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Co-founder and President
Hey there! My name is Jamie Roeske and I am the co-founder and president of Heart 4 Heart UofC! This will be our second year as a chapter at the University of Calgary and my second year as president! I am entering the third year of my Bachelor of Science - Honors in Neuroscience degree and am currently in the process of applying to medical school for the first time! If im not holed up in my condo studying, I can usually be found volunteering in the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, conducting respiration-related research at the Hotchkiss Brain institute or recording audiobooks for a variety of genres. Being deeply passionate about pediatric healthcare, I decided to create Heart 4 Heart UofC to give both myself and the rest of the UofC student body the ability learn about the #1 birth defect in the world: congenital heart disease. Our first year as a club had a fantastic start but was unfortunately cut short due to COVID-19. We are ready to adapt to the challenges that we will face this coming year and continue to accelerate the Heart 4 Heart mission.
Hi everyone! My name is Mobina and I'm a third year Neuroscience student, minoring in Physics at the University of Calgary. During my childhood, my mother who was a teacher in a small town in my home country, Iran, always used to tell me stories about her students who had to work hard as a kid to financially support their families or children who were suffering from some disorders but their families were not able to support them financially. I could never understand why these angels, anywhere in the world, had to have this path in their lives but I always wanted to get involved and help them. Heart4Heart is one of the best places for this purpose. One of my biggest dreams is to figure out the intersection of space and time and its perception. In my spare time, I love reading poetries and playing the piano. This year, I'm proud to be the VP Events at H4H and I'm looking forward to contribute my energy for the mission of our team and help to rise funds and awareness for children's lifesaving surgeries.
Hi everyone! My name is Thanusha. This is my first year with Heart 4 Heart and I am the VP of events. I’m in my second year at the Schulich School of Engineering, majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. I’m originally from Montreal, QC and some fun facts about me: I like baking, spending time with friends, and jamming out to music. I love working with kids, and I’m happy to have an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and support them in whatever way I can.
Hello there! My name is Andra Bacanu and I am very excited to join the UofC Heart 4 Heart team as this year’s VP External! I am currently working on completing my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Cellular Molecular and Microbial Biology and minoring in Anthropology. The last few years of my life have mostly consisted of volunteering in the community, whether that is through health care facilities, multicultural organizations or university clubs. Meeting new people and hearing about their individual life stories is so inspiring to me, and I truly believe that to be one of the reasons why I aspire to be a physician. Of course not all stories we hear are positive, but having the opportunity to help in any way possible, the way we do through Heart 4 Heart, is what makes this organization so special. I am so excited for what I know will be a successful year alongside our dedicated team! Cheers :)
President of Montreal Chapter
Hello! My name is Lena and I’m a second year undergraduate student at the Schulich School of Engineering, I’m currently majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Biomedical Engineering. Outside of school, I like to bake bread and plant as many flowers as I possibly can. Additionally, I am currently a general member of UCalgary Rotaract, a club with a goal to help others in the community as well as others who are in need globally. I am super excited to be a part of UCalgary Heart4Heart this year as a VP Finance member. The reason why I wanted to join Heart4Heart is because I want to help families who are unable to receive the same health treatments that Canadians are receiving here in Canada. I look forward to being a part of Heart4Heart and working with other like minded members helping others who are in need.
Hello there! My name is Mariam Basheer, I am a second-year nursing student, and I am very excited to be part of the Heart4Heart team this year as VP communications! Being very passionate about pediatric health and advocating for equitable access to healthcare, joining Heart4Heart is the perfect opportunity for me to contribute to this pressing issue. In Canada, we are very fortunate and privileged to have free high-quality universal healthcare. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most developing countries where they lack basic life necessities and access to affordable, acceptable quality healthcare. I am thrilled to join the Heart4Heart initiative to promote equitable access to healthcare, specifically urgent congenital heart surgeries for young children in developing countries. As VP communications, I am looking forward to merging my interest in social media and my passion for medicine and healthcare to raise awareness and advocate for these little children who deserve a chance to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. When I am not studying or working on assignments, you can find me volunteering in the community, learning new languages, reading, or spending time with family and friends.