Jen works to improve the health and well-being of communities across FHC’s catchment through strategic partnerships, quality improvement and population health planning. Jen is an advocate for community-based primary care, in which she has been a leader for more than 10 years using a social determinants of health approach. She is passionate about reducing barriers for those most in need, including refugees and those without status. Jen is LEAN certified, trained in the LEADS Leadership framework and certified in Community Health Leadership by Rotman. Jen holds a master's degree in Public Health from the University of Toronto. Jen currently sits on the Board of Directors at East Metro Youth Services who, in addition to providing mental health services to children and youth in Toronto, are the lead agency for Toronto under the Moving on Mental Health Action Plan. Outside of work, Jen enjoys walking her dog and learning to play soccer.
Shobha joined FHC in 2008 to implement a new satellite in the Fairview area of north Toronto. In 2012, Shobha took on the role of Director, Community Engagement to oversee health promotion, diabetes prevention, education and management programs across both of FHC’s sites, and in the communities FHC serves. In 2019, as Director of Community Health and Social Impact, Shobha oversees programs and services at the Flemingdon and Fairview sites. She is certified in Rotman’s Community Health Leadership, trained in the LEADS leadership framework and holds a bachelor of arts degree. Shobha is an active accreditation reviewer and has completed reviews with CCA and BHO. Outside of the office, Shobha enjoys spending time with her family, learning new skills, reading and Zumba.
Nahi is a Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who has held various leadership positions at hospitals, provincial health agencies and associations. Nahi has spent most of her career improving processes to enhance quality, performance and customer service. She has also led several projects to develop and implement strategic and operational plans, as well as project management standards and services. In her role as Director, Operations and Organizational Systems, Nahi is overseeing Flemingdon’s Finance, IT, HR, Decision Support, Risk and Facilities/Services portfolios.
Manjula has been working in the area of health system strengthening and community development in international settings for more than 10 years. In the past 2.5 years Manjula has been dedicatedly and passionately supporting the growth and development of Health Access Thorncliffe Park (HATP) as Director with FHC and TNO. Much of his background has involved having to tackle global health issues through a rights-based approach, which is community-centric and reliant on varied partnerships to ensure holistic interventions are leveraged through a social determinants of health lens. With a background in biotechnology, he is always keen to try and leverage science- and technology-based solutions for social justice and social innovation pursuits. His greatest accomplishment to date is raising two fine young boys, Rafa and Ari, with his wonderful partner Rebecca. Being able to witness and learn from their many curiosities as they are growing to become positive global citizens is a large motivation for his continuing endeavours.
Catherine is a family physician and Medical Director of Health Access Thorncliffe Park (HATP), as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She was an emergency physician for more than 10 years and is now a passionate advocate for her family practice patients. She received the 2019 Ontario College of Family Physicians Award of Excellence for her leadership in supporting vulnerable populations. In her role as Medical Director (physician engagement and health systems design) at HATP, Catherine has been establishing strong collaborative relationships between the health, social and educational neighbourhood agencies in order to implement inter-sectoral and seamless delivery of care to patients. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors for the East Toronto Family Practice Network (EasT-FPN), a network of family physicians with a mission to create equitable access to inter-professional care for all family practices.
Omar first joined the Board of Directors in 2015, and has served on the executive for several years. He is a GTA lawyer and legal academic, with a background in civil litigation, administrative law, human rights and poverty law. He has a JD from Western, and an LLM in Health Law from Osgoode Hall. Prior to law, he worked as a front-line health care practitioner, and in health administration. He is particularly passionate about community-based health services, and maintains an interest in the FHC community after growing up here as a child. Outside of FHC, he is the Executive Director of the Durham Community Legal Clinic, and teaches at Ryerson University.
Rola joined Willowdale Community Legal Services in 2002 and has worked as a Licensed Paralegal and Community Legal Worker since 2009. She works as a paralegal focusing primarily on immigration law. Rola is an active member in the Fairview community. Rola’s volunteer work has included board work with Turtle House and the Canadian Druze Society. She is passionate about helping others and volunteering her time and skills with organizations such as the Fairview Interagency Network and the Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership to help newcomers and local residents. Rola has served as a Director on the FHC Board since 2018 and she is always looking forward to contributing her extensive experience and knowledge for the benefit of the communities and clients FHC serves.
