Board Advisory Panels
Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP)
In April 2018, as a result of a recommendation made by the jury at the Inquest into the Death of Andrew Loku, the Toronto Police Services Board established an Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP).
Over the next two years, ARAP was involved in a number of important issues, including assisting in the drafting of a new Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis and Public Reporting Policy for the Board and the development of a framework to monitor the implementation of the recommendations made by the jury in the inquest into the death of Andrew Loku. At its meeting of August 18, 2020, the Board approved ARAP’s “Recommended Monitoring Framework for the Implementation of the Recommendations Arising from the Inquest into the Death of Andrew Loku,” concluding the inaugural mandate of ARAP.
At the same meeting, the Board approved 81 recommendations related to police reform that put into place a roadmap for comprehensive policing reform and include building new community safety response models, initiatives to address systemic racism and concrete steps to improve trust with our communities. In addition, a number of recommendations focused on ARAP directly, including a recommendation making ARAP permanent and building in certain requirements to its structure, and a recommendation naming its new Co-Chairs, Ainsworth Morgan and Anthony Morgan.
At its meeting of February 25, 2021, the Board approved the membership of ARAP (Min. No. P2021-0225-3.0. refers).
Ainsworth Morgan (Board Member and ARAP Co-Chair)Ainsworth Morgan is a Toronto Police Services Board Member, and Co-Chair of ARAP. Following a career as a professional football player, including with the Toronto Argonauts, Ainsworth pursued a career in education, beginning as a teacher with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in September 2000. Facilitating equitable access to education is at the core of his approach to teaching, as demonstrated by his work as the Academic Coordinator with the Pathways To Education Program-Regent Park, and as co-founder of the 100 Strong Foundation — a mentoring and advocacy group for Black boys between the ages of 11 to 14. Ainsworth is currently a Principal in the TDSB and serves on the Board of Directors for White Ribbon Canada — an organization that engages men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence by promoting equity and transforming social norms. He joined the Toronto Police Services Board in January 2020.
Anthony Morgan (ARAP Co-Chair)Anthony Morgan is the Co-Chair of ARAP. Anthony is a lawyer and the Manager of the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Unit, which is responsible for the implementation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. Prior to joining the City, Anthony was an Associate at Falconers LLP, specializing in the areas of civil, constitutional and criminal state accountability litigation. He has a special interest in anti-racist human rights advocacy, particularly in the area of anti-Black racism. Anthony is a frequent legal, social and public affairs commentator on issues concerning race and racism, critical multiculturalism and critical race theory in Canada. Also a freelance columnist, Anthony’s column, “Colour-Coded Justice,” appears regularly in The Monitor, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' bimonthly policy and current affairs magazine, with a column that explores racial justice issues in Canadian life, law and policy.
Shamso ElmiShamso Elmi is the co-founder of Mending a Crack in the Sky (MCIS), a dynamic program that consists of a dedicated group of Somali mothers who are passionate about creating safe spaces to heal, mobilize, advocate and navigate socioeconomic systems. The group is inspired by a Somali proverb stating that, “if people come together, they can even mend a crack in the sky.” In addition to MCIS, Shamso’s dedication and passion have allowed her to become a symbolic figure in the community. Advocacy has become Shamso’s legacy through her work as a workshop facilitator, interpreter, community worker, and addressing youth radicalization.
Michele HamiltonMichele Hamilton has been an equity seeker and advocate since childhood. After studying sociology and criminology at the University of Toronto, she began her career as a Social Service Worker, supporting adults with developmental and mental health disabilities. She was active in union and worker rights before studying law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she was the local president and the national VP of the Black Law Students Association of Canada. Michele articled at the African Canadian Legal Clinic which focused on addressing systemic anti-Black racism. Michele has worked with labour organizations for over 20 years and has a special interest and expertise in human rights and police law. She was In House Counsel and also served as the anti-Harassment Ombudsperson to the Ontario Provincial Police Association from 2012 to February 2021.
Clinton ReidClinton Reid brings with him over 12 years of experience in the affordable housing non-profit sector, social entrepreneurship, and community development. He is the Coordinator of “Collective Impact,” a community-led collective focused on promoting a positive police and community dialogue, as well as educating the community on changes to police regulations and policies. Clinton has also worked at Toronto Community Housing in various roles, such as Youth Engagement Coordinator and Social Enterprise & Partnership Coordinator, as well as the Community Economic Development Coordinator, where he worked on community initiatives focused on safety and economic opportunities for residents living in Toronto Community Housing neighbourhoods.
