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Board of Directors

Diane Gray

Co-Founder and COO, Luxury VR Home Showings Inc.

Chair, Anishnawbe Health Foundation

 

Diane is an established professional with over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit and various business sectors, ranging from real estate sales, property management, landscape and ground maintenance, clothing design, including a school of martial arts. Prior to establishing her virtual reality marketing business, she worked at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) leveraging her diverse set of skills and talent for building strong client-focused relations. Previous to CCAB, she worked at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Indigenous Leadership program area.

 

Diane is a Mohawk/Anishnawbe kwe from the Mississauga territory. She holds a B.A. Honours from Trent University majoring in Indigenous Studies including a diploma in Indigenous Management and Economic Development. She currently serves on various boards and advisory committees and is dedicated to driving social innovation and transformation in various fields including adult professional development, health and enterprise development.

 

 

 

Cherie L. Brant

Partner, Indigenous Law Group, BLG LLP

Director

 

After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2003, Cherie has established a commercial real estate, renewable energy and Aboriginal law practice. Cherie provides strategic counsel to several First Nations and industry clients seeking to develop projects with First Nations and to understand and address Aboriginal rights and interests. Cherie has been named one of Lexpert magazine’s Rising Stars, Leading Lawyers Under 40.

 

Cherie completed the first 100% First Nation owned windpower project in Ontario and is active in providing both on-going advocacy for renewable energy development proponents. As lead counsel to the First Nations Energy Alliance (a consortium of twenty First Nations) on the Integrated Power System Plan review before the Ontario Energy Board, her counsel was instrumental in promoting Aboriginal participation models for renewable energy procurement.  She serves as a member of the Hydro One Board of Directors.

 

Cherie is a member of Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and has family from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island. 

 

 

Joseph C. Hester

Executive Director, Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Vice Chair, Anishnawbe Health Foundation

 

Joe has had extensive experience in working with Aboriginal organizations for more than 25 years. His experience has included working as Assistant Executive Director for the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and as Executive Director for the Niagara Regional Native Centre. Joe has also had a consulting career through Obonsawin- Irwin Consulting Inc.

 

Joe started his career with Anishnawbe Health in 1993 as Director, Programs and Services and a few short years later became Executive Director for Anishnawbe Health Toronto. In all, he has been with Anishnawbe Health Toronto for 24 years.

 

Joe has a long standing history of involvement through his memberships and affiliations with Aboriginal groups. Most recently, he was a member of the Advisory Circle that developed the first Indigenous Health Strategy for the Toronto Central LHIN and Toronto Public Health.

 

In the early 1990’s Joe’s Educational pursuits included Business & Management studies at the University of Lethbridge and Native Studies Program at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.

 

 

Elisa Levi, RD MPH

Indigenous Health Consultant

 

Elisa Levi is currently enrolled at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in the class of 2021. Prior to this, she worked towards improving Indigenous health alongside organizations like the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada & Assembly of First Nations. As a consultant she has advised several non profit organizations on food & health strategies working with Indigenous peoples. She is a member of the board for Edkaagmik Nbiizh Neyaashiinigamiingninwag Edbendaagzijig Trust in her community, and sits on the boards of Red Sky Performance and the Anishnawbe Health Foundation. She has a Master of Public Health from Lakehead University and Bachelor of Science with a focus on Nutrition from Ryerson University, where she currently teaches Indigenous Food Systems at the Chang School. She is a proud Anishinaabe, mother of two and member of the Chippewas of Nawash in Ontario.

 

 

Andre Morriseau

Andre Morriseau

Communications Manager, Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

Director

 

Andre (Ojibway) is an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador for Aboriginal arts, culture and public affairs. A member of the Fort William First Nation (Thunder Bay) where he maintains a home, Andre is based in Toronto. Over the past 15 years Andre has served on numerous boards of directors including the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, Native American Journalist’s Association (NAJA), Aboriginal Voices Radio Network (AVR) and the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. In 2003, Andre was chosen as one of the first three recipients of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Award.

