The Peer Support Centre
Acadia Student Union Building, Room 503
30 Highland Ave, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R5
The Peer Support Centre is a communal student space in the Acadia Student Union Building open to students seeking peer support, resource information, safe sex and menstrual products, or just a welcoming space to relax! It is also the location of the Peer Support Internal Organizations: Acadia Pride, Acadia Mental Health Initiative, and the Acadia Women’s Centre.
The Peer Support Centre holds Peer Support Drop-in Hours from 1-4PM daily Monday through Friday, during which time at least one of the three peer support coordinators is available in the centre. Each coordinator covers different hours weekly during the 1-4PM drop-in window. Please see the schedule below, or email a specific coordinator to make an appointment.
All three coordinators are available and equipped to support ALL students, regardless of identity or background.
Pride (SUB 506)
Anika Falkeisen, Coordinator 2018-2019
Meetings: Thursdays, 5PM, Michener Lounge
Office Hours: Mon. 2:30-4PM; Tues. 1-4PM
Women's Centre (SUB 505)
Tomi McCarthy, Coordinator 2018-2019
Meetings: Mondays, 7PM, Michener Lounge
Office Hours: Thurs. 1-4PM; Fri. 1-2:30PM
Acadia Mental Health Initiative (SUB 504)
Jenna Purkis, Coordinator 2018-2019
Meetings: Mondays, 6PM, Michener Lounge
Office Hours: Mon. 1-2:30PM; Wed. 1-4PM
Acadia Pride, Acadia Women's Centre and AMHI are internal organizations of the ASU. While all three IOs have a different focus in their advocacy and may have more specific insights and resources pertaining to each individual area of focus, all three coordinators are equipped to provide support and resources to students of ALL backgrounds and identities.
Acadia Pride aims to provide a community and resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gendered, two-spirited, questioning and queer (LGBT2IQ) individuals, as well as friends, and allies. See the Acadia Pride webpage for more information.
The Acadia Women's Centre is a place for students of any gender identity to get support, make connections, obtain resources (menstrual products, safer sex supplies, pregnancy tests), and information on campus and community resources. We focus on feminist and social justice issues including discrimination, sexualized violence and assault, advocacy, and general support and guidance. See the Acadia Women's Centre webpage for more information.
Acadia Mental Health Initiative seeks to promote mental wellness on campus through a combination of peer support and advocacy. AMHI offers support to individual students struggling with their mental health, and promotes equity and inclusion on campus as a whole through programming and advocacy. See the Acadia Mental Health Initiative webpage for more information.
Peer support IO coordinators keep a minimum of 3 office hours a week for students to visit their offices, during which time students are welcome to drop by for a listening ear and to learn more about the supports available to them.
The IOs advocate for equity and inclusion on campus both on individual and campus-wide bases. Students can bring issues directly to the coordinators during office hours or to the organization as a whole during weekly meetings.
Each IO hosts meetings where IO executive teams and the membership meet to establish and work towards meeting the mission and goals of the organization.
Campus Events and Programming
Each IO organizes events, workshops, and programming that are open to all members of the Acadia community, often designed to address interests specific to each IO.
Connection to Resources
The Peer Support Centre has books, pamphlets, paper resources, and additional information about resources and services available on campus and in the community.
The Peer Support Centre itself is a communal student space, accessible to students anytime the SUB is open. The space itself offers many resources and supplies for student use.
Many pamphlets and paper resources are available on safe sex, mental health, LGBTQ+ identity, and campus and community resources. The Peer Support Centre Library has a shelf of books available for checkout.
Sexual Health Supplies
Condoms, dental dams, lubricant and menstrual care products are among the supplies available for free on the supply shelf.
The space is equipped with three comfy couches, stuffed animals, fidget toys, art supplies and reading materials and available to students anytime the SUB is open.