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Name: Jane Keeler

Title: Counsellor

Department: Health and Counselling Services

Years of service: 23 years

Are you a Carleton graduate? Yes, I completed my Master’s in Social Work at Carleton in 1983.

What is your function at the University and why is it important?

I am a personal counsellor and I support students as they cope with crises. I have the privilege of hearing their personal struggles and strive to be a confidential listener, offer assistance and advice and refer them to other helpful people on campus. This work is important. When students receive counselling, they often can then continue and succeed in their program, or make a decision to move to an area of study that suits them better. Their lives are happier.

What is it about your job that inspires you?

Every day I meet individuals in need. Each person I meet brings me a view of the human struggle for dignity, happiness and creativity. I am inspired by the persistence of our students in the face of intellectual challenges, personal tragedies and even war. Seeing someone thrive after a setback is very rewarding— seeing their names in the list of graduates and honorees is heartwarming.

What are your hobbies?

I love singing in my community gospel choir (Big Soul Project), gardening, and practising arts of all kinds, including Playback theatre.

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