Today’s post comes from Amanda Raffoul. Amanda is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She is also the current Chair of the CON-SNP National Executive. You can find more about Amanda here

September is here! This month can be bittersweet – it’s the end of beach days and long cottage weekends, but it also brings back-to-school excitement and the unofficial start of fall.

For us at CON-SNP, September is the best time of year because there is so much to look forward to. Melissa and I are excited to serve as the Vice Chair and Chair for this year’s National Executive, and proud to introduce you to the new exec team. Say hello to everyone!

Chapter Representative – Nadia Browne

Financial Director – Alexa Ferdinands

Vice-Chair – Melissa Fernandez

Social Media Coordinator – Andrew Hanna

Bilingual Communications Coordinator – Maryam Kebbe

Resource Coordinator – Megan Lamb

Chapter Representative – Stéphanie LeBlanc

Recruitment Coordinator – Lindsay Leduc

Special Events Coordinator – Taniya Nagpal

Outgoing Chair – Eva Pila

Chair – Amanda Raffoul

Communications Director – Janet See

Outgoing Vice-Chair – Corrie Vincent

You can learn more about our 2017-2018 team and the amazing things everyone is up to here.

When we said there is a lot to look forward to this year, we really meant it! We’re thrilled to be hosting the 6th Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM), which will be held at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON in June 2018. COSM is a multidisciplinary conference for students and trainees to connect and show off their incredible research. Feeling competitive? We’ve got you covered – we host several nationwide competitions, including the Infographic Competition, Pedometer Challenge, and Research Blitz. And there’s more! We heard from dozens of SNPs last year about wanting to connect with other trainees, and there will be some new initiatives coming up to increase networking and professional development opportunities.

Want to get involved? We regularly look for volunteers to write posts for our SNP blog, and if you want to help out with your local CON-SNP chapter or even start a new chapter at your school just let us know. We look forward to meeting and connecting with SNPs across Canada this year, and can’t wait to hit the ground running this September.


Amanda & Melissa

CON-SNP Chair & Vice Chair