UAlberta ACCESS Open Minds Community Brokers

Who We Are

The U of A ACCESS Community Brokers team is dedicated to making a difference in how youth access and engage with mental health supports. We are a team focused on student wellness and work in conjunction with a nationwide group of ACCESS Open Minds stakeholders to improve student wellness.

Working with a number of service professionals from different sites across Canada allows us to contribute, on a national level, to youth mental health service design, delivery, evaluation, and research. This collaboration ensures that Canadian youth - including U of A students - are able to navigate, access, and engage with the mental health supports and services they need, when they need them.


What We Do

We are committed to providing ongoing assistance to our students throughout the process of attaining appropriate mental health supports, and strive to bridge service gaps and connect students to timely and effective resources. We also listen to students who may be experiencing feelings of stress, who feel overwhelmed, confused, or who are looking to improve their overall well-being so that we can further enhance our ability to help shape how students navigate, access, and engage with mental health supports.

To ensure our goals, roles and responsibilities meet the needs of our students, and align with national standards, we also:

  • Provide timely, situation-appropriate access to youth-friendly care surrounding mental health and wellness concerns
  • Work to improve youth engagement and awareness regarding mental health issues and early identification
  • Collaborate with groups and other student resources and wellness initiatives on campus to inform and support best practices
  • Support the ACCESS U of A Youth Council as an advisory body to provide a student voice/youth perspective on student mental health

Ask Me Anything! with ASSET

Join the Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team (ASSET) on select Wednesdays for conversation and snacks.  

As U of A grads, we know the challenges and stresses of being a student. We've been in your shoes! Ask us about our school experiences, first jobs, career successes and failures, and anything else you might be wondering about life after university. 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (drop-in anytime)

ACCESS Open Minds office (SUB 2-300)

  • 1. Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    Jane, ’05 BSc(Spec)

    In 2005, Jane graduated from the U of A with a BSc specializing in psychology degree. After stumbling into the world of student affairs through volunteering during her undergrad, she took on various student affairs leadership roles at the UASA/U of A and is currently the Assistant Registrar of Student Services & University Calendar. She completed a master’s in adult education and community development through St. Francis Xavier University from 2013-2018 (while working full time, volunteering on multiple boards and having her first kid…not the recommended route by the way!). Jane likes to stay active, volunteer, work on crafts, read and spend time with her family.

    Ask Jane about working in higher education, avoiding burnout, completing a Master's while working/volunteering/starting a family, leadership development, presenting and facilitation skills, and baking & cooking.

    Katie, ՚13 BA, ՚18 MA
    Katie graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. She completed a Master of Arts in Communications in 2018 while working full time. Katie works as the Communications Lead in the Faculty of Science at UAlberta. Her job focuses on writing, mainly about research and research discoveries, and public relations. Before working at the university, Katie worked in both non-profit and corporate environments. Her interests include travel (including study abroad), cooking, reading, dogs, yoga, and self-care.
    Ask Katie about taking a course-based master's program, imposter syndrome, travel and studying abroad, setting boundaries with friends and family, and working in communications.
  • 2. Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    Charlotte, ’16 BA

    Charlotte graduated from the U of A in 2016 with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in women and gender studies and minoring in drama. After working in Student Group Services at the Students’ Union for a year, she now works at the Career Centre. In her new role as the recruitment co-ordinator, she brings employers to campus for different recruitment activities. Among the big events she plans are the multiple career fairs at UAlberta throughout the year, including Careers Day in late September.

    Ask Charlotte about working during university, the value of happenstance in work searches, being a new grad, how to restart after a failure, and how to start bullet journalling.

    Doug, ’15 BA

    Doug is a UAlberta graduate with a bachelor of arts majoring in psychology. He works as a project manager for Covenant Health. In addition to working with at-risk youth, he has worked for the UAlberta Career Centre and Residence Services. In his spare time, Doug enjoys meditation, biking, and board games.

    Ask Doug about balancing work and mental health, meditation, coping with anxiety/depression at work, the feeling of not knowing what to do with your life, and Buddhism.

  • 3. Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    Amanda, ՚07 BA, ՚15 MLIS
    Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in library and information studies from UAlberta. As an undergraduate, she majored in English and minored in classics. She studied library science because she is passionate about education and literacy. Amanda currently works at the Alberta School of Business as an admission and records assistant helping prospective graduate students. Whenever she gets a chance, she is at a play, a movie or the ballet. She is proudly nerdy and at home at comic expos.
    Ask Amanda about self-care and self-compassion, maintaining a positive outlook while searching for work, how to build a professional wardrobe on a budget, fun and nerdy things to do in Edmonton, and living with food and environmental allergies  
    Amber, ՚99 BA(Hons), ՚05 MA
    Amber is a proud U of A grad with a master's degree in Communications and Technology and a bachelor of arts honours degree in Psychology. She currently works as a Career Development Officer for the Faculty of Arts where she oversees career services programming for Arts undergraduate students. Her portfolio includes Arts Work Experience, which encompasses co-op and internship programming. She is a Certified Career Coach and has worked in career and student service roles at the U of A for 15 years. She has also been an active volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association for over 10 years. In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for a run, walking her dog, traveling and eating good food.
    Ask Amber about career options with an arts degree, how to make the most of your degree, work search strategies, experiential learning opportunities, and must-see travel destinations.

Research

On Campus
  • Youth Voices Matter

    UAlberta's ACCESS Open Minds is seeking first-year student participants (undergraduate and graduate students who are 25 and younger) to be part of change in how mental health services in our community are designed, delivered, and accessed. To share your perspective on the care you receive, and for more information on our research and services, email accessom@ualberta.ca.

Nationwide