Meet some volunteers

Devon Atherton

  Country -- Vietnam

  Position--Grant Writing Specialist

  International Partner--Centre for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)

  Start date-- January 15, 2018


Devon is a graduate of Carleton University with a double major in Public Affairs Policy Management and Neuroscience.  She has worked in Canada, Peru, and Nicaragua doing public health, research and health-related work. Most recently she has worked at Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada as a communications officer.

Devon is training CENPHER staff in proposal writing, and will be working with them to pursue grant funding.

Elizabeth Lartey

  Country -- Vietnam

  Position-- Biostatistics Epidemiologist

  International Partner--Centre for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)

  Start date—February 1, 2018


Elizabeth (Liz)  currently works in the Community and Health Promotion unit of Unison Health and Community Services in Toronto and has also done research related to international health for a variety of organizations.  She has completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Studies and Psychology from the University of Toronto and a Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management from Seneca College. She is currently a Masters Candidate in Global Health at the University of Liverpool.

Liz's assignment is to provide guidance to CENPHER staff in designing, gathering, analysing, and explaining epidemiological research data including the use of various software programs.

Talia Glickman

taliaG  Country -- Vietnam

  Position--Health Risk Assessment / Health Impact Specialist

  International Partner--Centre for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)

  Start date-- March 15, 2018

Talia is a graduate of the University of Guelph, having completed her Master's of Science in Epidemiology in Fall 2017. Her research interests include zoonotic and foodborne diseases and global health. Talia's Master's research looked at Salmonella prevalence on Canadian dairy farms and is currently undergoing edits for publishing.

Talia will be working with CENPHER staff to provide support, take part in study design, and conduct data analysis on health risk assessment projects.

Past Volunteers

Laura-Anne Kutryk

   Countries -- Uganda, Kenya

   Positions--  Animal Health Worker, Dairy Specialist, Field Veterinarian

   International Partners--Foundation for AIDS-Orphaned Children, Meru and Wakalima Dairy Co-operatives, SNV

  Start dates— May, 2009, February 2017, August, 2017

Dr. Laura-Anne Kutryk is a veteran of three VWB/VSF-related volunteer placements.  The first, in 2009 when she was a student, was through the Global Vets Program working with the Goat Pass-On Project in Uganda.  She did a three week placement in Kenya in February, 2017 where she worked with dairy co-op members to improve the health of their cattle.  Her most recent placement saw her return to Uganda for a 4 month assignment designed to improve herd health and management for dairy farmers.  She spent part of that time living and working on a dairy farm that is used to demonstrate best practices to other farmers.

Laura is a graduate of the Western Canada College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, and has completed an advanced program for Dairy Veterinarians at Cornell University.  She has practiced in Stettler, Cold Lake, and Bonnyville, Alberta. 


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