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Meet Joanna: Health enthusiast and communications specialist

We’re excited to introduce you to Joanna Poblocka, our new Communications and Marketing Specialist.

Joanna joined our team in November 2018. She coordinates all of IAMAT’s social media, marketing and communications. We caught up with Joanna to learn more about her travels and what she enjoys about working with IAMAT.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Poland, and also lived in Germany for a couple of years, before my family moved to Canada in 1989. We lived in Windsor, Ontario until my last year of high school. After that I moved to Ottawa where I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Arts and Social Sciences.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Besides travelling within Poland and Germany with my family when I was younger, we also visited the Czech Republic and Austria. When I was older I took a solo trip to Paris and London, which was probably my most memorable travel experience thus far. I also travelled to New York – an inspiring trip in terms of what I was able to see in the arts sector – and I was really taken by the beauty of the Caribbean, especially in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Discovering many Canadian cities was also something I had a chance to do while I was at my previous job.

What do you enjoy most about your role at IAMAT?

The Communications and Marketing role is a very exciting one; I’m learning so much about travel health and global health. Being able to immerse myself in this knowledge is definitely what I enjoy. It’s also very rewarding to come up with plans and ideas for some of the upcoming projects that are happening at IAMAT; I’m really looking forward to contributing and growing in this role.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I’m a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor.

When you’re not at IAMAT, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy advancing my Pilates and Yoga practice, reading, cooking, being outdoors, and going to art events such as dance performances, the theatre and galleries.


Article by Claire Westmacott

Image by Joanna Poblocka