Edith Cuellar Mata: Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Award for Labour Studies
Edith is a Health Sciences Major with a Minor in Labour Studies and an Extended Minor in Latin American Studies. Edith has a strong background in community engagement, particularly focusing on im/migrant and refugee rights and accessibility to health care, focusing on migrant farm workers and maternal and child health care. Edith feels that her Labour Studies has played strong role on her perspective of how policies, specially coming from the government, affect access to health care for immigrant and migrant workers and their families, not only in Canada, but globally. For the last four years, Edith has been an active volunteer with the Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-op, and was elected to the board of directors in 2014. Edith volunteers with the Umbrella Mobile Clinic, which provides cultural and language oriented health services to individual with health insecurity, such as migrant farm workers and supports and facilitates workshops for UMHC’s “Voces Maternas” (Maternal Voices) program. The co-director of UMHC says of Edith: “I have no hesitation in speaking to Edith’s dedicated commitment to our community organization, and the vulnerable populations we serve. Edith is currently supporting research on the tobacco industry and North American Free Trade Agreement under the supervision of Professor Kelley Lee, Faculty of Health Sciences.