Hey! I'm Derek, a U2 Anatomy and Cell Biology student at McGill. Growing up, I was never one to know exactly what my passions were. Eventually, by some stroke of luck, I ended up working with children of all ages - both through aquatics and healthcare. I found my passion. Helping and supporting children is one of the greatest feelings in the world and Heart 4 Heart is an incredible organization that is doing just that. Working with a child at a time, our efforts will make differences in each child's life and we hope that you'll join us in doing so!
LONDON (HIGH SCHOOL)
Hey everybody! My name is Victor Puvanendran and I reside in London, Ontario. I am an extremely active person and I enjoy engaging in various activities. At school I am involved with Science Club, Model United Nations, DECA, and Scrooge. Academically, I enjoy taking science and math courses as I look to pursue a future in the field of medicine. Outside of school, I train and compete competitively in tennis and I am part of the Ontario Tennis Association.
I feel extremely blessed to be surrounded by hardworking, enthusiastic and creative youth from all over London. I look forward to raising money, having fun, and most importantly, saving a child's life! Hope to see you guys at our events!
Hello! My name is Sean and I come from Ottawa, Ontario. I am currently on the road to obtaining my B. Sc. at McGill University with a major in Pharmacology and a minor in Social Studies of Medicine. Since a young age, I’ve wanted to help others. Whether it was the 6-year old me giving away free Pokemon cards at the daycare or the 18-year old me volunteering at local hospitals in Ottawa and Montreal, one thing is certain: “giving” is the gift that keeps on giving. A small sacrifice from you can go a long way to making someone else’s day! As such, I am excited to work with the Heart 4 Heart team - where we all share the goal of brightening up a child’s day, for the rest of their life.
LONDON (HIGH SCHOOL)
Hi my name is Lucianne Abouatallah. I presently go to St. Thomas Aquinas high school and am going into grade 12. I will be the prime minister this year at my school. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy snowboarding and can’t wait for the snow to come. I also really enjoy hanging out with my friends. I am very honored to be apart of the heart 4 heart association. I am so happy that I can be apart of raising money to help children with congenital heart disease receive the surgery that they need.
LONDON (HIGH SCHOOL)
Hey there! My name is Katherine Fuller and I am a grade 11 student at AB Lucas Secondary School, in London Ontario. Outside of school, I play the flute and piccolo, and I am also a competitive Irish Dancer. I compete both at a National and International level. When I heard about Heart 4 Heart, I immediately knew that I wanted to get involved. Knowing that my fundraising efforts can have such a huge impact on someone’s life is one of the best feelings I could imagine. I am very excited to be able to work with such a dedicated group of people who are all working towards the same goal: saving the lives of others!
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Thompson and I am from Westborough, MA. I am currently studying Pre-Medicine and Clinical Health Studies at Ithaca College. When I am not studying, you can find me running or playing soccer. I also have a passion for community service and helping others. I was inspired by the mission of Heart 4 Heart and I am excited to be a part of such a special and inspired group of individuals. This non-profit is a remarkable way to help children around the world, and I cannot wait to begin a wonderful journey with all of the people involved.
Hi! My name is Ilana Rivin and I am currently majoring in Communication Management and Design, with a minor in Business Administration at Ithaca College. I am originally from Needham, Massachusetts (right outside of Boston). In addition to volunteering for Heart4Heart, I also raise guide dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I am currently raising my second dog, Kelsey, right now. I have always loved doing volunteer work and I am so happy to be able to make a difference in a child’s life as the Vice President for Heart4Heart at Ithaca College.
Hi there! My name is Haesoo Kim and I am currently pursuing a double major in Medical Sciences and Psychology at Western University. I have a strong passion for fastpitch softball, Taekwondo, and piano, but more importantly, I am interested in improving healthcare systems in developing countries. My picture was taken in Honduras where I had the opportunity to provide healthcare services to patients in rural communities alongside doctors, dentists, and pharmacists. Through this tremendously rewarding experience, I was able to uncover my true calling. I am honoured to be a part of this incredible charity to impact the lives of others around the world. Together, we can make a difference!
Hi there! My name is Andrea Petrella and I am a Kinesiology student at Western University. I am born and raised in London, Ontario and have a passion for improving healthcare services to disadvantaged populations. I have been involved in Heart 4 Heart since we started in London, aiming to advocate for and improve the lives of countless children across the globe with congenital heart disease. Working with this team of hardworking executives to create meaningful change for children and their families is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at University. I look forward to continuing this tradition and positively impacting the lives of many more people!
My name is Colleen O’Meara and I’m from Washingtonville, New York. I’m currently in my sophomore year at Ithaca College studying Integrated Marketing Communications. I am pursuing a career in the digital advertising industry. I am the Social Media Chair for Heart 4 Heart with the mission to raise awareness about the organization on our campus. I joined because I’d like to help give back through doing something I love. I hope that one day, my fellow executive board members and I get the opportunity to participate in a trip to an underdeveloped nation to aid in the treatment of children with CHD.
Hey! I’m Kess Ross, a senior at Tulane majoring in Neuroscience. Outside of school I love to keep myself busy with a number of different jobs, including acting, modeling, playing sports, and music. I was incredibly excited to be cast in a role for the show American Horror Story last semester, and have been working with a lot of different musicians this year. I joined Heart4Heart because I think it’s a great cause for an issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. I’m very excited to see the work we can get done this year.
