Lisa Druchok, 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.
Marc-Andre Hermanstyne, Vice-President
Marc-Andre Hermanstyne has been working in the social work field for over a decade. His experience includes the creation and delivery of drug prevention and harm reduction training to at risk youth in some of Toronto’s roughest communities, managing harm reduction workers and hosting community events. He is an ardent advocate for the rights and freedoms of people who choose or struggle with substance use. As the current chairperson of the Toronto Urban Health Fund, Andre knows what great community programs look like and is proud to serve as a board member within a community health centre (CHC) that offers programs and services that are among the best the city has to offer. Andre is still on the front lines as a community health worker for another CHC.
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, Secretary
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.
Karen Charnow Lior, Director
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.
Shelina Ali, Director
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.
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.
Shahilaa Davaraja, Director
Shahilaa is a recent nursing graduate working to ensure that there is equitable access to healthcare for all individuals. Growing up in Malvern she experienced barriers stopping community members from accessing quality care, leading to negative health outcomes and poorer quality of life. She is motivated to help drive healthcare and social justice initiatives in a way that serves all clients through a culturally competent and community response. 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”.
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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