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About Thriving at Brescia

School is hard sometimes. But learning better, feeling better, and doing better is possible. 

Was your last academic year tough? Didn’t get the grades you wanted? Want to do better but don't know where to start?

Thriving at Brescia is a collaborative initiative between the Student Life Centre and the Registrar’s Office, Academic Resources. This program is aimed to help students thrive,  both academically and personally. Join us for our holistic, anti-oppressive 8-week program and learn how to thrive with us. 

Being a student doesn't mean that you have to be satisfied with being in a state of survival. There are strategies, tools, and supports that can make a real difference and take you from striving to be resilient in the face of challenges to a place where you can really thrive. We will hone in on building motivation, optimism, and resilience, along with learning strategy essentials like time management and effective studying. We will undergo a special ceremony of letting go and story telling to learn from wise educators who will help guide us through healthy reflective reasoning. This program has been run across Ontario at different institutions with great student success. Students are reporting higher grades, improved confidence, deepened connection to the campus community, and more. 

There is considerable research on what helps humans flourish and the Thriving at Brescia program exists to provide a supportive space for you to explore your own path towards a state of thriving.

Meet the Thriving at Brescia Facilitators

  • Leanne Ford

    Leanne Ford, MSW, RSW (she/her)

    Manager, Student Wellness / Case Manager

    leanne.ford@uwo.ca

  • Lissette Ochoa

    Lissette Ochoa (she/her)

    Coordinator of International Programs and Global Education / Preliminary Year Advisor & Special Advisor to President, Diversity and Inclusion

    lochoa2@uwo.ca

  • Angela Hoornaert

    Angela Hoornaert (she/her)

    Team Lead, Student Engagement and Development

    ahoorna@uwo.ca

We acknowledge that our campus and these teachings at Brescia University College are taught on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenausaune, Lenaapeewak, and Attawandaron peoples, all of whom have longstanding relationships to the land of Southwestern Ontario and the City of London. The First Nations communities of our local area include Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware Nation. And in our region, there are eleven First nations communities, as well as a growing indigenous urban population. Brescia University College values the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations, and all of the Original Peoples of Turtle Island (also known as North America).

We would also like to acknowledge that this program is entirely based on Toronto Metropolitan University’s “Thriving in Action” curriculum. We want to thank Dr. Diana Breacher, C. Psych and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer, Learning Strategist, for sharing their work with us so generously. All the content originated at Toronto Metropolitan University if you would like to check out the work further, please go to ThriveRU.