Board of Directors

2019-2020 Board of Directors


Suzannah Bennett, Vice Presidentwas 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.


Dayna Bernard, Director, is a Social Worker who has delivered community-based services for more than 20 years, specializing in Mental Health and Addictions. She has held both front-line and managerial positions working in healthcare and community organizations. Recently, she spent a year facilitating the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic at Humber River Hospital. She has lived in the Davenport-Perth neighbourhood for over a decade and is a passionate advocate for equity in health care and social justice.


Paulysha De Gannes, Directorwas elected to the board as an associated member in June 2019.  As of 2019, Paulysha works at Prostate Cancer Canada as a Senior Coordinator, Policy and Engagement. She leads policy, advocacy, health education, and clinician engagement projects and single-handedly increased the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts.  Paulysha has held a variety of health and policy roles at prominent organizations including Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Durham Region Health Department, University of Ottawa Health Services, and the Canadian Red Cross. Paulysha completed her Master’s in Public Health (Health Promotion) at the University of Toronto and graduated with distinction with a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa.


Grant Gonzales, Directorjoined the DPNCHC Board of Directors in March 2019 as a Community Member and previously served on the Board from 2008 to 2012, including one term as Vice President. Grant is a government and stakeholder relations professional, with over 5 years of experience. He is a Stakeholder Relations & Research Coordinator at Metrolinx and previously worked as a government relations consultant at Counsel Public Affairs. Grant holds a Master of Political Management from Carleton University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Toronto.


Helder Marcos, President, was elected to the Board in June 2015 as a Community Member. Helder has 14 years experience working in the Ontario Public Service, primarily with the Ministry of Community and Social Services and currently with the Office of the Treasury Board within the Treasury Board Secretariat.  A lifelong resident of Davenport, Helder also has previous experience working in the Portuguese-Canadian community to promote post-secondary education among youth.


Terri Irwin, Directorwas elected to the Board in June 2018 as a Community Member. Terri is an experienced Nursing leader with 17 years’ experience in professional practice, clinical operations, and quality improvement. Currently, Terri is the Director of the Quality Standards program at Health Quality Ontario.  In this role, she works with an amazing team to drive provincial level, inter-professional, quality improvement through the development, implementation, measurement, and reporting of clinical quality standards.


Beth Johnson, Treasurerwas 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 Vice-President for the 2017-2018 session.


Camille Le Hunte, Director At Largewas appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2017 as an Associate Member and elected in June 2018. Camille graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion). Camille has worked with Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre as a practicum student and currently works for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in the Health Equity Branch. Camille has experience in health promotion, program planning, and evaluation.


Hilary Mackenzie, Secretary, was elected to the Board in June 2018 as a Community Member. Hilary has worked as a French and Spanish interpreter in the community sector, a financial administrator for non-profit organizations and a teacher of English as a second language. She has lived in this area and been a patient at the health centre for twenty-eight years.


Cathy O’Neill, Directorwas elected to the Board in June 2018 as an Associate Member. Cathy has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare sector, with a focus on quality, safety, equity, and engagement. She received her Bachelors of Nursing from Ryerson University in Toronto, and her Master’s in Public Policy from Queen’s University. Currently, she is the Senior Director for Patient Experience and Community Engagement at the newly formed health network of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In this role, Cathy is committed to system and local level improvements across the healthcare continuum to ensure the best experience through equitable access to care for all patients, families and local communities.


Martin Ship, Past Presidentwas 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.


Sepali Vithanage, Directorwas elected to the board of directors in June 2019 as an associate member. She is a professional accountant and member of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) – Canada. Currently, she is working for a  privately owned Solar power development company. She works with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)  to assist people with their income tax preparation.