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Career Services
4th Floor Student Centre
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street

Phone: 902-420-5761
Fax: 902-491-6248
career.services@smu.ca

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Meet the Staff

Career Services consists of a team of professional Counsellors, administrative staff and trained student staff who work to provide students of Saint Mary's a comprehensive package of services related to career exploration and development.


 
Donnie Jeffrey

Donnie Jeffrey M.Ed.C.Psych. CCC, RCT - Manager, Career Services
donnie.jeffrey@smu.ca / 902-420-5431

Donnie has over fifteen years’ experience in the areas of Clinical Therapy, Career Counselling, and administering assessment instruments. He is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) and a certified practitioner of the Strong Interest Inventory. As Manager of Career Services, Donnie's main role is to lead the department at an administrative level as well as to contribute to the teams day to day experiences and interactions with students. Donnie completed his BA and Honours at Saint Mary's University and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology. He has operated a private practice in Halifax since 2004.


 
Karen Schaffer

Karen Schaffer, MA - Career Counsellor
karen.schaffer@smu.ca  / 902-496-8245

Karen came up with the idea of a job search book for students while looking for work in university. This led to nearly 20 years of Career Counselling work and three books published on careers and job searching: Hire Power, The Job of Your Life and The Complete Book of Resumes. Karen has also worked in project management, TV story producer, marketing consultant, writer for hire, teaching yoga and recruiting. Karen is passionate about uncovering and exploring what you are passionate about and good at. Karen holds an Honours BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University and a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.



 
Sarah Hopkins

Sarah Hopkins, M.Ed, CCC, RCT-C - Career Counsellor
sarah.hopkins@smu.ca / 902-491-6428

Sarah is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C) with a background in assessment and career coaching with teens, adults and children. Prior to her role at Saint Mary’s University, Sarah specialized in vocational assessment and coaching with high school students and adults at a private psychology practice. She has also provided career counselling and job development services to adults with developmental disabilities at a non-profit organization in St. John’s, NL. In addition to her work at Saint Mary’s University, Sarah provides vocational rehabilitation services to adults with physical and psychological disabilities who have been absent from the workforce for an extended period of time. Sarah uses a solution-focused approach, which is goal-directed and collaborative between the Career Counsellor and student. Sarah completed her BA in Honours Psychology at Saint Mary’s University and graduated with an MEd in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

 


Career Counsellor, Juliana
 

Juliana Wiens, M.Ed., CCC - Career Counsellor
juliana.wiens@smu.ca / 902-491-6539

Juliana is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with over ten years of experience working in the career development field. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, she held the position of Operations Manager/Employment Counsellor at a women’s employment centre, where she supported women through individual counselling and workshop facilitation, while also fulfilling a management role. Juliana’s student-centered experience includes working as a Career Counsellor at Dalhousie and teaching an interdisciplinary career development course. Juliana holds a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia, an MA in Women’s Studies from Dalhousie, and a BA from the University of Alberta. She is passionate about supporting students as they navigate meaningful career paths.


 
Carmen Burke

Carmen Burke, BBA - Career & Employment Coach
carmen.burke@smu.ca / 902-491-8619

Carmen genuinely enjoys helping students and seeing them reach their goals. She began working in Co-op Education at Saint Mary's, moving to the Student Employment Centre and then proudly being the first full-time employee at Career Services when it was formed in 2008. Prior to SMU, Carmen has worked for financial organizations in banking and taxation, as well as buisness development initiatives in the not-for-profit sector. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management from Mount Saint Vincent University, and is currently completing an advanced Diploma in Career Development from Concordia University College.



WebSize  Cindy Ryan, BBA, CCDP Career & Employment Coach
cindy.ryan@smu.ca / 902-420-5684

Cindy has over ten years’ experience in Career Development and Community Development, specializing in young adults and immigrant programing.  In 2014-2015 she attained professional accreditation as a Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) and Certified Competency Assessor. She is proud to be one of the first in Nova Scotia to be awarded the CCDP designation and Competency Assessor certification, which allows her to assess other Career Development professionals looking to go through the process to assume their designation. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, she has held various leadership roles within the not-for-profit sector through the YMCA. Cindy was a Job Developer for three years supporting job searching clients with career action plans, resume writing, mock interviews, job placements and recruitment opportunities.  For five years she was the provincial co-ordinator for the Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program (FPSYIP). Here she assisted over 500 young adults find their strengths and matched them with internships that helped pave the way for their next work opportunities. Cindy thoroughly enjoys supporting students with a client-centered approach. Recently was the Provincial Coordinator for YREACH a Settlement and Integration program servicing seven communities across NS. Cindy holds a BBA, major in Management at Mount Saint Vincent University and a Certificate in Adult Education from Dalhousie Continuing University.


 

Maheshi Dharmasiri, Co-Curricular Record Coordinator
CCR@smu.ca / 902-491-6445

 



KarenMorash

Karen Morash, Secretary
Career.Services@smu.ca / 902-420-5761

Karen joined the Career Services team in 2011 and has a Medical Office Administration diploma from CompuCollege. Having experience in a post-secondary setting where she provided administrative support to staff and students Karen is a dedicated professional who is focused on the needs of the student. Please feel free to contact Karen for all of your Career Services needs.



 
Career Assistant

Maeve Mulroy - Career Development Centre Assistant
cdc@smu.ca / 902-496-8743

Maeve is very excited to be joining the Career Services team as Career Assistant this summer! Maeve is an Honours psychology student with a minor in philosophy. She loves learning about and helping people, and eventually aspires to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Maeve also currently works as a teaching assistant at SMU and a research assistant with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In her spare time, she loves singing and acting, and she is also president of the SMU Drama Society and a member of the SMU Healthy Minds Team.

 


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Mahmudur Rahman - CCR Engagement Facilitator
ccrassistant@smu.ca / 902-491-6445

Mahmudur is an international student from Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to Halifax in the fall of 2015 to study Economics in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Sobey School of Business. Mahmudur is currently in his third year as a co-op student hoping to move on to grad school.  He loves assisting students and has worked as an Information Desk Clerk for SMUSA. He is the current Co-President of the Saint Mary’s University Speak Up society, which builds connections between ESL and native English speakers. Mahmudur also writes for the SMU Journal and has formerly been involved with organizing and promoting events for non-profit organizations and high school clubs.


Request a Presentation or Workshop

Career Services looks forward to being involved in other areas of the campus community to provide an integrated career development service.

Examples of what we provide:

  • Brief (10 min) classroom presentations about our services
  • Brief (10 min) classroom presentations about the Co-Curricular Record
  • Major specific presentations
  • Faculty based workshops
  • Partnerships with faculties to organize events such as panels and fairs
  • Career Services professionals as guest speakers
  • Classroom presentations to teach resume, CV, and cover letter skills

We also welcome all student referrals from faculty and staff.

Please contact us and tell us how we can help you.

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