K’Mesha MaloneyK’Mesha Maloney is an Afro-Indigenous community member who uses her background in Indigenous Visual Culture and Psychology to provide outreach and advocacy for the Indigenous, Black and LGBTQI2S+ communities for over a decade; this includes working in homeless shelters. As a survivor of human trafficking she uses her lived experience to facilitate workshops for at-risk youth, law enforcement, health care providers and educators through an anti-oppressive and trauma informed framework. It is her goal, while being a part of the Anti-Racism Advisory Panel, that she creates transparency and accountability to initiate progressive changes between marginalized communities and the Toronto Police Service. She recognizes that in order to create change being a leader requires being an effective listener first.
Asante HaughtonAsante Haughton is a seasoned mental health and social justice advocate, specializing in elucidating the impacts of racism, poverty and community violence on wellbeing. With experience as a front-lines case manager with Pathways to Education, and now as a peer support specialist, trainer and program manager with Stella's Place, Asante seeks to foster justice and equity for the underserved and marginalized. He is a 2x TEDx speaker, was named as one Canada's top 150 mental health difference makers by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, is a contributing editor to Inspire Magazine, a working group member of the government of Canada's Mental Health of Black Canadians fund, a host of the music making peer support web show, Cypher, and co-founder of the Reach Out Response Network, an organization advocating to bring about non-police led mobile mental health crisis reform. Focused on building bridges, Asante believes that dialogue, cooperation and community can generate solutions to most of society's toughest problems.
Pamela HartPamela Hart is Anishinaabe Kwe, Muskrat Clan, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island on Lake Simcoe and a mother of one. She has worked on the front line for over a decade offering client care and support services to address issues such as addiction, mental health, violence against women, trauma, and homelessness. In her current role as Executive Director of Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Pamela strives to contribute to healing through the unity of community and through creating opportunities of reconnection to culture while advocating and promoting the integrity and value of Indigenous Women.
Yavuz TopbasYavuz Selim Topbas is a youth policy leader and second-year student at Carleton University pursuing a Bachelor of Public Affairs & Policy Management degree, with a specialization in International Policy Studies. Yavuz Selim has previously served as the President of the Toronto District School Board’s Student Senate, where he represented roughly 250,000 students at the Board level. As part of this role, he advocated for racially and fiscally equitable Board policies, ranging from greater funding for racialized high schools to geographically equitable representation in student politics through electronic elections. Yavuz Selim is currently working towards building a policy career in the public service. In addition, he occasionally works as a consultant on strategy, community engagement and diversity, offering a unique youth perspective to the discussion.
Shalini KonanurShalini Konanur is the Executive Director and a lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, a not-for-profit organization that provides direct legal services to low-income South Asian populations across Ontario. Shalini’s mandate includes extensive advocacy on human rights issues at the domestic and international level, and SALCO is a leading voice on the issues that impact on South Asians in Canada, including systemic racism, Islamophobia, gender-based violence, issues with precarious immigration, and lack of access to mental health and addictions services. Shalini has participated in test case work, submissions to the United Nations, and provincial and federal advisory roles on systemic racism in Canada and its impact on racialized communities.
Shayle GrahamShayle Graham is a social philanthropist who builds authentic partnerships with community organizations and institutions, for the advancement of racialized youth and for the sustainability of Black communities. Through her experience as a coach in the areas of equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression; a community activist who partners with stakeholders to decrease the chances of marginalized youth having negative experiences with law enforcement; and the founder of a non-profit organization that disrupts the barriers preventing Black girls from occupying particular spaces, Shayle dedicates her time, skills, resources and networks to create systemic impact.
Andre FullertonAndre Fullerton, MBA is a father, educator, community developer and social justice change agent who maintains a flair for fostering positive relations with the community and other stakeholders. With over 20 years of experience working professionally in various capacities of community engagement, Andre has worked with a variety of organizations including Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Tropicana Community Services and currently with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. A graduate of the Ivey Business School, Andre is eager to share his educational, work and life experiences to this committee in hopes of working together with the Toronto Police to make our communities safe.
