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A long-term advocate for health promotion and the importance of preventive healthcare, Dr. Jemitola also brings to bear over 15 years of program and change management  experience to bear in channeling her vision of sustainable and socially responsible healthcare.

Prior to her current role as the Executive Lead at SCAGO, she had previously volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and with SCAGO in various capacities – Research Coordinator, then Research and Life Transition Coordinator and ultimately to Research Manager. As the Research Manager, Dr Jemitola led the Ontario Hospitals Research Study in 2019 that successfully identified hospitals needing support and/or education to deliver optimal SCD-specific care. The outcomes of that study had a domino effect resulting in the SCAGO Healthcare Provider Program and various hospital- and Ontario-wide SCD care quality programs.

Sandra Newton is an experienced clinician with training in developmental, clinical, and school psychology (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto) as well as a longstanding interest in advocacy, education, and support for children, youth, and adults with sickle cell disease. At SCAGO, Dr. Newton facilitates workshops and Peer Support Group sessions to support research initiatives (Vaccination Acceptance within the Sickle Cell Disease/Black Community (Public Health Agency of Canada), and provides supportive counseling to clients.

Lance Archer completed teacher training with a specialization in Guidance Counselling. He has worked in different departments of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica. Subsequent to his migration to Canada in 2014, he pursued studies in psychology and earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2017. He received his second Master’s in Clinical Psychology in August 2021. Lance is currently a PhD in Clinical Psychology student with a research interest in Health Psychology and trauma recovery. He aspires to conduct research and develop clinical interventions targeted at improving the quality of life of people living with chronic illnesses and posttraumatic stress reactions.

Occupationally, Lance works as a mental health clinician providing psychological assessment as well as treatment to children, teens, and adults living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and chronic pain. Lance is also engaged in research, exploring childhood outcomes related to healthcare quality and access, specific to children with long-term illnesses.

He enjoys the beach, movies, travelling, and research.


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Dr. S. Jemitola

Executive Lead

A long-term advocate for health promotion and the importance of preventive healthcare, Dr. Jemitola also brings to bear over 15 years of program and change management  experience to bear in channeling her vision of sustainable and socially responsible healthcare.

Prior to her current role as the Executive Lead at SCAGO, she had previously volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and with SCAGO in various capacities – Research Coordinator, then Research and Life Transition Coordinator and ultimately to Research Manager. As the Research Manager, Dr Jemitola led the Ontario Hospitals Research Study in 2019 that successfully identified hospitals needing support and/or education to deliver optimal SCD-specific care. The outcomes of that study had a domino effect resulting in the SCAGO Healthcare Provider Program and various hospital- and Ontario-wide SCD care quality programs.

Sandra Newton

Psychology Clinician

Sandra Newton is an experienced clinician with training in developmental, clinical, and school psychology (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto) as well as a longstanding interest in advocacy, education, and support for children, youth, and adults with sickle cell disease. At SCAGO, Dr. Newton facilitates workshops and Peer Support Group sessions to support research initiatives (Vaccination Acceptance within the Sickle Cell Disease/Black Community (Public Health Agency of Canada), and provides supportive counseling to clients.

Lance Archer

Board Member

Lance Archer completed teacher training with a specialization in Guidance Counselling. He has worked in different departments of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica. Subsequent to his migration to Canada in 2014, he pursued studies in psychology and earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2017. He received his second Master’s in Clinical Psychology in August 2021. Lance is currently a PhD in Clinical Psychology student with a research interest in Health Psychology and trauma recovery. He aspires to conduct research and develop clinical interventions targeted at improving the quality of life of people living with chronic illnesses and posttraumatic stress reactions.

Occupationally, Lance works as a mental health clinician providing psychological assessment as well as treatment to children, teens, and adults living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and chronic pain. Lance is also engaged in research, exploring childhood outcomes related to healthcare quality and access, specific to children with long-term illnesses.

He enjoys the beach, movies, travelling, and research.


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A long-term advocate for health promotion and the importance of preventive healthcare, Dr. Jemitola also brings to bear over 15 years of program and change management  experience to bear in channeling her vision of sustainable and socially responsible healthcare.

Prior to her current role as the Executive Lead at SCAGO, she had previously volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and with SCAGO in various capacities – Research Coordinator, then Research and Life Transition Coordinator and ultimately to Research Manager. As the Research Manager, Dr Jemitola led the Ontario Hospitals Research Study in 2019 that successfully identified hospitals needing support and/or education to deliver optimal SCD-specific care. The outcomes of that study had a domino effect resulting in the SCAGO Healthcare Provider Program and various hospital- and Ontario-wide SCD care quality programs.

