George Brown College, where he completed a certificate in Social Media Marketing. This was followed by a number of years of experience at Niagara College — working with faculty and community partners to grow experiential and work-integrated learning opportunities for students across all programs. In addition to taking a student-centred approach, David cares about the quality of the experiential opportunities on all sides and finds synergies with Co-op and Internship Coordinators to ensure smooth experiential processes across the University.

David is an active member of the Brock community, and he loves that the University feels like one big team. He particularly enjoys that his job allows him to collaborate with several different departments and to meet lots of interesting people.

David is a member of the GenNext – United Way South Niagara committee and also coaches house league soccer in the summer. He is a sports fanatic who loves to talk about why Arsenal, the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best teams around.

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Elyse Lappano
Experiential Education Coordinator, Inclusive & Adaptive Programs
Experiential Education
905 688 5550 x6182
elappano@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Movement education
  • Disability
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Service-based provision

Elyse is passionate about creating purposeful movement experiences for individuals who possess diverse abilities and complexities. She finds fulfillment in mentoring current and upcoming professionals to work with this population in a variety of contexts. In her current role at Brock, Elyse is responsible for the organization, administration and overseeing of eight adaptive physical activity programs on and off campus. She uses her honours BA in Physical and Health Education and her MA degree from Applied Health Sciences (in Health and Physical Education) to adequately prepare current students to work in the field of disability via an embodied perspective and applied approach.

In 2015, Elyse was part of a small group selected by Autism Ontario (Niagara Chapter) to be trained in PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) by founder and director, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson. Shortly thereafter, Elyse was amongst the group of four who facilitated PEERS® for Young Adults for the first time in Ontario.

In her spare time, Elyse enjoys volunteering at local events, travelling, meditating and practising yoga. She can also quote all 10 seasons of Friends!

Emily Allan
Experiential Education Coordinator
Experiential Education, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
905 688 5550 x6178
eallan@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREAS(S):

  • Sport Management

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Professional development
  • Skills identification and translation
  • Student engagement

Emily is a skilled experiential education coordinator who loves to help students and faculty succeed. She has a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Master of Education from Brock, and is also the head coach of the University’s varsity cross country running team. Previously, Emily worked at the University as a project coordinator, managing a five-year research study based in Health Sciences.

In her current role, Emily identifies, cultivates and maintains relationships with industry partners, students, faculty and alumni. She is continually acting as an ambassador for Brock and the Department of Sport Management. Emily has a keen eye for collaborating with faculty to ensure the best outcome(s) for students and community partners, and she enjoys working together with her colleagues across the University campus.

In 2005-06, Emily was honoured with the Director’s Award for her contribution to athletics at Brock University.

In her spare time, Emily is an avid runner and enjoys all things outdoors. She is also a devoted advocate for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, helping to raise funds and awareness for a cause that hits close to home.

Janet Westbury
Experiential Education Coordinator Graduate Programs

Experiential EducationFaculty of Applied Health Sciences
905 688 5550 x4143
jwestbury@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Master of Professional Kinesiology
  • Master of Public Health
  • I-Equip
  • Children’s Movement Program

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Movement education
  • Program/curriculum creation and delivery
  • Professional development
  • Social justice
  • Service-based learning
  • Creating collaborative working environments

The Confucius quote, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand,” best describes any educational setting that Janet facilitates. Using the knowledge and skills that she developed through her own education — a Bachelor of Physical Education (Brock University), a Bachelor of Education (UWO), and a Master of Education (Brock University) — Janet taught in Brock University’s Department of Kinesiology from 1993 until 2016, specializing as a movement educator. Having the pleasure of teaching many undergraduate courses allowed Janet to vary her pedagogical techniques and delivery. This background has provided the foundation for her new role as Experiential Education Coordinator for the graduate programs within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. As a Registered Kinesiologist, Janet now uses all of these tools to guide students through graduate programs as they collaborate with a wide range of community partners.

The spring of 2017 offers Janet the distinct honour of co-leading a group of Brock students as they travel to Namibia and South Africa for a co-curricular experience called Brock Abroad.  This opportunity fits perfectly into her keen interest of stimulating positive change to help create resilient communities. As a lifelong learner, she welcomes the experience.

Janet has many roles, but the one she is most proud of is being a mother. Her positive energy comes from the vitality of her three children. When not spending time with her family, Janet volunteers with numerous organizations within the Niagara region. Her role modelling has transformed her family as they also participate in community engagement. When not in Niagara, Janet and her family love spending time at their cottage.

Koreen McCullough
Experiential Education Coordinator, Humanities
Experiential Education, Faculty of Humanities
905 688 5550 x6210
kmccullough@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Faculty of Humanities

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Experiential learning
  • Community engagement
  • Building relationships
  • Global citizenship
  • Making unexpected connections

Koreen is an Experiential Education Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working within the higher education industry. Skilled in intercultural communication, event planning, customer service, service learning, and building relationships, she is a strong education professional with a Bachelor of Arts focused in English Language and Literature from Brock University. Koreen has held a variety of professional roles at Brock, such as working with ESL students for the purpose of increasing their exposure to Canadian culture and providing sociocultural engagement opportunities. She has also worked with domestic and international student populations on campus, facilitating international study abroad opportunities. In her current role at Brock, Koreen works with all departments and centres within the Faculty of Humanities, supporting and helping to increase the number of Experiential Education courses available to our students. She has a deep understanding of the intersection of curricular and co-curricular experiential opportunities, and a passion for providing excellent service to all.

Koreen is actively involved in a variety of local and international volunteer initiatives, and she has been a leader for numerous service-learning trips at Brock. The most important part of these trips for Koreen is helping students and other volunteers to reflect on their experiences.