H. Roy WellingtonBorn and raised in Toronto, Roy Wellington received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in 2012. Since serving his articles at the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario, Crown Law Office - Civil, he has practiced administrative and criminal defence law throughout the province. In representing clients, Roy examines the real world outcomes of police policies and procedures as experienced by racialized and otherwise marginalized communities. Roy has represented clients at two Coroners Inquests and participated in the Board’s virtual town hall in July, 2020.
Paul BaileyPaul Bailey is a strategist, urban planner and Interim Executive Director at the Black Health Alliance. Paul has spent the last decade designing interventions focused on: health and well-being, community violence, mental health and addictions, and the social service sector as it relates to improving outcomes for Black children, youth and families. His work is currently focused on social development, health equity, and addressing the causes of neighbourhood distress and inequality.
Ayderus AlawiAyderus Alawi has worked as a criminal defence lawyer in the Greater Toronto area for almost a decade. Ayderus attended York University where he completed both an Honours bachelor's degree in political science followed by a law degree. Ayderus has spent over twenty years working in the community in a variety of roles where he has maintained a strong commitment to work towards addressing issues of discrimination and systemic issues including anti-Black racism.
Destiny GuthrieDestiny Guthrie is an advocate passionate about upholding the rights of marginalized and vulnerable populations. She has worked in the field of social services and corrections for three years, working with racialized minorities, youth, and disadvantaged populations. A Masters graduate in Criminology and Socio-legal studies, Destiny would like to contribute to the promotion of anti-oppressive policies and practices through her work on ARAP.
Horace KnightHorace Knight is a retired Human Resources Manager having worked in the municipal government and education sectors. Throughout his career, Horace provided advice and support to managerial staff on a range of policies which included anti-racism. This involved conducting investigations and when required issuing discipline to policy violators. He is currently a member of committee at his church that is organizing and running anti-racism seminars and learning series on anti-racism. Horace is also a director and past chair of the Stonegate Ministry Board, a charity in Southeastern Etobicoke catering to that low-income neighbourhood.
Shane MartinezShane Martínez has practiced criminal defence and human rights law in Toronto since 2011. He earned his LLB at the University of New Brunswick, and subsequently earned his LEC at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. In 2017, Shane served as co-counsel for Across Boundaries during its intervention at the Coroner's Inquest into the death of Andrew Loku. Shane regularly acts as pro bono counsel for the advocacy group Justice for Migrant Workers, and also serves on the Board of Directors at both Luke's Place and PASAN.
Rayon BrownRayon Brown is a seasoned community development business professional, deeply driven by the holistic approach grounded in principles of empowerment, human rights, inclusion, social justice, self-determination and collective action. Currently, Rayon is the Community Economic Development Director of Helping Neighbourhoods Implement Change - a non-profit organization deeply rooted in under-serviced communities, to equip individuals with tools and resources, and build their capacity through training and mentorship.
Keith TalleyKeith Talley is a senior IT executive, with a successful track record in strategic planning and implementation of transformational IT solutions, recommending process improvements while creating and aligning high-performing teams. In addition to Information Technology, Keith has held key roles in Operations, Vendor Management and Facilities Management. Keith looks to draw on his experience as an IT leader, as well as his ability to “think outside of the box,” to assist ARAP in developing innovative solutions to confront racism in policing.
Deputy Chief Peter Yuen (TPS Representative)
Superintendent Stacy Clarke (TPS Representative)Superintendent Stacy Clarke is the Unit Commander of the Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit. Stacy’s diverse policing career has included working in primary and community response units, intelligence, homicide, criminal investigative bureau and the Toronto Police College. She is known for implementing the Province’s Street Check Legislation and Co-chairing the Police and Community Engagement Review (PACER 2.0) Committee. She is also a past Service representative on the Board’s Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP).
Inspector Ishmail Musah (TPS Representative)
Ian Williams, Manager - Business Analytics (TPS Representative)Ian Williams is the Manager of Analytics & Innovation Unit. Ian has extensive experience in information management and analytics and the work of Ian’s teams support members across the Toronto Police Service, and community members. Ian’s teams created, and continue to develop, the Toronto Police Service Public Safety Data Portal, an industry-leading open data and analytics site that supports community safety and wellbeing awareness. Ian drives information management and analytics practices to improve community safety and wellbeing outcomes for all stakeholders.
