PAC Executive Team 2021-2022

Annie Foreman-Mackey (She/Her)

PAC Chair

Originally from Ontario (traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wendat Peoples), Annie (she/her) is a second year medical student at UBC. Before medical school, she completed a Masters of Public Health in Toronto, focusing much of her work in harm reduction and drug policy. She is passionate about health equity, connecting with her community, and listening and sharing stories. In her free time, she can be found on her bike, in the mountains, or swimming across icy lakes.

Ishmam Bhuiyan (He/Him)

Junior PAC Chair

Ishmam is a first-year medical student at UBC, who grew up in Vancouver, BC. He was introduced to advocacy when he led a student movement in support of a modular housing project in his neighbourhood, a campaign that received the 2018 Vancouver Mayor's Achievement Award in Youth Excellence and the 2018 BC Nonprofit Housing Champion Award. Over the past four yers, Ishmam has also been involved in various local advocacy projects through his work with the UBC Social Justice Centre. He hopes to spend his life being helpful in the struggle for a more just society.

Yvonne Deng (She/Her)

Campaigns and Communications Chair

Hello everyone! I am a second year medical student at UBC with an interest in health communication and social advocacy. Prior to UBC, I studied immunology at McGill University and spent some time volunteering as a piano teacher for children with special needs at a local community centre. My involvement in community initiatives fuelled my love for working and connecting with diverse populations and learning from their unique experiences. I joined PAC in hopes of improving my health advocacy and literacy skills, as well as learning more about the social and health issues affecting marginalized communities.

Nick Pang (He/Him)

Provincial Advocacy Committee Co-chair

Hello! Along with Sandra, I am one of the co-chairs for the Provincial Advocacy Committee working on the annual PAC policy paper and the Provincial Day of Action. I am in the class of 2025, coming into medicine with a degree in Pharmacy. My previous advocacy experience include working for the UBC Alma Mater Society, the Science Undergraduate Society, and the Pharmacy Undergraduate Society. Additionally, I severed three terms on the UBC Vancouver Senate, the highest academic governing body of the university to advocate for general student academic interests. I am excited to join PAC and pivot my strategies to advocate for our patients' and the public’s health. This year, Sandra and I hope to lead our committee to allow as many people as possible to contribute to the policy paper and have maximum attendance at the Provincial Day of Action. Please let me know if you are interested in contributing in any way!

Sandra Smiley

Provincial Advocacy Committee Co-chair

Madeline Elder

VFMP Municipal Advocacy Co-chair

I am a first year medical student at VFMP, and am so excited to be a part of PAC this year! I grew up in Toronto, and moved to Vancouver 5 years ago to do my undergraduate degree in Biophysics at UBC. I am passionate about building healthy communities, and the role advocacy can play in driving this work. I was excited to join VFMP’s MAC as I am particularly interested in the social determinants of health for Indigenous people living in urban centers such as Vancouver. This year I hope to learn from & contribute to the health of our communities here in the lower mainland.

Sanya Grover

VFMP Municipal Advocacy Co-chair

My name is Sanya (she/her) and I am a first year medical student at VFMP. Prior to medicine, I studied Health Sciences at McMaster University. I am passionate about the social determinants of health and the role that students can play in furthering advocacy efforts within our local communities to make them a more safe, equitable, and accessible place for all individuals. I am so excited to work with PAC this year and look forward to seeing our ideas come to life!

Grant Greaves

SMP Municipal Advocacy Co-chair

Cailyn Strachan

IMP Municipal Advocacy Co-chair

My name is Cailyn Strachan and I am a first year medical student at the Island Medical Program in Victoria. I grew up in the small town of Kimberley, BC before moving to Montreal for my undergraduate studies in Human Nutrition and Global Health. I was eager to join PAC to enhance my political advocacy skills and engage in health topics that I am passionate about. I look forward to the 2021/2022 school year!

Zovya Wasylyk

IMP Municipal Advocacy Co-chair

Hello, my name is Zovya Wasylyk and I am a Co-Chair of the IMP Municipal Advocacy Committee. I was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree at McGill University in Montreal, QC. I moved to Victoria, BC in 2021 and fell in love with the city. I decided to get involved with PAC as I am passionate about advocating for people experiencing homelessness in Victoria. This year I am looking forward to hosting a Naloxone Training Night in addition to partnering with local organisations who are already advocating for people experiencing homelessness.

Oonagh Fogarty

NMP Municipal Advocacy Chair

My name is Oonagh Fogarty and I am the Northern Medical Program’s Municipal Advocacy Coordinator. Before medical school, I did research in prison health and in opioid treatment services for youth. With this role I hope to start a MAC in the North that will build long lasting connections between medical students, local advocacy groups, and local government.