Who we are
Board of directors
Chair, BSc.Pharm, RPh
first startup gig at 7 years – a performance art theater troupe for children’s parties; next at 22 years – initiated Ribbon Rouge now a social innovation in three countries working to achieve health equity; then at 28 years – acquired and still operating a retail pharmacy franchise. Through her experiences in global health work, she came to an understanding about deeper systemic reasons for the current disparity in HIV burden in African Countries in comparison to non-African countries and the disproportionate global HIV related death of women of childbearing
age. She came to understand that a combination of lack of medication access as well as youth unemployment is a significant driver of the persistent HIV burden in these countries. She has committed her life to contribute sustainable solutions to these issues.
Vice-chair, BA, MPP
Celeste has an extensive history working with diverse non-profit organisations throughout Canada and involving a wide range of communities. She has advocated for and was involved with establishing a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency with the University of Toronto. She is highly skilled in development and delivery of training for variety of topics, including board governance, lateral violence, STBBIs, grief and loss, strategic planning, suicide intervention, trauma-informed approaches, program management. Her experience in management roles of non-profit organizations has provided her with significant experience with human resources, negotiation, finance, program management, and has a solid foundation and experience with research, proposal writing, logic models, policy and procedure development, and program reporting, making Celeste an invaluable asset to the foundation.
Treasurer; BA, MBA, LLM In progress, Supply Chain Management Professional
Kim’s personal and professional journey includes having a long list of skills involving project management, financial planning, and risk management. She has significant experience as a leader in the business sector with extensive subject matter expertise and success in Procurement, Supply Chain, Operations and Facilities. Kim has a track record of exceeding expectations in service, while reducing costs, in a variety of sectors including food service, facilities, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail in Canada and the US. Kim will be a key member in the board with her ability to be a team player and strong business skills
is a retired Engineer. He is a passionate social advocate and a community organizer. He is an avid advocate in matters of socio-economic inequities,disparities in health care accessibility and social justice. Mr Bankole worked for various international companies in Canada and the United States, among which are Coca-Cola, Nestle USA and SlimFast
Foods. He is an active Volunteer with Canadian Red Cross, Catholic Missions In Canada and Rhema Chapel Kids Club.
has over 8 years working in the healthcare field and brings skills and knowledge in Home Healthcare Management, Refugee Health, and Rehab Case Management. Khadija graduated from York University in Toronto where she completed her bachelor’s in health studies. Currently, Khadija is in her last year completing her master’s in health management at the University of Lethbridge, Calgary. Khadija’s passion is to volunteer in non-profit to promote the rights of Black women and their social determinants of health such as gender bias and discrimination in the community.
Ima’s personal and professional journey includes working in health and public health on local, national and global levels. Her unique experiences working with community organizations, not-for-profit organizations, international NGOs, Indigenous organizations and the government has afforded her the opportunity to witness the consequences of social inequity on people’s health in her community and around the world; and through her experiences she has come to understand the need to close the inequity gap in Canada and across the world. Using her knowledge, voices from her past, her current public health networks and evidence-based practice, she is committed to advocating for and influencing policies and practices that promote and ensure equitable access for diverse communities, especially vulnerable and marginalized populations, to achieve healthy lives.
BA in Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Minor: Indigenous Health and Wellness
Over 10 years combined experience working with stakeholders across sectors (For-profit, Non-profit, and charitable) from an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion lens to better serve BIPOC and marginalized people’s needs in a greater capacity. Leadership experience in developing specialized programming and facilitating several councils and committees on ED&I, focused on addressing complex needs of racialized individuals in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.
Carissa is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion and strives to help organizations maximize their impacts by utilizing powerful strategies that embed diversity, inclusion and cultural competencies with the organizations she supports.
MBA, Award from the Edmonton Pride Society
Jackie has spent much of her life pursuing social justice and advocating for the equitable application of human rights. Currently the Branch Manager of Social Development at the City of Edmonton, Jackie has served her community through a career in the non profit sector that
included senior leadership roles with YWCA Edmonton, Covenant Health, the Kidney Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. She received her Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Regina and her MBA from Athabasca University.
Jackie devotes considerable time to volunteerism. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and was the inaugural Chair of the Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE) which is the committee that advises city council on issues related to gender. Jackie is also the President of the Good Hearts Transplant Foundation. In 2013 Jackie was named one of Edmonton’s Top 100 Women in Business and in 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement.