I have over 10 years of experience in project management, communications, community engagement and research. Prior to this, I was a researcher and story producer for TV and radio.
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, and inclusive 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 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.
From 2017-2019 I also worked on several contracts for Canadian Mental Health Association BC [Vancouver-Fraser], including as Communications and Resource Specialist, where I researched and managed website content for Get Set & Connect (GSC). This is a peer-based program that enhances mental health and well-being in people with lived experience with a mental health and/or addiction concern.
As a volunteer, I’m part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN). I have been involved in several projects, including co-debriefing facilitation training as part of simulated nurse education. Currently I am part of a team that provides plain-language, patient-centred edits for Vancouver Coastal Health publications.