My nursing career has spanned two decades in the areas of community, mental health, global health and leadership. I have had the privilege of working in rural and remote communities in Canada and in many countries in Africa. Building and sustaining relationships is important to me and I am deeply honoured to have met some very amazing people in my journeys across the globe who have made me a better human being.
I am moved to action through addressing the many social injustices and health inequities faced by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged in our world – especially addressing the underlying individual and collective trauma. I believe that creative and artful expressions connect individuals to themselves – to who they are – and is a means to transform trauma into purpose. When you have purpose you begin to tap into the intuitive self and transmute anything that is not who you are.
I am a population health researcher with an interest in the relationship between place-people-policy and particularly in novel approaches and interventions to improve health outcomes with a focus on integrated knowledge translation strategies. Currently, I am undertaking research with youth to understand youth engagement in health system planning using arts-based methods. I am also working in Uganda on a CIHR funded research project to decrease HIV stigma among school children.