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Board Members

Jaineel Purohit

Board Chair

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.


Oscar Rodriguez

Treasurer

Oscar is currently working in the Ontario Public Sector focusing on Procurement and Business Improvement. Heis an accounting professional who has over 11 years experience and worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario (OAGO), in which he had the opportunity to work on Value-For-Money (VFM) audits as well as financial audits; spanning various Ministries, crown corporations with focus on the health care sector involving work in hospitals; Community Care Access Centers and other health organizations. In addition he has private sector in pension accounting and operations management. He is currently continuing to build his experience with a focus on forensic and fraud investigations.

Oscar has resided with his family in Brampton over the last 28 years. He is currently also involved with MELIDEN, a new organization that is situated in Brampton which promotes Andean music artists from South America. He is also a member of the St. Marguerite d’Youville Parish and the Knights of Columbus.


Gagandeep Singh

Secretary

Gagandeep is passionate about bringing a meaningful change in the society and positively touch the lives of community members. 

He came to Canada as an international student and has build a successful career in Canada. Currently, he leads a process improvement team at Rogers Communications where he's responsible for transformation efforts. Previously he has worked for Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and Royal Bank of Canada.

He holds a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) from University of Waterloo, Canada. He also holds MCA and MBA degrees from India and he is a qualified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Gagandeep is also a Visiting Professor with Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Humber College, Toronto. He has a distinct honour to be an alternate Board Member with Brampton Library Board of Directors.

He has lives in Brampton with his family.


Ayoade Akande

Director

Ayoade is an Internationally trained lawyer and holds Master of Laws degree with focus in Comparative Criminal Law and Criminology. He has cognate experience in civil litigation, commercial and banking litigation, Merger and Acquisition. He is passionate about seeing people particularly persons of color discover and express their full potentials. He is a faithful husband and caring father.


Kisha Goode

Director

Kisha Goode is a lifelong Brampton resident with years of experience working in non-profit organizations in Peel Region. She is passionate about community health, particularly in doing work to address health disparities present in disadvantaged populations. In believing that it is more blessed to give than receive, Kisha has volunteered in the community in various capacities for over 20 years.  In her free time she enjoys taking road trips, reading and connecting with family & friends.


Augustina Nagberi-Asseez

Director

Augustina Nagberi-Asseez graduated with a Masters in Public Health degree at Simon Fraser University, with a focus on Global Health. Passionate about community health, she worked as a Health Promoter and Research, and Policy Analyst in Public Health in the USA and in Canada for over 7 years focusing on communicable diseases which include: HIV, tuberculosis, and other vaccine preventable disease.

Augustina’s passion for community health led her to the social services field, where she encourages collaboration between social services and health services to work closely together to bring about positive outcomes as it relates to the social determinants of health in the community.

She currently works with the Region of Peel in the Human Services department as a Strategic Planning Specialist, at which time she has led the development of the 10-year Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy, as well as led the development and implementation of the Peel Poverty Reduction Committee’s new governance.

Augustina emigrated to Canada from Nigeria in 1999 and has called Brampton home for over 10 years with her family.


Annette Power, MPC

Director

Annette Power has spent the last 20 years working alongside extraordinary leaders within the health care, charity and non-profit space. Her senior-level experience includes serving as communications director at Canadian Cancer Society, public affairs director at Jobs For Youth Chicago, and national senior manager of branding and communications at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Most recently, Annette held positions as public affairs manager at Humber River Hospital and strategic lead for communication projects at Health Quality Ontario.

With her master’s degree in professional communications from the University of Western Sydney and training as a certified ICA International facilitator, Annette brings innovative thinking and collaboration to life.

Today, Annette is co-founder and managing partner at Pages For Good, a health care, non-profit and community focused PR firm in Toronto. When not working, Annette lives in Brampton juggling time between her two children, husband, school council and Zumba classes.


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.


Natarajan Venkat

Director

Nat holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and has several professional designations from India and the USA. He is an auditing and a consulting professional with background in finance, accounting, and information technology disciplines. He has served large corporations through big four public accounting firms for almost a decade and has been part of internal audit for over 14 years. He has served companies in the US, Canada, Kuwait and India. He currently works as the head of IT audit at Rogers Communications.

After 10 years of globe trotting, Nat moved to Canada in the summer of 2009, and now proudly calls it his home. Over the years, Nat has helped new immigrants through their challenges of settling down, and to successfully navigate through the labyrinth of financial and tax regulations. Realizing the unique advantages afforded by the accounting profession in contributing positively to society, Nat leverages his professional experience to serve an organization like WellFort focused on community development and well-being.


Abena Stephen

Community Member

Abena has always been a champion for necessary change. She believes that a key component of change is to ensure that the most important stakeholders can move through the change as successfully, and seamlessly as possible. Abena has had several years of experience in the field of Human Resources. Her key areas of focus include strategic change management, employee engagement, leadership development and succession planning, and employment law.

Abena strongly believes that communication and relationship building is essential in all aspects of life and has witnessed the importance of those attributes within the community health sector. As a strong advocate of diversity, inclusion, and equity, Abena is happy to offer her time and expertise in any way that will aid in realizing a community rooted in equitable practices for all. She is excited to support WellFort’s vision of ‘a healthier community where everyone belongs’.


Jasmine Vijayasekar, MPH

Community Member

Jasmine Vijayasekar graduated with her Masters in Public Health from the University of Manchester. Her education has given her a solid foundation of health promotion, epidemiology, evidence based practices and health system challenges. Jasmine has applied her healthcare and project management competencies in various settings; such as, public health education, emergency management, digital health, program operations, and project implementation. Jasmine is regarded as highly enthusiastic and a creative problem solver. She delivers quality results through her exceptional abilities to coordinate a multi-disciplinary team. Jasmine is a passionate leader who intends to use her skills and experiences to improve the quality of life, reduce health inequities and implement successful healthcare interventions.