WRC Distinguished Student Award Recipient 2008
Anna Zadunayski, BA (Victoria '98), LLB (Calgary '02), is a Calgary-based litigation and research lawyer and writer who has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 2003. She's a research associate in the University of Calgary, Office of Medical Bioethics and is a Faculty of Medicine preceptor in the areas of medical law and ethics. Anna is editor of the Alberta Medico-Legal Reporter, published by Education Law Info-Source, Ltd., and has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations in health law and ethics.
Anna is presently completing her MSc (Health Research) in the Department of Community Health Sciences, with a focus on new modalities of newborn drug-metabolite screening, from a maternal health perspective. Her research interests include informed consent in medical decision-making and maternal and child health. Anna is a member of the Canadian Bioethics Society, and the Provincial Health Ethics Network. She is an active member of the Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children's Hospital Ethics Committees, and has prepared ethics materials for the Regional Clinical Ethics Service. Anna is greatly rewarded by her role as a volunteer birth companion within the Calgary Health Region, and aspires to a clinical career working with women and families who have experienced previous loss. Anna is excited about the marriage of careers in law and medicine, and believes that her background in law and ethics will add great value to a clinical career in women's health.
Anna is passionate about her family and enjoys spending quality time with her husband Mike Mitchell, and their daughters Emma and Avery. Anna can be found hiking in Kananaskis Country with her family, running along the paths in scenic west Calgary, and volunteering with the Calgary French and International School. Anna believes that times of tragedy can offer opportunities for tremendous personal growth and, while she has much to be thankful for, Anna is grateful for the support of her personal network of strong and inspiring women.