Together We Are Stronger®
In Building A Healthier Community
Realtor & Registered Nurse
Computer and Telecom Analyst
Toronto, ON Canada
Esther is a trauma counsellor and a guest lecturer on violence against women and diversity issues. Her work is grounded in an integrated anti-racist/anti-oppression and feminist analysis, a holistic approach in which a person's experience and realities of life are not fragmented and divided. Esther has been working in the human service field for over 30 years. She is a great advocate on violence against women, youth and children.
In her work as the Executive Director of Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC), she is highly committed to ensuring that women, youth and children receive effective and efficient services; as well as maintaining a work environment that is free of any form of oppressions.
Esther has created and developed a variety of innovative programs that continues to support the integration and re-establishment of women, youth, children, newcomer and immigrant in the community.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist serving clients in and around Whitby, Ontario, as well as online. With 10 years of experience providing both short-term counselling and long-term psychotherapy. I work with children, youth, adults, couples, and families presenting mental health issues; behavioral, developmental and parenting difficulties, as well as people managing chronic pain and illness or undergoing critical life transitions such as immigration or divorce. License in Ontario since 2010 with a Honours BSc. General Psychology, Masters of Education and Master of Arts in Health and Clinical Psychology.
Heather Frempong is a Realtor, Registered Nurse and active member of her community. Her work as a Realtor keeps her informed of various neighborhood developments and activities throughout the Durham Region. Heather Frempong utilizes her role as Registered Nurse to volunteer for various committees and boards dedicated to healthcare and community development. Combining her knowledge in healthcare, real estate and business Heather brings a wealth of knowledge to the Network and contributes to the development of programs and events that promote wellness.
Heather is a strong advocate for social and health equality for members of the community. She believes in putting the individual first and creating a healthy community through empowering its members to live a holistic and expansive life.
As a member of this community for over 15 years Heather enjoys visiting the numerous trails in the area for her morning jogs and visiting locally owned shops for her everyday needs. Of course, her favorite way to enjoy the community is visiting the various parks with her granddaughter who now has Heather wrapped around her little finger.
When most people consider legacy, they envision money or property left to someone. But at PCAL Financial Group, we believe legacy transcends this simple definition. Legacy is the footprint you leave that enables those following you trod an even more impactful path.
Our vision at PCAL Financial Group is to partner with families and organizations in creating a footprint so expansive that generations after the next can experience life beyond our expectations. It may be in equipping our children to pursue any academic pursuit, gifting or dream, without concern of financial obstacle; or changing the world with our business idea or community service, all while amassing and preserving wealth to transfer to our loved ones.
Ajax, ON Canada
Mary is the youngest of the Rawana family of 6 brothers and 6 sisters, coming to Canada alone at age 17 from Port Mourant, Guyana in 1967 to study at Sir George William University in Montreal.
Mary continued her career aspirations at the University of Toronto, computer sciences, and later taught at Ryerson University while being office manager at the I T Department of Continuing Studies. Mary’s career paths include several years at Ontario Hydro and politically, as office manager at all three levels of Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments.
Mary’s career specialty lies as Microsoft Certified Software Specialist in most software applications. Now retired, she dedicates her experience and skills in favour of child and senior health issues, working with organizations with similar direction.
In her spare time, IF ANY, she enjoys family time with her husband, son and daughter’s family and 6 grand-children.
Jake Farr, BScBA, MSW, RSW
Mental Health Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Authentic Self Counselling Services
Executive Vice President
Carion Fenn Foundation
Ajax, ON Canada
Dr. Floyd S. Spence
Motivational Speaker, Peak Performance Coach and Mental Toughness Expert
Ajax, ON Canada
In her professional life Olga L. Syka is a computer and telecom analyst but her other passion is in community volunteerism. She has been involved in diverse community organizations across Durham and the GTA for the past 24 years. She volunteers or held position on the board of non-profit organizations in area of Income Tax; Women advocacy; Economic Development; Community Credit Union; Municipality By-Laws; Cultures & Heritage.
Olga is also a health advocate, since 2017 she is one of the Ambassador for ABC [After Breast Cancer] a charitable organization which provides services to Breast Cancer survivors before their surgery and post treatments. Olga is a volunteer public speaker for Historica Canada and the co-founder of People of Motherland-A World of Cultures a bilingual non-profit organization which promotes the arts and cultures of Africa continent; empowers youth to be engaged and to share their diversity through their ethnic heritage
Dr. Floyd Spence is a top motivational speaker and sought after peak performance coach. From entrepreneurs to athletes, executives and organizations, Dr. Floyd trains individuals and teams to develop the mental toughness necessary for peak performance and high-level success. With his in-depth knowledge and experience of working with highly successful people in life, leadership and business in the past, Dr. Floyd helps individuals
Bianca Albanese is the Executive Vice President of the Carion Fenn Foundation. A recent graduate from Queen’s University, she currently works as a Volunteer Coordinator for Malvern Family Resource Centre. Bianca is a past Lead Instructor at Mathnasium, the math learning centre in Ajax and a former Girls Inc. volunteer. She also served as a communications coordinator for a mayoral campaign in the 2018 municipal election in Ajax and did communications work for a federal nomination campaign in 2019.
Farah Eshraghi is a strong community supporter. Being involved in many different organizations to bring a message of diversity and inclusivity to promote unity as is the principle aim of the Bahá'í Community. Together we can all contribute to create a stronger and peaceful community. Being of service to the community is one avenue to bring the diverse cultures of Durham Region closer to build stronger bonds of friendship. In my professional life as a Registered Nurse, I have worked hard to assist students become successful in their journey as a clinical instructor, faculty advisor and assistant instructor in the lab. I look forward to collaborating with the Carion Fenn Foundation Program Committee to raise greater awareness of Mental Health issues facing our community and especially the younger and immigrant populations.
Our Durham Wellness Network is composed of Community Leaders devoted to implementing programs to educate, support and provide resources in the Region of Durham. Composed on a Communications and a Resource Development Committee.
Women Multicultural and Resource Centre
Vielka Almanzar Bautista, HBA, MEd, MA
Director of Program
Carion Fenn Foundation
Whitby, ON Canada
A mental health counsellor, consultant, educator and community advocate. His work is predominately centered counselling with folks who are looking for support around gender and/or sexuality and advocating for systemic barrier changes and inclusivity to be made at all levels of society, health and government.
As well he currently is the Chair of Centennial College-Addictions and Mental Health Program Advisory committee, President of PFLAG Durham Region, Chair of the BLOOM Network of Partners (Trans care partnership in Toronto). He also sits on local committees: Carea Community Health Committee- Ajax/Pickering, Toronto Police Services LGBTQ Community Committee, Durham Youth Pride, Pickering Age Friendly Steering Committee, Durham Youth Gambling Committee and Westshore Community Association.
Jake is working to bring forth a Durham Trans Care network in 2019 and is currently connecting with potential stakeholders to engage them in this much needed collaboration by all aspects of support of health, emotional and spiritual care for trans individuals in the Durham region.
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