Our Board is made up of individuals with a diversity of experience and a passion for universal health care in Canada.


Pauline Worsfold, RN
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Pauline is a staff nurse in the post-anaesthetic recovery room at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. She has held the elected position of Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions since 1999. Pauline has received several awards for exemplary commitment and contributions to the community and union. Pauline takes part in an annual medical mission with the Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad in Quito, Ecuador, providing orthopedic surgeries to children and adults who could not otherwise afford treatment. In her spare time, Pauline enjoys driving stock cars and has achieved success in the sport.

Barb Byers
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Barb is the Canadian Labour Congress’ Secretary-Treasurer. She has fought for the underdog all her life: first as a social worker, then as President of the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) and as Saskatchewan Federation of Labour President (SFL). She has been responsible for a variety of issues such as medicare and health care; labour education; workplace training and technology; employment insurance; apprenticeships; and issues of concern to women workers, workers with disabilities and gay, bi-sexual, lesbian and transgender workers. In 2015 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her “contributions as an important voice in the Canadian labour movement.”

Rita Morbia
Inter Pares

Rita has been the Executive Director of Inter Pares since 2009. She first joined the organization in 2001 as a Program Manager managing Inter Pares’ extensive Burma program and currently has program responsibilities in the Philippines and Sudan in the area of women’s rights and reproductive health. She has a background in environmental activism. Rita believes strongly in CHC’s mandate to strengthen Canada’s universal health care system.

Julie White
Congress of Union Retirees (CURC)

Julie worked as an independent researcher for many years, writing articles, briefs and reports as well as four books, including “Sisters and Solidarity: Women and Unions in Canada” and “Mail and Female: Women and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers”. For 15 years she was part of the research department of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union. Her work included the impact of technological change, shorter work time and the reduction of overtime, bargaining human rights and a campaign for a national public drug plan.

Board members

Pat Armstrong, Ph. D.

Michèle Brill-Edwards, MD
Alliance for Public Accountability

Shelly Gordon
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Anil Naidoo
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

Fernando Reis
United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW)


Sandra Azocar
Alberta Friends of Medicare

Council of Canadians

Joel Lexchin, MD

Keith Newman
Congress of Union Retirees (CURC)

Pat Van Horne
United Steelworkers (USW)

Bill Blaikie
United Church of Canada

Heather Finn
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Natalie Mehra
Ontario Health Coalition

Andy Savela



Adrienne Silnicki
National Coordinator

Amélie Baillargeon
Campaign Coordinator



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