A lawyer by background, Rachael has advised Health Canada on the regulation of health technologies, novel therapies and science policy. She has consistently supported the not-for-profit sector throughout her career, professionally and as a volunteer board member. She has worked on the front lines of healthcare in a community health centre for the street-entrenched population and in a pharmacy. She has a law degree from the University of British Columbia and an honours degree in mathematics from Dalhousie University.
Rachael is excited to be joining the patient advocacy and support community at a time when policy makers are actively recognizing its perspectives and expertise. She is looking forward to strengthening the broader skin patient communities and raising the profile of the challenges faced by patients affected by skin, hair and nail conditions.
Helen has worked for the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance since 2011 and also works for the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients. Helen is often the voice you hear on the end of the phone and she is committed to the work of both the CSPA and CAPP. She works alongside the CSPA team to ensure that the needs of all skin patients in Canada are being addressed. She is responsible for CAPP program management as well as managing the social media and organizational governance portfolios and is the staff lead on the Social Media Committee. She has a Bachelors degree in Linguistics from Carleton and prior to coming to the CSPA worked for the Royal Canadian Legion, Investors Group and Health Canada.