GHD Executive Committee

Allison Kraby

Chair

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

 

Jennifer Allen

Past Chair

Jennifer Allen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies, and a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. Her physiotherapy work experience includes over seven years of experience in orthopaedic and acute care settings. Jen’s global health experience includes Gender Advocacy with the World University Service of Canada in 2008 in Ghana and she completed her final physiotherapy placement in Kenya with the Kenya Working Group in 2010. She lived in Mexico for 18 months from 2013 to 2014, where she worked as an instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at a private university, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). In 2016, Jen worked for the International Organization of Migration (IOM) as a Physiotherapist Trainer (seconded by AmeriCares) for four months in Sindupalchowk, Nepal, at a rehab centre for victims of the devastating 2015 earthquakes. In 2017, Jen worked as a Physiotherapist for the Government of Nunavut for 10 weeks. Currently, she is working in the Middle East.

Advice: Don't take yourself or situations you find yourself in too seriously. Don’t be afraid to have a good laugh when the most unexpected things happen and enjoy every moment of the experience!

 

Shelly Yu

Advocacy Officer

Check back soon for an update to Shelly's profile!

 

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.  

Amanda Fortin

Indigenous Health Representative

Amanda graduated with a Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to that, she spent four years in Manitoba playing university basketball and earning a degree in physical education and statistics. Amanda’s passion for serving those experiencing health disparities came to fruition when completing a student placement in a rural hospital, which focused on treating the ‘whole person’ through inter-professional teamwork. Upon graduating, Amanda began mentoring physical therapy students at a student-run inter-professional clinic located in the core of Saskatoon, providing  much needed  services for some of the city’s most vulnerable. She is currently employed in the public sector with clinical interests in cardiorespiratory and pelvic health.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the Indigenous Health group, including becoming involved, please e-mail us at ghdindigenous@gmail.com.

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

Treasurer

Lisa completed her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2004. Her clinical experience as a physiotherapist has included adult acute and out-patient hospital care, in-patient stroke rehabilitation, out-patient pediatric rehabilitation, and several years working in the First Nation Cree communities of Northern Quebec. She has now returned to McGill to complete a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Science, where she hopes to look at Indigenous Health Inequity. She loves to travel and learn new languages, and is very excited to be joining the GHD Executive Team!

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

 

Jennifer Bessette

Secretary

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

 

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

  • Chair Elect
  • Indigenous Health Representative
  • PT Student Representative
  • Education Coordinator
  • Communications Officer
  • External Liaison Officer
  • Resource Person

Please e-mail your application to globalhealth@physiotherapy.ca.
 

Subcommittees

Physiotherapy Students

  • Rym Ben Hassel, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Caitlan Reich, University of Western Ontario
  • Arjun Patel, University of Toronto
  • Remi Lu, University of Toronto
  • Gunnar Schock, University of Saskatchewan

Communications

Currently accepting new members.

Knowledge Translation

  • Isabelle Proulx

Indigenous Health

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

Take a look at our 2018-2020 Goals!

 

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 globalhealth@physiotherapy.ca.