Annette McKinnon is an active and engaged patient and a member of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA), Sjogrens Canada, and the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada. Starting with a blog and a social media presence (@anetto), she has become involved with research teams and is a founding member of the Patient Advisors Network, a community of practice for patient and family caregiver advisors. Her term as a public member of the Council of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario ended in 2019, and she is now a public advisor on the committee revising the upcoming CAOT textbook, Enabling Occupation III.
Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke is the Vice Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing, Queen’s University. She is the CIHR Embedded Clinical Researcher in the Maternal Newborn Program at the IWK Health Centre and her program of research focuses on the identification of successful strategies for improving use of evidence in maternal newborn practices. Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke explores the transfer of knowledge through multiple methodologies, concentrating on the relationships of health care professionals, organizations, and decision-makers; including patient participation and voice. Areas of interest include women’s pain, obesity, breastfeeding, pregnancy, fetal health surveillance, practice development, and person centered practice.
Pertice Moffitt is a Manager and Instructor in the Health Research Programs at Aurora Research Institute of Aurora College in Yellowknife. She has practiced nursing administration, education and research in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for the past three decades. Her research on women’s health has addressed a range of topics including breastfeeding and mothering, quality of life of older adults, intimate partner violence and rural and remote nursing. She is experienced in a variety of research methods including fourth generation evaluation, ethnography, grounded theory and photovoice.
Dr. Moffitt has held funding from national agencies, such as Social Sciences and Health Research Council, Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. She teaches in the undergraduate nursing program at Aurora College and in the graduate nursing program at Athabasca University. She is recipient of territorial awards such as the Wise Woman Award from the NWT Status of Women Council and the Government of NWT Premier’s Award of Excellence.
Ms. Elliot PausJenssen is an older adult who feels fortunate to be able to work in retirement on issues she cared about during her years as social worker in geriatric assessment. These include senior-friendly health care and housing, age-friendly community development, human rights of older adults, elder abuse and senior-to-senior bullying. She has recently served on the Boards of the Saskatoon Council on Aging, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (external member) and continues to be an active volunteer with SCOA. She is a member of the newly formed SK Human Rights Commission Advisory Committee. She has engaged in participatory research on age-friendly Saskatoon (a citizen led initiative), promoting aging in place, peer bullying in seniors subsidized housing, and an intervention program to influence residents interactions. She values involvement in the SPOR Evidence Alliance and its Knowledge Translation Committee. Ms. PausJenssen has been married over 50 years, and has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.