Michèle Harding, BScSW, MES
Michèle holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, and a BSc (Cum Laude) in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her foci have been community planning, social policy and legislation. She believes in the strength of community and value community action, and has undertaken leadership roles in many local, city-wide, provincial and international non-profit organizations to advocate for community health and health equity, including the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (past President), the Ontario Health Coalition (first Executive Director), the Ontario Public Health Association (former Director & Public Policy Chair), and the Ralph Thornton Community Centre (past Board and Planning Committee Chair). She has also worked on numerous community development projects relating to affordable housing, domestic violence reduction, employment training, literacy, and health and support services for seniors, youth, women, Indigenous peoples and refugees. Michèle also serves as a board member of Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario.
Gail’s experience spans various health care settings, beginning at the University of Toronto, where she helped manage health services research projects. She became involved with services for seniors while at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where she worked with the GTA LHINs on obtaining approval for their “Aging at Home” initiatives. At West Park Healthcare Centre, she has participated in planning the Geriatric Functional Enhancement Service and Acquired Brain Injury Day Program, developing a strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and working with clinical service managers on their annual goals and objectives.
Grace Sun, CPA
After several years in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Grace has returned to Canada. A qualified CPA/CGA, she is currently an independent consultant. She has comprehensive financial planning and management experience with several international banks and consulting companies. She holds degrees in commerce, computer science, and international finance from Shanghai University. A volunteer with the parents’ organization at her son’s school, she is also a caregiver for family elders.
Shamim Hawthorne, BA
Shamim has a BA from Loreto College and is certified in Medical Administration Hospital Nursing. She has worked in the Hill Stations of Darjeeling, educating villagers about sanitation and personal hygiene; with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, deployed to natural disaster areas such as hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and flooding in Iowa; and in hospice care, respite, and senior home visiting with organizations such as Second Mile Club, Better Living, Circle of Care and the Alzheimer’s Society. She has more than 10 years’ experience as a senior care giver.
Pat Armstrong, PhD
Pat is a Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University in Toronto. She held a CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Health Services and Nursing Research and has published on a wide variety of issues related to long-term care, health care policy, and women’s health. Co-authored books include Wash, Wear and Care: Clothing and Laundry in Long-Term Residential Care and Wasting Away: The Undermining of Canadian Health Care; co-edited books include The Privatization of Care: The Case of Nursing Homes and Women’s Health: Intersections of Policy, Research and Practice. She has been co-director of the Ontario Training Centre at York University and a member of the board for the York Institute for Health Research. She has served as both Chair of the Department of Sociology at York and Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton. She has been Principal Investigator on “Re-imagining Long-Term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices” and Principal Coordinator on the CIHR-funded “Healthy Aging in Residential Places.” Pat is also a board member of the Canadian Health Coalition and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a long-time member of Care Watch.
Nazrawit Gebeto, MBA
New to Canada from Kenya, Nazrawit is currently pursuing Canadian CPA designation. She has experience working with NGOs and charities in Kenya providing nutritious food, eye care, and sustainable housing for community seniors in Isiolo, Kenya. Her education is in finance and accounting, including a MBA, Finance, from The Netherlands’ Nyenrode Business Universiteit.
Fiona is a long-time advocate for seniors, community health, and long-term care, with post-graduate training in gerontology and education. She is a former program manager for the Toronto Central CCAC; Manager, Adult Day Program for SPRINT Senior Care; and board chair for Ewart Angus Homes. Her experience includes human resource management, social service programming, policy development and implementation, and international development.
Jack is, and has been for the past 20 years, a mediation training coach for the Stitt-Field law firm and the University of Windsor Law School for people training to be mediators. Trained as a social worker, he has worked as a Long Term Care Area Manager with the Ministry of Health Simcoe-York Area and Peterborough Area. This included provincial responsibilities for 72 nursing homes, 500 community seniors programs, and the establishment of six CCACs. He was a social planner with the Ministry of Housing for planning the new City of North Pickering. He served as Regional Social Services Manager for Eastern Ontario with the Ministry of Community and Social Services for Eastern Ontario, was social and community services manager and acting Administrator for the Orillia Regional Centre overseeing residential care for developmentally disabled adults, and was the first executive director for the Kitchener-Waterloo and assistant for Calgary Social Planning Councils, as well as Director of Planning and Allocations for the Edmonton United Way. He has held several employment and volunteer positions with Toronto’s 519 Community Centre. He has also lectured part-time at the School of Social Work, Waterloo Lutheran University and at Mt. Royal College (Calgary). He served on the Advisory Committee of the Long Term Care Division of the City of Toronto for seven years and also on other municipal seniors committees.
Mohammed Afzal Masoodi, PhD
Afzal Masoodi was trained in immunopathology and veterinary sciences before immigrating to Canada. Currently a dedicated education professional in Toronto, Dr. Masoodi plays a leadership role in the Ontario Afghan Family and Senior Services Association. He has worked with the International Organization for Refugees, International Medical Corporation, Plenty Canada and the Hospital for Sick Children, and is a former lecturer in pathology at the University of Kabul, Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Kathryn Morgan, PhD
Kathryn Pauly Morgan received her MA and PhD in Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and is cross-appointed to the Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Joint Centre for Bioethics. She also received a M.Ed. degree from the University of Alberta in the Dept. of Educational Foundations. She has published extensively in the areas of feminist ethics and bioethics (on such topics as cosmetic surgery, sexuality, reproductive technologies, gender identity, and weight-loss surgery), on philosophy of the body, critical disability studies, feminist bio-technoscience, theorizing medicalization politics, feminist pedagogy, and women and aging.
Robert Schenk, BA, MSW
Robert has a BA from the University of Guelph, an MSW from the University of Toronto, and belongs to the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Notwithstanding a period of seven years spent as caregiver with his two sons, Robert has worked in the community with organizations devoted to caring for seniors and the vulnerable for twenty years. He has worked with Toronto seniors in a number of capacities including as a PSW/respite care worker, coordinator of a meals on wheels program, and as a social worker. Robert has worked with grassroot and local agencies such as VHA Home Health, North York Seniors Centre and Senior Peoples Resources in North Toronto as well as Ontario’s home care services. He has a particular interest in seeing that home care clients and staff are treated with respect in a truly user-friendly system.
Care Watch Staff
David Sider, PhD
David Sider is the part-time Administrative Coordinator for Care Watch. He has worked in the social services field with a variety of non-profit organizations including Community Living Toronto, Easter Seals, Safehaven Project for Community Living, and Frontier College. David has also worked with several environmental non-profit organizations in Canada, Malaysia, and India. When not at Care Watch, David teaches the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto.