MMSA Executive Council 2020-2021

Senior Stick - Jaymie Walker

Hello! My name is Jaymie, I am a final year student and serve as your Senior Stick for the 2019-2020 academic year. In my role as Senior Stick I oversee all of the activities of the MMSA and represent Manitoba medical students to a variety of stakeholders, organizations and committees. Outside of medical school, I try to stay up to date with all things Global Health, get outside as often as possible, exercise and eat ice cream. Please feel free to contact me anytime and I look forward to the incredible activities Manitoba students will pursue this year!

Honorary Senior Stick - Dr. Anita Soni

Vice Stick Internal - George Cai

Hey peeps!

My name is George! I am a member of the Class of 2021 (Med 3) and I serve as the Vice-Stick Internal for the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association.

What does that mean? It means I am involved in everything to do with UGME – curriculum development, operation and the methods of teaching and evaluation. It also means I have oversight on all student groups on campus – interest groups, clubs and more. I communicate regularly with my counterparts at other Canadian medical schools, which allows us to grow and solve local and national problems together. When the Senior Stick (Jaymie) isn’t around, I fill in for her. Outside of the day-to-day I am an ultramarathoner, avid reader and lover of food!

This year, I want everyone to have a great experience at school, to feel that you have a chance to grow and for events to be wide in breadth and deep in engagement. Do feel free to get in touch if you have questions or want to chat. I am excited for how far we’ll come this year!

Vice Stick External - Fatemeh Bakhtiari

My name is Fatemeh Bakhtiari and I am the Vice-Stick External for the 2019-2020 Manitoba Medical Students Association (MMSA). As the Vice-Stick External, I work alongside the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) Representative Junior to represent the Manitoba medical students to the MMSA, CFMS, the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba (PARIM), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Doctors Manitoba. Within this role 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. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

CFMS Representative Junior - Dara Hallock

My name is Dara Hallock and I am the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) representative for the MMSA. As the CFMS representative, I act as the liaison between our medical students and the CFMS, the Canadian Medical 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 throughout the course of our medical education. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, I look forward to connecting with you all this year!


Henry Li (Sr. Treasurer)

Qiming Hu (Jr. Treasurer)

Hey there, we’re the MMSA Treasurers! Henry is in his third year of Medicine, while Qiming is in his second. Together, we manage all financial aspects of the MMSA, including budgeting, reimbursements, and the Student Initiative Grants program. Henry enjoys playing basketball, working out, and shopping for clothes and shoes. Qiming enjoys rock climbing, biking, and coding. 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 Representatives

Kristen Braun (Communications Rep Sr.)

Juan Mohadeb (Communications Rep Jr.)

Hi, welcome to the MMSA website! We’re the Communications Representatives for the 2019-2020 council. Our jobs range from running the MMSA website and social media, to taking meeting minutes and communicating with the student body at large. Contact us if you have any questions, and if we can’t help, we’ll point you to someone who can!

Kristen is in her third year of Medicine and enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, and overly sweet coffee.

Juan is in his second year of Medicine and enjoys fashion, playing volleyball and is a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

Corporate Relations Rep - Sara Wang

Hi everyone! My name Sara Wang and I am a second year medical student at the Max Rady College of Medicine. This year, I will be serving as your Corporate Relations Representative! My role is to connect the student body to local companies for sponsorship opportunities and networking, and help you navigate the mysterious world of finance. Make sure to check out the financial wellness section of the MMSA website for helpful information about financial aid and financial planning and keep an eye out for my events on the MMSA calendar! Outside of school I like to run, play intramurals and travel.

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 - Anmol Mann & Karim Sidhom

Hey everyone! Anmol and Karim here, two second year medical students at the Max Rady College of Medicine. As MMSA event programmers, we are responsible for organizing all the amazing events for the University of Manitoba Medical students. You may have heard or perhaps seen pictures of a few of these celebrations before – be it Med-Law social, Winter Formal, Movember Coffeehouse, Banny Bowl or Beer and Skits. All these events are an incredible amount of fun and represent opportunities for you to meet medical students from all years, and even from other Canadian Medical schools. We are here to ensure that these events are inclusive, safe, and memorable for you!

Please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook if you have any questions or ideas, or you can ask us in person on campus!

We look forward to seeing you all!

UMSU Representative - Kevin Boreskie

Hello! My name is Kevin Boreskie and I am the University of Manitoba Student Union Representative on the MMSA. In this role, I serve to act as a liaison between UMSU and the medical student body. I advocate for the interests of medical students in UMSU decisions and my goal is to reduce the disconnect we sometimes feel from UMSU as students on the Bannatyne Campus. I spend most of my free time playing sports or on my bike. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas related to UMSU and Medicine, please let me know!

Senator - Joseph Asaminew

My name is Joseph Asaminew. I’m a 3rd year student at the Max Rady College of Medicine and I am very excited to be your MMSA Senator for the 2019-2020 academic year. I act as the liaison between the medical student body and the University of Manitoba Senate, which is the academic governing body of the university. Outside of school, I like to read and garden. If you have any questions and concerns, please get in touch!

Global Health Liaisons

Melissa Sekundiak (GHL Sr.)

