Hazelle Palmer is a seasoned senior executive with more than 30 years of progressive experience in the non-profit sector.
She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sherbourne Health and formerly the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Toronto. Hazelle holds a Master’s Certificate in Health Care Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Carleton University. She is the former Managing Editor of Health Sharing Magazine, worked as a Television producer for WTN and Upfront Entertainment and was the Communications Coordinator for the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. A published author of two books, Hazelle’s work has appeared in numerous publications, newspapers, and journals including The Globe and Mail, Fuse, and the Women’s Journal/Cahier des femmes. She is currently the Chair of the downtown east Ontario Health Team and a member of the Board for the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. In the past, she has been an active and dedicated board member for the Institute of Gender and Health of CIHR, Women’s College Hospital, the Association of Ontario Health Centres, Hassle Free Clinic, the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health and Springtide Resources, and has also participated on the Health Council for the Mid-east Toronto Health Link and the Back-Office Council for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN). Born in London, England and raised in Montreal, Hazelle is also proud of her Caribbean heritage.
Van has worked in the Non-for-Profit and Public sectors for twenty years in various finance and operational roles at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, Toronto Community Foundation, Ontario March of Dimes, and CAMH. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Certified Management Accountant. Van volunteers on the Finance Committee of Fife House, an organization that provides supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Laura Pripstein is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Staff Physician at Sherbourne Health. In 2019, Laura was recognized by the College of Family Physicians for contributions to Family Medicine practice by receiving the Fellowship designation (FCFP).
Laura is committed to providing wrap-around, holistic primary care to marginalized populations. She is passionate about Sherbourne’s work in the community and is focused on providing seamless transitions of care and representing Sherbourne Health within the broader health-care sector, including the external OHT tables. She is on the DET-OHT Family Physician Network, a member of the SCOPE Physician Advisory Group with UNITY/SMH, DET OHT. Laura received her B.S from the University of Michigan, and MSc and MD from The University of British Columbia. She completed her residency in Family Medicine from The University of Toronto.
Vice President Community Health and Capacity Building Initiatives
Nalini Pandalangat is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, and has extensive experience leading projects and programs in the community health, hospital and international development sectors. Her research interests are focused on immigrant mental health, gender and health, cultural competence, health care access and health equity.
She worked as a consultant with the New Immigrant Support Network at the Hospital for Sick Children where she developed modules and training around culturally competent programming that would improve access to newcomer communities. Prior, she managed the CIDA funded international project in Sri Lanka, for the CAMH, and was Manager of the Newcomer Program in South Riverdale Community Health Centre.