The transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario was appointed in September 2009. Members were chosen from individuals who responded to a public call for members advertised across Ontario.
The appointment of the 16-member transitional Council marks a major step toward the regulation of homeopathy under the legislative framework of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.
The transitional Council joins Basil Ziv, who was appointed Registrar in April 2009.
The transitional Council held its inaugural meeting on November 3, 2009, during which it elected its President, Vice-president and Executive Committee. They are:
Jim Dunsdon, President
Violetta Ilkiw, Vice-President
Kathy Desjardins, Executive Committee Member
Eden Gajraj, Executive Committee Member
John Millar, Executive Committee Member
Biographies of all transitional Council members are provided below.
Transitional Council meetings are open to the public to observe. Future meeting dates may be obtained by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at 416-862-4780 or by visiting the transitional Council’s website at www.collegeofhomeopaths.on.ca.
As space is limited, members of the public who would like to observe a transitional Council meeting should provide advance notice of their interest in attending.
This can be done by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 416-862-4780.
Correspondence for the President may be sent to:
Jim Dunsdon, President
Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario
4th floor, 163 Queen Street, East
Toronto, ON M5A 1S1
Whitney Collins graduated from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine in 2007. Since graduating, Whitney has been practising as a homeopath in the Ajax and Whitby area of Ontario.
John Curran was born and educated in Ottawa. John retired in 1999 from the Corporation of the County of Essex where he held the position of Director of Social Services for 5 years and Chief Administrator for 19 years. He was seconded by the Provincial Government, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing when the Social Housing Program was being devolved to the municipal level. John has served on several boards and committees and currently is President of his condominium corporation and sits on the Board of Directors, Kingsville Golf and Country Club.
Kathy Desjardins is a self-employed homeopathic practitioner, and a homeopathic teacher at the Homeopathic Academy of Niagara. Previously, she was Planning Director with the Township of West Lincoln, and a Planner with the Regional Municipality of Niagara and the City of Niagara Falls. Kathy’s past community involvement includes the West Lincoln Library Board, the Agriculture Sub-Committee of the Regional Municipality of Niagara, and the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Fund Raising Committee. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Homeopaths and the St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Dunsdon holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto, and has thirty years experience in regulatory healthcare, consulting and lecturing on jurisprudence and ethics at George Brown College. Positions held include Registrar of the Ontario College of Pharmacists, Acting Deputy Registrar of the College of Midwives of Ontario, Interim Registrar, College of Dental Technologists of Ontario, and Interim Executive Director of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities. Jim has also undertaken numerous roles, including Independent Chair, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, and member of the Board of the Directors for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation, and the Professional Examination Service.
Eden Gajraj has extensive international experience as a senior executive in the financial sector. He is currently the Managing Partner of Strategy People, providing enterprise planning, project financing, international relations and information technology services. He has 30 plus years of diversified business experience including progressive management positions with top chartered accountants firms and financial institutions. Eden has served on many boards and associations over the past 30 years and has received numerous honours including the Queen Elizabeth 50th Jubilee Medal, Canada’s 125th Medal and the Outstanding Canadian Medal for significant contribution to compatriots, community and Canada.
Ron Harris has been providing homeopathic services since 1938, and has served on the Expert Advisory Committee, Natural Health Products, Health Canada and the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy. He founded the Canadian Institute of Homeopathic Medicine and has held a number of roles on numerous professional organizations, including: the Ontario Professional Association of Homeopaths, the Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada, the Homeopathic Medical Centre of Canada, the Canadian Coalition of Homeopathic Medicine, the National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths, and the Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and The World Association of Chinese Medicine.
Violetta Illkiw is a faculty member at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine (OCHM), managing clinical trials in the Department of Homeopathy. As a regulation committee member and Board executive with the Ontario Homeopathic Association from 2006-09 she was involved in the creation of the submission to HPRAC for the regulation of homeopathy. Violetta practices classical homeopathy in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from OCHM and received her honours B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Anthropology from the University of Toronto. Violetta also has a consulting background in adult education, social policy research and community & youth engagement.