Hello, my name is Melanie and I am studying Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. I am originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in BC but love the excitement of living in Montreal. Some hobbies of mine include playing sports, public speaking, making new friends, studying, and most of all, helping others. I have had such an amazing experience with Heart 4 Heart. It is a wonderful opportunity to give back, provoke change, and save children’s lives while having a blast! …So don’t be shy, lend a hand and get involved!
Mahdee Haque Syed
Hi there, welcome to Heart 4 Heart. My name is Issa Ashqar and I am the VP Finance of the Montreal chapter. This means I am in charge of everything related to money (budgets, revenues & expenses.) After growing up in Amman, Jordan and living there for 18 years, I moved into Montreal where I am currently pursuing an accounting and finance degree at McGill University. My time with Heart 4 Heart so far has been very rewarding; I have been working with the best people out there on saving the lives of less fortunate children in other parts of the world. If I am not in class or studying, you can find me on the basketball court or in the weight room. In my free time, I also enjoy watching documentaries and spending time with friends. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would love to become a part of our lovely team. We are a growing team, always looking for people to help and have an impact.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston S. Churchill
Salutations to all,
I am pleased to introduce myself as one of the member of the Heart4Heart. My name is Bavi Ganesu and I am a second year student at the McGill University. If school did not gobble up my whole day, I spend time dancing, reading or even exploring the interesting neighborhoods of my city, by foot, bike or car. I was born and raised in Montreal, a place in which regardless of differences in languages, religions or nationalities, the shared love and true pride and great respect for the city is surely felt. Some of these values are present in our charity. This platform allows me to touch the hearts of the destitute children who are forgotten by the society, and bring awareness to others who also wish to make a change. I am conscious that one act of kindness at a time might not change the whole world, but in our case, it can truly change a child’s world.
Hey! My name is Syed Mahdee Haque, and I am currently studying Biology & Math at McGill University. I was born in New York but having been living in Montreal for the majority of my life, I pride myself in being a Canadian. In my free time I immerse myself in the beautiful world of European soccer. I’m extremely happy that I joined Heart 4 Heart, as their ideals, goals, and approach have been extremely inspiring. The team itself is filled with incredible people who really are giving their heart to shed a more positive light on the world. Personally I want to see Heart 4 Heart grow and help as many kids as we possibly can.
Hey! My name's Michele and I am currently pursuing a Major in Anatomy and Cell Biology with a Minor in International Development! I grew up in beautiful North Vancouver, BC but I have happily indulged myself in Montreal's vibrant culture and ever-engaging community for the past three years of my studies. Joining the Heart 4 Heart family here at McGill has been a truly rewarding experience. Our team's dedication towards the cause has generated such wonderful outcomes and happy beginnings for children we are lucky to help. On top of that, we simply have a great time doing what we do! Any contribution you make through donations or word of mouth brings us one step forward to making that a reality :)
Hey! My name is Aliya Ali and I am first year science student at Queen’s University in Kingston. Originally, I am from Toronto, ON but I am joining the benefits of living in a small town like Kingston. Currently, I am the Vice President of Finance at Heart 4 Heart – Queen’s. I love to travel locally and worldwide, and have toured all of the Canadian provinces. I am also an extremely active person and enjoy swimming and playing soccer. This year, I am very excited to work with my team to help raise funds in order to help as many children as possible.
Hi, my name is Katelynn O'Neill. Currently I am a second year history major at Queen's University in Kingston. My plan is to follow on the stereotypical route to law school or to a career with an international focus. Although my hobbies include nearly every athletic sport from soccer to martial arts, my true passion is flying. This year I am the Volunteer Director at the Heart 4 Heart organization at Queen's University. I got involved with Heart 4 Heart because I believe that every child deserves to have access to medical care, regardless to where they are in the world. My aim is to spread awareness of congenital heart disease so that as many children as possible can receive the treatment they need.
Hello, my name is Danny Yeo. I am a first year student at Queen's University and I am currently in the Artsci Program. I plan to major in Politics, apply to law school, and eventually become a lawyer. I enjoy playing guitar, singing, drums, swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and I actively participate in a praise team at a Korean church. I am the Project Director at Heart 4 Heart at Queen's and I am eager to help raise funds for children with Congenital Heart Disease along with my team.
Hi my name is Zachary Turgeon and I’m studying Life Sciences at Queen’s University. I’m originally from Calgary, Alberta and some of my interests include various sports, music, fitness and medical science. I hope to pursue a rewarding career as a surgeon after completing my undergraduate degree and was very pleased to join the Heart 4 Heart Team as Co-President of the Queen’s Chapter. As an aspiring physician I feel a strong connection to Heart 4 Heart’s goal of providing life-saving surgeries to underprivileged children.
Hey, welcome to Heart4Heart. I’m Robert Bond a sophomore from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, studying Finance and International Relations at Tulane University. Outside of school I love playing and watching sports with friends. I’ve been participating in community service for a few years, mostly through Orange County Special Olympics, and I think Heart4Heart is an incredible way to help those who need it most. I highly recommend joining this organization because there’s no feeling like changing a child’s life.
Hi, my name is Michaella Yang and I’m from Kimberley, British Columbia. I’m currently a first year student at Queen’s University in the ArtSci program. I’m planning on majoring in either Health or Psychology. I am currently on the Queen’s Varsity Swim Team, but if you don’t find me in the pool you will see me on the court either playing volleyball or basketball. I am currently the Assistant Coach for the Castlegar Aquanauts Swim Team back home in BC. I hold the VP Internal Position for the Heart 4 Heart organization at Queen’s University. I wanted to get involved with this charity because I enjoy helping others and making others feel happy. I am excited to see what the Queen’s Chapter will contribute to the Heart 4 Heart Charity as a whole.
