GHD Executive Committee

Allison Kraby


Allison completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria in 2009 and went on to complete her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2012. She then worked with neurological, concussion, and vestibular patient populations across the continuum of care in both the private and public health sectors in Alberta and British Columbia. Having always had an interest in global health but having yet to act on it, in 2017 Allison volunteered for 5 weeks as a physiotherapist with Hillside Health Care International at Hillside Healthcare Clinic in the remote, southern, Toledo District of Belize, Central America. This experience prompted her to focus more of her professional development on enhancing competencies related to global health. She is currently working as a sole charge physiotherapist at Tofino General Hospital in Tofino, B.C. to gain experience working in rural / remote communities and with Indigenous populations. She also hopes to be on NepalAbility's Spring 2019 team to Nepal to bring together her passion for neurological rehabilitation and global health. In 2017 / 2018, Allison completed the CPA Global Health Division's Mentorship program and took on the role of Secretary for the Global Health Division. She is now looking forward to building her leadership skills in her new position as Chair Elect.

Advice: "Be generous in your assumptions about others. Have empathy. Show compassion. Be civil despite conflict/disagreement. Find joy in gratitude." - Brene Brown

Shelly Yu

Advocacy Officer

Shelly is a neuro physiotherapist based in Vancouver, BC. She has worked with adult and paediatric populations in various neurological settings and is a strong believer in equal access to health care. She has advocated for the role of physiotherapy and exercise in health promotion, and has been involved in several public health initiatives targeting access to health care issues in the community, both nationally and inernationally. These include setting up a Parkinson's exercise group for those living on the outskirts of the Metro Vancouver area, setting up a rehabilitation programme for the Silver Lining Foundation in rural China and working with Crisis at Christmas to improve health care access for people who are homeless. In addition to achieving honours in her Physiotherapy degree, Shelly holds a 'Foundations of Global Health Specialization' certificate from Johns Hopkins University and hopes to complete a Masters in Public Health in the future.


Michelle O'Brien

Communications Officer

Michelle holds a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Her work experience is vast, trying everything from geriatric rehab to early intervention. She found a love for paediatric rehabilitation and continues to work in that field. One of Michelle's passions is travelling and experiencing new cultures. Her global health experience is new, having just moved to Doha, Qatar, to work for Sidra Medicine - a new hospital that is setting the stage for women and children's healthcare in the Middle East.

Corey Kim

Project Manager, Pre-departure Training

Corey attended Western University and received a bachelors degree in Kinesiology in 2011. He continued his education at Western and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy in 2015. In his final year of the MPT program, Corey had the opportunity to attend Congress where he was able to connect both his passion for physical therapy and humanitarian relief. He was able to sign on as a member of the GHD Communications Subcommittee and serve for one year. During his final months of school, Corey travelled to Cape Town South Africa for a 6 week internship. He is very excited to bring change to the division and continues to prepare himself for global health work in the near future. 

Advice: Always be self-aware. Reflection is the key in growing as an individual.  


Allana Beavis

Indigenous Health Co-Representative

Allana completed both her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Master’s of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. She went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2014. She considers herself to be a generalist, having worked with clients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory conditions. She is currently working at Community Therapy Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the Home Care and Northern Outreach programs. Through this agency, she provides fly-in consultative PT services to First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. She is passionate about addressing health inequities and the underpinning unequal power relations in society that create them.

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Jennifer O'Neil

Knowledge Translation Representative

I have graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago in Movement Science (2005) prior to completing my Master’s in Physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa (2009), where I decided to skip my graduation day to escape to Benin and volunteer at the CAORF for 3 months (2009). This experience solidified my love for global health. I then briefly worked in private sport med clinic (2009-2011) and decided to leave again with Handicap International for an emergency mission in Ivory Coast (2011). Upon my return, I made a drastic change to only pursue neuro, traumatic complex cases (I think it had something to do with Ivory Coast!!!). Since I have been working  in private community neuro, teaching at Ottawa University, teaching continuing education, animating tele-rehab program with French senior in Northern Canadian Area (CNFS) and started my PhD (2016) to find ways to improve access of interventions for TBI patients. I am extremely happy to finally get back to Global health and hope to contribute to the global health research in any shape or form (global starts at home!). 

On a more personal note, I love to travel and have a wonderful little 2 year old boy who I am so excited to share this world with!  I also speak French. 


