Katie McDonald is a Public Health Administrator who focuses on improving communities by looking at social and environmental factors that influence health. Her work involves research, planning and the evaluation of initiatives such as: tobacco control, substance misuse, youth engagement and chronic disease prevention.
Katie often works with community organizations across Waterloo Region to support health promotion initiatives, witnessing firsthand the great work happening in our community. When not on the job, Katie enjoys trying new healthy baking recipes, playing soccer, gardening and cycling to the Kitchener Market.
Katie joined SVP in Spring 2014 as an Associate Partner (partnership for those 35 years of age and under).
Katie was involved in a youth engagement initiative at the time and was intrigued by an email she received about SVP Teens. Katie met with the Executive Director to learn about becoming an associate partner. Based on her experience in the first year, and hearing more about the impact SVP has had on the community, Katie decided to change from an Associate partner to a Partner by increasing her annual donation.
While completing her Master of Public Health at the University of Guelph, Katie had the privilege of doing a four month internship in Guatemala with an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health. For Katie, this experience affirmed her desire to apply her knowledge and skills in community initiatives. Upon moving to Kitchener in 2012, Katie was able to continue this type of work and felt it was important to engage with her new community.
What do you believe is SVP’s greatest contribution to Waterloo Region? How are we making an impact?
- Katie states: “SVP works alongside organizations to complement their expertise and SVP partners offer a number of skills to help meet the expressed needs of the organization. The impact of SVP is evident through the changes and growth experienced by the organizations we partner with. A good example is the growth of Strong Start and Hospice of Waterloo Region.”
Why should more people join as SVP Partners?
- “SVP is not only a great way to become involved in the community, but also an opportunity to learn about the community, develop new skills and gain new perspectives. Working with a passionate, dedicated and talented group like SVP is definitely a privilege.”