Sandra Newton is an experienced clinician with training in developmental, clinical, and school psychology (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto) as well as a longstanding interest in advocacy, education, and support for children, youth, and adults with sickle cell disease. At SCAGO, Dr. Newton facilitates workshops and Peer Support Group sessions to support research initiatives (Vaccination Acceptance within the Sickle Cell Disease/Black Community (Public Health Agency of Canada), and provides supportive counseling to clients.

Lance Archer completed teacher training with a specialization in Guidance Counselling. He has worked in different departments of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica. Subsequent to his migration to Canada in 2014, he pursued studies in psychology and earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2017. He received his second Master’s in Clinical Psychology in August 2021. Lance is currently a PhD in Clinical Psychology student with a research interest in Health Psychology and trauma recovery. He aspires to conduct research and develop clinical interventions targeted at improving the quality of life of people living with chronic illnesses and posttraumatic stress reactions.

Occupationally, Lance works as a mental health clinician providing psychological assessment as well as treatment to children, teens, and adults living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and chronic pain. Lance is also engaged in research, exploring childhood outcomes related to healthcare quality and access, specific to children with long-term illnesses.

He enjoys the beach, movies, travelling, and research.


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A long-term advocate for health promotion and the importance of preventive healthcare, Dr. Jemitola also brings to bear over 15 years of program and change management  experience to bear in channeling her vision of sustainable and socially responsible healthcare.

Prior to her current role as the Executive Lead at SCAGO, she had previously volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and with SCAGO in various capacities – Research Coordinator, then Research and Life Transition Coordinator and ultimately to Research Manager. As the Research Manager, Dr Jemitola led the Ontario Hospitals Research Study in 2019 that successfully identified hospitals needing support and/or education to deliver optimal SCD-specific care. The outcomes of that study had a domino effect resulting in the SCAGO Healthcare Provider Program and various hospital- and Ontario-wide SCD care quality programs.

Sandra Newton is an experienced clinician with training in developmental, clinical, and school psychology (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto) as well as a longstanding interest in advocacy, education, and support for children, youth, and adults with sickle cell disease. At SCAGO, Dr. Newton facilitates workshops and Peer Support Group sessions to support research initiatives (Vaccination Acceptance within the Sickle Cell Disease/Black Community (Public Health Agency of Canada), and provides supportive counseling to clients.

Lance Archer completed teacher training with a specialization in Guidance Counselling. He has worked in different departments of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica. Subsequent to his migration to Canada in 2014, he pursued studies in psychology and earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2017. He received his second Master’s in Clinical Psychology in August 2021. Lance is currently a PhD in Clinical Psychology student with a research interest in Health Psychology and trauma recovery. He aspires to conduct research and develop clinical interventions targeted at improving the quality of life of people living with chronic illnesses and posttraumatic stress reactions.

Occupationally, Lance works as a mental health clinician providing psychological assessment as well as treatment to children, teens, and adults living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and chronic pain. Lance is also engaged in research, exploring childhood outcomes related to healthcare quality and access, specific to children with long-term illnesses.

He enjoys the beach, movies, travelling, and research.

Delaney Hines is currently the Senior Manager, Health Equity and Partnerships at Heart and Stroke and holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science from Carleton University, a Master of Public Health from Western University’s Interfaculty program in Public Health at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a Master of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology. Delaney brings over 11 years of experience working in public health research digital health, and most recently equity, inclusion, and diversity.

His interest in advancing the equity of Sickle Cell Disease care, and health promotion activities such as genetic screening stems from his time supporting the Ethical, Social, and Cultural (ESC) Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health and Global Development programs at St. Michael’s Hospital and the International Network for Evaluating Outcomes (iNeo) of neonates at the Maternal-Infant Care Research Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Delaney has served as lead for the Postgraduate Medical Education Global Health Education Initiative (GHEI) for residents and fellows from 2010 – 2019 and the Global Health Mini-Masters (GHMM) summer program for Grade 7-12 students since 2016.

He is a long-time fan of the Toronto Raptors, an avid reader, movie watcher, amateur snowboarder, and lover of Jamaican cuisine

Pamela’s initial interest in patient health is personal in nature. In the late ’90s, her uncle suffered from avoidable and treatable complications of Hemoglobin SS (Sickle Cell Disease), leading to his premature and preventable death. This propelled within her a passionate interest in quality-assessed care. From that time on, she immersed herself in SCAGO health and research initiatives. Now, as a Sickle Cell Disease Patient Advocate and clinical research professional, she continues to share and promote patient voices/needs with regulators, researchers, pharma and industry professionals.

