is a passionate bilingual researcher, educator, and change strategist—indeed, a self-described de/organizer, data storyteller, and occasional poet. She is trained in medical sociology, health policy, mad and disability studies, with notable experience in qualitative and community-based methodologies, including long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Accra, Ghana.
Committed to knowledge translation and an empowerment agenda, Essya is an active member of her communities, having partnered extensively over the years with social profit and governmental agencies to advance equity, health, education, and gender justice. She is currently serving the Vancouver Women's Health Collective, Vancouver Status of Women, and the Women's Advisory Committee of the City of Vancouver.
In her free time, Essya endeavours to cycle the world! (and be an optimist)