Who We Are
Peerconnect is a college wide, student-run support service available through the Student Affair's Student Success Initiatives program. Our services are offered to students and faculty within George Brown College. Peerconnect offers one-on-one coaching, events, weekly activities, online resources and workshops at every George Brown campus.
Our mission is to enhance student well-being and success at George Brown College through the talents of our peer coaches. Peerconnect contributes to a healthy campus environment where students feel engaged, included and equipped to thrive at college and beyond. Peerconnect promotes a culture of care that is inclusive of all members of the GBC community.
Diana McIntyre, Student Success Initiatives Coordinator
Diana is a faculty member and is the SSI Coordinator for St. James and Waterfront Campuses. She provides leadership to the Peerconnect program, working with peer leaders across the college to help all students "study, work, and live well".
Diana also guides and supports teaching faculty by providing tailored workshops both inside and outside the classroom, and by sharing effective resources to enhance student well-being and success.
"Peerconnect provides an inclusive and supportive community for students. It creates an environment where students can flourish, and is a critical component of our Healthy Campus initiative."
Jacqueline Macchione, Student Success Initiatives Coordinator
Jacqueline is a faculty member and is the SSI Coordinator for Casa Loma and Ryerson Campuses. She holds a MA in Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development and has taught Psychology & Professional Development courses across 6 programs at George Brown College. She works collaboratively with faculty, peer coaches, and students in fostering meaningful connections and supporting successful student learning outcomes.
She is dedicated to her work with both students and faculty, and provides support for others in the college community by delivering workshops, creating activities that focus on well-being and supporting the planning of college wide events that promote a positive and inclusive learning community where all can thrive and flourish.
"Peer connect promotes a strong community and culture of care at George Brown College where students are empowered in developing the necessary skills and abilities that will help support successful learning outcomes and engagement."
Shuai (Jerry) Gou, Peerconnect Team Leader—Waterfront
Jerry coordinates the daily operations at the Peerconnect Centre, as well as scheduling and supporting the peer coach team. He graduated from George Brown in 2015 with a Business Marketing Diploma. Jerry is a natural innovator and was the award recipient of George Brown College's Research and Innovation Entrepreneur Award 2015, City of Toronto Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship 2015.
"Peerconnect helps students feel connected. We are creating a culture of care among students. It's a great drop-in service that helps students to have a better college experience."
Lucila Machado, Peer Coach Team Leader—St. James
Lucila oversees the daily activities and responsibilities of the Peer Coaches. She graduated from the George Brown College Business Marketing program, and has 15 years’ experience leading high performing team.
As a former peer coach, she understands the positive impact that community has on student wellbeing.
"Many students who start college feel overwhelmed and alone. Peerconnect is a space that brings students together to share experiences and to support each other. As an international student, I was able to quickly meet people and immediately felt like I belonged to the GBC community."
Patrick Lopez, Peerconnect Team Leader—Casa Loma
Patrick helps peer coaches and students to achieve their academic and personal goals. He has a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and has worked at George Brown since 2012.
Mentors have played an important role in his professional life, which helps him to help others.
"Peerconnect is a bridge to students' well-being, connecting them with the whole college. All our activities involve ‘students helping students', which supports an inclusive healthy campus."