2019 will be a year of transition for us. Under the leadership of a new Executive Director, Devika Shah, we're honing in on the kind of community building we want to do going forward for a more equitable city.
As we begin this journey, we say goodbye to three Board members and welcome three new ones.
Huge thanks to the departing Shannon Devine, Ginelle Skerritt, and Rabindra Nath Sabat for their service on the SPT Board.
As sad as we are to see Shannon go, we're excited to bring three more women with a broad range of professional, volunteer, and personal experiences into the fold to help guide our planning and decision-making.
Diana brings 10+ years experience as an analyst, Knowledge Transfer and Exchange specialist, and capacity builder, primarily in health, policy and clinical settings. Diana specializes in information synthesis and knowledge sharing and has a proven track record of quality improvement through evidence-informed program development in the community health sector. Diana also brings 5+ years of governance experience through previous board work. Diana’s professional and volunteer activities have been influenced by her lived experience of growing up in Scarborough to immigrant parents and being a former tenant of TCHC, a current member of a housing co-operative, and a single mother.
Natasha is a physician, senior scientist, and professor at the University of Toronto. Natasha is a relatively recent immigrant from the UK, which has provided her a sense of the experiences of those who move to Toronto. Her background is in public health and preventative medicine, which includes the importance of social determinants of health and has equity as a core professional value. Natasha has been working with the World Health Organization in some of the poorest countries in the world, with extensive experience of the social and health impacts of policy on different groups. Natasha has a deep commitment to social justice and is very interested in contributing more to her local community.
Hana currently holds the position of Evaluation and Implementation Lead for Psychiatry at SickKids, supporting programs that address the mental health needs of children and youth. A nurse before coming to Canada, Hana completed a PhD in Education from Queen’s University and has worked in both the education and healthcare sectors. She has volunteered in a variety of organizations both in Belleville, Ontario, and in Toronto. Hana and her family fled civil war in Lebanon. The hurdles she faced as an immigrant and visible minority have informed her professional and volunteer commitment to equity and social justice.
Our gratitude goes to each of these accomplished women for committing to the future of Social Planning Toronto.