Vacant — Chief Executive Officer
Theresa Stevens – Executive Coordinator
Theresa Stevens is an Ojibwe from Nipissing First Nation. She is a proud mother of two boys. Theresa brings 10 years of experience working with First Nations people and communities across Ontario to the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council.
Theresa is the Executive Coordinator for the Council working with the Executive Leadership of the Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Aboriginal Community Health Centres and Indigenous Inter-professional Primary Care Teams. Theresa also provides support to the Data and Performance Management Committees. She is passionate about strengthening and promoting healthier communities and has adopted the values represented by the Model of Wholistic Health and Wellbeing.
Theresa studies Public Administration & Governance, and Criminal Justice at Ryerson University. She enjoys spending her spare time exploring outdoors with her boys and travelling home to North Bay to visit with family.
In her own community, Theresa has devoted time to volunteer in different capacities. She has been active within the Community Wellness, Maamwi Kindaaswin Powwow, Policing, and Community Development Committees.
Theresa’s ambition motivates her to practice and share the gift of respect, love, and humility in her work and everyday life.
Vacant – Quality Decision Support Specialist
Angela Recollet – Co-Chair
Angela Recollet is an Ojibwe woman from the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve and a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation. She is a mother of three, and a grandmother of five and resides in Sudbury, Ontario. Ms. Recollet is the Executive Director of the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre since March of 2010. Previous to this post, Angela was the lead in Aboriginal Affairs at Laurentian University from 1994-2010.
Cumulatively, Angela has extensive experience working with the Aboriginal community both as an advocate in education and in improving the general living and health conditions of Aboriginal populations. She has worked hard at ensuring the contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are recognized in the health and community building sectors. She also advocates for our people at many other levels (i.e. Ministry of Corrections and Community Safety, Northern Ontario School of Medicine Board of Directors, Social Planning Council Board of Directors, the Sudbury Police Services – Aboriginal Community Police Advisory Committee, Board of Directors for the Association of Ontario Health Centres, and the Co-Chair of the Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre Executive Circle). Angela has most recently been appointed a provincial post with the Greater Sudbury Police Board.
Angela’s leadership strengths have led to numerous community engagements increasing the visibility of Aboriginal people’s accomplishments. She was most recently awarded the Northern Ontario Influential Woman’s Award in the spring of 2016.
Angela walks with integrity, dignity and respect in all that she does. She is passionate and stands true to her world view of natural law, and her tenet of making healthy choices for our seventh generations.
Constance McKnight – Co-Chair
Constance McKnight, a Moose Cree Metis woman, is the Executive Director of the De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton. Currently she also serves as a public member of the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario, the Indigenous Representative on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Healthier Communities, and as a Board Member of the Hamilton Executive Directors Aboriginal Coalition.
She is a founding member and past Chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and has a substantial history working within the mental health and cross-disability sector nationally.
As a mental health leader nationally, Constance worked hard to move mental health to the front of the Federal Agenda. For her leadership nationally, she was awarded with The Council of Canadians with Disability’s National Award in 2005.
Brian Dokis – Organizational Secretariat
Brian Dokis is Ojibway, band member of Dokis First Nation and is presently the Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) with locations in London, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Owen Sound and Windsor and prior to this was Executive Director at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury. Throughout this time, he has demonstrated his commitment to the provision of effective health care in general and more specifically the provision of effective health care that is culturally appropriate and acceptable to First Nations people. Brian has also been active in the area of First Nations Health research, at the local level and also as a past member of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) – Research and Evaluation Working Group that oversaw and managed all AHWS – related research, evaluation and review activities as directed by Joint Management Committee – AHWS.
Brian formerly served on the Board of the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) (2000 – 2002) serving as Treasurer, Member of Finance Committee and Chair of Membership Secretariat Committee. He is also a former Board Member of Community Organizational Health Inc. (COHI) which is committed to fostering quality, innovation and learning within health and social services organizations. COHI owned and administered the quality improvement and accreditation program called Building Healthier Organizations (BHO). He is presently a member of the South West LHIN and Erie St Clair LHIN Indigenous Health Committees, which identify and where possible implement practical approaches to improving health of Aboriginal people living within the two LHIN regions.