The OHCC Board is a dynamic and experienced group of individuals from across Ontario who support the development of healthy and vibrant communities in their personal and professional lives. Below are profiles of the 2017–2018 OHCC Board of Directors.
Alan Cavell (Peterborough)
In Alan's early career he worked with not for profit social service organizations before joining the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. After a long career he then spent almost 15 years with VON Canada in various roles before retiring in 2012. He is currently involved in many community initiatives related to healthy communities, housing, strategic planning and organizational change.
Andrew Flint (Toronto)
Andrew Flint brings a unique combination of private sector, public sector and volunteer engagement experience to his role on the Board and as OHCC President. He has an extensive background in advancing community based projects, political organizing and as a corporate executive. Andrew completed a Certification in Adjudication for Administrative Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School, a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Masters in Project Management. He believes that volunteerism is a cornerstone for the building blocks of a strong and vibrant future for our country. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Bangladesh Centre & Community Services, Toronto Police Services Community Liaison Committee, the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas and as Chair of the TDSB Fleming Public School Parent Council. He has received the Attorney General of Ontario Community Leadership Award, the Solicitor General of Canada Award for Community Crime Prevention and has been recognized by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Miriam Gbehi-Guzman (Toronto)
Miriam is the Project Coordinator for the World Communities Development Alliance, an NGO based in Toronto. She also provides cross-cultural counselling for immigrants and refugees, and is a parent advocate for school issues. Miriam works as a social work consultant, a case manager, and intake social worker. She works in both languages, English and Spanish. In her community settlement work she has helped refugees and immigrants. She is an advocate, manager, supervisor and volunteer co-coordinator for programs and projects through partnership building. She also works as a private counselor for families, individuals, and groups. Miriam works in community economic development and as an entrepreneur with women. Miriam has been an OHCC volunteer and/or board member from 1996 to the present.
Kate Hall (Minden)
Kate is a planner with twenty years of experience working in community development as a professional and leadership volunteer. Over the past decade Kate's work has focused on engaging communities in active transportation planning and design. She developed the WALK Friendly Communities designation with Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks) in Ontario and managed the program for four years. Kate has worked with Communities in Action - Haliburton County since 2004, which has been recognized for its leadership in planning and promoting active transportation in small, rural communities. Kate spends her summer holidays canoe tripping on Lake Superior.
Greg Lubimiv (Pembroke)
Greg Lubimiv has always given his time and support to improving the lives of vulnerable children. He has worked in a variety of settings, including psychiatric, child welfare and children’s mental health. He has provided consultation to an even broader audience, including education, recreation, health, industry, and government. Greg is the Executive Director of the Phoenix Centre, where he has been for over 30 years. He has written books and articles relating to children, and in high demand as an educator and speaker. Greg has a reputation for making learning practical, useful and fun. Greg is a long time supervisor for the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy, the creator of The Friends and Neighbours Puppet program, and one of the creators of Welcome to Parenting program. Greg is a well know author, and has written songs, puppet scripts, and performed magic.
Constant Ouapo (Toronto)
Constant is a Planning Officer at Reflet Salvéo, French Language Health Planning entity. His duties cover Primary Care, HIV-AIDS, Active Offer of French language services, Health Equity, and Health Links among others. As such, he designs logical frameworks of community development projects, writes funding proposals, conducts community health need assessment surveys, performs community engagement consultations, and negotiates partnerships and funding agreements. He was a planning executive in the government of the Ivory Coast his home country, and an agribusiness researcher in Texas, USA. He has over ten years of professional experience in strategic planning, project management, research and teaching. He is bilingual (French and English) and holds a PhD in Agribusiness and an MBA in general business, from the Texas A&M University System.
Scott Mitchell (Toronto)
From 2002-2017 Scott was the Director of Knowledge Transfer at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. He is a co-founder and coordinating committee member of the Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice. Prior to joining CMHA Ontario, Scott worked for 20 years as a writer, editor and web marketer in the Canadian publishing industry.
Charles-Antoine Rouyer (Toronto)
Charles-Antoine Rouyer is a freelance writer and broadcaster specialized in Health & Environment, Sustainability and Travel, including Urban Health, Sustainable Cities, Urban Ecology and Ecotourism. He is a course director at York University, teaching a Communication, Health and Environment course in the Health & Environment Studies program at York University. Charles-Antoine has also presented at conferences and has guest lectured at the graduate level. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the U of T Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Healthier Cities and Communities Hub, and is a board member of the Beverley Sullivan Housing Coop. Charles-Antoine was born and raised in Bordeaux, France, and has now spent over half of his life in Toronto.
Lyn Smith (Renfrew)
Lyn is the Coordinator of the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN), where she develops and operates numerous programs that help equalize opportunities for children and youth in poverty. Lyn has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management. She graduated from the Social Service Worker Diploma Program (Honours) of Algonquin College. Lyn is actively involved with several committees at the local, provincial and national levels, focusing on social determinants of health, social inclusion, children’s rights, and child and family poverty issues.
Alison Stirling (Toronto)
Alison has more than 30 years experience in community-based research and evaluation, writing, practice, and building health promotion and healthy communities at local, provincial, and national levels. She recently retired from Health Nexus as the Health Promotion consultant and Knowledge Exchange Specialist. Alison is an active volunteer in her home community on Toronto Islands, and at the University of Toronto with the two graduate schools where Alison did her Master's degrees in Health Promotion and in Information Studies.
Mary Vourakes (Toronto)
Mary has 14 years of experience in healthcare, education and nutrition. She is passionate about community development and increasing awareness of the importance nutrition has in maintaining good mental health. She is active in research to support a national food strategy, and involved in key projects that improve mental health supports in the community. Previous experience includes fulfilling work as a Human Resources manager with Community Living and over 10 years as a restaurant owner-manager.