Staff

Staff Support

The Student Life Centre houses a dynamic team of professional and peer support, including three passionate full-time Student Affairs staff, as well as caring student leaders involved in a variety of capacities.

Student Life Centre

St. James Building, Room 119
Brescia University College
1285 Western Road
London, Ontario
N6G 1H2
Telephone: (519) 432-8353 ext. 28038
Email: bucstudent.life@uwo.ca
Twitter:@Brescia_SLC
Blog: studentlife.bresciablog.com

For all general inquiries, questions regarding our programs and services, or to book a career appointment, contact us here!


Full-Time Staff

Courtney McDonald
Manager, Student Life

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28011

Email: courtney.mcdonald@uwo.ca

Courtney joined Brescia and the Student Life Team as Manager in February 2012. Her career in Student Affairs spans a dozen years, but her love for the field first began during her own student involvement experiences, where she discovered her passion for student leadership and university life—it was also when she discovered it could be a career!

Her background in higher education and Student Affairs includes work in Residence Life at Wilfrid Laurier University and in Student Development at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver. She holds a MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC and a BA in Honours Psychology; Minor in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Sydney Murray
Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28152

Email: smurra88@uwo.ca

Sydney joined the Student Life team in March 2017. She graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in History (minor in Political Science), and is currently pursuing her Career Development Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College. Her career in Student Affairs began at the University of Windsor, where she worked in the Student Success Centre and Career & Employment Services. She has experience in peer mentorship programming, student leadership, experiential learning, and career development services.

Sydney is committed to supporting students throughout their post-secondary journey through meaningful and purposeful programming. She is passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience, and is so excited to help foster the personal, professional, and academic success of women at Brescia!


Amy Wickham
Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28036

Email: awickham@uwo.ca

Amy joined the Student Life team in May 2016. She graduated from Carleton University with her BA in History and Sociology and went on to pursue her graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut. She has worked in Residence Life as an Assistant Residence Hall Director and also held graduate internships in the Office of First Year Programs and Centre for Students with Disabilities at the University of Connecticut. Amy also held an internship in the Office of Residence Education and Programs in Western’s Housing Department.

Helping students discover their passions, find a sense of community, and develop both personally and professionally are what Amy loves most about Student Affairs.


Leanne Bonello
Student Wellness Educator

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 20670

Email: lbonell@uwo.ca

Leanne joined Brescia and the Student Life Team in August 2016. Her journey started while working under the children’s mental health umbrella after completing the Child and Youth Worker program at Fanshawe College. Leanne continued her education and completed a Bachelor of Social Work from King’s University College and then a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, during which time she completed her clinical internship at Western’s Psychological Services. Leanne is now a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Leanne has gained experience in case management and crisis intervention assisting individuals from various walks of life, including post-secondary students, adolescents and adults. She has worked within a variety of mental health environments, educational settings, and in the community with marginalized and vulnerable populations, as well as with those seeking assistance in managing stress and improving their emotional and holistic well-being.

Leanne strives to support individuals navigate the relationship they have with themselves, families, friends and their environment/system in order to find a sense of equilibrium in their life. She believes that positive mental health and wellness is important at every stage of life in order to reach one’s full potential, manage life’s stressors, and make meaningful contributions to the community.

Leanne is very excited to work collaboratively with the students, staff, and faculty at Brescia to help enhance student mental health and wellness.


Shannon Veldman (on leave until Mar 2018)
Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28152

Email: shannon.veldman@uwo.ca

Shannon joined the Student Life Team in July 2012 as a Coordinator, Student Life and Learning. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies from the University of Guelph and went on to earn her Career Development Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College. Before coming to Brescia, Shannon worked as a Career Practitioner at Western University, helping students with their transition into the workforce.

Shannon greatly enjoys working with post-secondary students to help them develop their skills and knowledge to be successful in their academic journeys and future careers.