ARAP's mandate is to advise and support the Board in relation to policing and racism, anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism, including:
- Identifying current issues relating to racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and policing, including developing and/or recommending policies, strategies and action plans for approval by the Board;
- Monitoring the implementation of the Toronto City Council’s Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism;
- Monitoring the implementation of the Board’s Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis, and Public Reporting Policy, including reviewing the data analysis and any interventions developed by the Service to address racial disparities for feedback and recommendations for enhancement;
- Monitoring the implementation of the recommendations from the Andrew Loku Inquest through the monitoring framework previously developed by ARAP;
- Reviewing Service reports on Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) use and making recommendations for enhancement;
- Monitoring the implementation of inquest recommendations as appropriate;
- Reviewing the development and implementation of all Service training and offering recommendations for enhancement, including training on anti-racism;
- Monitoring the implementation of the recommendations in the present report and providing advice to the Board on necessary enhancements and improvements; and
- Participating in the community consultation process on the Toronto Police Service’s annual budget.
Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel (MHAAP)
The Board, at its meeting of February 21, 2019, approved the establishment of the Board’s Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel (MHAAP) (Min. No. P36/19 refers) which superseded its current Mental Health Sub-Committee.
As noted at that time, MHAAP is comprised of members of the Board, members of the Service and members of the community, ensuring that this includes representatives from organizations run by and for people with lived experiences. It is important that the membership reflect the diversity of Toronto with representatives from major as well as more locally-based groups or organizations serving youth and marginalized and racialized groups. An emphasis was placed on including individuals with both client-focused and direct lived experience of mental health and addictions issues (includes lived experience in addictions or substance use, including harm reduction and service delivery) as well as those with expertise in the areas of law and human rights, accountability and data.
In particular, it was stated that there must be at least two members with direct lived experience of mental health and addictions issues or who are connected to an organization representing people with lived experience of mental health and addictions issues as part of the membership of the MHAAP.
As the report states, MHAAP will also have a number of representatives from the Toronto Police Service.
Chair and Co-Chairs
The Board report stated that the Chair of the Board will act as Co-Chair of MHAAP, and that, in addition, there will be two Community Co-Chairs, one of whom must be a person with lived experience of mental health and addictions issues.
Jim Hart, Chair of the Board, is Co-Chair of MHAAP. The Community Co-Chairs, as appointed by the Board are Jennifer Chambers and Steve Lurie.
At its meeting of May 30, 2019, the Board approved the membership of MHAAP (Min. No. P100/19 refers).
Jim Hart (Co-Chair)Born and raised in Toronto, Jim Hart has spent the bulk of his career working for the city he loves. Jim began working for the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto in the Metro Works Department, followed by three years working for the Metro Toronto Housing Company (MTHC). Jim moved from MTHC to the Metro (later City of Toronto) Clerk's office where he became the Director of Council and Support Services from 1989 to 2001. In 2001, Jim moved to the City Manager's Office where he spent six years as Director of Executive Management. Following his time in the City Manager's Office, Jim spent a year as the Director of Business Organization and Review in the Deputy City Manager's Office before becoming the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards in 2008. Jim was selected as the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation in 2011, later retiring from that position in 2014. In June 2017, Jim was appointed to City of Toronto Council as the representative for Ward 44 – Scarborough East, to complete the (2014-2018) term of the late Councillor Ron Moeser. As a City Councillor, Jim was a member of the Scarborough Community Council and the following Committees and Boards:
- Economic Development Committee
- Audit Committee
- Police Services Board (Vice-Chair)
- Canadian National Exhibition Association
- Library Board
Jennifer Chambers (MHAAP Community Co-Chair)Jennifer Chambers is the Executive Director of the Empowerment Council, an organization that serves as a voice for clients/survivors and ex-clients of mental health and addiction services, primarily of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The Empowerment Council had standing at the Andrew Loku Inquest and informed the resulting recommendations. She was a Co-Chair of the Board’s former Mental Health Sub-Committee and is also a member of the Board’s Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP).
Steve Lurie (MHAAP Community Co-Chair)Steve Lurie is the Executive Director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto Branch, a nation-wide charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing a mental illness. CMHA had standing at the Andrew Loku Inquest and informed the resulting recommendations. He was the Vice Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board’s former Mental Health Sub-Committee and is also a member of the Board’s Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP).
