Board of Directors
2016-2017 Board of Directors at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
Bektu Abidta, Vice President
was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2015 as a Community Member. Bektu graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc. in Psychology and Bioethics. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Stockholm for two years to complete a Masters in Public Health Sciences from Karolinska Institute. In terms of her work experience, over the years she’s held various positions including those that are administrative, research and project management related.
Suzannah Bennett, Director
Suzannah is nominated to the Board of Directors 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.
Wade Hillier, Past President
was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2011, is an Associate Member. Wade is also an Associate Director at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Beth Johnson, Secretary
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 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.
Patricia Lee, Director At Large
was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2011 as an Associate Member. Patricia is a lawyer with the Federal Department of Justice.
Sophia Lowe, Director
was nominated to the Board of Directors as a Community member. Sophia has been working for over a decade in the immigration and settlement sector in areas related to migrant rights, international credential recognition and the social and economic inclusion of immigrants. She currently works as a Policy and Program Adviser at the Office of the Fairness Commission and will soon take a new position as Associate Director for the Century Initiative. Sophia lives in the community with her partner and their two sons.
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
Alice Ormiston, Director
was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2015 as a Community Member. Alice has worked for nine years in the public policy field for various employers including the government of Ontario, the Association of Ontario Midwives, and most recently the Council of Ontario Universities in the area of health sciences education. Previously, Alice had a career in academics as a political philosophy teacher and researcher.
Martin Ship, President
was elected to the Board of Directors in September 2014 as a Community Member. 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.
Bronwyn Underhill, Director
was elected to the Board of Directors in October 2013 as a Community Member. Bronwyn has ten 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.