Angela Burns joined the IFA team as a project officer in October 2017. Angela first developed an interest in ageing while working towards her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University, where she gained theoretical and practical knowledge of health issues pertaining to older persons, including cognitive reserve, physical activity, and health system navigation.
Following her undergraduate degree, Angela obtained a Master’s of Public Health from Queen’s University to enhance her ability to develop and evaluate evidence-informed solutions for population health issues. Throughout her studies, Angela worked to improve quality of life of older persons in community, hospital, long-term care, and research settings. As a part of her Master’s, Angela completed a practicum placement at the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Initiative, where she built capacity and promoted knowledge sharing among municipalities on age-friendly policies.
Most recently, Angela advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities as a consultant for United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok. Her work focused on reviewing the progress of program and policy development for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. Angela hopes to use her passion for inclusive development and knowledge of evidence-informed decision-making to improve the lives of older persons globally through the IFA.