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.

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    Branka Agic, Director, Knowledge Exchange
  • YWCA Hamilton
    Denise Christopherson, chief executive officer
  • COSTI Immigrant Services
    Yasmine Dossal, director, social services
  • Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT)
    Teresa Dremetsikas, programs manager
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto
    Denise Hansen, Client Support Services (CSS) program coordinator
  • Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership
    Hindia Mohamoud, director
  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
    Carmen Moncayo, community wellness program coordinator
  • Global Gathering Place
    Belma Podrug, executive director
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
    Karen Sappleton, manager, Child and Family Centred Care and Health Equity
  • Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre
    Aseefa Sarang, executive director
  • Lethbridge Family Services
    Božana Šljuka, manager
  • Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services
    Nadia Sokhan, director. Monitoring, Reporting and Partnerships
  • Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County
    Kathleen Thomas, executive eirector
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
    Bonita Varga, knowledge broker
  • Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)
    Mariana Martinez Vieyra, coordinator, Provincial Refugee Mental Health
  • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Eta Woldeab, associate executive director

 

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