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
Facebook: Student Life Centre – Brescia University College
Instagram: @bresciastudentlife

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 almost 15 years, but her love for the field first began during her own student involvement experiences. Because of those transformative opportunities, she discovered her passion for student leadership and university life–and also discovered that 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 with a Minor in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Angela Hoornaert
Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28152

Email: ahoorna@uwo.ca

Angela feels very privileged to join the wonderful team at Brescia. She is excited to create positive experiences that will help students flourish throughout their education and beyond. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Prior to joining Brescia, she held previous positions in Student Affairs and Residence Life and more recently, in child and youth programming. She has also worked as a teacher in the elementary and secondary school system, with a particular focus on exceptionalities and special education.


Meg Pirie
Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28036

Email: mpirie2@uwo.ca

Meg joined Brescia’s Student Life Centre in May 2018 and enjoys having the opportunity to support students as they navigate their post-secondary journey, so that they develop the tools to lead fulfilling lives. Prior to her role at Brescia, Meg worked at Huron University College in communications and marketing, and as the Coordinator, Careers and Internships, where she helped implement and develop an integrated advising model and launch Huron’s Internship Program.

Meg completed her Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapies from Fleming College in 2012 and holds an MA in Media Studies (Western), as well a BA in Honors International Development from Huron. Meg uses a person-centred approach in her work with students, as a community volunteer, and as a doula.


Sheldon Hill
Student Wellness Educator

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 20670

Email: shill63@uwo.ca

Sheldon joins the Student Life team with a background in Student Affairs and Counselling Psychology. He has worked in a variety of Student Affairs roles while completing his undergraduate degree at Western University and worked as a Residence Life professional at the University of Calgary for a couple of years. Through these experiences, Sheldon developed an understanding of the student life cycle and created a number of initiatives for student growth and development.

Sheldon completed his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Western University, developing a style and approach as a humanistic, person-centred therapist. He completed his clinical internship at Western University as a Personal Counsellor and Learning Skills Counsellor, employing a variety of models and techniques to support clients. Sheldon has worked from a number of models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Sheldon has worked with clients individually and in group settings. He has developed case management and crisis intervention skills from his experience working on various teams at CMHA’s Crisis Services.

Sheldon believes in the strengths and resources of every student. He works with every student in a partnership to meet their personal and academic potential. Often working with a model focused a student’s goals, values, acceptance and understanding of emotions, Sheldon works with them to develop new insights and perspectives.


Leanne Ford (on leave August 2018-September 2019)
Student Wellness Educator

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 20670

Email: leanne.ford@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.