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.


Past President: Maureen Cava


Maureen Cava is currently the Manager, Professional Development and Education for Toronto Public Health. She holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Nursing and has worked in the public health field for over 20 years. Maureen is an adjunct faculty at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing-University of Toronto. She was in the 2006 graduating class of the EXTRA Fellowship program sponsored through the Canadian Health Research Foundation. Her leadership in the development of a professional practice model for public health practice was ground breaking for public health practice. This saw the establishment of professional practice leaders in Toronto Public Health


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).