Hey! My name is Cole Ashman and I’m in my fourth and last year at Tulane University in New Orleans, seeking a degree in chemical engineering. Being from New Orleans originally I have been raised around wonderful musical culture and I have developed a love for many different genres of music. I love to travel to new places, and one of my favorite destinations so far has been Greece since I love Mediterranean food. I joined Heart4Heart because I’m interested in making a positive, lasting impact on others. Congenital heart disease also runs in my family, and my mother received an emergency transplant when I was a child so the cause is very close to home.
Hi, my name is Max Bohm and I’m a sophomore at Tulane studying Biochemistry, with a minor in business. In my spare time I enjoy golfing, fishing, and playing hockey with friends. I joined Heart4Heart because it’s an organization that makes an easily observable impact on children’s lives, and because I feel like I can really make a difference. I’m looking forward to connecting with the project children, and seeing first hand the good I can do.
Why Hello there! My name is Vinamrta and I am an enthusiastic 2nd year University student who aspires to initiate a difference. I hope to pursue a career in medicine along with embedding myself as a prominent member of the community one day. I am a student who has created a path for myself to tread on through various Youth Committees such as Markham Getting Together, Turn the Page, York Outreach Youth, and The Change for Autism. In addition to that, I am a member of the “Because I am a Girl” campaign and recipient for the Future Aces Leadership Award. I strongly believe in the words of John Q. Adams; "if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a true leader”, and hence, I stand here today proud; for being part of Heart 4 Heart not only makes me a leader, it brings me another step closer to my goal.
Hello everyone! My name is Emily Nham and I have had the honour to be the Co-Founder and President of Heart 4 Heart Queen’s University chapter over the past 4 years. I am in my final year of my undergraduate studies and couldn’t be more excited to finish as a Life Sciences major with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Although I will no longer be the President of Heart 4 Heart this upcoming term, I am delighted to know that I have created the opportunity for other students to excel in a leadership role and to make a difference in the Queen’s and Kingston community. I am extremely proud of the Queen’s executive committee and the contributions they have made in order to ensure the success of the club and the charity as a whole. Without them, the Heart 4 Heart Queen’s chapter would not be where it is today. I can not wait to see the continued growth and success of this club in years to come as we continue to raise funds and awareness for children around the world with this crippling condition.
Hi! My name is Emily Dzongowski and I am in my fourth year of Life Sciences. I hope to pursue a career in pediatrics or neonatology in the future, making a children’s health initiative like Heart 4 Heart a perfect fit for me! When I’m not hitting the books, I like to spend time with friends, watch Netflix, or read. I also love to travel and studied abroad in Scotland last year. I have been the vice president of Heart 4 Heart since my very first year at Queen’s and I’m so proud of how far our club has come. We’ve gone few first years sitting around a residence common room to a fully-ratified club with an active volunteer base and helped so many children along the way - it has truly been amazing to be involved.
Hi, my name is Sam Middleton, and I’m a first year ArtSci student at Queen’s. I’m planning on doing a major in philosophy with a minor in psychology, before applying to law school. I’m from the west-end of Toronto, Ontario, where I played several sports, and enjoy cheering on the Leafs, Raptors, Jays, TFC, and Argos. My other interests include travel and working in developing countries, so next summer I’ll be interning in an aid capacity throughout Ghana, before setting off on a trip through Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. Here at Queen’s, I’m a member of 6 executive committees, and I’m passionate about making a difference by working through these organizations. This is my first year with Heart 4 Heart, but I’ve already been able to see how a dedicated group of individuals working as a team with singular focus and drive is able to create change and improve the lives of those affected by congenital heart disease. While fortunate enough to live in a nation where congenital heart disease is a far less prevalent issue than elsewhere, through Heart 4 Heart I’ve been able to see the impact that it can have on individuals and families alike, and it truly is an issue that deserves our attention and effort. Working with Heart 4 Heart, I know that we can make a real difference, and I look forward to being a part of this group’s continuing efforts to combat such an important issue.
Hi I’m Taylor! I’m a senior, Occupational Therapy major at Ithaca College. I am a Co-President of Heart 4 Heart at Ithaca College. I am involved with Guiding Eyes for the Blind and also volunteer with a local dog rescue! When I found out about Heart 4 Heart, two years ago, I knew I wanted to start a chapter at Ithaca College! I love helping others and being a part of Heart 4 Heart is a perfect way for me to help people. I am so happy with the progress we have made in expanding Heart 4 Heart and raising awareness of CHD. I am excited to see what the future holds for this amazing organization!
Hey, my name is Alissa Cugliari. I am Vice President of Ithaca College's Heart 4 Heart chapter. I am a senior, Business Administration Major with a concentration in Finance. I am an inducted member of Beta Alpha Psi, our Finance and Accounting Honor Society. I am a Junior Analyst on the Consumer and Financial Sectors of the Core Trading Consultants and a member of Women in Business. As for my hobbies outside of business, I am passionate about the practice of yoga. I have created and run a Yoga sport club on campus. I also enjoy outdoor adventure and reading literature in my free time. I believe wholeheartedly in this organization and particularly appreciate the impact it makes on the entire lives of individual humans in need.
Hi, my name is Allison Binnie and I’m from London Ontario. I’m currently a fourth year biology major at Queen’s University. Some of the activities I enjoy include playing volleyball, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. I usually spend my summers working at an optometry office, as I aspire to be an optometrist one day. This is my fourth year as the Vice President of Marketing for Heart 4 Heart organization at Queen’s university. Back in first year decided to get involved with this charity because I am passionate about the idea of delivering medical care to those with limited access to it. I’ve really enjoyed watching Queen’s Heart 4 Heart develop as a club and will be sad to leave at the end of the year!
