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Board Members

Jaineel Purohit

Board Chair

Jaineel Purohit is an Advisor in the Corporate Strategy Office at the Region of Peel, responsible for providing direction and advice to senior management in the Corporation regarding the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan, Term of Council Priorities, program master plans, business plans and other corporate and /or program strategies ensuring Council and stakeholder engagement is the key element of such plans.

Jaineel has graduated with a Master’s degree at York University, specializing in Health Policy and Equity and a certified Project Manager.

Nicole Salmon


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). She is currently working with Peel Leadership Centre as Manager, Organizational Development.

In addition to being Vice-Chair of the WellFort Board of Directors, she is also a Board member, Development Committee Chair and Strategic Planning Co-Chair for Realize, an organization working to improve the lives of people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities. 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), been a mentor with the AFP Inclusion and Diversity Fellowship. She is an avid reader, sports and arts enthusiast.

Oscar Rodriguez


Oscar is currently working in the Ontario Public Sector focusing on Procurement and Business Improvement. He is 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


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.

Kisha Goode


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


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.

Natarajan Venkat


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.