Tara has been with PARA since 2015, overseeing the Association’s communications, as well as playing a key staff role in advocacy efforts and initiatives, including the Diversity/Inclusivity portfolio and PARA advocacy related to PracID restrictions and physician resource planning.
Tara is a passionate communicator and self-proclaimed word nerd, as well as a committed community volunteer. She is also an avid hockey fan, shoe connoisseur and travel addict. Her perfect day would include copious amounts of coffee, a beach, a good book and non-stop tunes.
Having just started in September 2021, Emma is brand new to PARA and is here to help with any and all member queries.
In her off time, Emma loves to travel and has spent the last four years travelling and living overseas. Some of her favourite places include Greece, Croatia, Italy and Australia, where she resided for the last two and a half years; she is fearful of her first Canadian winter back! Emma loves dogs (ALL of them) and has a three-year-old Greyhound whose photos take up 99% of her phone storage.
Dr. Laura Morrison
Dr. Laura Morrison grew up in London, Ontario and then moved to Hamilton, Ontario while attending McMaster University. She competed in Cross Country, Track and Rugby as a McMaster Marauder and completed her undergraduate and medical degrees. Laura then made the big move out west to pursue a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Calgary. Since then, running and rugby have been replaced with mountain biking, hockey and Crossfit. She is currently enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program where she is pursuing a Master of Medical Education. Next year, she will return to her final three years of Orthopaedic Surgery residency!
Dr. Victoria Nkunu
Dr. Victoria Nkunu’s experience in advocacy started early in her undergraduate training at Queen’s University, where she led a 150-member campus organization for two years to advocate for increased supports for minority black students on campus. Her role mainly involved presenting minority black student interests to key stakeholders at the University, including the University Principal and advocating for academic and social supports to ensure a successful university experience for students. The advocacy efforts were recognized by being awarded the Queen’s University Employment Equity Award in 2013. Since then, she has been involved in different roles, expanding on her advocacy experience, including being the Manager of a Free Clinic in Calgary and Elections Coordinator for the Calgary Medical Students’ Association.
Dr. Amro Qaddoura
Dr. Qaddoura did his undergraduate studies at McMaster and medical school at Queen’s University. He had several electives in Calgary and Edmonton that led him to come to Alberta and he is currently an Adult Infectious Diseases resident physician at the University of Alberta. He enjoys cooking, tennis and has recently gotten more into hiking during COVID-19. --