• November 27, 2012 (all day)

The Global Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health  

in collaboration with 

Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, 

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

and University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre

invite you to attend 


Politics, Traditions and Action; developing communities against HIV/AIDS

Discussion with  

MARILYN MCHARG, President and CEO, DIGNITAS International  


FANTA ONGOIBA, Executive Director, Africans in Partnership Against AIDS  

moderated by 

PAMELA KLASSEN, Professor, Study of Religion Department, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto 

Special performance by Percussionist, KWASI DUNYO and University of Toronto Faculty of Music African Dance and Drum Class


Welcome by ANTHEA DARYCHUK, Master of Public Health Candidate 2012, Health Promotion and Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Helath, University of Toronto

Closing by RAFAL RAMZI, 2012 BSc graduate, Immunology Major,Faculty of Arts and Science and Co-Chair, University of Toronto International Health Program



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ROY LEE is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Toronto.  He began playing the carillon as a freshman at Yale, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History, and was co-chair of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs.  He attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 2001 to 2004, and now works as a government lawyer at the Department of Justice Canada's Toronto litigation office.  He received his professional carillonneur certification from the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in June 2000.  He has given guest recitals at over thirty carillons in Canada, the United States and Ireland.  Roy plays the Soldiers' Tower Carillon regularly throughout the year, and teaches a number of student carillonneurs.

MARILYN MCHARG is  recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Dignitas International.  Marilyn McHarg is a founding member and current General Director of the Canadian section of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders, the world's leading independent medical humanitarian organization. A former registered nurse with a Master's degree in Applied Sciences (1984–1987) from McGill University in Montréal, McHarg spent nine years in Africa from 1991 until 2000 working for MSF as a field nurse in Uganda, a training consultant and a medical coordinator in Sudan, and a medical coordinator as well as Head of Mission in South Sudan and Liberia.

Following nine years in the field identifying humanitarian needs, translating medical policy into project activities, supervising financial management and logistical support, and implementing project activities ranging from health education and basic health services to water and sanitation services, relief distributions, and famine response, McHarg was based in Europe as Operational Director for MSF Holland and later MSF Geneva from 2000 until 2006 with responsibility for missions in 20 countries. Prior to her work with MSF, McHarg was a registered nurse at Women's College Hospital and Sunnybrook Medical Centre inToronto and a research assistant and laboratory technologist at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario and research assistant atQueen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In addition to her Master's degree, McHarg graduated with a Bachelor of Science: Life Sciences and Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (1978 – 1983) and holds certificates in tropical medicine, critical care, quality assurance and nursing audits. In 1996 she obtained a pilot’s license.  http://www.dignitasinternational.org/

FANTA ONGOIBA is Executive Director, Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA). Originally from Mali and now citizen of Canada, Fanta Ongoiba holds a Master’s degree in Administration and Management from Sherbrooke University Québec, Canada; a Master of Science degree in Economy from the National School of Administration of Bamako (University), Mali; and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the National School of Administration of Bamako (University), Mali. Ms. Ongoiba has worked in a number of capacities related to human rights and humanitarian causes, including as treatment information exchange counselor at CATIE (Canada’s source for information about HIV and hepatitis C) and as a community health promotion worker at the francophone center of Toronto. She considers herself a human rights activist and is particularly concerned with human rights and health for people living with HIV and AIDS. Ms. Ongoiba is currently the Executive Director of Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA), after having held several positions at the organization, including support services coordinator and project coordinator. As Executive Director for APAA and a leader in the African community, she works on a numbers of projects related to challenging but important issues such as supporting people to speak about reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), Muslim girls and HIV, empowerment for people living with HIV and AIDS(speaker Bureau), and the sexual exploitation of children. She is also a founding member and currently a co-chair of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), Co-Chair of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment in 2008, Treasurer of the Board for Women’s Health in Women’s Hands in 2003, president of the Canadian from African origin Caribbean and Asian (CANORAA) and serves of the Board of Directors of the Prisoners Action Support AIDS Network (PASAN) since 2009. www.apaa.ca/

PAMELA KLASSEN (Ph.D. Drew University, M.A. Wilfrid Laurier University, B.A. McGill University) 

Pamela Klassen is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative which was recently awarded a grant from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for the “Religion Diversity Youth Leadership Project”, in collaboration with the Multi Faith Centre and the Centre for Community Partnerships at University of Toronto 

KWASI DUNYO was born in the Ewe village of Dagbamete, Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa. He has been drumming from the time he was a small boy, standing on blocks to reach the top of the drums. Since that time he has drummed, danced, taught and directed extensively in a variety of contexts both in Ghana and North America. Kwasi was lead drummer with Sankofa Dance Theatre for 1977 to 1981m under the tutelage of Godwin Agbeli. He has performed with numerous drum and dance societies in Ghana. Kwasi is founder and artistic director of Kekeli Drum and Dance Ensemble, Toronto as well as West African Cultural Exchange Centre in Dagamete, Ghana (affiliated with the Centre for National Culture). His open and generous style and great love of music has earned him many praises. He is an instructor in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He has performed and given workshops at many Canadian universities including the University of Saskatchewan, Guelph University, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, and Brock University.