Meet the Backbone Team

The Wellbeing WR backbone team is responsible for the overall process of the initiative and provide ongoing support to all functions of Wellbeing WR and the working groups. This team is currently made up of 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff members who are responsible for keeping Wellbeing WR moving forward.
A headshot of WWR's backbone staff member Cheryl.

Cheryl Grove

Email: Cheryl@wellbeingwr.ca
Community Planning Associate (She/Her)

Cheryl joined Wellbeing WR in March 2018. In this role, Cheryl provides backbone support to Wellbeing WR. Cheryl is passionate about working together with the community to achieve the Wellbeing WR vision of a community where everyone thrives and no one is left behind. Some of the Wellbeing WR work that Cheryl has supported includes ALL IN 2020, Measurement and Monitoring Wellbeing, Wellbeing Events planning, the MBA Consulting Project and the Wellbeing WR/SWRIL Innovation Lab.
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Emma Haas

Email: ehaas@regionofwaterloo.ca
Placement Student (She/Her)

Emma joined Wellbeing WR in September 2022 as a placement student, and will be working with WWR for an 8-month period on a variety of different projects within the community. She is looking forward to expanding her connections within the Kitchener-Waterloo region, forming new connections, and improving Kitchener-Waterloo’s community wellbeing throughout her placement.
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Isra Ziad

Email: iziad@regionofwaterloo.ca
Co-op Student, Wellbeing Outreach and Research

Isra has joined Wellbeing WR in September 2022 as a Co-op Student from University of Waterloo. She is excited to learn more about the dimensions and varying definitions of wellness through networking and making strong connections. She is also prepared to improve her writing, social, and collaborative skills.
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Headshot of backbone staff member Jackie Heintzman

Jackie Heintzman

Email: Jackie@wellbeingwr.ca
Communications Assistant (She/Her)

Jackie joined WellbeingWR in September 2021. In this role she provides communications and administrative support for the WWR team. This includes but is not limited to social media management, bi-weekly newsletter creation, website management, branding and messaging support, and co-convening the Communications and Engagement Working Group. Her goal is to provide meaningful communications both internally and externally that align with WWR’s values, vision, and brand.
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Headshot of backbone staff member Paige Monck-Whipp

Paige Monck-Whipp

Email: Paige@wellbeingwr.ca
Network Catalyst (They/She)

Paige Monck-Whipp is the Network Catalyst with the backbone team. Paige has 10 years of experience working in the public sector in Waterloo Region, with a background in conflict analysis and community development. Paige is a self-proclaimed “conflict nerd”, collaborative strategist, and believer in the power of people to do incredible things. Their days as the Network Catalyst consist of keeping cross-sectoral collaborators connected and aligned to initiatives that promote greater equity and wellbeing, identifying new opportunities for partnerships to increase impact across Waterloo Region, and supporting the backbone team in their respective areas of expertise.
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