Our Speaker Series events are designed to help you expand your employment outlook. At each event, you will:

  • Hear from professionals who graduated with your degree or work in your field of interest.
  • Learn tips and strategies about career and work search based on the lived successes and failures of professionals.
  • Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace.
  • Open doors to opportunities by talking with professionals who can get you connected.

Each event will include a panel discussion with an opportunity to ask questions. All Speaker Series events are free. Registration is required to access virtual event links. 

Careers in Mental Health and Community Services

Hear from speakers as they talk about their experiences working in a variety of roles in the mental health and community serviced fields. At this event, you'll gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they can apply to your workplace.

Date: November 23, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This event is hosted by the Faculty of Arts and the Career Centre.

All Speaker Series events are free. Registration is required.

To register for Speaker Series events, please sign up via the events calendar through campusBRIDGE.

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Our Speakers

Joseph Legaspi

The broad goals of Josef’s projects are centered around community-centric development, social benefit, sustainability consulting, and ensuring events can leave lasting impacts in Edmonton. Currently, Josef has completed Edmonton’s Destination Sustainability Assessment which will be used to establish goals and identify gaps in Edmonton’s sustainability tourism sector. Josef also oversees the management of the Community Donation Program, Community Outreach and Education, Internal Sustainability Learning and Development, the Global Destination Sustainability Movement, Event Legacy Pilots, and the Responsible Events Program. As an active member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Council – Josef often encourages the development of equitable and accessible offerings challenging colleagues to utilize different lenses in planning.

Eric Chan

Eric is the Lead of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at Norquest College and a 2 second year PhD student in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, specializing in Health Promotion and Sociobehavioural Sciences. His academic background began with an interest in genetics and microbiology and transitioned to high-risk obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute after completing his B.Sc. In 2019 he also spent a brief period in Oncology after receiving a QES scholarship to study chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms at the University of Leeds in 2016. More recently, he completed a Master of Arts in Gender and Social Justice at the University of Alberta, with a primary research interest in exploring the intersections of sexual health and food insecurity in remote northern communities. Personally, he enjoys cooking, cycling, and running when he isn’t working or reading!

Idara Effiom

Idara is a people developer and project manager and. With 6+ years experience working with nonprofit organizations, she has gathered extensive understanding of the nuances of navigating the non profit sector in Alberta. Idara supports the West Hub of Righting Relations Canada (, a movement of adult educators and community organizers who are working towards decolonization and radical social change across Turtle Island. Since 2016, Idara has also worked in post secondary institutions, with a goal to facilitate acclimatization of international students in Canada and to promote Equality and diversity initiatives within tertiary institutions. Currently, Idara manages Human resources (including volunteers) and projects at John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, a non profit organization focused on advocacy and education. In addition, Idara supports the ELITE program for Black youth at the University Alberta- a program that creates opportunities for black youth to access experiential learning and work integrated training in the STEMM field.

Annika Rorem

Annika graduated from the University of Alberta in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her time at the university, Annika completed a 16-month internship as an Associate Probation Officer at Edmonton West Community Corrections through the Faculty of Arts Work Experience Co-op Program. After graduating, she worked as a Family Connector at the Family Centre where she supported familial reunification as a frontline social worker during the pandemic. Annika is currently the Membership Officer of the Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA), overseeing membership and volunteer opportunities at the organization. Her role includes connecting with students, psychologists, and members of the public. Annika is originally from a small town in northern Alberta and is passionate about advocating for increased access to psychological services for Albertans.