Joshua Koehn – Founder
Welcome to our Peer Mentorship Program! As you enter your first year, our program and your mentor will be your keys to an easy transition to SFU life. If you asked anyone, I did not have my first year at SFU figured out! But I knew some older students who really helped point me in the right direction and get me to where I am today. They are what inspired me to start this Peer Mentorship Program, to make sure that you get off on the right start to your university career. My pro tip for those of you starting out is, get involved – if you put time into something, you will care about it and those people you work with will care about you.
Joshua is now a 3rd year medical student at UBC focusing on training in Northern BC for emergency and rural family medicine. He credits his successes at SFU to the BPK Co-op Program (Darleen!), the fascinating faculty of BPK, and his lovely friends who helped him along the way.
Emily Chinn – Director
Hi! I’m Emily, a fourth year student majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Active Health and Rehabilitation. I chose BPK because of my interest in health and human physiology. After I graduate, I’d like to pursue a career in physiotherapy to help people stay active for as long as possible. I used to dance, I’ve recently taken up yoga, and I’m trying to learn to like running but it’s not going very well. In terms of involvement, I am the secretary of the BPKSA and I volunteer off campus at several different places whenever I can!
In my first year, I had a peer mentor too. In addition to helping me adjust to the academic aspect of university, my mentor made me aware of all the BPK events and opportunities SFU had to offer. I became a mentor in my second year and Assistant Director in my third. Speaking to large groups of people makes me incredibly anxious but I took over as Director anyways because I want to support what this program does for students like you and the BPK community. My hope is to make SFU less intimidating so you can make the most of your university experience!
Amanda Zacharuk – Assistant Director
Hey everyone! My name is Amanda and I am entering my fourth year as a Kinesiology major concentrating
in Active Health and Rehabilitation. Kinesiology captured my interest because of my passion for sports and
fascination of the human body. In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking, and have recently taken an interest
in yoga. Additionally I play for a co-ed recreational volleyball league and played for the SFU Women’s Volleyball Club team for three years. I work with SFU Rec Sports and also take on various volunteer roles including team trainer.
Dedicating countless hours to rehabilitation while recovering from an ACL tear sparked my interest in pursuing a Physiotherapy career. Specifically I’d like to work with athletes and hopefully travel with sports teams.
Starting my first year at SFU I was excited but also nervous. Taking part in the BPK Peer Mentorship Program helped ease the transition from high school and provided me with a wonderful support system. My mentor exposed me to numerous involvement opportunities SFU has to offer while providing me with great advice, and I hope I can do the same for you!
Hello Hello Hello! My name is Ada and I’m entering my third year of Kinesiology with a concentration in Active Health and Rehabilitation and a certificate in Ergonomics. I chose BPK because I spent a considerable portion of my adolescence at the physiotherapists’. Ever since my first encounter there, I have been interested in the field of physiology. At SFU I’m part of High-5 and Blood 4 Life, which are made up of absolutely wonderful people! Outside of SFU I volunteer as an assistant fitness instructor at St. Michael’s Seniors Home and Hospice as well as a rehab assistant for a paraplegic woman. Volunteering has been a wonderful experience and allowed me to learn through doing, something I really appreciate. In my spare time I like to hike, spend time with friends and family, and tag people in dog memes. I became a BPK mentor for a few reasons but primarily because of my experience as a mentee in my first year at SFU. I felt that it really helped me transition well to SFU and I can’t wait to help someone else do the same!
Hi there! I am Cherlene, a fourth year Kinesiology Major in Active Health and Rehabilitation. In high school, I competed in the middle distances in Track and Field. This inspired my interest in human health across the classroom setting, in research, and through community engagement. During my four BPK Co-op placements, I investigated falls in older adults with the Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory, and developed computer simulations of human heartbeats with the Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group. My extracurricular activities at SFU include promotion of public speaking as the Vice President of Burnaby Mountain Toastmasters, leadership of an interdisciplinary team for the STEM Spotlight Awards Contest to optimize the charter flight system, and involvement in science communications to publish science blogs with the SFU Science Undergraduate Research Journal. During my free time, I like to travel, to explore the city and appreciate the scenery. With my coursework in human health and co-op experience in computing, I aim to pursue a career in bioinformatics and clinical research. As a former mentee in my 1st year, it affords me great pleasure to ensure a successful transition for new BPK undergraduate students.
