Bernard King, President/Chair
Bernard is a Staff Representative/Negotiator with a major Ontario public sector union. A labour activist skilled in facilitating the collaboration between employees and management, Bernard has twenty years of industrial relations, conflict resolution, and mediation experience in the private and public sectors. With a Master’s degree in Philosophy and a Certificate in Project Management, he has worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in its Knowledge Transfer and IT departments. Bernard is a proud resident of Parkdale.
Shelina Ali, Co-Vice President/Vice Chair
Shelina is a lawyer who currently works in the area of affordable housing development in Toronto. She also has experience assisting a broad range of charities, non-profits and co‑operatives with a range of legal issues related to corporate governance and transactions. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Shelina completed a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration, with a focus on gender equality in international development policy.
John LeFave, Co-Vice President/Vice Chair
As a new member of the board I believe that being an advocate for those like myself who’ve availed themselves of the services of Queen West Health Center over the years and who are on ODSP with physical/mental barriers to “everyday” life is an important thing. I am committed to that ideal, and to helping ensure to the best of my ability that the integrated Parkdale/Queen West Health Center continues to provide the same kind of empowering, life-building and social structural support to this community as it has given to me. In my mind, that is how I can return the gift I was given by this dynamic, core resource. To pass it on, and aid in passing its torch to blaze with hope as bright in others hearts.
Lois (Lo) Fine, CPA, CGA, Treasurer
Lo has over 30 years of accounting experience in the non-profit and charitable sector. She is the Director of Finance and Information Technology at YWCA Toronto, and has consulted widely in the sector, serving agencies, private and public foundations, as well as government funding bodies. Lo has taught financial workshops for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, the Maytree Foundation, United Way of Greater Toronto and York Region and for the Emerging Leaders Program at the Schulich School of Business. She has served on a number of boards and financial advisory committees and has been the Treasurer of the Ontario Non-Profit Network. Lo is committed to issues of social justice and building strong social movements and community services.
Shahilaa Davaraja, Secretary
Shahilaa is a nursing graduate working to ensure that there is equitable access to health care for all individuals. Growing up she experienced barriers preventing community members from accessing quality care, leading to negative health outcomes and diminished quality of life. She is motivated to help drive health care and social justice initiatives in a way that serves all clients through a culturally competent and community-responsive approach. She is interested in making a long-term contribution to Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre by helping the organization achieve the vision of “Inclusive Communities, Responsive Healthcare, Healthier Lives”.
Kelly Dobbin, Director
Kelly Dobbin, RM MA MSc is Registrar-CEO of the College of Midwives of Ontario and holds a Master of Arts in Feminist Health and a Master of Science in Public Health. Kelly became an Ontario registered midwife in 1996 and since then has contributed to field of midwifery as a community midwife, board member of the Association of Ontario Midwives, president of Council at the College of Midwives of Ontario, and as a maternal child health policy consultant. In addition to being a volunteer board member at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, Kelly currently serves as board member and treasurer of the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Council, as a member of the Accreditation Council of the Canadian Association of Midwifery Education and as a board member of the Health Profession Regulators of Ontario.
Nicole Mihajlovic, Director
Nicole believes in the mission and mandate of Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre because the Centre is community focused and provides strong support and advocacy for quality, accessible and equitable healthcare and works from a holistic approach. Nicole is a lawyer currently employed in-house at a federal sector Association in the role of Director of Labour Relations. She holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. While in law school, Nicole worked as a caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services in the Workers’ Rights division. Nicole also has experience working in a public sector union and private law firm. She is an advocate of diversity.
Stanley Ing, Director
Stanley is a Supervisor at Toronto Public Health and currently oversees a team of epidemiologists and analysts responsible for conducting surveillance of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. As a public health professional and member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, he actively contributes to broad community-efforts to address the factors that generate and sustain health inequities among equity-deserving groups. Stanley is currently the Treasurer for the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario and participates as a reviewer with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation. He previously served as a board member for Chatham-Kent Children’s Services, Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres, and the AIDS Committee of Windsor. Stanley holds a Master of Public Administration (Local Government) from Western University, Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto, and Bachelor of Applied Science (Public Health and Safety) from Ryerson University.
Rozita Razavi, PHD, MPH, Director
Rozita has been a Parkdale resident for the past seven years. She is a biology researcher at the University of Toronto with training in public health. Her work and interests encompass macroscale (social, political, and environmental) as well as microscopic determinants of Human health. Trauma, oppression, immigration as well as the healing power of nature and human connections are her life experiences that have shaped her interests. She believes the ecosystem of a community needs constant tending and attending to remain healthy. In the beautifully colorful Parkdale community, where many of her experiences are shared by most residents, she feels at home and compelled to make a difference.
Afroza Begum, Director
Afroza Begum is a Social Worker who has experience working in the mental health sector, harm reduction services and program coordination. She has in-depth knowledge on the Social Determinants of Health and local issues of the East and West parts of Toronto. To address those issues, Afroza has facilitated community engagement activities for equity-seeking people and referred them to action groups to advocate for health equity, housing, poverty reduction, etc. Afroza has a Bachelor of Social Work from York University, Master of Social Welfare from Dhaka University and Master of Public Health from Independent University, Bangladesh. In the recent past, she has worked as a Pandemic Response Case Worker at TNO-The Neighborhood Organization, Scarborough Support Line & Harm Reduction Worker at Warden Woods Community Centre, Settlement and Health Educator/Specialist at Sherbourne Health and Community Animator at Social Planning Toronto.
Leigh Walters , Director
Leigh is passionate about promoting access and equity in health care, particularly as it relates to mental health and addiction. As a corporate lawyer in downtown Toronto since 2003, Leigh realized it is important to live a balanced life, so staying connected with the community and advocating for people who may not be able to advocate for themselves is of the utmost importance. Leigh recently completed the academic requirements for a post-degree certificate in Mental Health and Addictions at Humber College and is looking forward to completing the program with an in-person placement soon. Leigh has also completed the meditation course at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and has a great appreciation for the benefits of mindfulness and meditation as a daily practice.
Angela Robertson, Executive Director
Angela joined the Queen West Centre as Executive Director in 2013 and continued as the Executive Director for the merged PQWCHC. Angela brings with her over 20 years of leadership experience fostering partnerships with CHCs, social services organizations and hospitals to improve access and delivery of better primary care and community services to homeless and low-income communities. Grounded in broad determinants of health analysis and anti-discrimination frameworks, the work she has led in the health and social services sectors has been recognized and modeled by other organizations. Angela is also a committed social justice advocate working to increase equity for a range of marginalized populations.
Prior to joining Queen West, Angela was the Director, Equity and Community Engagement at Women’s College Hospital. Angela provided strategic leadership in the development on health equity initiatives and partnerships to increase health care access and service responsiveness, including providing leadership for development of clinical programs targeted to support under-served populations, notably the creation of the Crossroads Refugee Clinic. Prior to Women’s College, Angela was the Executive Director at Sistering — A Woman’s Place for over 11 years, an organization focused on providing basic needs, housing and counselling service to low-income, homeless and at-risk women. Angela has also worked in government at the Ontario Women’s Directorate, in the supportive housing sector and in feminist publishing.
Angela is also an organizer and activist in the black, women’s and LGBTQ communities and a past Board member for Houselink Community Homes and current member of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. She is co-editor with Ena Dua of the book Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, published by Women’s Educational Press. In 2017, Angela was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University for her social justice activism for women’s and low-income people’s rights.
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