Fiona is the HEADSTRONG Coordinator for Western Canada with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Originally a wedding dress designer, she has worked in mental health for the past 15 years. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding will see the natural connection. As a counsellor, suicide interventionist, and contact education program coordinator, Fiona has worked with both youth and adults in frontline non-profit organizations including the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and No Limits (UK), and with many schools in the UK and Canada. Fiona has extensive personal and family experience of mental illness, and that is what drives her passion to challenge stigma, support those in need to access help, and share the message of recovery. Fiona has been with HEADSTRONG since March 2016, connecting with communities across Western Canada and helping high school students Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up for mental health!
Amy Graves has a background in criminology and works in public safety. In 2011 she founded the non-profit advocacy group GPDOTS after losing her brother Josh to an accidental opioid overdose. GPDOTS is a dedicated organization who advocates for action on the opioid crisis.
As Founder Amy has collaborated with a variety of stakeholders across Canada working to improve government’s response to the opioid crisis in a variety of areas such as education, public health, regulation and enforcement.
Matthew Wattie is an Emergency Management Officer for the North Zone. Prior to that, he was a Protective Services Officer, Team Leader and Manager at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray. He has lived in Fort McMurray since 2007, and was manager of Protective Services during the May 2016 wildfire.
Ammneh is a mother, runner and the User Experience Manager for MyHealth.Alberta.ca working in the field of information technology and user experience since 2002. Before joining AHS family, Ammneh led strategy and design teams and provided strategic direction to public and private sector. She is also founder of User Experience Edmonton group, providing guidance and leadership since 2009. Ammneh taught User Experience theories at Grant McEwan University and speaks at various events such as Information Architecture Summit in Baltimore (2013), Edmonton World IA (2015), Health Hackathon Edmonton etc. Besides this, Ammneh loves using words she learns from her young son such as ‘yolo’.
Russell Thomas is the Director of Communications and Community Impact with The United Way of Fort McMurray. He is also the host of IMPACT, a weekly interview format show on 91.1 The Bridge. In the last three years, Russell has grown into a widely recognized artist using his signature wild colour style.
Ruth is the proud matriarch of her family; a busy mom to three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Proof that age is just a number, she balances her time between family, volunteering and working part-time for her son. She enjoys studying science textbooks about the brain, learning more about alternative healing and weekly coffee dates with her friends.
Jodi Sperber is a Health Promotions Facilitator on AHS’ Community Wellness Team in Fort McMurray and a Registered Dental Hygienist with the AHS Oral Health Program.
Stephanie Doucet is an Indigenous Liaison Worker who lives in Fort McMurray with her husband, Blair, and four dogs: Duke, Daisy, Bo and Belle.
Dr. Sandra Corbett is a psychiatrist who has enjoyed living and bringing up her family in Fort McMurray for the past 20 years.
Claire is the program coordinator for Calgary’s harm reduction program, Safeworks. As a registered nurse with a Masters in Public Health, she loves working at the intersection of health and community development. Before returning to her hometown, Calgary, in 2014, Claire lived and worked in Kigali, Rwanda, and Vancouver, BC. She has experience in many diverse practice settings, including acute-care pediatrics, non-profit agencies, research groups and community clinics. When she is not touting the benefits of harm reduction and sexual health education, Claire can be found outside camping, cycling, or cross-country skiing.
Patricia Dribnenki-Pennock is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. She has worked in a variety of areas including crisis intervention, corrections, harm reduction and outreach nursing providing services for individuals struggling with mental illness, substance use and/or a variety of additional psychosocial stressors. Patricia also works as a peer support consultant for the Calgary Police Service and an instructor and clinical consultant with the Provincial Addictions and Mental Health Professional Development Team for AHS. She was awarded Alberta Registered Psychiatric Nurse of the Year in 2013 and was featured in AHS's e-zine. Trish is passionate about awareness building, dialogue, compassion and advocacy for individuals experiencing incarceration or homelessness. She also has a 20 year old son, Oliver, who is amazing. She and Oliver have learned a lot about life, love, and resilience since their home was flooded in the southern Alberta 2013 floods.
Nadeen LaBoucane is a member of AHS’ Emergency Medical Services team who answers 9-1-1 calls, a role which makes her 'first' among first responders when the call for help comes in. With 15 years of hands-on experience as an Emergency Medical Technician in the community, Nadeen is now an Emergency Communications Officer in Edmonton’s Central Communications Centre.
Kristine studies psychology and is hoping to transfer into the Faculty of Social Work. She is a Partnership Education Speaker at the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and shares her story of recovery in educational presentations. She works at the Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region and she enjoys spending her free time volunteering and dancing with her friends.
Louise is the Diabetes Transition Coordinator for AHS Calgary Zone. After work is done, she is a runner, skier, biker, and general outdoor adventure-enthusiast. She has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1994.
