Andrea Bodkin, Toronto
M.P.H., Health Promotion
HC Link Coordinator, Health Nexus
Andrea has been with HC Link since its inception in 2009. She has an extensive background in physical activity and health promotion and has worked in local recreation centres and public health units as well as provincial NGOs and agencies. Her areas of expertise include strategic and program planning, policy development, meeting planning and facilitation. Andrea is passionate about community participation and partnership engagement. She has also done considerable work in the areas of healthy schools, health equity and Francophone engagement. Andrea is an active blogger on HC Link’s website and is known for her active icebreakers and her humourous facilitation style.
Rebecca Byers, Waterloo
H.B.Sc., Health Studies
HC Link Information and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, PAD
Rebecca has been with HC Link since 2009 and is currently the Coordinator of Information & Knowledge Exchange. Rebecca's strengths lie in project management, planning, evaluation and the development of written communications. She has worked as a consultant or staff member of national and provincial NGOs, public health departments, community coalitions, as well as academic research institutions, primarily developing, managing and evaluating health promotion programs and resources.
Patrick Delorme, Ottawa
M.P.H., MA Community development
Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant, Health Nexus
Patrick has been working in public health and international development for over 15 years. He is passionate about developing health programs using a health promotion and social determinants of health lens. Patrick has worked internationally, in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, supporting capacity-building for community-based organizations and professional associations. In Canada, his focus is on the various facets involved in the integration of Francophones in minority situations.
Monika Goodluck, Toronto
M.P.H., Health Promotion
Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant, Health Nexus
Monika is passionate about building the capacity of individuals, communities, and organizations to meet their health promotion goals. She has front-line and management experience with Community Health Centres, including leading advocacy initiatives, program planning, social media implementation, inter-professional relations, and community engagement. Additionally, she spent several years specializing in HIV/AIDS-related knowledge translation activities that focused on racialized communities. Monika values participatory and adult learning approaches, and has a personally and professionally nuanced understanding of marginalization, intersectionality, and equity issues. She holds a graduate degree (MPH) focused on Health Promotion and Community Development.
Kim Hodgson, Waterloo
M.H.Sc., Community Health; B.Sc. (Hons), Health Sciences
Community Consultant - Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC)
Kim Hodgson is a health promotion consultant with experience in the public and community health sectors within a broad range of program areas in the role of public health planner, health promotion coordinator, acting manager and as an independent consultant. She has worked with many community groups and organizations across the province through her work with two provincial resource centres. Kim brings strong planning, facilitation and community engagement skills to her work, and has written articles and delivered webinars and workshops on a variety of topics including: governance structures, strategic planning, decision-making and priority setting processes, partnership development and community engagement. Kim has worked with several organizations in the areas of health promotion planning, program and service integration, community development and mobilization and skill building. Kim is a former board member of OPHA and former Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer, Health Promotion Ontario.
Robyn Kalda, Toronto
M.E.S., Protected Area Conservation; B.Sc., Zoology and Human Biology
Health Promotion Specialist - Technology Specialization, Health Nexus
Robyn enjoys exploring ways to develop, store, retrieve, use and share health promotion information to maximize its usefulness and impact. Her consultations typically focus on new technologies, knowledge exchange, research and social network mapping and analysis. She has been online since 1992 and has worked on electronic strategies with groups at the local, provincial and national levels.
Jeff Kohl, Perth
B.A., Environmental Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies
Bilingual Community Consultant - OHCC
Jeff has experience as an adult educator, community animator and facilitator. He has supported a wide range of organizations, partnerships and networks at the local, regional and provincial levels to plan, deliver and evaluate healthy community initiatives, uncover local assets, engage local leaders, set strategic directions, evaluate programs and monitor results.
Jeff is trained as a facilitator using Asset-based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and Transition Town processes. He is able to provide service in English and French.
Past employment experience includes being a Project Leader for Katimavik and Canada World Youth; 3R's Coordinator for the County of Lanark; Project Coordinator for the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (sustainable forestry); and Executive Director - Rideau Roundtable (watershed stewardship. Independent consulting contracts have included training sessions for Transport Canada, collaborateive strategic planning with four community health centes and evaluation and consultation services. Jeff has a broad range of volunteer experience, including Chair of the Overseas Placement Committee and the Nepal Country Liaison for Canadian Crossroads International, and facilitation services for non-profit organizations. He is also a professional musician and actor.
