BIOGRAPHY

Leader in taking an intersectional approach towards addressing inequities in health and wellbeing for under-served groups, with over 10 years of community organizing experience in areas such as gender-based violence, income inequality, poverty, menstrual hygiene product accessibility, sexual education advocacy, sustainable agriculture, food insecurity, health inequities.

 

Co-founder & President of national youth-led registered nonprofit Shake Up The Establishment, which uses knowledge translation to improve literacy on the climate crisis, and encourages youth to participate in political action, in a non-partisan manner. 

 

Co-founder & Director of national nonprofit missINFORMED, which aims to improve the health of womxn and gender-diverse folx.

Steering Committee Chair of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities, and Community Health (ENRICH) Project (via MakeWay) which works with Indigenous and Black Communities to address the impacts of environmental racism. 

Graduate President of Student Arm of Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) at University of Waterloo.  

Former consultant on University of Waterloo's School of Public Health and Health Systems' EDI Task Force to aid in creating safe spaces and promote equity-focused practices in academia.

 

Previously held the position of President and Chief Financial Officer of feminist anti-poverty organization, Oxfam Guelph, and was responsible for a budget of over $30,000 yearly to organize events on a variety of humanitarian issues, including notably, a research symposium on health inequities funded by the Dean of College of Biological Sciences in March 2019. 

 

Recipient of the 2019 Bridge Builders Scholarship, at the University of Guelph for positive impact in bridging gaps intercultural/interfaith gaps to foster community-building in Guelph, Ontario.

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"I am passionate about interdisciplinary 

research and I find teaching to be an incredibly rewarding experience."

I have an Honours BSc from the University of Guelph in Biomedical Sciences, and am an MSc Candidate at the University of Waterloo's School of Public Health & Health Systems.
My MSc thesis aims to discern the knowledge and understanding of climate change-related health risks by public health authorities, and evaluate local mitigation, adaptation and risk communication strategies. This work is of interest to Health Canada, as it aims to address existing knowledge gaps they have previously identified. Consequently, I was an expert reviewer on the latest Federal Government report on climate change and the health of Canadians. 
Currently, I am lead research assistant on a CIHR-funded study looking into sociocultural and behavioural factors affecting communities' response to countermeasures for the COVID-19 pandemic. This research is of interest to the Ontario Ministry of Health, as it aims to identify interventions to build trust in public health authorities and to improve compliance to health measures.
I have given guest lectures on being a youth changemaker and finding political infiltration points, at the University of Guelph in UNIV2200 (Towards Sustainability) and on Environmental Justice and Racism, at the University of Waterloo, in HLTH280 (Public Health Ethics). I have previously been a teaching assistant for HLTH202 (Principles of Public and Population Health) and HLTH245 (Canadian Health Systems) at University of Waterloo. 

I am highly proficient in clinical, wet lab, qualitative and quantitative research methods, having had over 4 years of experience in conducting research at institutions including the University of Guelph, the Hospital for Sick Children, and University of Waterloo.  I presented original findings as first author, during the third year of my undergraduate degree, via an oral podium presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference in Florida in 2018. I am a published author in translational medicine, and I have also worked on a systematic review where I was co-lead author; our findings were presented in June 2019 at the European Pediatric Surgery Association (EUPSA).
 
Most recently, I wrote a commentary to suggest ways to improve physician-patient relations for under-served populations (under review) and conducted a qualitative pilot study on the perceptions and understanding of the climate crisis by elderly Canadians (unpublished). These stand as a testament to my interdisciplinary knowledge, high skill set in conducting different types of research and my high level of proficiency in communicating these findings to any audience.
My main areas of interest at the moment are in health policy, risk communication and social determinants of health/equity-focused research.

MY SKILLS

Consulting  Equity-centred practices

Event/Campaign Planning & Management    Public Speaking   Teaching Leadership Effective Communication  Fund Development & Grants Research & Policy-work  Branding  Social Media and Digital Platforms