Who We Are

Healthy Campus Alberta (HCA) is a community of practice made up of committed individuals and organizations who have a shared mission to create an inclusive, collaborative, and community-integrated approach to mental health and wellness on campuses. Members of this growing community include (but are not limited to): students, faculty and staff, campus wellness professionals, administration, community organizations, the Government of Alberta, and a few partners from across Canada. Healthy Campus Alberta is a valuable resource and network for anyone working on campus or in mental health, as we offer many activities to allow for varied levels of participation. Ways to be involved in the HCA community include attending webinars and summits, joining the dialogue through our Community Hub, taking part in training opportunities, arranging a campus visit, and attending in-person meetings to share and learn with others. To get started and be a part of this supportive community of practice, sign up for our newsletter, join the online community, or contact us today. We’re always happy to chat!

Introduction Slideshow

HCA Letter of Introduction

Your Current HCA Team

Melodie Esau, Operations Coordinator

Melodie has been with Healthy Campus Alberta since 2018 and is responsible for systems and project management. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Jennifer Nate, Administrative Assistant

Jennifer is pleased to bring her organizational and collaboration skills to support HCA in the role of Administrative Assistant. She has a background in administration and communication, with experience working at postsecondary institutions and non-profits. You can contact her at [email protected]

Makayla Freeman, Project Assistant

Makayla worked with HCA in 2018 as the Student Communications Assistant and rejoined the team as the Project Assistant in 2019. She is working on a few projects, including website updates and student staff orientation. She recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Arts (Hons) in Psychology and is pursuing a Master’s degree.

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Student Staff

Helen Pethrick, Student Research and Knowledge Exchange Assistant

Helen joined the HCA Team in Spring 2020 and is responsible for developing content for the learning calendar. She is a Master of Arts student at the University of Calgary, studying the mental health experiences of first-year university students. She brings her background in student services, research, and teaching to the Healthy Campus Alberta team. Helen is driven by an excitement for learning experiences and a passion for supportive, inclusive post-secondary environments. In her spare time, she finds peace and balance in practicing yoga.

Cynthia Ma, Student Event Assistant

Cynthia joined the HCA Team in Fall 2020 and is responsible for supporting the 2021 Wellness Summit. Cynthia brings a wealth of previous post-secondary experience as both staff and student. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and worked the last few years focusing on accessibility and student success at NAIT. As a lifelong learner, she is currently a student of design at MacEwan University.

Aubrianna Snow, Student Communications Assistant

Aubrianna joined the HCA team in Spring of 2021 and is responsible for the development and maintenance of communications materials. She is a Bachelor of Communications student at MacEwan University majoring in journalism. She has experience in post-secondary as both a student and a staff member at her campus’ Students’ Association. Outside of her professional interests, Aubrianna enjoys music and spending time outdoors.

One of HCA’s values is creating a platform for the student voice as an equal stakeholder in the community of practice. Thus, we have rotating student positions on the HCA staff team and have had the pleasure of working with the following students. Each of them has contributed something unique to the HCA team throughout their time with us.

Katherine Liu, Student Event Assistant, 2020

Katherine DeCoste, Student Communications Assistant, 2020

Dalia Grobovaite, Student Communications Assistant, 2018/19

Teresa Chen, Student Evaluations Assistant, 2018/19

Art Assoiants, Program Evaluator, 2018

Our Partners