The Student Life Experience: Hilary

Written by: Hilary Canivet

This April closes one of the best chapters I have had as a student here at Brock University. I have had the wonderful experience of working with the Student Life & Community Experience department for three years, holding three different positions and it all comes to a close this April as I transition to the Brock Hamilton Campus for my fifth and final year.

The Student Life department has provided me with the opportunity to get involved here at Brock University, develop new and engaging programs for students and collaborate with amazing people!

One of my favorite experiences was working as the Volunteer & Event Management Coordinator in the summer of 2012. It was a full time summer position that worked collaboratively with the community and campus partners, such as BUSU and Career Services, to organize events such as Relay for Life, Dragon Boat Festival and Random Act of Kindness Day.  Brock University is a small community, especially in the summer; I got to know many of the other summer student staff in various departments and got to experience the Niagara region during the summer months.

The best part of my summer was the day of the Dragon Boat Festival on Henley Island. There are a number of teams that consist of 20-25 people, who pile into a large boat to compete in races.  Our team consisted of students, staff, faculty and alumni, creating a unique team dynamic to work together and learn from each other’s experiences at Brock and in Niagara. The key to success at the Dragon Boat Festival is to have all team members paddling the boat at the same time, and this is facilitated by a drummer. The drummer is sitting at the front of the boat, on a TINY seat, facing the paddlers. I had the nerve racking but thoroughly enjoyable experience of being the drummer, pushing our team to engage a little bit more and push our boat a sliver ahead of our competitors. At the end of the day we had shared stories, and engaged in a fun experience together.

The memories are ones I will never forget and that day remains a favorite with the Student Life department.  As a bonus we came in first in our division and have metals to recognize our efforts. I thank the Student Life department for providing me the experience and opportunities that have developed my sense of belonging at Brock and fostered my creativity and passion for community engagement.

If you would like to make a different to the Brock Community and work for the Student Life & Community Experience department I encourage you to apply for the coordinator or assistant positions, it will not be a decision you regret!  (Applications are available at and due on Friday January 24th by 4:00pm)

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