Karen Charnow Lior, President
Karen Charnow Lior is an independent consultant providing services in public policy analysis, strategic planning, organizational development and board development. She has experience developing, implementing and managing many different types of projects, both simple and complex. As the former Executive Director of 2 small non-profits Karen worked on a variety of projects that addressed a wide range of issues related to workforce development policy and programs. She’s worked on the local, provincial and national level, as well as in individual workplaces. Karen served as the Chair of the Queen West Community Health Centre Board of Directors before the integration with Parkdale Community Health Centre. She is a popular educator and community activist.
Lisa Druchok, Vice-President
Lisa brings experience working as an educator, youth worker, in harm reduction and working with people who are homeless. She currently works as a Constituency Assistant with Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo, Member of Provincial Parliament of Parkdale – High Park. Having previously worked for Rosario Marchese, MPP Trinity-Spadina, and the Youth Community Health Worker at Scadding Court Community Centre, Lisa is familiar with the Pakdale and Queen West communities and is knowledgeable of local issues.
Yervan Terzian, Secretary
Yervant has a background in mobile health (mHealth) solutions development, stakeholder management and practice guidelines support. He is passionate about healthcare and policy, with a focus on product and project management within start-ups that look to create innovative solutions focused on patient care. He currently supports operations at the Health System Performance branch in Health Quality Ontario (HQO) through his experience and training in both agile and waterfall project management methodologies. In addition, he is a member of the executive committee for the Emerging Leader Forum (ELF) –mandated to deliver programming for emerging healthcare leaders in the community. With a commitment to social justice and health equity, Yervant is particularly interested in work that removes barriers to access in health services for marginalized communities. Yervant holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Science in eHealth (health informatics).
Lois Fine, CPA, CGA, Treasurer
Lois 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. Lois has taught financial workshops for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, the Maytree Foundation, United Way of Greater Toronto and for the Emerging Leaders Program at the Schulich School of Business. She is a member of Imagine Canada’s Advisory Council, the Accounting Standards Oversight Council and is Treasurer of Playwrights’ Guild Canada. Lois is committed to issues of social justice and building strong social movements and community services.
Bernard King, Member
Bernard is a Staff Representative/Negotiator with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). A Labour activist skilled in facilitating the collaboration between employees and management, Bernard has over fifteen 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.
Marc-Andre Hermanstyne, Member
Andre has been creating harm reduction programs for African, Caribbean, Black adult and youth communities for the past 5 years. He currently works at Ve’ahavta delivering poverty alleviation programs that break down barriers, restore human dignity, foster capacity-building, and empower marginalized individuals to break the cycle of poverty. Andre previously worked as a Program Coordinator at Black – Coalition for AIDS Prevention (CAP). Andre is the director of Hermanstyne Consultation Services where he travels across the province training staff teams who work with people who use drugs. He has trained many diverse groups including aboriginal, LGBT and youth. Andre is the current vice chair of the Toronto Urban Health Fund and he sits on the Provincial Harm Reduction Advisory Committee reporting to the MOHLTC. He is also the chair of the Stigma and Discrimination working group where he is responsible for reporting to the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel. He conducts harm reduction 101 trainings across the city with Toronto Public Health.
Shelina Ali, Member
Shelina is a lawyer with Iler Campbell LLP where she practices in the areas of corporate law and civil litigation. She assists non-profit organizations and co-operatives on a range of corporate, governance and human rights issues. She is a contributor to rabble’s Pro Bono column. Shelina’s university education includes a degree in International Development Studies, focusing on gender inequality in developing countries and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration, where she explored the impact of gender equality policy and programming on human security and failed and fragile states. Prior to law school, Shelina worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in the Gender Equity Division and later as a Research Intern on the Human Security in Cities Program with the Department of Foreign Affairs. These positions motivated her to find a career where she could further her commitment to social justice. Law school and practicing law at Iler Campbell LLP offered her a way to contribute to building healthy communities focused on social justice. While completing law school at Queen’s University, Shelina also worked with Queen’s Legal Aid.
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 Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario.
Kelly is a long-time client of Queen West as are her three children who are in their teens and early 20s.
Dean Bere, Director
Dean has 13 years of experience with precarious work, dealing with income instability and housing insecurity. This has led to an understanding of the many barriers folks can face in accessing holistic and affirmative healthcare. Dean volunteers as a peer support worker for 2SLGBTQ youth and holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality. Dean has been a resident of Parkdale for 3 years and feels passionate about helping the community combat the damaging effects of gentrification.
John LeFave, Director
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 it’s torch to blaze with hope as bright in others hearts.
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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