The Woman Warriors Team
Shelley Wiart is the Founder of WW, a resident of Lloydminster and a Metis woman who is strongly connected to her community and has been an invited speaker to, and organiser of many community events since the inception of WW. She has completed three years of her Bachelor of Arts degree, Major Sociology and Minor Women Studies.
Dr. Sonja Wicklum is a teaching physician and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is the co-founder and principal investigator for the pilot Women Warriors program. She has extensive clinical experience, a family physician in rural communities for 20+ years, six on the Flathead Indian reservation in Montana. She has worked as an educator for Aboriginal community health programmers in Canada and has had extensive experience in wellness programming, diabetes prevention and obesity management. She recently joined the Cumming School of Medicine and is well supported by the Department of Family Medicine as a new researcher. She is mentored by Dr Lindsay Crowshoe.
Dr. Lynden (Lindsay) Crowshoe is a family physician and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), University of Calgary, research focuses on chronic disease, inequity, health care models and medical education with regards to Indigenous populations.
The research team also includes:
Dr. Ashlee McGuire, PhD, Senior Planner with Alberta Health Services, Primary Care & Chronic Disease Management – Dr. McGuire has expertise in research and program planning for individuals with health conditions and chronic disease management services. She has experience developing peer-led programming for young adults with diabetes transitioning to adult care (Lawson Foundation Grant #2014-40), and she provides connectedness from the program to Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Rita Henderson MA, PhD. Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), University of Calgary is a qualitative researcher whose work focuses on engaging marginalized youth and women in addressing structural forms of violence that impact their health. These include research related to diabetes, youth suicide, inter-generational trauma, and intimate partner or familial violence. She also works for Indigenous health equity on projects to improve health professional education, and more recently to engage Canadian health systems in their truth and reconciliation journeys with Indigenous peoples.