Our Board of Governors

Jacqueline Noga

Jacqueline has a Master of Science in Environmental Health that she could not have attained without the incredible support of SIHA. She spent three summers in Tanzania with SIHA, as an intern/researcher, advisor, and project manager. During her time with SIHA Jacqueline conducted her thesis research on barriers and solutions to accessing water. She was also actively involved in the development of strategic planning and in the creation of the Community Consultant position in Tanzania. She is now using her experience in her work on public engagement in planning for water reuse in Canada. Public health, stakeholder engagement, and community development are her areas of work, but she is always keen to learn new things that can help SIHA. Jacqueline is the Chair of the Board of Governors, and is happy to contribute to SIHA’s work in any way that is needed. 

Ginger Sullivan

Ginger is the Director of Global Health, in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Ginger and her colleagues in the Global Nursing Office (GNO) recognize that global linkages and the presence of international scholars enriches the University of Alberta’s environment, while at the same time, cultivating intellectual diversity. In her role as Director, Ginger promotes official local and international linkages, facilitates global exchanges, and teaches courses on global and mental health. 

Ginger’s research interests center around women’s health with a specific interest in addressing inequities that negatively affect women’s lives including the effects of discrimination, social exclusion, and violence. When she is not working, Ginger likes to spend her time outdoors, drinking strong coffee and scouring used bookstores. 

Barhet Woldemariam

Barhet currently serves as the Director of Programs for HIV Edmonton. She recently completed her work with the Canadian Red Cross with the Safety and Wellbeing team supporting the recovery operation post the 2016 Wildfires in Fort McMurray as well as the recent BC Wildfires. She brings experience from both the business world and community organizations. Her degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario along with her community work in London Ontario and life experiences provide her with the knowledge to understand deeply the importance of equity and advocacy.

Christine Patterson

Christine is starting a position as a medical resident in Anesthesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She first joined SIHA as a member of the local team in 2011, and travelled to Tanzania with SIHA before becoming president. She was actively involved in spearheading SIHA’s initial strategic plan, and is eager to continue providing continuity to the current SIHA executive and maintaining a global health focus in her training, She currently serves as a financial advisor to the board, and is happy to continue learning and taking on new roles to help SIHA improve as an organization.

Aashna Duggal, BSc.

Aashna is currently completing her second year of medical school at the University of Alberta. She began her journey with SIHA in 2013 and has held a variety of different positions including Outreach Ambassador, Peer Health Educator, Volunteer Coordinator, Co-Director of Curricula and Training, Co-Rural Projects Manager and Co-President. She has both research and work experience in areas of immunology and infectious disease, public health, indigenous health and medical education. She is currently serving her second term on the Board of Governors and hopes to use her medical education and past involvement to support SIHA’s current projects/initiatives.