MMSA Executive Council 2018-2019

Senior Stick - Chris Briggs

Hi folks! I’m Chris. I’m a final year student with the University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine and Senior Stick of the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association. As Senior Stick, I oversee all activities of the MMSA and represent Manitoban medical students to a variety of committees and organizations. Happy to chat about all things MMSA and Med Ed so feel free to reach out.

Honorary Senior Stick - Dr. Marcia Anderson

Vice Stick Internal - Jaymie Walker

Hi everyone! My name is Jaymie, I am a current Med 3, and I serve as the Vice-Stick Internal for the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association. In my role, I am involved in all things UGME including curriculum development and accreditation this year. I also oversee all interest groups and other student clubs on campus and help to ensure we have a well rounded, engaging, and relevant medical school experience. I also chat regularly with VP Academics from all over the country to ensure we here in Manitoba are current and keeping up with the rest of the country. Outside of medical school I am a proud member of the Beyhive, love to stay up to date with all things Global Health, and go to the beach as often as possible. Please feel free to contact me anytime and I look forward to what’s in store for the 2018-2019 school year!

Vice Stick External - Achieng Tago

I am a medical student at the Max Rady College of Medicine and serve as the Vice-Stick External for the 2018-2019 Student Council. Within my role, I work alongside the CFMS Representative Junior to represent Manitoba medical students to the MMSA, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Doctors Manitoba. Within this capacity I assist with the Doctors Manitoba Mentorship program as well as organize events for the student body, and ensure that medical students in Manitoba are informed about the state of medical education throughout Canada.
My passions outside of medical school include traveling, and most of all reading!

CFMS Representative Junior -Fatemeh Bakhtiari

My name is Fatemeh Bakhtiari and I am the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) representative for the 2018-2019 Manitoba Medical Students Association. As the CFMS representative, I act as the liaison between the Manitoba medical students and the CFMS, the Canadian Federation Association and Doctors Manitoba. I also work alongside the Vice-Stick External to ensure that students are aware of the various changes and events that are happening through out our medical education. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!


Simmi Dhaliwal (Sr. Treasurer)

Henry Li (Jr. Treasurer)

Hey there, we’re the MMSA Treasurers! Simmi is in her third year of Medicine, while Henry is in his second. Together, we are able to effectively collect or dispense funds to students in all years. Simmi likes to cook and makes some mean chocolate chip cookies. Henry enjoys playing basketball, working out, and shopping for clothes and shoes. We’re looking forward to a great academic year – please feel free to approach us regarding any financial concerns pertinent to the MMSA (e.g. student fees, reimbursements).

Communications Rep - Kristen Braun

Hi all! I’m Kristen (Class of 2021), the current Communications Rep for the MMSA council of 2018-2019. As the Communications Rep, my role is taking minutes at council meetings, and handling our online presence such as the MMSA website and social media. My goal is to keep the med student population informed of the association’s activities in a fun and engaging way. In addition to my duties on the MMSA, I’m an executive for several interest groups, and I love playing rec volleyball.

Contact me if you have any inquiries about council activities or about the website.

Corporate Relations Rep - Kaitlyn Kaltenberger

Hi everyone! My name is Kaitlyn Kaltenberger and I am a third year medical student at the Max Rady College of Medicine. This year, I will serve as your Corporate Relations Representative! My role is to connect the student body to local companies for sponsorship opportunities, networking, and information to help navigate the mysterious world of finance. Keep an eye out for my events on the MMSA calendar as well as other posts to make sure you don’t miss out on these opportunities! Outside of school, I like to spend time with my two dogs and do anything outdoors. If you have any topics you would like more information about, businesses you would like to work with, or any other ideas/questions feel free to contact me!

Event Programmers

Dhasni Muthumuni

Jennifer Holmberg

Hi everyone! We are two second year medical students at the Max Rady College of Medicine who will be serving as the MMSA Event Programmers for the 2018/19 year! We are responsible for organising events for all University of Manitoba medical students. We collaborate with other Canadian medical schools to organize an annual hockey Icebowl, work with the Faculty of Law to plan the Med-Law social, and also plan the Movember Coffeehouse, Winter Formal, Banny Bowl and Beer & Skits (see the calendar tab above for more info!).

Outside of medicine, Jen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and being outdoors while Dhasni loves baking, running, and doing anything with her dog.

We’re here to make sure everyone has a safe, memorable, and fun time at all MMSA events. Please feel free to stop us if you see us around campus, send us an email or a message on Facebook if you have any questions about events, what our role entails, or really anything else!

UMSU Representative - Cole Kubay

My name is Cole Kubay, I’m in my second year of medicine and I am severing as the MMSA UMSU representative for the 2018-2019 academic year. As UMSU rep I sit on the UMSU board of directors and am involved in making decisions for the union as a whole. Some hobbies include traveling, going to the cabin, and fishing.

Senator - Izabella Supel

Hi there, I’m Izabella Supel, and I am very excited to be your MMSA Senator for the 2018-2019 academic year. I act as the liaison between the medical student body and the University of Manitoba Senate. Feel free to reach out to me with any concerns regarding student issues. I am looking forward to being a part of some great changes this upcoming year. In my free time I enjoy boxing, hiking, and yoga.

Global Health Liaisons

Amy Sahai (GHL Sr.)

Melissa Sekundiak (GHL Jr.)

