A portion of the donation will bring in special guest speaker Dexter Nyuurnibe. Nyuurnibe is a noted public speaker and mental health advocate. He is a Bell Let’s Talk spokesperson, a former TedX speaker, and was one of the 2016 Faces of Mental Illness for the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.
The donation also supports mental health programming throughout the year. “Student Affairs is thrilled to receive this generous gift,” said Anne Bartlett, coordinator of the Pathways to Academic Success at UPEI. “Whether it’s exam anxiety workshops, a stress-reducing night of games and crafts, or the purchasing of stress kits, this money allows us to support the student community during the stressful busy times of the year.”
The University of Prince Edward Island prides itself on people, excellence, and impact and is committed to assisting students reach their full potential in both the classroom and community. With roots stemming from two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University—UPEI has a reputation for academic excellence, research innovation, and creating positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. UPEI is the only degree granting institution in the province and is proud to be a key contributor to the growth and prosperity of Prince Edward Island.