Geneviève Sirois-Leclerc

Knowledge Translation Representative

Geneviève is a registered physiotherapist working in hospital acute care at Ottawa's francophone hospital and a smaller rural hospital in the Ottawa Valley. She graduated from the physiotherapy program at the University of Ottawa in 2014, after having completed an Honours Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences. Her published research project focused on postural control and attentional demands in contemporary dancers - a topic of special interest to her, being a professionally trained contemporary dancer prior to university life. Her global health interests began far before physio school, (with an MSF brochure as an teen to be precise!) and ultimately resulted in a community construction and animation trip in the Dominican Republic and completing her final physiotherapy clinical placement in a paediatric rehabilitation centre in Mexico. Since then, she has been a contributing member to the French and Communications subcommittees of the Global Health Division, assisting with monthly translations and e-blasts. She also sits on PEAC - the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Committee, conducting accreditation reviews for university physiotherapy programs in Canada, as well as serving as a Peer Reviewer for OTAPTA programs in Canada. Genevieve looks forward to engaging in more research related activities and connecting with her fellow physios in global health.

Lisa Arcobelli


Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2004. As a physiotherapist, she has worked in adult out-patient and acute care, in-patient stroke rehabilitation, out-patient pediatric rehabilitation, and in the First Nation Cree communities of Northern Quebec. She is currently completing a Masters in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University, where her research interest lies at the intersection of Canadian physiotherapy curricula and Indigenous Peoples.

Advice: Believe in yourself - you are capable of so much more than you imagine.


Jennifer Bessette


Jennifer completed her studies in physical rehabilitation therapy (T.R.P.) at Cégep Marie-Victorin in 2010 and went on to complete her PT degree at the University of Sherbrooke in 2015. During hr studies, her interest in pre-departure training led her to conduct research on the topic and to begin her collaboration with Mer et Monde, a Montreal-based NGO, in leading pre-departure and debriefing sessions for PT students travelling to Senegal. Since graduating, Jennifer has been working as a PT at Hôpital Sacré-Coeur on their neuro-trauma team and is completing a research master's degree at the University of Sherbrooke on the topic of advocacy training in Canadian PT Programs.

Advice: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Lucy Liu

Education Coordinator

Lucy recently completed her Master’s of Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto in 2019. As a new graduate, Lucy is interested in exploring all aspects of physiotherapy, especially learning more about global health. When she is not practising as a therapist, she is moonlighting as the outreach manager of a non-profit organization providing STEM education to low-income students. In her free time, Lucy enjoys engaging in different fitness classes, such as Zumba and hip hop, as well as thinking about life by the waters and watching airplanes fly by, dreaming of her next vacation. One day, Lucy hopes to work in health policy or for the UN!


Brigitta Hicks

PT Student Representative

Brigitta is currently a second year student in the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program at Western University in London, ON. She previously completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology at Queen's University in 2017. In her third year at Queen's, she completed an academic exchange at the University of Sydney, Australia, where she completed a course about rural health which really sparked her interest in Indigenous and rural health. As her final year undergraduate project, Brigitta implemented a community-based Indigenous youth program in Kingston, ON, where she used physical activity as a means to promote emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Brigitta has currently travelled to 28 countries and is excited to be going to rural Nepal to complete one of her final physiotherapy placement this spring. She looks forward to becoming more engaged with global health initiatices through this position.



GHD Executive Role Descriptions

ALL Global Health Division (GHD) executive members are expected to:

  • Attend regular virtual meetings and not miss more than 3 meetings per year. In the event of needing to miss a meeting, the executive member will inform the secretary in advance and provide a written update regarding their position and an update on all relevant outstanding action items prior to the meeting.

  • Regularly send information related to their position for posting on social media to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s (CPA) Communications Specialist or the GHD executive or subcommittee member responsible for posting on the GHD social media channels.

  • Assist in recruiting new GHD executive, subcommittee and general members.

  • Engage in public speaking about the GHD as opportunities arise.

Read more about the GHD Executive Roles

As of November 2019, we are accepting Letters of Intent and CVs for the following positions:

  • Chair Elect
  • Indigenous Health Representative
  • Communications Officer
  • External Liaison Officer
  • Resource Person

Please e-mail your application to


Physiotherapy Students

  • Anna Belay, Western University
  • Katelyn Brooks, Queen's University
  • Brooke Edwardson, Western University
  • Brigitta Hicks, Western University
  • Leigh Jefferies, Western University
  • Sophie Laurin, University of Ottawa
  • Zachary Moll, Western University
  • Kajal Neto, McMaster University
  • Ryan Pinto, Western University
  • Moriah Thorpe, Western University

Knowledge Translation

  • Vanitha Arumugam
  • Kyle Curtis
  • Ryan Pinto
  • Isabelle Proulx

Indigenous Health

  • Lisa Arcobelli
  • Allana Beavis
  • Priscilla Flett
  • Moni Fricke
  • Katie Gasparelli
  • Simone Gruenig
  • Remi Lu
  • Sarah Oosman

Take a look at our 2018-2020 Goals!


Currently accepting new members.


Read more about the GHD Executive Subcommittee Roles

We are currently accepting new members to all subcommittees. If you are interested in joining a subcommittee, please contact us at