Meet the Team
Manager of Community Team
As a health promoter, Gebre is responsible for a range of health promotion activities that engage community members in understanding and taking action to address health issues, including planning and coordinating health and wellness education. Gebre also assists Woolwich Healthy Communities (a community wide initiative).
Rural Community Health Worker
Paula has worked at WCHC for over 12 years. Currently she holds two positions, one as a Rural CHW and the other as a Clinical Nurse. Paula's primary community team role is to work with agricultural families to offer farm, home and road safety as well as other programming and services to our rural communities. She is passionate about health and safety and is an advocate for equity and wellbeing.
Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Jannah is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor and has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. She's been connected to WCHC since 2013 where she does counselling and group programs. Jannah is passionate about community, healing, and growth. Outside of work, she can be found chasing after her two kids and busting stress with things like walking and time in nature.
Low German Health Worker
Anna Works with the Low German-speaking community. She provides language and cultural interpretation as well as social supports for participants in groups, ESL, nutrition, prenatal care, and the Healthy Smiles program. She enjoys road trips back to her Mennonite Colony in Durango, Mexico. She also loves cooking, especially Mexican food, writing about growing up ¨Dietsch¨ in Mexico, reading, studying social service work, and Spanish culture and language.
Music Therapist and Psychotherapist
Amelia Ballak is a certified music therapist and registered psychotherapist at WCHC. Her role is working primarily with kids and teens, using creative approaches to express themselves and work through challenges they may face day to day. Growing up in the community, Amelia knows the importance of connecting with others. When she's not at work, you might find her playing sports, or laying in a hammock with her guitar.
Interim Community Health Worker
Lauren is a Community Health Worker, who graduated from the Community & Criminal Justice Bachelors Degree Program at Conestoga College. Lauren has focused most of her career working in the community alongside children & youth, facilitating social and wellness programming. Lauren joined the Woolwich Township CHC team in June of 2022. When Lauren isn’t at work, you can likely find her exploring the outdoors with her Catahoula Leopard dog, making candles, spending time with family, or finding the next DIY project to create.
Interim Health Promoter
Tariq is a public health professional, graduated from the Master of Public Health program at the University of Waterloo. He has worked as a supervisor of a health promotion team and was part of the high priority communities strategy during the pandemic in Peel. He had worked with us in the past in 2020 before the pandemic but joined officially in 2022 as a health promoter. Tariq is passionate about science, public health, and community growth. Outside of work, Tariq loves to go for hikes in nature, listen to music, or going for a drive in the countryside...
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