Hello! My name is Amanda Lee and I am from Markham, Ontario. I am currently a fourth year Life Science major at Queen’s University. I like to gym, watch Netflix ( sometimes too much) and play the guitar during my spare time! This is my third year as a Volunteer Director with Heart 4 Heart and I am excited very for this upcoming year. My experience working with Heart 4 Heart has been nothing but amazing and impactful. I’ve always had a passion to help those in needs, and it’s rewarding to know that we are changing children’s lives, one surgery at a time. As this is my last year on this club, I am sad to leave, but very proud of how much this club has grown!
Hi! My name is Caroline Aitken. I currently study Mechatronics Systems Engineering at Western University, but I am originally from Hamilton, Ontario. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering - and possibly a Masters in Biomedical Engineering - I hope to imagine, design, and test equipment for those in medical need. Due to a heavy influence from my own family’s experiences with childhood illness, I can personally appreciate and understand the effects of what assistance from the government can do to assist a family in affording treatment for that disease. I am lucky that my family has been in a financial situation to cover the rest of the costs; however, this is often not the case. This is where foundations like Heart 4 Heart become incredibly important. The donations of generous people can literally save the lives of children who would otherwise never have a chance. I am excited to be a part of Heart 4 Heart London and have a positive impact on the lives of families in need.
Hey, my name is Steven Wu and I’m from Markham Ontario. I’m a fourth year History Major in the Concurrent Education program here at Queen’s! I’m a big fan of my cat (Chance), rapping, reading and all things outdoors. I’m hoping to travel to Korea and teach English after I graduate from Queen’s. This is my third year as the volunteer director and am excited to be a part of a selfless initiative and equally as selfless team. I initially got involved with Queen’s Heart 4 Heart because I wanted to be able to positively impact someone’s life who is otherwise unable to fund their medical expenses. My experience in the club has been nothing but eye-opening and the people that I’ve worked with made me realize that there are people out there that want to help.
Hello! My name is Madeline Robinson and I’m currently a second year Life Sciences major. I grew up in Norway and recently moved to Ontario from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since coming to Queen’s University I have grown to love Kingston and the close-knit community of passionate and motivated students living here. When I’m not studying, I’m volunteering on campus, catching up with friends, or out on Lake Ontario with the rowing team. I am passionate about accessible and affordable healthcare and it is my dream to pursue a career in medicine after graduation. Through their work providing life-saving surgeries, Heart 4 Heart stood out to me as an organization that has incredible direct impact on children’s lives and their families. I look forward to working with this group of talented and driven individuals and seeing the difference our events and fundraisers will make for children suffering from congenital heart disease.
Hi, my name is Boris Kan and I am currently a 2nd year Life Science major at Queen’s University. I plan on pursuing a career in paediatrics or pharmacy because I want to have an impact on other people’s lives one day. Some of my most memorable experiences was working as a camp counselor and volunteering at Toronto East General Hospital. I am from Richmond Hill, Ontario and some of my hobbies are playing basketball, watching TV shows (Friends), and playing cover songs on the piano. This is my second year with Heart 4 Heart and I have seen some amazing things happen that have really helped this club thrive in reaching their goals. That feeling when we reached enough funds to pay for a child’s heart surgery is truly amazing. I believe that Heart 4 Heart will continue to make a major impact on the lives of children in developing countries and I am excited to be a part of the next chapters that are ahead of us.
Hey there! I am Mohamed Elazabawy. I am currently enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at Western University, in London, Ontario. I am Egyptian, was born and spent most of my time in Saudi Arabia, and moved to Canada in 2012. Being exposed to many different cultures over the years, I have developed an interest in always learning about new ones. I have got three main passions: sports (soccer!), being involved, and aviation. Up until 2011, when my niece was born, I was the youngest in the family, and I never really had to deal with children. However, throughout the past three years, my niece and I spent a lot of time together, playing games, telling each other about our day, learning all the things that happen in 3 year old’s day, and just having a lot of fun. I realized that everything possible should be done to allow children to live through these kinds of moments with their family. For this reason, when I had the chance to join Heart 4 Heart, I did not hesitate to do so.
Hey there! My name is Shoaeb Salaria and I am ecstatic to be part of a heart-warming club like this! I am originally from Mississauga, Ontario and I am currently studying engineering at the University of Western Ontario. I also plan doing a dual degree at the Richard Ivey business school here at Western. Some of my hobbies include wrestling, cross country, soccer, and my ultimate favourite, Ice hockey! I am also a member of ISV volunteers, and will be working as a volunteer in New Zealand to protect and rehabilitate some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth, conserve rare and endangered species by providing food, shelter, and enhancing natural habitats! Speaking of travelling, I am an avid traveller. I enjoy exploring different regions of the world and comparing the culture and everything else to where I live. These places include, South Africa, UK, California, and many more! Furthermore, have a keen interest in human biology. I hope to be a Biomedical Engineer one day! I feel this club will provide a good insight into applications of this field, which is a good reason for why I joined the team! I look forward to meeting like-minded people that have the same goal of helping kids in need, and I would love nothing more than to help out kids with this unfortunate birth defect while being surrounded by people with high enthusiasm and great positivity!
