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:

Hannah Doucette

I am currently entering my fourth year of undergraduate studies at UNBSJ, where I am majoring in Biology-Psychology and minoring in Statistics. I have a keen interest in the medical field, which prompted me to join the Canada East Spine Centre. At CESC, I continue to expand my knowledge on the process of conducting medical research, as well as neuroscience in general. During my time at CESC, my goals are to keep interacting with patients, and eventually, review and conduct research on long term exercise training in persons with spinal cord injuries. Other research areas of interest for me include medical ethics and genetics. When I am not volunteering, I enjoy going to the gym, shopping, and listening to true crime podcasts.

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.

Kaitlyn McKay

I have just completed my third year of my undergraduate studies with a major in Biology Psychology at UNBSJ. I hope to attend medical school after I receive my degree. I volunteer at the hospital as a greeter and at CESC as a Research Assistant. In my free time, I love going on hikes, playing tennis, and spending time with my friends.

Lalita Bharadwaj

I am part of the Volunteer Mentorship program in the capacity of a Volunteer Research Assistant! As a graduate of BSc. in Biology and Psychology, I want to expand my understanding of medical research and contribute to the collective understanding of spine pathology, and improve patient outcomes. I contribute to the ongoing Canada East Spine Centre research database by happily interacting with patients over the phone.

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!

Will Oliver

I am a third year undergraduate student at Dalhousie University, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Medical Sciences. I have been participating in the Volunteer Mentorship Program with the Canada East Spine Centre for the past year completing data entry, follow up surveys with patients, and engaging in the preliminary steps of a research project. What I enjoy most about volunteering with CESC is the positive atmosphere around the office and learning about research in the field of Orthopaedics. When I am not busy studying, I enjoy going for a run and trying out new restaurants.

Cameron Crowell

Cameron is currently entering his 3rd year of undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University, under the Medical Sciences program. There he is also a research assistant at the IWK Health Centre studying central nervous system tumors. Cameron has a keen interest in human physiology and the functioning of the nervous system which has led him to become involved with the CESC. In the future, Cameron hopes to be able to pursue an academic career in medicine.

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.

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.

Joelynn Annoh-Kwafo

Hello everyone! I am a recent graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Biology-Psychology with a Chemistry minor. I delight in giving back to my community within my best ability by volunteering with various organizations like the CESC. With a passion to pursue medicine and a heightened interest in research, I joined the CESC to contribute to the impact being made by their work, especially in neuroscience, and to extend my experience in research beyond academia.

Lauryn Munro

Hello everyone, I’m Lauryn Munro and I am very happy to be joining the CESC team this year! I am currently in my third year of a BSc degree, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology at UNBF. I am extremely interested in anything neuro related! Some of the things I love to do during my time off is travelling, hiking, swimming, painting and photography.

Meredyth Elisseau

Hello! I am a recent graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology. I am a new volunteer at CESC and I’m excited to get started and expand my skillset and contribute to their research. In the future, I am aiming to pursue research and earn a Ph.D. In the field of biology. In my free time, I enjoy painting with acrylics, hiking, and gardening.

Siyum Mohudin

I am currently in my 3rd year of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. My hopes are one day to pursue medicine, specifically in the field of orthopaedics. On my free time, I enjoy watching and playing basketball, making music and going out on the water.

Sufyan Faridi

Sufyan is currently working towards a BSc in Microbiology & Immunology at Dalhousie University. He loves volunteering his time with CESC to contribute to the improvement of surgical patient outcomes in Canada. He enjoys speaking with patients and empathizing with their stories. With the experience he gains from volunteering at CESC, Sufyan hopes to pursue a career in medicine and research. His other hobbies include running, gaming, and tutoring science.

SunMin Park

Hello, my name is SunMin from Moncton, New Brunswick. I will be going in my third year studying biology and biochemistry at Mount Allison University in the fall. I am very excited to be joining the volunteer mentorship program as a volunteer research assistant here at the Canada East Spine Centre this year. This will be an amazing opportunity for me to not only enhance my knowledge on spine health care and gain valuable hands-on research experience, but to learn more in-depth about how clinical research with patient interaction is conducted on a daily basis. With future aspirations in medicine and public health, I would like to pursue further education in a M.D. program and work to better the health and well-being of the people in New Brunswick.

Nora Ghallab

I graduated from medical school in my home country and started my career as a diagnostic radiologist intern. After three years, I decided to pursue my Masters degree in Diagnostic Radiology. I was able to publish my first article about breast cancer mammography. My goal is to establish my career in the clinical research field with Canada East Spine Centre and finish my license of practicing medicine in Canada.