Hello! I’m Cindy Chen and I’m a 4th year Biomedical Physiology major. I chose BPK because I love learning about the human body and how all our different body systems work together to create and maintain our wonderful selves. In my spare time, I volunteer at a local care center and at Burnaby Hospital. I enjoy playing the piano, watching dramas, and petting all kinds of dogs – puppy therapy is a great time to meet lots of cute dogs and de-stress from school!! In my first year, I put a strong focus on my academics instead of getting involved within the SFU community, but I think it is much nicer to get involved early on in your academic career rather than later. As a BPK peer mentor, I am more than willing to give advice, answer whatever questions you may have, and provide a happy and smooth transition for incoming first years.
Hey! I’m about to take you on a short story of who I am. So, grab a snack and enjoy this write-up. My name is Daniel. I’m a 2nd year student majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration on Active Health and Rehabilitation. One of my passions is to help people and so I found the BPK program to be a great opportunity for me to explore the fascinating human body while applying that passion in the medical field. I’ve volunteered for SFU Rec, the City of Burnaby at the Child Health Clinic, and I’ll be working as a team trainer for SFU’s varsity athletes. I play in a volleyball league outside of SFU. I love the outdoors and I aspire to explore the world in the future. I enjoy hiking, training, laughing, eating, and just relaxing during a chill night out gazing at the stars with my friends. I’m interested in becoming an educator, researcher, and doctor. However, I’m letting the stars align as I focus on just doing the best I can, Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)! I joined this program to help and guide others. Who knows, you may be the one to inspire me. Thank you in advance.
Hey there! My name is Dyan and I’ll be entering my 3rd year in the Kinesiology program at SFU starting September 2017. I chose BPK (or more specifically the “K”), because it combined the two things I love: the human body and sports! The human body is always something that has fascinated me, but I didn’t know if I could go into the medical field because I really don’t like needles or blood. Kinesiology was my way of avoiding the blood and needles, but still learn about the body. I’m now entering my 3rd year and I can still say I love being in BPK! The classes are interesting and applicable and the profs are super fun and very passionate about what they’re teaching. Outside of school I love to spend time outdoors, however my favourite activity is playing soccer. I currently play on a women’s team in the Metro Women Soccer League. At this point in time I’m not totally sure what my future career goals are. I know I want to pursue more education post degree, but in what I haven’t decided. I first got involved with the BPK Peer Mentorship program as a mentee in my 1st semester at SFU. I really appreciated having a mentor for my first semester so I wanted to give back and be a mentor to students myself!
Hi everyone! My name is Dylan and I am entering my fifth year as a Kinesiology major here at SFU. BPK was the only choice for my major because of love for being active, playing sports, and always wanting to gain a further understanding of how the human body works! I hope to pursue a career related to either physical therapy or exercise physiology after I graduate. Outside of SFU, I have volunteered as a coach for kids sports camps and I hope to translate that to the Strength and Conditioning Program we have here at SFU! In my free time, I enjoy working out, hiking, watching football (Go Hawks) and spending time with my friends and family. I decided to get involved with the BPK Peer Mentorship Program because I know firsthand how stressful the transition to the university setting can be in your first year and I hope to pass down what I have learned in my time here to make your experience as positive and enjoyable as possible!
Hi! My name is Karn and I’m going into my 4th year at SFU majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience. I chose this program because I have an immense passion for both Psychology and Human Anatomy and this is a unique degree that encompasses both the study of Psychology and Physiology into one discipline. Along with my involvement in the Peer Mentorship program here at SFU, I also spend time volunteering with Fraser Health’s South Asian Health Institute (SAHI) team in a program called SEHAT which helps elders in the community understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to reduce the effects of certain chronic health diseases that are very common in the South Asian community. Besides school, I spend most of my time working out, reading, making healthy meals for myself, and going out with my friends and family. I am leaning towards a career in the medical field and to help make a difference in the lives of the people in my community. I am looking forward to passing down my knowledge that I have gained throughout the years of being a student here at SFU and I hope that it will make your first-year experience even more memorable!
