Meet our Toronto Central LHIN PFAC

   

Walker Young- Co-Chair 

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.  

     
 Patricia Maurice  

Patricia Maurice- Co-Chair

An active member of the Toronto Police Services Neighbourhood Safety Council in her Thorncliffe neighbourhood and having significant experience volunteering in various healthcare capacities, Pat remains active in her community. She also brings years of experience working with various CCACs to provide informal caregiving and support to ill and family and friends with disabilities to get the services needed to remain in home.

     
     

Carole Ann Alloway- Member

As a caregiver for her husband who was supposed to have one operation with 3 months recovery but instead had 10 operations over 7 years, Carole Ann has witnessed first-hand the gaps in the health care system. Carole Ann is and has been involved in numerous projects and initiatives with multiple organizations and continues to be an advocate for patients and caregivers in the healthcare system.

     
 Deanna McNeil
   

Deanna McNeil- Member 

Deanna is a retired registered nurse who spent her career working with the psycho-geriatric population both in hospital and the community. In addition she did and continues to do volunteer work with non-profit agencies. Her motivation in joining the Home and Community Care PFAC is to identify and correct the deficiencies in the home care service thus enabling service delivery to meet each individual's need for optimal home health care and improving their quality of life.

     
 
 

Dean Valentine- Member

A veteran of Canada’s Royal Canadian Navy, Dean’s experiences, knowledge, and professional competencies are gained through 25 years of dedicated service to the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch. Since his arrival in Toronto in 2008, and as a result of overcoming challenges with his own physical and mental health, Dean has been committed and focused on mindful approaches to community engagement service work.

     
 
 

Minara Begum- Member

Minara has been a Community Development Coordinator with Hospice Toronto since 2014, has previously worked at Sherbourne Health Centre, and has font line experience understands the community needs of residents of Thorncliffe and St. James Town. She envisions making health care more accessible to all, but especially those most vulnerable sectors.


     
 
 

 

Melania Comito- Member

As a daughter of immigrants who do not speak English but currently receive home care services from the Toronto Central LHIN, Melania helps them navigate the health care system. 15 years ago, Melania and her husband moved to Toronto and thus, she also understands the perspective of a newcomer to Ontario’s health care system.


     
 
   

Omar Khan-Member

For over three years, Omar has been deeply involved with refugee newcomers, helping them settle, integrate and thrive in the Greater Toronto Area. He also volunteers with Hospice Toronto to assist those who are dying, and has volunteered with the Young Careers Program to help children who support family members with complicated medical situations.

 

     
 
   

Marlene Rathbone-Member

Marlene is from an Indigenous background and her experience with the health care system (especially access to specialists) has left her with an amputated leg. Currently receiving home care services, Marlene brings the perspective of being an indigenous woman accessing the health care system. As a member of the Home and Community Care PFAC, she will provide feedback on current services the LHIN provides.

     
 Jacqueline Maree
   

Jacqueline Maree -Member

Jacqueline Maree has been a caregiver and advocate for her husband for many years. She is a strong advocate for home and community care, having experienced the advantages and the support of the LHIN and its various areas of health care management. She has a strong interest in seeing standard access to care and accessibility across the health care system and LHINS. As a member of the PFAC, she is honoured to add her voice to the discussion surrounding quality care and communication.

     
 Tara Jeji    

Tara Jeji -Member

Tara is passionate to share her experience of navigating the health care system from acute care to rehabilitation, and living in the community as an individual living with a spinal cord injury for the last 26 years. Tara works full-time at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, managing the research program for spinal cord injuries in Ontario. Tara has and continues to sit on many community service organizations and professional boards.

     
     

Stephanie Greco -Member

Stephanie 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 patient who uses a wheelchair. 

     
     

Safeera Mulla -Member

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.

     
   

 

Leslie Milrod -Member

Leslie Milrod comes to the Toronto Central LHIN PFAC 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.

 

     
     

Jill Robinson -Member

Jill's experience working to break down institutional barriers within the LGBTQ community, working in the field of Harm Reduction, advocacy for the homeless community, and personal journey of mental health demonstrates her passion for those that experience systemic barriers of homelessness, discrimination and oppression. She has brought that passion to her work with CAMH and South Riverdale Community Health Centre, St. Stephen’s Community House, and now to the Toronto Central LHIN.

 

     
   


Gord Singer -Member

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. 

 

     
 Barbara Fallon    

Barbara Fallon -Member

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.  

     
     

Alies Maybee -Member

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.

     
     

Alex Zsager -Member

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.

 

     
 Mun Fung Woon  

 

Mun Fong Woon -Member

Mun Fong is a peer facilitator for the Chronic Disease Self Management Program offered by the South Riverdale CHC and a Patient Partner of the UHN. He is living with cancer and multiple chronic conditions, some caused by the side effects of his medications. Professionally, he has worked in the data networking and IT field for over 20 years. On volunteering, he has been a director, educator and instructor for the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and its sister organization The Taoist Tai Chi Society (both registered Canadian Charity) since the late 1980s. He had to step down form his work and volunteer roles due to illnesses in early 2010s. He is passionate about patient self-management and is always looking for tools and resources to help those living with chronic diseases to better manage their illnesses.

 

     
 Venessa Downer    

Venessa Downer -Member

At the age of 17, Venessa became aware of the inequalities in accessing healthcare while caring for her grandmother after she suffered a major stroke. This experience led her to pursue an undergraduate in Health Management with hopes of closing the gap and identifying actionable solutions. As a healthcare professional she is now dedicated to aiding the most vulnerable members of society to access the care that they need promptly with a keen focus on home and community services.