HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS AND PROJECT OPERATIONS LEAD
Rei is the Active Aging Research Team’s Health Communications and Project Operations Lead. She’s been part of team-based endeavors with involvement in communications, management, health promotion, knowledge translation and evaluation. She works with a dynamic team operationalizing evaluation and delivery of a provincial initiative with the aim of increasing opportunities for older adults to engage in physical activity and social connections. She’s passionate about understanding the experiences of those that partake in public health programming and incorporating design thinking in development and implementation of these programs to improve efficiency and outcome.
Previously, Rei interned at the First Nations Health Authority with a specific focus on children’s oral health; worked as a HIV/AIDS education Coordinator for a non-profit organization in rural Kenya; and worked as a Research Assistant for CANWheel studies at GF Strong under the Department of Occupational Therapy, UBC. Rei holds a Master’s of Public Health from Western University.
||Rebecca is a values-driven health and social development communications practitioner. She has almost a decade of experience working to improve the health and well-being of both Canadians and people around the world through strategic communications and fundraising.
Rebecca is motivated by the truth that all people are universally entitled to health, justice, and dignity. Rebecca enjoys finding ways to dynamically share stories about the work of the Active Aging Research Team with the public and key stakeholders. In addition to her role with the Active Aging Research Team, Rebecca is the Director of Communications and Digital Engagement for Save the Mothers, an international NGO that equips professionals (from a wide array of disciplines) in developing countries to improve the health of mothers and babies.
Rebecca moonlights as an opera singer. She has performed with the Vancouver Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and other opera companies, choirs, and orchestras across the country. In addition to her degree in Corporate Communications Management, Rebecca has achieved her Master’s in Music from the University of Toronto. She made her professional debut at age 6 on Sesame Street Canada.
In her spare time, Rebecca keeps active and socially connected by running on the sea wall, playing soccer, and taking her beloved pups Boy George and Matzie to the local dog park.
PROGRAM & EVALUATION MANAGER
Christa is the Program and Evaluation Manager with the Active Aging Research Team based at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, a UBC-affiliated research centre. Her background is in human kinetics – born of a firm belief in health promotion through physical activity. She is driven by a desire to understand how evidence-based health promotion programs work in the real world. She is currently leading the evaluation of the scale up of Choose to Move, a choice-based physical activity program for sedentary older adults across BC.
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DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
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PROJECT COORDINATOR, ARBUTUS GREENWAY EVALUATION
|| Caitlin is a Project Coordinator for the Arbutus Greenway Evaluation, and the Vancouver coordinator for the Interventions, Research, and Action in Cities Team (INTERACT - http://www.teaminteract.ca). She is passionate about creating healthy and accessible built environments where people of all ages can be active and engaged in their communities. Her past research in the field of Health Sciences used mixed-methodologies to explore important
questions about our environment. Caitlin completed her MSc degree at Simon Fraser University examining Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway. During her graduate work, she analyzed the Greenway’s various impacts on older adult mobility. She is excited to bring her experience with natural experiment studies to the Arbutus Greenway Evaluation. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys volunteering as a fitness administrator at her local senior’s centre, and hiking the trails of Lynn Valley, North Vancouver where she was raised.
MANAGER OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION AND EXCHANGE
||Callista Ottoni wears a few different hats for AART. Their commonality is generating and translating evidence that stimulates discussions (across academic, government and community based settings) to encourage the social and physical health of communities. She is the Manager of Knowledge Translation and Exchange for the Arbutus Greenway Evaluation, Qualitative Co-lead for the Vancouver site of INTERACT (http://www.teaminteract.ca).
She is also the Director of Video Production and Strategy for AART’s Knowledge Mobilization Studio. She will be on maternity leave January 2018-to Summer 2019.
SENIOR RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Douglas is currently the Senior Research Coordinator for Choose to Move. His early passion for health and fitness lead him to purse a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Victoria. Douglas’s research is driven by a desire to engage and empower children and youth in lifelong health-promoting behaviours to improve health and mobility across the lifespan. Over the past nine years he has coordinated multiple studies at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, which have investigated the health and wellness of children living in the Lower Mainland, such as the Health Bones Study, Risk-taking and Fracture Study and Linking Exercise, Activity and Pathophysiology in Childhood Arthritis – Exercise Intervention. In his spare time, he can be found hiking or trail running in preparation for his next ultra-marathon.