 

Andre has gained a reputation for promoting and supporting Aboriginal arts and public affairs. As former host of Nation to Nation on Aboriginal Voices Radio, CKAV 106.5 FM, and UrbaNative at CIUT University of Toronto, he shared countless stories of Indigenous peoples and their experiences. As well he has volunteered his time for many years with Nationtalk.ca Canada’s Premier Aboriginal Newswire where many of his interviews with the who’s who of the Aboriginal world can be listened to on the New Media section of the newswire.

 

For five exciting years Andre worked as the Secretariat for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) now Indspire. For the past three years he worked as the Communications Officer for the Chiefs of Ontario (COO). He is the current Chair of the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards Jury.

 

 

Judith Moses

President and CEO, Judith Moses Consulting

Director

 

Judith is a member of the Delaware Nation of the Six Nations.  Judith has had a successful career at federal and provincial levels, serving in Ottawa in numerous line departments and central agencies up to the rank of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister. Judith’s field of experience has covered employment and labour market training and development, machinery of government, agriculture and rural affairs, merit-based human resource development and training delivery, international development, export financing, federal-provincial relations, aboriginal affairs, among others.  She led the central agency review in the OPS that led to the creation of the Ministry of Government Services.

 

Judith was a partner in McLaughlin-Moses Strategic Advisory Services, a government relations firm, has run her own consulting practice and ran as a federal candidate in the ’08 election and for the provincial candidacy St. Paul’s in ’09.

 

Judith has served in various local community service capacities, as Chair of HIPPY Canada, Board Member, World Relief and Development Fund, Member, Primate’s Commission on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights Of Indigenous People and on the Board of Governors of Carleton University.

 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Guelph and studied at the Oxford Centre for Management Development.

 

 

Margaret Purcell, MES, CFRE

Associate Director, Individual Giving, March of Dimes Canada

Director 

 

Margaret is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, not-for-profit management, board governance, and financial management. In her current role at March of Dimes, Margaret directs all aspects of Individual Giving Programs including major gifts, planned giving, monthly giving programs, online,  donor recognition and stewardship strategies to support programs and services for adults and children with physical disabilities.  Prior to this organization, Margaret served as Executive Director of PEN Canada, the Canadian arm of a nonpartisan organization of writers that works with others to defend freedom of expression as a basic human right, at home and abroad.  She has also worked with causes dedicated to the protection of the environment, including World Wildlife Fund and the World Congress: Education and Communication on the Environment and Development.

 

In addition to her volunteer role with AHF, Margaret has volunteered in leadership positions with the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the United Way of Greater Toronto and York Region and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.  Margaret is a graduate of The University of Toronto (B.A.) and holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.

 

 

Chandrakant Shah, OOnt, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP, SM (Hyg.)

Honorary Consultant Physician, Anishnawbe Health Toronto and Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Secretary-Treasurer

 

Dr. Shah is a practising physician, a public health practitioner and an advocate for improving the health and well-being of marginalized groups in Canada. He was a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto from 1972 –2001. After his retirement from the University, he worked at Anishnawbe Health Centre Toronto from 2001 – 2016, where he provided primary healthcare to clients and also conducted research in urban Aboriginal health issues.

 

He has served as Diversity Consultant, Peel Public Health advising how to make public health program more culturally sensitive (2008 – 09). He was a Special Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister on Public Health to the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada, Government of Canada (2006 – 07); Member, Special Diets Expert Review Committee, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Government of Ontario (2006 – 07); Member of the Mental Health and Addictions Council of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and was a Board Member of the Canadian Blood Services (2003- 05). In June 2007, he was invited to the Senate Committee on the Determinants of Health on “Round Table for Aboriginal Health.”

 

At the University of Toronto he was the driving force in establishing the Annual Visiting Lectureship Program on Native Health in 1990. , He also worked to raise nearly $2 million in endowments to establish an Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at the University of Toronto in 2000, the first of its kind in Canada.

 

His textbook, Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada, now in its 5th edition, is a unique resource that is widely used by Canadian undergraduate and graduate students from a range of health disciplines.