• Hi there!

    We are sending you our warmest welcome. Thank you for stopping by to learn more about SSIPP. We hope you consider getting involved in our initiative to put smiles on seniors’ faces.

    - The SSIPP Team

  • Founders

    Photo of a female medical student seen standing on the lawn of U of T St. George campus.

    Monisha Persaud

    CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR

    directors@ssipp.info

     

    Monisha is a fourth year MD and Master's student in Systems Leadership & Innovation at the University of Toronto, with a previous BHSc degree from McMaster University. She's been an advocate for social isolation in older adults after seeing the heartbreaking impacts of isolation on her grandmother before she passed away. Monisha is passionate about building a society that is kinder to older adults and socially accessible to all.

    Photo of a male medical student against a wall of leaves.

    Geoffrey Sem

    CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR

    directors@ssipp.info

     

    Geoff is a fourth year MD and Master's student in Systems Leadership & Innovation at the University of Toronto. His passion for SSIPP stems from early caregiving experiences of his grandfather with dementia. This led him to volunteer at long-term care facilities as a youth activity coordinator to help seniors combat loneliness. Geoff's previous volunteer work with refugees, immigrant youths, and Canadian war veterans further inspired him to advocate for social justice. Outside of SSIPP, he enjoys breakdancing in his spare time.

  • Victoria O’Driscoll​

    CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR

    directors@ssipp.info

     

    Victoria (Tory) O’Driscoll is a fourth year MD student and recent graduate of a Master’s degree in Systems Leadership & Innovation at the University of Toronto. Tory is passionate about health promotion and social equity, with an interest in systems-level innovations that address the social determinants of health. Advocating for the better health and social inclusion of older adults is extremely important to Tory, as she has seen first-hand the positive impact that social connection has on physical and mental health through both her personal experiences with her grandparents and her volunteering experiences. These passions have fueled her desire to help further grow the SSIPP program to reach older adults nation-wide.

    National executive team

    Anna Kristina

    CO-CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    Catherine Meng

    CO-CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    Jane Wong

    CO-CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    Tulip Marawi

    CO-CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    Yujin Suk

    LIABILITY & LOGISTICS OFFICER

    Mehrin Ahmed

    INTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER

    Misha Dhuper

    EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER

    Golsa Shafa

    MEDIA OFFICER

    Laura Diamond

    GRAPHIC DESIGNER

    Laura Diamond is a medical student at the University of Toronto. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Cognitive Science at McGill University (2018) and a Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University (2019).

    Evelyne Guay

    EDUCATION & ADVOCACY OFFICER

    MD2022 (Going into 4th year)

    "SSIPP is really special because you can see the impact it has on older adults (and students)- we hear great anecdotes from the SSIPP Community about the connections people feel, the positive impact it has on their lives and the joy it brings them."

    Sumana Naidu

    RESEARCH & EVALUATION OFFICER

    Jia Yan Zhang

    QUALITY IMPROVEMENT OFFICER
  • Chapter teams

    University of Toronto (founding chapter)

    Monisha Persaud
    Geoffrey Sem
    Victoria O'Driscoll
    Sumana Naidu
    Nitish Dhingra
    Laura Diamond

    Natalie Pitch

    Lauren Kanee

    Catherine Meng

    Grace Huang

    University of Saskatchewan

    Masooma Bhatti
    Kristina Swatzky
    Leah Rusnell
    Madeline Parker
    Jessica Froehlic
    Tayyaba Bhatti

    University of Ottawa

    Jennifer Rowe
    Evelyne Guay
    Chelsea Haliburton
    Celina DeBiasio

    Stephanie Chevrier

    University of Toronto, Mississauga

    Andrea Rossos
    Emily Evans
    Sarah Khan
    Catherine Meng
    Grace Huang

    University of Manitoba

    Kaleigh Ducas-Mowchun
    Ann Ding
    Kara Frejuk
    Nebojsa Oravec

    University of Calgary

    Sarah Moore
    Chin-Vern Tan
    Scott MacKay

    Western University

    Jia Yan Zhang
    Karina Liubchenko
    Erika Haberfellner

    Trent University

    Madison Farago

    Brianne Elbers

    Katelyn Bell

    Dr. Kirsten Woodend