Hi all! I’m Matt, a biomedical physiology major, moving onto my 5th year here at SFU. I joined BPK because I am in love with physiology; the way everything works and comes together fascinates me. However, I’d have to say that the best part about BPK are the faculty. They truly are some of the most genuine, caring people I have had the pleasure of meeting. As for things at SFU aside from being a peer mentor, I was a student athlete for 4 years with SFU’s wrestling team, and I have worked in 2 research labs in the MBB department, (currently working in one that does cancer research). In my spare time, I like to collect marbles, shoe-laces, stamps, and long walks on the beach. I also enjoy coaching, watching rugby with my brother, and most forms of recreational sport with friends. As for career, I’d like to be a trophy husband, or possibly pursue something in health care if the former doesn’t pan out. The BPK Peer Mentorship program is great! Everyone is so friendly, approachable, and very willing to help!
Hey! I’m Maxine and I’m a 3rd year Biomedical Physiology student. In highschool I found that whenever human physiology was brought up, it received 100% of my attention. I always thoroughly enjoyed it, but weirdly enough, it took me a while to realize that the BP department is perfect for me. Career-wise I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. After being at university for a few years that goal has only grown stronger, so that’s the direction I’m headed. In first year I joined the SFU Red Cross Club and have been a member ever since. I also volunteer in the Molecular Cardiac Physiology lab on campus which has given me a whole new perspective on research and has allowed me to meet some amazing people. In my spare time I play the ukulele, workout, play boardgames, and eat a lot of sushi with friends… You know, just the fun stuff that keeps me happy! In first year I had no idea if I was doing anything right, but now I get it (thank goodness). I became a BPK mentor because I would love to pass my resources and knowledge onto others. Welcome to BPK!
I am currently entering my fifth year at SFU with my major being in Kinesiology. The reason I chose BPK is because I find the human body to be such a fascinating set of systems. I don’t think that there is any other major in SFU that I can draw so much indulgence from! In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, whether it’s shooting baskets alone or with some friends in a small 5 on 5 scrimmage. My future career plan is to enter medical school and become a physician. I feel that the medical field is an extremely diverse and dynamic field and is truly where my passion lies. The reason why I joined the BPK Peer Mentorship program is because I truly feel that I can make a difference in a high school student’s transition to university.
Hello! My name is Myrah Malik and I’m a 4th year student doing a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. The reason why I chose BPK was because I absolutely love learning about Anatomy and Physiology. It’s so interesting to learn what happens inside the human body, and most importantly how you can ultimately take care of it. I’ve been doing a Co-op placement for the last 8 months at STEMCELL Technologies and it has been nothing but amazing. Getting to learn on the job and getting that hands on experience allows you to learn valuable skills and grow as an individual. In my free time (if I have any haha) I enjoy working out and mostly looking at memes. This meme-loving girl aspires to go into Medical school and eventually specialize in Cardiology (yes future Cristina Yang thank you). The reason why I decided to become a peer mentor was because during my first year it would have been amazing to have someone answer all my questions about SFU, and just have someone I could always count on. It’s comforting and helpful and makes the transition into university much easier.
I am a 5th year kinesiology major specializing in the active health and rehabilitation stream. I joined BPK because I love playing sports and I really want to help people! BPK has been amazing because I have learned so much about health and exercise that has impacted how I live my day-to-day life. I play soccer, volleyball and ultimate at SFU in a mix of clubs and intramurals. I have also participated on the SFU Kin Games team. I am a part of the SFU co-op program and I have completed a term of co-op at The Right Shoe as a biomedical footwear assessor. I am currently working towards a career in physiotherapy. I joined the peer mentorship team to get involved in our school and to show people how they can get involved too!
