Board of Directors & Care Watch Staff


Co-Chairs

Gail Thompson

Gail Thompson

Gail’s exerience 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.


Fiona Green

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.

Treasurer

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.

Secretary

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.

Past Chair

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 retired from Ontario’s public service, having worked with several ministries, including health and community and social services. Michèle believes in the strength of community and value of community action. She has undertaken leadership roles in many local, city-wide, provincial and international non-profit organizations to advocate for community health and health equity, and worked on community development and advocacy projects relating to affordable housing, domestic violence reduction, employment training, literacy, and health and support services for older adults, youth, women, indigenous peoples and refugees. Michèle also serves as a director of Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and the Ralph Thornton Community Organization.

Directors

John Bagnall
Educated in political science and recently retired from a community-based non-profit agency, John has a life-long interest in government policies, including those affecting seniors. He understands the needs of older Ontarians experiencing chronic health challenges, as well as the need for affordable, accessible, high quality, community supports to age safely in their homes and communities. He sees reform of supportive housing and community services, including increased funding and application of CHA principles, as priorities.


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.


Ginny Odette

A retired Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in chronic disease management, Ginny has led several health care delivery transformation projects, including pioneering and piloting Ontario’s first Telemedicine care model and implementation of clinical adoption programming. Her interests include establishment of effective policies and strategies to recruit, train and retain qualified community-based nurses and personal support workers to support older Ontarians as they age.


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.


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 grassroots 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.


David Sutton

Educated in project management, public relations, corporate communications and political science, David currently works in construction and building project management. He is a former researcher, free-lance writer, ESL teacher and communications coordinator for events and large-scale projects (e.g., Pan Am Games). He is interested in public policy and would like to understand process to effect positive change.

Staff

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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.