955 Oliver Rd., Thunder Bay, Ontario


Promoting interprofessional practice among learners in order to foster collaborative, holistic, patient-centered care


Hayley Krasowski


My name is Hayley Krasowski, and I am the Co-President of LIPSS this year. I have been on LIPSS since my first year at Lakehead, and have fulfilled the roles of Director of Social and Director Internal. When I am not busy with schoolwork, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, spending time with my family and friends, and being involved in anything that gets me physically active. As a nursing student with aspirations to become a dermatologist, I appreciate the importance of interprofessional team work, and feel that collaboration and communication is key to success in the workplace. I am excited to be a part of a group that encourages students to share individual ideas and build on each discipline’s knowledge in order to reach a common goal.


Janessa Buffone


My name is Janessa Buffone and I have been a member of LIPSS since April 2016. I started in the role of SimChallenge Associate, worked my way up to SimChallenge Director and I am currently one of LIPSS Presidents. I am in my fourth year of the Collaborative BScNursing Program with future aspirations of becoming a maternal newborn nurse or continuing my education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the hopes of becoming a Paediatrician. As a student very interested in the healthcare profession, I believe that interprofessional collaboration is an important component in the delivery of quality patient centred care. As LIPSS President, I hope to provide oppourtuities that allows the students of Lakehead University to learn how to collaborate with other professionals and become comfortable in different health care scenarios. When I am not in school, I am either working at TBRHSC as Unit Care Aide or at Studio One Dance as a Dance Instructor and am also the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Student Representative at Lakehead. In my spare time, I love travelling, participating in school events and volunteering within my community.


Meagan Pawlicki

Co-Director SimChallenge

This year on LIPSS, am I a co-director of SimChallenge! I am currently in my second year of the collaborative nursing program. Interprofessional collaboration is important in order to provide holistic quality patient centred care in the health care field. Through LIPSS events, we promote and provide a hands-on experience for all of the health care disciplines offered at Lakehead University. I am excited to be a member of LIPSS again this year, and can’t wait to see what this new year has to offer.


Emily Pawlicki

Co-Director SimChallenge

This year on LIPSS, I am one of the co-directors for SimChallenge! I am currently in my second year of nursing in the collaborative program. Interprofessional education is important to me because it is a key skill to be able to work as a team and recognize the importance of collaboration between different disciplines, specifically in a health care setting! I am excited to be apart of LIPSS again this year and can’t wait to see what this year brings!


Matthew Jones

Director SimSeries

My name is Matthew Jones and I am the director of Sim Series this year. I am going into my final year of the compressed nursing program at Lakehead and I am thrilled to be taking on a larger role with LIPSS this year. In previous years I have acted as an associate on Sim Series as well as the director of Recruitment and Retention. Interprofessional education has meant a great deal to my university experience and has provided me with confidence as I prepare for a career as a healthcare provider.  


Melissa Brezina

Director External

I am the Director of External, and I am in Second Year Collaborative Nursing. I’m from Southern Ontario, and I enjoy reading, writing, and hanging out with my cat. Interprofessional education is important to me because I believe that different healthcare providers need to know more about each other and their scopes of practise. IPE is a great place to start when looking to break down the barriers between HCPs because everything starts with education and communication, and once the initial interaction between two different professionals has happened, it is much more likely to happen again.


Erin Coulter

Director Social

Hello, my name is Erin Coulter and I was the Director of Social for the 2017-2018 year and will be again for the 2018-2019 school year. This fall I will be going into second year of the Compressed Bachelor of Nursing program. An interesting fact about me is that I love to travel, I have been to multiple countries in Europe and hope to be able to do a study abroad program there! Interprofessional education is important to me because it helps members from different professions to work together to achieve patient goals. This club is an amazing opportunity for students to be able to experience the collaboration of different professions before they enter into the workforce. It is a great way to learn that each profession plays a major role in patient outcomes.


