Founders & Directors
Co-Founder & Director
(December 2015 - Present)
Adamo is a McGill graduate with a Major in Physiology and a Minor in Management. He is pursuing a Fast-Track Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine (http://rimuhc.ca/-/adamo-donovan) in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Adamo is a code life leader and is a representative of the MGH foundation https://www.mghfoundation.com/en/about-foundation-codelife/our-code-life-leaders/
Adamo is an avid runner and marathoner.
Co-Founder & Co-Director
(December 2015 - December 2017)
Milanka (Miki) is a McGill graduate with an honours Undergraduate degree and Master's degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology. She is currently studying Medicine in New York.
Milanka is from New York and enjoys playing the cello and playing tennis with her three siblings.
Volunteer & Hospital Management (VHM)
Rabbia is a McGill Arts undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology.
She loves spending her free time with her nieces!
MGH Volunteer Representative
I am a second-year undergraduate student in Honours Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. I was born and raised in Montréal. I joined the ICU Bridge Program in May 2019 as a full-time volunteer and have since then transitioned to being a substitute. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis with my teammates on the McGill Tennis Team and spending time with family and friends. I am also an avid baker!
Head of Volunteer & Hospital Management and MCH Coordinator
Vesela completed her Bachelor’s degree in Physiology at McGill and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health (Concentration Global Health) at the University of Montreal. She aspires to have a career in the healthcare field.
She loves reading, traveling, and practicing yoga on a daily basis.
MCH Volunteer Representative
My name is Erica Sirdevan and I am a 3rd year student in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill! I am from Toronto but now live in Montreal with my 3 lovely roommates and our foster dogs. I am a huge fan of vegetarian cuisine and work at a vegan restaurant in Old Port. During my free time I love to spin and I work at a spin studio!
Diana Di Iorio
Diana is a Master's student in Experimental Medicine at McGill, with a previous Bachelors degree in Honours Physiology. She is currently researching the role that sex hormones play in carotid atherosclerotic plaque development. She hopes to pursue her interest in science and public health in the form of a career in medicine.
On her downtime, she enjoys to paint, play tennis, and play the saxophone.
My name is Adrian. I am an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering at McGill. I joined the ICUBP in Fall of 2018 and I am currently a part of the applications team. I’m also a competitive swimmer with the McGill swim team and have competed in general for the last 12 years. For fun, I enjoy reading comics and I love dance.
Head of Volunteer & Hospital Management and JGH Volunteer Representative
Cynthia holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from McGill. She currently works as a laboratory technician at a pharmacy and is interested in pursuing medicine. She has a passion for volleyball, adventuring and says she reads wayyy too many books/comics.
Head of Volunteer & Hospital Management and RVH Coordinator
My name is Tarek, I have an undergraduate degree in Biology. Currently I’m pursuing a master’s degree in Biochemistry at the Goodman Cancer research center (McGill) studying the role of the transcription factor Stat3 in immune suppression during breast cancer progression. I’m a new member of the applications team. For fun, I love to play sports including tennis and soccer.
RVH Volunteer Representative
Homa is a dietetics student at McGill University with a previous bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She is currently working with the McGill Global Health Scholars Program to evaluate nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions in Ghana.
She has played basketball her entire life, even though she is only 5’2” tall, and she believes that Zumba is one of the greatest discoveries of our time
Marketing, Fundraising, and Socials (MFS)
Head of Marketing, Fundraising, and Socials
Lauriane has studied behavioral neurosciences at Concordia University, but she is currently studying physiotherapy at the University of Montreal. Her career goal is to become a doctor, as it is the perfect combination of the two things she is most passionate about: science and helping people.
Lauriane is interested in health and fitness; she particularly enjoys soccer and outdoor activities. She also loves to cook for her friends and family.
Head of Marketing, Fundraising, and Socials
McGill Fundraising Coordinator
Tara loves to remain active whilst discovering her artistic side through figure skating and the practice of yoga. She is currently completing her final year in a BSc. in Kinesiology and plans to continue to pursue her studies in the field of Health and Wellness.
Concordia Fundraising Coordinator
Cristen is an undergraduate student studying Specialization in Biology at Concordia University. She also works at Concordia as a Student Success Mentor, helping first-year students transition into University.
During her free time, Cristen loves to read books and hang out with her friends.
Concordia Fundraising Coordinator
Alison is currently studying biology at Concordia University, and she is looking forwards to attending medical school after she finishes her studies in Montreal. She loves dogs and traveling, and has been volunteering with the ICUBP since January 2017
UdeM Fundraising Coordinator
Stephanie is a nursing student at the University of Montreal. She hopes one day to be able to travel while practicing her profession. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and practicing yoga.
