Our team

Wendy Katherine
Executive Director
416-408-2249 / 1-800-397-9567

Hiltrud Dawson
Team Lead
416-408-2249 / 1-800-397-9567 Ext. 2250

Louise Choquette
Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant
416-408-2249 / 1-800-397-9567 Ext. 2276

Marine Delage de Luget
Bilingual Administrative Assistant. FASD
416-408-6907 / 1-800-397-9567 x 2293

Katerina Firlova
Bilingual Operations Coordinators
1-800-397-9567 Ext. 2235

Malou Gabert
Bilingual Administrative Assistant
416-408-6907 / 1-800-397-9567 x 2287

Angela Geddes
FASD Project Coordinator
416-408-6868 / 1-800-397-9567 x 2292

Yolande Lawson
Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant, BFI Strategy for Ontario
416-408-2249 / 1-800-397-9567 Ext. 2256



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Staff bios

Louise Choquette - Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant

Louise has guided a range of Best Start outreach and social marketing initiatives including newcomer reproductive and child health, physical activity, prenatal education and tobacco control. She has also led projects to engage francophones across Ontario.

Hiltrud Dawson - Health Promotion Consultant, Best Start Lead

Hiltrud has extensive experience in the maternal newborn field as a nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant. Before joining the Best Start team, she led a multidisciplinary team at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Healthcare that implemented the Baby-Friendly Initiative and became Ontario's first Baby-Friendly Hospital. Hiltrud has led many of Best Start’s healthy child development initiatives, including the On Track Guide.

Marine Delage-Deluget - Administrative Assistant, FASD

Marine is the FASD project/administrative assistant for Health Nexus. She has experience in international projects coordination in the luxury industry but has always been very interested in the health field.

Malou Gabert - Administrative Assistant

Malou Gabert is the FASD One Stop project assistant, as well as an administrative assistant for Health Nexus. She has experience in administrative support but is new to the health promotion field.

Angela Geddes - FASD Project Coordinator 

Angela is an FASD Project Coordinator who has extensive experience working within the mental health field with a focus on increasing individual and community capacity through direct support services, education, and health promotion initiatives. Angela has a particular interest and passion in the area of FASD, and remains committed to reducing both the incidents and the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol.

Wendy Katherine - Interim Executive Director

Wendy Katherine brings her experience as a clinical care provider in hospitals and community settings, and a broad background in government program accountability, implementation and strategic planning to her role as Interim Executive Director at Health Nexus.  Wendy has spent her career leading collaborations that catalyze unlikely organizations into partnership to improve outcomes and optimize value.  Among Ontario’s first registered midwives, Wendy was a pioneer in delivering community and hospital-based reproductive health care before joining the senior management team at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop population health improvement programs and strategies including the Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN), Integrated Cancer Screening, among many others.  A graduate of the Rotman School of Management MBA Program, volunteer Executive Director of the South Central Maternal Newborn Regional Network, Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health committee member, published author and speaker, Wendy is passionate about evidence-based health care policy and value in publicly funded health systems.  When not at the office, Wendy can be found at French class or at a local rink improving her wrist shot.  

Yolande Lawson - Health Promotion Consultant, BFI Implementation for Ontario

Yolande, who is a Métis woman, is a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant has worked many years in maternal-child health and public health in the north. Yolande is committed to providing support and resources to women, children and families as well as to service providers. Yolande has an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master’s of Public Health Degree (Nursing Specialization).