UBC Learning Circle Staff



Leah Walker,  Associate Director – Education 

Leah Walkeris the Associate Director for Education at the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. She is of Danish, English and Nlakapamux ancestry and has strong kinship ties with Sto:lo Nation at Seabird Island. She is a mom of an amazing 14-year old, a wife, a gardener, sailor, lover of arts, cook among other passions.  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 leads UBC Summer Science, which brings Indigenous high school students to UBC to explore health careers; the UBC Learning Circle, a videoconference and webinar initiative supporting Indigenous knowledge, leadership and wellness; Aboriginal Health Community Administration Program (AHCAP) with Extended Learning, a one-year program that enhances Indigenous health leadership; and is the First Peoples Theme Lead for Indigenous Health curriculum in the Faculty of Medicine.  Her research  interests include cultural safety, anti-racism education and she is co-investigator of 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 Population

Email: leah.walker@ubc.ca  | Phone: (604) 822-5973


Cole Daley, Manager

Cole is a member of the Chawathil First Nation but grew up in Courtenay, B.C. After coming to UBC from Vancouver Island, Cole completed his B.Sc. in Integrated Science and began working for the Summer Science Program to improve programming, increase public knowledge, and positively impact development of the program. After his final year with the Summer Science Program, Cole transitioned to working for the Learning Circle in his current capacity. In the near future, Cole hopes to pursue an MD degree, specialize in Emergency Medicine, and move his practice outside of Vancouver into rural areas. 

Email: cole.daley@ubc.ca | Phone: 1 (604) 822-2886



Cynthia Lung, Production Coordinator

Cynthia completed her B.Sc. in Combined Major in Science at the University of  British Columbia. Cynthia has worked Digital Emergency medicine in the past and now expanding her field in health communication through her new placement at SPPH. Cynthia hopes to inform her community and promote a healthy nation through empowering people with her production and social communication skills.

Email: cynthia.lung@ubc.ca | Phone: 1(604) 827-5454


Caelin Finnigan, Worklearn student

Caelin Finnigan is an undergraduate Human Geography student at UBC. They are a settler of Doukhobour and Scottish descent from Richmond, BC and Calgary, AB, with familial ties to the Slocan Valley. They live in Vancouver on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.