Of mixed Cree Métis and Danish/English ancestry, I was born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and I am a registered member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. I have lived in Calgary for 13 years with my husband and three children. I am a registered nurse with over 10 years of nursing experience working in acute care in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Ontario, with a predominant focus in nephrology. I am currently in my second year of the Master’s in Nursing program at the University of Calgary with a focus on exploring culturally tailored peer mentorship for Indigenous people self-managing type 2 diabetes.
Through the graduate summer internship opportunity, I am looking forward to working under the supervision of Dr. Dana Olstad and Dr. David Campbell this summer in the Cumming School of Medicine. Their research is focused on empowering food insecure Albertans in their management of diabetes through subsidized healthy food prescriptions. 12 different primary care clinics will be invited to participate in this study including two urban Indigenous primary clinics. This research compliments my research interest in supporting Indigenous people living with diabetes from a social lens. Specifically, in considering the social determinants when working with people and their health and in following the principles of reconciliation outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada, namely creating equitable, inclusive, and constructive action in healthcare.