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Board of Directors

The Rexdale Community Health Centre is governed by a volunteer board of directors who provide strategic advice and direction to the leadership of our Centre to ensure that Rexdale CHC is operated responsibly.

The following are the current board members:

2021 – 2022 Board of Directors

The Rexdale Community Health Centre Board of Directors believes that communication with the community is an important part of the governance process and encourages community members to express their views. When appropriate, the Board may instruct management to respond on its behalf.


Note: The purpose of this email address is to solicit community feedback, comments, and suggestions about the center only.

We ask that if you have a medical concern to please contact your medical professional. Do not share health information through this email address.

AlexAlex Battick Board Chair
Alex Battick is a lawyer practising human rights, professional regulation and education law. He provides advice on diverse issues affecting stakeholders in Ontario’s education systems.
AlexandraAlexandra Boasie Board Director
Alexandra Boasie: Alexandra is a health care leader with experience working in both the hospital and government sector. As a local Etobicoke resident, she has worked for over 6 years improving the diagnostic care for cancer patients and most recently is the manager of the surgical oncology program at Cancer Care Ontario where she oversees the delivery and quality of cancer surgery delivery across the province.
AviAvi Rakhra Board Secretary
Avi has extensive experience in the government, political and business sectors. He has previously worked in government at the federal level and brings over a decade of experience in both the political and policy realms. His experience has enabled him to grasp a firm understanding of the legislative process and how it can be applied to the not-for-profit sector in order to ensure success. Prior to his professional career, Avi’s educational background includes political science, government and public policy.
BrandonBrandon Arkinson Board Vice Chair
Brandon Arkinson is a dedicated social entrepreneur, city builder and problem solver, with significant experience in the Not For Profit, housing and fundraising sectors. Brandon is the Founder and Executive Director of Moving Hope, an organization that provides provisions for the homeless and vulnerable. Brandon has been conferred specializations or advanced certifications in fields of: Public Relations, Human Resources Management, Facility Management, Organizational Leadership, and Advanced Public Administration and Governance. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Brandon is uniquely qualified to lead healthy organizations in today’s dynamic environment.
CynthiaCynthia Bour Board Treasurer
Cynthia is currently a Portfolio Associate at a leading investment management firm. Since completing secondary school in Rexdale, she has gained a wealth of knowledge throughout her career in the areas of financial planning & reporting, best accounting practices, regulatory compliance, capital management, fundraising, and budgeting. As Founder of Moneynomx, a financial education and coaching organization, Cynthia shares her knowledge with individuals across Canada working with agencies that specifically support the needs of immigrant communities.
HarshitaHarshita Jagadeesh Board Director
Harshita is a young leader in the health care field and is passionate about working to help create systems that will lead to a better quality of life for populations and improve access to care. Harshita is currently the Manager of Space Operations at the University Health Network (UHN), leading a team of staff in all aspects related to the physical spaces across UHN sites. Prior to this role, she was a Senior Planner at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where she helped to operationalize the strategic directions of the ambulatory and malignant hematology departments. She holds a Master of Health Administration degree and has obtained the Canadian College of Health Leaders – Certified Health Executive designation, as well as the University of Toronto Lean Six Sigma certification.
JoyeJoye Badou Board Director
Joye Badou, currently coordinator of the youth program at Connecture Canada and secretary-general of the board of directors of the Auberge Francophone, have worked as a supervisor for Francophone newcomers, as a project manager, as a database design, and as statistical analysis. Joye have also worked on projects to promote health services in French at Entité 3.
KikiKiki Lin Board Director
Kiki Lin is currently a Director of Strategy at a global financial institution. Kiki began her career as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). International experience at Fortune 100 companies and non-profit organizations in: financial & strategic planning, operations management, risk management, performance measurement, digital strategies and design thinking.
PatiencePatience Adamu Board Chair
Dr. Patience Adamu has a Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Studies focusing on the impacts of immigration and settlement policy. She works full time as a Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Aecon Group Inc that is headquartered in Etobicoke. To the board she brings over 10 years of experience in government relations, communications, media relations as well as social justice and community development from having worked in the education, sport and construction sectors. Patience brings a critical academic focus to immigrant health, as well as a deep understanding of the social determinants of health which is foundational to the community health centre approach.
MichaelMichael Walters Board Director