Rory McPhee

Rory McPhee holds a BA (1st Class, Hons.) in psychology from the University of New Brunswick. He is currently undergoing his Master’s in Experimental Psychology. Rory has presented research at the INPACT conference in Hungary in 2017 and has contributed to research presented at a number of international conferences. His Master’s thesis focuses on religious fundamentalism and ideological prejudice, but the subject matter of his previous research has also included lie detection, technology use by students, and research methods.

Drea Forbes

I hold a bachelor's degree in Biology-Psychology and hope to continue my education in the medical field. I am a new volunteer at CESC and am excited to expand my knowledge and experience in patient care and follow-up. In my free time I enjoy volunteering with the Loch Lomond Villa and spending time outdoors.

Sarah Nowell

Hi everyone! I'm currently in my 4th year in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program at UNBF! I'm completing my Honours Research Project this year in the area of lumbar spinal surgery, which led me to the great volunteer opportunities at CESC! I'm hoping to pursue physiotherapy after my undergraduate degree and continue learning more about the human body. In my spare time, I love being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and listening to music!

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.

Clara Kelly

My name is Clara Kelly, and I am in my second year of my Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. I am very excited to be starting as a volunteer research assistant at CESC. I have always been interested in anything and everything neurology related! In the future, I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in nursing research and work on a neurology or orthopedic unit. Outside of school, I like to sew, play volleyball, and spend time with my friends.

Rennei Hernandez

I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of New Brunswick, completing a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a focus on Genetic and Molecular Biology. I have always been intrigued by medical research, and intend on pursuing a career within the medical field after my undergraduate studies, so I am looking forward to further expanding my knowledge in this discipline through my Volunteer Research Assistant position with the Canada East Spine Centre! I am hoping to make an impact on the research done by the CESC and gain a new skillset that I can carry forward with me. In addition to doing volunteer work, I am also passionate about music, craftwork, and working with children!

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!

Cara Mae McCurdy

Hello everyone, my name is Cara, and I am currently a student at UNB working towards getting an undergraduate degree in Biology. I hope to one day pursue a career in medical research, so I am excited to be volunteering as a Research Assistant for the Canada East Spine Centre to expand my knowledge and experience within this field. When I have a break from studying, my favourite pastimes are baking and playing video games.

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.

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!

Malek Attabib

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!

Ria Sabitry

I am an active leader at UNBSJ in a variety of volunteer and leadership positions as President of the Multi-cultural Association, Student Ambassador of RBC (on-campus) & International Student Councilor, and Chief Returning Officer of the Student Representative Council (SRC). I have also served the community with a vision to improve the benefits and opportunities for newcomers and international students. I am an executive member of Stay & Grow Inc, Newcomers Advisory Panel (NAP), and an active member of the Union of Youth Newcomers (UYNSJ). I am also a council member at Saint John Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), which is a non-profit organization. I have been nominated for an award recognition as "The Woman in Business" by the Business Society and the "Youth Diversity Leader" by Prude Inc. I have also participated in accounting & marketing case competitions and debates to challenge myself with the skills that I have learned. These qualification shows that I am a highly motivated person who can take over several roles and take upon responsibilities & my expertise with working in diverse communities makes my views unique.

Bea Rivera

Hello! My name is Bea and I am an undergraduate student at the University of New Brunswick, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science. While working behind the scenes in the laboratory, I am thrilled to be joining the mentorship program this year. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the forefront of medical spine research at this time and I look forward to contributing to the life changing efforts by CESC to its patients! With this, I hope to cultivate my knowledge of medical research and hone my skills which I can apply in the healthcare field. Alongside neuroscience, my interests lie in medical genetics, cancer biology, and in microbiology.

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!

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!

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.

Emily MacKenzie

I am currently in my fourth year of the BA/BSc Concurrent program at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. I am completing my honours in Psychology and majoring in Biology. My goal is to pursue a career in medicine and my interests include neurology and women's reproductive health. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to volunteer at CESC to gain valuable clinical research experience. I enjoy spending my free time watching HGTV, playing games, and going for walks.

Kelsi Evans

Kelsi is currently in her third year of Psychology Neuroscience with a minor in Biology at the University of New Brunswick. Kelsi wishes to go to graduate school for Neuroscience after her undergraduate degree to study neural development. Kelsi hopes that her experience as a volunteer at CESC will help her with her goals and help others in the process. In her free time, Kelsi enjoys reading, going to a local market, and grabbing coffee with friends.

Hilary Burpee