Our Team

Candace Nykiforuk, PhD, CE

Director, Centre for Healthy Communities
Professor, School of Public Health

Dr. Candace Nykiforuk is the Director of the Centre for Healthy Communities, a professor and the Interim Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. She is a health geographer and health promotion researcher with a strong interest in the role of built and social environments on health and well-being. She also has expertise in the development and diffusion of healthy public policies. Dr. Nykiforuk is also the Lead Investigator of the Policy, Location and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Research Lab that developed the Idea Readiness Tool to help the guide the spread of new ideas within a school community.
She holds a Killam Professorship and, in 2016, was inducted as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2015, she received both the University of Alberta's Martha Cook Piper Research Prize as well as the Community Connection Scholar Award for outstanding research and engaged scholarship.





Jazmin Bonizzoni

Project Facilitator


As the Project Facilitator, Jazmin is responsible for the administration of the AHSCWF, as well as the communication, guidance and facilitation of funded projects to promote and facilitate positive school environments through sustainable organizational and systems-level change. With a BA in Political Science from the University of Alberta, and a diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University, Jazmin Bonizzoni is an award-winning, strategic communicator with skills in many diverse areas. She is a firm believer in the power of positive relationships and is passionate about helping school communities along their journey to wellness. When Jazmin is not at work, you can often find her with her three pets, playing soccer, or strumming her guitar.





Brittany Molner

Graduate Research Assistant

Brittany has a BSc in Kinesiology and is currently working towards her MSc in Health Promotion and Sociobehavioural Sciences. With her experience as an educational aide and her passion for promoting health, wellness, and physical activity in schools, she is excited to work with AHSCWF and the divisions they support. When Brittany is not busy with school, she indulges her love of the outdoors and is most likely in the mountains hiking, climbing, bouldering, scrambling, camping, or skiing.