Sandra Yuen MacKay
Despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 15, Sandra earned a Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College and a degree in art history from the University of British Columbia. She is an author, artist and speaker on mental health issues. Her memoir is titled, My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness. She received the Courage to Come Back Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for overcoming severe adversity and giving back to the community.
Kaitlyn Adair, BN RN C, is the primary care and addictions nurse for InSite supervised injection site. She has been working in harm reduction at insite since 2013. Kaitlyn graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2011 with a Bachelor of Nursing.
Since moving to Vancouver, she has worked in many care areas including outreach nursing on the Downtown Eastside with the Positive Outlook program, primary care with BC Corrections, and most recently primary care at the immunodeficiency clinic at St. Pauls Hospital. Kaitlyn's passion for working in harm reduction with marginalized populations is what lead her to move across the country to start her nursing career in Vancouver.
Lynne Nakashima, BSc(Pharm), Pharm D.
Lynne Nakashima obtained her BSc(Pharm) at UBC and her doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the BC Cancer Agency as the Clinical Coordinator in Pharmacy, providing pharmacy care to patients on the bone marrow transplant unit and in clinical trials. Later, she was appointed as the Pharmacy Professional Practice Leader for the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre Pharmacy, where she was responsible for all Pharmacy services and a staff of approximately 50 people. In 2014, she became the Provincial Pharmacy Director, and is responsible for all 6 BCCA Pharmacies as well as the Provincial Pharmacy services. Lynne is a member of the Health Canada Special Advisory Committee on Oncology Therapeutics, a reviewer for the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Journal and Awards Committee and a member of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology Membership Committee. She has a husband and 2 children; the oldest is attending UBC in engineering and the youngest is currently attending SFU in the faculty of Health Sciences. In her spare time, she is a volunteer Vice-President for the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association and an avid member of the Quilchena Golf Club.
Colin Peters, Bsc, SFU PhD Student
Colin Peters, BSc, is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU. He began working in the Molecular Cardiac Physiology Research Group at SFU following his first year of undergraduate studies. As an undergraduate researcher Colin published papers on how changes in blood acidity alter the interaction between drugs and the proteins responsible for electrical signaling in the cardiac and nervous systems. Colin was awarded a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship to continue his research as a graduate student at SFU. Currently he is investigating how changes in the body's internal environment alter the pathology of inherited diseases, including severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy and the Brugada syndrome.