Alyssa Cicigoi

Director of Communications

My name is Alyssa Cicigoi and I am the Director of Communications for LIPSS this year!  I am in my second year of the collaborative nursing program at Lakehead University.  In my free time you can find me at the gym, travelling, and/or spending quality time with family and friends.  I am super excited to be a part of LIPSS this year because it gives me the opportunity to collaborate with students in different areas of study who all share the common goal of becoming a healthcare provider.  


Joshua Francis

Co-Director Research

Hello, my name is Joshua Francis and I am a co-director of the research subcommittee for LIPSS. I am in my fourth year of the collaborative nursing program here at Lakehead. This is my 3rd year with LIPSS, with having been director of communications in my first year and co-director of research in my second year. As co-director of research again this year, I am looking forward to continuing on with research involving SimChallenge and presenting at various interprofessional education conferences.


Tyler Randle

Co-Director Research

My name is Tyler Randle and I am a co-director of research with the Lakehead interprofessional student society. I am going into my final year of the compressed nursing program at Lakehead and am looking forward to building on last years research project. In previous years I have acted as an associate of external as well as co-director of research last year. Interprofessional education has been a large part of my university experience and has improved my confidence and competence in interprofessional situations.



Hannah Sakiyama

Associate SimChallenge

My name is Hannah and this year I am an associate of SimChallenge. I am in my third year of the collaborative nursing program. During my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. LIPSS has shown me the value of interprofessional education and the positive outcome of working in interdisciplinary teams.


Lyndon Swick

Associate SimSeries

I am an Associate of SimSeries for the 3rd year in a row now. I am currently studying Biology and Chemistry with hopes of continuing on to medical school at NOSM. For hobbies I enjoy hunting/fishing/snowmobiling and Olympic Weightlifting. An interesting fact about me is that in the summer I do not have your typical summer job, I work for the Canadian Coast Guard doing Search and Rescue Operations on the Great Lakes (Georgian Bay). Interprofessional education is important to me because at the end of the day, without team work in any health care setting, the patient is not getting the best service they deserve.


Brendan Chasse

Associate SimSeries

Hi! My name’s Brendan Chassé and I’m really excited to be an Associate for SimSeries this year! I’m currently a Nursing student at Lakehead University, and am entering my second year in the program. My hobbies include playing sports like hockey and football with my friends, and hiking the numerous trails surrounding Thunder Bay. I also enjoy spending time volunteering with the many programs and organizations we have in our city. I have learned to value the strengths of interprofessional teamwork as I’ve watched it help boost morale, improve patient outcomes, and uncover new ideas and perspectives. I’m very excited to work and share knowledge with everyone at LIPPS this school year!


Morgan Chapman

Associate Social

Hi, my name is Morgan Chapman and this will be my 2nd year of being the associate of social with the club. I’m from Manitoba and am going into my 2nd year of collab nursing. A semi-interesting fact about me is that I have travelled parts of Europe! I believe interprofessional education is important because it allows people to consider different perspectives on a subject and promotes collaboration between individuals.


Danielle Saunders

Associate of Communications

My name is Danielle Saunders. This is my first year participating in LIPSS and I am the communications associate. I am in my second year of the collaborative nursing program. In my free time I enjoy travelling, exercising and being with friends and family. Being part of LIPSS, I am excited to start collaborating with other health care students before actually entering into the workplace. I think it is beneficial for us to learn how to communicate with each other early so that proper care can be provided later on.



Jacqueline Hanley

General Member

My name is Jacqueline. I am currently in my fourth year of Radiation Therapy at Laurentian University, and one of the Sim Challenge Associates. I caught the travel bug at a young age and ever since I have seized every opportunity to explore the world. My most recent adventure was to Costa Rica in early May and I really enjoyed it!

I was previously the President of Laurentian Interprofessional Health Council. Throughout the years I spent on council, I’ve learned that one single profession can’t do it all, and that we all have unique pieces in a puzzle that can only be solved when we work together (i.e. patient care). My experience with interprofessional healthcare thus far has allowed me to thrive in my undergraduate program and I cannot wait to bring this knowledge with me into my future career.

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