Volunteer Opportunity to share your experience and expertise around being HIV positive with UBC Students!

Why would someone want to be a Health Mentor?

Health Mentors have an opportunity to play an important role in the education of future health professionals because they will work with a group of students in the early formative stages of their education and development as professionals. This important educational contribution by mentors will be formally recognized through certificates of participation and a concluding reception. Mentors will have their travel expenses for the orientation and symposium events reimbursed.

This is a new program; mentors will have an opportunity to shape how it develops in the future. Mentors will be invited to give feedback through evaluation questionnaires and interviews or focus groups. A small honorarium to cover expenses will be provided for this additional time commitment.

What are characteristics of the ‘ideal’ mentor?

  • Interested in, and responsive to students; willing to answer students’ questions (and help them to reframe questions that may be inappropriate). 
  • Had several years of experience in managing their condition/disability. 
  • Had interactions with a variety of health care professionals. 
  • Responsible and able to commit to the time requirements of the program.  (approx. 21 hours over 16 months)
  • Respectful of confidentiality including naming of other patients, clinicians, locations; respectful of differences among individuals (gender, age, sexual orientation, cultural beliefs) 
  • Thoughtful about the issues, backgrounds and histories brought to the experience. 
  • Without a personal ‘agenda’; being careful to relate experiences (both positive and negative) but in the spirit of helping to educate a future generation and not with a single purpose. Interested in helping students think of ways they could make things better in the future. 
  • Mentors should live in the Metro Vancouver area or be able to meet students in the Metro Vancouver area 

If you are interested and would like to help, please fill out an application form and return to Cathy Kline, UBC Health Mentors Program Coordinator, cckline@mail.ubc.ca or fax to 604-822-2495.

See the attached information and application forms.  If you would like some assistance filling out the application form please give me a call.

Brent Sawlor
Peer Engagement Coordinator
AIDS Vancouver

Applications being accepted now thru August 2013 (until positions are filled). 

Further Information and Forms

Information about the Health Mentor Program (.pdf)

Health Mentor Brochure (.pdf)

Application Form for Mentos (.doc)

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