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Student Life

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




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 Engagement

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28011


Courtney joined Brescia and the Student Life Team as Manager, Student Engagement in February 2012. Her career in Student Affairs spans almost a decade, but her love for the field first began during her own student involvement experiences, where she discovered her passion for student leadership and university life—it was also when she discovered 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; Minor in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

PamPam Core (on mat leave until Oct 2014)

Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8352 ext. 28036


Pam is a Coordinator, Student Life and Learning in the Student Life Centre at Brescia. She completed her BSc. (Major Biology, Minor Music) and BEd. from the University of Western Ontario and has worked in Student Affairs for six years, in both Residence Life and Student Life. 

Working with students is always inspiring for Pam, viewing it a privilege for her to support students on their journey of personal, academic, and professional development. She currently lives in London with her husband, Derek, and dog, Marty.

ShannonShannon Veldman (Baer)

Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28152


Shannon joined the Student Life Team in July 2012 as a Coordinator, Student Life and Learning. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies from the University of Guelph and went on to earn her Career Development Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College. Before coming to Brescia, Shannon worked as a Career Practitioner at Western University, helping students with their transition into the workforce.

Shannon greatly enjoys working with post-secondary students to help them develop their skills and knowledge to be successful in their academic journeys and future careers.

Jessica Vorsteveld

Coordinator, Student Life & Learning

Telephone: 519-432-8352 ext. 28036


Jessica joins the Student Life team excited to combine her passions for people and education as Coordinator, Student Life and Learning. She received her BSc from the University of Waterloo with a Religious Studies minor, and her BEd from the University of Ottawa. After spending the past two years teaching high school senior Chemistry, Physics, and English in China and taking every opportunity to travel, she recently moved back to Canada and got married!

Jessica looks forawrd to sharing her passion with the students of Brescia University College over the coming year.