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Executive Director, Student Wellness Services appointed

Following a comprehensive search process, Cynthia Gibney will assume the position of Executive Director, Student Wellness Services, as of March 2, 2020. Gibney has extensive experience in the post-secondary and health care sectors and a demonstrated commitment to student wellbeing.

Gibney currently serves as Director, Health and Wellness, at Western University, where she has overseen the expansion of health and wellness programming on campus. Highlights of her achievements at Western include integrating health services and counselling services into one unit, implementing new technologies to increase access to care, and creating a partnership with the local Canadian Mental Health Association to assist with crisis counselling. She also worked with a team to establish a Trans Care Team that provides specialized psychological counselling and medical care to students in an LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative environment.

The search for the Executive Director, Student Wellness Services, was conducted by an advisory committee that included staff, faculty, and students.

“Members of the committee were particularly impressed by Gibney’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities for student wellness services in the post-secondary sector, her strong commitment to student wellbeing, as well as her collaborative working style,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “I look forward to working with Cynthia in supporting student health, wellness, and accessibility on campus.”

Gibney is a registered nurse with a BScN from the University of Windsor and an MScN from Western University. Through her experience as a Registered Nurse, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing at Western, and as Western’s Health Services Clinic Manager for several years, Gibney has gained considerable knowledge of the important role that student wellness services has campus.

In her role as Executive Director, Student Wellness Services at Queen’s, Gibney will oversee a broad range of health, wellness, and accessibility-related programs and services. She is committed to developing positive relationships and collaborations with students, staff, faculty, and sector-wide networks to continue to enhance services and support student wellbeing.

Vice-Provost and Dean Tierney wishes to thank members of the advisory committee for their thoughtful advice and input throughout the search process. Membership included:

  • Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)
  • John Pierce, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
  • Leo Erlikhman, Vice-President (Graduate), SGPS
  • William Greene, Vice-President (University Affairs), AMS
  • Cheryl Pulling, Associate Director, Undergraduate Nursing Programs
  • Ellie Sadinsky, Interim Executive Director, Student Wellness Services
  • Chad McLeod, Director, Finance and Staffing, Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs