President: Hamida Bhimani, [email protected]

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Hamida Bhimani is Head of Nursing Practice at the Regional Municipality of York, Public Health Branch, with responsibility for leading strategic initiatives in the areas of nursing practice and leadership. In 2013, she completed an advanced clinical practice fellowship with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, which focused on designing a framework for leadership development based on coaching and mentoring principles. Recently, she implemented a new leadership program for emerging leaders which received an Honourable Mention of Excellence by the Association of Talent Development. Prior to joining York Region, she led research-based policy and program design projects at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in the Early Learning and Child Development Branch. Hamida is also skilled in evaluating organizational performance having led best practice research work as a manager for the Hospital Report at the University of Toronto. Hamida is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University. She also holds a Master of Health Science (in Administration) and a Certified Health Executive designation.

President Elect: David Groulx, [email protected]

David has worked in public health for the past 20 years. A majority of those years were spent in delivering public health to those in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts. David is currently the Manager of Professional Practice and Development at Public Health Sudbury & Districts and supports the role of the Chief Nursing Officer. David is actively involved with local nursing efforts as the President of the RNAO Sudbury Chapter, as Nursing Faculty at the local college and Adjunct Professor at Laurentian University. David completed his undergraduate education at Laurentian University (BScN) and holds a MPH degree from Lakehead University.

Treasurer: Cyndy Johnston, [email protected]


Cyndy is an Analyst, Research & Policy: Public Health Nursing Practice at the Region of Peel, Public Health and holds a clinical faculty appointment in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. In her current role, Cyndy’s work focuses on promoting the full scope of nursing practice through the application of PHN competencies and standards to achieve organizational effectiveness. Cyndy has developed a Student Strategy for Peel Public Health, supervises fourth year BScN students in public health placements and has contributed to research reviews on workforce development.

Secretary: Fiona Kelly, [email protected]

Fiona is currently Director, Family Health and Chief Nursing Officer of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. She has worked at the Health Unit for over 35 years, with experience across all public health nursing program areas, and as a manager since 1987 and a director since 1999. Fiona is a graduate of Queen’s University (Bachelor of Nursing Science) and the University of Toronto (Master of Education).

CNO Representative: Esther Moghadam, [email protected]

Esther Moghadam holds the dual role of Director of Health Promotion and Chief Nursing Officer at Ottawa Public Health. She has been a R.N. for over 30 years working as a practitioner, researcher, educator and manager in acute care, public and community health practice including 10 years in executive roles. As Chief Nursing Officer, she is responsible for promoting excellence in local public health nursing practice and collaborates on provincial public health nursing issues. In her role at Ottawa Public Health, Esther is responsible for public health functions of Chronic Disease, Injury Prevention, Wellness, Substance Misuse, Healthy Growth and Development, Immunization and School Health. Her work as an Academic Advisor with the University of Ottawa, School of Nursing, has included teaching with the nursing program and advisor for Loyer-DaSilva research Chair in Public Health Nursing. Esther holds a Bachelor Science in Nursing, Master of Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management.