ROSE-ANN BAILEY

Chairperson

Rose-Ann Marie Bailey has a strong educational foundation with Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Honours) and Concurrent Education, as well as a Master’s of Education from York University.
As the Chair of PEACH Mrs. Bailey has a focus on community-based arts health research.

Mrs. Bailey’s current research interest explores the inextricably links between racism, urban education and the social determinants of health, and how this impacts a culturally relevant and responsive health education mandate for Black, African, Caribbean and Canadian youth.
Mrs. Bailey brings over twenty years of professional and voluntary experience working collaboratively with a variety of community-based research projects, AIDS Service Organizations and community health centres in Ontario.

Her front line work experience as an educator/ trainer, health promoter and youth program coordinator with marginalized communities has equipped her with a deep understanding and analysis of socio- cultural factors that inform the health practices of racialized and marginalized populations.

DR. JENNY FOSTER

Vice-Chairperson

Jenny is a Professor of Urban Planning at York University, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She is the Coordinator of York’s graduate Planning Program, as well as the undergraduate Urban Ecologies program. Her work focuses on environmental justice, post-industrial urban spaces, contemporary art and planning, and habitat creation.

She has coordinated several major research projects that combine these themes. Jenny has taught open access university courses in the Jane+Finch community, where community members work alongside graduate planning students to understand environmental justice issues from the local to global scales.  

MARC TERRANCE

Treasurer

Marc has worked in community and social services for the past 34+ years, as a social worker, in a combination of direct service and management positions, with a variety of populations.
Previously, he worked in the financial sector as a Chartered Accountant, and continues to maintain a small C.A. practice currently.

Marc has enjoyed the privilege of being on a number of Boards in the G.T.A. in the community services sector over the past 25 years.

ANITA GITTENS

Secretary

Anita is a health care consultant in private practice. She has extensive experience in governance, strategic planning, human resources management, delivering health services in a variety of institutions, community agencies and private health facilities.

In addition to health care education, Anita holds a Master of Business Administration and a PhD in Adult Education.
She is also a small business owner, her expertise in leading systems and organizational transformation stems from professional, senior management, executive and consulting positions in different fields.

Anita is the President of the Toronto Diocesan Anglican Church Women, serving locally as well as nationally and is a recipient of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto.
With over 20 years of board experience, her involvement includes being a founding board member of the Central West Local Health Integration Network and chairing boards and committees across many sectors.

Anita’s community work includes advocating for women’s issues, seniors and youth.

DEBBIE DONKOR

Director

Debbie Donkor is an Rites of Passage Facilitator.
She facilitates workshops with youth of African decent in regards to African identity and relationship building.
Debbie is a student at York University pursuing a degree in the Faculty of Education.

BOB EBRAHIMZADEH

Bob Ebrahimzadeh is a sole practitioner in Employment & Labour law advocating on behalf of both employers and individual employees in both unionized and non-unionized settings since 2004.
Prior to running his own firm, Bob articled at the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario, Legal Services Branch, Management Board Secretariat in the Labour/Employment group.
He also serves as general counsel to Educare Kindergarten & Day Care Centres (http://www.educarekindergarten.ca/).

From 2005 to 2015, Bob was a Public Member (part-time) of the Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (www.ocpinfo.com) – the provincial licensing and regulatory body for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with a mandate to protect the public.
He served as the Chair of the Discipline Committee since 2012.
He also previously sat as a member of the College’s Executive and Registration Committees.

In 2013, the same year as joining PEACH, Bob was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for the York Region Children’s Aid Society (www.yorkcas.on.ca), a child protection agency.
He currently sits as the Chair of its Governance Committee.

Bob is a member of the Iranian Canadian Legal Professionals (http://www.iclp.ca/) and served as a Treasurer of one of its predecessor organization, the Iranian Canadian Lawyers’ Association.

Bob received his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia (2002) and his Bachelor of Arts (Honours Sociology) from the University of Western Ontario (1991).
In 2003, he was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in Ontario.

KARTHIKA ELANGA

KARTHIGA SANDRASRI

Karthiga is a Teaching and Learning Officer within the Office of Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning at York University.
In her role Karthiga actively participates and provides strategic advice and guidance in the implementation new initiatives, priorities and objectives as it relates to teaching and learning priorities at the institutional level.

She has expertise in strategic planning, project management, event management, academic governance and student services. Karthiga is committed to the success of students and is passionate about student experience and learning.

She joined the PEACH Board of Directors in 2015 and looks forward to making valuable contribution to the mission and vision of PEACH.

JESSIE KEAR

Past Chairperson

Jessie and her husband, Tom, have lived, worked and volunteered in Jane/Finch for more than 40 years.
For these reasons, she is very familiar with the history and the struggles as well as the exciting aspects about, and the potential of the community. Currently, Jessie is a registered clinical dietitian providing nutrition education and counselling at a local Family Health Team.

Jessie joined the PEACH Board of Directors in 1999 and has served continuously for the past 16 years – first as director, then as vice chair from 2001-2013 and most recently acting chair and chair 2013 -15.
She continues to sit on the board as past chair. She is very proud of the accomplishments of PEACH – it’s caring and devoted staff and board and its demonstrated resilience during both good and difficult times.
PEACH has strived to continuously adjust its programming to accommodate the ever changing needs of the youth of Jane Finch.

Jessie values the fact that PEACH provides a special place of retreat outside the traditional school classroom for students and young people who have unique educational needs and interests.
She also appreciates the holistic model of education which supports mind, body, spirit and family and allows for learning not only through traditional course work but also through planned experiences, good food, music, art and science.