Michèle Harding, BSc SW, MES
Michèle holds a Master 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 (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, aboriginal people and refugees. As a member of Care Watch’s Board of Directors, Michèle also chairs our Strategy Task Group.
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.
Josephine Grayson, BA, MSW
A social policy advisor by education and experience, Josephine Grayson is currently an independent consultant and a senior associate at Employment Matters Consulting. She is also a blogger, writing on issues about aging. She has over 30 years’ experience in human rights and employment equity. She has pursued this work at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Ontario Women’s Directorate, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Employment Equity Commission. More recently, Josephine was Senior Manager, Corporate Diversity, for TD Bank Financial Group. She has long been an enthusiastic volunteer, holding Board of Directors positions with the CNIB, the YWCA, and ACCES Employment. Josephine received a B.A. in Sociology from Glendon College, York University and an M.S.W. in Policy from Carleton University. She and her husband are the proud parents of two grown sons and currently reside in Toronto.
Rachel Barken, PhD
Rachel is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at York University. She does research on aging, home care, and long-term care, with a focus on the experiences of older people, their families, and care workers. She has authored several publications on these topics and has received research funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and SE Health. Rachel also teaches undergraduate courses on aging and gender. In the past, she has volunteered with organizations including SPRINT Senior Care and Parkinson Canada. Rachel holds a PhD in Sociology from McMaster University, and BA and MA degrees from Dalhousie University. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young son.
Anita Dressler had a varied career in probation and parole support, municipal law enforcement and investigative police studies. Since her retirement in 2009, she has participated and contributed to community improvement projects: she is the chair of “Seniors Voice” (a residents’ advocacy group within Toronto Community Housing) and a member of Wheel Trans’ Advisory Committee for Accessible Transit and Appeal Board, the TTC’s Operations Committee, TCHC’s Area Council, and the City of Toronto`s Seniors Strategy Accountability Table. Anita seeks constructive solutions to issues of concern to seniors at municipal, provincial and federal levels.
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.
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.
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.