Emily is a passionate and innovative public health leader. A graduate of Acadia University’s Department of Psychology, and Dalhousie University’s Master’s in Health Promotion program, Emily demonstrates high levels of academic and public health acuity. A blogger for the Huffington Post and invited public health speaker, her writing and public speaking skills have been sought out by non-profit organizations, healthcare providers and the private sector in Canada, the United States and Australia.
Recently, she has relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she has started her own consulting business (EmilyDrake.ca). Prior to this she was working with Hope & Cope at the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University as the Director of their young adult cancer support program, CancerFightClub. In this position she was responsible for over‐seeing a bilingual online health promotion resource and creative in‐person support program for young adults living with cancer, their supporters and the health professionals who care for them.
A social innovator, in 2013, Emily co-founded and continues to grow Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Societal Movement (#ayacsm) and in 2014, Metastatic and Advanced Young Adult Cancer Community (#mayacc) – both are active, multi-disciplinary communities that are changing the way stakeholders interact and share information regarding young adults with cancer.
Emily is goal‐oriented and has continued interest in public health and the development of healthy communities (both in-person and virtual).
Topics: AYA Cancer; AYAs Living with Metastatic/Advanced Cancer; Caregiver Support; Health Disparities; Health & Online/Social Media; Palliative Care; and Sexuality & Intimacy.