Heather McCully believes in community engagement and strives to always work alongside affected populations as meaningful participants, valued leaders, and equal partners.
Heather holds an Honours Bachelors of Kinesiology (McMaster '04) and a Masters in Public Health (U.Waterloo '12). Heather found her career inspiration in her role as the Coordinator of McMaster University's Student Health Education Centre, which earned her Part-Time Manager of the Year and Outstanding Women Leader accolades, along with the Rudy Heinzl Award for outstanding contribution to the quality of student life.
Heather has been employed over the past 13 years with The City of Hamilton Public Health Services in a variety of health promotion roles. She is a sought after trainer/facilitator and health promotion consultant with clients that include the Ontario Lung Association, Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI), Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA), Students Commission of Canada and the Ministry of Education.
A noted leader in health promotion, tobacco control and youth engagement Heather has worked collaboratively to plan, implement and evaluate several innovative youth prevention programs that have become models for other jurisdictions. Her expertise earned her the 2009 City of Hamilton Week of the Child and Youth Award, the McMaster Arch Award ('13) and PHE Canada's Dr. Andy Anderson Young Professional Award ('13).
In addition, Heather has been a Part-Time professor for the past 3 years in the Health, Wellness & Fitness Program at Mohawk College as well as a Senior Reviewer for the open access Journal of Youth Engagement and Health Promotion.