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UofT Talks — Destination Health: Unpacking the Migrant Experience

June 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10 – $15

From the Facebook event page:

Join UofT Talks on the evening of June 20th for an open discussion about the experiences of migrants in Canada, their journeys through the healthcare system, and what we can do to improve.

Hosted by Nicholas Keung, reporter at the Toronto Star, this event will feature speakers from the University of Toronto, CAMH, Women’s College Hospital, COSTI, and North York Community House.

Food and beverages will be served during our reception periods.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Toronto community groups working with migrants and refugees.

Registration opens at 5 pm. Our event will start at 6, with talks by our speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Please feel free to reach out us with any questions or comments at

Moderator: Nicholas Keung, Immigrator Reporter at the Toronto Star

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Nicholas has a degree in communications and psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He moved to Toronto with his family upon his graduation and worked in the food court of the Sherway Gardens Mall before landing his first job as a general assignment reporter at Sing Tao Daily, a Chinese-language daily newspaper in Toronto. After a three-year stint there, he got an internship opportunity at the Toronto Star in 1997. After six years as a general assignment reporter covering anything from crime to court stories and municipal politics, he was assigned the immigration beat in 2003, a job he has held at the paper since.

Speaker: Vanessa Wright, Nurse Practitioner at Crossroads Clinic, Women’s College Hospital

Vanessa Wright works as a Nurse Practitioner at Women’s College Hospital’s Crossroads Clinic where, for the past eight years, she has provided comprehensive medical services to newly arrived refugees. She has also worked across a variety of community health centres in Toronto and provided primary health care and emergency nursing care in medically under-serviced First Nation communities in Northern Ontario. In addition, Vanessa’s work as an Emergency Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. This led her to become the nursing lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration Emergency Medicine Team, where she supported the educational partnership between Addis Ababa University and the University of Toronto. Her other professional experiences include working as a Field Nurse for Doctors Without Borders in South Africa, South Sudan, Zambia, and India. She sits on the health advisory council for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, acts as a subject matter expert for CAMH’s Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Course, and is an association member with Doctors Without Borders.

Speaker: Branka Agic, Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Provincial System Support Program, CAMH

Dr. Branka Agic is Director of Knowledge Exchange with the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Master of Science in Community Health (MScHS) in Addiction and Mental Health Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Branka has extensive experience in counselling, research and service development with immigrants and refugees. Her primary research interest is in the area of mental health and substance use among immigrants, refugees, ethnocultural, and racialized groups. She is a member of the UNHCR Regional Beyond Detention Strategy Working Group and serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT).

Speaker: Vince Pietropaolo, General Manager of COSTI Family and Mental Health Services.

Vince Pietropaolo, M.A., is the General Manager of COSTI Family and Mental Health Services. In his current position he works with ethnocultural communities in program design, development, and implementation in the areas of mental health, domestic violence, and problem gambling. Vince currently sits on the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee, CAMH Problem Gambling Advisory committee, the Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity, and Culture, and the North York Specialized Courts Advisory Committee. Vince is a Subject Matter Expert on the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project. Recently, Vince designed and implemented the Refugee Mental Health program at COSTI.

Vince has presented extensively on the issue of Refugee Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Men’s Violence, and Problem Gambling at conferences in the United States and Canada. He has guest lectured at York University and Ryerson University.

Panelist: Ahmed Abdulmajeed, Youth & Child Worker, North York Community House


June 20, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 – $15


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2 Sussex Ave.
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