Ash Shihora is the Pharmacist/Owner of VIP Pharmacy in Welland, Ontario. He has obtained degrees in English, Chemistry, Pharmacy and a graduate degree, thinking he would like to be a research scientist. This however, was not his calling as he needed more interaction with people, than his research allowed. Eagerly, he returned to the practice of pharmacy and soon grew to enjoy the many varied patients that crossed his path. He truly embraced the helping aspects of this profession and developed empathic rapport with his patients. He took their needs to heart and
developed programs for various sub-groups of patients. Most recently, I have found a passionate interest in the field of addiction treatment. The practice of pharmacy in this field is in its infancy, but I have great hopes for developing ever new and imaginative programs for this group of people.
In 2011, Frances made a decision to take early retirement. Her career spanned 37 years working for Cyanamid/Cytec and for the last 8 years held the position of Manager, Human Resources. Shortly after leaving Cytec, which is a Specialty Chemical Company located in Niagara Falls, she accepted the role of Executive Director at the Welland McMaster Family Health Team in Welland where she is currently employed. In addition to her career she is also President on the Board of Directors for Women’s Place of South Niagara.
As a pharmacist, Gail has been on the front line of a very important segment of patient care. With the exception of two years in Australia, Gail was born, raised and has spent her entire life in the Niagara Region and knows it well. Gail’s affiliation with AIDS Niagara includes many years as a volunteer and a previous board member for 8 years. She served on one of the first committees of the Ontario College of Pharmacy that set guidelines for Pharmacists with respect to how to better serve HIV patients. She has also been the President of Rotary Club, and a Quota Club member. In addition to those achievements, Gail has been an entrepreneur both organizing and managing drug stores.
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Ivan is a native of Bulgaria and immigrated to Canada seven years ago. He is a physician by training with over 8 years health care experience. He is fluently verbal and in writing with English, Bulgarian and Russian. Ivan has been a volunteer with AIDS Niagara performing several roles. He is currently a health care aid supporting Alzheimer’s clients and is aspiring to a position in health care management. He lives in St. Catharines and has two children.
Jean enjoyed a long and varied career with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) until her retirement in 2006. Jean worked in several of MTO’s program areas in both field and head office functions, the last 12 years of her career in Corporate Services Division Human Resources Branch. During her 35 years with MTO she lived and worked in a number of MTO’s geographical locations, namely Bancroft, Ottawa, Burlington, Kingston, Toronto and then on to St Catharines in 1996 when MTO moved its Head Office to the Region. Jean has been involved in volunteer work for many years During the 15 years prior to retirement, efforts were mostly focused in areas of fund rising on a one off basis e.g. Women’s Shelters. During her retirement Jean has volunteered for numerous non-profit social service agencies in the region by either doing short term human resources project work and/or sitting on Boards; she also currently sits on the Board of Directors for Information Niagara and is a member of Rotary South Club
Judy has been working at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre as Health Outreach for almost 20 years. As a Native woman working for a Native organization, she provides services that address the person as a whole which are is based on the fundamental teachings of kindness and incorporates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Her role as Health Outreach includes providing access to primary health and healing services and programs that include prevention, treatment and support and are culturally appropriate and culturally competent. Judy has worked closely with workers from AIDS Niagara through committee work, co-programming and AIDS Niagara has supplied their organization with resource materials and supplies. She is also familiar with Board procedures, as she sat on several Boards and committees. Judy currently sits on the LHINS network committee for the Niagara area.
Mangala possesses 6 years of experience in writing government fund proposals, teaching, and research & data analysis. He wrote 65 articles in reputed journals and delivered 20 seminars in international conferences. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Brock University. Mangala has experience with finance, marketing, business strategy, leadership, and project management.
Megan has worked at March of Dimes for 15 years beginning as an Attendant, Fundraising/Events Coordinator and now a Program Manager. SHe enjoys fundraising and is participating in the fundraising committee for her son’s school. She has been involved in a variety of fundraising activities such as: organizing golf tournaments, silent auctions, gala events, Movie theatre events and a Comedy Fest, as well as many other things. She enjoys working with non-profit agencies and people.
Ray brings a career dedicated to quality improvement, 40+ years of Healthcare experience and a background as a bottom line, results oriented Director/Researcher with paramedical expertise including infectious diseases (HIV, HCV, HBV, and HLTV). Ray is dedicated to developing partnerships and working with various stakeholders, consumer groups, patients and their families. She has an understanding of the Ontario LHIN system and End of Life/Palliative Care Network. Ray has extensive experience in providing presentations and organizational training and has board membership experience on both local and national levels.
Tim is a resident of St. Catharines who is originally from Sault Ste. Marie ON. Tim has been employed with RBC for 10 years and is a single parent of one son who is currently attending University. When Tim resided in Los Angeles CA working for Washington Mutual Bank he became involved in the community helping men living with HIV/AIDS. This included home care, hospital visits and companionship activities. Tim is currently involved within the RBC Aboriginal community as a mentor/leader of our Employee Resource Group and is actively involved in United Way’s Backpack Program and Allocations Committee.
Tsitsi is a new Canadian originally from Southern Africa where HIV is a pandemic. She has experienced the effects of the virus through family, friends and the community. She has Diplomas both in Computing and Personal Support Work and for the past ten years she has utilized the knowledge from her Personal Support Work Diploma. Tsitsi has worked both in the United Kingdom and Canada as a community worker and at retirement residence. Her passion would be to see more education and more talk about HIV amongst local medical service providers without the stigma.
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