ABOUT US

Board Members

Derek Rodrigues

Chair

Derek Rodrigues is the Board Chair for Wellfort Community Health Services.

Derek Rodrigues has over 25 years of extensive financial experience in not-for-profit and multi-national for-profit organizations. He is a strong leader with proven record of developing and implementing financial and operational controls especially in corporate governance and risk management as it pertained to reputation, operation and fraud.

He has worked in several roles for leading charities, ALS Canada, the Arthritis Society, MS Society of Canada, Save the Children Canada and the Canadian Health Network that included strategic oversight for its financial performance and information services, while leading the design and implementation of a robust enterprise risk management model.

An active volunteer, Derek also serves on a variety of boards and committees in the voluntary sector.


Christina Cameron

Vice

Christina Cameron lives in the Brampton/Bramalea area and is a Board Member of the Bramalea Community Health Centre.

Christina has participated in many public speaking events ranging from:

  • Toastmasters
  • Quarterly award ceremonies
  • Cultural festivals

Christina has completed her Law Clerk certification and has spent several years working in the legal and capital markets departments within the financial industry.  She has worked as a Law Clerk and  Documentation Negotiator.  Christina is currently employed as the Senior Administrator and Team Lead in the Legal Documentation Group for the Bank of Montreal.

She and her husband have two wonderful children Jordan and Jay. 


Michael Iseyemi

Treasurer

Michael has over 20 years of experience in Technology Management, information security, risk management, and business continuity planning in various industries including Financial, Healthcare and the Service Industry. His compliance expertise and scope of mandate include financial crimes enforcement laws, Sarbanes-Oxley, global privacy and data protection legislations, and telecommunications statutes. His experience also includes Technology management, data privacy, Cyber Security, Risk management, general governance and oversight of a business. He has been instrumental in devising strategies that has resulted in streamlined business operations, cost savings and enabling the business to generate more revenue in the aforementioned areas while also positioning for growth. Michael has a global experience in the global data privacy and cross border related issues and compliance standards arena especially in valuating risks, devising mitigation strategies and also implementation of initiatives to reduce such risks to a residual level.

Michael has resided with his family in Brampton over the last 23 years. He and his wife Franca are the proud parents of three children one of whom is an aspiring Medical Doctor currently studying Medicine. His other daughter is currently attending University and his Son is a Professional Engineer.


Karen Kus

Secretary

Karen Kus graduated with a Masters of Education, Adult Education and Community Development at OISE, University of Toronto. As an advocate for community-focused endeavours, she expresses her passion for social change through her pedagogical background. She has been a dedicated community activist in Peel, as evident in her former experience as a committee member for Peel Committee Against Women Abuse. Karen was a born and raised in Mississauga and looks forward to continue contributing to the community.

She continues to do substantial work at the University of Toronto Mississauga as an Instructor, Teacher Assistant, and Research Assistant for the Women and Gender Studies program. Her teaching and research interests focus on gender and social change, human rights and community development, feminist praxis, narratives and personal growth, and transnationalism and cultural perspectives. She aims to apply her academic background in feminism and social justice critical theories to her community based initiatives in order to ensure inclusivity and an anti-oppressive framework.


Amy Arnold

Director

Amy Arnold is currently a Director of Human Resources for a large insurance provider, specializing in Organizational Effectiveness. In her role, she provides coaching, consulting, facilitation, change and project management within the organization.

Amy brings to the board experience over 15 year’s experience in governance and communications, as well as labour and employee relations. She has a strong commitment to equity and inclusiveness. In particular, Amy is passionate about the pursuit of family-friendly practices in organizations and in the past, has been involved in various diversity and inclusiveness initiatives such as providing support to mothers returning to the workforce after a maternity/parental leave.

Amy is actively involved in the community, volunteering her time at local food banks and with the Peel District School Board.


Sylvia Kim

Director

Sylvia Kim is a Sr. design architect of Stantec Architecture with over 15 years of experience in architectural practice with a specific focus on the design of healthcare related projects. Sylvia’s portfolio demonstrates a commitment to design excellence and passion for social and community engagement responsiblities. Sylvia also has an MBA degree from Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto and dedicates her focus on aligning design excellence with business objectives. Sylvia’s approach to design for healthcare is guided by a desire to create a source of pride and an urban refugee for our community. Healthcare facilities are integral part of our City’s infrastructure and Sylvia believe that the function of healthcare facilities is not just confined to address the functional program requirements but also has its duty to bridge the gap between medical establishment and everyday life. Our City’s healthcare facilities must be accessible and inclusive to all people.


