Advocates

Our advocates have the skills and training to help support and navigate our clients through the healthcare system. Passionate, professional and empathetic are just one of the many skills we look for in our advocates. Open Arms is dependent on the work that our advocacy team brings forth to the organization and larger community. Simply click on the name or picture of our advocates to get to know them better.

Farwa Naqvi

Angelica Martin

Zach Hong

Jeremy Fan

Farwa Naqvi

Farwa Naqvi

Advocacy Committee Chair

Farwa joined Open Arms in early 2014, and is currently the Advocacy Committee Chair, and an active Patient Advocate. As a University student deeply interested in health and medicine, Farwa brings passion and grassroots-level involvement with Open Arms through her relationship to advocates and clients.

Farwa believes in leading by example, and working with patients to seek clear answers to their concerns when navigating what can often be a very complex and confusing system. Her passion for medical processes and systems led her to advocacy, where she has applied her skills to a wide variety of cases.

Farwa believes that clients and patients should be navigated through to positive and fair outcomes in regards to their health. Her goal is to help all those seeking assistance from Open Arms to have a positive experience.

Angelica Martin

Angelica Martin

Patient Advocate 

Angelica Martin began working with Open Arms as a Patient Advocate in January 2015, and has since transitioned to the Board, as Media Director.

Angelica is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Health Sciences program, with a concentration in Health and Society. She has published and collaborated on a number of articles, gaining great insight on the many challenges we face in the delivery and quality of healthcare in Canada, and remote communities. Since then, she has been passionate about improving access, timeliness and delivery of health services with an emphasis on learning from community-based research and the experiences of a wide variety of sources.

Angelica wants to work with Open Arms to create a strong doctor-patient relationship by empowering the community through health promotion and health self-advocacy. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, she encourages realistic solutions encompassing awareness and complete consideration of the various challenges to a particular aim. She engages patients in taking on an active role in managing their health, and educating them as responsible consumers of health-related information.

Zach Hong

Zach Hong

Advocacy Committee Co-chair

Zach is currently the advocacy committee co-chair and an active patient advocate. In 2016, he joined Open Arms Patient Advocacy Society to help patients successfully navigate the health care system, and address their health care concerns. He is a graduate from the BSc Neuroscience (Honours) program at the University of Calgary. In early 2016, Zach joined Open Arms Patient Advocacy Society because it provided an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients of the Alberta health care system by helping them attain the quality of health care they desire. In his free time, Zach enjoys archery, reading, and exploring new cuisines.

Jeremy Fan

Jeremy Fan

Patient Advocate 

Jeremy is a third-year Biological Sciences student at the University of Calgary. Inspired by his studies in public health, Jeremy hopes to empower and educate patients neglected by the public care system to take the initiative of their personal health and liaison the relationship between caregiver and care recipients. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys weightlifting and museum-hopping.

Cristina Santamaria-Plaza

Cristina Santamaria-Plaza

Cristina Santamaria-Plaza

Patient Advocate

Cristina is currently in her third year of the BHSc majoring in health and society. She aspires to work in the health sector helping people on a more widespread global scale. She is a very outgoing, ambitious and active person. Cristina is very open and always eager to try new things and step out of her comfort zone. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and playing sports, reading and spending time with friends.