About Us

The Centre promotes active living by bridging research, practice and decision-making.

Staff

Director

Nora Johnston, MA

780-492-4962 | [email protected]

Nora leads all aspects of Centre operations, including advocacy, partnerships, planning, budgeting and staffing. She is the primary contact for external relationships, including provincial and national active living networks and initiatives. As Director, Nora is an “active voice” for the promotion of physical activity and a strong advocate for policy changes that support physical activity where we work, live and play. Nora is a cyclist and avid dog walker, and she also enjoys time being active with her family.

Research Associate and Knowledge Translation Specialist

Soultana Macridis

780-492-4425 | [email protected]

Soultana is our Research Associate and Knowledge Translation Specialist. She completed her PhD at McGill University where she worked in partnership with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project, located on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake. Using principles of community-based participatory research approach, she mobilized and engaged key school and community stakeholders to develop active transportation programming for two local elementary schools. Soultana brings her expertise in health promotion programming, active transportation and community-based participatory research to the team. Soultana enjoys participating in all sport activities and cycles to work daily.

Research Associate - on leave

Cally Jennings

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Cally is our Research Associate with a special interest in knowledge synthesis (literature reviews). Cally completed her PhD at Central Queensland University, Australia, studying Physical Activity and Health. Through her involvement in programs, such as 10,000 Steps Australia and UWALK Alberta, Cally brings with her a strong research background in physical activity and health promotion. Cally has also published a number of literature reviews on topics around physical activity and health promotion. Within the Centre, Cally leads the research activities associated with knowledge synthesis. Cally is passionate about enjoying an active lifestyle and loves to be active both outside and indoors, often accompanied by her daughter and one-eyed husky.

Centre Coordinator

Betty Lee, BPE

780-492-6598 | [email protected]

Betty works at the “hub” of the Centre, providing a range of supports and expertise to Centre staff, and ensuring smooth operations. Among other duties, she manages the Centre’s website, acts as in-house graphic designer for a wide range of publications, contributes to marketing and communications, and manages equipment purchases and IT support. Betty enjoys cycling, yoga, and participating with her children and family in physical activities.

Administrative Assistant

Lynda Matthews-Mackey

780-492-4863 | [email protected]

Lynda plays a leading or supporting role for many administrative aspects of Centre operations and provides essential services or assistance to all staff. Among other duties, she coordinates important aspects of Centre events and meetings, including registrations, venue bookings, catering and other key details. She also manages the Centre’s client database, pedometer kit loans and promotional purchases. Lynda enjoys noon hour workouts, playing squash, pickleball and volleyball, and likes walking in Edmonton’s river valley.

Our Office

University Hall, U of A

We are located in University Hall, which is north of the Wilson Climbing Centre or south of SUB (Students' Union Building). Our address is:

2-131 University Hall
8840 - 114 St NW
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2H9
[email protected]
Ph: 780-492-4863