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Kim Bergeron holds a Ph.D. in health studies with a focus on health and the built environment. Her professional background covers over 18 years of experience working within and alongside the Ontario public health system to facilitate multidisciplinary partnerships to create healthy communities. Kim is driven to understand and influence how policymakers, community stakeholders, and professionals (e.g., planning, public health, engineers, economists) work together to build healthy communities. She is widely recognized in Ontario as a leading health planning policy specialist.

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Alyssa Bird has a Masters of Science degree in urban planning and is passionate about forging stronger ties between planning and public health by using parks, streets, public spaces and meaningful community engagement. Alyssa has been a part of several placemaking projects in a variety of roles with 8-80 Cities and is currently helping Ontario communities start their own Open Streets programs.

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Andrea Bodkin has been with HC Link since its inception in 2009 and is currently HC Link Coordinator. Andrea has worked in physical activity and health promotion for more than 10 years in local recreation centres, public health units as well as provincial NGOs and agencies. Andrea is passionate about policy and aspires to one day be a true “policy wonk”. She is known for her engaging presenting style and sense of humour.

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Suzanne Brown is Manager of Neighbourhood Development Strategies at the City of Hamilton, a position she has held since June 2011. Suzanne worked for public health in the city from 2003-2011. Prior to joining the City of Hamilton, Suzanne spent eight years at the Social Planning and Research Council where she was involved in range of social planning activities, from grassroots community development through to community-based research, policy analysis and project development. Suzanne has a Masters of Social Work in Social Welfare Policy from McMaster University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Janice Chan is a Public Health Nurse on the Investing in Families team. Her work involves serving diverse, vulnerable clients. Janice has worked in Investing in Families since it was a demonstration project in just one Toronto neighbourhood.

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Sharon Charters has been the Manager of Grants at the Hamilton Community Foundation since 2000. She has been actively involved in the planning and implementation of the Foundation's “Tackling Poverty Together Neighbourhood Program” initiative. Working closely with donors and advisory committees, Sharon helps them maximize the impact of the grants from their funds through knowledge of issues, trends and the work being done in the charitable sector. Her background includes working in the areas of children’s services, community development and housing. She has also been an instructor in the Social Service Worker Program at Mohawk College for the past seven years.

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Linor David is a health promoter working at Central Toronto Community Health Centres. Her focus is on early years and food security. She has worked in various community agencies such as The Stop Community Food Centre and the Adelaide Women’s Resource Centre running health education programs for adults.

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Louise Daw is the Project Manager for the Guelph Community Wellbeing Initiative, a project for the City of Guelph. Louise has over 15 years of experience working with various organizations, partners, government agencies and governments in the area of health promotion and overall wellbeing. Louise has had many positions including working for over 10 years as a Healthy Schools/Healthy Communities consultant for Ophea and the Physical Activity Resource Centre.

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Carolyn Doris has been a Registered Dietitian at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit for over 14 years working in a variety of programs including comprehensive school health and most recently, food security and access to healthy food.

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Joëlle Favreau has worked in community development for over 25 years. Joëlle first focused primarily on social inclusion (immigration and anti-oppression) and is now a staff member of the YWCA of Peterborough Haliburton working in the areas of food security and training.

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Sherlyn Hu is a Registered Social Worker and Health Promoter working with newcomer families at South Riverdale Community Health Centre, focusing on early childhood development, newcomers’ access to health and culturally responsive community capacity building. Sherlyn has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and certificates in Adult Education and “Strategies and Skills Learning and Development (SSLD).” Her professional experience also includes research, health and social services program planning and evaluation, and adult learning and development.  

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Orest Katolyk is Chief, Municipal Law Enforcement Services for the City of London. He graduated from McMaster University with a Degree in Geography and from Queen’s University with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Orest has been in the field of Municipal Law Enforcement since 2001. Previously he held a variety of land use planning positions in London and other Ontario municipalities. He is currently the President of the Town and Gown Association of Ontario.

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Jeff Kohl has 20+ years of 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 has delivered over a dozen workshops on community engagement and has designed community engagement processes for several community organizations and networks.

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Laurie Letheren is a staff lawyer ARCH Disability Law Centre. In her work she promotes the rights of persons with disabilities to be fully included in society. She has represented clients at various tribunals and levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Karen Loney began her career in the field of Mental Health and Social Services. As a health educator with the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, Karen is currently the coordinator of the CK Community Leaders’ Cabinet, housed out of the Mayor and CAO offices. Previously, she worked in the roles of Smoke-Free Ontario coordinator and Healthy Communities coordinator. Karen has been active in policy development to help create supportive environments that make health the easier choice.

