Patsy Beattie-Huggan, BN, MScN is the founder and President of The Quaich Inc., a PEI based health promotion and consulting company. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and MSc in Nursing and Health Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Patsy has a broad background in nursing education and health system redesign, and has served as consultant to provincial, national and international projects, and instrumental in the founding and ongoing delivery of the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities. In 2016 she coordinated the 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion. Her creative work in health promotion, including leadership to the development of the Circle of Health, has been widely recognized. Patsy’s commitment to caring, compassionate communities has led her to explore innovative and collaborative approaches to working for social change. In 2020 she was awarded the UNB Alumni Award of Distinction.
Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
This summer, Claire is working as the communications and public relations coordinator for ASI. Calling PEI home, Claire is a recent Political Studies graduate from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Claire 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.
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.
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.
Youth Leadership Program Coordinator
Youth engagement is at the core of Chantal Peng’s advocacy and outreach. A recent graduate of Acadia University’s Bachelor of Music program, she is attending Dalhousie Law School in the fall. 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.
Studying in the food and nutrition program at UPEI (2024), Ellen’s areas of interest include food security, healthy and sustainable diets, and food waste. A 2014 UPEI grad in anthropology, she has gained valuable work experience in the non-profit sector, including contributions with the Canadian Red Cross and Confederation Centre of the Arts, within the Marketing and Development Department. A proud Islander, her skills include event management and marketing, social media communications, record-keeping, and client administration.