Hey! My name is Tanner Martin and I am currently enrolled in the Health Studies program at Western University. Born and raised in London, Ontario, I love my hockey, my Maple Leafs, skiing, and travelling. I’ve love working with children, whether through camp counselling, being a youth leader at my church, or just playing mini sticks with my little cousins. All children deserve a chance at a healthy life, and each one is unique and special in his/her own way. Heart 4 Heart is a tremendous charity that I’m honoured to take part in, and the students involved that I get to work with are next to none. This is a life changing charity that not only involves the hearts of children in need, but also the hearts of the people who give. Congenital heart disease is a very real and scary thing for many children, and Heart 4 Heart is working to change that.
Hey, I’m currently an engineering student at Western hoping to enter the Ivey School of business dual degree program. I was born in Calgary but have lived in London for my whole life. Along with Heart 4 Heart, I also work as a research assistant in a computer engineering lab and am helping to organize the Western Student Research Conference. In my spare time, I like to play hockey, travel and read. I am excited the opportunity that Heart 4 Heart gives me to directly impact someone else’s life.
Hey there! My name is Kelvin Zhou and I am currently a 2nd year Medical Science student at Western University planning to complete a Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology with Pathology. When I'm not studying in the D.B. Weldon Library, you can find me on the rugby pitch or working out in the rec centre. I cannot wait to work with this wonderful team of individuals to save the lives of many children, which is the main reason why I joined H4H. My career goal is to be a physician and save lives. Being a member of H4H allows me to help raise money to save the lives of many children in need
Hello! My name is Mingoo and I am in my 3rd year studying Molecular Genetics at the University of Alberta. I am originally from South Korea but came to Edmonton for post-secondary education. In the future, I wish to become a medical geneticist, who tries to find the genetic cause of rare genetic disorders. The main victims of genetic disorders are children, and this is how I got interested in issues involving around pediatric healthcare. Everyone deserves to be treated when hurt, regardless of their race, gender, or age. With the collective efforts of the Heart 4 Heart teams around the world, I wish to make a real difference in the lives of children with CHD around the world.
Hi! My name is Jeonghyun Anne Lim and I am a third year student at University of Alberta studying ecology. I am based in South Korea but moved to Switzerland when I was a junior high and now am living in Canada! Therefore, I love to go to new places where I have not been before and explore new cultures and food. I also love reading books, especially the Harry Potter series because I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I am very excited to be part of Heart 4 Heart to work for children who are suffering from congenital heart diseases and need our help. I hope my contribution will make a big change in children’s lives and bring a better world.
Hi! My name is Jessica Gonzalez and I am a fourth year student at University of Alberta. I am finishing my Bachelors of Psychology and eventually I am going to apply for a masters in Clinical Forensic Psychology. I am native to Edmonton and I love spending my free time walking down the trails in the River Valley. One of my passions is learning about human behavior and endocrinology, as one day I dream of being an endocrinologist. Also, I enjoy helping people in any way possible, and this is one of the reasons why I decided to be a part of Heart 4 Heart. I am grateful to be a part of such a great team and I hope that we can make a huge difference this semester!
John Christy Johnson
I’m a third year student married to the study of Physiology here at the UofA! When I’m not busy with school, you can find me playing badminton, munching on chocolate, or falling asleep! I love volunteering with children and admire their curiosity and zest for life. As a part of Heart 4 Heart, I hope to make meaningful positive change in the lives of children from developing regions of the world.
Hi, my name is Nancy You and I am from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am currently a third-year life science student at Queen’s University. When I’m not in class or at the library, I enjoy re-watching episodes of The Office as well as running and having fun with my friends. This is my second year with Heart 4 Heart. Being born with congenital heart disease myself, Heart 4 Heart has personally been a rewarding experience for me. It is a club that has, time after time, made me realize how fortunate I am. In addition, it has provided me with an opportunity to partake in changing the lives of children all across the world that don’t have access to the appropriate medical care that they need.
Hi! My name is Carissa Fuerth, and I am currently in my fourth year studying Biology at the University of Windsor. In my free time you can find me playing sports (such as soccer or volleyball), working as a lifeguard for the City of Windsor, or travelling as much as possible. I am constantly travelling and love exploring different cultures and beautiful landscapes throughout the world. I am also very interested in human biology and healthcare, which has led me to hopefully becoming an occupational therapist in the future. I have joined Heart for Heart because I think it is an amazing charity that gives me an opportunity to directly make a difference in someone’s life. Seeing the children in need of medical treatment and the many success stories is encouraging and fuels my passion for volunteering. I am excited to work with other enthusiastic individuals as a member of the executive team!
Hey everyone! My name is Paul Singh and I’m currently in my third year studying Biology at the University of Windsor. Some of the things that I enjoy doing are: soccer, badminton and playing cards. When I visited India years ago, I was shocked to see so many unfortunate people who couldn’t pay for their medical treatments. From that point, I was driven to make a significant impact. I plan on pursuing dentistry and hopefully coming back to India and other countries in need of care. I’m excited to join Windsor’s first Heart 4 Heart team as an executive and bringing a change.
Hi! I am currently in my second year of my Bachelor of Sciences degree at the UofA. I joined the Heart 4 Heart club as in the future, I would like to pursue a career in the health industry as I am passionate about providing assistance to others who are less fortunate than I am. Through my past experience, helping those in deprived communities has allowed me to see that support is needed to bring about change as these are the countries whose government does not have the necessary resources to provide proper healthcare to those who need it. Thus, even providing the smallest contribution to this cause can make a difference in an individual's and their family's lives. A few of my hobbies include playing the piano and crocheting. During my spare time, I volunteer at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Misericordia Community Hospital, and work as a swimming instructor.
