Jackie Fitzpatrick: Student Counsellor
I love my job because I know I make a difference. Sure, sometimes it’s stressful but the outcomes are worth it.
Local 70 - UCN, Post Secondary Education Component
It’s practically impossible for any student to separate their personal life from their academic career. The unfortunate reality for students going through a rough patch at home or having a tough time dealing with the demands of their studies are low grades, dropping out or worse.
Helping students overcome the stresses of home and school in order to reach their full academic potential is Jackie Fitzpatrick’s job. As a Student Counsellor at the University College of the North in Thompson, Jackie is there to ensure students are engaged in their university/college life and have all of the resources they need to succeed.
“I provide personal counseling. If needed, I also make referrals to the appropriate resources within UCN and outside UCN,” she says. The ultimate goal is to help students graduate so they can find a job in their chosen field.
Jackie has also taken on a very active role in her union. She’s been an MGEU Health & Safety Representative and Steward for about nine years. This past September, she added a few more responsibilities to her union portfolio by becoming the president of UCN Local 70.
“My background in counseling and being an activist go hand in hand. Fundamentally, everyone has the right to ensure their rights are being upheld and not everyone can take a stand alone, so having the union to support your cause, in whatever situation, is vital.”
Jackie admits that these responsibilities along with the demands of her job keep her busy, but she wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I love my job because I know I make a difference. Sure, sometimes it’s stressful but the outcomes are worth it.”