Ontario Chapter Executive

our health promotion leaders in Ontario

Angela Andrews

Angela Andrews

Chair

Angela lives in Haliburton County, a rural area located about two hours north of Toronto. She works as a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. Angela has over 15 years of experience in various programs within the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Department. She currently chairs the Aging Well Committee focusing on advocating for seniors and planning for age-friendly communities, in order to prevent falls and injury. Angela has also been a co-principal investigator/team lead for two Locally Driven Collaborative Research Projects through Public Health Ontario on falls prevention.

Angela is a proud single mom who loves spending time outside with her daughter Ruby, either mountain biking, camping, skiing or going on adventures, she loves to encourage her to be brave and to believe in herself and is happy to be an adventure mama.

Marty Mako

Marty Mako

Vice Chair

Marty has been a Health Promoter for Niagara Region Public Health since 2005. He works in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division and his portfolio include projects that identify and meet the needs of priority populations.

He is also a member of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies/Ontario Public Health Association Health Equity Workgroup, fostering improvements in health equity at a provincial level.

Janette Leroux

Janette Leroux

Secretary

Janette is currently completing her PhD in Health Promotion at Queen’s University. Janette’s research areas span social networks, social capital, food environments and physical activity. Janette’s teaching expertise are in program design and evaluation, community-­‐campus partnerships and community service-­‐learning.

Away from research and teaching, Janette enjoys being active outside -­‐ hiking, cycling, kayaking, and skiing. Janette brings an enthusiasm to further the efforts of Health Promotion Ontario.

Misty Deming

Misty Deming

Treasurer

Misty works as a Health Promoter on the Tobacco Team at Peel Public Health. Some of her interests include health in all policies and health equity.

In her spare time, Misty enjoys being active outside such as running, hiking and cycling.

Shalon Jeffers

Shalon Jeffers

Membership Coordinator

Shalon works as a Health Promoter at the Region of Peel Public Health Unit. She is also a Registered Dental Hygienist, and oral health is her passion. Some of her interests include health advocacy and equity.

In her free time Shalon enjoys volunteering with non-profit organizations in the GTA and abroad.

Mandy Vaiya

Mandy Vaiya

Professional Development I Event Planner

Mandy works as a Health Promoter in Oral Health at Peel Public Health.

Mandy is working towards her Green Belt in Lean Sigma. Mandy loves being active with her personal training and being involved in team sports (playing volleyball, ultimate frisbee and soccer).

Alana Maltby

Alana Maltby

Communications Coordinator

Alana works as a Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Her research areas include healthy active living, child and youth health, and obesity.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active by doing fitness classes, running, and hiking.

Ketan Shankardass

Ketan Shankardass

Advocacy

Dr Ketan Shankardass is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and the Health Sciences Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. With training in epidemiology, public health, biology and geography, his research focuses on multisectoral health strategies, the use of health impact assessment tools, and neighbourhood-­‐ level programs to address chronic stress and other health inequities.

Ellen Wodchis

Ellen Wodchis

Member at Large

Ellen works as the Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention of Niagara Region Public Health. Ellen’s special interests in Health Promotion include policy, health in all policy, and developing and supporting Health Promotion professionals.

Away from work, Ellen enjoys being active through cycling and walking and combining travel with activity.