Hi! My name is Vishnu Rengan and I am currently in my fourth year studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. I was born in the UK to immigrant parents from India and grew up in Canada. Growing up, I often visited India, and seeing children unable to afford basic healthcare motivated me to join Heart 4 Heart University of Alberta.
Hi, my name is Brynn Paisley and I am a third year Biology major/ Psychology minor at Queen’s University. I am from Oakville, Ontario but I am now happy to call Kingston and the Queen’s community my home! Some of my pastimes include running, sailing, skiing, watching Netflix, and yoga. This is my second year being involved with Heart 4 Heart at Queen’s and I am excited to be a part of the marketing team for the 2017-2018 school year, promoting our events and our overall cause. I became interested in joining Heart 4 Heart because of my passions for public health and advocating for children. Being able to help support children around the world who do not have convenient access to health care is very important to me and is something that I believe we need to raise more awareness about!
Hi, my name is Tina Ranjbar and I am from Toronto Ontario. I am currently a third year biology major at Queen’s University. This is my first year as the Volunteer Director for Heart 4 Heart and it already has been a very rewarding experience for me. A strong passion of mine is travelling to different areas of the world and experiencing different cultures. I love working with children, whether it be through babysitting or a camp counselling. Heart 4 Heart has interested and allowed me to bring my strong passion for volunteering to this role and to make a big impact by providing a child with a life changing surgery. I look forward to working with Heart 4 Heart and people who have the same goal of helping kids in need while being surrounded with lots of positivity.
Hi there! My name is Isaac Seifarth and I am finishing off my 3rd year in General Science at the University of Windsor. I plan on becoming a chiropractor and will pursue this next year at CMCC in Toronto! When away from school, you can find me playing intramural sports (i.e. European handball, Volleyball), baking at the Ronald McDonald House at Windsor Regional Hospital, working as a lifeguard or off hitting the ski slopes! Having worked as a lifeguard for the City of Windsor for the past 4 years, my aim to advocate for struggling kids has only grown. Even the little joys in life like swimming can be a powerful tool to uplift attitudes and make a real difference, even if just for a short time. These reasons contribute to why I believe being an executive member of Heart 4 Heart will be so rewarding, both for my team and the fortunate recipients! To be surrounded by a group so enthusiastic and goal oriented is invaluable and encourages me to be as strong of a H4H advocate as I can be!
Hey! My name is Amar Mainra and I am currently in my second year at McGill University studying Kinesiology. I grew up in North Vancouver after moving from Edmonton, Alberta, where I was born. I have always been an avid athlete, involved in basketball, hockey, soccer and golf from a very young age. Becoming apart of Heart 4 Heart was one of the best decisions I made so far at McGill. Not only have I be given the opportunity to contribute to such a great and successful cause, but also I have connected with a wonderful group of intelligent and very dedicated students. Heart 4 Heart has the opportunity to change and more importantly, save the lives of many children. Join us, help make this goal achievable and share this amazing experience!
Hello! My name is Maria Leis and I am in my fourth year studying Psychology at McGill University. I am originally from the small town of St. Marys in southwestern Ontario, so it is an amazing experience being in such a great city with so many opportunities. Some hobbies of mine include horseback riding, hockey, cross-country running, and being part of the Heart 4 Heart family! Being a member of such a fantastic team of people who are dedicated to giving back to those in need is a truly rewarding and motivating experience. For anyone who is looking to get involved, it is a wonderful opportunity to give back, get involved, meet amazing people, and most importantly, save children’s lives!
Hey everyone! My name is Carson Fang and I’m currently studying Immunology and Computer Science. I was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, but after three years at McGill, Montreal now holds a special place in my heart. During my spare time, I jam on the piano, playing anything from Beethoven to the Beatles. And as much as I love music, nothing compares to being a part of an organization that gives someone, especially a young child, more years to their life. Heart 4 Heart’s achievements are nothing short of amazing and what makes it even better is the collection of wonderful people whom I have the pleasure to work with.
Hi, my name is Stephanie Gravel and I’m a second year student at McGill studying Organizational Behavior and Marketing. I’m a local Montreal native and love discovering this vibrant city full of different cultures, languages and people from all over the world. Aside from that, I enjoy baking, movies, and all kinds of music. My passion in life is working with other people, hence my two majors. Moreover, I love knowing that I can make the world a better place even in a small way, which is what brought me to join this incredible charity. Not only am I very proud to be a member of the Heart4Heart organization, but I truly enjoy working with such dedicated and wonderful people and look forward to continuing my work with them.
President of Montreal Chapter
Hey everyone, I’m Tala Zuraiqat and I’m in my final year of my Pharmacology major at McGill. I was born in the city of Amman in Jordan, and spent most my time there or in Oakville, Ontario before moving to the lovely (way too cold) city of Montreal. Aside from memorizing a plethora of drug names, I love baking, stuffing my face with popcorn, and colour coding everything in sight. I’m super excited to be working with Heart 4 Heart because I’ve seen the devastating reality of untreated congenital heart disease first hand, and can’t wait for the upcoming year making a difference by working with such a dedicated team!
Hi! My name is Jenny Wang and I am a third year student at McGill studying political science. As a native Montrealer, I love to stay busy with various activities in the city. Not going to lie, I love studying and learning about the things I am passionate about equally as much as I love spending time meeting new people. Being part of H4H was a commitment that I was glad to make as not only do I get to contribute to a good cause, but I also get to work with a team that genuinely cares and wants to make a difference. I am looking forward to a new semester with Heart4Heart!