Meredith Scroggins Niewczas has worked in chronic disease prevention and management for over 5 years. At work Meredith coordinates the implementation of province-wide programs that support patients living with chronic diseases and their health care providers. Outside of work, Meredith enjoys spending time in the mountains on foot, skis and her bike.
As a registered dietitian and part of the team at the South Health Campus in Calgary, Shannon provides one-on-one and group nutrition counselling to patients of the Addictions and Mental Health clinic, as well as providing care for hospital patients. Shannon loves to help patients discover creative ways to incorporate healthier food choices and behaviours into their lives. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and anything crafty and spending time with her husband, two daughters and two golden retrievers.
Shannon Hennig is the Executive Associate for the Community, Rural and Mental Health portfolio in the Calgary Zone. She has a background in communications and sociology and worked in the non-profit sector prior to finding her passion for health and public service at Alberta Health Services. A native Calgarian, she has a love of the Rocky Mountains, running, yoga, travel, volunteering and spending time in the kitchen either baking or cooking.
Following the completion of his Community Medical Residency from the University of Alberta, Dr. Predy began his career with the Edmonton Board of Health as the Clinical Medical Officer. In 1981 he became the Deputy Medical Officer of Health followed by his post as the Senior Deputy Medical Officer of Heath until 1996. With the formation of the Capital Health region Dr. Predy served as the Vice President of Public Health and Medical Officer of Health until he co-led the reorganization of public health services in Alberta into a provincial health organization in 2009. Since the formation of Alberta Health Services in 2009 he has been the Senior Medical Officer of Health. His responsibilities include co-managing and delivery of prevention and health protection programs throughout the province. In keeping with his promotion of health and wellness, Dr. Predy enjoys running in his spare time and has completed several marathons across North America.
Dr. Todd Anderson is the Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. He is Professor and Head, Department Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services. Dr. Anderson is an internationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of endothelial dysfunction as well as cardiovascular risk factors. He currently chairs the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and is first author of the Canadian Cardiovascular Guidelines.
Amy Sawchenko is the associate editor of Apple, AHS’s health and wellness magazine. She is passionate about the outdoors, mountain biking, hiking and photography.
Dr. Brent Friesen is a Medical Officer of Health (MOH) with Alberta Health Services(AHS) and the University of Calgary. He is the lead MOH supporting AHS’s Safe & Healthy Environments and Tobacco Reduction Programs. Dr. Friesen is interested in how our physical and social environments directly or indirectly affect our health including the risk of injury. Dr. Friesen received his fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Manitoba. He is also involved with health services accreditation nationally and internationally as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.
Karen Cheung is a member of Alberta Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS). She is an emergency medical responder for IFT (inter-facility transfers), which performs patient and client transfers in and out of hospitals and continuing care centres.
Dr. Shelley Fahlman is a Registered Psychologist who works as a Health Promotion Facilitator on the Mental Health Screening & Early Identification team of Provincial Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services. She worked in several Alberta hospitals before starting her current role in 2014. She is passionate about the many links between physical and mental health and loves to read the latest research in this area. Outside of work, she is often found baking, shopping, or photographing her daughter.
George Epp is a Mennonite Liaison Worker for Horizon School Division and can speak the Low German language. He spends time visiting families and schools with the goal of supporting Mennonite families to ensure quality education for their children. He also works closely with other community agencies to help Mennonite families adjust to life in Southern Alberta. The key component to a good future for these families is that their children get a good education. George Epp grew up in Manitoba and after University worked in banking for 21 years. He and his wife Leora have 7 children and 6 grandchildren.
Ty Eggenberger has been a paramedic for 12 years. He received his paramedic training and started his career in EMS in New York. He is currently a Team Lead with the Calgary Zone Community Paramedic Program. He also has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Mohammad Rashead works within the Chronic Disease Management team in the North Zone. As an Exercise Therapist he facilitates the Alberta Healthy Living Supervised Exercise Program in Peace River and Grimshaw where he provides guidance and expertise regarding safe and effective exercise that best suit the individual needs of each participant. Mohammad is passionate about making exercise fun, easy, and inclusive.
Steve Hiltz works as a Maintenance Man II with Alberta Health Services at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital in Grande Prairie. A transplanted Nova Scotian, he enjoys singing and playing guitar and shares his talents regularly as a volunteer at the MacKenzie Place supportive living facility.
Darren is the manager of the Vital Heart Response program for AHS and is a member of the ACS Expert working group for the Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network. He has worked as a paramedic in Edmonton, as a clinical educator for EMS, and an instructor for NAIT. He has also worked as a Quality and Patient Safety strategist, and was part of the team tasked with drafting the first ever province wide protocols for Cardiovascular care for EMS. He loves to play hockey, kayaks, rides a Harley, plays guitar and is the lead singer of a rock band in Edmonton.
Nigel is a Research Scientist (molecular cancer epidemiologist) with CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services. He moved to Calgary from Scotland in 2007, and has two children. He loves skiing, cycling and the mountains, but will take health and happiness in any form that it comes!