Inspector Chris BoddyInspector Boddy has served 28 years with the Toronto Police Service and is currently the Unit Commander of one of Toronto’s front line police stations. Included in his portfolio is the responsibility to lead the Toronto Police Service’s response to the needs of those with mental health concerns, and to establish and maintain liaison with the agencies that support and serve them including the Toronto Police Service Board’s Mental Health Panel. In each of these forums the police, service providers, and consumers discuss matters of mutual concern including police training, equipment, tactics and relationships. He is also a member of the Board’s Anti-Racism Advisory Panel (ARAP).
Deputy Chief Shawna CoxonShawna Coxon is a Deputy Chief of Police with the Toronto Police Service, where she has worked in many varied areas of policing for more than 24 years. She has her PhD in Criminal Law from Leicester University in the U.K. and has both published and spoken internationally. She has a passion for policing, innovation, technology and futurism. Deputy Coxon has worked on the transformation program where she helped to design and begin implementation of the modernization of the Service. Many of her advances are novel, as she seeks to reshape the role of police towards a community-centric, trusted community partner.
Susan DavisSusan Davis is the Executive Director at Gerstein Crisis Centre, a 24-hour Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Centre in Toronto. She has over 30 years of experience in the community mental health and addiction field with many years in direct service as well as leadership roles. Susan has been a leader in the development of innovative services, partnerships and systems that improve access to the supports people need and that recognize the impact of the social determinants of health on people’s overall well-being. She has worked collaboratively across sectors, including with police services, to better serve people dealing with mental health and addiction difficulties. She has trained police officers around community-based crisis intervention and mental health and has served on police committees related to mental health and addiction responses. Susan has been instrumental in the development of the Mental Health and Justice Network and the Downtown and Toronto Region Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committees. She has served on a number of Boards and is currently on the board of Working for Change, a social enterprise organization that provides employment opportunities for individuals living with mental health and addiction issues.
Dr. Eileen de VillaDr. Eileen de Villa is the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. Dr. de Villa leads Toronto Public Health, Canada’s largest local public health agency, which provides public health programs and services to 2.8 million residents. Prior to joining Toronto Public Health, Dr. de Villa served as the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel serving 1.4 million residents. Dr. de Villa has authored, published and presented research on issues including public health considerations for city planning and emergency preparedness, communicable and infectious disease control, and public health policy development. Dr. de Villa has been a strong voice in raising the issue of the current opioid overdose epidemic, endorsing a public health approach to drug policy.
Lana FradoLana Frado is the Executive Director of Sound Times Support Services. Sound Times provides services to individuals with serious mental health and/or addiction issues and is entirely staffed by people with lived experience. They are the largest organization of their kind in Canada and work specifically at the intersections of the mental health, addiction and criminal justice system. Currently, Sound Times is funded to provide Mental Health and Justice Prevention, Release Planning, Diversion and Court Support, provides staff to the 51 Division FOCUS program, and staffing to the Embedded Crown Project in 51 Division. Lana has three decades of experience working in mental health and addictions, has held many appointments to advisories, Boards and committees, and is a committed advocate for her community.
Susan GapkaSusan Gapka is a dedicated campaigner for social justice highlighting her record on affordable housing, homelessness, mental health, harm reduction & lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans issues since coming out as a community leader 20 years ago. Susan helped establish the Toronto Police Service’s LGBTQ Community Advisory Committee and has served as a Toronto Community Housing tenant representative on the 51 Division CPLC for the last decade. Susan has served on the Toronto Local Advisory Committee & as Toronto representative on the National Consumer Panel of the At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project, the Housing Component for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She has also served as a Board Member on the Empowerment Council funded by the Centre for Addiction and Mental (CAMH) for several terms as co-chair. Susan has a degree in Political Science from York University & a diploma in Community Work from George Brown College. Susan is a proud recipient of the City of Toronto Pride Award (2004), CAMH Courage to Come Back Award (1999) and Canada 150 Difference Maker in Mental Health (2017) and holds a Key to the City of Toronto (2018).
