Meet the Executive

Kamala Ford, ENO, President

Kamala Ford, ENO: President

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

Professional Affiliations:

-INIG; Executive, 2006-present
-Co-Chair; Fund Raising Committee- Sigma Theta Tau International; Lambda Pi at Large, 2006-present
-Assembly Representative; Registered Nurses Association of Ontario-Region 6, 2011-present
-The Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses
-The College of Nurses of Ontario
-Mentor for IEP at St. Michael’s Hospital
-Heart & Stroke Foundation volunteer
-Rogers Cup; First Aid Medical Team volunteer
-Scotia Bank Toronto Marathon Medical Team volunteer
-Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
-Facilitates a bi-annual Blood Pressure Workshop at her place of worship

Michael Rix

Michael Rix, ENO: Membership

Michael Rix (Membership & Education Officer: 2017-2019) is a graduate from the Ryerson/Centennial/George Brown Collaborative Nursing program at Ryerson. He has served on Ryerson Senate as the Faculty of Community Services Undergraduate Representative, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda Pi-at-large Chapter. He was a mentor with the Tri-Mentoring Program at Ryerson. His summer position as a research assistant for Dr. Josephine Wong working on studies related to Gender and Sexual Health Equity marked a major step towards his research-related career goals. In the long term he is hoping to continue his education to help him leverage quantitative and qualitative research to advocate for progressive social policies related to homelessness, mental health, and addiction. His background spans fields including sponsorship, logistics, construction, education, theatre, and more, and he is committed to applying this varied life experience to serving others in Canada and internationally. Other recent or ongoing volunteer efforts include:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • STTI Lambda Pi-at-Large Chapter Event Planning Committee
  • Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council
  • Ryerson Student Emergency Response Team (RyeSERT)

Isolde Daiski, ENO, Policy & Political Action

Isolde Daiski, ENO: Policy & Political Action

Isolde Daiski (Policy and Political Action Officer: 2015-2018) – BScN 1989, MEd 1994, EdD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, 2001. I worked as a hospital staff nurse in emergency and critical care for nearly 20 years, full and part-time, before I became a sessional instructor at Ryerson University in 1990 till 2001. I previously held the position of Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, at York University where I began to work in 2001 and have just retired as a senior scholar. I am a qualitative researcher who works with marginalized populations such as immigrants / refugees, particularly those experiencing homelessness and poverty. The impact of the social determinants of health and the implications for policy development to promote health is of particular interest. I also have previous volunteer experience with care of persons with AIDS in Costa Rica. I strongly believe that nurses with their holistic view on health and care for the whole person can powerfully advocate and promote health for all.

Katia Wong

Katia Wong, ENO: Communications

Katia Wong (Communications Officer: Minutes: 2015-2018) – RN, MSc, MN-NP Program Student – is a nurse wearing many different hats, with global health experiences in Kenya, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and India. Katia began her nursing career as an intern with the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) where she worked with the Bangladesh Health Project in nurse education and sustainable curriculum development. Following this, Katia transitioned to HIV/AIDS inpatient nursing in Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital. Upon moving to Toronto, Katia worked in acute care trauma/neurosurgery, transitional housing working with vulnerably housed seniors with mental health and addictions, as well as taught as a clinical instructor.

Katia previously served as a Co-Director of the CSIH MentorNet Program, a program dedicated to facilitating mentorship of students and young professionals with experts in global health work. In 2012, she completed her Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University, examining the policy context of nursing policy and midwifery in Bangladesh. In 2014-15, Katia returned as a Consultant with the Human Resources for Health Project in Bangladesh, funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Katia currently works at Sherbourne Health Centre in the Newcomer Health Team, meanwhile completing her Primary Health Care/Global Health Nurse Practitioner studies at the University of Toronto.

Emilia Giddens, ENO: Communications & Newsletter

Emilia Giddens, ENO: Communications & Newsletter

Emilia Giddens (Communications Officer: Newsletter: 2015-2018) 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.


Philicia Joseph

Philicia E. Joseph, ENO: Finance

Philicia Joseph (Finance Officer) is a Registered Nurse and Midwife by profession with 42 years of hospital and international nursing experience. Philicia completed her nurse training in the United Kingdom until she immigrated to Canada in 1981. Here she attended York University and attained her B.A in Health Studies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. Philicia has extensive experience in Maternal and Child Health and working in High Risk Obstetrics at St. Michael’s and Mt. Sinai Hospitals. During her tenure at Mt. Sinai, Philicia mentored nursing and midwifery students and senior medical students. As a research nurse, Philicia collaborated with the University of Toronto and participated in data collection of the M.I. L. E. Research Project. In addition, Philicia has Inner City Health nursing experience from working with marginalized groups in New York City Hospitals. As a Clinical Course Director, Philicia has mentored and taught nursing students on and off-site at York and UOIT Universities. Philicia has collaborated with community health organizations and developed a Parental Educational Programme for Fathers.

Kyrena Yun

Kyrena Yun, ENO: IT Media

Kyrena Yun (IT Media Officer)









Hannah Jim, ENO: Student Liaison

Hannah Jim (Student Liaison) Hannah completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from McGill University in 2013. She has served as an executive on the McGill Student Emergency Response Team, and first developed her passion for global health while volunteering as a first responder in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

After graduating, Hannah spent two years as a lifeguard, first aid instructor, and teacher in the northern village of Salluit, Quebec. Here, she developed an interest in rural children’s health, and education. Currently, Hannah is in the Compressed Time Frame Nursing Program at Western University (Class of 2018). Thus far, her clinical placements have been in gynaecology, and paediatrics. After graduating, she hopes to continue her nursing career in rural, and global health.

During her spare time, Hannah enjoys rock climbing, camping, hiking, and snowboarding. Books about global health that she regularly draws inspiration from include, “An Imperfect Offering” by Dr. James Orbinski, and “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder.