Brooks Roche

Brooks is an advocate for inclusive health and social systems with over 20 years of lived experience with Type 1 diabetes. Brooks is a member of the Prime Minister's Youth Council, and currently works with Diabetes Canada as Manager of Patient Knowledge & Connection to build skills, awareness, and community for those impacted by chronic illness. Leading a wide range of advocacy, fundraising, and awareness-raising campaigns, Brooks has aided in expanding and securing millions for federal and provincial health supports, establishing in law a national diabetes strategy, and pushing for stronger financial supports for Canadians living with disabilities. His actionable, human-centric approach to systems change focuses on improved quality of life, including interventions to provide deeply affordable housing, preventative health technologies, and - of course - opportunities for impactful, innovative democratic engagement.

Brooks holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in Architecture from Dalhousie University. He is currently living, working, and playing in Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island) on unceded Mi'kmaq land.