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Gary Machan has worked as a community developer for over 20 years in a variety of fields and been involved in spearheading numerous community initiatives, including most recently the Food Partners Alliance Simcoe County and the Resilience Collaborative. He is currently employed by the Association of Ontario Health Centres in co-leading the adoption of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing amongst their membership agencies.

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Mary Lou Mills is a Social Determinants of Health Nurse who has worked at Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit for the past 25 years in various departments. She has been involved with the development of numerous community initiatives related to Poverty Reduction, Community Sustainability, Rural Transportation, Housing and Food Security. Mary Lou has been a lead in development of public awareness campaigns related to the determinants of health including a poverty maze and the Rethink Poverty: Change Minds Change Lives media campaign. She is on a steering committee overseeing the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy for the City of Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton.

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Gautam Mukherjee is the director of program development and partnerships at Fred Victor Centre, a multi-service agency in Toronto that works with people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

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Emily Munroe, an alumnus of McGill University and Humber College’s Graduate program in International Project Management. As Program Director at 8-80 Cities Emily is always excited to develop meaningful relationships with partners and to design community-based programs to create more people friendly cities. Trained in facilitation and participatory community assessments, Emily is passionate about authentically engaging people in the process of community development and urban design.

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Patricia Stevens is the Health Promotion Consultant for Investing in Families at Toronto Public Health. She has extensive nursing experience in public health.

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Benjamin Rempel is a health promotion field support specialist in alcohol policy at Public Health Ontario. Ben has worked as both a program specialist and program manager in public health for over 10 years in the areas of injury prevention, community engagement and alcohol policy. Ben has contributed to numerous publications, reports, workshops and resources on healthy public policy, with research published in several academic journals. He holds an undergraduate degree in health promotion from Laurentian University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo.

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Jody Risdon is a support coordinator at Houselink Community Homes. She has been working in the fields of mental health, addictions and the criminal justice system for over 15 years. Her work has found her working with children, youth and adults, psychiatric survivors, people living with poverty, as well as individuals involved in the criminal justice system and diversion programs. Jody is currently doing front-line and coordination work with Houselink’s George Street project.

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Julie Rochefort is a Community Dietitian at Noojmowin Teg Health Centre on Manitoulin Island, one of 10 Aboriginal Health Access Centre in Ontario. In her practice, Julie provides compassionate clinical care to First Nation community members living on and off-reserve and facilitates health promotion initiatives. Julie also participates regularly in community advocacy initiatives such as the Child Poverty Task Force group. Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Brescia University College and completed her Masters in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University.

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Heather Thomas coordinates the Manitoulin Child Poverty Task Force. For 15 years she has founded, directed, and provided education and facilitation for community organizations in social services, arts, environmental, and food/farming sectors in Ontario. She co-founded LoonSong Garden on Manitoulin Island, initially a CSA market garden, now growing and milling organic/biodynamic grains, and doing organic gardening education. Heather works with the “Kids Can Grow” program which assists youth in growing food and flower plants at school. She is an Advisory Council member with Sustain Ontario.

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Judy Tsao is a case manager at Central Toronto Community Health Centres and has co-coordinated the garden group for two years. She is skilled at trauma informed counselling and brings a strong social justice perspective to her work.

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Tony Walsh started his career with TD Canada Trust in 1998 and has since held a number of progressive management roles, including Branch Manager and Area Manager for business banking in Western Ontario. He has been involved with a number of charities and not-for-profit organizations in Chatham-Kent and is currently a director with the Chamber of Commerce and Board president of the United Way. Tony enjoys helping people manage their money and loves making an impact.

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Karen Kirkwood-Whyte has devoted her 40+ year career to serving her community – working in education, recreation, health and social services. She has served as Executive Director/CEO of the United Way of Chatham-Kent since 1983. A graduate of the Windsor Business College, she has held positions with Lakehead University, the City of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay District Health Council. A life-long learner, Karen received her Certificate of Economic Development in 2008. She currently serves in numerous volunteer capacities, including membership on the new CK Community Leaders’ Cabinet.

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Paul Young heads up Public Space Workshop, a small consulting office that specializes in planning for healthy communities. Paul is a Landscape Architect with a Masters in planning.  With over 20 years experience in urban design, streetscape and park design, he has developed expertise in active transportation, in particular strategic planning, policy review and facilitation. Paul also has 15 years experience working part time in health promotion on environmental issues at Toronto’s South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

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Yedida Zalik is Community Outreach Coordinator at ARCH Disability Law Centre. Yedida has worked in several community legal clinics, as well as internationally. Her previous work included design and coordination of multilingual access to justice projects.

