Co-Founder, Past Co-President
Moira Haggarty is a first year medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay. Moira co-founded LIPSS in 2013 and spearheaded the establishment of the “SimChallenge”, the only large-scale, student-led, interprofessional simulation event in Canada. Prior to starting at NOSM, Moira graduated from a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Lakehead University and spent a summer working as a Registered Nurse in Sioux Lookout. Moira is deeply connected in her community: she has led sports camps with impoverished youth both locally and abroad, and is the current Chair of Compass North Clinic, a developing inter-professional student-run clinic for marginalized populations in Thunder Bay. It’s too early to tell what specialty area Moira will choose as a physician, but she knows that whether she’s a clinician, teacher, researcher or leader, her work will be collaborative in nature. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, outdoor-anything, and jamming on the ukulele.
Co-Founder, Past Co-President
Alexis Sharp co-founded the Lakehead Interprofessional Student Society in April 2013. During her two years as co-president, Alexis gained an appreciation of the importance of interprofessional collaboration as she oversaw the LIPSS committee, attended events, and completed research in the area of IPE. Alexis completed her fourth year Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology thesis project on the LIPSS SimChallenge, the student-led simulation challenge put on by LIPSS. This research highlighted the ability of student-led simulation to enhance the perceived interprofessional competencies of health care students. Being from rural Northwestern Ontario, Alexis has a great appreciation for the role of teamwork in the successful completion of tasks. In the same way, she has an understanding of the power of collaboration in generating constructive, holistic, and patient-oriented care. Being immersed in her first year at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Alexis frequently refers to her knowledge acquired through LIPSS to promote patient-centered and collaborative care during discussions and placements. When she’s not immersed in studying you may also find Alexis practicing piano, participating in hot yoga classes, spending time outdoors, and volunteering.
Hi, my name is Taylor Murie and I am the Director Internal of LIPSS. I am going into my 4th year of Chemistry and Concurrent Education at Lakehead. My dream career is to be a physician as I have always had a passion for helping others. In my spare time, I love to travel, volunteer, go camping, and spend time with my dog. I am very interested in Interprofessional Education as it allows multiple disciplines to collaborate to meet a common goal. IPE allows relationships to be built between disciplines to achieve better care for the patient, which I think is incredible. Immense knowledge can be gained by looking at other perspectives. This is my first year with LIPSS and I am very excited to see what is in store!
Hello, my name is Ellen Orchard and I am the Director of Finance for LIPSS. I am currently in my third year of the Bachelor of Science and Nursing program here at Lakehead. I decided to join LIPSS because I was feeling like I wanted to be apart of something during my university career. LIPSS stood out to me because I connected on the overall message LIPSSencourages and want to help be apart of emphasizing our message in any way that I can. Already I have learnt about the importance of interprofessional education and its powerful foundation. It feels great to be apart of a team that hopes to create and promote collaboration among learners in order to foster holistic, patient centered care.
Hi there! My name is Brittany Pennock and I am currently in my fourth year in the Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology program at Lakehead University. I was born and raised here in Thunder Bay and chose to stay here for school because I loved the idea of small class sizes at Lakehead and also wanted to stay in Northern Ontario to enjoy all that the surrounding areas have to offer. My aspiration in life is to enter into the medical field as a physician and begin a specialized practice in Northern Ontario. The reason I was drawn to LIPSS is because working within the healthcare field has made me realize and appreciate the importance of interprofessional collaboration and patient-centered care. On my free time I love being physically active in any capacity- I play hockey, enjoy running, and appreciate physical fitness in general. I also love to read, travel and spend time with my puppy!
Hello, my name is Hayley Krasowski, and I am in my first year of nursing at Lakehead University. I currently hold the position of Director of Internal on the LIPSS committee. When I am not busy with school, I enjoy cycling, travelling, volunteering, and relaxing with a good book or a movie. While studying to become a healthcare professional, I understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes eating the proper foods, maintaining a good exercise schedule, and getting enough rest. As I continue on my with my education, I hope to become a part of a health care community that strives to make a difference in people’s lives. I am excited to be a part of a group that teaches various disciplines to connect and share individual ideas and build on each disciplines knowledge in order to reach a common goal. I feel this is important because collaboration and communication between disciplines is key to success in the workplace. I look forward to participating in events that help students to develop their health care skills while working in collaboration with each other.
My name is Marisa Curran and I am a second year compressed Nursing Student at Lakehead University. I am the Director of SimSeries and enjoy the high-levels of organization that go into planning this large-scale event. My dream job is undetermined but it will definitely be one that makes me feel like I am making a difference in patient’s lives. In my spare time I play the piano, and enjoy watching Netflix. I am an avid cat lover and will most likely be the happy owner of 20 cats by the end of my education at Lakehead. IPE is incredibly important as it allows us to understand the tasks of other health care professionals and with this knowledge we can maximize patient-centered care.