ASI Staff

Patsy Beattie-Huggan
ASI Coordinator
The founder and President of The Quaich Inc., a PEI based health promotion and consulting company. Patsy has a broad background in nursing education and health system redesign and is firmly committed to building capacity within communities. Her creative work in health promotion, including leadership to the development of the Circle of Health, has been widely recognized.

Kirsten McKnight
Kirsten is passionate about creating positive change, and her primary interests lie with community collaboration and inclusiveness. She has been working with ASI in various capacities since 2005: communications, event planning, report writing, and data management. Kirsten holds a B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick, and she now lives in Fredericton with her husband and daughters, where she volunteers with a number of youth-focused community groups and faith-based initiatives.

Chantal Peng
Youth Leadership Program Coordinator
Youth engagement is at the core of Chantal Peng’s advocacy and outreach. Going into her third year as an Acadia University Bachelor of Music student, Chantal is actively involved in school and community. She serves as a Kings-Hants Youth Councillor, national Youth Advocate for healthcare and gender equality, and St. James Anglican Church Music Director. In summer 2019, Chantal had the life-changing opportunity to attend ASI as a Youth Leadership Program participant and is excited to return this year as the Youth Leadership Coordinator. She looks forward to engaging with youth from across Atlantic Canada in this year’s Forum.

Julia Abundo
Communications and Fund Development Assistant
Julia Abundo is a student at Memorial University in Newfoundland pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in social work. Her background is in communications and youth development, serving as the director of communications with the Newfoundland and Labrador Speech and Debate Union (NLSDU), where she assisted in the hosting of a three-day national debate tournament, held entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her passion for mental health awareness and holistic conceptions of healthcare systems led her to become involved with ASI and she is very excited to join the team!

Claire Chilton
Communications and Marketing Assistant
This summer, Claire is working as a communications and marketing assistant for the Quaich Inc. and ASI. Calling PEI home, Claire is a Political Studies major going into her fourth year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is Co-Editor in Chief of the Politicus Undergraduate Journal and brings editing, community outreach and marketing experience to her role with ASI. Claire is passionate about community work, mental health initiatives, and environmentalism, and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in environmental politics.

Anne Götz
International Intern
Anne is currently completing the final year of her bachelor of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Furtwangen, Germany. As part of a university cooperation, she is currently studying at the University of Prince Edward Island as an exchange student. For her study program, Anne is required to complete an internship to obtain practical knowledge in her field. The holistic approach of health promotion in all aspects of life and cultures takes up a large part of her studies, and The Quaich Inc. (coordinators of ASI) offers her practical experiences using the framework of the Circle of Health. Anne is involved in planning the 2020 Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities.