Shasta Lysohirka joined HQC in August 2021 as the First Nations and Métis Health Lead. From 2015-17, Shasta was the standards facilitator with the Northern Regional Health Authority in northern Manitoba. She was pivotal in leading the long-term care department through provincial standard reviews by educating staff on various processes and implementing new programs and policies across the region.
From 2018-21, Shasta was the First Nations and Métis Surveillance Lead with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency in Saskatoon. Her main role was to build relationships with First Nations and Métis partners to help the SCA understand the cancer experience and identify the barriers and challenges faced. Additionally, she spent much of her time co-designing community-driven programs with the hopes of reducing the cancer burden. Lastly, another large component of her job was to work through the development of data sharing agreements to acquire Indigenous data to support community health and development.
Shasta has a bachelor’s degree in toxicology and a Master of Public Health with a specialization in epidemiology from the University of Saskatchewan. She grew up in northern Manitoba spending most of her time outdoors enjoying the clear lakes. Shasta lived in Buenos Aires in 2005 for 11 months as rotary exchange student where she experienced new culture, delicious food, and learned Spanish.