I am working toward bridging my 15 years of communications background with an increased interest in community engagement and knowledge mobilization.
I am currently taking the Knowledge Mobilization Certificate program with the University of Guelph [currently: Engage: Building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence]. I’m also taking Plain Language Writing with the University of British Columbia.
At the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute, I am responsible for researching academic publications, booking international speakers and managing WWDPI’s global webinar series. I also lead communication initiatives for the organization, from media relations to events including a project related to whiplash prevention.
As a volunteer, I'm also becoming involved in patient engagement to initiate systems change in health, as part of Vancouver Coastal Health's Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN).
The Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) founded in 1986 is a global centre of excellence with a mandate to create and sustain work wellness, prevent disability, eliminate impairment-related job loss, and worklessness for those with, or at risk of, chronic and episodic health-related challenges. A primary goal is to reduce the gap between what is known from high quality research and what is done in practice.
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability 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.