Join us for an online "Ask the expert" live-session with Vanessa Wright and Vince Pietropaolo. You will have the opportunity to pose questions related to your work with immigrants and refugees. This will be applicable to settlement, social and health service providers.
Subject Matter Experts:
Vanessa Wright, Nurse Practitioner, Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic
Vanessa and her team provide comprehensive medical services to newly-arrived refugee clients for their first two years in Toronto. She also worked in a number 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. Vanessa served as an emergency nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital from 2007-2012, and as a result became the nursing lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration Emergency Medicine Team, where she supports the educational partnership between Addis Ababa University and the University of Toronto, as well supporting emergency medicine development in Ethiopia and the concept of emergency nursing. Her other professional experiences include working as a field nurse for Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan, Zambia, and India. She also volunteers for the Health Bus at Sherbourne Health Centre and serves as a public speaker for OXFAM and an association member for Doctors Without Borders.
Vince Pietropaolo, General Manager, COSTI Family and Mental Health Services
Vince works with ethnocultural communities in program design, development and implementation in the areas of mental health, domestic violence and problem gambling. He currently sits on the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Problem Gambling Advisory Committee and the Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity and Culture and the North York Specialized Courts Advisory Committee. Vince has presented on the issue of 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.