Hey! I’m Natalie, a Kinesiology major just entering my second year. Selecting BPK was a natural fit for me, as I’m a lover of sports and exercise. What really inspired me was when I injured my knee in a rugby accident. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to help others overcome their injuries and assist in their rehabilitation. I’m striving towards a career in physiotherapy, and I hope to pursue my interest in working with athletes as well. Throughout my childhood I have done a variety of sports, including swimming and skiing. Volleyball and basketball are some of the ones I still enjoy playing during my free time. I also participate in the 10K Vancouver Sun Run annually! In the past year, I’ve volunteered with SFU Science Alive summer camps, attended SFU UNICEF events, and have been a member of the SFU Kin Games team. I often exercise at the SFU gym too, so don’t be afraid to say hi if you spot me! Apart from school, I work at a physiotherapy clinic and it’s definitely a great experience interacting with patients and responding to their needs. I joined BPK Mentorship in hopes of helping first years transition smoother and making them aware of valuable opportunities out there, just as my mentor did for me.
Hey! My name is Olivia and I’m 20 years old. In the fall, I will be going in to the third year of my kinesiology degree with an active health and rehabilitation concentration. I started at SFU being an undeclared science major and decided to declare as a kinesiology major after taking BPK 142 (Intro to Kinesiology). All of the classes that I have taken since then have been amazing and I haven’t regretted my decision of choosing kinesiology for one second. I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do as a career with my degree but I’ve considered going to grad school or pursuing a career in physiotherapy, rehabilitation, or research. I started volunteering in the Molecular Cardiac Physiology Lab as a research assistant in October and I’m now working there over the summer through a NSERC USRA Research Grant. In my spare time, I like hanging out with my friends, going to the beach, dancing, baking, eating, going to concerts and watching movies. I joined the peer mentorship program because I feel like I could answer all the questions that a first year might have. I had a hard time during my first semester of university and I hope that I will be able to help someone else make a smoother transition from high school to university.
Welcome all first-year Simon Fraser University students! My name is Paul Sourial and I am currently a fourth year Kinesiology major. It is great to be here to help all the new kinesiology students with many different aspects of university life and I look forward to answering any questions you may have. What attracted me to the BPK department was the mere fact that I am fascinated with human physiology. I also felt that the kinesiology program would be good preparation for entering medical school in the upcoming year. I am part of the Molecular Cardiac Physiology Lab here at SFU, focusing on mutations of voltage-gated sodium channels in the heart and how this can be displayed in disease. Along with this, I have played soccer and basketball since I was a young child and continue to love doing so in my free time. I hope that as a Peer Mentor I can make your freshman year here at SFU that much better!
Hi there, I am Pavneet! I’m a fourth year Kinesiology Major. I chose to be in BPK because I was able to do both molecular physiology based courses and more physical anatomy type courses. It was a good mix for me because I wasn’t too sure about MBB. I love Kin! At SFU, I have been a BPK Peer Mentor in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, a member of Partners in Health club, and also of Change SFU. You should go check out ChangeSFU on facebook! Outside of school, I am a freelance makeup and henna artist. Look me up on Instagram @thatglowbypav if you need some pampering! I enjoy spending my free-time with family and friends. In terms of future plans, I am aspiring to become a doctor one day. I volunteer at a senior home, and I have seen what disorders do to people, and it would be a rewarding career to be able to assist in that field. I joined the peer mentorship team last year because I did not want other students to feel lost. I wanted to assist them so that they feel accepted and encouraged.
Hi there! My name is Rania Khelifi, I am going into my fourth year and am majoring in Biomedical Physiology. I decided to major in BP for two reasons: 1. The human body and the intricacies of it fascinate me and 2. I am hoping to enter the medical field as a paediatrician in the near future and thus, this program in my opinion will best prepare me for medical school. I have a passion for volunteering both off and on campus for various programs and organizations, namely Let’s Talk Science and Science in Action as it allows me to pair both of my passions: working with children and promoting Science. In my spare time, I enjoy watching soccer, playing basketball and listening to French music. Unfortunately, in my year coming to SFU I did not know about the mentorship program and thus, did not have the opportunity to learn and get advice from experienced students. I am happy to say that I am now able to enter this program as an experienced student and hopefully provide good advice to my future mentee regarding academics, getting involved on campus, Co-op, research and university tips in general.