Hi everyone! My name is Amy Sahai and I serve as your Global Health Liaison Sr. on the Manitoba Medical Students Association. Over the course of this year, I, along with your Global Health team, are working towards enhancing student exposure and engagement with topics in Global Health throughout your medical education. We are doing so through revamping our Global Health Concentrations Program, increasing the number of speakers and events that tackle relevant topics in the subject, and connecting you with faculty members in the field. In addition, we are working to encourage student participation in advocacy projects in the province and across the country. Outside of school, I am obsessed with traveling – so you likely won’t see me around much if I have a bit of time off! Nevertheless, I am here to help you navigate the exciting, dynamic and increasingly important realm of Global Health, so please feel free to contact me or stop me in the hallway with any questions, comments or suggestions!

Local Officers of Indigenous Health

Carly McLellan (LOIH Sr.)

Gabrielle Wilson (LOIH Jr.)

Hi everyone! My name is Carly and I am the Local Officer of Indigenous Health Sr. on the Manitoba Medical Student’s Association. Indigenous Health is a broad topic and so is my role! I serve as a voting member of the MMSA, I represent Manitoba within the nation-wide CFMS Indigenous health portfolio, and I work closely with the Indigenous Health Promotions Group to provide events and opportunities for students to learn more about Indigenous health. Our medical school lies on Treaty 1 Territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. As medical students, we all have a duty to learn about Indigenous Health and culturally safe care. Some of the best learning comes from experience, so please contact me if you’d like to get involved in our incredibly vibrant, resilient and welcoming community!

GAAC Representative - Joe Asaminew

Hi! I’m Joseph Asaminew and I’m a second year medical student at the Max Rady College of Medicine. I am the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee Representative Sr. (aka GAAC). I represent Manitoba within the larger CFMS GAAC group which has representatives from each of the member schools of the CFMS. I am the co-chair of our local Student Advocacy Committee, along with our Global Health Advocate (GHA). As your GAAC rep, I help organize local advocacy efforts, including the planning and execution of our provincial lobby day, as well as smaller advocacy sessions. Please email me with any of your advocacy questions or concerns!

CFMS Wellness Representative - Jaspreet Bassi

Hey guys! My name is Jaspreet and I am serving as your MMSA Wellness Rep for 2018-2019. My role is just as broad as the term wellness.  I oversee the Wellness Committee which runs programming like Peer Support and the Wellness Challenge Month. I work with Student Services and Student Affairs to provide Health and Wellness resources/curriculum to the student body.  I represent our school on the CFMS Wellness Committee and at the Doctors Manitoba level. For more information about Wellness at our school, check out the Wellness page! Contact me anytime with suggestions, concerns, and questions!!

Research Program Representative - Andrew McDermid

Hi. I am the research program representative for the MMSA. I am a second year medical student (class of 2020) and well-versed grad student. I am in my 4th year of PhD studies in Medical Microbiology. I have lots of graduate level experience and experience in graduate student politics from my 3 years on the Health Science Graduate Students’ Association. If you want to ask questions or have any suggestions about our graduate programs or procedures please feel free to drop me a line.

Med I Representative - Luis Castro

As a voting member in the MMSA Executive Council, I represent the point of view of the Class of 2022. It is my duty to advocate for their best interest and update the class regarding important issues. Fun fact about me: In the 14 years I’ve lived in Winnipeg, I have never had a slurpee.

Class of 2019 Executive

Andrew Ajisebutu (President)

Ruth Habte (Ac Rep)

Janelle Quintana (Ac Rep)

Hi! We’re the Executive for the Class of 2019 – Andrew, Ruth, and Janelle. We work to advocate for our class with the rest of the MMSA Council as well as to the faculty. As Class President, Andrew coordinates all of our class council endeavors, while the three of us work together to represent the class regarding academic issues at faculty meetings.

Class of 2020 Executive

Daniel Kroft (President)

Maira Ahmed (Ac Rep)

Erin McAndrew (Ac Rep)

Hey everyone! We’re Daniel, Maira, and Erin – the President and Academic Reps for the Class of 2020. We represent our class to the Faculty, the other classes, and on the MMSA Council. As president, Daniel is responsible for coordinating the activities of our council, and overseeing the implementation of all of our class events. As academic reps, Maira and Erin are in charge of advocating for the class on all academic-related concerns. Together, along with the rest of our class council, we represent the KEENEST class this college has ever seen!

Class of 2021 Executive

Joseph Darcel (President)

Mariam Ahmed (Academic Rep)

George Cai (Academic Rep)

Hey hey hey! We are Joseph, George and Mariam; the President and two Academic Reps for the Class of 2021. By our Franco-Sino-Fem powers combined, we advocate on behalf of our class to the faculty, facilitate the running of events and help coordinate class activities and initiatives. Little known facts about us: Joseph is a fan of Italian slippers, George eats like Gaston and Mariam treats her calendar like bingo night.


Class of 2022 Executive

Chris Moskal (President)

Nada El Tobgy (Academic Rep)

Matt Stecy (Academic Rep)

Hey there! We’re Chris, Nada, and Matt — the President and Academic Representatives for the class of 2022. We represent our class to the MMSA, faculty, and several other organizations. Chris is responsible for facilitating all class programming and activities. Together, the three of us are responsible for advocating on all academic issues at faculty meetings. Alongside the rest of our class council, we’re here to make sure the Class of 2022 has the best experience possible!


Retired Senior Stick - Gurmeet Sohi

Dr. Gurmeet Sohi is a PGY1 in Internal Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is Past Senior Stick and served on the MMSA executive council for 3 years prior to her graduation. The MMSA thanks Gurmeet for everything she has done for medical education here in Manitoba and wishes her luck as she continues her studies on the West Coast.