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Carol Zoulalian is the director of member services and partnerships at Houselink Community Homes – a supportive housing agency in Toronto for both singles and families living with mental illness. For over 25 years she has worked and volunteered in community and hospital settings with a focus on health and housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, and living with mental health and addiction issues.  She is currently a member of the transitional board for AMHO (Addictions and Mental Health Ontario).

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Panelist Bios

Noor Din is the founder of the non-profit, Human Endeavour, an organization which harnesses partnerships and social enterprise models to meet community needs. Noor is the 2012 recipient of the 3M Health Leadership Award. His passion for innovation and creativity has helped to grow and sustain employment and seniors support programs which reach hundreds of people across the Greater Toronto Area.

Laurie Dojeiji is manager of health promotion initiatives with the Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network. One of the key initiatives under Laurie's guidance is the Healthy Schools 2020 program, which has brought together education, health and community partners on a shared vision and priorities for physically active, healthy eating school environments.

Bob Gardner is Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute, an independent non-profit research and policy think tank on urban population health. He researches, writes and speaks widely on health equity policy; works with governments, LHINs, service provider networks and community partners to develop effective strategies and action plans to enhance health equity; and has served on many health policy advisory forums, working groups and boards.

Margaret Good is a Healthy Schools and Communities Consultant at Ophea. She is a parent, former teacher and Health & Physical Education Specialist, and has been involved in the development and implementation of numerous Ophea resources and initiatives, including Living School, PlaySport, Go Girls and H&PE support, for more than 18 years

Kerri Kightley is a consultant whose work is focussed on building networks of community stakeholders to build capacity for collaborative work within the social services sector. Currently, Kerri is the Manager of The Peterborough Drug Strategy, a collaborative initiative based on the 'four pillars' - Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment and Enforcement - striving to reduce the harm associated with substance use.

Ellen Lakusiak is a Registered Dietitian with Ottawa Public Health, specializing in early years' nutrition. Ellen will share Ottawa's experience in developing healthy eating and physical activity guidelines for its municipal child care centres.

Dr. Scott Leatherdale is an Associate Professor and Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Population Studies in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Leatherdale also the principal investigator of COMPASS, a 4-year study about youth health behaviours funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is being conducted and lead by researchers at the University of Waterloo in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto.

Sari Liem is an Associate at Dillon Consulting Limited and a professional planner with over 10 years of experience in land use planning, healthy communities planning and sustainability. Over the last four years, Sari has worked with many of Ontario's municipalities conducting Official Plan reviews and provincial conformity exercises for single tier, two tier, and county level governments to support physical activity, healthy eating, active transportation, and social well-being.

Nicole Niedra supports the advancement of policy development goals in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division at Niagara Region Public Health. She is responsible for monitoring and interpreting municipal, provincial and federal legislation, policies, programs, and the media to determine their impact on the Division's work in a variety of different areas. Nicole previously worked as a policy advisor for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Meagan La Plante is the Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Peterborough Drug Strategy. Meagan recently graduated from the International Development Program at Trent University and has extensive experience working with youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes.

Celeste Auger Proulx, has been working in community development since the Community Health Centre opened. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of social work, addiction, and health. Peer Power is collaboration between the West Nipissing Police Service, three school boards and the district health unit.

Carolyn Tong is a Wellness Advisor at the York Region District School Board, responsible for developing and administering the Board wellness strategy. One of her areas of focus is working with the Curriculum Consultant for Healthy Schools to support comprehensive school health action plans that target student and staff well-being.

Barb Willet is Executive Director of Health Nexus, a provincial organization that supports individuals, organizations and communities to strengthen their capacity to promote health. During her more than 20 years with the organization, Barb has contributed to many successful inter-agency collaborative initiatives and strategic partnerships, and has led the effective planning and delivery of a range of programs and services.

 

 

Celeste Auger Proulx has been working in community development since the Community Health Centre opened. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of social work, addiction, and health. Peer Power is collaboration between the West Nipissing Police Service, three school boards and the district health unit. [RB1] 


 [RB1]Celeste Auger Proulx travaille dans le domaine de développement communautaire au sein du Centre de Santé Communautaire de Nipissing Ouest.  Elle a au delà de 25 ans d’expérience dans le domaine du travail social, la toxicomanie et la santé.  Pouvoir des Pairs est un projet collaborateur entre le Service Policier du Nipissing Ouest,  3 conseils scolaires locaux et le bureau de santé publique du district de North Bay et Parry Sound.