BPK PM: Mentor Profiles


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Joshua Mentor ProfileJoshua 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 has moved onto medicine 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 lovely friends who helped him along the way.)

Previous Directors and Assistant Directors:

  • Emily Chinn (2017-2018)
  • Amanda Zacharuk (2018-2019)
  • Matthew Cheung (2018-2019)

 

Victor Lau – Senior Director

Welcome to BPK Peer Mentorship! There are likely many reasons that you’re here.. curiosity, inquiry, opportunities, and more. While you will inevitably grow and increase your impact on those around you, BPK PM aims to enhance your first-year SFU experience. As Senior Director, I am joined by a caring and diligent executive team, alongside meticulously-chosen, peer mentors rooting for you. Please continue to work at your future plans – this means hearing your voice! You can always reach me at vla62@sfu.ca.

Personally, I’m a Behavioural Neuroscience (BNS) major entering my final year. I’ve come to highly value balance and understanding – prioritizing the logic and emotional acknowledgement in our life experiences, and working to find detailed, accurate, “top-down” solutions that will hopefully improve our general well-being. This mindset has slowly matured my interests in philosophy, politics, and nutrition, alongside a neuroimmunology and Alzheimer’s focus for graduate school. Big LEGO and Pokemon fan, too.

As the BNSS VP Internal, I love hosting Journal Club discussions around neuroscience and psychology literature. I work with DTES folks on Saturdays, and have enjoyed volunteering at the Surrey Food Bank. I’ve worked in multiple cell-physiology labs, and have come to value correcting my thinking towards breakthroughs.

 

 

Eva Ang – Co-Director

Hi everyone! My name is Eva and I am currently in my final semester at SFU majoring in Biomedical Physiology! For me, I was fascinated with the complexity of the human body and really enjoyed learning about physiology and nutrition, which led me to major in BP. In the future, I hope to pursue Occupational Therapy so that I can continue my passion for helping others, alongside applying my knowledge from BPK classes!
 
In addition to my studies, I also love eating a diverse range of food and spending time with my friends! Also, I have been involved with many extracurricular activities within the SFU community as a Welcome Leader, Science Frosh Leader, Peer Mentor, and Assistant Director for this very program! As well, I have also worked in various jobs on campus such as Student Tour Guide, Events and Marketing Assistant, and Summit Peer Leader. Currently, I serve as one of the Co-Directors for this program, Director of Internal Operations for TEDxSFU Organizing Committee, and as a Senior Science Welcome Leader. Lastly, I hope you feel welcomed and excited for what is to come for your SFU journey, and we will all be supporting you along the way! Welcome to BPK!

 

Shreya Luthra – Co-Director

Hi there! My name is Shreya Luthra, and I am currently a fourth-year Biomedical Physiology major. I chose my major because I loved the idea that there are an infinite number of possibilities and concepts associated with the human body – I’m so thankful that I did because the things I learn every day never fail to amaze me. Starting my first year at SFU, I was so overwhelmed by changes that accompanied the leap from high school to university.
Thankfully, taking part in the BPK Peer Mentorship Program helped ensure a smoother transition filled with new opportunities and a chance to meet likeminded individuals. My mentor always gave the best advice and lent a hand when I needed it, and I hope as Assistant Director I can do the same for all of you. When I’m not on the mountain, I love working out, hanging out with friends, travelling and performing spoken word poetry. I look forward to meeting all of you in person – here’s to making new SFU friends!

 

Ardeshir Hassirchian – Assistant Director

Hello! My name’s Ardi, and I’m entering the fifth (& final) year of my Biomedical Physiology degree this year. Although I’m a BPK major, my upcoming plans are to go to law school in America and become a trial lawyer! Outside of school, I have held various other executive positions, most recently with SFU’s Canadian Cancer Society and Blood for Life, as well as various other clubs & programs previous to this. In my spare time, I enjoy to read, go for runs, and spend time with friends & family.

During my first year at SFU, I was actually a part of the program as a mentee, and I felt the program really helped me to have a successful first year. I then chose to become a peer mentor to help another student have a successful first-year experience; now as an assistant director (& incoming senior director) of the program, I hope to even further improve BPK PM and build on the success it has already experienced!

 

Nicholas Tran – Assistant Director

Hey there! Welcome to SFU (and also the best faculty offered here at SFU). My name is Nick, and I am a Biomedical Physiology major currently heading into my final year.

Like many of you, I came straight from high school not knowing how university worked and how I’d fit in. To be honest, I stumbled into BPK because I didn’t have much of a clue of what science program I would enjoy. I would say I was one of the lucky ones who grew their passion for physiology and the human body the further and further I went. Through BPK, I’ve been fortunate to have completed 2 co-op terms and 1 directed studies – both of which have given me more perspective on education and career options that I am eager to share and discuss with others.

When not busy in class or studying, I spend a good deal of time as part of the Volleyball Club at SFU or indulging in my hobby as a photographer. I also really enjoy catching up with friends and colleagues around SFU when it’s about time for me to procrastinate my school work.