Concordia Fundraising Coordinator
Hector is a Concordia undergraduate student currently completing a bachelor's in Biology.
Hector is from Brazil and loves spending his time playing instruments and cooking. He is an avid reader.
Humans of the Hospital Photoblog Coordinator
(January 2017 - Present)
Nafisa is a Concordia student in Behavioural Neuroscience. She is the marketing coordinator of the ICUBP and started "Humans of the Hospital", a photoblog that features all kinds of people who either volunteer or work as part of the ICU Bridge Program team. She is passionate about using photography to convey a complex idea into a single still image.
To view this photoblog, please view our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, & LinkedIn) section under Current Events.
Communications Coordinator and Humans of the Hospital
I am interested in health and fitness. I have healthy obsession with social media. I love spending time with my family and playing board games. I enjoy driving my children to sport activities like hockey and soccer. I aspire to work in the healthcare field.
Communications Coordinator and Web Designer
(May 2019 - Present)
Harriet completed her undergraduate degree in Physiology at McGill University in 2018. She is currently completing a Masters in Neuroscience where she is studying the use of VR and feedback to facilitate motor learning in manual wheelchair users.
She is passionate about design, physical activity, and soaking up as much sun as possible.
My name is Jammy and I am currently studying Kinesiology at McGill. I am interested in preventing and managing chronic diseases by understanding the process of changing and maintaining health-related lifestyle behaviours.
I'm always excited for any type of outdoor activity, but I also enjoy spending time in the swimming pool.
(June 2018 - Present)
Greg has a degree in Software Engineering from McGill. He is also currently pursuing a second degree in Psychology at Université de Montréal and a Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence at Polytechnique Montréal. Greg is passionate about mindfulness, human potential and how to integrate eastern and native integrative healing principles to western medicine.
In his spare time, he runs a qigong clinic in Longueuil and offers consulting services to research centers and non-profits through CodeFor.Community, a consulting firm he founded which aims at using technology to better communities.
My name is Fadi. I am a master's student at Concordia University. I love to exercise and read and write poetry.
If you want to get involved in our executive team, applications are open in the Winter semester (~March/April)
Montreal General Hospital
Dr. David Hornstein
Dr. Hornstein started the Lauren Alexander Foundation in 2013 and came up with the groundbreaking concept of a shadowing and volunteering program, now called the ICU Bridge Program. He continues to develop new ways to make the ICU a more welcoming place for both patients and visitors.
Family nurse clinician
Bita helps us organize our orientation sessions and welcomes our volunteers to the ICU. She is responsible for supporting visitors and facilitating the interactions between staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Rita Giulione & Mattia Angerillo
Volunteer services manager & Administrative assistant
The volunteer services manager and administrative assistant, respectively, who help us get our volunteers officially registered at the MGH, RVH, Lachine and Neuro, and able to begin volunteering and shadowing in the ICU.
Jewish General Hospital
Pina is available to support patients and families who are dealing with serious illness, disability, end of life, or under situations of stress, isolation, lack of resources, youth protection and family violence. She provides informational support and practical help to patients and their families who may require this assistance.
Susan suggests and incorporates clinical programs improving medical practices for patients’ safety and well-being. She is also responsible for coordinating the multidisciplinary team and for training fellow nurses, ensuring the most up-to-date health services to patients.
Thank you to the JGH staff and Dr. Céline Gélinas (nurse researcher) in particular, for their input and expertise that were crucial in creating and refining the volunteer, staff, and family surveys.
Royal Victoria Hospital
As head nurse, Sylvie has numerous administrative responsibilities and ensures that the optimal nursing care is provided in the ICU. She is constantly working with the ICU Bridge Program to provide new shadowing and learning opportunities for our volunteers.
Family Nurse Clinician
Ruth helps volunteers interact with family members. In the ICU, she is an important liaison between the ICU staff and the families’ loved ones. As the Family nurse clinician in the ICU, she is an important resource person for the families and volunteers alike.
Montreal Children's Hospital
Assistant Nurse Manager
(Second from left)
Spiritual Care Specialist
Judith Le Gallais
(Second from Right)
Dr. Samara Zavalkoff
Thank you to the Montreal General, Jewish General, Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal Children's Hospital staffs for their commitment towards setting up the ICU Bridge Program in their Intensive Care Units as well as their enthusiasm and creative inputs, which will help increase the impact of our program and the variety of experiences that our students are exposed to.