About Rural eMentoring BC

ReMBC acknowledges that the land on which we work is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People.

What we do

  • We are an online mentoring program connecting rural, remote and Indigenous high school students to mentors who are studying health sciences in BC. eMentoring is used in class rooms, after school programs, and by individual students all over the province.  

Our Mission

  • To support rural medicine and rural communities by inspiring the next generation of rural health practitioners through mentoring.

About mentoring

  • What is mentoring? Mentoring is a supportive and caring relationship where mentees seek wisdom from someone who has walked the walk. Mentors provide advice, leadership, and share their journeys in order to support their mentee's success.

  • Why is mentoring important?

    • Mentoring is an opportunity to ask advice from someone who was once in your shoes. Mentors are important in every stage of life, including the transition out of high school. At this stage, a mentor can help high school students capitalize on their strengths and passions.

    • Living in a rural area, it's hard to know what opportunities exist beyond your own community. Connecting with mentors throughout the whole province broadens high school students' horizons and shows them what's out there. Many of our mentors are originally from rural communities, and love passing on the wisdom and courage it took to pursue their big dreams. 

    • Since many of our mentors are close in age to high school students, we capitalize on their "near-peer" connections. Understandably, high school students are more comfortable connecting with someone near their own age, rather than an authority figure like a teacher, parent, or professional. Near-peer mentors understand the challenges youth face, and nobody understands post secondary like post secondary students! Just knowing what to expect can make all the difference in deciding about post secondary.  

Rural Communities in BC

  • We serve communities defined as rural by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. 

  • Click here to find a list of the rural communities we serve.

  • Click here to for information about how the Rural Coordination Centre of BC defines rural.

ReMBC's History

  • ReMBC began in 2009 as Aboriginal eMentoring BC. Aboriginal eMentoring BC connected rural and urban Indigenous youth with Health Science mentors, using a curriculum rooted in Indigenous ways of relating.

  • ReMBC is the latest evolution of Aboriginal eMentoring BC, and in order to honour our historic partners, we have embedded Aboriginal eMentoring BC as a stream of ReMBC. We continue to connect rural Indigenous youth who self-identify with Indigenous mentors studying health sciences.

  • Aboriginal eMentoring BC was originally funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2010-14), and ReMBC is now funded by the BC Ministry of Health via the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues.

  • ReMBC is a Rural Education Action Plan initiative, working through the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, and is coordinated from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences  at the University of British Columbia.

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unceded xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam) Territory