Gillian Kranias, Toronto
M.E.S., Community-based Organizing for Environmental and Social Change
Certificate in Community-Based Research
Health Promotion Consultant, Health Nexus
Gillian has extensive experience building capacity for healthy communities with health, social service and grassroots organizations. Within a large multi-site community health centre, Gillian helped staff develop skills for evidence-informed practice, community-based research, and team/network planning. Before that she supported community-based organizing and inter-agency collaborations in a low-income housing neighbourhood. During seven years as the coordinator of a provincial resource centre, Gillian consulted a wide array of volunteers and professionals across Ontario in the use of self-help and peer support strategies. Here she developed resource materials and led workshops in English and French on topics such as: understanding peer support strategies, group development and facilitation, participatory evaluation and talking about conflict. Gillian has also worked on topics such as asset-based community planning, sustainable transportation equity, anti-oppression and community capacity. In coordinator positions at small grassroots groups, and through a lifetime of diverse volunteer commitments, Gillian has supported community-based programming, public education efforts and systems change advocacy.
Lorna McCue, London
M.S.W, Community Development and Social Planning; B.S.W
Executive Director, OHCC
Prior to being appointed Executive Director of OHCC, Lorna was a Community Animator for the Southwest Region of OHCC for four years. Prior employment experience includes Executive Director for the London Community Resource Centre and Director of Support Services for the Woodstock & District Developmental Services. Lorna has particular strengths in the areas of community development, community engagement, meeting and workshop facilitation, planning and organizational governance. She has a long history of volunteer activity, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the London Community Resource Centre.
Patricia Scott-Jeoffroy, Aurora
M.A., Leadership; B.A., Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology
Addiction Counselor Diploma
Patricia joined PAD in 2007 as an Education Consultant and draws upon her 25 years of experience in the addictions field to assist in the creation of prevention initiatives. She began her career as an addiction counselor before coordinating a withdrawal management unit. She also led substance abuse prevention programs in health services and has experience working within the criminal justice system. Patricia also operates an independent consulting firm, PSJ Consulting and, as a volunteer, she is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Addiction Services for York Region.
Lisa Tolentino, Haliburton
M.E.S., Community Involvement in Planning
Community Consultant, OHCC
Lisa is a Healthy Communities Consultant with HC Link and the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC). She has a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) from York University with a focus on community involvement in planning issues. Lisa has worked within the health, social, economic and environmental sectors doing community development and capacity building for over 20 years. Through her professional and volunteer capacities, Lisa has conducted consultations, workshop facilitation, and public speaking on topics such as organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, and evaluation. She has lived and worked in both rural and urban areas and currently resides with her family in the Haliburton Highlands.
Suzanne Witt-Foley, Bracebridge
BSc Health Studies
As an innovator in knowledge exchange, training and education, Suzanne has over 25 years of experience in community development and capacity building. Suzanne is an experienced speaker and educator and is passionate about teaching others about mental health and addiction and connection between toxic stress, living conditions (social determinants of health) and wellbeing. She can provide customized workshops & consultations for a broad range of audiences: health, human & social service, youth, parents, educators, decision & policy makers, volunteers & public.
Suzanne was employed as a community consultant for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for over 16 years and has worked in a variety of other settings including a community health centre, public health and health planning. More recently, Suzanne fulfilled a contract with the Trillium Lakelands District School board as the Mental Health Leader. In partnership with the YWCA Muskoka she developed and implemented 4 community workshops and presentations for municipal decision makers. This project focused on the connection between living conditions in Muskoka and the impact on mental well-being. Currently, Suzanne is providing community outreach consultation/education for Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound, Muskoka Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as well as coordinating the Muskoka Strengthening Families program.
Suzanne is also a certified to instruct Mental Health First Aid, Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops and is a Peer Education Associate with Parent Action on Drugs (PAD).
Paul Young, Toronto
Paul Young is a landscape architect and health promoter. He heads up Public Space Workshop and has over 20 years experience with street, park and trail design. Paul is also a health promoter at a Toronto’s South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
Planning and facilitation experience includes developing Active Transportation strategies for over 15 Ontario municipalities. Planning and design experience includes the award winning Lower Don Trail Master Plan, the initial planning stages of Canada’s largest “new urbanist” neighbourhood, Cornell in Markham, ON and the re-design of Lakeshore Blvd during the Gardiner East demolition. Paul was awarded the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation’s “A. T. Champion of the Year” in 2009.