DR. NARENDRA SINGH
Dr. Singh is the founder and President of Guyana Help The Kids (GHTK), a registered Canadian charity. GHTK’s goal is to address the very high infant mortality by developing a sustainable program through comprehensive education and the provision of specialized equipment.
DR. ANDREA HUNTER
Dr. Andrea Hunter is a Consultant Pediatrician at McMaster Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton and an Associate Professor at McMaster University. Her work focuses on pediatric education and global health including as the Program Director of McMaster’s pediatric residency program, leading outreach clinics with refugee/immigrant children & youth, and research concentrated on social determinants of health, newcomer child health and pediatric advocacy initiatives. She became involved in pediatric care in Guyana at the encouragement of a mentor, Dr. Brian Cameron, a senior pediatric surgeon at McMaster who has extensive experience with surgical practice and education in the country. In teaming up with Dr. Narendra Singh, they co-led the first pediatric residency program in the country starting in 2011, and Dr. Hunter formally joined the GHTK board in 2014.
MR. HEMDAT SAWH
Treasurer & Secretary
Mr. Sawh joined GHTK as a director in 2015 and was appointed Treasurer at that time. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd., a TSX listed gold mining company. Prior to joining Wesdome, Mr. Sawh was the Chief Financial Officer of Scorpio Mining Corporation from 2011 to 2014, and also served as Chief Financial Officer of Crystallex International Corporation from 2007-2011 and Goldbelt Resources Ltd. from 2005-2007 – all TSX listed companies during his tenure. Mr. Sawh is a Certified Professional Accountant, and holds an MBA in accounting from York University, a BSc degree in geology from Concordia University and has a graduate diploma in geology from McGill University. Mr. Sawh has over 16 years of accounting and auditing experience at Grant Thornton LLP, culminating in the position of principal, where he acted as lead supervisor for auditing teams of businesses with a concentration in publicly listed mining companies.
DR. LEIF NELIN
Dr Leif Nelin is a neonatologist practicing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr Nelin became interested in Guyana when his daughter spent a year teaching in Annai in Region 9. On his first trip to Guyana to visit his daughter he wanted to see how neonatal care was provided in Georgetown. After a search on the web he found the GHTK website and a contact named Dr Narendra Singh, who kindly arranged for a tour of the neonatal ward at Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Dr Singh took the opportunity to point out that GHTK was working to improve neonatal care at GPHC and that they needed volunteers. After touring the neonatal ward and spending time in Guyana, Dr Nelin realized not only how much needed to be done but the incredible opportunity to develop a sustainable neonatal care program at GPHC, which could provide real intensive care when needed to positively impact the problem of infant mortality in Guyana. He volunteered with GHTK and began making regular trips to see patients at GPHC and to teach the physicians and staff the skills necessary to use the equipment provided by GHTK to save babies lives. Dr Nelin led a team from Nationwide Children’s that has developed and implemented a NICU nursing certificate program at GPHC. The NICU at GPHC has come a very long way, but there is still work to be done not only at GPHC but in developing a functional neonatal network in a country with such a challenging geography so that all newborn babies can benefit from modern neonatal care. Dr Nelin joined the Board of Directors of GHTK to not only continue the excellent work that they do but also to broaden the work to save babies lives throughout Guyana and around the world
DR. SHIRLEY SIT
Dr Shirley Sit is a General Pediatrician with a busy practice in Woodbridge and staff privileges at Humber River Hospital. She received her Pediatrics training at the University of Western Ontario, where she met her husband, Dr Narendra Singh. Dr. Shirley Sit holds appointments at the University of Toronto and Queens’ University, allowing her to teach the medical students and pediatric residents who rotate through her office. Born in Toronto to Chinese parents from mainland China, Dr Sit has fully immersed herself in the Guyanese culture. In 2007, Dr Sit and Dr Singh traveled to Guyana and visited the neonatal intensive care unit at Georgetown Public Hospital. They were shocked by the lack of proper equipment for treating sick newborn babies, and lack of basic infection control. The images of sick infants in wooden boxes, premature babies in open cots lined up side by side, and an unsanitary cell phone placed next to a baby, had such a profound effect on Dr Sit and Dr Singh that shortly upon their return to Toronto, the pair launched Guyana Help The Kids (GHTK), with the goal to decrease infant mortality.