Michael Walters has worked as a Mental Health and Addictions Program Consultant for 25 plus years in the Health Care sectors of Ontario and Alberta. He is a highly skilled, resultsoriented leader in Health Care policy and program development specifically, in the Mental Health and Addictions sector.

Michael has a steadfast commitment to the promotion of diversity, inclusion, integrity and ethical behaviour in Health Care, Social Services and Business environments.

Michael has been employed as a senior Manager in

  • Addiction and Mental Health Treatment agency in Ontario and Alberta:
  • the Children’s Mental Health sector in Ontario

Prior to these roles Michael was the Executive Assistant for 16 years to several Assistant Deputy Ministers at Ministry of Health and Long-term Care policy, programs and operations divisions.

Michael has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and is currently working on his Master of Social Work degree.

Jerom YuJerom Yu Board Director
Jerom Yu, CPA, MBA is currently a Director, Finance at an Insurtech startup company. He has over 12 years of professional and leadership experience in the areas of finance, accounting, M&A, business intelligence and HR, etc. in both not-for-profit and startup companies, where he helped to streamline their operations and facilitated their repaid growth.
Givanni BingerGivanni Binger Board Director

Givanni Binger is a Program Coordinator , Facilitator , & Artist from Rexdale. He began his start in community work by mentoring young artists and musicians,organizing community events / creating platforms, & painting commission murals for local businesses & community centers.

Over the last 7 years, With a focus & expertise on Program Facilitation, Planning & Development, & Community Engagement through means of outreach , he has developed curriculum and lead hundreds of programs for youth in BIPOC/ Marginalized communities in a diverse range of safe spaces including Toronto’s Public Libraries , Community Centers , Youth Shelters and Detention Centers, TDSB and GTA Schools , CAMH & Etobicoke General working with Inpatients & Outpatients , Remote first Nations Communities , & The University of Toronto , allowing collaboration with local non profits as well as starting his own Youth Arts focused initiative “Reeword”.

He Currently serving as a Program Facilitator with Vibe Arts, & Unity Charity which focuses on arts for Mental Health , & is a Program Coordinator for The Good Neighbor Project , an initiative dedicated to providing on-the-ground support to assist vulnerable people and health care workers with groceries, essential supplies and medication.

Being from and residing in the North Etobicoke community , Givanni brings a keen sense of comprehension of local culture , and is a representative voice & advocate. His mission is to help organizations understand & address the needs of local youth, while providing insight & strategic , culturally sensitive approaches towards Community Engagement and the Development of Youth Programming .

Étant originaire et résidant dans la communauté d’Etobicoke Nord, Givanni apporte un sens aigu de la compréhension de la culture locale et est une voix représentative et un défenseur. Sa mission est d’aider les organisations à comprendre et à répondre aux besoins des jeunes locaux, tout en fournissant un aperçu et des approches stratégiques et sensibles à la culture en matière d’engagement communautaire et de développement de programmes pour les jeunes.

Senior Leadership Team

The Rexdale Community Health Centre is managed by the senior leadership team who provide strategic advice and direction to the program and service coordinators to lead day-to-day operations of our Centre to ensure that Rexdale CHC is operated responsibly and efficiently.

The following are the current senior leadership members:

  • Safia Ahmed, Executive Director
  • Peter Khela, Director of Primary Health Care
  • Althea Martin-Risden, Director of Health Promotion
  • Madina Wasuge, Director of Pathways to Education Program
  • Tracy Zhang, Director of Finance and Operations
  • Stephanie McQueen, Human Resource Generalist
  • Jose Garcia, Manager, EMR & Digital Solution Management