Transparency and community. These are at the heart of everything we do at Open Arms, and our Directors are no exception. We invite you to explore the talent and expertise behind our organization. Simply click on the name or picture of the Director you would like to learn more about below.
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.
Acting Chair of the Board, Media Director
Angelica Martin began working with Open Arms as a Patient Advocate in January 2015, and has since transitioned to the Board, as Media Director. She is currently the acting Chair.
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.
A passionate piano teacher and music composer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Matt came to Open Arms in 2016 to continue his service with marginalized groups in society. Guided by a general interest in medicine and a strong commitment to serving vulnerable groups in the community, Matt serves as our Volunteer Coordinator, assisting new volunteers to find the best fit for their interests and skills within the Open Arms community.
A proud, active member since 2012, Fareed began his work with Open Arms in an open role during his time as a Biochemistry Honors student. Following his graduation and obtaining his Honors Degree, Fareed later became the Membership Director, and is currently a Resident Physician at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.
In addition to managing and overseeing communication with our members and networks, Fareed offers medical expertise to the Board of Directors, as well as lending his unique perspective to patient advocacy. While providing insight into the various responsibilities and viewpoints of health care providers, Fareed emphasizes the importance of collaboration and partnership with health care professionals to achieve meaningful outcomes for our clients.
As an Open Arms member, Fareed continues to sharpen his skills to enhance the delivery and quality of care to his patients, and to promote compassion as a cornerstone of medical education.
Ken is an accomplished accounting professional with extensive credentials and comprehensive professional background, and began as Open Arms Treasurer in 2016. Ken holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta in addition to CPA and CMA professional designations, and experience as a member of the Discipline Committee for ASET – the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta.
Attracted by the opportunity serve his community, Ken brings his strong integrity and drive to Open Arms to help people navigate the difficulties they often experience within the health care system.