HealthAid Network - Student Success Leader Training

Inspire others to inspire others”, was the piece of advice given by the HealthAid Network Coordinators Alessandro Perri and Khadija Bint Misbah to the Student Success Leaders of the Fall/Winter 2014/2015 school year.


Alessandro and Khad - Coordinators, Peer Mentorship at Calumet and Stong Colleges

On Thursday, June 12th, 2014 the HealthAid Network leadership team held their first Student Success Team Leader Training for this upcoming school year. It was a day full of vision, leadership, and communication.

For those unfamiliar with the HealthAid Network, it is a group of dedicated upper year students from the Faculty of Health who are paired with first year students from their respective programs to help support academic success inside the classroom. These upper year students are referred to as Student Success Leaders (SSL), or simply mentors, and the first years are the Student Success Team Members (SSTM). Altogether, these individuals form a mentorship team.SSLThere are multiple mentorship teams, each consisting of two SSLs and four SSTMs, that are grouped together based on their respective programs. The vision of the program is to encourage student success in the first year by providing students with timely and relevant information. Classroom announcements are made in core 1000 level Faculty of Health courses about campus resources, ways to get involved on campus, leadership opportunities and other academic related information.

SST Announcements

To gain a better understanding of how important this training day is two students were interviewed – Pratik Nair, a returning SSL and Ahbair Pasha, a new SSL.

What does the HealthAid Network mean to you?

It’s a good opportunity to create a social circle. I’ve been a SSL for the past three years, and to me it’s a home away from home. It’s always nice to see others excitement when they first become an SSL. Through the HealthAid Network I have been given the opportunity to interact with a variety of individuals in the Faculty that I would not have been able to meet otherwise.

What are you looking forward to this upcoming year?

During my first year as an SSL I was most excited about meeting people. Now, in my third year as an SSL, I hope to make a lasting impact in the community. I want to make a difference. It’s nice to see the evolvement of everyone – whether it be past SSLs or SSTMs or even the transition of an SSTM to an SSL. I look forward to seeing everyone grow in my final year as an SSL.

Pratik Nair
Kinesiology and Health Science, 4th Year
Returning Student Success Leader

How has this training prepared you for your role as a Student Success Leader?

I was involved with the HealthAid Network last year as a SSTM, which means I’ve seen it from the other side. This year I have the opportunity to be a SSL and it’s great. My SSL, Christine, was a great mentor. She was always enthusiastic and organized, which helped me out a lot in my first year. This training has helped reinforce skills I’ve seen being applied before. I am able to interact with and meet new people without hesitation. The environment is very accepting and interactive, which I am really thankful for.

What are you looking forward to this upcoming year?

The HealthAid Network means a great deal to me and I am really looking forward to becoming a mentor. As Alessandro and Khad mentioned, I hope to inspire others to inspire others. I have always been involved with extracurricular, ever since high school, and I’m glad the HealthAid Network has given me the opportunity to continue to enhance my leadership skills. I want to be a leader on campus by helping others access and be informed about all the resources that are available on campus.  I want to teach my SSTMs to appreciate what the HealthAid Network offers us as students.

Abhair Pasha
Psychology, 2nd Year
New Student Success Leader