Elizabeth Brandeis, RM, President, Association of Ontario Midwives
Elizabeth Brandeis became the President of the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) in May 2016, after serving as a member of the AOM’s Board of Directors for seven years. Elizabeth is a registered midwife who graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program in 2003 and earned a Master of Science in Community Health from the University of Toronto in 2013. As a partner at the Midwives Collective of Toronto who has privileges at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Toronto Birth Centre, Elizabeth serves a diverse urban population and is committed to providing care to underserved and marginalized clients. She applies her passion for clinical teaching to her work as a preceptor and part-time instructor at Ryerson University. Elizabeth is honoured to have the opportunity to lead the province’s midwives through the profession’s next phase of advocacy for inclusion, respect and integration, based on values of social justice and equity.
Claudette Leduc, RM
Claudette has been a registered midwife since 2004. She is a practice partner and one of the founding members of Sages-Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives. She has admitting privileges in the Rouge Valley Health System and has 25 years of experience as a health care provider in the hospital and community sectors. Claudette is an active member of the Francophone community in the greater Toronto area and is available to conduct media interviews in French.
Mary Ann Leslie, RM
Mary Ann has been practicing midwifery for more than 20 years. She is among the first midwives to have been licensed by the College of Midwives of Ontario in January 1994. She is a member of the Midwifery Care – North Don River Valley midwifery practice group in Toronto, and has admitting privileges at North York General Hospital. She is the mother of three children, including another registered midwife, Sarah Leslie.
Sarah Leslie, RM
Sarah followed her mother’s footsteps into the midwifery profession, and has been a registered midwife for 10 years. As a child, she was present at a number of home births, including those of her two younger siblings. She practices midwifery out of the Midwives Clinic of East York-Don Mills and has admitting privileges at Toronto East General Hospital.
Mary Cornish, LLB
Mary is representing Ontario midwives in their application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of human rights and labour law, gender equality, and pay and employment equity. Mary has argued many precedent-setting cases that established important labour and human rights principles in Canada. As a recognized expert in human rights reform, Mary provides strategic policy and consulting advice to international organizations, agencies and governments, including the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the European Economic Community.
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