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Co-founder and President
Co-founder and VP External
Hey there!! My name is Jamie Roeske and I am the co-founder and president of Heart 4 Heart UofC! While I was raised in Okotoks, Alberta, I moved into Calgary last year to avoid the nasty commute. I am currently in the second year of my Bachelor of Science - Honors in Neuroscience and will be writing my MCAT and applying to medical schools for the first time next summer! If I’m 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 or conducting respiration-related research at the Hotchkiss Brain institute. 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 to literally save lives. Spending years volunteering in and shadowing our healthcare system, it becomes easy to forget that the treatment and access to healthcare professionals that we have in this country are not only restricted but potentially non-existent in other parts of the world. This is not okay. It is my hope that Heart 4 Heart UofC can help accelerate the Heart 4 Heart mission and give some less fortunate kiddos the treatment that every child deserves.
My name is Isaiah Michel and I am a second year undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. I am the co-founder and external communications VP for Heart 4 Heart UofC. Although I was raised in Black Diamond Alberta, I have recently moved to the big city of Calgary in order to gain the experience and freedom of living away from home, while also avoiding an unrealistic commute time to school. I am a proud member of the Formula 1 Schulich Racing Team and have recently helped start up a new technical team called The Schulich Rover Team, where we are aiming to build a to-scale mars rover in order to compete in the Canadian International challenge this upcoming August. While I do very much so enjoy being apart of these technical teams, I am also extremely passionate and excited about the mission we have set for ourselves on the Heart 4 Heart team. I am grateful to be apart of the Heart 4 Heart team, which is made up of minded students who have come together to help those in need. I know that life as a student can seem challenging at times, yes midterms suck, and yes, some finals truly do make us feel like our lives are ending. However, considering what children from all over the world are going through, shouldn’t we all be head over heels grateful for the opportunities we are afforded? By raising awareness of what these children in need of heart surgeries are going through, I hope to see the students at UofC rise to the occasion and accept the challenge of providing these kids with the healthcare they both need and deserve.
Hello Beautiful people. My name is Malik Adnan and I am a second year mechanical engineering student at Schulich school of engineering. I was born and bought up in Saudi Arabia and decided to move to the beautiful city of Calgary to pursue my post secondary education. I am very thrilled and excited about co-heading the fundraising team alongside Sandra Amin. I am a proud member of the Schulich off road team and lead the business side of things for the Schulich rover robotics team. As much as I enjoy these technical responsibilities, the strides we make hardly have an impact on the community. What Heart 4 Heart allows me to do is to make a much direct impact on the lives of people who are not as blessed with resources in their health care sector as we are here in Canada. I am looking forward to working with my team of diligent and hardworking individuals. I also ask you, is there a better feeling than you putting a smile on a little kid’s face?
Hi everyone. My name is Sandra Amin and I am currently in my first year of Bachelor of Science - Honors in Neuroscience. I grew up in Egypt and moved to Calgary about 8 years ago. While I was there, I watched so many living on the street with the concrete ground as their beds and garbage bags as pillows. They stood by train tracks and traffic lights, begging for any money to feed their children when the cars are stopped. I watched as those little kids grew up on the streets and many of them developing life-threatening conditions. They couldn’t afford to buy a couple bottles of water for their family, let alone try and pay medical bills. Ever since, I made it my mission to help these little kids in whatever way I could. When I learnt about Heart for Heart and their initiative, I didn’t hesitate to join. I am Co-Vice President Fundraising and I look forward to being part of a team with great initiatives.
President of Montreal Chapter
Hey everyone! My name is Brielle Lillywhite and I am a second-year chemical engineering student, minoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Calgary. Outside of classes, I love getting involved within my community and I have a particular interest in bettering the lives of children both near and far. Alongside Heart 4 Heart, I direct a rhythm and strength program to increase the physical literacy of special needs children as part of Taking Strides Calgary. I also manage a team of engineering students in designing an electric ride-on toy car, adapted for kids with disabilities through the Project90 club. In my spare time, I love doing hot yoga and sipping on coffee with friends. I am thrilled to be a part of a team dedicated to leading a community in raising awareness and funds for children’s lifesaving surgeries. I look forward to supporting the team in this position and making an impact on children in need of medical care.
Hello! I'm Cecilia, I'm in my 1st year of neuroscience at the University of Calgary and I hope to pursue a career in medicine in the future. In my free time I enjoy reading books, painting and spending time with family and friends. I am really passionate about healthcare and I love and feel the need to be where people are when they need help the most, therefore I was excited to see how H4H would allow me to put these passions into actions. I look forward to supporting the organization and completing the mission we have set for ourselves with H4H!
Hey! My name is Emma Mackey and I am a second year Neuroscience student at the University of Calgary but I was born and raised in Ontario. I was incredibly active as a kid (competitive gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and volleyball). I’m also currently involved in the UofC baking club and various recreational sports. Volunteering with children has always held a special place in my heart. I decided to be a part of Heart 4 Heart because I wanted to help make sure other kids wouldn’t be limited by CHD and could live and play more easily.
Hi, I’m Jack! I’m a second year Finance student at the Haskayne School of Business and proud to be the new VP Events here at Heart4Heart. If you’re active on campus, chances are you’ve seen me around! This year I am a Community Advisor in residence and a faithful member of 6 other clubs and teams across campus, including the Debate Society, and Schulich Rover Team, and intramural Basketball. Though I’m widely involved on campus, Heart4Heart stands out to me as one of the most meaningful organizations I am a part of. I am blessed to have this opportunity to benefit the lives of those who need it most. I am eager to contribute my time and energy to this team, and I am excited to see the fruition of our works!