Near Peer Mentorship

About Near-Peer Mentorship

The Near Peer Mentorship Program is a program offered in the University of Calgary’s Social Work Program to BSW students, MSW foundation students and MSW specialization students in Edmonton. Near-peer mentorship consisted of student peers, who have similar goals, interests and backgrounds, providing mentorship to one another. The mentor provided first-hand experience, advice and insight to mentees about different processes.


We thank the participants for their time in the Near Peer Mentorship program; if you would like more information on this initiative, please feel free to reach us at


Below is the PowerPoint slide deck and orientation video used for the orientation program for participants in the Near-Peer Mentorship Pilot program at the University of Calgary, Central and Northern Alberta Region. In these resources, you will find an overview of the program, its model, objectives, guiding principles, development strategy and plans for the pilot year of the program.

Near-Peer Coordinators


Abimbola Ariyo, MSW Student

Emmanuel Chilanga, PhD.

Martin Gendron BSW Student

Carolyn (Cari) Gulbrandsen, PhD.

Near-Peer Participants

Abimbola Ariyo Charlene Vallee Jane Ogbadu-Gbajabiamila Rebecca (Jeeho) Lee
Abigail Mensah Chelsea Hack Jessica Ossais Rebecca Namara
Aleksandra Prica Chizobam Iwe Jill Hoselton Rezebeth Noceja
Amber Young Christie Oswald Jillian Walsh Rida Mukhtar
Angela Dixon Cindy Vera Galvan Joan Bosire Romit Panesar
Angela Samonte Connie Wong John MacPhee Samantha Huang
Angelica Manalo Dana Selk Julia Kavanagh Samantha LeBlanc
Aster Terefe Daniella Kersey Karen Pinkoski Sara Wood
Avery Klein Danielle Beaulieu Komal Sandhu Serena Mackey
Bonni McCallson Danielle Peyton Krista Weiss Shana Hickmore
Brenda McClelland Elizabeth Onofrychuk Madelaine Robillard Shane Yu
Bridget Tangham Emily Kennedy Maria Corpuz Shaylah Hossain
Britni Chambers Emma DeVynck Martin Gendron Sheila Jessop
Brittany Hayduk Eric Wanjiru Mehwish Shahid Silvia (Jeny) Beltran Faryna
Brittany Thiessen Fatima (Zahra) Samad Nabeel Premji Tek Khatri
C. Natalia Samayoa Felicity Bohnet Natalie Webber Tiffany Weston
Cari Gulbrand Hafisat Folorunso Nik Jarvis Ufuoma Odebala
Cesilia Bentley Holly Reeve Olayinka Dipeolu Yvonne Ho
Chantelle Oevering Jaclyn Kozak Poonam Sharma Zipporah Greenslade
Jake Davies Rachel Hansford


These webinars reflect the research and findings of the Near-Peer Mentorship program. PowerPoint slides in PDF format are available for perusal alongside recordings of the webinars.

Peer Support and Mentoring: Professional Networking Lunch & Learn Q&A – February 9, 2022

Zoom Recording

A Meeting of the Minds: Mentorship & Leadership – March 23, 2021

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Zoom Recording

Field Instructorship and Supervision: A Panel Discussion – Feb 25, 2021

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Zoom Recording

Near Peer Mentorship Program + Field Image Showcase – December 18, 2020

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Zoom Recording


Free Online Trainings and Certificates (PDF)

This document contains free online resources to access training and certifications, as offered through a variety of institutions, including the Government of Canada, the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Federation of Registered Health Professionals, and the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.

Program Objectives

This image reflects the program objectives of the Near-Peer Mentorship Program. The four pillars of the program are to foster relationships between mentors and mentees, provide support for mentees, enhance the mentees’ knowledge of social work, and nurture leadership skill development in mentors.


Near Pear Mentorship Model

This diagram illustrates the Near-Peer Mentorship program model. The program is implemented so that students are mentored by peers “near to them in their academic program and experiences. For example, a third-year Bachelor of Social Work student is mentored by a fourth-year Bachelor of Social Work student, who in turn is mentored by a Master of Social Work foundations student. Students have the opportunity to be both mentors and mentees simultaneouslythus creating a community of multiple levels of support and guidance as portrayed by the nested circles in the above diagram.
The Near-Peer Mentorship model encourages reciprocal learning within the student mentor-mentee relationships.  

These five boxes represent the guiding principles of the Near-Peer Mentorship Program:

Support Over Guidance



InterRelational Reflexivity

Continuous Learning

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