Our Current Volunteers

We are very thankful to past and present volunteers that have contributed to our valuable research. Currently the following individuals are active volunteers with us:


Abdullah Al Sheikh Zein
Hi, my name is Abdullah. I am currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Health degree, majoring in biomedical sciences. My long-term goal is to get into the medical field and, more specifically, become a neurosurgeon. I am very happy to be a part of the Volunteer-Mentorship Program at CESC where I will gain invaluable experience about how medical research is conducted. I am also excited to be able to contribute to finding ways for better patient recovery. Outside of school, my hobbies include swimming and basketball.


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.


Connor O'Brien
Hello! My name is Connor, and I am currently pursuing my PhD in Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick studying the fabrication of new electrochemical cancer sensors with side projects on disease detection and treatment methods. 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.


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 have recently completed my undergraduate degree in Science at UNBSJ, majoring in Biology-Psychology with a Biology Honours and a minor in Chemistry. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Biology program at UNBSJ, focusing on natural product discovery. 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. While volunteering in a hospital setting, getting to be part of a team with health professionals, and interacting with patients, I now know for sure that I want to pursue a career in the medical field. In my spare time I like to cook/bake new recipes and hike!


Jesse Barry
I am currently in my fourth year of my undergraduate degree at UNBSJ where I am majoring in Biology-Psychology. My goal is to pursue a career in medicine, specifically in the field of neurology. During my time spent volunteering with the CESC I have gained valuable research experience, as well as having learned a great deal about the medical field. I look forward to continuing to build on the many skills I have learned.


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.


Joshua Shephard
Hello there! My name is Joshua Shephard and I am currently in my fourth and final year of my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. I am incredibly interested in all aspects of science, however my focus is on human biology and in particular, the medical sciences. I am working towards a career in medicine, namely oncology, and am immensely excited to be working with a strong group of knowledgeable researchers and volunteers at the CESC. Being a volunteer at the CESC, I hope to reinforce skills of patient communication, teamwork, and professionalism, and I am looking forward to learning more about the ins and outs of a clinical research setting and assisting in future CESC research in orthopedic surgery.


Kathleen Varty
Hello everyone! My name is Kathleen and I am currently in my fourth year of a Biology-Chemistry degree at UNB Fredericton. I am currently working on my honour’s where I am looking at using electrochemical biosensors to detect breast cancer biomarkers. I have a keen interest in medicine and medical research, particularly in translational medicine and patient-led care with the hopes of doing medical research in some capacity in the future. During my free time, you can find me outdoors- either rock climbing, biking, or skiing!


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.


Sam Arsenault
Hello, my name is Sam and I am a recent graduate from the University of New Brunswick where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics. I wish to pursue a career in medicine and medical research, and I am particularly interested in working towards better solutions for movement disorders. I am very excited to volunteer with CESC where I gain invaluable research experience as well as learning from many of the great mentors at the Center. In my spare time I enjoy biking, board games, and spending time with family.


Sandy Abujayyab
Hi! I am currently taking my undergraduate degree at UNBSJ. I joined CESC's volunteer program in 2019 to get involved in medical research. 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!


Siyum Mohiuddin
Siyum Mohiuddin is a recent Kinesiology graduate from the University of New Brunswick. He has an interest in pursuing medicine and has been volunteering at the CESC since 2020. Siyum has an interest in research, previously working at the Cardiometabolic, Exercise and Lifestyle Laboratory at UNB Fredericton and has been a Strength & Conditioning coach with the UNB Reds Men's Soccer team. During his free time, Siyum enjoys spending time with his friends and family, exercising, making music, and watching basketball.


Taylor Smith
Hi! My name is Taylor Smith and I am currently a fourth year Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology student at the University of New Brunswick. I am also a registered massage therapist which is where I discovered my interest and passion for studying the human body. My career goals are in medicine, specifically in orthopaedic surgery, so I am so thankful and appreciative of the opportunity to work along the knowledgeable team at the CESC through the Volunteer-Mentorship Program. I look forward to gaining hands-on experience with medical research and client interaction, and expanding my knowledge in the medical field through volunteering. When I am not volunteering or juggling school work, I enjoy training and coaching Cross-fit, outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding, and a variety of other sports!”