Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is governed by a distinguished community-based board who reflect the communities we serve.
Meet our current board of directors:
Meet our current board of directors:
Janice Dusek (Board President) is a registered nurse, is a senior leader and executive with over 35 years of experience in the health care field including the Acute, Community and Mental Health Sectors, and has led change and the provision of innovative solutions to support both adult and children’s health care. Janice is CEO of JD & Associates a professional consulting practice specializing in strategy development, planning and facilitating organizational and system change, Board governance, oversight and renewal. Janice’s volunteer work includes chair of committees at professional associations and with district health councils. Janice holds a BSN, MS, MBA and is a Fellow of the Wharton School of Finance.
Sandra Zoratti (Vice President) is an information technology professional specializing in IT strategic planning, portfolio management, testing, data conversion, and systems integration. She has worked for multiple Canadian financial institutions supporting retail lending, credit cards, merchant services, and auto finance. Currently an Associate Vice President at TD Bank Group, Sandra is responsible for the end-to-end technology supporting the Real Estate Secured Lending business, the Personal & Indirect Lending business and the Personal Credit Platform. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto and a PMP certification. She is passionate about community involvement and professional development; she volunteers for several community events and is an active member of the Women-In-Leadership Chapter for her business unit.
Sarwar Khan (Treasurer) is currently working as an Assistant Controller with EOS Canada Inc. Sarwar has his Chartered Accountant qualification from Bangladesh and also did his MBA, MComm and BComm and is being enrolled for the CPA designation. He completed the Canadian Business Law course at York University. Sarwar has wide financial experience in increasingly higher responsibilities with international operations of global health care and consumer goods companies, including the role of CFO of a Bangladesh subsidiary and extensive professional, volunteer and academic experience in Bangladesh.
Caryl Arundel (Secretary) is a policy and management consultant specializing in projects in the public and nonprofit sectors. She teaches part-time in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and in the Nonprofit Management program at Ryerson University. In addition to her consulting experience, Caryl has 20 years’ experience in municipal government in Toronto and in London, England. She has served on a variety of voluntary boards and associations. Caryl holds an MPA from the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University and an MSc in Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Junie B. Facey
Junie B. Facey (Member-at-Large) is a change agent with diverse experience contributing to the shaping of grassroots organizations, multi-sector community health services and network initiatives. Junie brings several years of management experience with a personal philosophy of teaching/learning and a commitment to developing the leadership skills in others. Currently a contract faculty member in Ryerson University’s Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management program and with Cestar/Lambton College’s Health Care Leadership program, Junie earned a Masters of Health Studies with a focus on leadership and organizational development, a Bachelor of Social Work with a Minor in Public Administration, and she is a registered social worker.
Ainun Afroza is a Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition (Bangladesh) and Medical Educator. A graduate in Medicine, Aniun completed her fellowship in Pediatrics at the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her Diploma and Masters in Medical Education from Dundee University, UK. Ainun has a strong compassion for the development of Community and Children. She was the Founding Chair and Professor of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Medical University of Bangladesh. She has also worked in the South East Asia Regional Office of World Health Organization as International Professional. With over 32 years of work experience, Aniun has made enormous contribution in Child Health, Medical education, formulating national and international strategies and guidelines for Nutrition, Global Health and Public Health. She has her work published in numerous scientific journals and self-authored books. Currently, Aniun is a volunteer in the University Health Network (UHN) and member of Toronto Breastfeeding Network (TBN), Baby Friendly Initiative Ontario (BFIO) and Access Alliance.
Amanda Gibson is a Senior Business Analyst, Alternate Level of Care and Mental Health and Addictions Program with Access to Care, Cancer Care Ontario. She has over nine (9) years of health and community care experience at a local, national and international level. Amanda holds a Master of Health Science, Health Administration, and Master of Social Work, Mental Health and Health, from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, Health Studies and Honours Bachelor of Science, Psychology from McMaster University. She is also a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. As a registered clinician and Certified Health Executive, she brings a unique and multifaceted lens towards understanding and acting on complex issues in the context of what matters most to patients and families.
Is currently an Organization Development PA with the City of Toronto and has a bachelor of Commerce Degree in Human Resource Management from Ryerson University. Mehvash has progressive experience in recruitment and selection, training and development, labour and employee relations, compensation, benefits, health and safety and strategic HR planning.
Pema Lhalungpa is currently a Director, Communications with Manulife in Toronto. She has a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French Literature from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Danforth East Community Association and is fluent in written and oral French and proficient in oral Portuguese and Spanish. She is also a member of the Capacity Canada's MatchBoard program.
Ken Ng is a Certified General Accountant with progressive experience in the not-for-profit sector. He is currently Director of Finance at Abilities Centre and has a Master of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University, a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Waterloo.
Mahesh Nileshwar has lived in Scarborough for many years having immigrated to Canada from Abu Dhabi -U.A.E. He has worked with various multinationals in Canada and internationally. Mahesh is interested in researching holistic and alternate medicines, and teaches at a community school during weekends. He currently leads Retire-At-Home Services that aim to help Scarborough seniors live an independent life in their homes. He is married and has two children, and is an active volunteer in the community. Mahesh holds a B.SC. Computer Science from Bangalore University and is a Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Mariam Paul is currently Coordinator, Workforce Development Strategies with East Scarborough Storefront in Toronto. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science magna cum laude along with a Double Major in Kinesiology and Health Studies from York University. She has experience in project management of strategic and innovative initiative, with demonstrated strengths in building partnerships and analytical expertise.
Lauren Pragg is a consultant with Newcomer Women's Services, Youth Advisory Board Co-Coordinator / Columns Editor with Shameless Magazine and an Office Assistant / Social Media Assistant with Six Degrees Community Acupuncture in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition with the Institute of Holistic Nutrition a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, Master of Arts - Social and Political Thought from York University. She has participated as a volunteer - Social Media Assistant, Communications with Food Secure Canada's 9th Assembly, "Resetting the Table" and was a Member, Steering Committee - Tease Project with Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention as well as a Member, Board of Directors with South Asian Visual Arts Centre.