2015- 2016 Board of Directors

Kelley Myers, President

Kelley is the VP, Human Resources and Organizational Development with VHA Home HealthCare. She comes to the board with over 25 years of human resources experience in the non-profit sector in Toronto. In her current role, Kelley provides strategic HR leadership and oversight to a workforce of over 2,000 health care providers. Her areas of focus include labour relations, recruitment and retention, leadership development and advancing VHA’s client experience and healthy workplace initiatives.

Karen Charnow Lior, Vice-President

Karen is the Executive Director of the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG). TWIG conducts research, disseminates information and convenes stakeholders to address workforce development issues in Toronto. Karen has been involved with workforce development programs and policy for 20 years. Before joining TWIG, Karen was the National Representative on Training at the Canadian Labour Congress, responsible for apprenticeship, sector councils, workforce adjustment and lifelong learning. Karen was the Executive Director of A Commitment to Training and Employment for Women, an Ontario umbrella group of women’s training and employment services, with a year off to work at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as a senior policy advisor to the Labour Market Agreement negotiation team. Karen is the author and/or editor of numerous articles on labour force development. Karen is a community activist and popular educator.

Lisa Druchok, Secretary

Lisa brings experience working as an educator, youth worker, in harm reduction and working with people who are homeless. Currently, working as a Constituency Assistant with Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo Member of Provincial Parliament of Parkdale – High Park. Worked previously for Rosario Marchese, MPP Trinity-Spadina, and the Youth Community Health Worker at Scadding Court Community Centre, Lisa is familiar with the CTCHC community and is knowledgeable of local issues.

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.

Marc-Andre Hermanstyne

Andre has been creating harm reduction programs for African, Caribbean, Black adult and youth communities for the past 5 years. He currently works as a Program Coordinator at Black 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. He has been a member of the board since 2012.

Nancy Ng

Nancy has been a member of the Board of Directors at CTCHC since 2011 and comes with over 10 years’ experience in providing consulting professional services having worked with Accenture’s healthcare practice as well as Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations team. She also has management experience at University Health Network in the project management team with extensive experience leading diverse teams comprised of clinical, business and technical experts, portfolio management, change management, program evaluation, and process improvement impacting both clinical and business stakeholders. She has recently been the co-lead of the information systems integration efforts as a result of the merger of University Health Network and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to the completion of her Master’s in Business Administration at Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario), Nancy worked in the rehabilitation sector in Montreal as a physiotherapist.

Peter Leslie

Peter has been actively involved in the Harm Reduction program at Queen West and with the Toronto Harm Reduction Task force. He has extensive knowledge of mental health and substance misuse health care issues. This combined with his years as a Paramedic make him an excellent resource for the Board of Directors. Peter works at the John Howard Society.

Shannon Burton (Saunders)

Shannon comes to the board with a background in Applied Health Science and Social Work. She specializes in children’s mental health, specifically adolescent physical and mental health. Shannon is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Her experience involves positions in the education (Peel/Vancouver School Districts), child protection (Montreal), health care (Vancouver General, McMaster and B.C. Children’s Hospitals), community (Children’s Mental Health-N.E.D.A., Boost & YouthLink), social policy (Ministries of the Attorney General/Community and Social Services), and corrections/law enforcement (O.P.P.,R.C.M.P.,Kinark) fields throughout Canada and in Washington State. Shannon currently holds a position as a TDSB School Social Worker with a portfolio of schools in the central-west end of Toronto, including the Queen West area.

Shelina Ali

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.

Executive Director

Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson joined Queen West in 2013. Angela brings with her over 15 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 current Board member for Houselink Community Homes and 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.