Hello, and a warm welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences! I am Dr. Shannon Spenceley, and I am fortunate to be the Dean of Health Sciences. You have made a great decision, congratulations!  You have decided to take your educational journey in a vibrant faculty. All of us—staff, academic faculty and administrative leaders alike, are committed to your success. In fact, we take great pride in the success of our students, both when they are students, and when they graduate and enter the workforce. We hear from employers out there that our graduates are distinguishing themselves in the workforce as critical problem-solvers, valuable team-players, and evidence-informed and caring professionals—and we often hear back from our graduates that they appreciate how well they have been prepared for what they encounter after graduation.
Now, I think you might agree, we find ourselves in strange times right now; it seems the world has turned upside down doesn’t it? Even so, you have made the commitment to further your education—good for you! Even though the modality of teaching has changed out of necessity, I can’t tell you how hard faculty have worked to ensure that no matter what, you will receive a first-rate educational experience—I am so proud of them too! I am confident that I speak for our entire faculty when I say: WELCOME, and we look forward to witnessing your growth on your journey with us!
- Dr. Shannon Spenceley

New Student Orientation Timeline

September 3, 2020 | Meet the Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences invites you to engage in conversation with some of our outstanding people. Meet the professors who will teach your classes and support staff who will help you on your academic journey. We are all so excited to meet you!

1 p.m. Welcome from the Dean. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet our Dean and Associate Dean. You will also be introduced to support staff who are able to assist you in your academic journey.

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Connect with professors. This is your opportunity to pop into different program sessions to meet the professors who teach your classes. A full list of program sessions was sent to you in your NSO box and via email. We recommend that you stop by the program session that represents your major (e.g. public health) first so you don't miss any introductions.

  1. Aboriginal Health – Bill McKay
  2. Addictions Counselling – James Sanders
  3. Public Health – Nimesh Patel
  4. Therapeutic Recreation – Devan McNeill

Meet some of our Shining Students!

Keltie Hamilton (BHSc '20):

“Every professor and instructor in the Faculty of Health Sciences is so knowledgeable and willing to share their expertise with students. I’d advise new students to make use of their office hours and don’t be afraid to ask questions. A great way to meet your classmates and get to know your professors is to attend faculty events throughout the year. I’d also recommend staying in touch with your professors to see if you can do an independent study under them or work as a research or teaching assistant. Make sure to keep an eye out for special topics classes in the summer. I’ve been consistently impressed with the support I’ve received both during and after my degree.”

Chloe Crosschild (BN ’14, MN ’19)

“My biggest piece of advice for students about to begin their post-secondary journey is to be open-minded to different worldviews and perspectives and try to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. We aren't expected to know everything when we start our academic journeys, so it's okay to be wrong or feel challenged because that is the only way we can grow as students and scholars.”

Courtney Smith (BHSc ’20)

“My advice as an alumna of the Faculty of Health Sciences would be to get to know your professors; it’s a unique faculty where, as students, we get a more intimate learning experience as our class sizes are typically smaller. Having a good relationship with your professor or instructor I feel is pivotal in your post-secondary learning experience; it allows for a richer learning environment and, in times of need, it is easier to approach a professor when seeking help as you have established a sense of relationship.”

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