Jaineel Purohit

Director

Jaineel Purohit has graduated with a Master’s degree at York University, specializing in Health Policy and Equity and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies specializing in Health Management. His Major Research Paper (MRP) in his Master’s program focused on whether or not the Central Local Health Integrated Network (Central LHIN) and the Toronto Central LHIN (TC LHIN) have a potential system in place to help raise awareness of the Social Determinants Of Health and help reduce health inequities experienced by the socially disadvantaged members in Ontario’s neoliberal society.

Jaineel is currently working as a Health Promoter for the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division at the Region of Peel. He is responsible for applying and leading the program planning and evaluation process to various projects across the healthy eating children and youth and healthy eating adult team including Marketing 2 Kids; Sugar Sweetened Beverages; Comprehensive Community Health Initiative.


Narendra Shah

Director

Narendra Shah is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of senior management experience in diverse health care settings including a research organization, teaching and community hospitals, the Ministry of Health in Ontario and he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH LHIN) from 2007 to 2013 with oversight of $1.3 billion.

He is the key architect behind many of the innovative nationally recognized transformation initiatives in the community health sector aimed at improving care for high need populations including the “Home First” concept; and, the highly successful Supports for Daily Living program recognized with the prestigious national 3M National Health Care Quality Team Award in 2011. As an active change agent in creating a better health care system, he has successfully executed major pioneering strategies, leading the implementation of new organizations, mergers and reviews of complex hospital and local health care systems and program integration.

He has served on several boards including the Hospital Shared Services Inc. (Ottawa); the Southeast Ottawa Community Health Centre; the Board of United Way of Peel Region from 2009 to 2015 where he chaired it’s Governance Committee. He is currently a Board member of Nucleus Independent Living, a community-based health care agency that provides home based care to seniors and those in supportive housing.

Narendra holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

He is currently engaged in providing interim management, strategic advice and consulting to both public not-for-profit and for-profit health care and related organizations.


Inayat Vasta

Director

Inayat is a senior executive with expertise in governance, finance, management and strategic planning. He obtained accreditation as a Chartered Director from The Directors College in 2010. Inayat is currently a member on the Board with Peel Children's' Aid Society and Bramalea Community Health Centre (WellFort), and is a member on the Institute of Corporate Directors, Ontario Chapter (Peel Region) Events Planning Committee. Inayat is an avid community volunteer and proponent in building a vibrant civil society.


Rima Karam

Director

My name is Rima Karam and I am very honoured and happy to be a part of the board of directors with WellFort. I am a registered Kinesiologist, with a bachelor of health sciences, as well as a Master in Health Sciences. I have always had a passion in health promotion and health policy and am quite happy that I am able to learn more in this regard from being on the board with WellFort. My Master's degree focused on drug coverage policy where I studied the Ontario Drug Benefit program from the physicians' perspectives, which has helped feed my interest in pursuing a career involving drug coverage policies, reimbursement and pharmaceutical distribution. I currently work for McKesson Canada as a customer program supervisor, where I lead a team of individuals who work on a patient support program throughout Canada. I am looking forward to working with WellFort more, enhancing my knowledge and skill set and helping to make a difference in the community that WellFort serves. 


Nicole Salmon

Director

Nicole has proudly called Brampton home for 35+ years. Hailing from a large extended family with deep roots within the Brampton community and Peel Region, she is inspired by the vision and opportunity of creating caring, healthy, just, welcoming and inclusive communities. She believes the best way of achieving this vision is to roll up her sleeves, engage and commit her time, energy and resources to building the type of community we desire and envision.

Nicole has spent the majority of her professional life working within the non-profit sector with over twenty-five years of fundraising and senior leadership experience. In 2014 Nicole founded Boundless Philanthropy, a fundraising and organizational development consultancy. Prior to founding the consultancy, she was Director of Fund Development at Oxfam Canada, an international development non-governmental organization (INGO) and also a member of the organization's senior management team.

She has been a convenor and assistant coach for boys soccer in Brampton, volunteered with Carabram, served on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP Toronto) and is currently a mentor with the AFP Inclusion and Diversity Fellowship. She is an avid reader, sports and arts enthusiast.


Sharada Bharath

Director

Sharada is an intensely dedicated and self-driven individual with a single-minded focus on driving towards success, with 14 years of progressive success within oil and gas sectors. She is a dedicated leader known for exemplary work ethic and ability to guide international teams to obtain consistent success. She is loyal, a strategic thinker, with a sharp analytical mind and has that quality to truly think innovatively.

The most impressive skills that Sharada possesses are her business acumen and client mindedness. She wholeheartedly believes that clients help guide product development and business strategy. Respected as a credible voice in decision making and finding strategic partners, Sharada earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.

Sharada holds an MBA from Northwestern University, MSc in Petroleum Engineering and a BSc in Physics from the University of the West Indies. She is an ardent advocate of the end Alzheimer’s disease cause and passionate about care for the elderly.