Meet our executives and find out what each role entails.
Chair of Support Services
Leader of service and executive team. Collaborates with the Vice Chair to ensure operations are running smoothly. Schedules and leads weekly executive meetings. Meets with volunteers and service members for disciplinary action, feedback, and to offer support when needed. Utilizes leadership skills to keep the service running smoothly, and creating a positive service environment.
Current Chair: Chloe Holmquist.
Why Chloe loves PSC: Everyone deserves to feel heard and seen, but that’s often not the case for many. I love the PSC because, even if it sounds a little cheesy, it has shown me that even the smallest words can make a world of positive difference for someone. I am so grateful that I get to work alongside a team of caring volunteers who not only understand this, but model their interactions with others around it. Wether you’ve been trained to help others with their own mental wellbeing or not, coming forwards and finding support can be incredibly difficult to do. I really appreciate the work PSC that does to make this even the smallest bit more comfortable for our communities.
Leader of operations and executive team. Collaborates with the Chair to ensure service and operations of the PSC are running smoothly. Responsibilities include overseeing the backend operations of the PSC, as well as working on projects to improve the experience of our volunteers.
Current Vice Chair: Rahul Suresh
Why Rahul loves PSC: I love PSC because it is filled with caring and empathetic individuals that strive to brighten the day of a vulnerable individual who is going through their own struggles. Through providing empathetic, non-directional, peer-based support, we are also able to address the mental health of the McGill community in a very tangible way which is extremely rewarding.
Responsible for creating annual and semester budgets as well as ensuring all of our expenses are properly reimbursed.
Current Finance Coordinator: Jessica Calabrese
Why Jessica loves PSC: I love PSC because it gives students a safe place to go. It’s sometimes hard to open up about something, but the PSC makes it easy with our non-judgmental and confidential service. Everyone is so kind and welcoming, all with the same goal: support the McGill community.
Role consists of two aspects: (1) volunteer engagement, and (2) volunteer support. Ensures that support resources are available to all of our volunteers and facilitates communication between volunteers and the rest of executive. Volunteer Coordinator supervises and organizes social, self-care, and appreciation events for volunteers, and manages a team of Support Leads who act as internal Peer Supporters for volunteers.
Current Volunteer Coordinator: Maharshee Karia
Why Maharshee loves PSC: I love and appreciate the community PSC has given me. Here, you are always surrounded by the most empathetic and kind people. And it is really amazing to see these people work incredibly hard to give back to the McGill community in a significant way. I am so glad I get the opportunity to work alongside them to try and make a difference. Everyone deals with their own mental health journey and at PSC we strive to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for anyone that wants to talk and share.
Shift Lead Coordinator
Trains and supports the Shift Leads at the Peer Support Centre. Shift Leads are the people who greet you when you come in, and are trained to work with peers in extreme distress. Often, they are sources of support for peer supporters and can be invited into a session. They are also there to answer any of your questions about the service or related resources on campus! Our Shift Lead Coordinator manages the Mac campus expansion project to try to bring some peer support to our friends at the Macdonald campus.
Current Shift Lead Coordinator: Chelsea Osei Owusu
Why Chelsea loves PSC: I love the PSC because of the genuinely friendly and warm volunteers we have working with us. It is so inspiring to see so many of our peers offering a piece of their free time to lend a helping hand to other McGill students.
The Logistics Coordinator schedules volunteers, enforces PSC policies, and provides logistical assistance during August training.
Current Logistics Coordinator: Ray Marks
Why Ray loves PSC: Before joining as a volunteer, the PSC provided me with support during a difficult first semester. As a scared first year, a non-judgmental McGill student listening to my worries was just what I needed to begin to adjust to university life. That experience motivated me to want to be a part of the community where people could express however they are feeling without fear of judgement.
Responsible for organizing PSCs extensive August volunteer training. Provides relevant and well-organized training sessions throughout the year so our volunteers can continue to expand their knowledge. Our Training Coordinator oversee the content, logistics, and speakers for these trainings and does their best to ensure that the volunteers get a well-rounded training experience. Please contact our Training Coordinator if you have any questions about the training of peer support volunteers!
Current Training Coordinator: Arushi Katyal
Why Arushi loves PSC: The Peer Support Centre is an incredibly kind and welcoming community, our volunteers are students who genuinely want to help others at McGill and provide a non-judgemental, confidential space to listen. I love the PSC community, and working with an amazing team to give back to the McGill community.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Responsible for liaising and developing connections with relevant student groups and associations on-campus. Establishes relationships with peer support programs at other universities and in the community. Works with student groups on campus to offer workshops on a variety of topics, including active listening, resource referral and self-care (if you’d like to request a workshop, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/TEjTRXZTezQx1u746 ).
Current Community Outreach Coordinator: Laura Yudo
Why Laura loves PSC: In our world there is so much hate where there should be love. There is so much apathy where there should be empathy. So many voices shut down and ignored where there should be listening ears. Inequality where there should be equity. Exclusion over inclusion. Silence & lack of awareness where there should be conversations about mental health. The desire to change that (or at least try) connects us here at the Peer Support Centre. I love the peer support centre because of what it stands for: in simple terms, being a good neighbour. Be that by listening to understand rather than respond, replacing sympathy with empathy, or by being willing to provide help to those around you in whatever capacity possible. I love the Peer Support Centre because I have an opportunity to be the change I want to see in the world, starting with our McGill Community.
Program Evaluation Coordinator
Responsible for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data with the purpose of evaluating and improving the organization as a whole. This includes the PSC’s support services, promotional efforts, and training program. Primarily, our Program Evaluation Coordinator designs surveys and assessments, performs analyses on past and present data, writes reports, and makes recommendations based on data. Reach out to our Program Evaluation Coordinator for any questions regarding the kinds of measures they use to make this all possible!
Current Program Evaluation Coordinator: Zoe Karkossa
Why Zoe loves PSC: I admire the support the PSC provides for those who need it the most, such as new students and international students and students who are still struggling to find their place at McGill. The PSC provides an important service to people who feel lost and confused during a stressful period of their lives, and I truly believe it has a great impact on the community’s well-being.
Promotions and Outreach Coordinator
Responsible for the promotion of PSC on campus at McGill. Our Promotions and Outreach Coordinator manages a team of 6-8 Promo Team members who actively promote our services on campus through social media, events, and general outreach. If you’d like to collaborate with PSC, feel free to reach out!
Current Promotions and Outreach Coordinator: Serina Cole
Why Serina loves PSC: I love PSC because it’s a student-run service dedicated to helping people who are ultimately going through the same things you are. It’s accessibility and comforting atmosphere really provide students with the support they need–whether it be a simple venting session or a helping hand in resource referral. We cater to a diverse set of needs and I think this is why people love our service and want to keep coming back!