Advisory committee

Advisory committee

Since the inception of this initiative in 2011, the advisory committee has played a key role in providing recommendations on various aspects of the project and supporting the promotion of project activities. We are grateful for the work of these professionals who represent regions across Canada as well as the settlement, social and health service sectors that support immigrants’ and refugees’ mental health. Below are the current advisory committee members.

  • Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre, Aseefa Sarang, executive director
  • Association for New Canadians, Newfoundland and Labrador, Suzy Haghighi, director of resettlement and settlement services
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Božana Šljuka, case manager
  • Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), Teresa Dremetsikas, programs manager
  • Global Gathering Place, Belma Podrug, executive director
  • COSTI Immigrant Services, Yasmine Dossal, director, social services
  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), Juliana Pelinsom Marques, coordinator, newcomer community wellness program
  • Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO), Vicki Sinclair, executive director
  • Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, Kathleen Thomas, executive director
  • New Brunswick Multicultural Council, Madeleine Whalen, member engagement manager
  • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), Eta Woldeab, associate executive director
  • Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Hindia Mohamoud, director
  • Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada, Jacinta Showmaker, family counsellor
  • Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services, Nadia Sokhan, director, monitoring, reporting and partnerships
  • Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), Mariana Martinez Vieyra, coordinator, Provincial Refugee Mental Health
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto, Nicoleta Monoreanu, manager, national programs
  • YWCA Hamilton, Denise Christopherson, chief executive officer

 

Additional contributors

We would like to thank the professionals below for contributing their expertise in guiding and developing the course content.

  • Dr. Branka Agic, special advisor to the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project; former project lead (Refugee Mental Health Project) and director, Knowledge Exchange, Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Lisa Andermann, staff psychiatrist, Mount Sinai Hospital; assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Grace Eagan, manager, Business Development – Language Services, Access Alliance
  • Dr. Kenneth Fung, staff psychiatrist and clinical director of the Asian Initiative in Mental Health Program, Toronto Western Hospital
  • Dr. Samuel Noh, senior scientist, Social and Epidemiological Research, CAMH
  • Dr. Clare Pain, director, Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital; associate professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Vince Pietropaolo, general manager, Mental Health Services Program, COSTI Immigrant Services
  • Dr. Laura Simich, director of research, Centre for Immigration and Justice, Vera Institute
  • Dr. Debra Stein, staff psychiatrist, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Andrew Tuck, research coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Vanessa Wright, nurse practitioner, the Women's College Hospital's Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic

We would also like to thank the organizations below who contributed to the course content through sharing their expertise and promising practices.

  • Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
  • Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT)
  • Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Hong Fook Mental Health Association
  • Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IECBC)
  • Mental Health Services Program, COSTI Immigrant Services
  • Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC)
  • New Beginnings Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Punjabi Community Health Services
  • Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Women's College Hospital's Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic
  • Centre for Refugee Studies, York University