Some of the written biographies were composed when they personally joined the organization. They may not necessarily reflect current events. Please also note that some professional advisors are not yet added.
Our Current Professional Advisors:
Janine is the Executive Director of Health and Wellness at the University of Toronto, a department which provides health and counseling services to the university’s 60,000 students. As Executive Director, Janine has implemented campus-wide awareness programs to educate students about mental health. Her devotion to improving student well-being is evidenced by her role as the current President of the Canadian Organization of University College.
Julie is a 1st year Resident Physician in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, Scarborough General Hospital site. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto in 2015. Prior to studying medicine, Julie completed a MSc in Medical Genetics and two undergraduate degrees in music and biochemistry. Julie is the Founder and Chairperson of the Canadian World Education Foundation (CWEF) Tanzania. Through CWEF Tanzania, Julie is extremely dedicated to empowering and creating leadership opportunities for vulnerable children, especially young women, and reducing inequities in health status. Julie is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline. She has served 2 years as Club Service Chair and is currently in her third year as Foundation Chair. In this role she has successfully received multiple Rotary District Grants for local (Toronto) and international (Tanzania, Cambodia) community development projects. She has extensive experience in project development and implementation.
Sarah is the Director of the Health Studies program at the University of Toronto. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Programme in Planning. Her expertise lies in urban food security, community development, and community-engaged scholarship.
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Judy Vorderbrugge is the Community Health Coordinator with Health Promotion Programs, Health and Wellness at the University of Toronto St. George Campus, a position she has held since 2002. Prior to joining the University, Judy worked in mental health nursing in an acute care setting for approximately ten years. Between 2012 and 2013, Judy worked with the Toronto Central CCAC to help build a newly-funded provincial initiative – the Mental Health and Addiction Nurses in District School Boards. This program was designed to enhance mental health education and services to Ontario schools, families, children and youth. Currently, the focus of Judy’s work at the University is student mental health and, in collaboration with key stakeholders, the implementation of the student mental health strategy at the University of Toronto.
Sara is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in health policy and equity in health and health care. She is also a senior researcher at the Canadian Institute of Health Information.
As the Project Assistant, Jennifer supports the work of both the community development and co-curricular engagement portfolios. With experience working in the non-profit area coupled with various roles in the department of student life at U of T, she strives to inspire students to get involved and engaged on and off campus. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Toronto and was a student who was deeply impacted and motivated by both course-based and co-curricular community-engaged learning opportunities. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and applies her life skills coaching experience, wherever possible.
As a Career Educator at the U of T Career Centre, Jon strives to support the personal and professional development of students and recent grads through career education, exploration, and discovery. Jon has worked at the Career Centre for more than 4 years in various capacities, and practiced career development since 2008 in non-profit and higher education environments. He graduated from McMaster University with a HBA in Peace Studies & Philosophy, and is currently in the process of completing his Masters of Education in Workplace Learning & Social Change at OISE focusing on the social economy and workplace democracy. Jon reads and writes a lot, watches Star Wars biweekly, and plays trumpet with a tin mute.
Christine A. Gagnon
As owner and lead massage therapist at Gagnon Health, Christine provides individualized treatment to facilitate wellness for her clients. She is dedicated to promoting literacy and volunteers with the Centre for Inquiry Canada as co-host of the Science and Philosophy book club. Christine is also a long time volunteer with Canadian Blood Services, educating Canadians and helping out at donor clinics.
Steve Seungjoon Lee
Steve is a youth activist representing Canada at over a dozen international forums including the G8 Summit, NATO, UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO, World Bank, and UN Headquarters in New York and Nairobi on the issues of sustainable development, climate change, and youth empowerment. A prolific speaker and panelist, Steve is the Founding Executive Director of Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, Youth Activist at the United Nations Major Group Children and Youth, CEO of Steve’s Guidebook, Partner at RevIT² Solutions, and a trainee of Al Gore. A 5-year National Youth Band of Canada clarinetist, Steve holds a B.Sc. in Human Biology and Physiology from the University of Toronto. Steve is a follower of Christ who does all that he does as a worship to Christ.
Tiffany is the Owner of Ontario First Aid, a national training partner with the Canadian Red Cross. Her past experiences include working in the critical care field as a Respiratory Therapist at Toronto General Hospital. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2007 and is preparing to enter into studies at the University of Toronto in the field of Resuscitation Sciences. She is passionate about educating those about resuscitation and affecting community-driven programs.
Anjum Sultana completed her post-secondary education at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a Honours Bachelors of Science in Health Studies, Psychology and Neuroscience in 2014. Anjum graduated in Fall 2016 with her Masters of Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto. While at DLSPH, Anjum completed a specialization in Health Promotion and a Fellowship in the Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy. During her graduate studies, Anjum was Co-Chair of the 8th Annual Dalla Lana Student-Led Conference entitled ‘Racial Justice Matters: Advocating for Racial Health Equity’ and was Executive Co-Director of IMAGINE, the University of Toronto’s student-run interprofessional clinic and health promotion initiative. She currently works as a Junior Fellow with the Wellesley Institute, a think tank focused on the social determinants of health. Anjum is passionate about health equity, inclusion and civic engagement. To connect with her online, follow her on Twitter at @anjumsultana.
Linda Ho is a passionate non-profit professional that is a strong advocate for youth-driven practices and community development strategies. She has over 10 years of experience in various roles in this sector that has contributed to her unique and holistic approach in regards to strategic thinking, communications and facilitation, capacity building, collaboration and measuring impact. In Linda’s current role as the Manager of Trustee Hub and Strategic Initiatives at St. Stephen’s Community House, she works towards supporting a number of grassroots and youth-led organizations in building their own capacity, networks and fostering the development of strong internal processes and best practices. Linda has a proven track record of developing and coordinating strong and successful programming across the city. These programs included exploration of mental health, resiliency, addictions, free accessibly to sport and developing knowledge exchange opportunities.At the foundation of all of Linda’s work lies passion in community development and the hope to create accessibility and promote growth in young leaders.