GHL Jr to be elected in the fall of 2020

Hi everyone! My name is Allison, I am serving as your Global Health Liaison Sr. (GHL Sr.), and will be joined by an elected member of the Class of 2024 who will serve as GHL Jr. Over the course of the year, ourselves and the rest of the Global Health Team will work towards enhancing student exposure and engagement with topics related to Global Health that are pertinent to your medical education. We are doing so in a number of ways, such as running a Global Health Concentration Program here on campus, hosting panel style discussions with speakers who have experience in relevant topics in Global Health, putting on events throughout the year that bring community members and students together to learn from one another and, true to the title, acting as Liaisons to connect you to faculty members in the field. Global Health is a versatile field, encompassing a lot of key topics important to medicine and it is only increasing in its importance in providing optimal care to our patients. We are here to help you navigate this important and exciting subset of medicine. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!

Local Officers of Indigenous Health

Gabrielle Wilson (LOIH Sr.)

Ashley Monture (LOIH Jr.)

Hi everyone! We’re Gabrielle and Ashley, the Local Officers of Indigenous Health Sr. and Jr. on the Manitoba Medical Students Association. We represent Manitoba within the nation-wide CFMS Indigenous Health Portfolio, and we are both very honoured to represent Indigenous students, Indigenous health populations, the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, and Ongomiizwin-Education within the University of Manitoba. We are fortunate to work with these groups to help bring awareness to Indigenous health and opportunities for further learning. The University of Manitoba is located on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojii-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. In the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration, it is our responsibility as medical students to learn about Indigenous Health and culturally safe care. If you would like to get involved or have any suggestions feel free to contact either of us at any time!

GAAC Representative - Amanda Mathwig
My name is Amanda Mathwig, I am the University of Manitoba representative for the CFMS Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee. The CFMS advocacy committee is comprised of representatives from medical schools from around the country that participate in regular discourse regarding health advocacy at the municipal, provincial, and national level. Part of my role includes collaborating with other GAAC representatives around the country on CFMS Advocacy initiatives and sharing local provincial initiatives with the committee. Myself, and the Global Health Advocate, Dara Hallock, co-lead the Student Advocacy Committee at the Max Rady College of Medicine. Along side other committee members, we help to facilitate Provincial Lobby Day, where first and second year medical students have the opportunity to meet with local government officials to represent the interests and concerns of the medical student body.

CFMS Wellness Representative - Kayla Neumann
Hi! My name is Kayla and I am currently in my third year of medicine. I am serving as your CFMS Wellness Representative for the 2019-2020 academic year on the Manitoba Medical Student Association.
As the CFMS Wellness Rep, I represent Manitoba medical students and their wellness-related concerns to the MMSA, CFMS, Doctors Manitoba, UGME and Student Affairs. Within this role I work along side class Wellness Representatives, Student Affairs and Student Services at Bannatyne to advocate for higher levels of well-being for medical students here at the Unversity of Manitoba. In addition, I sit on various committees within DocsMB and CFMS to push for large scale changes that will positively impact medical students at the national level. I am also reponsible for making students aware of the variety of supports they have available to them, as well as bringing in opportunities for students to build resilience, learn skills and build habits to promote well-being.
I am extremely passionate about student well-being and advocacy. I know what it’s like to go through some pretty tough situations while also being a full time med student, and I want to help others who may be going through similar experiences in any way that I can. Please know that you are not alone.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, climbing, CrossFit and traveling.
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or initiatives you’d like to pursue. Thanks!

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 - Kevin Boreskie
My name is Kevin Boreskie and I am the MMSA representative for the class of 2023. I act as a point of communication between my first year class and the MMSA. I am concurrently working on my PhD in Applied Health Sciences looking at physical activity as a prognostic tool for cardiovascular disease. In my free time, I enjoy running, ultimate and cycling.

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

Amy Sahai (President)

Mariam Ahmed (Academic Rep)

Yoo Jin Kim (Academic Rep)

Hi everyone! We are Amy, Mariam and Yoo Jin and we are your Class of 2021 Council Executive. We represent our class interests to the faculty, and work to advocate on behalf of the Class of 2021. What you may not know – Yoo Jin plays the alto sax in a jazz band, Amy loves to scuba dive, and Mariam is a black belt in Taekwondo!

Class of 2022 Executive

Chris Moskal (President)

Matt Stecy (Academic Rep)

Corli Barnes (Academic Rep)

Hey there! We’re Nada, Lydia, and Matt — the President and Academic Representatives for the class of 2022. We represent our class to the MMSA, faculty, and several other organizations. Nada 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!

Class of 2023 Executive

Jayelle Friesen-Enns (President)

Anthony Wightman (Academic Rep)

Connor Ford (Academic Rep)

Hello there! We are Jayelle, Connor and Anthony. Jayelle is the Class President, and is completing her Masters in Medical Microbiology. She coordinates class activities and works with various councils. Connor and Anthony, the Academic Representatives, work with Jayelle to support and advocate for the Class of 2023. Connor used to teach science, and Anthony loves canoeing.

Retired Senior Stick - Chris Briggs

Dr. Chris Briggs is a PGY1 in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is Past Senior Stick and served on the MMSA executive council for 4 years prior to his graduation. The MMSA thanks Chris for everything he has done for medical education here in Manitoba and wishes him luck as he continues he studies in Ontario.