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Meet Jacqueline: Global health is for all of us

We’re excited to introduce you to Jacqueline Tucci, our Research Assistant and Social Media Coordinator.

Jacqueline joined our team in October 2018. She researches and writes about health systems around the world so that travellers know what to expect at their destination. We caught up with Jacqueline to learn more about her travels and what she enjoys most about working in global health.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Cambridge, Ontario during the school year and spent my summers in Wasaga Beach.

Where did you go to school?

I graduated from Ryerson University in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Politics. I currently attend Centennial College in Toronto, where I’m studying International Development.

What do you find most interesting about global health?

I have always been very interested in and passionate about social justice, human rights, and political engagement. To me, all of these things begin with health. Health is a human right and a necessary stepping stone towards community empowerment and equity.

I’m also fascinated by global health because it’s one issue where we cannot be divided – we share one planet and health concerns affect us all. Disease, for example, doesn’t care about borders. Global health is all of our business.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

I have been so lucky in my life to travel to many amazing places, so I have countless memorable experiences! I have incredible memories of family trips as a kid, including a trip to Italy where I got to meet relatives I had never met. As an adult, I have continued to travel with family, friends, and on my own. I spent three months travelling around Asia and could probably write a book with memorable experiences from that trip. I particularly loved scuba diving in Thailand and getting to see sharks in the wild. I also got into some pretty interesting (and sometimes scary) situations on that trip. Read more about my adventures in Cat bites and motorcycle crashes: Things I wish I knew before my trip.

What are your hobbies?

I love music and currently play in two bands as well as solo. I sing and play guitar and bass in my bands, but also perform other instruments on recordings. I also love other forms of art. I take photos and have multiple cameras that I like to experiment with, I like to draw (but only as a personal hobby – I’m not exactly an artist!), and I love sculpture. Being outdoors is also important to me, and I really enjoy skating in winter and swimming in summer.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I am on a personal journey to try every taco restaurant in Toronto. I have already lost track of how many I’ve tried!


Article by Claire Westmacott

Image by Jacqueline Tucci