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Learn about all the ways Student Services at Bannatyne Campus can help you.

March 2, 2021 — 

With health and wellness being fundamental to student success and achievement, many units and offices are committed to delivering accessible, outstanding support to learners throughout their time at the University of Manitoba. Student Services at Bannatyne Campus (SS@BC) is a single entry point for students, interns and residents at the Bannatyne Campus to access a variety of free support programs and services.

Students can receive support in a number of areas that contribute to academic success and personal well-being such as physical and mental health, accessibility accommodations, career advising, student advocacy, academic learning skill-building, spiritual care, financial aid, and so on.

There can be different levels of engagement in these services, from one-on-one appointments to self-directed programs that still include a certain degree of connectivity with a counselor. At this time, appointments for services are being delivered remotely by telephone or through a video chat platform.

“We can help with issues even if it doesn’t relate to your studies,” says Leah Deane, the Director of SS@BC. “If something is out of balance in one part of your life, there’s an impact on the rest.” With a background in social work, Deane works closely with a versatile team to provide an integrated network of support and assistance for individuals. She highlights the importance of putting a plan in place for each person and ensuring that follow up care is as effective as possible.

For students, one of the greatest benefits of having a central hub for the campus is that an individual doesn’t need to know the specific program or resource they may need. “They can come in to discuss, we can triage what’s going on and we’ll work with them to figure out which available supports or combination of supports would be most helpful and effective,” Deane adds.

Adina Lakser, the Confidential Intake and Triage Specialist, is the first point of contact for students who connect with SS@BC. Her background in a clinical setting is an asset to helping students navigate the available systems of support and guidance, particularly by taking a conversational approach to assessing the nature of each person’s needs.

Additionally, students in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences can feel confident knowing that the SS@BC team has a high degree of familiarity with the Bannatyne programs. “We don’t report back to them but we’ve developed a strong understanding and relationship with the academic programs in the faculty,” Lakser says. “We understand the context of what’s going on for students in their academic programs and it helps us support them.”

SS@BC strives to provide the best support for learners, and maintaining confidentiality in doing so. Reiterating that there’s no problem too big or too small, Deane and Lakser encourage learners to reach out to SS@BC and discuss how the office can help.  

Students interested in learning more about Student Services at Bannatyne Campus can find more information on their website, or by calling the front desk line at 204-272-3190.

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