Our Current Volunteers

Thank you to all of the previous volunteers that have contributed to CESC!

We are also very thankful to those who have remained as a valuable member of our team:

Andy Jin

Hello! My name is Andy Jin and I am currently in my second year of the Biology-Chemistry program at the University of New Brunswick. I wish to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically surgery, and I love the opportunity to explore the field of orthopedic surgery through the Volunteer-Mentorship Program at the CESC. I am glad to be a part of the wonderful team of volunteers, researchers, and administrators, and I hope that I will gain invaluable real-world experience with clinical research as well as patient interaction. I look forward to expanding my horizons and assisting to advance patient outcomes.

Arezou Shariati

Hello! I am Arezou Shariati, an international medical graduate looking for completing the licensing process with the hope of entering the CaRMS, achieving my prior career in Radiology. I am enthusiastic to join the CESC Volunteer Mentorship Program, which is a great opportunity to be a part of contributing to a life-changing endeavor along with experiencing a Canadian workplace. Moreover, I have always been passionate about medicine and medical research especially neuro-imaging which is my favorite topic.

Connor O'Brien

Hello! My name is Connor, and I am currently pursuing my master's degree in Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick studying energy storage devices with side projects on disease detection and electrochemical cancer treatments. I am extremely excited to be volunteering with the CESC as I hold a deep interest in medicine and in medical research. I am most excited to be able to contribute to research that will allow for swift patient recovery and I look forward to interacting with patients and researchers alike!

Dustin McKee

I am currently studying Biology-Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick. I have a curiosity for various areas of health research including (but not limited to) genetics, cardiology, and neuroscience. One day, I hope to take on research projects of my own to help enhance and further develop the health care system. In my spare time, I enjoy community volunteer work, hanging out with friends and family, and listening to music.

Esther Yi

Esther is in her third-year of a Bsc degree, majoring in Biology-Chemistry at University of New Brunswick. She hopes to one day pursue a career in health-related fields with the valuable experience she gains as a volunteer research assistant at CESC. When not working on her school, you can find her working out at the gym, tutoring science and math, or hanging with her friends and family.

Hannah Boucher

Hannah is studying Medicinal Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics at the University of New Brunswick continuing her passion for learning. While her primary research interests lie in chemistry, she is also fascinated by mathematics and genetics. She hopes to pursue a career within the medical field to provide help and support for those in need, with a particular interest in neuroscience and geriatrics. Outside of school, Hannah enjoys volunteering on the transitional care unit of the Hospital, playing basketball, and hanging out with friends and family.

Hilary Burpee

Hi everyone! My name is Hilary and I am a recent graduate from UNBSJ, where I attained a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology. My goal is to pursue a career in medicine, specifically in the field of Rheumatology. I am thrilled to be a volunteer at CESC to gain valuable
medical research experience and enhance my patient interaction skills. When I am not volunteering, I enjoy spending time outdoors, playing with my dog, and crafting with my mom.

Janet Debly

Hi, my name is Janet Debly and I am a fourth-year student at UNBSJ, majoring in Biology-Psychology with a Biology Honours and a minor in Chemistry. I joined the Canada East Spine Centre in 2019 as a volunteer research assistant focused mainly on patients’ response to their post-operative experience at the hospital and have started a research project with one of the coordinators. While volunteering in a hospital setting and getting to be part of a team with health professionals, I now know for sure that I want to pursue a career in the medical field.

Jesse Barry

I am currently entering my third year of my undergraduate degree at UNBSJ where I am majoring in Biology-Psychology. I have an interest in neurology, which I hope to learn more about during my time with the CESC. In the future, I intends to go to medical school to pursue a career in neurology.

Jiho Yoo

I am a student at the University of New Brunswick studying Biology-Psychology. I am happy to be involved with the Canada East Spine Centre as I have great interest in the healthcare field and wish to learn the logistics of how research is conducted in a clinical setting. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, exercising and spending time with friends.

Jill Hickey

My name is Jill, and I am currently in my fourth year of an undergraduate science degree at UNB Fredericton, majoring in Biology-Chemistry. My future goals include pursuing a career in medicine and, specifically, I am interested in the fields of neuroscience and physiatry. I am very excited to be part of the Volunteer Mentorship Program at the Canada East Spine Centre and to have the opportunity to gain insight into the process of medical research. Outside of school, my passions include soccer, reading and playing with dogs.

Kathleen Varty

Hello everyone! My name is Kathleen and I am currently in my third year of a Biology-Chemistry degree at UNB Fredericton. I am currently working in an electrochemical laboratory researching biosensors for use in diagnostic procedures. I have a keen interest in medicine and medical research, particularly in translational medicine and patient-led care. During my free time, you can find me outdoors- either rock climbing, biking, or skiing!

Kendra DeMerchant

Hi, my name is Kendra and I am a recent graduate of the University of New Brunswick – Saint John where I completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology-Psychology, an honours in Psychology, and a minor in chemistry. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Experimental Psychology at UNBSJ and my thesis focuses on animal communication, specifically acoustic interference avoidance in songbirds. Upon completion of my masters, I would like to attend medical school to become a radiologist. When I’m not studying, I enjoy baking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I am excited to be volunteering with CESC!

Lauryn Munro

Lauryn Munro is a fourth-year student pursuing a B.Sc. degree in Psychology at UNB. She is the president of the Undergraduate Psychology Society at UNB and the Co Chair for UNBs interdisciplinary health case competition, UNB connect the thoughts as well as an EDI committee member for UNBs psychology department. Lauryn has been a volunteer with CESC for a year and is now working as a research assistant for the summer. Outside of academics Lauryn is an avid traveller and photographer.

Malek Attabib

I’m entering my first year in the Bachelor of Health program at UNBSJ, and looking forward to majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to develop my knowledge, skills, and overall interest in the medical field by joining CESC. Outside of work, I like to play soccer, spend time with friends, kayak, and do other activities.

Maddy Glenn

My name is Maddy and I’m currently in my fourth year of the Bachelor of Science program at UNBSJ. I’m majoring in Biology-Psychology and working on my honours in psychology. My goal is to pursue a career in healthcare. I’m thrilled to volunteer at CESC to gain clinical research experience. In my free time, I enjoy coaching field hockey, camping and hiking!

Morgan MacDonald

Hello! My name is Morgan and I am an undergraduate student at UNBSJ currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I hope to pursue a career in healthcare, so I am very excited to have the opportunity to volunteer with the CESC. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

Nihla Hussain

Nihla is in her third year of Biology-Chemistry major at UNB. After her undergraduate degree, she aspires to pursue a career in health-related fields, while advocating for equity in healthcare. Her goal in life is to combine her passion for sciences and research with her humanitarian aspirations, as a vehicle to contribute to positive change in local and global communities. She also believes that diverse experiences lead to personal growth and keeps a “yes” mindset when approached with new opportunities. In her spare time, Nihla enjoys learning about the world, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering with various organizations, including those which celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. She looks forward to joining CESC as a research assistant to empathetically communicate with patients, and to contribute to positive patient outcomes!

Olivia Gauthier

Hello! My name is Olivia Gauthier and I recently returned to Saint-John after a semester of school in Florida. I have a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis, where I played soccer. My goal is to be accepted into a physician assistant master's program. I am very excited to be volunteering with CESC to gain experience in medical research and be in a hospital setting. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking and playing with my dogs.

Sandy Abujayyab

I am currently taking my undergraduate degree at UNBSJ. I joined CESC's volunteer program in 2019 because of I am interested in the medical field and I am always looking for opportunities to gain experience and develop new skills. I hope to discover more of my passions and interests by working with CESC!