MEET THE CALGARY EXECUTIVE!
Jessica Naidu, Co-Chair
Jessie is currently a research/project coordinator working in Population-Public Health with Alberta Health Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts on Communication Studies. Her professional and research interests are health equity and social justice in healthcare on both global and domestic scales. She is dedicated to advocating for the rights of those who experience poverty, prejudice and other barriers to health and well-being. Jessie’s primary objective is to bring social justice advocacy to all areas of her life including her work in healthcare leadership, her volunteer endeavors and her community participation.
Jessie fancies herself somewhat of a culinary and cultural aficionado. In other words, she loves to eat and watch T.V. with a few museum visits thrown in for good measure. She puts down the fried chicken and gets up off the couch once in a while to “enjoy” a run or a workout (on mute, if it is Gillian Michaels), which she hopes will afford her a long lifetime of T.V and pizza time. Her current favourite authors are Rohinton Mistry, Lawrence Hill, Lionel Shriver and Paula Deen (the latter of whom writes a mean mac n cheese recipe).
Theresa Tang, Co-Chair
Theresa Tang recently moved to Calgary and transitioned out of coordinating the clinical operations at Trillium Health Partners (THP) and was a Senior Analyst in their Strategy Management & Project Management Office. THP is Canada’s largest academic community hospital and is based out of Mississauga, Ontario. Her previous work in knowledge translation has brought her around the world at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and also supporting evidence informed policymaking in Sydney, Australia. Her work at University Health Network’s Centre for Innovation in Complex Care and supporting the launch of Trillium Health Partners’ Institute for Better Health has provided her diverse experience in research and innovation. Theresa graduated from McMaster’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program. She believes that it is important for emerging health leaders to pursue an understanding of unmet needs in the healthcare system, consider the future of healthcare, and engage in activities to foster innovative solutions to health challenges.
Joanne Sadler, Director of Events
Joanne currently works for AHS as a Knowledge Management Specialist with CancerControl Alberta. She is originally from Calgary but moved away to pursue her BScH in Psychology at Queen’s University and Masters of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked in the nonprofit sector in Calgary and as an outdoor education teacher abroad. Some of her interests include mental health, reproductive health and community development.
Joanne loves getting out to the mountains in her free time and during the winter months you can find her on the ski hill or planning her next ski trip! She is looking forward to working with EHL this year and meeting like-minded health professionals.
Alastair Linds, Co-Director of Communications
Alastair Linds is a longtime resident of Calgary graduating from Mount Royal University. He worked as a Media and Communications Specialist for the Calgary Board of Education before a position in new media marketing for an advertising company. He developed a passion for helping unemployed and underemployed Canadian newcomers discover new communications and technical skills working as an instructor for the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society. Alastair is currently working as a Communications and Web Coordinator for Alberta Health Services in the Primary Health Care Portfolio and as an Communications Instructor and course developer for Mount Royal University. He is also perusing his Master of Arts in Education and Technology.
Jocelyn Graham, Co-Director of Communications
Jocelyn Graham currently works as a Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services in the department of Reproductive Health where she contributes to projects related to teaching sexual health as well as promoting health in pregnancy. Jocelyn has worked in a wide variety of health fields including diabetes and cancer screening. After gaining valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector, she earned her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta and completed her thesis on dietary behaviours of women during pregnancy. Her education has helped shape her passion for maternal health, qualitative research, and knowledge translation. Over the last few years she has developed a keen interest in digital advertising and social media marketing in healthcare. Her personal mantra is ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’ and she hopes to make a valuable contribution to the health and well-being of others.