Hey guys! My name is Megha Rahi and I’m a second year in Management Stats and Marketing. I was born and raised in New Jersey (#GTL) before coming to MTL/McGill. I love watching Netflix, my two dogs, and hummus. I’m super excited to be working on the H4H team with all these amazing individuals! Stay tuned for what we have in store this upcoming year
Hey everyone! My name is Juliette Lequesne and I am a third year student at McGill pursuing a double major in Political Science and History. I was born in Paris, France but I moved to Prague, Czech Republic when I was a kid, then to London, UK, before going back to France and then moving to Montreal, Canada…you can say I am a globetrotter! Therefore I love to spend my time travelling and discovering new cultures! I started volunteering in high school, for a local charity that helps disadvantaged children with their homework. I knew that I wanted to continue this experience at university! Heart 4 heart is an excellent opportunity to give back and bring awareness. I am proud to be part of this organization, and to work with a dedicated team to improve children’s lives!
Hey! My name is Simi Bharaj and I’m in my third year studying Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill. I am of Indian origin, was born in Nairobi, brought up in Toronto and Chicago and am currently living in Montreal. The opportunity to live in various places and experience so many different cultures has always motivated me to get involved with my community. So far, working with Heart 4 Heart has been a very rewarding experience. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for our ever-growing network of volunteers. We’re always looking to grow so don’t hesitate, join us today!
Hi! My name is Poshika. I am currently a 3rd year of Honors Physiology student. I oversee the overall logistics of the group and guide the execs towards achieving our goal.
I am Jerry, studying molecular genetics currently in 5th year. People often confuse with Jerry from the "Tom and Jerry" cartoon, but I am definitely not a mouse. I am both GOD and GODDESS of design. My hobbies include intense pipetting liquid into 1.5mL test tubes.
I'm Kavin, currently in 3rd year in immunology. I'm the person behind all the Facebook and Instagram posts.
I am Julie and I’m currently in my first year of the PharmD program. I am responsible for communication with our volunteers and other executive responsibilities!
Hey! My name is Camille Christian. I am a Junior at Ithaca College, as a Legal studies and Business administration major with a concentration in International Business. When I am not studying, you can see me performing with my step team, having fun with my friends, singing karaoke or dancing. My passion is traveling; I’ve been to Canada, Jamaica, and many other places. I was born and raised in Springfield, MA and I am half Jamaican and half Indian. I am the President for Heart4Heart at Ithaca College. It’s a great experience being part of Heart4Heart because I get to help children in need. Not only do I get to help children but it helps create new friendships throughout the journey and change the world.
Hi I’m Vanessa O’Connor. Now with only two years left in my college career, it is unbelievable how fast time flies and where life has taken me. Coming back from a semester abroad in London, I have been eager to rejoin Heart4Heart, which raises money and brings awareness, yet to provide surgery to kids with congenital heart disease. Another non-profit I am a part of is She’s the First, which fundraises and brings awareness about girl’s education in impoverished countries. Another organization I have been a part of for a while is The Studio is yet another on-campus activity that I have worked for since my freshman year and this involvement lets students produce, edit, and market their own Hollywood films. This semester I also will be teaching media literacy to High School students and older adults through Media Club, while also balancing being a member of a few professional organizations, cooking with the culinary club, or explore everything Ithaca has to offer!
My name is Katie Adolph and I am a senior Criminology major. This is my second year as a member and executive officer for heart 4 heart. I am also the Vice President. It is a great club with a really important cause. I am very passionate about helping these children in need whether it’s raising and sending funds or making bracelets and cards. This is a very feel-good club and I am excited to see what we can do this year!
Hey! My name is Andreea Pena and I am in my second year at McGill University, studying Anatomy and Cell Biology. I was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, before I moved to Canada, and now I am enjoying the beautiful city known as Montreal. I love dancing, travelling and giving back to the ones in need. This passion arose during high school when I had the opportunity to go on a service project to Cambodia, to help the local children. Such an experience changed my life. Therefore, I can’t wait to make a difference with such an awesome and dedicated team at Heart 4 Heart!
Hey! My name is Matthew and I’m a Kinesiology student originally from Montreal. My career ambition is to combine the likes of exercise and health science to practice medicine.
The opportunity to represent Heart 4 Heart has been an incredible way to give life to less fortunate children. The extent to which our efforts positively impact the lives of many is what motivates me to help the club grow every day. What I’ve gained so far from Heart 4 Heart is an unparalleled chance to get involved on campus for a genuine and sincere cause. Join us in our wholehearted journey to fix broken hearts!
Hi! My name is Evan Jette and I am currently in my third year at McGill studying Kinesiology. I was born in Montreal and I love everything about this city including the food, culture and people. McGill is a beautiful and diverse campus and I am fortunate enough to have met some great people great people along the way. Apart from my passion for hockey I enjoy helping others and making a difference. The Heart 4 Heart McGill chapter is a great way for students to give back and truly save lives!
Hi everyone! My name is Adam Solomon and I’m a third year student studying Materials Engineering. When I’m not drooling over rocks and steel, I enjoy hanging out with friends, working out, and most importantly spending time with my dog. When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Although it isn’t related to the heart, I am drawn to helping others and I am extremely proud to aid children with congenital heart disease. In addition to helping others, Heart 4 Heart is a great experience to meet others and expand your network. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us and the children!
