I have over 10 years of experience in communications strategy, media relations, community engagement, research, project management, and 10 years of experience in journalism and media production.
As Education, Outreach and Communications Specialist at Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (previously the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability [CIRPD]), I am responsible for managing logistics for WWDPI’s global webinar series. I also lead communication initiatives for the organization, and reach out to create partnerships with community, national and international organizations.
The Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) launched in the fall of 2017 – a global centre of excellence with a vision of safe, healthy, inclusive and productive workplaces for all. A primary goal is to reduce the gap between what is known from high quality research and what is done in practice. To advance this work, I recently completed a knowledge mobilization course through the University of Guelph, Engage: Building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence.
I began in 2012 with the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. CIRPD worked toward the reduction and prevention of pain, pain-related suffering and disability. Our aim was to turn current research into tools and practical information which can help people improve their quality of life and find relief from ongoing pain, while bringing health professionals, pain sufferers and researchers together with the goal of improving the diagnosis and treatment of pain.
Among my other work, I am Communications and Resource Specialist with Canadian Mental Health Association BC [Vancouver-Fraser]. I research and manage website content for Get Set & Connect (GSC) – a peer based program which enhances mental health and well-being in people with lived experience with a mental health and/or addiction concern through leisure and or volunteer activities. The program focuses on community inclusion and building meaningful connections.
As a volunteer, I’m part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN). Currently this includes co-debriefing facilitation training as part of simulated nurse education, and providing plain-language, patient-centred edits for Vancouver General Hospital publications.