Career Services

Contact Us

Career Services
4th Floor Student Centre
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street

Phone: 902-420-5499 (NEW #)
Fax: 902-491-6248

Request a presentation (faculty, staff, community)


Meet the Staff

Career Services consists of a team of professional Counsellors, administrative staff and trained student staff who work to provide students of Saint Mary's a comprehensive package of services related to career exploration and development.

Donnie Jeffrey

Donnie Jeffrey M.Ed.C.Psych. CCC, RCT - Manager, Career Services / 902-420-5431

Donnie has over fifteen years’ experience in the areas of Clinical Therapy, Career Counselling, and administering assessment instruments. He is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) and a certified practitioner of the Strong Interest Inventory. As Manager of Career Services, Donnie's main role is to lead the department at an administrative level as well as to contribute to the teams day to day experiences and interactions with students. Donnie completed his BA and Honours at Saint Mary's University and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology. He has operated a private practice in Halifax since 2004.

Karen Schaffer

Karen Schaffer, MA - Career Counsellor  / 902-496-8245

Karen came up with the idea of a job search book for students while looking for work in university. This led to nearly 20 years of Career Counselling work and three books published on careers and job searching: Hire Power, The Job of Your Life and The Complete Book of Resumes. Karen has also worked in project management, TV story producer, marketing consultant, writer for hire, teaching yoga and recruiting. Karen is passionate about uncovering and exploring what you are passionate about and good at. Karen holds an Honours BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University and a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Sarah Hopkins

Sarah Hopkins, M.Ed, CCC, RCT-C - Career Counsellor / 902-491-6428

Sarah is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C) with a background in assessment and career coaching with teens, adults and children. Prior to her role at Saint Mary’s University, Sarah specialized in vocational assessment and coaching with high school students and adults at a private psychology practice. She has also provided career counselling and job development services to adults with developmental disabilities at a non-profit organization in St. John’s, NL. In addition to her work at Saint Mary’s University, Sarah provides vocational rehabilitation services to adults with physical and psychological disabilities who have been absent from the workforce for an extended period of time. Sarah uses a solution-focused approach, which is goal-directed and collaborative between the Career Counsellor and student. Sarah completed her BA in Honours Psychology at Saint Mary’s University and graduated with an MEd in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Career Counsellor, Juliana

Juliana Wiens, M.Ed., CCC - Career Counsellor / 902-491-6539

Juliana is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with over ten years of experience working in the career development field. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, she held the position of Operations Manager/Employment Counsellor at a women’s employment centre, where she supported women through individual counselling and workshop facilitation, while also fulfilling a management role. Juliana’s student-centered experience includes working as a Career Counsellor at Dalhousie and teaching an interdisciplinary career development course. Juliana holds a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia, an MA in Women’s Studies from Dalhousie, and a BA from the University of Alberta. She is passionate about supporting students as they navigate meaningful career paths.

Carmen Burke

Carmen Burke, BBA - Career & Employment Coach / 902-491-8619

Carmen genuinely enjoys helping students and seeing them reach their goals. She began working in Co-op Education at Saint Mary's, moving to the Student Employment Centre and then proudly being the first full-time employee at Career Services when it was formed in 2008. Prior to SMU, Carmen has worked for financial organizations in banking and taxation, as well as buisness development initiatives in the not-for-profit sector. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management from Mount Saint Vincent University, and is currently completing an advanced Diploma in Career Development from Concordia University College.


Lysa Appleton, BA, CCDP Career & Employment Coach / 902-420-5684

Lysa is a seasoned career coach who has been working in the field of coaching and consulting since 2006.  Her working style is warm and intimate yet strategic in supporting people through their career transition, re-employment or launch of a home based business.  Lysa is passionate about assisting high achieving individuals to identify their purpose and passion, and market themselves to find roles that stretch their potential.  While always focused on the big picture, Lysa works with clients to achieve the practical relevant and powerful goals that support long term career health and development. Lysa earned her B.A. from the University of British Columbia and received her coach training and credentials from Coach U, one of the oldest and largest coach training institutes.  She is also a certified Career Development Practitioner and a certified Career Strategist and Employment Specialist with Career Professionals of Canada, (CPC).



Maheshi Dharmasiri, Co-Curricular Record Coordinator / 902-491-6445

Maheshi is from Colombo, Sri Lanka and has completed a dual degree; a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Bachelor of Science in Biology at Saint Mary’s University (SMU). She is happy to call Halifax her second home and is excited to be joining the Career Services team. She enjoys working with students in order to help them have the best possible experience at SMU. 


Geraldine Ross, Office Coordinator / 902-420-5499

Career Assistant

Maeve Mulroy - Career Development Centre Assistant / 902-496-8743

Maeve is very excited to be joining the Career Services team as Career Assistant this summer! Maeve is an Honours psychology student with a minor in philosophy. She loves learning about and helping people, and eventually aspires to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Maeve also currently works as a teaching assistant at SMU and a research assistant with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In her spare time, she loves singing and acting, and she is also president of the SMU Drama Society and a member of the SMU Healthy Minds Team.



Siddhartha Siddik - CCR Engagement Facilitator / 902-491-6445



Request a Presentation or Workshop

Career Services looks forward to being involved in other areas of the campus community to provide an integrated career development service.

Examples of what we provide:

  • Brief (10 min) classroom presentations about our services
  • Brief (10 min) classroom presentations about the Co-Curricular Record
  • Major specific presentations
  • Faculty based workshops
  • Partnerships with faculties to organize events such as panels and fairs
  • Career Services professionals as guest speakers
  • Classroom presentations to teach resume, CV, and cover letter skills

We also welcome all student referrals from faculty and staff.

Please contact us and tell us how we can help you.

Fill in the information and let us know what questions you have about the career development of your students. We may be able to answer online, through the phone or by making an appointment to meet with you.

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