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.


 

   

Amanuel Zermariam

Amanuel began his career as an Air Traffic Controller. In 2009 he was accepted into the co-op civil engineering program at the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. Through this program Amanuel worked at three different engineering companies. In January 2015 Amanuel was in a serious car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury. His subsequent experiences with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, housing programs and home care services has motivated Amanuel to find his voice in health system planning to improve services for others like him.


 

   

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.   
 


 
 

 
 

Diane Charter

Diane is a retired writer/editor with a background in nursing, journalism and heath care communications in both the acute and community care sectors. For three years she was the primary caregiver and health care advocate for her long-time partner. This experience made her a strong proponent of patients and caregivers being recognized as equal partners with their healthcare providers. 


 

 
 

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.


  
 

 
 

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.

 



 

Raymond Cheung

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.


 
 

 
 

Sam Pezzullo

Sam is the father of a child who is globally delayed and has behavourial issues. He is also the son of immigrant parents with limited English who are receiving CCAC services. Sam himself was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013 and suffers from depression and anxiety. In addition to the Toronto Central LHIN Citizens’ Panel, Sam brings his diverse set of experiences to the family advisory councils at Mount Sinai and Holland Bloorview hospitals.

 

 
 

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’.


 

 
 

Severin Egatsi

Severin is a bilingual (French/English) Finance Manager with experience in several private organization in different industry and several volonteer position in not-for profit sectors in Canada and abroad. A strong advocate for health care accessibility for everyone.  Severin draws on his challenge and experience in navigating the health care system as a newcomer and how the language barrier can impact the Francophone community in Ontario to his role as a Citizens’ Panel member.

 

 
 
   
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. 


 

 
 

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 PricewaterhouseCoopers. 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.    

  

 


 
 

Wasiu Omotoso

Wasiu works for a major construction firm in the City of Toronto. He has helped in building healthcare infrastructure projects in the Ontario and wants to contribute to enabling policy direction that improves patient experience in the healthcare system through the Citizens’ Panel. 


 

   

Wendy Linton

Wendy comes to the Citizens’ Panel from a Vice President of Operations background, managing several post-production companies. As a business woman, mother of two, wife, daughter, and sister, Wendy has personal insight into many areas of healthcare in Toronto. Her main goal in joining the Toronto Central LHIN Citizens’ Panel is to identify gaps in the current system and to help create a more accessible health care system for everyone to easily navigate without discrimination.