Mental Health and Wellness Committee

Vision: To advocate for all graduate students at the Foothills campus with regards to mental health and wellness. We will incorporate a number of methods to improve the mental health and wellness support Foothills-wide. This includes exploring different strategies and policy reviews within departments and institutes, developing initiatives, and implementing and evaluating selected procedures. Furthermore, we will provide Foothills graduate students with up-to-date information about both internal and external support and resources. 

Luke Brown

Chair

Lab and Institute: Yipp Lab, Snyder Institute for Chronic DiseasesProgram: Immunology and Infectious Diseases, PhD

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Coffee mornings and pet therapy

Fun Fact about yourself: I get up at 5am every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to watch the football (soccer) back home. Comon Leeds!!

Jose Chiriboga

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Warren Lab, Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Program: MSc Veterinary Medicine

Favourite CFD Event: Pet morning

Fun Fact: My favourite animals are cows

Hannan Malik

Core Member

Lab and Institute: McFarlane Lab, Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Program: Master’s in Science, Neurosciences   

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Coffee mornings

Fun Fact about yourself: I have a huge sweet tooth, as my favourite food is dessert!

Pariya Edalat

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Vaibhav Patel Lab, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta

Program: MDCV, MSc

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Coffee mornings

Fun fact: I worked in universities in five different countries

Linda Dorrestein

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Barkema lab. Production Animal Health Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences and working together with Ghent University, Belgium

Program: Communication in Veterinary Medicine, PhD 

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Being a DVM, it has to be pet therapy! 

Fun Fact about yourself: I spend my free time in The Netherlands performing at festivals with my improv theatre group.

Caroline Kokorudz

Core Member

Lab and Institute:  Hemberger Lab, ACHRI

Program: MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Favorite CFD event: 12 Days of Foothills Holidays

Fun fact about myself:  I love hiking, skiing, and really anything else that involves the mountains!


Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Vision: To create a welcoming and inclusive community at the foothills campus, ensuring each individual feels welcome despite their cultural/ethnic background and valued for their skills, abilities and contributions. We want to show appreciation to our diverse student body at the Foothills campus and create an environment where the students, faculty, staff, and other members of our campus from various backgrounds feel truly at home and are able to work, grow, and explore opportunities while flourishing.

Simmone D’souza

Chair

Lab and Institute: Coffin Lab, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Program: MSc in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Ice cream social and Welcome BBQ

Fun Fact about yourself: Great food is a wonderful motivator for me, which has led me to travel to many different countries just for their amazing cuisine and culture

Carlos Hiroki

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Yipp Lab. Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Program: PhD in Immunology

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Welcome BBQ

Fun Fact about yourself: I love cooking recipes that take many hours

Hannan Malik

Core Member

Lab and Institute: McFarlane Lab, Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Program: Master’s in Science, Neurosciences   

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Coffee mornings

Fun Fact about yourself: I have a huge sweet tooth, as my favourite food is dessert!

Sharon Dong

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Geuking Lab, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Program: MSc Immunology

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Pet therapy

Fun fact: I love soup and would like to try as many as soups I can around the world.

Pariya Edalat

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Vaibhav Patel Lab, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta

Program: MDCV, MSc

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Coffee mornings

Fun fact: I worked in universities in five different countries

Michelle Chen

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Van Marle Lab, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Program: LIM/MSc Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Favourite CFD/DGA event: Coffee mornings

Fun fact: I like to sew. My favourite things to make are scrunchies and other small cloth things like plushies. 

Jose Chiriboga

Core Member

Lab and Institute: Warren Lab, Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Program: MSc Veterinary Medicine

Favourite CFD Event: Pet morning

Fun Fact: My favourite animals are cows

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