Community Advisory Council

Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) isScarborough Health Network’s (SHN) ‘community voice’, serving as a direct connection between our hospital and the community. This volunteer body provides input into the hospital’s community engagement strategy and to our Board of Directors on matters regarding patient services, access to care, and more.

Objectives

There are six key objectives that are fulfilled by the Community Advisory Council:

  1. Advise the hospital’s Board of Directors on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of hospital programs, services, and activities
  2. Help to exchange ideas and discuss community concerns related to the hospital, as identified by CAC members and members of the community
  3. Strengthen and maintain partnerships between the community and the hospital
  4. Serve as one of the hospital’s communications and outreach channels to the community on the work and plans of the hospital and its impact on the community
  5. Participate in the hospital’s community engagement strategy
  6. Participate in the development, monitoring, and revision of the hospital’s Patient Declaration of Values.

Membership

The CAC has 10 to 12 members, not including the Board liaison and hospital CEO. Members represent Scarborough and its diverse community — including gender, age, ethnicity, culture, and skills — and must live and/or work in Scarborough, and/or identify with SHN as their hospital.

CAC Members

Alex Wilson (Chair)

Alex is a Minister as St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church. His background includes working as a personal support worker and as a volunteer hospital chaplain. He has partnered with various community stakeholders to advocate for change in Scarborough. He has a passion for working with all faith leaders in this vibrant and diverse community.

Sarah Hussain (Vice-Chair)

Sarah is a Research Program Assistant at the Alzheimer Society of Canada and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Public Health. She is passionate about public health and community engagement.

Dr. Doreen Ablack

Dr. Ablack is a retired family doctor who practiced in Scarborough for seventeen years and was on staff at the Centenary site. Dr. Ablack also worked abroad for several years in Trinidad and in Barbados in a government community health clinic. As a family physician, cancer survivor ,and patient family advisor, Doreen brings a unique perspective to our Community Advisory Council. She had previously served on Rouge Valley Health System’s Community Advisory Group.

Ashwani Bhardwaj

Mr. Bhardwaj is a real estate conveyancer and an active community member who currently serves as the President of the Scarborough Bluffs Rotary Club and a Director for the Scarborough Business Association Board. He had previously served on Rouge Valley Health System’s Community Advisory Group.

Daniel Cassidy

Daniel has worked as Director of Canada Field Operations for SE Canada Inc. O/A Service Experts HVAC, the largest Heating and Air Conditioning Company in North America. He has been an active volunteer in SRH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for over five years and is also a patient family advisor. He had previously served on Rouge Valley Health System’s Community Advisory Group and has been a patient at the Centenary site. In addition to his work with SRH, Daniel is an active supporter of a variety of other fundraising events and organizations.

Raymond C Y Chung

A retired social worker and health administrator, Raymond immigrated from Hong Kong and has lived from in Scarborough since 1976. Raymond has a special interest in issues related to child welfare, the impact of migration on newcomers’ health, funding for youth and adult mental health, and  the implementation of a diversity policy in the health care system.

Irmi Hutfless

Irmi is the Manager of the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership. She is a member of a number of community organizations, including her local neighbourhood association and the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization.

Lydia Lampers-Wallner

Lydia is a retired teacher and volunteer with the Toronto Public Library, an ESL volunteer teacher, and a Board member of the Highland Creek Community Association. She is an active member of her community with a passion for helping others, especially those who are new to our country. She is also a volunteer member at the University of Toronto’s Campus Council and Academic Affairs.

Godha Rangaraj

Godha is a Board Member of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and volunteers with the Agincourt Community Services Association Food Bank. Prior to retiring, Godha worked at the Research Institute of SickKids Hospital for nearly 40 years. She is a former member of The Scarborough Hospital’s Community and Patient Advisory Council.

Roberta Wong

Roberta is a Manager at Hong Fook Mental Health Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of Harmony Village Foundation. She has been actively involved in a number of community causes in Scarborough, including previously serving on The Scarborough Hospital’s Community and Patient Advisory Council.

Patrick Sherman

Patrick has been a resident of Scarborough for more than 35 years. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served five years. This time included a tour of duty in far northern Canada. Mr. Sherman completed his post-secondary education at night while launching a successful 32 year career with IBM Canada. This involved a succession of client facing senior management positions in sales, marketing, and service delivery. On retiring from IBM, he spent the next 15 years as a private consultant to the Ontario health sector specializing in corporate governance, information privacy, and information technology security. He was a director of a publicly traded Canadian Corporation and has experience with mergers and acquisitions.

Joanna White (on leave of absence)

Joanna is a Registered Nurse with an extensive background in clinical research, emergency nursing, and community nursing. She holds a MSc in clinical research and is currently working with Veterans Affairs Canada as a District Nursing Officer for Scarborough supporting veterans and families in the community. She is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and experiences on senior’s and community affairs with the Community Advisory Council.

Reporting

The CAC is guided by an annual work plan that they have developed, which aligns with hospital priorities.

Every month, the CAC reports to the Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled meetings. These reports include updates on regular agenda items, as well as special reports that address specific matters.

Meetings

The CAC meets monthly at least nine time per year, rotating the meeting location among SHN’s three hospitals: Birchmount, General and Centenary. CAC members are encouraged to communicate among themselves and with other community groups to provide input prior to meetings each month.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – 6-8 p.m.
Centenary hospital (2867 Ellesmere Road)
Dr. Bruce Johnston Conference Room
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – 6-8 p.m.
Birchmount hospital (3030 Birchmount Road)
Irene Stickland Centre
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 6-8 p.m.
General hospital (3050 Lawrence Avenue East)
Lee Family Auditorium
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 6-8 p.m.
General hospital (3050 Lawrence Avenue East)
Lee Family Auditorium
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 6-8 p.m.
Centenary hospital (2867 Ellesmere Road)
Dr. Bruce Johnston Conference Room
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – 6-8 p.m.
Birchmount hospital (3030 Birchmount Road)
Irene Stickland Centre
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 – 6-8 p.m.
General hospital (3050 Lawrence Avenue East)
Lee Family Auditorium
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 6-8 p.m.
General hospital (3050 Lawrence Avenue East)
Lee Family Auditorium
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.
Location TBD
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.
Birchmount hospital (3030 Birchmount Road)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.
General hospital (3050 Lawrence Avenue East)