MEET THE TEAM (2016-2017)
Find out more about the students who make up our team
Meghan is from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and is in her third year of respiratory therapy. She and Madeleine chose to reinstate DalHSSA after various interprofessional experiences and competing together on the health care team challenge. In addition to being a student, she is also a paramedic with EHS. She went to school for paramedicine at Holland College and graduated from there in 2010. She enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics swim team and with Dreams Take Flight. In her spare time she likes to socialize with friends, go to concerts and enjoy the outdoors.
Meghan Beals - President
Allison is the Vice President of Finance on DalHSSA and is currently in her third year of the Respiratory Therapy program, part of the School of Health Sciences at Dalhousie. She has a previous degree in Biochemistry (Nutrition) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition to working as a weekend coordinator at the Ronald McDonald House and as a Research Assistant for the department of Psychology, she also volunteers with several organizations including Ronald McDonald House, VON and Special Olympics. She grew up in Dartmouth, NS and will forever be a proud Dartmouthian! Allison stays sane by working out and lifting weights at Crossfit Ironstone on King street in Halifax and enjoying a glass of wine (or two) most weekends.
Allison Keeping - VP Finance
Jena Bennett - VP Social
Kathleen MacMillan - VP External Communications
Jena is from Bathurst, NB and is currently in her third year of Pharmacy. She is very excited to join the DalHSSA team as VP Social! Before arriving at Dalhousie she studied science at UNB Fredericton where she was heavily involved as an orientation committee member, a member of the UNB competitive dance team, and as the Food and Charity Representative for her house committee. Upon arriving in Halifax Jena became quickly involved as the Pharmacy First Year Class Representative and as a player on the Pharmacy intramural volleyball team. She is now currently the Co-Logistics Representative of the APAC conference committee, the Dalhousie Pharmacy InPharmation Editorial Director, and a first year pharmacy Lab Demonstrator. Outside of school Jena can be found dancing and choreographing for the DalDance Society, reading, watching movies and enjoying time spent with friends.
Kathleen is our VP External Communications, and hails from Millerton NB. Before entering pharmacy, Kathleen completed two years of Biochemistry at Mount Allison University. She was a CIS Academic All Canadian on MTA’s varsity soccer and cross-country teams, and contributed to clubs and societies including Mounties in Motion, Right to Play, and Health Care Outreach. Currently, she is an active volunteer at local nursing homes and hospitals, and spends time with the Swim Ability program and IWK Adolescent Intensive Services. Her research activity has included cancer research at TRIUMF lab in Vancouver, and this past summer, pharmacy related research in Aberdeen, Scotland, at Robert Gordon University. She became eager to apply for DalHSSA executive after competing in the National Health Care Team Challenge this past year. In addition to her role on DalHSSA, she is the Junior Pharmacy Admissions Representative for Dal, and student observer for the NBPA board of directors. In her spare time, she plays soccer year round with the Halifax City Whitecaps of the NS Soccer League.
Ellie was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is happy to be back in the city at Dalhousie after completing her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. While at Mount Allison, she worked as a Chemistry tutor, teaching assistant, and summer research assistant. She is currently in her third year of Pharmacy and is very excited to be the Vice President of Communications and Promotions with DalHSSA. Aside from school, Ellie works at the hospital as a Pharmacy Student and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys photography, which she gets to incorporate into her school involvement by taking pictures for the Pharmacy Yearbook, as well as playing guitar and hanging out with friends.
Ellie Salsbury - VP Communications and Promotions
Connor, our Vice President of Education of DalHSSA, is from Summerside, Prince Edward Island and is currently in Medicine at Dalhousie. He completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology at St. FX, where he worked as a summer research student in a developmental biology lab. After, Connor went on to complete his Master of Health Sciences in Epidemiology at Lakehead University where he worked as a research assistant and graduate student assistant for two years conducting quantitative epidemiology research. In his spare time, Connor enjoys running and has ran varsity cross country/track on a national level during his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Connor McGuire- VP Education
Valancy is from Riverview, New Brunswick and shares the role of Community Support and Engagement. She attended University of Prince Edward Island for two years prior to arriving in Halifax. She is a third year pharmacy student, and loves being involved with Dalhousie in various capacities. This year, she also holds the role of VP Charity for the Dalhousie Student Pharmacy Society. During the week, she volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and works at a local pharmacy. Valancy’s passion is working with children who have a wide range of disabilities. In the past, she has travelled abroad to work at centre for disabled children and volunteered with SwimAbility Halifax. Most recently, Valancy has created a new program called B.E.A.M, which offers students studying in the health professions a chance to come out and play with children who have varying disabilities on a weekly basis.
Valancy Cole - Co-VP Community Support and Engagement
Maike Van Niekerk - Co-VP Community Support and Engagement
Maike, our Co-VP Community Support and Engagement for DalHSSA, is from Windhoek, Namibia and is currently studying Nursing at Dalhousie. Maike is passionate about her humanitarian and advocacy work and is excited to use this position as a means of inspiring and engaging others to create positive change in the lives of those around them. She volunteers nearly twenty-five hours a week primarily for organizations that support cancer patients. She founded Katrin’s Karepackage, a tax-deductible non-profit program that offsets Newfoundland and Nova Scotian cancer patients’ travel costs, sits on the Board of Directors for Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia and sits on numerous organizing and fundraising committees for the Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Maike is also heavily involved in research investigating psychological distress among Indigenous Canadians diagnosed with cancer. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the oboe and endurance running and biking.