Cassie entered the GCP with a BSc in Biology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). During her time in UBC’s co-op program, Cassie conducted research investigating the epigenetic mechanisms of pancreas development, as well as Huntington disease molecular genetics. Cassie gained exposure to genetic counselling by volunteering with the Adapt psychiatric genetic counselling clinic, and by shadowing genetic counsellors at BC Cancer’s Hereditary Cancer Program. She developed counselling skills through her volunteer work at the local crisis line in Vancouver. In her spare time, Cassie loves road cycling, baking, and playing with dogs.
Dorothy entered the GCP with an Honours BSc in Genetics and Biochemistry and MSc in Cell and Molecular Biology from Western University. Dorothy first obtained her genetic counselling exposure as a volunteer at the Medical Genetics Program of Southwestern Ontario in London. She later continued to work in the clinic as a Genetics Assistant. To gain counselling experience Dorothy volunteered with the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line of London and the Canadian Cancer Society Peer-Support Line, offering support to individuals who are caregivers to a family member with cancer. In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys swimming, road cycling and long walks with her dog.
Natasha entered the GCP with a BSc in Genetics with Co-op from the University of Manitoba. Her counselling experiences include crisis counselling at Klinic Community Health Centre and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and autism at St. Amant. To gain exposure to genetic counselling, Natasha shadowed genetic counsellors at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg and volunteered in the genetics clinic on a weekly basis. Natasha previously worked as a Biochemical Technician at the Manitoba Centre for Proteomics and Systems Biology where she contributed to research on the role of immunomodulatory peptides in airway inflammation. Natasha enjoys dancing ballet, travelling, and petting dogs.
First Year Students
Katherine entered the GCP with an Honors BSc in Genetics from the University of Manitoba. Katherine gained exposure to the field of genetic counselling by shadowing clinics and working as a Genetics Assistant at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Her counselling experience includes volunteering with Alzheimer Society of Manitoba as facilitator of a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia. She also volunteered as a student health educator with Healthy U. Katherine previously worked at St. Amant Research Centre, helping to evaluate the impact of community transitions for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys bird watching, playing piano, and sewing.
Maria entered the GCP with a BSc in Integrated Sciences and minor in Health & Society from the University of British Columbia. Maria gained exposure to genetic counselling through her volunteer work at the Adapt Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Clinic, as well as through shadowing genetic counsellors at BC Women's and Children's Hospital and at BC Cancer's Hereditary Cancer Program. She obtained her counselling experience by volunteering with the Fraser Health Crisis Line, and with a Vancouver Harm Reduction initiative. Prior to beginning the program, Maria worked as a Health Promoter for QuitNow, and as a Research Assistant with the Contraception and Abortion Research Team at the Women's Health Research Institute in Vancouver. In her spare time, Maria likes to listen to podcasts (check out Call Your Girlfriend), take on creative projects, swim, and think about her cat.
Narin entered the GCP program with a BSc in Biology from the University of Alberta. During her time in undergrad, Narin conducted research focusing on CRISPR-Cas9 gene therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. She first gained exposure to genetic counselling through an individualized undergraduate course that allowed her to shadow genetic counsellors and an internship at Northwestern University. To obtain counselling experience, Narin was a support line volunteer with the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. In addition to these experiences, Narin also volunteered with the Centre for Autism Services Alberta and helped organize Shinerama at her university. In her spare time, Narin enjoys reading science fiction, cooking, and spending time with her cat.