Sally joined HELP in 2014 as the Knowledge Translation (KT) Manager. In this role, Sally provides strategic leadership and creativity in advancing HELP’s mission to create, promote and apply interdisciplinary research. She steers and develops HELP’s strategy in the following major areas of HELP: Community Engagement, Reporting, Mapping and Visualization, and Communications. Over the past 8 years Sally has worked both provincially in BC and internationally in health promotion, research, and advocacy initiatives focusing on health inequities, and mental and environmental health. She has earned a BA in Anthropology (University of Victoria, 2004) and a Masters in Global Public Health (Simon Fraser University, 2011). Prior to HELP, Sally worked for five years in UBC`s Department of Psychiatry as a KT Manager where she focused on developing and implementing KT strategies for a multidisciplinary research network with the aim to build capacity for conducting patient-engaged research, and enhancing the healthcare system to improve mental health and wellness.
She is on the Board of Directors of the Public Health Association of BC, and will be leading a revision of the association’s strategic communications in 2016. In 2013 Sally helped co-found the BC Climate Change and Health Policy Group. The groups acts as a vehicle for organizing the health sector to document and reduce the impacts of climate change on public health in the province, while supporting efforts to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. She is also an alumnus of the Next Up Network, a leadership training initiative supported by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.