Ling Goh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and a diploma specializing in Homeopathic Medicine and Sciences from the Homeopathic College of Canada. She also completed additional clinical training and research in Hong Kong from 2001 to 2003. Ling works with the Natural Health Products Directorate of Health Canada in the Bureau of Product Review and Assessment and has represented Health Canada as a speaker at the World Health Organization conference on the quality of homeopathic medicines.
Joseph Lloyd-Jones, MBA, PhD, AMP (Oxford), FCGA, served for 15 years as Assistant Vice-President of the University of Ottawa accountable for university-wide planning, policy, resource allocation and strategic issues. He was also Adjunct Professor of Management, teaching in the MBA & MHA programs.
Joseph is engaged in consulting projects in corporate governance, management accountability and transparency, healthcare policy, and regulation of the learned professions. He was a council member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario serving on the Discipline Committee, Fitness to Practise Committee and the Quality Assurance Committee. Joseph has also served with the Real Estate Council of Ontario, the Dental Assistants Examination Board, and the Certified General Accountants of Ontario.
Margaret (Maggi) Martin is a registered nurse who presently works part time at a hospice in Hamilton, utilizing the knowledge and skills obtained from over 30 years in the nursing profession. She spent 8 years serving as a medical adjudicator for the Canada Pension Plan review tribunal and is very involved in the L’arche Hamilton community, sitting on the Board of Directors for the last 6 years.
John David Millar
John David Millar graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988 and practices naturopathy and homeopathy full time. He has studied homeopathy internationally, and is certified in homeopathy by the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians and the Council for Homeopathic Certification. John has been involved at the Board Level with a number of organizations including The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, The Council on Homeopathic Education, The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians, and Homeopaths without Borders and has extensive experience as a teacher of homeopathic medicine for a number of schools.
Wangari Muriuki has over 18 years of professional experience in health and human services, including health promotion, knowledge transfer and exchange, as well as in depth knowledge of social services. Currently, she is the Executive Assistant to Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14) High Park-Parkdale and prior to that, was the Manager of Mental Health, Identification Programs at Street Health Community Nursing Foundation. Wangari has also served on the Toronto Board of Health, The Health Equity Council, St. Michael’s Hospital – Mental Health Community Advisory Panel, and is currently President of the Board of the African Canadian Social Development Council and Chair of the Board of the African Resource Centre.
Luba Plotkina received her medical degree from Lviv National Medical University in Ukraine and specialized in forensic pathology. She worked as a coroner for 5 years before immigrating to Canada in 1981. Luba completed her homeopathic training in Toronto and has served as the Dean of the Homeopathic College since 1995. In 2001, she co-founded the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine, where Luba presently serves as the Dean.
Bhupinder Sharma is a graduate in homeopathic medicine and surgery from Nehru Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi, and worked as Medical Officer, Homeopathic Physician in Central Government Dispensaries/Charitable Clinics in India. He currently operates a full time homeopathic clinic in Toronto and received the Hahnemann Award in 2008 from the Government of Delhi Administration. Bhupinder has been involved in health care for over 30 years, holding a variety of positions on numerous boards and organizations, including the Community Care Access Centre and the William Osler Centre, Etobicoke General Hospital, and is the President of Homeopathic Medical Association of Canada.
Kelly F. Warren
Kelly Warren is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Armed Forces. Her career has involved tactical and strategic intelligence in which she received an Award of Merit from the Intelligence Advisory Committee. Kelly’s community involvement includes serving as a member of the Middlesex County Community Emergency Response Volunteers, a member of the Sir Arthur Currie Legion, a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society and various Canadian and International Sports Events. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and History, Associate of Arts in Criminology and a Master of Arts Certificate in Criminology from Hull University, England.
Mirsada Vins has been involved in complementary and alternative medicine and clinical and homeo-pharmaceutical research in homeopathy for more than 15 years. She is currently the Head of Homeopathy at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine where she teaches homeopathic philosophy and materia medica. Mirsada has created a post graduate program for homeopaths in partnership with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she is also a guest lecturer, and organizes annual homeopathic conferences in Toronto. She has a private clinical practice in Bradford, Ontario.
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