MR KELLY ROBERT PEARCE
Seven years ago, a very persuasive and inspirational Dr. Narendra Singh founder and president of Guyana Help The Kids Organization, invited Kelly to join the GHTK board of directors. After very brief consideration, Kelly decided that he has much to be thankful for and this represented an ideal opportunity to give back utilizing his experience and skills. Kelly is very proud to be a part of GHTK, which is making a significant difference in reducing the newborn mortality rate in Guyana and now expanding its program into the Eastern Caribbean states. Kelly has served as a respiratory therapist and cardio-respiratory services director in two Toronto area hospitals. While there, he also served on and chaired several hospital-wide committees and became involved in various projects. Later on, with no background in business, Kelly decided to become an entrepreneur by starting up and building a national medical devices distribution company representing several major multinational manufacturers. His company also included a respiratory home-care services division operating in the GTA. He also served two terms as president/chairperson for The Ontario Home Respiratory Services Association (OHRSA). Of special significance during his term, he implemented an accreditation program for the industry.
DR. NARENDRA DALJEET
Dr. Nar Daljeet was born in New Amsterdam, Guyana from a prominent business family that came to Canada in 1974 .He received a BSc in Honors Chemistry at McMaster University and then graduated as a Dentist from University of Toronto in 1985. Dr Daljeet currently practices in Scarborough and Stouffville with his son Nikhil. Dr Daljeet has also served on the U of T Dental Alumni Board for over 5 years, as Chair of the Board’s Mentorship Program and on the University’s Awards Gala Fundraising Program Committee He also served on the College of Electors of University of Toronto in 2016-2017. Dr Daljeet is a recipient of several Community Awards including those from the Vedic Cultural Center, and the Pranav and Vishnu Mandirs. A GHTK Board Member for over five years, Dr Daljeet has also served as a Volunteer Dentist for LIGA in Guatemala. He is also an active Lions Club Member.
MR. MAHENDRA SINGH
Mahendra is a founding member of GHTK. He has worked extensively in the health care field in Canada and the United States. His experience includes hospital management, ambulatory management, hospital restructuring and more recently clinic management and consulting. He holds an masters degree in health care management, a bachelors degree in international politics and an executive MBA. Mahendra is married and has two boys.
MR. TERRY SAWH
Topnotch Employment’s Guyana-born President Terry Sawh’s story is similar to that of most immigrants. Terry Sawh left Guyana in 1976 with a burning desire to succeed despite the obstacles he knew he would face. Sawh’s Canadian work history began humbly enough. After working with Dun & Bradstreet for five years, Sawh launched his own collection agency – The Debt Safe Corporation – in Toronto and Topnotch Employment Services a staffing agency. Today, Topnotch Employment Services Inc., which he launched in 1992, employs eight full-time employees, and manages more than 300 contract staff, many of whom are visible minorities and members of aboriginal communities. Apart from his outstanding contributions as one of the Guyana Help The Kids most active Board Members, Terry Sawh also volunteers his time towards several other community service organizations. Terry Sawh has been a recipient of several prestigious awards including those for the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee and the 2009 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant.
Ms. Kottegoda has been a Director for GHTK since June 2016. She is currently Vice President Merchandising Innovation & Development for Sobeys Inc., Canada. Since joining the organization in 2004, Ms. Kottegoda has held progressively senior merchandising and procurement roles. These include Managing Analytics, Global Sourcing, Procurement & Procurement Services, and Merchandising Process & Integration. Her most recent position was Director Business Development where she was responsible for leading the strategic and daily operations of the liquor business across Ontario.
Ms. Kottegoda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University as well as a Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA from Northwestern University (Chicago) and York University (Toronto).
Caitlin Yeager, aka Cait, is a Registered Nurse credentialed in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2005 and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2010, both from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. She is currently studying for a PhD in Nursing Education at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. Cait currently works full-time as an Instructor at The Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH. She has been taking care of neonates and their families for the past 13 years as an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, OH. Presented with the idea of combining her passions for travel and nursing education, she volunteered to join a team of educators at NCH in creating and implementing the Neonatal Nurse Training Program with Dr. Leif Nelin in 2012. She has assisted in the training of all 5 nursing cohorts and continues to mentor the lead nurse educator in Guyana.
DR MINA SINGH
Dr. Mina Singh is a faculty member (Professor; Associate Director, Research) in the School of Nursing, York University. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 35 years. Dr Mina Singh was the Coordinator of the Program Evaluation Unit from 2011-2013, at the York Institute for Health Research. She is an inaugural Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Nurse Educators. Dr Mina Singh serves as the Secretary of GHTK’s Board of Directors.
Samantha is a Creative Services Manager for Canada’s top business event specialist and destination management company, JPdL Inc. She is a skilled event manager who specializes in curating engaging client events. Samantha is also one of two Canadians named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” Class of 2018. A program designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the business event industry. Her layered experience in food and beverage, not-for-profits, incentive travel and business events provides her with the necessary qualifications and networks to challenge the event status quo. While working for an event firm in Vaughan, Samantha was first introduced to GHTK in 2015. After her first meeting with Mahendra Singh and Dr. Narendra Singh, she immediately fell in love with the work of the organization. She was compelled by the passion and dedication of the organization to make a difference in Guyana.