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Alliance Board


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Liben Gebremikael: Chair
Executive Director of TAIBU CHC, a mid-sized CHC in Toronto. TAIBU has a mandate to serve the Black community in the GTA. As the leader of the organization for the past ten years, Liben has lead TAIBU to live their commitment to equity, anti-black racism and social determinants of health. Under his leadership, TAIBU has also become a pioneer in engaging racialized and marginalized communities including engaging the Francophone communities that are mostly racialized and new immigrants and the Indigenous communities in Scarborough. Liben sits on various regional and provincial committees including LHIN, Health Quality Ontario and Centre for Addictions and Mental Health.

Mariette Sutherland: Vice-Chair
Committee member of Noojmowin Teg Health Centre in Manitoulin in Northern Ontario. She is former Executive Director for Noojmowin Teg Health Centre. Mariette is the unanimous recommendation of the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC), a council of Indigenous primary health care members including the Aboriginal Health Access Centres. Mariette is currently a volunteer on the Manitoulin Anishinabek Research Review Committee lead by the Noojmowin Health Centre board to advise on community research projects. Mariette has worked for over 15 years in Indigenous communities developing health system supports in a culturally safe manner. She is culturally grounded from her lived experience as an Anishnaabe kew living and working in her home community of Whitefish River First Nation. As one of the Elders expressed “she’s a wealth of knowledge, skills and kindness”.

François Seguin: Treasurer
Board Chair of l'Équipe de santé familiale communautaire de l'Est d'Ottawa, a mid-sized Francophone CFHT in Ottawa and an Alliance Board Liaison. François is also a former staff at the Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie. He has worked as a volunteer or employee in centres advocating for comprehensive primary health care for five years. He has a Masters in Health Administration and a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Marc Bisson: Secretary
Graduate of Laval University in Quebec and the National School of Public Administration in Montreal, Marc Bisson has worked in the community health field for over 20 years. Before moving to Cornwall in 1993, he worked in Mali, Rwanda, Bolivia and Quebec in the community development field. Since June 1993, he has worked for the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE), a non-profit organization which serves the franco ontarian populations of Cornwall, Alexandria, Crysler, Bourget, Embrun and Limoges. Marc has participated on numerous local, regional and provincial committees and Board of Directors. He has advocated tirelessly for the rights of Franco Ontarians so that they may benefit and access high-quality services.

Claudia den Boer
Claudia den Boer received her B.Sc. in Home Economics from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and I am a graduate of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management Advanced Healthcare Leadership Program. She began her health care career as a health professional in the field of clinical dietetics. She has since held several health care management positions in the area of nutrition, housekeeping, plant maintenance and engineering services. Since 2003 she has held several executive-level positions providing oversight to pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and information technology services. Claudia has held a number of integrated executive positions creating alignment leading to regionally integrated programs and services. Prior to coming to CMHA in April of 2015, she served as a Regional Vice President of Cancer Services for the Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Programs.

Cate Melito
Executive Director of Grand Bend CHC, a mid-sized rural CHC. Cate was previously on the Alliance Board from 2009-2015. She was a significant part of our strategic planning process when we renewed our mission, vision and strategic directions. During this significant change to the Board, Cate will bring history and continuity. As Executive Director for three CHCs, Cate has served rural communities in West Elgin, Oxford County and now the Grand Bend area. She brings a strong commitment to health equity and anti-oppression in rural Ontario by addressing health disparities due to social, economic and environmental barriers.

Cliff Ledwos
Clinical Director at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, a large urban CHC and is the chair of the Alliance’s Rainbow Communities Advisory Committee (formerly the LGBT Working Group). Cliff has a wide range of board experience including on Access Alliance, South Riverdale CHC, Open Studio National Print Gallery and Craft Ontario. He has worked over 27 years in the CHC sector in both primary care and health promotion with diverse populations with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations

Dale McMurchy
Board member of Kawartha North FHT, a small rural Community FHT for the past five years and an Alliance Board Liaison. Dale is an independent researcher and consultant who brings extensive experience in primary health care strategy, planning, delivery, research and evaluation across Canada and internationally. Dale has worked and volunteered with Alliance members for many years and has experience on national, provincial and local boards, advisory committees and working groups. While Dale has worked across Canada and abroad, her home is in rural Ontario and she understands its unique challenges. Her breadth of research and evaluation experience with inter-professional primary health care will add value to the board as she brings a provincial perspective to how the Alliance can advance comprehensive primary health care through the model of health and wellbeing.

Aniko Varpalotai
Board member at Central CHC, St. Thomas. Aniko Varpalotai has earned a BA/BPHE (Physical and Health Education) and M.A. (Sociology of Sport) from Queen’s University, and a PhD in Sociology in Education from OISE/UT. During her 25 year academic career as a Professor with the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, she specialized in education policy, health education, rural education and social justice issues. Her research and publications have included collaborations with colleagues in Hungary, Wales, Tanzania, Kenya and across Canada. She served as President of UWO’s Faculty Association and was involved with collective bargaining on behalf of the faculty union for many years. Through her roles on local, provincial, national and international boards she has continued to focus on equity issues with a particular interest in gender issues in sports and recreation, the status of girls and women, and health care in rural and Indigenous communities. With several decades of experience gained from raising goats on a farm in Southwestern Ontario, she provided assistance to a women’s micro-business initiative in rural Tanzania. Aniko recently completed six years on the Board of the South West LHIN where she was Chair of the Governance Committee.

Micheal Hardy
Micheal Hardy is the Executive Director of Anishnawbe Mushkiki and a band councillor of Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (Rocky Bay), holding the portfolio for health and social services. His vision to help the Indigenous communities in the north is expansive.He sees the need for family health care, adult addiction treatment, children’s mental health and so many other services that Indigenous peoples require. Micheal Hardy is a graduate of Lakehead University, with degrees and studies in Arts, Education and Social Work. His vast knowledge of the Aboriginal culture, necessities and concerns has brought him forward as a leader in First Nations services. Micheal is very involved in the community serving on several boards and committees, the most recent of which is the appointment to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Board of Directors. From business owner to elementary school teacher to Chief of Rocky Bay First Nation, and now elected to their Band Council, Micheal continues to advocate for Indigenous patients, especially those living with diabetes, and finding solutions for ending hallway medicine.

Mike Bulthuis
Board member at Centretown CHC in Ottawa. Over 20 years, Mike has worked at the intersections of policy, research and community practice, both on the ground and within broad systems of support, to enable individuals and communities to thrive. Mike rejoined Employment and Social Development Canada in November  2018, currently engaged in skills and employment policy. Prior to that, he worked in various capacities addressing homelessness - as national Director of Making the Shift, a Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab, and earlier, as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness. Between 2000-2013, alongside graduate studies in social policy and social geography, Mike was employed in the federal public service, in policy units addressing homelessness, social infrastructure and Canada’s cities. As a consultant, he has also provided policy support to Vibrant Communities and convened support towards the City of Ottawa’s Community Development Framework. Mike has served on local and national non-profit Boards, including the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, Citizens for Public Justice, and the Centre for Social Enterprise Development, while also volunteering in his neighbourhood and with Ottawa Capital Pride and Bruce House.