At the end of the day, with all the experiences I’ve had, I really could go on and on about my SFU experience but I’m sure no one here wants to read an essay (besides, I think I’ll save it for my mentees). So for now, I wish you the best in adapting to university life and I hope to see some of you around soon!

 

Ben Chang

Hey! I’m Ben, and I’m a 4thyear Kinesiology student, with an intended Active Health and Rehabilitation Concentration. I chose BPK because I’ve always loved sports and being active, as well as the human body and all the fascinating things it can do, and BPK was a way to pair the two of them together.  I’m currently the vice-president of the BPKSA (shameless plug – come join us!), and I’m very excited to be a peer mentor, and have the opportunity to pass on some of my knowledge and the experiences that I’ve had at SFU.  After finishing my undergraduate degree, I’m hoping to become a physiotherapist, and complete my Masters of Physical Therapy.

In my spare time, I love to do anything related to sports (I follow just about all of them, and can talk for hours about them!), as well as things that are active or outside in nature.  I also enjoy baking (but hate washing dishes, so I don’t do it too often) and playing games with friends, both the video and tabletop varieties.

 

Jay Dave

Hey! My name is Jay and I am currenItly in my 3rd year at SFU. I am going to be majoring in Kinesiology with the Active Health and Rehabilitation Concentration. I wanted to study BPK because I am not only intrested in the cellular compontent of science, but also how that relates to our body movment. BPK lab courses at SFU have taught me many practical skills and components that I never knew were even related to Kinesiology.

I like to remain active and enjoy playing team sports; however, in this precarious time we are in, I have shifted my hobbies to reading lots fiction and non-fiction books and learning about creating my own investment portfolio. I have shifted my prespective on many carrer choices because the more I lean about BPK, the more carrer choices seem to open up. Currently, I want to experience the research side of Kinesiology, and what we can scientifically discover about Kinesiology. I decided to become a Peer-Mentor because as a 3rd year I have experienced so many lessons – good and bad, that I want to pass down to a 1st year student. Your first semester can be overwhelming, but we are here to help.

 

Troy Dy

Hello everyone. My name is Troy, and I am currently a third-year Kinesiology student. I decided to major in Kinesiology because I love fitness, science and learning about the human body. There are many great volunteering opportunities offered here at SFU, go to myinvolvement.sfu.ca to view them. I personally find volunteering  a great way to make new friends, it also allows me to apply what I learn.

In my spare time, I love working out in the gym, playing video games, and reading books. In the future, I hope to pursue medicine, physiotherapy, or some health-related work. I’ve decided to become a peer mentor because I’ve done well in my first-year despite not being academically motivated in high school. I would like to use my experience to help new students in their transition and set them on the right path.

 

Mackenzie Heidel

Hi everyone! I am a 3rd year Biomedical Physiology student and USES program member. I moved from Saskatchewan because of SFU’s emphasis on engagement and, for me, going to school on a mountain is a dream come true! I chose Biomedical Physiology to learn about how the body functions from its smallest component to its biggest. Hopefully, by 2026, you will be calling me Doctor! Right now at SFU I am a lead volunteer in the Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab, a Science Discord Moderator as well as a Senior Welcome Leader. I have worked as a lifeguard/swim instructor and an alpine ski racing coach (yes, alpine skiing in Saskatchewan does exist!).

I am also super passionate about the importance of child literacy and its impact on health status. Throughout my year as a Peer Mentor, I hope to support new students in their transition to university, just as my Peer Mentor did for me. I am eager to be someone you can meet for virtual coffee on your study breaks, and informally talk with about getting involved (trust me, the aforementioned involvement was very gradual!), campus life, study strategies and everything in between!

 

Tony Hua

Hey guys! My name is Tony and I am currently going into my third year as an SFU kinesiology student and planning to take a minor in business in the future. I chose BPK because of my huge interest in the health and fitness industry. I was always very passionate about sports and since joining BPK I have learned many different things about the industry as well as assessing different injuries which I found to be very interesting.

Currently I am the vice president for the SFU swim club so if you have a passion for swimming hopefully, I’ll see you there! I was previously a basketball and volleyball high school coach for several years because of the impact the sports had on me.

During my free time I enjoy weight training and making art. Some of my favourite things to draw are cartoons that held a monumental impact towards the youth and older generations in the past. In the future, I hope to be able to mix business and health together as a career; both subjects hold an interest in me, and I would love to combine what I learn from my minor with my major.

 

Julia Hughes

Hey! I’m Julia and this year I’ll be heading into my 2nd year at SFU as a kinesiology major. I chose BPK because I’m fascinated by human anatomy, and I hope it will lead me down the path of medical school in the near future. I have been an active volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association for several years now and it has truly inspired me to pursue a career in health care!

Growing up in Vancouver, I love to be uoutdoors exploring and hiking the beautiful city, volunteering, or relaxing with friends!

