Meet the Academic Advising Team


Welcome to the Academic Advising Centre for the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences.

The Academic Advising Centre is here to support you on your academic journey. If you have questions about planning your degree, we want to hear from you. That can range from a check-in on your progress in your studies, to connecting you with resources if you are concerned about a course, and to clarifying your degree requirements. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your education.

Working with Academic Advising throughout your degree can help you make the most of your university experience and connect you with different opportunities

Ready to book an appointment? Click here. Want to connect over email? Contact us at .

Have a quick question? Call us at 250-721-7567 ext. 6.

We look forward to meeting you!


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Susan Corner

Director, Academic Advising

My tip for students: Do at least one thing to enrich your university experience. By paying attention to what you are excited about in your courses and co-curricular activities you will discover the different paths your degree may take you now and in your future.
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Janine Mayers

Associate Director, Advising Services

My tip for students: Look for ways to engage with the campus as much as you can! There are a lot of opportunities outside of the classroom that help enrich what you are learning inside the classroom.
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Daisy Williams

Administrative Officer

My tip for students: There is no one right road to success. Take your time, choose the path that feels like "success" to you. And there are people all around campus that are there to help you, answer questions, provide options. We'd love to see you at the Advising Centre.
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Lori Olson

Coordinator, Academics

My tip for students: Strive to find the courage to be open to new opportunities and the self-confidence to take ownership of your education!
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Melana Mar

Manager, Students

My tip for students: It's okay to not know what your exact major will be when you start classes in September. Learning your strengths and what captivates your academic curiosity, what challenges you, and what you need to do to overcome those obstacles are important steps in this discovery.
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Dave Walcer

Frontline Coordinator

My tip for students: Never be afraid to reach out and ask if you don't know something with certainty; there is no such thing as a stupid question! As Einstein said: "assumptions are made, and most assumptions are wrong."
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Kelly Colby

Academic Advising Consultant

My tip for students: Follow your passion. Wherever it takes you and whatever you end up doing, it's important that you enjoy the journey.
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Ashleigh L.

Academic Adviser

My tip for students: Find a way to connect with campus life—volunteer for an event, seek a student job, join a club or course union. These experiences are memorable and can lead to discovering future opportunities.
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Chantelle Hug

Academic Adviser

My tip for students: Check in with advising every once in a while—after all, you don't know what you don't know!
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Gurinder S. Purewal

Academic Adviser

My tip for students: Asking for support is not always an easy thing to do but please remember that our services are designed specifically for you! We would love nothing more then to hear from students, connect you with our advising services, and support you alongside your academic journey.
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Hanna G.

Academic Adviser

My tip for students: There are lots of moving pieces in your undergraduate degree which often leads to confusion, but there is almost always a solution! Navigating all the available resources can be daunting and overwhelming so finding someone to help make sense of it all can make a huge difference. Don't be afraid to ask questions early on and do some research before you worry too much!
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Jennifer O.

Academic Adviser

My tip for students: Take your degree seriously and lightly at the same time; Don't get too upset about your mistakes and stay focused on your end goal.
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Sherri Williams

Academic Adviser

My tip for students: Utilize the academic and student support services available to help you succeed in your studies from the start of your degree program. Enhance your UVic experience by joining a club or course union or by participating in co-op or an exchange.
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Shu-min Huang

Academic Adviser

My tip for students: Connect with the Academic Advising Centre and other support services early and often throughout your degree program.
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Adrianna Todesco

Assistant to the Associate Dean

My tip for students: Try your best to stay organized and don't be afraid to ask for help!
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Cat Price

Assistant to the Associate Dean

My tip for students: Never procrastinate when it comes to submitting paperwork and remember to ask questions when you don't have the answer.
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Chris Horne

Data and Applications Coordinator

My tip for students: Get to know your program of choice and strive to establish goals for yourself early on so that you know when you have room to explore. And don't be afraid to change your path! Goals work for you, not the other way around.