Tiffany works for the Hospital for Sick Children as the Senior Controller, Research Financial Planning & Operations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Tiffany has vast finance, leadership and governance experience and skills from previous roles, including her time as treasurer for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation and Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. Tiffany is passionate about health equity and ensuring that all communities have access to high-quality health care, preventative programs and services that support overall well-being.
Derek has a diverse background in finance and holds a master's degree in the field from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. He is currently acting as Assistant Vice-President of Investor Relations with Manulife. Derek brings to the FHC Board a vast amount of experience in corporate strategy, business development, stakeholder management and communications. Passionate about civic, social and professional communities, Derek has volunteered with several non-profit and community-based organizations, supporting their promotional and fundraising activities. Derek also serves on the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of FHC.
Noureen is an HR professional with extensive and diverse experience in her field. She has worked in various roles focusing on compensation, talent management, talent acquisition and organizational development and learning. Noureen is also a committed and active volunteer in the Flemingdon Park community, engaged with organizations that help care for the elderly and provide services to new immigrants and marginalized communities.
Kyn joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and has been chair of the Board Nominations Committee for the past two years. Kyn is the Deacon at the St. Matthew the Apostle Oriole Anglican Church and a retired education consultant and coordinator with the York Region District School Board. He volunteers his time and expertise serving the Community Information Fairview and the Food Security Sub-Committee. He has master’s degrees in Theological Studies and Education, and is experienced in using and teaching cooperative learning and developing curricula and training action plans.
Noel is a retired senior executive with management and business consulting experience, who has also been a client of Flemingdon Health Centre for more than 30 years. Passionate about the work of FHC and the communities we serve, over the past three years, Noel has been extensively engaged and contributed immensely to the work of the Board and the Policy Review & CEO Recruitment committees. Having completed his first three-year term as a Member of the Board of Directors, Noel is standing for a second term.
Uzma has a PhD in Education, focusing on Leadership and Learning, from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. She has extensive experience in academics, leading projects and change through capacity building and research departments. Over the past years, Uzma has been providing consultation services to various organizations in areas such as policy and procedure development, business growth and change management. Having studied and worked both in Canada and abroad, Uzma brings her rich experience working with diverse populations and cultures.
Jennifer works for Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network as the Manager of the Emergency Department. She is a Registered Nurse and holdss a master's degree in Disaster and Emergency Management. Jennifer has a passion for health care, quality improvement, health promotion and collaborating with community members to provide meaningful programs that support their needs and address the social determinants of health. She brings her skills and knowledge of health services system planning, risk management, change management and quality improvement to the FHC board.
Stephanie is a contemporary educator and clinician who resists the traditional and in doing so stimulates critical thinking. She is a storyteller, activist, academic and physiotherapist, in that order. Aiming to bridge the gap between academia and the street, Stephanie has worked across multiple settings in the health care and education sectors, leveraging her master of education and bachelor of physical therapy degrees. She currently is a Curriculum Design and Innovation Leader, Educator and Mentor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto (U of T) and is recognized for integrating social justice and the arts into health care education. In addition, she works as a pediatric physiotherapist in the community, is a consultant with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and is a member of the Diversity Advisory Council with the Faculty of Medicine at U of T. Indeed, her career has been distinguished by a wide breadth of clinical, teaching and real-life experiences, including working with the Cirque du Soleil, as part of a team of caregivers in West Africa, and with Indigenous peoples in New Zealand. The daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and the mother of bi-racial twins, she is resolute in her goal to champion the voices of the invisible and disenfranchised such that all people can thrive. She hopes thriving becomes contagious.
Kunuk is a physician, administrator and system planner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Unity Health Toronto. He is on active staff at St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Kunuk has worked in Ontario Health (West) and the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in Waterloo-Wellington as the former Vice President of Clinical Quality, where he oversaw the Primary Care portfolio. Prior to moving back to Toronto, Kunuk worked in Cambridge, Ont., where he collaborated closely with community partners as Chief of Staff of Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He has worked with hospital boards and their subcommittees, as well as the LHIN Board and subcommittees.
Kunuk immigrated to Canada when he was three years old and lived with his sister, late father and mother in the Don Mills and Fairview Mall communities. His mother, sister, her partner and their children still live in the Fairview Mall area. Kunuk and his partner, Valerie (a practicing family physician in midtown Toronto) live near FHC. They have one daughter and two dogs, and Kunuk can be seen most mornings and evenings walking his dogs, Teddy and George.