Melissa Cammuso is a third-year PharmD Candidate at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Honours Behavioral Neuroscience at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, where she is originally from. She holds a passion for mental health and addiction, and hopes to specialize her pharmacy practice in this area. During her employment with Gateway, Melissa will be researching substance use among youth in local rural communities under the supervision of Dr. Chang and Dr. Kluz. While in Huron County, Melissa will also be working as a student pharmacist at the Huron Community Family Health Team.
PJ Conlon joins Gateway having recently completed his first year at Amherst College in Western Massachusetts. He is pursuing a liberal arts degree program with a focus on life sciences. Prior to attending Amherst College, PJ spent two years playing Junior A hockey in Victoria, British Columbia. A graduate of Upper Canada College, PJ is looking forward to conducting his research project evaluating the impact of physical activity for mental health patients at the five outpatient clinics in Huron County. Additionally, PJ will be assisting with the Hometown Heroes hockey game and he looks forward to playing in the game for the third time. In his free time PJ enjoys golfing, playing tennis and spending time at the beach.
Myles Krahn is a co-op student from Central Huron Secondary School, where he is pursuing a High Skills Major in Health and Wellness. He is currently completing a four month co-op placement at Gateway. During this time, Myles has primarily worked on promoting the Hometown Heroes hockey game by creating and disseminating sponsorship packages. Upon completion of his co-op work term, Myles will join the five current students as a full-time summer employee. He will continue to work on the hockey game, while also updating Gateway’s promotional information and refurbishing the website. His future plans involve returning to Central Huron Secondary School next year to focus his studies on the field of law enforcement. After secondary school, Myles’s goal is to become a Canadian Border Security Agency officer. Myles enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
Melissa Roetcisoender, recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo, with a minor in Gerontology and specializations in Social Work and Individual Well-being. In the fall, Melissa will be returning to the University of Waterloo for her Bachelor’s of Social Work. Raised in the rural community of Benmiller Ontario, she is excited to have the opportunity to work with Gateway this summer as a research coordinator, under the supervision of Dr. Feng Chang and Dr. Agnes Kluz. The research will focus on substance misuse among youth in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce counties.
Elizabeth Dwyer joins Gateway and the Goderich BIA this summer as a Special Events Coordinator. Elizabeth comes to Gateway through a grant sponsored by Dr. Neil McDonald of Vancouver. She will be working with the Moments Matter campaign for the Huron Residential Hospice as well as consulting on the many projects and programs Gateway currently has underway. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Humanities degree with a minor in biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Raised in the rural community of Whitechurch, Elizabeth has aspirations of increasing accessibility and awareness of available health services in rural and isolated communities through a career in public health. This will be Elizabeth’s second work term at Gateway. She previously held the position of Research Assistant: Marketing & Fundraising in the summer of 2014.
Alex Conlon recently completed his second year of medical school at The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He is excited to be working on a project focused on educating patients on a novel antipsychotic drug and its use in the treatment of Schizophrenia. The project will be working closely with Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Gateway at the five outpatient clinics in Huron County. He is hoping to gain both both clinical experience as well as knowledge on mental health in the rural setting. Alex plans to continue his schooling in Ireland and plans on practicing in Canada after he graduates.