Tanya Elese’s professional background is in Human Resources. She has worked at the Library of Parliament since 2016, and her current role is HR Systems Analyst. Prior to the Library, she was an HR Advisor and Generalist with the University of Ottawa for 8 years. Her expertise is in providing strategic advice on a wide range of HR issues, not only to managers but to the entire organization.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Project Management at l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), aiming to obtain her master’s degree in 2022. Her hobby is knitting and crocheting which she uses as a channel to provide black girls and boys with dolls that reflect their image.

As the Bilingual (English-French) Support Person, Tanya supports the success of the SCAGO’s project “Improving Vaccine Acceptance within the SCD/Black Community” by providing English-French translation for monthly educational and Ask the Expert sessions, as well as interacting with clients as needed.


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A long-term advocate for health promotion and the importance of preventive healthcare, Dr. Jemitola also brings to bear over 15 years of program and change management  experience to bear in channeling her vision of sustainable and socially responsible healthcare.

Prior to her current role as the Executive Lead at SCAGO, she had previously volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and with SCAGO in various capacities – Research Coordinator, then Research and Life Transition Coordinator and ultimately to Research Manager. As the Research Manager, Dr Jemitola led the Ontario Hospitals Research Study in 2019 that successfully identified hospitals needing support and/or education to deliver optimal SCD-specific care. The outcomes of that study had a domino effect resulting in the SCAGO Healthcare Provider Program and various hospital- and Ontario-wide SCD care quality programs.

Sandra Newton is an experienced clinician with training in developmental, clinical, and school psychology (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto) as well as a longstanding interest in advocacy, education, and support for children, youth, and adults with sickle cell disease. At SCAGO, Dr. Newton facilitates workshops and Peer Support Group sessions to support research initiatives (Vaccination Acceptance within the Sickle Cell Disease/Black Community (Public Health Agency of Canada), and provides supportive counseling to clients.

Lance Archer completed teacher training with a specialization in Guidance Counselling. He has worked in different departments of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica. Subsequent to his migration to Canada in 2014, he pursued studies in psychology and earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2017. He received his second Master’s in Clinical Psychology in August 2021. Lance is currently a PhD in Clinical Psychology student with a research interest in Health Psychology and trauma recovery. He aspires to conduct research and develop clinical interventions targeted at improving the quality of life of people living with chronic illnesses and posttraumatic stress reactions.

Occupationally, Lance works as a mental health clinician providing psychological assessment as well as treatment to children, teens, and adults living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and chronic pain. Lance is also engaged in research, exploring childhood outcomes related to healthcare quality and access, specific to children with long-term illnesses.

He enjoys the beach, movies, travelling, and research.


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A long-term advocate for health promotion and the importance of preventive healthcare, Dr. Jemitola also brings to bear over 15 years of program and change management  experience to bear in channeling her vision of sustainable and socially responsible healthcare.

Prior to her current role as the Executive Lead at SCAGO, she had previously volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and with SCAGO in various capacities – Research Coordinator, then Research and Life Transition Coordinator and ultimately to Research Manager. As the Research Manager, Dr Jemitola led the Ontario Hospitals Research Study in 2019 that successfully identified hospitals needing support and/or education to deliver optimal SCD-specific care. The outcomes of that study had a domino effect resulting in the SCAGO Healthcare Provider Program and various hospital- and Ontario-wide SCD care quality programs.

Sandra Newton is an experienced clinician with training in developmental, clinical, and school psychology (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto) as well as a longstanding interest in advocacy, education, and support for children, youth, and adults with sickle cell disease. At SCAGO, Dr. Newton facilitates workshops and Peer Support Group sessions to support research initiatives (Vaccination Acceptance within the Sickle Cell Disease/Black Community (Public Health Agency of Canada), and provides supportive counseling to clients.

Lance Archer completed teacher training with a specialization in Guidance Counselling. He has worked in different departments of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica. Subsequent to his migration to Canada in 2014, he pursued studies in psychology and earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2017. He received his second Master’s in Clinical Psychology in August 2021. Lance is currently a PhD in Clinical Psychology student with a research interest in Health Psychology and trauma recovery. He aspires to conduct research and develop clinical interventions targeted at improving the quality of life of people living with chronic illnesses and posttraumatic stress reactions.

Occupationally, Lance works as a mental health clinician providing psychological assessment as well as treatment to children, teens, and adults living with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and chronic pain. Lance is also engaged in research, exploring childhood outcomes related to healthcare quality and access, specific to children with long-term illnesses.

He enjoys the beach, movies, travelling, and research.