People

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Leah Walker (Associate Director, Education) is of Aboriginal, Danish and English ancestry and has strong family ties with Sto:lo Nation at Seabird Island.  Leah is very interested in work that involves community partnerships, cultural safety, and working with medical and other health professionals in developing skills to better serve our communities. She currently teaches IHHS 409: International Indigenous Experiences of Colonization, and an Aboriginal Health Elective (IHHS 408) that situates health professional students in First Nations communities to work with and learn from the people. Leah also facilitates a variety of workshops and sessions in cultural safety and Indigenous medical education. She is currently working with the communities of Skidegate and Old Massett on a Cultural Safety Project, as well as internationally on a five-year CIHR funded grant with partners in New Zealand, Australia and in Canada entitled “Educating for Equity: Exploring how Health Professional Education can Reduce Disparities in Chronic Disease Care and Improve Outcomes for Indigenous Populations.”

Email: leah.walker@ubc.ca

Phone: (604) 822-5973

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Divina Ridley (Program Coordinator), is of the Nisga’a/Tsimshian/Gitksan Nation, was raised in Gitxaala, and hails from Wilps WisinXbi’ilkw in Nisga’a and Wilps Dak’aam Haast in Gitk’san.  Divina belongs to the Giskaast tribe and has been living in Ts’amiks (Vancouver) for 26 years. She majored in Family Science and Women’s Studies in UBC. She is currently working as a Program Coordinator at the UBC Learning Circle. Her position as Program Coordinator entails booking, coordinating, communication, advocating for the UBC Learning Circle and Youth Circle, marketing, web-updating, technical assistance setting up and ensuring that the equipment are in good working order for webinars and videoconferences, as well as editing videos. She has also worked similarily with the UBC Summer Science and Aboriginal Health and Community Administration program where she also recruited students in both programs.

Email: divina.ridley@ubc.ca

Phone: (604) 827-5454

Miranda Kelly (Education Coordinator) is Stό:lō and was raised in her home community, Soowahlie First Nation. She has enjoyed living in Coast Salish territory her whole life, and has lived in Vancouver since 2009.

Miranda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of British Columbia. She has held a variety of roles in Aboriginal health research, and was employed in health policy and planning at the First Nations Health Authority from 2011-2016.

Miranda volunteers as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Canadian Public Health Association, and Board of Director for the Mavis McMullen Housing Society.

Email: miranda.kelly@ubc.ca

Phone: (604) 822- 2886