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Lise Kossick-Kouri Graduate Student, Community Engagement and Outreach, Station 20 West

Lise is a graduate student in the department of Community Health and Epidemiology. She is an experienced non-profit director and educator. She has returned to University after being in the workforce for several years and was former Director of the Jacoby Centre in Saskatoon. Lise brings a breadth of experience in community work, and she is a much welcomed addition to the team at Station 20 West.

Lise has been involved in several local projects that engage the community. Last year, she worked as a Research Assistant with the Saskatoon Food Systems Assessment. Other community projects have included mentorship with teenage mothers, sexual health initiatives, a cooperative for young women and health promotion with mothers who self-identify as Aboriginal. Lise has worked in collaboration with many Saskatoon organizations, including Chep Good Food Inc., Saskatoon Health Region Health Promotion, Saskatchewan Public School Division and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. Also interested in the global picture, Lise has recently spent time in Mozambique visiting the U of S Training for Health Renewal Program's Massinga Centre. Lise believes that social and economic determinants shape the health of a community. She hopes her studies will help her to contribute effectively to building a more equitable city and a more vibrant Saskatoon culture.

Lise enjoys preparing and sharing food, and specializes in a middle-eastern dish with lemon, pomegranate syrup and halloum. It is called Mani'eesh and is a favourite of her son (Mani). Lise and her daughter (Loa) devour Mauna "Loa" macadamia nuts, too. Eating food named after her children might seem odd but it's definitely fun. Her partner, Ches, agrees.