Sandra D’Souza is a Policy Analyst at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough where she double majored in Co-op Health Studies and Human biology. Sandra then completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she specialized in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and Public Health Policy.
As the moderator of the panel discussion with Chanelle Ayoub, Nour Kachouh and Amélie Gauthuer-Beaupré, Sandra facilitated a lively conversation highlighting the diverse public health career paths, the importance of mentorship in carving one’s professional journey and an insider's peek of what it really is like to work in government.
As a Policy Analyst working in the public health sector, her role involves leading stakeholder engagement meetings, writing policy briefs, developing internal processes for inter-governmental collaboration, and supporting research activities.At the end of the webinar, Sandra left us with one thought, "Public health is an interdisciplinary field that often involves working outside of traditional public health settings. When seeking volunteer opportunities, try to work towards a cause you're passionate about and there will be overlap with your public health ambitions regardless of whether it is a traditional public health opportunity.”.
Thank you Sandra for joining us and facilitating an informative panel discussion!
Upcoming in the Fall
During her academic career, Dr. Motala learned that there is no linear track to many careers that are available with a life science/medical science degree. She initially tested the waters of becoming a Scientist by conducting her own experiments during a 4th-year thesis course during undergrad. She also wanted to determine if research was a path she would enjoy or if she should seek other educational opportunities. She fell in love with contributing to research to help others, as well as working with a team with the same goals and decided to pursue a master’s in sciences to fine tune her research skills. Serendipitously, Dr. Motala was offered a teaching assistant role to teach Nursing students at McMaster University during her MSc. The teaching assistant opportunity reignited a passion for teaching and she learned she has the ability to find key concepts within each course and simplify lecture notes to make them “stick” for effective student learning.