In her spare time, Koreen enjoys being a maker of things. Whether it is something artistic, practical, creative, edible or intellectual, she has tried or is willing to try her hand at creating it. Her favourite things to create are memories with her family, friends and community. Koreen’s love of travel and new learning opportunities has brought her to five of the seven continents so far, and she is working to become fluent in the French language.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Author unknown

Liz Kirk
Experiential Education Coordinator, Outdoor Recreation
Experiential Education, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
905 688 5550 x4298
ekirk@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Education

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Outdoor education program development for students of all ages and abilities
  • Risk management procedures development
  • Collaboration through partnership with the Niagara Catholic District School Board (NCDSB), Niagara Regional Native Centre (NRNC) and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA)

Liz embraces the freedom she is given to dream about innovative approaches to outdoor education and experiential learning. She appreciates the opportunities and the support from her colleagues at Brock to put these ideas into practice. Liz most enjoys the time she spends mentoring undergraduate students; sharing leadership opportunities while facilitating fun, outdoor activities with participants of all ages and energy levels. Before attending Brock University as a graduate student in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Liz was already a seasoned outdoor educator, with over a decade of work experience as a wilderness trip guide and program facilitator for multiple organizations throughout Ontario. Since completing her master’s degree in 2013, Liz has played a key role in the development of new opportunities aimed at connecting and supporting young professionals in the field, especially through her volunteer role as vice-president of the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO).

When at work, Liz diligently follows risk management policies that, among other things, often distinctly forbid paddling down a long and winding river after dusk. However, on her own time, she has completed several expedition-style canoe races that require midnight portages, navigating by headlamp and beginning with a backpack full of energy bars and a large thermos of coffee! She is currently in the process of carving a new paddle to use when she makes her fourth attempt at the Brent Run, a 160 kilometre non-stop trip through Algonquin Park.

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” — Rachel Carson

Sandra Micsinszki
Nursing Clinical Co-ordinator
Nursing, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
905 688 5550 x4780
smicsins@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Nursing

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Facilitate clinical placements for nursing students in all four years of the program

Sandra graduated with her BScN in 1985 and MEd in 2002. She is a Registered Nurse who has worked in a variety of nursing roles in the hospital sector prior to undertaking the position of Nursing Clinical Co-ordinator at Brock University in 2001. Her passion for education has translated into developing innovative and creative ways to match clinical experiences with course objectives and learning.

In 1999, Sandra received the Industry and Education Council’s Partners in Education Award for an education program in partnership with a local high school. In 2000, she was a recipient of the 2000 Sustainable Community Awards. Sandra was involved in a simulated “trauma day” for nursing students in collaboration with Niagara Health in 2007. She also was a co-author for the publication “Surviving”:  Registered Nurses’ Experiences in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2005. She is currently working with colleagues on a research study for publication.

Sandra has a second-degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate and a black belt in Kobudo. In her spare time, Sandra is committed to enjoying time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

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Tammy Whitaker-Campbell
Experiential Education Coordinator
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences — Kinesiology Department
905 688 5550 x4529
tcampbell@brocku.ca

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Kinesiology
  • Physical Education
  • Health Sciences

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Forming relationships with community partners
  • Being a conduit between students and community partners

Tammy is an award-winning and highly skilled professional with more than13 years of experience in teaching, advising, and coordinating experiential opportunities in a university setting. She uses her MA in Applied Health Sciences to provide Brock students with unique study opportunities locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Tammy was honoured with the Clark Thomson Award for Excellence in Sessional Teaching. She is set to defend her doctorate in Applied Health Sciences this year.

In her spare time, Tammy enjoys volunteering with sport organizations, spending time with her kids, dog, and husband, and road cycling.

Ty Bolibruck
Experiential Education Coordinator, Recreation & Leisure/Health Sciences
Experiential Education, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
905 688 5550 x4418
tbolibruck@brocku.ca

 

PROGRAM AREA(S):

  • Health Sciences
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies

SKILLS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Community outreach
  • Relationship building
  • Student engagement

Working in Experiential Education in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University has enabled Ty to connect her personal passions, professional experience and education. She uses her honours BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies, minor in Gerontology and Bachelor of Education to support experiential education that meets students’ learning needs and interests, and meaningfully contributes to the greater community, locally and more broadly.

Each day, Ty aims to encourage students to learn from their experiences at Brock through reflecting on their experiences in and out of the classroom. While teaching in the UK, Ty was recognized for her contributions to the creation of a free flow experiential outdoor classroom. Ty has lived in seven countries, taught in four, and dreams of taking her children back to Denmark and Norway so they can explore the countries they were born in. In her leisure time, Ty enjoys being walked by her dog and spending time with her family

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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From Highway 401 West, take 403 South to the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW) in the direction of Niagara Falls. Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way around the lake, then Southeast to St. Catharines. At Exit 49, turn onto Highway 406 and continue until you reach St. Davids Road. Take the St. Davids Road West Exit and follow until you reach Glenridge Avenue.

Turn left on Airport Road. Turn left on Hwy. 6 (Upper James Street) and continue to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway (the ‘LINC’). Turn east on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway which will turn into Mud Street. Turn left on Hwy. 20 (Upper Centennial Parkway). Take Hwy. 20 to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) east to Niagara Falls. At Exit 49, turn onto Highway 406 (towards Welland/Port Colborne) and continue until you reach St. David Road. Take the St. Davids Road West Exit and follow until you reach Glenridge Avenue.

Cross the Peace bridge and then take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) towards Toronto. At Exit 32B, turn onto Thorold Stone Road West and continue through the Thorold Tunnel where the road becomes Highway 58. Take the St. Davids Road West exit and follow until you reach Glenridge Avenue.