Siobhan ‘Chevy’ Lazenby is a Senior Field Manager with Dimagi’s global services team based in Dakar, Senegal. Chevy earned her academic stripes from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Throughout her studies in environmental sciences and international development, she became intrigued by the ways in which our physical and social habitats actively shape health outcomes and these interests were galvanized through opportunities for research in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Barbados, the United States and northern Canada. While working for Médecins Sans Frontières during the peak of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Chevy became infuriated by the catatonic inaction of the international community and captivated by the need for a gendered lens in humanitarian interventions. After falling head over hiking boots for a discipline that coalesced so many of her interests (in women’s studies, social epidemiology, medicine and advocacy), Chevy graduated keen to transform her education into action.
Prior to joining Dimagi, she was based in Kigali, Rwanda on an OceanPath Fellowship through the Coady International lnstitute. When she wasn’t devouring data, dodging dala-dalas or dabbling in design, she was managing the cultivation of community-designed eye health programs for people living with diabetes and amplifying the awe-inspiring work of the Tubahumurize Women’s Association. These projects tugged her towards the intersection of global health equity and innovation and led her to a position exploring precisely that with Grand Challenges Canada in Toronto. Preceding her work in global health, Chevy held a number of leadership positions in community development with the YMCA, SHAD and McGill Residences.
Chevy grew up on traditional Tsuu T’ina territory and her permanent mailing address is still at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. With a zeal for data visualization, outdoor pursuits and social justice, Chevy is thrilled to be surfing and developing sustainable software solutions in Senegal. Kryptonite? Mint chocolate anything. Irrational Fear? Birds. Favourite book? The Prophet. Ted Talk? Brené Brown. Hike? Nyiragongo. Senegalese artist? Baaba Maal. Funniest attempt at pronouncing Siobhan? Soybean.