Hello! My name is Leila Feng and I am currently a fourth year student at McGill University, majoring in Biology and minoring in International Development. I grew up in Ottawa, which will always feel like home to me, but I have fallen in love with Montreal's vibrant and artistic culture since moving here. In my spare time, I love to dance, choreograph, read, and watch documentaries. I believe Heart4Heart is a wonderful organization that offers hope and opportunity to those who need it the most, and I love contributing to this fantastic cause!
Hi! My name is Brianna Cheng and I’m studying history and political science at McGill. I was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario! When I’m not studying, you can probably find me rewatching the same movies over and over, going to concerts, or playing my ukulele! Also, ice cream is probably my single favourite thing on this planet. After learning about Heart 4 Heart, I was super excited to get on board so as to directly make an impact on the lives of kids with congenital heart disease!
Hi, my name is Meggie Hodgson. During my third and final year with Heart 4 Heart I hope to grow our chapter and continue the good work my predecessors have done. When I am not working on H4H you can find me in the library working on wrapping up my BSc with a major in Life Sciences and a minor in Computing. Other than the library you’ll find me at Cogro, the gym, or back home in Toronto. Next year I hope to be in dental school where I can continue to give back to the global community.
Hi, my name is Keziah Magor. This is my third year working with Heart 4 Heart, and I’m in my fourth year of studying Kinesiology at Queen’s University. I’m originally from Vancouver Island, B.C., and even though I miss the oceans and mountains, I’ve fallen in love with the culture and spirit of Queen’s and am proud to call it my new home. When I’m not hitting the gym or the books, I love advocating for marine life conservation, working as an Athletics and Rec Home Events staff member, and volunteering with special needs populations. In addition to my studies, I am an intern in the Strength and Conditioning Mini-Stream within the School of Health Studies and Kinesiology, which essentially means that I’m responsible for the planification and execution of a variety of Varsity sports teams lifting sessions. I joined Heart 4 Heart because helping children with congenital heart problems seemed like a no-brainer to me, and I have a huge heart for global equality regarding access to health care; everyone deserves appropriate and efficient treatment, especially these kids!
Hi! My name is Art Vijayaratnam and I’m in my fifth and final year at Queen’s University. I’m a Political Studies major with a minor in Classical Studies. In my free time I enjoy painting and hanging out with my friends! After being a part of Heart 4 Heart for the past 2 years, I’m excited to make my final contribution to this chapter exceptional. Heart 4 Heart has been a rewarding experience for me to help children with congenital heart disease. My interest in public health work has led me to Heart 4 Heart and is a great way for me to get involved in a global cause for health care.
Hello! My name is Rachel Kim and I am from Toronto, Ontario. I am currently a third year Life Sciences student at Queen’s University, and this is my second year as the Co-Volunteer Director for Heart 4 Heart. In my free time I enjoy working out, rewatching Smallville episodes, and hanging with friends! I got involved with Heart 4 Heart because I am passionate about advocating for children and working with people who share the same interest. I am looking forward to another great year!
Hello, my name is Mark Szendrey and I am from Whitby, Ontario. I am a 4th year life science student at Queen’s University specializing in cardiorespiratory stream. After I finish my bachelor’s degree I hope to go into Medicine or further my education in a master’s degree. Heart 4 Heart stood out to me as an organization I would be passionate about as I myself was born with congenital heart disease. The Heart4Heart team here at Queen’s University is extremely hard working and I am very proud of what we as a team has accomplished. This year I look forward to setting our fundraising goals even higher, and to once again organize an excellent conference just as we had done the previous year.
Hi! My name is Eshwari Nanjappan and I am from Pickering, Ontario. Currently, I’m studying Life Sciences, and hope to pursue dentistry in the future. Apart from my interest in science, I enjoy drawing, baking, catching up with TV shows, and hanging out with my friends. Last year, I took a course about Global Health, and realized that I have a strong interest in advocating for health issues. I knew that I wanted to be more involved with health care at a community/global level, but I didn’t exactly know where to start. When I found out about Heart 4 Heart, I knew it was the perfect chance to pursue this interest and help advocate for children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease. I’m excited to join my fellow team members, in coming up with creative ways to fundraise for children requiring heart surgery. These surgeries are life-changing, and it’s incredible to be part of a team that strives to save lives. Heart 4 Heart is a one-of-a-kind council at Queen’s University, and I’m extremely happy to be part of such a passionate and enthusiastic team!
Hi, my name is Darcie Wilson and I am a 3rd year Life Student here at Queen's. I grew up in beautiful Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and am happy to call Queen's my home for the next few years. When my nose isn't in the books, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching old movies and playing basketball. Having worked with charitable organizations before, I can attest to the proud feeling in knowing that your own acts and efforts of kindness and benevolence have brought a service and a smile to a child and family in need. After experiencing the generosity and worthy mission of Heart 4 Heart as a volunteer in my first year, I am so happy to be able to continue working with such a great team to advocate for equal health care in less developed nations as an executive team member this year.
Hello! My name is Madeline and this is my third year working with Heart 4 Heart. I am currently a fourth-year student at Queen’s University studying Life Sciences with a specialization in microbiology. Although I am originally from Winnipeg, I have grown to call Kingston home and couldn’t imagine attending another university. When not in the lab or library, I enjoy hanging out with friends, rowing, or reading with a cup of good coffee in-hand. I hope to continue my studies with a Master’s in Neuroimmunology next year and hope to attend medical school in the future. I am passionate about health care; I strongly believe in accessible medical care for all so Heart 4 Heart and its important work seemed like a great fit. I couldn’t be happier with what the Queen’s Chapter has done so far and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year!