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Alumni Connect and Network at Reunion Event in Toronto

MSc Global Health program students, faculty and staff gather at the alumni reunion.

MSc Global Health program students, faculty and staff connect at the alumni reunion at SickKids' Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning in Toronto.


January 17, 2018

Last night, more than 40 alumni from the MSc Global Health program gathered in Toronto for an evening of networking and catching up. The program's inaugural alumni reunion took place at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids, where Global Health Advisory Board member Jeff Mainland works as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Quality, Performance and Communications.

After welcome remarks from Andrea Baumann, Associate V-P, Global Health, Christy Gombay, Academic Coordinator, and David Hill, Academic Program Advisor, the group heard from three alumni: Katherine Palakovic, Elbert Manalo, and Meghan Brockington. In brief presentations, these alumni spoke about the work they are doing now and highlighted the ways in which the program helped to prepare them for their current roles.

Palakovic is a policy intern with the Ontario Internship Program. Her current work at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care involves digital health policy and governance – ensuring that when Ontarians interact with the health care system, they can do it digitally.

Manalo is a family doctor who spoke about his time training under Dr. Jane Philpott. He also mentioned his involvement with charitable organization Helping Hands Philippines, and will be returning to the Philippines to assist communities with nutrition, sexual health, and family planning.

Brockington recently started working with Northern Water Futures at Wilfrid Laurier University and is also director of start-up NGO the Unmentionables, which provides women in refugee communities with intimate health and hygiene products.