My program of research focuses on questions of how to align knowledge, intention, and action for health equity. I am a mother, author-artist, sister, and friend—a Canadian woman of mixed ancestry whose heartstrings are tied to the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. My maternal grandmother was Plains Cree, and my grandfather, Irish. My paternal grandfather is Quebecois and Jewish, and my grandmother was German. The stories of my family reflect those of Canada in the twentieth century, of different cultures blending together through marriage and navigating the family-level impacts of colonization.
I joined the University of British Columbia Okanagan School of Nursing in 2019, and am a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2020-2025). My work builds on 15 years of research and practice in knowledge translation with a focus on advancing health equity. I have been a member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research since 2004, and currently co-chair the University Advisory Council which represents 29 institutional members from across Canada. I was the Principal Investigator for the multi-year Gathering Perspectives Studies that led to the creation of the equity-centred CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research (available here: www.ccghr.ca/resources/principles-global-health-research/) and the lead on a series of publications contributing to national dialogue about Canada’s role in global health research.