Marni Panas is married to a wonderful woman, Laurina. Together, Marni & Laurina are proud parents to two special boys. Marni is an Engagement & Patient Experience professional with Alberta Health Services and has dedicated her career to the improvement of experiences for patients, their families, and staff. She has recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration.
Marni is a transgender woman who has completed her transition socially and professionally on April 8th, 2014. She has been very transparent throughout her journey in the hopes of fostering acceptance through education and respectful dialogue. She has been invited to share her experiences and expertise in community engagement, facilitation, Patient & Family Centred Care, and inclusive health and cultural safety for LGBTQ* patients and their families locally, nationally and internationally. She has consulted with the City of Edmonton, MacEwan University, Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Health Services and other community organizations to create safe and welcoming spaces and services for all members of our community. She is a regular lecturer at Edmonton’s universities. She often appears in local print, radio and television media discussing a variety of topics that affect the community in which she lives.
She received the Human Rights award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, and has recently been nominated as an Edmonton YWCA Woman of Distinction for her commitment to creating a community where diversity is not only accepted, but celebrated. A community that is safe for others to be their authentic selves.