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Peer Support Centre to offer satellite sites

March 27, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Peer Support Centre, an AMS service run by the Social Issues Commission for use by all Queen’s students, will be opening temporary satellite sites during the final week of classes. These satellite sites will be targeted to engineering students and to first year students on West Campus.

“The end of classes and exams can be very stressful for students,” says Peer Support Centre Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Kathleen Coutts. “After receiving feedback on how best to support students during this time, we decided to bring the PSC to them.”

The satellite site for engineering students will be located in Room 216 of the Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) on Monday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 3rd from 6pm-9pm each day. This site will be staffed by fellow engineering students who have been trained in peer counseling by the Peer Support Centre. A satellite site will also be offered on West Campus on Thursday, April 5th and Friday, April 6th from 7pm-11pm each day in the Phase 1 Reflection Room (C134) of Jean Royce Hall.

“Students living on West Campus can sometimes feel isolated,” says Evette Yassa, also a Marketing & Outreach Coordinator with the Peer Support Centre. “We really wanted to ensure that during this stressful time, they could access the late night, face-to-face support the PSC provides, just as easily as students living on Main Campus.”

The Peer Support Centre will also continue to be open every day from 3pm-1am throughout the exam period. All students can access the Peer Support Centre by visiting Room 34 of the JDUC, calling 613-533-6000 ext 75111 or by visiting www.queenspeersupport.com.

CONTACT:
Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at
comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

 BACKGROUNDERS 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

Peer Support Centre http://www.queenspeersupport.com – (613)-533-6000 ext. 75111
The Peer Support Centre is an AMS service run through the Social Issues Commission that offers social and personal support to both undergraduate and graduate students in a safe and strictly confidential environment from a team of trained and dedicated peer counselors. The Peer Support Centre is open in Room 34 of the JDUC every day from 3pm to 1am.

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