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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Rachel Bessette

Content Specialist

Contact Information
Phone: 519-756-8228 ext.5693

Office Location: CB 112
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Academic Background

Hounors Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Human Rights/Human Diversity, with a minor in Contemporary Studies - Wilfrid Laurier University 2012


My_Bio_Pic.pngMy sister-in-law & myself at her wedding. 

I was born and raised in the home my dad grew up in, in Fonthill, Ontario. Being older now, I know how special it was that I was able to live on the same land that my ancestors received (from the Queen of England) for fighting in the war of 1812. I loved growing up in the Niagara Region, because there was always so much to see & do. I can still remember going to see the lights that they have down in Niagara Falls for Christmas, and being so excited to see the Little Mermaid one.

When I graduated high school, I decided that I wasn’t ready to try my hand at university, so I did my “victory” lap. This ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. I was ready going into university at Laurier. I had my head in the game & I felt mature enough to strike out on my own. I started at Laurier’s Brantford campus is September 2008, in the Criminology program. During my first two years, I made the mistake of not getting involved & just focusing on my schooling. At the end of my second year, I decided I had enough of sitting back & not getting involved. I put my resume in the next day with Residence Life. When I got hired as a Don, I literally cried. I was ecstatic! Donning was my entire life at Laurier for the next two years. I had the pleasure of meeting so many people as a Don & I felt really connected to the campus. This is the one experience I wouldn’t trade for the world!

I graduated in 2012, with my first job being Senior Recruitment Officer for Laurier. I can honestly say I could not have asked for a better career! I love spending my day travelling Ontario, talking to prospective high school, college, and mature students about Laurier.

My experience at Laurier, as a student and now as an employee, has been one amazing moment to the next. I always say to students – “They tried to get rid of me, by forcing me to graduate… but I now work for them, so they’re stuck with me.” Hopefully, they’re as happy being ‘stuck’ with me, as I am with being ‘stuck’ with them.