This past year at SFU I was involved in the Passport to Leadership courses which develop skills in teamwork, communication, and leadership that I found to be extremely valuable. I am so excited to be a peer mentor this year because I was a part of the program in my first year at SFU and it was an unbelievably beneficial experience for me. Now I want to be able to help ease the transition for new students, answer questions along the way, and make it fun! I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone.

 

Katherine Van Klaveren

Hi, my name is Katherine.  I am a second year Kinesiology student! I am passionate about health and fitness and my goal is to work in a field where I have the opportunity to encourage others to be active and live a healthy lifestyle. BPK has been a great fit for me, and I really enjoy taking classes on topics I am passionate about. I am currently a part of a great on campus group called the USES Student Committee. We organize events and activities for first year scholarship students to help them meet new people and get involved in SFU activities.

My favourite pastime is spending time outside doing any sort of outdoor activity. I love hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking and just soaking up the sun whenever I have spare time. Last year I was a mentee, and I am so excited to be a part of the program again this year – as a mentor. I would like to share my experiences and support you in your transition into university as best I can. SFU has such a fun and engaging community where you can meet lots of new people from many different backgrounds, and I would love to be able to share that with others.

 

Yasmin Sardary

Hi there! My name is Yasmin and I’m currently a 2nd year Biomedical Physiology major. I chose BPK because it allows me to explore my interests in science, anatomy, and physiology while working towards my goal of attending med school somewhere in the future! I have yet to complete a Co-op term, but I am definitely looking forward to applying in the coming year to gain more real-life experience in the field.

In my free time, I love being outdoors either hiking, swimming in the ocean or camping with my friends every summer. I was a dancer for 10 years of my life so I value exercise and try to stay as active as I can! Being a mentee last year, I learned how helpful it was to have someone experienced to go to for guidance when you get stuck and I’d love to provide the same help to others. If you’re feeling anxious and confused going into your first semester, not to worry! We’ve all been there at some point and there are many resources available to help you sort it all out. I look forward to meeting the new SFU students and helping them out as much as I can with their transition into university!

 

Puneet Sidhu

Hey everyone! I’m Puneet and I’m heading into my 5th year as a Biomedical Physiology major. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been into sports and the human body, so from the very beginning I knew that this was the perfect major for me. At the moment, I plan on pursuing a career in healthcare. To be what exactly? I’m still trying to figure that part out.

I’m curious by nature, so in my spare time I love learning about anything and everything. From V8 engines to tarot cards, I love to expand my knowledge in any field possible. On top of that I’ve enjoyed volunteering at my local hospital, my old soccer organization, and at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

I understand how overwhelming university can be, especially coming straight from high school. Truthfully, when I entered my 1st year I didn’t have anyone guiding me. So, I learned by trial and error, and boy there was a lot of error. That’s why I’m excited for this opportunity to share my experiences and assist my future mentees so that their 1st year at SFU can be as smooth and fulfilling as possible.

 

Maddy Teasell

Hello! My name is Maddy and I am in my fourth year at SFU studying Biomedical Physiology. I chose this major within BPK because I am so fascinated by the human body and how complex and amazing it is! Physiology intrigues me because there is always something new to learn and uncover; it is an ever-evolving field that makes me very excited for the future of science. One of my favourite courses so far has been BPK 305, as it really sparked my interest for the cardiovascular system.

I have completed two work terms with BPK Co-op, both with the same company, in which I got to work as a behavioural interventionalist for children with developmental disabilities. In addition to behaviour intervention, I helped children improve their motor skills and confidence within a gymnastics environment. This job has been incredible, and it has made me realize how much I love kids and want to continue to help them in my future career as hopefully a pediatrician or a sports medicine physician.

In my free time I love to take dance class, ski, snowboard, go to the gym or go on hikes! I look forward to this year and am very excited to be a Peer Mentor to meet some awesome new people and help them out in their transition to university!

 

Nicole Whittle

Hey everyone, my name is Nicole and I’m a 3rd year Kinesiology Major. Welcome to SFU! Physical activity has always been a big part of my life. I was a dancer and a soccer player until the end of high school, and now I fill my weekends refereeing soccer. With a big interest in exercise, health, and general sciences, Kinesiology has been a great fit for my studies. I love hanging around SFU to sit on the BPK Student Association, and I’ve also enjoyed being involved in undergraduate research. Off campus, I enjoy hiking the North Shore mountains and exploring the city.

The first year of university can be overwhelming at times, but I hope to make my mentees’ year a little less stressful and show them how awesome university can be! If this is your first year – good luck, study hard, and have fun!

 

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Hey! I’m Natalie and I’m moving into my fourth year of Kin. I’ve always enjoyed playing sports growing up and am very passionate about fitness. As a current Weight Room Supervisor at the SFU Fitness Centre, I am working my way up to becoming a personal trainer and my hope is to make exercise fun for others too. My ultimate goal is physio (but honestly who knows). I also volunteer as a rehab assistant at a residential care centre. It feels very surreal making a difference in a patient’s life simply by helping them improve their hand-eye coordination through various activities. I aspire to pursue a career that allows me to help those in need.

 

 

 

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