CACUSS is excited to announce the Faculty team for the first CACUSS New Professionals Institute, taking place November 5-9, 2017.
Dr. Neil Buddel has over 17 years of experience in the postsecondary education system through various roles (including residential and career education, academic student success, and overall student affairs) and at various institutions (including the Universities of Alberta, Guelph, Toronto; McMaster University; and Centennial College, where he serves as Dean of Students). Neil completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, exploring the storied experiences of first-generation through a social class lens – a topic of interest to him as he was the first in his family to attend any form of postsecondary education.
As Dean of Students at Centennial College, Neil has responsibility for student life, co-curricular learning and development, student conduct and relations, counselling, accessible learning services, athletics and wellness, career and co-op services, and advising and pathways. Neil is also a Lecturer with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto where he teaches in the Student Development and Services program.
Pearl Mendonça is an engaging educator and lifelong learner. With over 11 years of professional experience in various areas of Student Services (Residence Life, Student Wellness; & Student Success) at both McMaster University and Mohawk College, Pearl applies her background in Social Work, with an advocacy and equity lens, to her work with students and staff alike. Pearl completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Ryerson University, with a focus in anti-oppressive practice.
Currently working as the Manager, MCACES Resource Centre and Learning Support Centre at Mohawk College, Pearl brings a strong commitment to staff/student leadership and development. Community development is another area Pearl is dedicated to, having volunteered for the past seven years in leadership positions with organizations such as the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA), and prior to that, YWCA Hamilton.
Pearl is also passionate about self-care and balance, which is an ongoing area of learning and growth. She has been involved in holistic health communities in Hamilton for the past 10 years as a Reiki practitioner, and most recently completed her yoga teacher training (RYT 200), to continue integrating knowledge about the importance of wellness – body, mind; & spirit. She is eager to bridge this knowledge and experience into her work in Student Services.