Dawnmarie HarriottDawnmarie Harriott is the Coordinator of Voices from the Street, a speakers bureau composed of people who have experienced various forms of marginalization and who provide public education to a range of audiences from students to policy makers. She also coordinates a Relief Worker training program and offers training on Peer Work to a variety of non-profit organizations. As a former graduate (2007) of the speakers bureau, Dawnmarie shares her lived experience of the many systemic barriers she had to overcome and she advocates for policy change on issues related to domestic violence and poverty. Dawnmarie firmly believes that people with lived experience of all forms of marginalization should be included in research and service provision.
Kevin HaynesKevin Haynes is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Kevin provides mental health and addictions treatment for youth who identify as having African and/or Caribbean descent at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Kevin has supported members of the Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit (CPEU) of Toronto Police Service on projects aimed to initiate a mutual healing in the relationship between members of the Service and Black youth, and he has also collaborated with various community partners on projects relating to youth mental health, youth violence prevention, community safety and capacity building. Kevin holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health and Health, and a Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course from the University of Toronto.
Trevor HowardTrevor Howard is the Manager of Complaint Services at Patient Ombudsman, where he leads a talented team of complaint resolution specialists and investigators who work diligently to resolve complaints and promote fairness in Ontario’s healthcare system. In his role, Trevor hears regularly from patients and caregivers about their experiences with mental health and addiction services. Prior to his work in the health sector, Trevor was a police officer with the Toronto Police Service for almost nine years, where he worked as both a front-line uniformed officer and an investigator. During this time, Trevor experienced first-hand the challenges and successes associated with police interactions with people in crisis and with officer mental health. Trevor holds a master’s degree in public policy, administration and law, as well as a graduate diploma in justice system administration, both from York University. Trevor's work in policing, and now in health care oversight, have led to a passion to improve the experiences of people living with mental illness and addictions, particularly as they relate to policing in the City of Toronto.
Dr. Paul KurdyakDr. Paul Kurdyak is Medical Director of Performance Improvement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Core Senior Scientist and Lead of the Mental Health and Addiction Program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is an Advisor to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and Health Quality Ontario on mental health system performance evaluation. His clinical work is in the Emergency Department at CAMH where he regularly interacts with members of Toronto’s police department.
Patrick MoellerPatrick Moeller received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003 and has been practicing criminal law ever since. He started his career with the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney, and later moved to defending low income Ontarians with Legal Aid Ontario. For the past 12 years, Patrick has focused on defending and advocating for clients with mental heath issues in the dedicated Mental Health Court at Old City Hall in Toronto. In his position as duty counsel, he has worked alongside psychiatrists, social workers, police, and the courts.
Ivy NanayakkaraIvy Nanayakkara is the Manager of Wellness at the Toronto Police Service. Ivy has over 18 years of experience in the field of occupational health and safety and wellness. She has worked with many public and private organizations across Canada in the design, implementation and evaluation of employee health programs aimed at creating and sustaining healthy and productive work forces. Ivy has a strong interest and passion in including psychological health and safety into workplace health strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Psychological Health & Safety Certificate from York University.
Inspector Kim O’TooleIn her 23rd year of policing with the Toronto Police Service, Inspector Kim O’Toole is currently working as the second in command at the Toronto Police College. She has had a diverse career, working in both uniform and in various investigative capacities. Some areas of highlight include her work in child abuse, sex and gender-based crimes, youth crime, human rights, the Homicide Squad and her expert status in delivering training on the treatment of transgendered prisoners. Inspector O’Toole has been an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph-Humber, teaching courses in, among other subjects, police and society, crime and criminal justice, criminological theory, investigative techniques, gender issues and advanced community policing. In 2013, Inspector O’Toole was seconded to the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan as a Rule of Law expert, assigned the portfolio of mentor/advisor for Gender and Human Rights.
Superintendent Dave RydzikSuperintendent David Rydzik has been an officer with the Toronto Police Service for the past 30 years. In June of 2016 he was appointed as the Unit Commander of Divisional Policing Support Unit, now known as the Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit, where he is responsible for developing and overseeing numerous multi-agency collaborative partnerships and programs such as Furthering Our Communities and Uniting Services (F.O.C.U.S.), Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams (M.C.I.T.), School Engagement Programs, Neighbourhood Officer Program, Youth Diversion, Community Consultative Committees, Victim Support, Youth Engagement, Prevention/Countering Extremism and many others. Superintendent Rydzik has been at the forefront of Community Policing and Community Mobilization, working side by side, in partnership with Toronto's diverse communities for the past 15 years.
