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.
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 (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.
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).
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."
University of Toronto (founding chapter)
University of Saskatchewan
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University of Toronto, Mississauga
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Jia Yan Zhang
Dr. Kirsten Woodend