Board Members

The Board of Health includes 11 members 

Six City Council representatives

Five public members

Elyse Banham
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Elyse Banham earned a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Political Science and History and a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University. She is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Ms. Banham has previously worked as Executive Director of the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre, a community-based health centre and as a Registered Midwife within the Ottawa community. She has worked at all levels of Government helping to shape policy with a focus on health, gender and mental health. Ms. Banham founded two perinatal mental health programs in partnership with some of Ottawa's largest organizations. Her passion for community-based accessible care fuels her commitment to volunteerism. Ms. Banham currently works for Monitor Deloitte focusing on Health Transformation. This is her second term on Ottawa's Board of Health.

Brent Bauer
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Brent Bauer has provided leadership in public health response strategies for over two decades, as part of volunteer andadvocacy work in the 2LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS movements, beginning in 1999 as a member of the Board of Directors of EGALE Canada. From 2003 to 2007, he served on the Board of Directors of Bruce House, a supportive housing agency in Ottawa for persons living with HIV/AIDS, the last three years as Chair. The Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Health also appointed him as a ‘Community Champion’ in 2005 to lead Ottawa’s community planning process as Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Council on HIV\AIDS. From 2008-2009 Mr. Bauer became involved in the criminalization of HIV transmission issue in Ottawa, serving for two years as Co-Chair of an Ottawa Working Group on the issue, with Ottawa’s Associate Medical Officer of Health.

From 2010-12, he was a member of the Steering Committee of GayZone, Ottawa’s health clinic for guys into guys, and from 2012 to 2015 worked with colleagues in Ottawa to incorporate and establish MAX Ottawa, as Ontario’s pioneering gay men’s health and wellness organization. From 2015 - 2021, he served as the first Chair of the new organization, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Ontario HIV/AIDS Treatment Network, the data, research and collective impact ‘backbone’ organization for Ontario’s response to HIV/AIDS, the last three as Vice-Chair. He current volunteer position, since 2022, is Vice-Chair of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.

Mr. Bauer also has over twenty years of experience in the Public Service of Canada, half at the Executive level, with a focus on the design and delivery of grants and contributions programming to community organizations serving vulnerable populations, including youth-at-risk, persons at the risk of homelessness, Veterans, persons living with HIV\AIDS, and persons with disabilities.

Dr. Danielle Brown-Shreves
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Dr. Danielle Brown-Shreves completed her medical school training at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where she  grew up. This was followed by specialty training in family medicine at the University of Ottawa. She later completed a Master of Science in Global Health at Northwestern University. Dr. Brown-Shreves is an Assistant Professor at Queens University where she helps train the next generation of doctors. As the Executive Medical Director of Restore Medical Clinics her work is dedicated to improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Brown-Shreves is involved in several community initiatives, she also serves as a member of the primary care partner table.

Sabrina Chung
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Sabrina Chung is a former aspiring journalist/writer turned Registered Nurse.  Possessing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), certificate in Emergency Management, and Master of Public Health (MPH), she is currently a Nurse Advisor with the Public Health Agency of Canada.  Her professional experience includes neonatal intensive care, organ and tissue donation, global/community/Indigenous health, and emergency preparedness and response.  She has always loved music and singing, any genre of music, barbershop being the most recent.  Her toddler, husband and cats keep her on her toes and young at heart.

Tammy DeGiovanni (Vice-Chair)


Photo of Tammy DeGiovanniTammy DeGiovanni is Senior Vice-President of Clinical Services and Chief Nurse Executive at CHEO, a global leader in pediatric health care and research. In her role, she oversees the organization’s acute care, mental health and addictions, child development and community services programs. A passionate nursing and patient advocate, Tammy’s career spans over two decades with a focus on child and youth health through management and leadership roles at the regional, provincial and national levels. In addition to her nursing degree, Tammy also graduated with a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. A mom of two teenagers, Tammy is a lifelong volunteer, having dedicated her time with various organizations including the Big Sisters Association, the Nepean All-City Jazz Band, her local school council and community association.
Nwanneka Ejiofor (Alternate Member)

Photo of Nwanneka EjioforNwanneka Ejiofor is a Social Worker at the Ministry of the Solicitor General – Ontario Public Service. She holds a Master of Social Work degree. Her over fifteen years career in social work includes working as a psychotherapist, case manager and in community outreach. She plays a very active role in community mobilization by promoting the principles of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act in her Nigerian community in Ottawa.

Nwanneka has been on many committees including Lanark County Situation Table and Youth at Risk of Lanark Leeds and Grenville. She has served as an executive member in many of the associations in her Nigerian community. She received an award for her contributions to the Igbo Women Association Ottawa. She is a guest lecturer at Dalhousie University.

These members were appointed to the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit, all terms to be effective on the date of appointment and to expire with the term of City Council.

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