Diabetes: Caring from a Cross-Cultural Perspective


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Please note that the registration fee includes breakfast and lunch

Health Professionals: $75

INIG/DNIG Members: $65

Students: $20


Symposium Details


Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Room 211
209 Victoria Street, Toronto M5B 1T8


Registration and Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks

Diabetes in 2017: World Health Report

Cross Cultural Caring in Diabetes

Break; Networking

Gestational Diabetes in the Asian Community

Providing Traditional Healing within a Multidisciplinary Health Care Model

Lunch; Networking

My Experience of Living with Diabetes

Preparing for International Work as a Diabetes Educator

Panel Discussion: Challenges & Insights from Diabetes Practice in Canada and Internationally.

Wrap up and Evaluation

Presenter Bios
(alphabetically by last name)

Angela Cooper Brathwaite, RN, MN, PhD

Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite is the President Elect of RNAO and an Adjunct Professor at the University Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto and a Master of Nursing from the University of Manitoba. She also has extensive experience in leadership, nursing administration, nursing education, policy advocacy, health care systems and cultural competence consulting. She has held executive leadership positions in acute care and public health settings, taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto.

Angela has received numerous academic and service awards and was the recipient of the Registered Nurses of Ontario (RNAO) 2013 Leadership Award in Political Action, 2011 Leadership Award in Nursing Administration and 2015 Award of Merit. She also received the University of Toronto Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007. She has published many peer-reviewed papers in professional journals and was instrumental in establishing the International Nurses Interest Group of RNAO. Her areas of research are chronic disease focusing on the prevention of type 2 diabetes and intervention research.

Sepelene Deonarine, RN, BScN, MAEd


Emi Giddens, RN, MN (INIG Communications Officer: Newsletter 2015-2018)

Emi is a Registered Nurse with Revera Living and published author for Work and the Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health. Emi graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University and Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto. Her clinical expertise include long term and primary care. Her research interests are health promotion, community development and global health. Emi has been a member of INIG Board of Directors since 2014 and will continue her position as the Communications: Newsletter Officer for the 2017-2019 term.



Lisa Herlehy, MN, NP-PHC, CDE

Lives and works in Sioux Lookout, Ontario at Centre for Complex Diabetes Care at Meno Ya Win Health Centre.

Bertha Hughes, NP-Adult, MN, RVT, CCN (c), CDE


John LaForme, Osh-ka-be-wis (Traditional Helper)


Kamala Persad-Ford, RN, BScN, MScN, CCN(C) (INIG Chair: 2015-2018)

Kamala is a Registered Nurse for the past 25 years with International & Canadian Nursing experience. Her motto has always been to experience life as a continuous journey of learning opportunities.

Clinical Expertise: Kamala started her nursing career in Trinidad, West Indies, at the Caura Thoracic Hospital, then immigrated to Canada where she continued on her educational journey. After she obtained her Nursing Diploma, BScN and MScN, she then went on to obtain her CNA Specialty Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing- CCN{C}. Her passion as a Cardiac Nurse has always been and continues to be to raise awareness of Cardiac Disease, its Risk Factors and in Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation. Kamala’s approach to Nursing Care is always based on current evidence.

Kamala presented her MScN Research Project entitled: Pain Management Education on the Post CABG Patient Population During the Recovery Period where it was well received Nationally and Internationally. The best experience was presenting at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress in Florida in 2011.

Kamala works at St. Michael’s Hospital in the Heart & Vascular Program on the Cardiac Investigative Unit. Kamala is also a Clinical Educator at Ryerson University.

Rizwana Ramzanali

Rizwana is a Fund Development Officer at the Kidney Foundation of Canada, a kidney and pancreas transplant recipient, and a speaker on the experiences of living with diabetes and patient care. Her story is available at http://www.onelifemanygifts.com/

Tammy Richardson, RN, Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist


Indubala Shekhawat, MSc, RD, CDE


Melissa Stevenson, BScN, CDE