Work at the WEC

WEC 2018-2019 Volunteer Job Description

Wellness Education Centre (WEC) Volunteers have an enthusiastic interest and personal dedication to health and wellness, including making healthy, responsible lifestyle choices. They have equally outstanding teamwork and independent work skills: WEC Volunteers must be able to reliably complete tasks independently while also supporting and actively participating in a fast-paced, collaborative environment of student staff members.

WEC Volunteers must work a minimum of 6 hours per week in one or more of the following areas: Front Desk, Student Engagement, or Media and Marketing.

Submit a resume and cover letter indicating your interest and experience to wec@uwo.ca to apply.

Front Desk

NOTE: This area requires completion of NASPA Certified Peer Educator Training for two full days in September 2018.

  • Help all Western students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) connect with the health and wellness resources available on- and off-campus.
  • Maintain the front desk of the Wellness Education Centre by answering phones, engaging in confidential conversations with students, responding appropriately to sensitive information and personal disclosures, making referrals to wellness resources on and off campus (may involve escorting students to location of referral on campus)
  • Complete day-to-day WEC tasks (create calendars, slideshows, update resources, etc.)
  • Communicate empathy and demonstrate active listening skills to understand and affirm students’ perspectives without giving personal advice or endorsing particular products.
  • Manage own stress levels in order to remain calm, supportive, and resourceful when responding to a student in crisis.
  • Continually investigate and communicate a deep knowledge of resources and wellness activities at Western and in the London community.
  • Take initiative to approach a student in a caring, respectful manner when a student frequents the WEC and is struggling to ask for help.
  • Confidently communicate the goals, activities, and resources at the Wellness Education Centre through impromptu tours of the WEC
  • When not actively helping clients, assist staff members working in other areas.
  • Exceptional problem solving, memorization, flexible learning style, and stress management skills required in this area.

Student Engagement

NOTE: This area requires students to complete 10 hours of mental health literacy training.

  • Dynamic, engaging, and influential students who promote the WEC through activities that encourage Western students to become more proactive about their health and well-being. They seek out collaboration opportunities with campus partners (e.g., Student Health Services, SOGS, USC, Active Minds) to decrease the stigma of seeking help through promoting the wellness resources, activities, and events available to Western undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scholars.
  • Represent the WEC at promotional booths, fairs, etc.
  • Promote the WEC on campus and via social media.
  • Research, develop, and deliver special projects based on student needs
  • Receive training to deliver wellness presentations and workshops
  • Strong leadership skills, self-motivation, and initiative required in this area.

Media and Marketing

NOTE: This area requires applicants to submit a portfolio of relevant work and a plan for increasing the knowledge and capacity of fellow staff members in this area.

  • Develop and execute marketing strategy for WEC initiatives and events
  • Grow the WEC’s social media presence
  • Create high quality social media posts, graphics, designs, posters, videos, and photography
  • Contribute 3 posts per week to WEC facebook page
  • Advanced knowledge and proficiency in marketing, graphic design, and photo/video editing required in this area.