Meet Our Administrative Centre
Our team based in SKIP’s Administrative Centre in Halifax works with our Regional Hubs, Affiliates, and Partners across the country to support, strengthen, and expand SKIP’s national network.
Ryan brings 15 years of leadership experience in the youth development and health charity sectors. He has a passion for innovation, seeing leadership through the lens of strong collaborations in creating real change in our community. Ryan has been recognized as an outcome-driven leader with success in identifying clear pathways to achieving strategic goals, allowing for better and more impactful mission delivery. As a new father, Ryan has seen firsthand the positive impact that SKIP’s tool and resources can have, not just on kids, but in building confidence in parents to play a part in their kids’ pain management.
Qaiser comes to SKIP with almost 10 years of professional experience with several international organizations in the Financial Services and International Development sectors. He has held a range of positions and handled varied job responsibilities including training, project coordination and management, operations management, grant writing and program development, budgeting, and project reporting. Qaiser is passionate about the wellbeing of children and youth. During his career in International Development, he has been part of multiple USAID programs countering violent extremism in Pakistan. In his most recent role, he supported several projects aiming to address the issue of recruitment and use of children as soldiers.
Partnerships and Projects Coordinator
Liana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from Dalhousie University. Liana brings four years of public library and information management experience to SKIP, including programming for children and youth, project coordination and event planning, and outreach services. She is passionate about helping others and working with information professionals to better serve her community and improve the dissemination of information. Liana enjoys frequenting markets on weekend mornings, long walks, and a good cup of coffee.
Communications & Engagement Coordinator
Patient Engagement Advisor
Isabel Jordan was a founding member of the Rare Disease Foundation. Under her leadership, the organization built partnerships between families and researchers through their Microgrant Program. Isabel is the Strategic Lead in Patient Partnerships in the Chambers Lab at Dalhousie University, a knowledge mobilization network that seeks to bridge the gap between treatment practices and evidence-based solutions for children’s pain in Canadian health institutions. She is the mother of a young man living with a rare disease and has drawn on her lived experience in rare disease and disability to become a strong advocate for patient partnership in research.
Anna is currently enrolled at Dalhousie University. She is working towards a B.Sc. focusing on Immunology & Microbiology and Health Studies. She has experience as a social media strategist for science communication platforms as well e-commerce sites. Anna has a passion for making science accessible and interesting for all audiences, while combating misinformation. She is interested in continuing a career in knowledge mobilization or natural wellness. If she’s not working or at school, she can be found enjoying the fabulous nature and food that Halifax has to offer.
John Dingle Science Communications Intern
Jasmine is currently completing her B.Sc. in Medical Sciences with a certificate in Medical Humanities at Dalhousie University. She has been involved in many community outreach projects and has experience in patient care, specifically with dementia. Her involvement in our team is targeted at science communication and knowledge translation of our past and current patient partner projects. When Jasmine isn’t studying, you can find her hitting the gym, or spending time with her 12-year-old pup Gizmo.