Catching up with our Knowledge Leaders

In 2012, 20 Knowledge Leaders in children’s environmental health came together in Vancouver to learn about and develop equity-focused knowledge translation (EqKT) approaches in their work. We recently caught up with some of the Knowledge Leaders to check in on their own career developments as well as their continued collaborative work on EqKT initiatives that were inspired by their time together. Keep reading to find out more about their projects and achievements!

André-Anne Parent
Congratulations to André-Anne, who defended her PhD thesis at Université Laval in March 2014! She has been doing research on the contribution of public health to food security in Québec. She will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at Université du Québec en Outaouais in March 2015, where she will be working on “integrated community development,” accompanying community groups in a participative action research project.

Carolina G’ala
Carolina is currently coordinating two province-wide projects,Orientation to Ontario and International Students Connect. She also works in Parkdale and Oakwood Village to revitalize green spaces with gardens and play areas. In her time at Jessie’s Centre, Carolina’s work focused on making recommendations and implementing changes to improve environmental health at the centre and in family homes with healthier food, natural cleaning products, safer toys, and more outdoor play.

Diana Lewis
Diana LewisDiana is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and SocialAnthropology at Dalhousie University. In her research she uses quantitative, qualitative, and Indigenous methodologies to explore the environmental health of First Nation communities, specifically as they are impacted by resource or industrial development. She successfully defended her thesis proposal in January. Congratulations Diana!

Jillian Ramsay
Jillian was recently posted as the sole staff at the Point Douglas Residents’ Committee in Winnipeg. This presents a great opportunity for knowledge sharing with CEHE on congruent issues including Riverbank Stewardship, community agriculture, and housing density.

Kate Butler
Kate has moved back to Toronto after eight years on the west coast where she completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Victoria. She is now working as the Policy & Research Lead at Maytree, a private foundation that is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada, and to building strong civic communities. Her current work on health equity includes a project on the challenges of former youth-in-care as they transition out of the foster care system in Ontario.

Kirsten Hargreaves and Samantha Sarra
Bonding through BarsKirsten and Samantha presented their Bonding Through Bars project in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2014 and are scheduled to present at the Social Work Spring 2015 Conference at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. For more information, please visit the following links:

Linor David
After five years as a health promoter at Central Toronto Community Health Centres, Linor is now the Partnership Manager at Community Food Centres Canada. She is currently working on developing new Community Food Centres across Canada and working with existing ones on supporting their programs and services. She is also pursuing a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development part-time at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

Linor recently did a Q&A with CEHE on the environmental health equity issues of nail salon workers in Toronto and her involvement in the Health Nail Technicians Project, which she worked on during her time at Central Toronto Community Health Centres. Read more here.

Osnat Wine
Osnat is in her second year of a PhD program at the University of Alberta. Her research focus is on the contribution of collaborations in knowledge translation and utilization in the context of environmental health research.

Paivi Abernethy
Paivi defended her PhD thesis in Social and Ecological Sustainability, focusing on Sustainability Policy and Governance, at the University of Waterloo in October 2014. Her transdisciplinary doctoral research focused on different types of knowledge needed for health and sustainability integration. She studied cross-sectoral bridging of academic theories, bridging organizations, and bridging of local knowledge, using children’s environmental health as a bridging concept. Congratulations Dr. Abernathy!