Renate Donnovan
ext. 31413
Location: 
Engineering 5, Office 4116
Contact for: 
ECE

In her first year of her undergraduate degree, Renate Donnovan became obsessed by the questions, “Why do some people bounce back from adversity more easily than others?” and “Can resilience be learned?” She has dedicated most of her life answering to those questions. Renate has worked in the area of resilience and coping for most of her career through a variety of roles. She has designed and instructed credit programs/course for post-secondary students, as well as delivered corporate training sessions in the areas of wellbeing, coping and resilience to private industry, government and first responders. In addition to her position as the Student Wellness Coordinator in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Renate is also a certified Life Coach and part-time PhD student in the University of Waterloo, School of Public Health. Her research focus is resilience, coping and wellbeing. Warning! Renate is passionate about wellbeing. If you ask her about it, she WILL talk about it (sometimes for hours)!

Sam Vandekerckhove
ext. 35304
Location: 
Engineering 5, Office 3002
Contact for: 
MME

Since completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, Sam has been keenly passionate about student health, wellbeing, and the genuine student experience on campus. He’s been involved in various positions at UW, including Assistant to the Petitions Committee in the Faculty of Arts (Examinations and Standings) and as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Psychology. Sam believes that a firm understanding of our institution’s policies and procedures assists him with finding the most suitable routes students can pursue when faced with adversity or other difficulties (academic or otherwise). Having a background in conflict resolution and communication, Sam is more than comfortable assisting students with a variety of different issues and is committed to promoting a more inclusive and supportive environment in the Faculty of Engineering. He’s also a pretty funny guy, but humour is just one of many characteristics that Sam brings to his role as the Student Wellness Coordinator for Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering!

Hossam Bakir
N/A
Location: 
N/A
Contact for: 
ECE + MME (May 2020 - Aug 2020)

With years of study and practice in the clinical and healthcare management fields, Hossam has gained a good experience in physical and mental health /wellbeing. Working as a mental health coach, he understands the busy and stressful lifestyles, as well as the challenges facing people to achieve their goals, especially when it comes to their health whether physical or mental. Which is the most valuable asset we have. Why are certain people more stressed than others? How can they turn this stress into positive energy that drives them forward? How can they bounce back? All questions that have really interested Hossam for a number of years.

As a current Master's of Health Evaluation student at the University of Waterloo, Hossam is completing his practicum as the ENGWellness Program Assistant for the Spring 2020 term. His goal is to evaluate and update the program to be able to face the current pandemic crisis and to evaluate the program's implementation to reach all who need it during these challenging times.

Hossam believes that physical and mental wellness, when taken proper care of and with adequate guidance and support, can help us reach goals and move past obstacles that once seemed impossible!