A School-Community-University Partnership

The core team for UpLift is based at Dalhousie University’s Healthy Populations Institute, where the research that underpins the philosophy, need and value of UpLift was conducted.


UpLift Co-Leads


Dr. Sara Kirk

Professor of Health Promotion and Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University.

Sara’s research seeks to understand how we can create supportive environments for chronic disease prevention. Her research uses a ‘socio-ecological’ approach that takes into account how individual behaviour is influenced by broader factors, such as income, education and societal norms. She has led or collaborated on several nationally funded projects that focus on the creation of supportive environments for health promotion in different settings, including in schools.


Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen

Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Camille is a pediatric cardiac surgeon, Professor, University of Texas Southwestern and Surgical Director of Adult Cardiac Heart Disease, Children’s Health Dallas. She began her career in Nova Scotia and maintains adjunct Professor status in the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University and Senior Research Scholar status in the Healthy Populations Institute. Camille is an expert in cardiovascular health outcomes and has chosen to continue to focus her research efforts in Nova Scotia on culture change for the health and well-being of children and youth.



Margaret Kay-Arora

UpLift Manager


Margaret is the Uplift Manager and brings a background in Health Education and non-profit leadership with decades of experience working for the YMCA both in Canada and around the world.  She is a proven collaborative leader with an outcomes and service driven approach and has extensive experience in operations management, quality improvement initiatives, project management, growth initiatives, strategic planning and stakeholder relations.



Jennifer Lorandos

Healthy Populations Institute, Research Projects Coordinator

UpLift NS Finance Administrator


Jennifer joined the Healthy Populations Institute in 2017 before completing a bachelor’s degree in Management with Major in Environment, Sustainability, and Society at Dalhousie University. As part of her role as Research Projects Coordinator at HPI, Jennifer is the Finance Administrator for UpLift, overseeing the management of project funds. Jennifer’s responsibilities with Uplift include developing project budgets, monitoring project finances, preparing financial reports for funders as well as liaising with funders, government officials, and Research and Legal Services.

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Elle Doherty

Evaluation Assistant


Elle joined the UpLift team in 2018 as an incoming Health Promotion Intern while completing her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Diploma in Health Services Administration at Dalhousie University. As part of her role as Evaluation Assistant, Elle will assist in the evaluation of UpLift to ensure consistency in best-practices with Nova Scotian context. Ongoing learning and evaluation will ensure maximized positive health outcomes for generations to come.


Stephanie quirke

Administrative Assistant


Stephanie started at UpLift in April 2019, and works as UpLift's Administrative Assistant. She recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University and is passionate about improving the health of future generations. When she’s not working with UpLift, she enjoys baking, reading, swimming and volunteering in the community.


Jordan Parker

Communications Coordinator


Jordan is the Communications Coordinator for UpLift. He recently completed his Advanced Diploma in Public Relations at NSCC, and holds a Masters and Bachelor of Honours in Journalism. He wants to create sustainable habits and healthy environments for future students. In his off time, he’s a huge movie buff, loves a good road trip, and could read The Great Gatsby over and over.