Dr. Tanya SharpeDr. Tanya Sharpe is an Associate Professor and Endowed Chair in Social Work in the Global Community at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on examining sociocultural factors that influence the coping strategies of Black surviving family members and friends of homicide victims for the purpose of developing culturally appropriate interventions that can best assist them in their management of grief and bereavement. She has developed, implemented and evaluated community-based programs for children and families coping with: interpersonal violence (e.g., homicide, suicide, intimate partner violence, human made and natural disasters). Her comprehensive Model of Coping for African American Survivors of Homicide Victims (MCAASHV) (Sharpe, 2015) has informed; culturally appropriate interventions (Sharpe, Iwamoto, Massey & Michalopoulos, 2018), a tool of measurement for African American’s coping with homicide violence and best practices that support African American survivors of homicide victims throughout their process of grief and bereavement.
Priyanka ShethPriyanka Sheth is the Unit Director at Sistering, a low barrier 24/7 drop in center for homeless/ marginalized women struggling with mental health and addictions. She oversees the relevant portfolio of Harm Reduction; Case Support & Housing. This work stems from Priyanka’s personal journey of interaction with a woman who struggled with mental health and homelessness and was killed on the streets; this experience has very much impacted her world and shaped her work. Priyanka has 17 years of progressively significant roles within the Violence Against Women (VAW) sector, and brings extensive strategic, supervisory and front line service delivery experience within leading organizations successfully supporting racialized, special needs, recent immigrants and other marginalized community members across the GTA (including women’s shelters/social housing, employment, VAW/trauma counseling).
Jennefer SimoJennefer Simo is a Community Support Worker at St. Michael's Hospital. As a frontline worker in the Emergency Department, she is familiar with police-hospital protocols, the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) program, police-community partnerships as well as the role of court services. Jennefer identifies as indigenous and is a member of the Indigenous Community Advisory Panel for the United Health Toronto Network. Jennefer is an individual with lived experience both directly and indirectly, and she has family members who have experienced both addictions as well as mental health issues. She brings to MHAAP a familiarity with many key issues our community is facing as well as programs designed to assist with harm reduction and service delivery.
Deputy Chief Peter YuenDeputy Chief Peter Yuen is presently in charge of the Communities and Neighborhoods Command where he oversees the 17 front line divisions, Traffic Services, Parking Enforcement Unit and Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit. Prior to this assignment, Peter oversaw the Corporate Risk Management including Professional Standards and the Toronto Police College. Peter is the Ontario Regional Chair of the National Justice Committee, the Co-Chair of the Toronto Police Service Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams, Advisor on the Toronto Police Services Board Anti-Racism Advisory Panel, and also serves as the Senior Advisor to both the East and South Asian Internal Support Networks.
Objective and Terms of Reference
The main objective of the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel (MHAAP) is to review the implementation of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and to provide ongoing advice to the Board with respect to this important work.
The terms of reference of the MHAAP are as follows:
- To review, provide advice and make recommendations to the Board on an annual basis, at a minimum, related to monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, and other matters related to policy involving mental health and addictions issues, including but not limited to the areas of:
- Joint initiatives, partnerships, and collaborations such as the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) program, including enhancements and expansion.
- The training and education of Service members in the area of mental health and addictions.
- The use of weapons, tools and equipment, such as Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs).
- Data collection and analysis, including the collection, sharing and release of information related to mental health and addictions.
- Mechanisms related to accountability and oversight.
Recent Board Recommendations regarding MHAAP
The Board, at its meeting of August 18, 2020, approved 81 recommendations, putting into place a roadmap for comprehensive policing reform. These significant recommendations include building new community safety response models, initiatives to address systemic racism and concrete steps to improve trust with our communities. They followed robust public engagement that occurred over the months of June, July and into August 2020, following thousands of messages that the Board received from members of the public on police reform, accountability, and community safety priorities.
As part of these recommendations, the following was approved:
Make MHAAP permanent and require MHAAP to:
- review its terms of reference in consultation with the Board at least every 3 years or when otherwise required;
- review its membership at least every 3 years or when otherwise required;
- meet on a quarterly basis, at a minimum;
- meet with ARAP annually; and
- share its minutes with ARAP and convene a joint meeting when there are issues of mutual interest and significance.