I completed a Master of Arts in Geography from the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba, supervised by Dr. Jeff Masuda. During my graduate studies, I was hired to coordinate The SUCCEED Project ‘Supporting Urban Communities’ Capacity to promote Environmental health Equity through Dialogue-centred research” in the city of Winnipeg. This project inspired a research partnership with Graffiti Art Programming Inc., to further explore patterns of urban health inequities from the perspective of a group of young artivists, the focus of my thesis (Electronic Thesis, September 2012, http://hdl.handle.net/1993/8886; see also Social Science & Medicine, February 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.02.020.
While working at the Centre for Environmental Health Equity (CEHE) as a student researcher, I gained a wealth of experience and mentorship from CEHE staff, fellow student researchers, and community partners in coordinating participatory research projects and knowledge translation activities in partnership with both youth and adult-centered community-based groups and organizations. My experience at CEHE incited my interest and passion for building research partnerships between the university and community to address environmental health inequities, and delighted to now be working full-time in this capacity as a research coordinator at the Healthy Environments and Communities (HEC) research lab at Dalhousie University.