Ontario Chapter Executive

our health promotion leaders in Ontario

Marty Mako

Marty Mako

Chair

Marty is currently the Program Manager for the Community Paramedicine Program with Niagara Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Community paramedicine is a relatively new and evolving healthcare model. It allows paramedics to operate in expanded roles by working with public health, primary healthcare and other preventive services to better serve marginalized populations in the community. The goal is to improve access to care for vulnerable, at-risk individuals, while minimizing avoidable 911 calls, ED visits and hospital admissions.

Prior to that, he was a Health Promoter for Niagara Region Public Health for 12 years. He worked in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division, and his portfolio included projects that identified and met 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.

Angela Andrews

Angela Andrews

Ontario rep. to HPC

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 focuses on advocating for seniors and planning for Age-Friendly Communities, in order to prevent falls, and thus preventing injury. This work is done through the Aging Well Committee, which she chairs.

Angela has also been a co-principal investigator/team lead for two Locally Driven Collaborative Research Projects through Public Health Ontario, with partnerships from various Health Units, as well as Academic institutions. Research has been focused on fall prevention.

Angela believes in Health Promotion and that an age-friendly community benefits everyone. 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.

Janette Leroux

Janette Leroux

OPHA Rep and 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.

Sandra Lacle

Sandra Lacle

ALPHA Rep.

Sandra Laclé R.N., B.N., M.Sc.N. is a member of the Sudbury and District Health Unit’s senior leadership team where she is the Director of the Health Promotion Division and the Chief Nursing Officer. Laclé is also a lecturer in public health at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and a member of the Boards of Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Association of Local Official Health Agencies (alPha)

Laclé has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience working in the public health sector, advancing chronic disease prevention, injury prevention, healthy growth and development, mental wellness, control of communicable diseases, and health equity programming, including engagement with Indigenous Communities.

Sarah Laberge

Sarah Laberge

Treasurer

Sarah is currently the Administrative Coordinator for myUHN Patient Portal at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto. myUHN is a secure website for patients of UHN. The website lets patients safely see their appointments and results from all UHN sites as soon as they are ready. In March 2018, she completed her Masters of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Her research areas include alcohol and medication as a risk for falling among older adults, alcohol use among older adults, and falls prevention.

Sarah was a member of a Locally Driven Collaborative Research team through Public Health Ontario on falls prevention. She was also a research assistant for a project through the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging and Canadian Institute of Health Research to understand the process of driving cessation for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, high-intensity interval training and travelling.

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.

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.

Benjamin Rempel

Benjamin Rempel

Member at Large

Benjamin Rempel is a seasoned health promotion leader with an undergraduate degree in health promotion, a Master’s in public health and numerous certificates in program planning, leadership, and writing. He is the manager of health promotion and special projects at Public Health Ontario where he has worked since 2012. He has contributed to numerous publications and trainings in the areas of health promotion, health equity, healthy public policy and capacity building with some of his work featured in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, Health Promotion Practice, BMC, and other outlets. He has served as an HPO executive committee member since 2017. Benjamin cycles to work and enjoys spending time with his children playing basketball, soccer, and camping during the summer months.

Elyza Macher

Elyza Macher

Member at Large

Elyza works for Peel Public Health as a Certified Dental Assistant. She has a bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Windsor and has completed a health promotion practicum in Australia. She coordinates events for the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division at Peel Region. Her interests are in oral health, active living, and nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys ballroom dancing, yoga, and going for walks with her dog.

Jenny Diep

Member at Large

Jenny is currently a Health Promotion Specialist in the Infectious Disease Prevention Department at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. She also works as an Emergency Nurse at Etobicoke General Hospital. Her interests are adult education, infectious diseases, harm reduction, mental health, substance use, rural health, and emergency medicine.

She graduated with a Bachelors of Health Sciences, specializing in rural health, from Western University. She then pursued a Master of Public Health in health promotion and global health and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Toronto.

Vacant

Vacant

Special Events Coordinator

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