Helen Valkanas

Helen was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience at Concordia University. Having always been intrigued by clinical research, she completed an undergraduate thesis on Depression and social support systems. The following year, Helen decided to pursue a more clinical career path and completed a year’s worth of Nursing courses at McGill University. It was at McGill that Helen got to see first hand the realities of older adult populations in the clinical setting.

It was her time working in clinical settings as a student nurse and as a physician assistant that inspired her to pursue a career in Public Health. Having recently completed her Master of Public Health degree at Queen’s University, Helen is excited at the prospect of working with a renowned organization such as the IFA and making a difference in the health of older adult populations.

Helen hopes to combine her knowledge of mental health, healthcare, and population health to positively contribute to her role as Project Officer on the various initiatives the IFA is pursuing.

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