HI, MY NAME IS AMANDA FARRIS

I’m the owner and lead instructor for HELPgta. My passion for health education began when I was 18 years old working as a military public health specialist in the U.S. Air Force. I studied pre-nursing in Kansas and although I loved my microbiology and pathology courses but I decided just before my clinical studies to change majors and head back east where I graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education.  I worked in IT consulting for a number of years in the Baltimore/Washington DC area and received an M.B.A. in technology management.  I also took graduate level courses in health policy and health informatics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

I'm currently a certified Red Cross instructor and training partner and I teach workshops for Scientists in School and Life with a Baby.

In 2017, I launched my first STEM summer camp called "Mini Medics" where kids become doctors for a week.

Although, I have lived and worked in many places over the years, I’m thrilled to be living and working now in the Greater Toronto area (GTA) doing what I love, teaching others Health Education & Lifesaving Procedures.

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  • When I’m not working, I like to be playing Tennis
  • I have a great husband and two awesome kids ages 9 and 12
  • Learning to speak French is on my bucket list
  • I've traveled to 11 different countries
  • Self-proclaimed Foodie