Meet the Team

Peer Support Centre: We're here to listen.

Karen Pérez Cruz (she/her/ella) - Program Lead |

Introduction/Background: Hello there! I have been with the PSC for a total of three years. I began with the centre as a volunteer in 2020 before working as Volunteer Coordinator for the 21/22 year, and now this is my first year as Program Lead! I'm also finishing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I also recognize I am a settler to this land - I immigrated to Canada with my family from Cuba when I was 6. I take lots of pride in being ESL, an immigrant, and a part of the Latinx community here in Edmonton.

I am.../I am not…: I am worthy of forgiveness and compassion; I am not defined by my mistakes or self-doubt.

Self Care Practice: If I'm not cuddling with my 3 kitties, I am likely reading a romance book/thriller, or catching up the latest episode of my fave trash tv (Bachelor franchise, or 90 day fiancé)! My self-care practice changes everyday, but I try not to get resentful or build self-guilt if I can't fit it into my schedule. I am working hard to incorporate more self-compassion into my self-care. When that guilt sets in, I try to remember that as long as I'm meeting my physical, emotional and spiritual needs, I am doing enough and I am enough!

Tip to students: It's ok to feel completely overwhelmed at times! You are not alone in feeling this way. Approach each day and each step one at a time, you can do this!


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Fenya Fitzpatrick (she/her) - Volunteer Coordinator |

Introduction/Background: Hi there! This is my fifth year with the centre and I am so excited to be here as the Volunteer Coordinator! I have been volunteering with the PSC since 2018, and am new to the coordinator role this year. I am currently finishing up my BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Some fun things to know about me are that I love music of all kinds, crafting, and reading fantasy and science fiction novels!

I am.../I am not…: I am someone who works to have a growth mindset, and to have compassion for myself. I am not only defined by what I do wrong, there is so much more to me than my mistakes.

Self Care Practice: My self-care is dependent on my needs in the moment. If I need to have some quiet time on my own I like to wear something cozy and cross-stitch or read in a quiet place like my room, but if I’m needing some companionship you’ll find me cuddling with my dog Canela or chatting with my partner or my family. And if I have no idea what I need, a nap is typically the answer! :)

Tip to students: Access the resources on campus! We are all here to help you succeed and have a good university experience. If you’re not sure what’s out there to help you, check out Infolink and they can help get you connected to what you need. You got this :)


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Peer Support Centre
Room 2-707
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7