De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre Board of Directors

Pat Mandy

Chairperson, Board of Directors Chairperson, Capital Planning Committee

Board Chair Pat Mandy, the recently Retired Chief Executive Officer of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network, has dedicated much of her volunteer time since 2011 to the Board of Directors of De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre. Mrs. Mandy is a well respected health care leader with more than 25…

Dr. Bradley Johnson

Member at Large

Bradley is a member of the Oneida tribe of the Six Nations, and has served for the past 3 years on the board of De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre. Bradley is a recent graduate from the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is currently doing Family Medicine Residency…

Lina Rinaldi

Quality Committee Chairperson Board Member at Large

Lina Rinaldi is the Chief Operating Officer at Brant Community Healthcare System, a large 300 bed community acute care facility with sites in Brantford and Paris, Ontario. She has held this position since 2013. Previously Lina was the Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nurse Executive. Lina has successfully ensured access to quality care for the Brant County community through partnerships, advocacy and a patient first philosophy. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Nurse and Professional Practice Executive and leads the organization in strategies for building leadership capacity and inter-professional practice models. Lina holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from York University and a Master of Nursing (Administration) from the University of Toronto. She is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (formerly CCHSE) and a graduate of the University of Toronto Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program (AHLP). In addition, Lina has been a surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 2007. Lina has a strong interest in aboriginal health needs having worked in Northern Ontario including Moose Factory and is currently a Board Member for the De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre (Brantford/Hamilton). Lina is also active in the Halton community serving on the Board for Summitt Housing & Outreach Programs. Two active teenagers keep her energized with interests in classical piano, hockey and Irish dancing.

 

Terry Ramirez

Vice Chairperson of the Board

Terry Ramirez is a member of the Tuscarora nation of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her father is Jamaican and her father’s mother was Arawak. Terry grew up in Caledonia and currently resides at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Terry has a combined BA in Sociology and Indigenous Studies from…

Amos Key Junior

Member at Large

Amos Key Jr. carries the Spiritual name of Taehowenhs and is a Gayogohono’,  a member of the Mohawk Nation of Six Nations  at Grand River, Brantford, Ontario.  He was born into the Turtle Clan of his mother.

 

Born in the USA, in nearby New York state, he was raised at his ancestral home at Grand River, where he was educated and lived among the languages of his parents, Amos Sr., and Reta, who spoke four of the Six Nation languages plus English. Bilingual, Amos was raised to be steeped in his Longhouse Spiritual Tradition and was elevated to the level of ‘Faith Keeper’ for his people.  For decades he was given a formal education within the wisdom of his eloquent Elders, Parents, Uncles, Grand Parents and five Siblings and was groomed to be a staunch defender and advocate for his Onkwehonweh people.

 

His formal English education saw him graduate in Radio Televsion Arts from Mohawk College, Hamilton, attend Ryerson Polytech in Toronto for Photographic Art and to finish by attending Western University at London, Ontario.

 

His career saw him work for the London Board of Education teaching Guidance and Native Studies to Aanishinaabeg and Onkwehonweh students before being asked to head up, the new First Nations Language Department at the Woodland Museum and Cultural Centre in Brantford. He just recently celebrated his 30th anniversary at Woodland with a temporary  appointment as Executive Director.

 

While at Woodland for these past 30 years, Amos was and is able to advocate for and champion First Nations Linguistic and Human Rights and promote the attributes and virtues of First Nations Bilingualism and the intellect of the three Original civilizations of Ontario.

 

In his home community he led the development of: a Community Radio Station, Grand River’s Champion of Champions Pow wow, Gawenni:yo Immersion/Bilingual School Board, Ontario’s First synchronous E learning Secondary School and a Language Commission.

 

He spends many volunteer hours on many local, regional and provincial Boards and Foundations including,  the Ontario Trillium Foundation,  where he gets to lead on files affecting and effecting  Mushkego, Aanishinaabeg and Onkwehonweh communities through out Ontario.

 

He just recently signed on to join the Fitzhenry &  Whiteside publishing family in Markham as their new Indigenous/First Nations Editorial Consultant, to seek out new First Nations Authours and Illustrators.

 

Balancing his professional and volunteer career are his spiritual and artistic virtues and intelligences providing the energy for a healthy ‘artistic alter ego’…. wherein he sings, dances and plays.

 

For the past 40 years. he could be found leading the Mens Traditional Dance tradition around the Great Lakes, from May to September of each year… where he continues to dance in the new Mens Golden Age category when his career allows.

Jeff Cooper

Secretary of the Board

Jeff Cooper is a member of the Cayuga Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He grew up in the north end of Hamilton and moved to the mountain where he was a graduate of St. Jean de Brébeuf High School. He has been a member of the RCMP for over 25 years and…