“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Gabrielle is engaged with humanity and lives her life with compassion to serve. Her extensive travel and health work in both Africa and Canada has given her an appreciation for diversity and a deep understanding of the health challenges faced by many. These experiences have driven her to lead WelTel's social enterprise with a vision to ensure equitable access for all. Growing WelTel remains one of the most exciting and important journeys of her life.
“It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions.” — Steve Jobs
Dr. Richard Lester completed his research fellowship in HIV in Kenya at the University of Manitoba and University of Nairobi collaborative, where he initiated development of an innovative mobile phone health (mHealth) service that was demonstrated in a landmark trial, WelTel Kenya1 (Lancet 2010 ), to improve HIV outcomes funded by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Dr. Lester has ongoing studies internationally and within Canada, has consulted on mHealth innovations with the World Health Organization for HIV, TB & tobacco control, and is a CIHR Foundation Scheme recipient and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar.
"The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple." — Grady Booch
Garret brings more than 15 years of experience providing software development team leadership, application architecture expertise, and reviewing and implementing software delivery lifecycle best practices from analysis and architecture, to implementation and delivery, to quality and support. Garret has a strong academic background and has demonstrated expertise in the analysis, architecture, design, and development of Web applications. He has extensive experience with Public Sector education and healthcare solutions and with assessing compliance with security and accessibility standards and requirements. He has implemented security solutions for a variety of applications that require identity management compatibility.
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” — J. M. Barrie
Raymond has worked in software development, project management and product management in the telecom and healthcare industries for three decades. He is passionate about using high tech to create competitive, viable and sustainable solutions for value-based, patient-centered care. Products in his portfolio are being used in over 2,000 facilities worldwide. Raymond earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computing and Information Science from Queen’s University at Kingston.
“Learn from your mistakes and strive to become the best version of yourself.” — Unknown
Haris is a experienced full stack developer with over 10 years of industry experience with interest in developing scalable saas applications and services. In his spare times, he likes to play video games hiking, and traveling.
“Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift! That's why it is called the 'present'.” — Master Oogway
A former academic (M.Sc. in Oceanography from UBC) and a 2018 graduate from Lighthouse Labs. Now a coder by day and an aspiring super hero by night! Distance runner and a lover of mountains!
Health Outreach Lead
“Good intentions are the most beautiful of secrets.” — Ali ibn Abi Talib
With an academic background in global health and epidemiology, Abdulaa joined WelTel’s team to explore new opportunities to expand the horizon of WelTel's work locally and globally. He was inspired by the work of WelTel and how the technology supported vulnerable and undeserved communities. Abdulaa aspires to become a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician who works globally with vulnerable populations. Among his numerous volunteer experiences, Abdulaa worked as translator and a resettlement worker who supported newcomers and refuges in the resettlement process.
“In school, you get the lesson, then the test. In games, you get the lesson then the test, but you get to retake the test. In life, you get the test, then the lesson.” — Robert "Wobbles" Wright
Keegan is a fourth year computing science student at SFU. He is interested in expanding his knowledge of software development, new technologies, and the different ways in which software can help the world. He enjoys video games, having been involved in the Super Smash Bros. Melee competitive scene both as a competitor and as a tournament organizer. He is also a big hockey fan, however his teams always seem to come out on the losing end!
“It's better to regret what you have done than what you haven't.” — Paul Arden
Saad is a fourth year Computing Science student at SFU. Also, he has a Computer Engineering degree. Saad is interested in web development, learning new frameworks and researching new technologies. Furthermore he likes finance, concentrating on stocks and options.
“He who has health, has hope; he who has hope, has everything” — Thomas Carlyle
Will is a Kinesiology student and has a passion for healthcare and technology. He was inspired to work for WelTel as part of supporting approaches to holistic health and building relationships between clients and clinicians!
UI/UX, Design, Digital Marketing
"Each of us is capable of so much more than we can imagine" - Alicia Plesich
Alicia is passionate about using technology to develop lasting impactful solutions. As WelTel Health expands to new heights, she is eager to grow alongside the company. By applying her knowledge in business, as well as her skills in digital design and web development.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison
Kentaro is a third year computer science student at the University of British Columbia. He wants to learn more about web applications, but is very eager to explore other areas of software development. When not programming, Kentaro enjoys playing video games, going clothing shopping and hanging out with friends.
"Jack of all trades, master of none but oftentimes better than master of one" - Unknown
Dakaro is a second year Computer Systems Technology student at British Columbia Institute of Technology where he is completing his diploma. He is constantly engaged with some kind of technology. He is also interested in cycling, martial arts, video games, and enjoys taking his dog out on walks. By applying his passion for technology and previous experience he is excited to learn and grow alongside WelTel Health.
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Kemp is a second term computer system technology student at BCIT. He is eager to learn new things. He likes working out, playing guitar, and riding motorcycles. Not a pro but just for fun.
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” - Chris Grosser
Trevor is a third year computer engineering student at the University of British Columbia. In his free time he enjoys keeping up with new technologies and learning new things in full-stack development. In his free time he enjoys playing sports and video games.