The Ottawa Team


Stephanie Sibbald 

Stephanie Sibbald is a recent IB graduate from Colonel By Secondary School. She is excited to begin her post-secondary education at the University of Ottawa in Biotechnology. Stephanie had many shadowing experiences in the hospital setting and sees herself one day being a part of the healthcare sector. “Working with the team this year for the first OMS Ottawa was a great experience and it was definitely worth the time investment during an already hectic spring.” Stephanie may not have been the coolest co-president, but she’d like to think she kept everyone on their toes.

When she’s not focusing on schoolwork, the pool is a safe bet to find her. Not only is she a lifeguard for the City of Ottawa, but her competitive water polo background will never leave her.

Linda Zheng

Linda is a grade 11 student who aspires to someday become a doctor. She attends Colonel By Secondary School and is working towards her International Baccalaureate diploma.

She was super excited when she realized that so many high school students share the same interest – medicine. Passionate and excited, Linda is looking forward to hosting an amazing conference!

In her free time, Linda enjoys volunteering at local senior homes and hospitals. She also enjoys reading and watching kdrama, despite relying heavily on subtitles; she is working towards learning Korean.

Overall, Linda is honoured to be one of two amazing co-presidents of OMS Ottawa’s 2017 executive team. She is ecstatic to bring OMS to Ottawa and cannot wait to see you at this year’s exciting action-packed event!

Vice President Internal

Maryam Abdelaal

Maryam Abdelaal is a grade 11 student enrolled in the IB diploma program at Omer-Deslauriers high school. She has
always had a great interest in the medical field, inspired by her experience as a volunteer at the Queensway Carleton hospital and by the people she has met who practice in this field.  She hopes to one day pursue a career in the medical field, particularly in working with kids. Besides volunteering, Maryam is a member of her student government, student senate, and helps organize school activities.

In her free time, Maryam enjoys going out with friends, swimming and reading and volunteering her time in community activities. She is very excited to be part of the OMS 2017 executive team and looks forward to bringing an exciting conference for everyone.

Corporate Director

Ayan Waberi

Ayan is a Grade 11 student at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School.  Her interest in the medical field sparked when she visited her home country and saw first hand that a lack of physicians and resources had a drastic impact on the quality of life of the members of her community. She is currently a medical assistant at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute but has grown a newfound interest in family medicine.

You can find Ayan cooking, binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, and teaching Somali to other students of her school. Ayan is very excited to inspire the next generation of youth as this year’s Corporate Director.

Finance Director

Annie Zhang

Annie Zhang is currently a grade 11 student studying in the IB program at Colonel By Secondary School.
When she is not studying, she enjoys participating in extracurricular activities such as piano or cheer, and can often be found volunteering in the community. Although she still doesn’t know where she will be headed after high school, Annie’s desire to be able to help others led her to grow a deep interest in medicine. Annie is very honoured to be apart of OMS Ottawa’s first exec team, and is looking forward to a great conference!


Logistics Director

Olivia Mercier

Olivia is a Grade 11 student in the International Baccalaureate program at Colonel By Secondary School. From a very young age, she has dreamed of traveling the world to help people. Becoming a medical professional would combine her greatest passions of health sciences, innovation, and overall making a positive impact in the world. Olivia is heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, playing Field Hockey and being part of the Nordic Ski and Track and Field teams at school. Her love of sports has transferred into her volunteering as well, as she has volunteered with the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers at different ski hills in Ottawa. Olivia has also volunteered at the Carleton Place Veterinary Hospital where she observed many surgeries which also intensified her desire to work in the field of medicine. Olivia is excited to make the city’s first OMS conference unforgettable!

Publicity Director

Rachel Jing

Rachel Jing is a Grade 12 student at Colonel By Secondary School, finishing up her last year in the International Baccalaureate Program. Although she’s studying Commerce at Queen’s next year, Rachel has great respect for the world of medicine. Besides having underwent surgery three times, Rachel has a passion for filmmaking and soccer. She is a part of her school’s unique CougarVision broadcasting program and plays indoor, as well as outdoor soccer. In school, she is also an executive of the DECA chapter and placed 15th at Provincials. Rachel’s interest in business and event organization has made her very excited to be a part of the first OMS Ottawa exec team, and she looks forward to putting on a great conference.


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