Maia Kelly

Maia Kelly, seen from the waist up, wearing a white collared shirt and long brown hair

Name: Maia Kelly

Researcher/Supervisor: Dr. Suvendrini Lena and Dr. Candice Todd

Area of Research: Indigenous Health / Neurology

Maia Kelly, seen from the waist up, wearing a white collared shirt and long brown hair

What or who inspired you to join the Emily Stowe Scholars Program (ESSP)? 
I’m really grateful to have such a supportive family network, as they always push me to explore new opportunities and pursue my academic and research interests. When it comes to my involvement in this summer’s ESSP, and more specifically in research pertaining to Indigenous health and justice, my mother and grandmother were particularly influential. They have both been such important role models for me in this area, and were very encouraging when the opportunity arose to work on an Indigenous health project at Women’s. Thanks to the ESSP, I’ve been able to start exploring the various facets of this field, and I look forward to becoming part of a program that amplifies so many unique voices and stories.

What was your first impression of Women’s College Hospital?
From my first day this summer, I could see that WCH is an institution that not only commits to their values, but translates them into real actionable change. One area where I have already seen this happening is in the promotion of health equity, as the hospital is constantly expanding and evolving to create safe spaces for all individuals and knowledge systems. The establishment of the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health, for instance, demonstrated the hospital’s commitment to equitable practice, and it was because of concrete actions like these that I immediately felt welcomed and refreshed as a new summer research student.

What interests you most about the area of research that you’re working in?
What interests me the most about the about Indigenous health research is that there is always something to learn and someone to learn from. Working in this research area constantly exposes me to new knowledge systems and ways of thinking, as every project requires its own lens and toolkit with which to approach to it.

What do you think you will enjoy the most about being part of ESSP?
As part of the ESSP, I think I’ll enjoy most meeting and collaborating with the various of researchers, clinicians, and students involved in the program. As students, I know we will have lots to learn from and share with each other, and I additionally look forward to the many upcoming ESSP events and networking sessions, as they provide us with a unique opportunity to connect with health science leaders, learn about various career paths, and become a part of a lasting WCH community.

Personal or professional answers welcome: What is something that makes you smile? 
Making other people smile! Whether it be friends, family, colleagues, or anyone I surround myself with.