creating change collectively

creating change collectively

the whole human

Health is not linear. The human system is complex, living in a complex world. Our health builds and adjusts as we grow and experience the world. it is an integrated system of the mind, body, and spirit.

That is the Whole Human that we know.

our mission & values

The Whole Human Foundation is a British Columbia Non-Profit Organization founded in 2018 on a mission to democratize health knowledge through knowledge exchanges, consulting and research services, and programming that is accesssible and engaging.

We aim to break down misconceptions and myths and we aim to inform, educate, and advocate.

We embrace the whole human approach to health and bring our creativity and expertise to our work.

Our core values are to share evidence-based insights and experiences that empower people to better navigate their personal health.We respect the diversity of human experience and believe in cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approaches to health problem-solving and as such, aim to create opportunities to exchange knowledge in ways that are accessible and inclusive.

our approach

Our organization’s primary activities are the Whole Human Summit events, consulting, and the delivery of community, research and advocacy projects. As an organization, we are aligned with the UN Global Goals for Sustainment as a guiding framework. Specifically, we focus on local delivery of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

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our commitment to equity, diversity, & inclusion

Please read this Diversity Equity & Inclusion 101 deck graciously provided by Summit community member Josh Reid. 

In a committment to anti-racism and anti-hate, we will only provide events and foster partnerships that respect and make possible the diversity of human experience with knowledge exchanged in ways that are accessible and inclusive for everyone.  We are learning and working to create a space, image and opportunities for health and wellness that are inclusive. 

We value inclusivity and have created a scholarship fund through ‘pay-it-forward’ donations so that people who may not be able to attend due to financial barriers are able to access and participate in Summit events.

We encourage anyone experiencing a barrier to access our in-person or virtual experiences to contact us ahead of time, so that we may find a way to accommodate your participation 

If you are experiencing a financial barrier, email us at info@wholehumanfoundation.org to apply for our Summit Scholarship Fund to support your  access to Summit sessions. 

the whole team

We are a diverse group of leaders and emerging leaders with a range of experience spanning the academic, innovation, healthcare, marketing, communications, design and technology fields.

We embrace the whole human approach to health and bring our creativity and expertise to our work.

Our team includes a working board of directors, advisors, students and freelance contractors that help to develop and produce whole human projects.

Dr. Pamela Lincez

Dr. Pamela Lincez

Founder & Board Member

PhD scientist. Life sciences researcher and educator. Scientific communications professional. SheEO Activator. Social entrepreneur.

Improving our healthcare systems and enabling scientific discovery are my lifetime commitments. And my passion is communicating scientific information in creative and accessible ways.

Dhalie Patara Plischke

Dhalie Patara Plischke

Board Member

SheEO Activator.  Non-profit and Social Enterprise Consultant.Board Member at George Derby Centre. Over 20 years of experience as a project manager, including 10 years of clinical solutions delivery in healthcare.

Ronel Alberts

Ronel Alberts

Board Member

Over 20 years of global IT consulting experience focusing on Business Analysis. Executive Board member at SCWIST (Society for Candian Women in Science and Technology). LGBTQ2S+ advocate.

Dr. Peter B. Azmi

Dr. Peter B. Azmi

Advisor, Strategy

Entrepreneur, PhD Scientist, Strategist, Artist, Educator, Professional Problem Solver.

I believe in bringing together diverse people and ideas to build successful innovations and businesses.

Activist Citizenship: Involved with local and international NGOs focused on community development, education, and social empowerment

Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram

Advisor, Whole Human Summit

Canadian broadcasting legend. Author. Public speaker and science communicator.

Co-founder of Beakerhead, an arts and engineering happening which began in 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.

In 2009, Jay was made a Member of the Order of Canada “for his contributions towards making complex science accessible to the public as a broadcaster, public speaker and author, and for his leadership of future generations of science journalists”.

Eman Salem

Eman Salem

Accountability Champion

Empowerment coach and public speaker. Board member for The Yoga Buggy. Social justice activist. Public speaker.

Founder of IronSelf: a business that focuses on redefining terms such as health, happiness, and success, creating space for radical authenticity and radical confidence. After 10 years in the corporate world, she shifted her focus to building a strong and compassionate community.

Preetkaran Singh

Preetkaran Singh

Volunteer Coordinator

Psychology student at the University of British Columbia. Preetkaran enjoys working with people and looks forward to attending school to work as a therapist after he completes his undergrad.

Alya Sinuhaji

Alya Sinuhaji

Community Engagement Coordinator

Student at the University of British Columbia focusing on psychology and a minor in Health and Society. Her interests in health developed through volunteering with marginalized communities and collaborating with others to overcome prevalent inequities.

Janice Park

Janice Park

Research Project Coordinator

4th-year student studying Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. Her work with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities has inspired her to take a comprehensive approach in promoting neuropsychological well-being and raising mental health awareness.

Isabel Ruiz

Isabel Ruiz

Project Manager

Originally from California and now studying business at the University of British Columbia. She plays on the Junior Varsity field hockey team and loves to bake in her free time.

Shelby Bains

Shelby Bains

Social Media Coordinator

Grade 12 student looking forward to studying business in post secondary. She is passionate about making a positive impact in her community. To achieve her goal, she aspires to become an entrepreneur and open her own business that contributes to solving a variety of problems facing Canadians.

Anna Djerfi

Anna Djerfi

Brand Consultant

Anna is norwegian and moved to Vancouver to go to Emily Carr University. Anna now works as a freelance graphic designer with a focus in communication, design strategy, branding, web design and publications. Her unique third-culture-kid upbringing influences and shapes her approach to communication and design.

I believe that I am a product of my upbringing; I am Norwegian/Serbian and I was raised moving countries often. I believe that my experience cultivated an interest in people and their stories. When I am not designing, I enjoy any occasion to bring people together, especially if it involves good food or board games.

Celine Hong

Celine Hong

User Experience Web Consultant

Vancouver based user experience designer. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has since been working as a freelance designer. Her fascination for design comes from its capacity to change our interactions with the world. Her process is research based, focused on the complicated experiences that make us human.

Mostafa Keshvari

Mostafa Keshvari

Advisor, Film and Media

Award-winning Iranian-born Canadian writer, director and producer based in Vancouver.

Member of Directors and Writers Guild of Canada, WGC, CMPA, MPPIA and the Federation of Canadian Artists. He is also the President of BC Minorities for film and TV Society.

“I want to give voice to the voiceless people. As a minority artist and I not
only entertain but empower the audience with my work”.

Brian Hockenstein

Brian Hockenstein

Cinematographer, Whole Human Summit

British Columbia based cinematographer who specializes in environmental and social action filmmaking. He established himself shooting backcountry snowboarding for some of the most respected production companies in the industry, with top athletes from around the world.

Recently, Brian’s interests have been with environmentalism and ecological justice.
He has documented movements to defend Western Canada’s wild places against
threats from irresponsible resource extraction, working with indigenous groups to share perspectives seldom given the media spotlight. His most recent film, The
Radicals was widely celebrated by outdoors film festivals across North America.

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