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!
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]
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Makayla Freeman, Project Assistant
Makayla worked with HCA in 2018 as the Student Communications Assistant and has rejoined the team as the Project Assistant. She is working on a few projects, including website updates and student staff orientation, and is a Bachelor of Arts student studying Psychology at the University of Calgary.
Katherine DeCoste, Student Communications Assistant
Katherine joined the HCA Team in Spring 2020 and is responsible for community newsletters, managing the website, and promoting the 2020 Wellness Summit. She is in her final semester of a BA Honours in History and English at the University of Alberta, where she is currently working on her thesis. She is passionate about mental health supports on campus, as well as fostering community engagement and involvement. Previously working in communications for Regina’s Warehouse District and Arts Collaboration Enterprise at the University of Alberta, she has seen how communications work is crucial to building strong, engaged communities both in person and online. In the fall, Katherine will begin her MA in English at the University of Victoria.
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.
Katherine Liu, Student Event Assistant
Katherine joined the HCA Team in Spring 2020 and is responsible for supporting the 2020 Wellness Summit. She is a first year medical student at the University of Calgary, where she previously studied in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. Her work at Healthy Campus Alberta is motivated by her passion for mental health advocacy and building strong and resilient campus communities. Driven by her interest in sustainable development and global health, Katherine has also led initiatives at the U of C to build youth leadership capacity and create learning spaces where students can thrive. When she isn’t studying, Katherine enjoys driving out to the mountains, exploring new restaurants, and finding new shows on Netflix!
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.
Dalia Grobovaite, Student Communications Assistant, 2018/19
Teresa Chen, Student Evaluations Assistant, 2018/19
Art Assoiants, Program Evaluator, 2018