Meet our Citizens' Panel

  

Aamir Sukhera

 

Aamir started volunteering with the TNO Youth Center in 2006.  In 2007, he helped in writing the Healthy Communities fund grant which helped to establish a Basketball program that continues to run today. He also helped in writing the Jump start grant for a program that enables 600 grades 2 and 3's from Thorncliffe Park Public School learn to skate every year for the past 7 years.  Aamir has been volunteering over the past several years with many different community events, such as Neighbours Night out, TNO's beat the heat, TNO's summer camp program, and various political events for Rob Oliphant and Kathleen Wynne.  He currently sits on the Neighborhood Improvement Area board as a representative for Thorncliffe Park, and he is also part of the employment and food security working groups.

     
 

Alex Zsager

 

Alex is a strong advocate for the homeless, with his own personal journey that took him success to homelessness and back. Alex draws on his own lived experience in his role as an advisor to several advisory committees and non-profit organizations including the Inner City Health Associates, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Homeless Connect Toronto and the Toronto and Canadian Alliances to End Homelessness.

     

Alies Maybee

 

Alies has a passion to make things better for patients and families. This drove her to become a patient advisor over 6 years ago at her local hospital, with other healthcare organizations and in health research. She has been a patient mostly as a result of accidents and a remote caregiver for a mother with dementia. She brings her experiences with the healthcare system and her professional background as a business analyst for technology companies to working for positive change.

     
 

Barbara Fallon

 

In 2013, Barbara’s husband suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. Within a six-month time frame, he underwent eight brain surgeries to address issues arising from the aneurysm. The experiences of Barbara and her family in the aftermath of her husband’s aneurysm motivated her to become a passionate advocate for improved communication between health care providers and the patients and families they serve. Dr. Fallon is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Research at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.  

     

Gord Singer

 

Gord Singer is a person living with Schizoaffective Disorder and accesses mental health services.  He has worked as a Peer Support Specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital for 18 years.  He was hired at CAMH to implement a Consumer Advisory Group and serves on several boards and committees.  He is a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto where he has given a seminar on ethics in mental health care. He was consulted by the WHO (World Health Organization) for their mental health rights initiative. Gord has received a ‘Courage to Come Back’ award and a ‘Values in Action’ award for Social Responsibility from St. Michael’s. His partner Lisa has multiple health challenges and is from the Aboriginal community. Gord has published articles on mental health and recovery and is a member of Mensa.  He lives and works within the Toronto Central LHIN.

     
 

Jill Robinson

 

Jill is a middle-aged woman, person of colour, and peer facilitator with South Riverdale CHC working with their Chronic Pain Management programs. She also volunteers with Fred Victor and works closely with populations needing harm reduction services. Jill’s daughter was transgendered and experience drug use and abuse, which she eventually died from. This inspired Jill’s advocacy on Harm Reduction and the LGBTQ community. She has also worked with youth at Jane & Finch area in violence reduction. She’s also a caregiver to someone with COPD.

     
 

Johnny John-George

 

Johnny is an indigenous peer at Parkdale-Queen West CHC. He has spent some time living in northern Ontario and now lives in Toronto. Johnny has engaged with the health care system in both areas to a significant degree and brings with him his own perspectives, as well as those he’s learned as a peer leader at Parkdale-Queen West.

     
 

Leslie Milrod

 

Leslie Milrod comes to the Citizens Panel as a parent of now adult children who have suffered from chronic illnesses (from IBD to mental illness); as a daughter of elderly parents in their 90’s with serious illnesses and end-of-life care needs; and a spouse of a cancer suvivor, faced in each case with the challenges of navigating the health care system in search of multiple medical specialists, complex diagnoses and treatment, and complex case management and care.  With almost 4 decades of experience delivering professional legal advisory services in similarly complex operating environments, including as an executive of a startup technology company, a Director of an administrative agency of the Ontario government, and Associate General Counsel of a large Canadian financial institution advising business managers operating in technology-based and regulatory environments.

     
 

Mina Pingol

 

Mina is a young woman of a visible minority who works, part-time, as a Peer Support Worker for youth with Mental Heal issues. As a survivor. Mina has several interactions with the health care system where it played a role in the quality of care she received, and thus is now a strong advocate for quality care for youth mental health and addictions. She is currently a student at the University of Toronto. 

     
 

Raymond Cheng

 

Raymond Cheng’s day job as a policy analyst with the provincial voice of consumer/survivor initiatives offers him a “big-picture” view of provincial health mental health and addictions.  He welcomes the opportunity, however, as a healthcare consumer to see and comment at grassroots level.  As a user of lower-profile services dominated by older people from vulnerable populations, he hopes to be able to try to understand how health decisions are made by the LHIN and to speak up especially where others have not had the chance.

     
 

Sandra Dalziel

 

Sandra is a passionate patient/caregiver advocate with extensive personal experience navigating the healthcare system as a family caregiver for many years, and now as a cancer patient. With this 24/7 lived experience, she believes that her voice in collaboration with health providers and planners will optimize care delivery at an individual level which in turn, will lead to system-level improvement. As an inaugural Citizens’ Panel member, Sandra hopes to continue her efforts to help further the recognition of ‘patients as partners in their healthcare’.

     
 

Safeera Mulla

 

Safeera works as a community liason, faciltating workshops and parent support groups. She has been volunteering on various projects in her community over the past few years. Safeera joined the citizens panel as she would like to see a streamlined healthcare service which is easy to navigate by everyone so they can get the help they need.

     
 

Stephanie Greco

 

Stephanie is a Caucasian female who has been a member and co-chair of the former North Health Links PFAC. Stephanie is in a wheel-chair and had about 40 surgeries in her 39 years. Stephanie brings experience working on a PFAC and her history experiencing the system as a wheelchair bound patient.

     
 

Tara Jeji

 

Tara is a middle aged mother of an 18 year old male. Tara suffered a spinal chord injury at the age of 25 and is now paralyzed from the neck down. Is wheelchair bound. Tara is a non-practicing family physician and researcher. Lived in Windsor and worked in Detroit. Has working in research with Sunny brook and Toronto Rehab. Has spent time on citizen advisory table prior to joining our table.


     
 

Walker Young

 

For more than twenty years, Walker has been involved in the health system both professionally and as a patient managing chronic health issues.  Walker currently works for the City of Toronto where he heads a program to modernize back-office services.  Prior to joining the City, he worked at Toronto Public Health, Global Affairs Canada, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Walker would like to have a health system that ensures all individuals have simple access to the services needed keep them, and their families, healthy.