Board of Directors

2017-2018 Board of Directors at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre


Meghan Brown, Director

was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2017 as a Community Member. Meghan has been working in the Social Services field for almost a decade, specializing in harm reduction and preventive health. She started her career working with adults experiencing poverty and homelessness and moved on to work as a harm reduction worker at a non-profit organization for homeless and at risk youth.  She is a mother of two young children and an active resident in the Davenport Perth community.


Suzannah Bennett, Secretary

was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2016 as a Community member. Suzannah has worked in research and knowledge translation related to community health for over ten years. She has worked previously at the Association of Ontario Midwives and is currently a Lead for the quality standards program at Health Quality Ontario.


Carmine Di Federico, Director

was appointed to the Board of Directors in February 2017, as an Associate Member and elected to the board in June 2017. Carmine has recently retired from BMO Nesbitt Burns as a Managing Director after a career spanning over 30 years with the firm.


Rose D’souza, Director

was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2017, as an Associate Member. Rose works as a senior policy advisor for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s immunization program. She has previous experience in public health program delivery at Public Health Ontario. Rose also has a background in journalism – she attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism, which fostered her interest in community building activities.


Andrew Frade, Director

was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2017, as a Community Member. Andrew is a writer, director and high school teacher in equal parts. Andrew received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto and a Bachelors of Education from York University. In the past Andrew has worked as a child and youth worker at the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre and as a counsellor at the Child Development Institute’s Camp Wimodausis. As well, his feature film WASH UP debuted at the 2017 Frozen Film Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota. When Andrew isn’t writing a new script or teaching high school students in the York Region District School Board you can find him working with the PACT Film Program, which is a charity that teaches high school students and at risk youth how to create and produce short films.


Beth Johnson, Vice-President

was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2014 as a Community Member. Beth is nominated to the Board of Directors for her second term. Beth is a retired hospital administrator and was the Board Treasurer for the 2015-2016 session.


Michael Lebenbaum, Director

was nominated to the Board of Directors in June 2016 as an Associate member. He works as a research epidemiologist and member of the Mental Health and Addictions Scorecard and Evaluation Framework team at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He has also previously worked for Public Health Ontario. He has worked on projects related to the social determinants of mental health and mental health care use, mental health system indicators, inpatient psychiatry, and estimating and forecasting the burden of diabetes and the effects of public health policies.


Helder Marcos, Treasurer

was elected to the Board in June 2015 as a Community Member. Helder has 10 years experience working in the Ontario Public Service, primarily with the Ministry of Community and Social Services and currently with the Treasury Board Secretariat working on an initiative to modernize the Government of Ontario’s Enterprise Risk Management approach. A lifelong resident of Davenport, Helder also has previous experience working in the Portuguese-Canadian community to promote post-secondary education among youth

Martin Ship, President

was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2014 as a Community Member and elected in June 2015. Martin is recently retired from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario where he was the Director, Corporate Policy and Public Affairs. He has  experience in communications, stakeholder relations and government affairs.  Martin also serves as a director for other Not for Profits and has an interest in governance and public policy.


Dave Sohi, Director

was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2017 as an Associate Member. Dave graduated from Queens University with a Bachelor of Commerce. After graduating, he worked at a mid-sized accounting and advisory firm where he earned his Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator designations. Dave currently is a VP of Finance at a mid-sized company, and has previously served as the President of his own consulting company. In addition, he served on a Board of Directors as Treasurer at another not-for-profit sector.


Bronwyn Underhill, Director

was elected to the Board of Directors in October 2013 as a Community Member. Bronwyn has ten plus years of experience in the community health sector with many years spent working with heath promotion at Community Health Centres, particularly Flemingdon Park Centre and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. Bronwyn is currently the Director of Population Health and Community Engagement at Parkdale Community Health Centre.