Hey, I’m Richard a second year Kinesiology major with a concentration in Active Health and Rehab. Through out high school, and to this day, I deal with chronic back issues that have exposed me to many different rehab professions and influenced me to pursue a major in Kinesiology. I teach swimming lessons to school aged children and children with disabilities, as well as volunteer as a personal trainer. The kids I teach are the best! I love hiking, backpacking, and doing anything that involves being outside, rain or shine it doesn’t matter. After finishing my bachelors I am going to get a certification in Pilates and work towards a career in rehab related field. Whether that ends up being as an osteopath, chiropractor, or pilates instructor we will see. I joined the BPK peer mentorship team so I can help others not make the same mistakes I did in first year! Good luck in your studies!
Hi everyone, my name is Shirromi and I’m a fourth-year Biomedical Physiology major! I chose BPK for the opportunity to learn about how our bodies work at the molecular, systemic, and anatomical levels. You really start to gain an appreciation for all the intricate processes in our bodies that are so critical for our daily functioning! The BPK faculty are awesome people who are super passionate about their research and also really friendly. Last summer I got my first exposure to research as a volunteer in the BPK Aging and Population Health Lab, and this summer I am doing a USRA at the BC Genome Sciences Centre, where I am a Research Assistant for Dr. Brooks-Wilson’s fascinating Super-Seniors study! I am a Renal Dialysis unit volunteer at Royal Columbian Hospital and I also volunteer at a local complex care home. I am aspiring for a career in medicine, as it would be an amazing way to use my physiology background to enrich the lives of others. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, travelling, eating poutine, catching up on TV shows, watching hockey (go Canucks!), and laughing harder than I should at dog memes (much love for puppers and doggos). I am excited to help make your transition to university easier by being able to share my experiences and knowledge about all things BPK and SFU with you!
Hello everyone, my name is Sukh and I am currently going into my 5th year here at SFU majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience. The reason I chose this program is because it is a multidisciplinary degree that encompasses the neuroscience courses from the psychology department alongside with the physiology and anatomy based courses from the BPK department. It’s unique program that offers a wide range of courses ranging from endocrinology, neuroscience and biological rhythms to human physiology and anatomy. I am currently volunteering with Fraser health and at an Optometry clinic to gain first hand exposure to various atmospheres by observing the work field and shadowing professionals. During my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sports such as basketball, wrestling and baseball. I wrestled and played baseball competitively in my past but overall I am a huge sports fan of basically all the major sports out there. The career choice that I have decided to pursue is an Optometrist; hence, I am currently volunteering at clinics and trying to better understand the field before grad school arrives. The reason I am joining the BPK Peer Mentorship program is to offer help to the upcoming students in any way needed. When I first came here at SFU during my first year, I wish someone had given me some simple advice on how to change my study habits transitioning from high school to the university style or just offer help when needed. I hope to provide that assistance to the students and at the same time learn some skills myself as the semester progresses.
Hello there! My name is Victor, and I’ll be entering my second year as a Behavioural Neuroscience Major – one of the three BPK streams that has a half-BPK, half-Psychology emphasis. I like to tie in understanding and learning things that are personally meaningful to me, and BPK is amazing in that regard. You get a focused understanding of daily mechanisms that make up the human body, and as the pieces come together, aim that knowledge towards helping others. In terms of an academic goal, I’m aiming to contribute to understanding of neurological diseases, specifically Alzheimer’s disease. Alongside a mix of clubs and volunteering activities that include helping at the Surrey Food Bank, I tend to read short fictional stories. I also like to think that I have a good sense of humour, especially in puns! I was a mentee in my first year at SFU, and the BPK Peer Mentorship Program helped me so much in my transition to university; being there for others as others have been for me only feels right, and I hope that I can help you along your journey at SFU.