Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

International Connections

International and domestic students have many opportunities to connect with the Camosun and Victoria communities. Choose your area of interest and help create a more diverse, inclusive, and safe community for all students. No experience required.

This program is currently on-hold. Please reach out to us after January 2022.

Overview - Training

Training will be offered to all students participating in Connections. It is mandatory to complete the Healthy Boundaries and Responsible Leadership training. Additional training varies by program. Examples of training sessions include:

  • Leadership Training Retreat
  • Effective Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Presentation Skills
  • Project Management
  • Networking Skills
  • Social Media Skills
  • Mental Health Support

Dates and locations for training coming soon.

You will be invited to attend the Annual Recognition Ceremony in April to celebrate your contributions.

Orientation Mentors and Leaders

International Orientation Week is an event where all Camosun students come together to welcome new international students.

Orientation Mentors

  • Provide event support for staff before, during, and after orientation week
  • Train, schedule, and coordinate orientation leaders
  • Organize and host off-campus excursions and ice breakers
  • Develop and lead Group Sessions
  • Introduce sessions and speakers as scheduled
  • Time Commitment: 55-60 hours
  • Full job description PDF

Orientation Leaders

  • Welcome new students and answer inquiries
  • Event set-up and clean up
  • Support orientation sessions
  • Help facilitate Group Sessions
  • Support student excursions
  • Time Commitment: 20-25 hours
  • Full job description PDF

Benefits

  • Leadership training and development, including developing competencies in communication, event planning, teamwork, and problem-solving skills
  • Connecting with peers, staff, and faculty
  • Reference letters available upon request

Peer Connections

A program for students dedicated to helping students. You will support current and new students with the cultural, academic, and personal aspects of their studies at Camosun.

  • Minimum hours per semester: 30 hours
  • Intake: September, January, May
  • Meetings: Weekly. Mondays from 5:30-7pm, Lansdowne Campus

Peer Connections students who successfully complete the program will receive a transcript notation to recognize their involvement and leadership contributions.

Sample activities

  • Orientation mentors
  • Global social justice fundraising and awareness campaigns
  • Peer greeting
  • Transition groups
  • Cultural cafes
  • And other outreach activities!

Required Training

  • Healthy Boundaries and Responsible Leadership
  • Leadership Training Retreat
  • Weekly Group Forums

Optional training

  • Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
  • Helping Skills Development
  • Career Exploration
  • Crisis Intervention Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Networking Skills

Members will have input on topics for guest presenters and training.

Ready to connect?

Are you interested in being a part of Peer Connections and International Student Orientation Week?

Contact Peer Connections

Email peerconnections@camosun.ca

This program is currently on-hold. Please reach out to us after January 2022.

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