Speakers


Jessica Kim
Health Sciences Student, Simon Fraser University

The winner of our Health Talks Student Contest, Jessica is a 4th year Health Sciences student at Simon Fraser University. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Musician Impact Network Society (MINS), a 100% volunteer-operated, registered non-profit organization that provides free music performance services to residential care facilities. Read Jessica’s full biography.


Caroline MacGillivray
Founder & Executive Director, Beauty Night Society

In 15 years, Beauty Night has given more than 50,000 life-makeovers to women who live in poverty. Caroline’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, as she has received numerous recognitions for her work. She is also a speaker, writer, dance instructor, yoga instructor and a medical qi gong therapist. Read Caroline’s full biography.


Chanteya Waterman & Hannah O'Donnell
Students, Woodland Park Elementary School

11-year-olds Hannah and Chanteya took Change Day BC by storm, travelling throughout their school, community and Fraser Health to generate hundreds of pledges. Chanteya has five fish and likes to play outside with her dog and go to the park with family members. Hannah wants to be a vet, and she loves riding horses, crafts and making cupcakes. Read their full biographies.


Cory Ashworth
Broadcaster

Cory spent his formative twenties in Beijing, where, he launched China’s first national radio rock show and became the first foreign VJ on MTV China. He loves community-building projects and recently founded The March Sweater Project, a campaign to promote public awareness in support of Vancouver’s aging LGBTQ population. Read Cory’s full biography.


Dena Kanigan
Director of Care, Castleview Care Centre

Dena is a registered nurse who specializes in geriatrics and palliative care. She has spent the past eight years working at Castleview Care Center, a 45-bed residential care home in Castlegar. Her passion lies in providing quality of life for residents and their families, and helping them have dignified, peaceful deaths. Read her full biography.


Evan Adams
Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority

Evan is a Coast Salish physician and actor from the Sliammon Band near Powell River. Before joining the First Nations Health Authority he was the Ministry of Health’s Deputy Provincial Health Officer for Aboriginal Health. He stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie Lost in the Barrens and its nominated sequel Curse of the Viking Grave. Read Evan’s full biography.


Joshua Greggain
Rural Family Physician, Fraser Health

Joshua is a rural full-service family physician who practices in Hope. He is a member of an interdisciplinary health care team that provides 24/7 emergency, inpatient and hospice care at Fraser Canyon Hospital. He also facilitates 5 days a week of family practice clinics to 8000 people across 200 kilometres of rural environs, and leads outreach clinics to the First Nations community of Anderson Creek. Read Joshua’s full biography.


Michael McMillan
Chief Operating Officer, Northern Interior Health Service Delivery Area, Northern Health

Michael works to ensure the delivery of high-quality health care services in Northern Health’s most populous health service delivery area, which includes the city of Prince George and Northern Health’s largest hospital, the University Hospital of Northern BC. Read Michael’s full biography.