Robyn joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in May 2019. Robyn is passionate about public health and social justice and their intersections. Robyn’s road to public health has not been linear. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from McMaster University where her research focused on evolutionary biology. After this degree she found herself drawn to volunteer work that used health research and policy advocacy for social justice purposes. During this time she volunteered with the ENRICH Project, a community-based research project seeking to address environmental racism in Nova Scotia. Through this work she discovered that an education in public health would allow her to turn this passion for health research and policy advocacy into a career.
Robyn recently completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto. This program allowed Robyn to develop the relevant skills and knowledge required for health research and policy advocacy. She had the opportunity to mobilize these skills during her practicums conducting a systematic review at Public Health Ontario and program evaluations at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Robyn has furthered her advocacy skills through volunteer work with the Decent Work and Health Network, where she helps create and implement initiatives based on research to advocate for decent work from a public health perspective. Outside of public health, Robyn has a keen interest in gymnastics, music, and beekeeping.
Robyn is eager to apply her passion for health research and policy advocacy at the IFA alongside experts in the field. She is thrilled to be part of an organization dedicated to influencing and shaping policy related to the health of older adults.