Cameron Symon, Chair
Cameron is in his final year at the University of Regina pursuing a degree in Health Studies. Prior to beginning university, he worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic in a northern First Nations community. Cameron began volunteering with SEARCH in 2016. He is excited to be moving into the Chair position to take a more active role in board governance and nonprofit leadership. Cameron also volunteers with the Big Brothers of Regina program. His other interests include: hiking, camping, biking and spending time with his miniature dachshund Zeus.
Crystal Bjornson, Co-Chair
Crystal is a student with the University of Regina, who spends her days coordinating schedules for healthcare professionals. Crystal received a Business Certificate from SIAST (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) in 2009 and has primarily worked in the Health and Safety field. Crystal is actively pursuing a degree in Social Work from the University of Regina, and came into contact with SEARCH through one of her courses. When not working, going to school, or volunteering, Crystal spends her time with family, friends, and especially her dog. Crystal enjoys volunteering with SEARCH immensely and looks forward to her year as the Chair.
Amani Khan, Secretary
Amani is a 4th year student in the Kinesiology Human Kinetics program at the University of Regina. Living away from her home in Toronto for the school year, she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking and cooking. She started volunteering at SEARCH in 2018 and decided to join the Board of Directors that summer, inspired by the work done at the clinic. Within the few shifts she had come in for, she quickly realized that SEARCH is a place that can bring her closer to the community and give her the chance to learn from hands on experiences in nutrition, health and culture. She is very excited to be a part of the SEARCH family as Secretary, meet new people and have a great year.
Matthew Pechey, Treasurer
Matthew is going into his third year of medicine through the University of Saskatchewan. His current interests in medicine are focused around family medicine and physiatry. Before medical school, he completed his psychology degree at the University of Regina, where he was first exposed to SEARCH. He’s been volunteering at SEARCH for a few years, and in that time has learned lots about the social determinants of health and how those impact one’s approach to providing healthcare. In his free time, he enjoys reading comics, canoeing, DnD, and hanging out with his shih tzu Oliver. He recently got involved with the Clinical Liaison Committee and looks forward to joining the board for the first time as Treasurer.
Saria Jabbar, Policy Chairperson
Saria has recently completed her Bachelor of Health Studies from the University of Regina. Over the summer she will be working at Indigenous Services Canada to provide support to the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Saria is passionate about developing and implementing community health programs and policy. She has a keen interest in mental health programming which is why she will be returning to the UofR in the fall to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Later on she hopes to pursue a career in medicine in order to help bridge the gap between health policy and practice. Saria enjoys volunteering at SEARCH because of the connections she is able to make with community members, mentors and fellow students. As well, she finds that SEARCH is a great clinical setting where she is able to observe and put into practice many of the concepts discussed in her classes. Saria is very excited to be a part of the SEARCH board this year.
Jessica Bec, Programming Committee Chairperson
Jessica Bec is the Programming Chair on the SEARCH Board of Directors. She recently completed her Bachelor of Education and has one more year left in her Bachelor of Sociology degree at the University of Regina. She has been volunteering with SEARCH since February 2016 and has not looked back since. She states, “The people I have met, experiences I have had and all of the things I have learned at SEARCH will forever influence my life; especially when teaching students who come from all different cultures, races, socio-economic backgrounds or any walk of life. Because of SEARCH I know that everyone has something to offer and you can find knowledge in the most unlikely of places.” She is very excited to continue volunteering with SEARCH this year and cannot wait for all of the new adventures that come along with it!
Sarah Wiseman – Faculty Liaison & Volunteer Retention Chairperson
Sarah is currently in her second year of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, and her third year of Health Studies at the University of Regina. She started volunteering with SEARCH in January of 2016 after hearing about it through a class, and decided to continue volunteering because she is passionate about helping build a healthier community. She has learned a lot through the experiences she has had, as well as the people she has met at SEARCH. This is Sarah’s first year on the SEARCH Board of Directors, and she is very excited to have the opportunity to become more involved.
Community Liaison & Public Relations Committee:
Khansa Irfan – see bio above
Samia Nawreen, Grants & Fundraising Chairperson
Samia has recently graduated from University of Regina with a Bachelors degree in psychology and biology. She has been an active member of the UofR and Regina community for the past few years and joined the SEARCH team in winter of 2018. From her volunteer experiences at SEARCH, she has had incredible opportunities to practice her knowledge in the fields of social, psychological, and community health. She admires the platform SEARCH provides to the community members and students in terms of collaborating education and social work. She aspires to pursue a career in helping others with their psychological and medical needs and being a part of SEARCH is the first step to learning empathy, caring for, and providing assistance to community members who are in need of holistic health care in Regina.
Amira Muftah, Community Liaison & Public Relations Chair
Community Liaison & Public Relations Committee:
Ritva Gahinbare – Ritva Gahimbare has just completed her bachelor in Human Justice as well as her certificate in Non-profit Sector Leadership and Innovation. Her interest in social justice issues and her passion for human rights influenced her to choose this area of study. She was highly involved in various campus-based organizations and she continues her volunteer work in the community. She believes in the power of collective action to exert change and transform communities’ life. Thus, for her, volunteering is an expression of her beliefs and a way to live her passion in accordance with her core values. Her future aspiration is to work towards the alleviation of social justice issues that affect her homeland in East Africa.
Saria Jabbar – see bio above
Eman Abdulhadi, Clinical Liaison Chairperson
Eman is a Physical Therapy student at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been volunteering at SEARCH for three years in multiple capacities. She enjoys spending time at the clinic connecting with the clients and spending time with her fellow volunteers, mentors and board members. She is excited to be taking on the roll of Clinical Liaison Chairperson and hopes to build on the work that has been accomplished in the last year on the Clinical side of SEARCH. In her spare time Eman enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading and staying active. She is excited to work with her fellow committee members and looks forward to another wonderful year at SEARCH.
Clinical Liaison Committee:
Saheba Bajwa – Saheba is a third year medical student with the University of Saskatchewan. She is passionate about community health and wellness, and when she started volunteering at SEARCH almost a year ago, she quickly realized what a great environment this is to learn from. Saheba loves connecting with the clients, as well as working with the mentors and other volunteers. She recently became a member of the Clinical Liaison Committee and is really excited to be getting more involved. In her spare time she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
Matthew Pechey – see bio above
Amani Khan – see bio above
Cameron Symon – see bio above
Amira Muftah – see bio above
2018-2019 Alumni Positions
Alumni Chair – Jessica Dunster
Alumni Board Members – Shavan Bagiana, Angela Tremka, & Kelsey Laventure