CACHA Founders

Dr. Don Kilby, Founder and President of CACHA

Dr. Don Kilby is a highly recognized expert in the discipline of HIV- AIDS, locally, provincially and nationally. He has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the field and has planned and administered many programs, committees, lectures, publications etc. Since 1980, Dr. Kilby has been a primary care provider and director at the University of Ottawa Health Services. In 2001, he founded the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance building strategic and strong alliances between Canadian and African community based organizations and governments. Dr. Kilby and his team have extensive experience in dealing with under-served, hard to reach populations.

Marcel Hamelin

Marcel Hamelin is a historian by training and taught at the University of Ottawa for more than 35 years. He became Chair of the Department of History (1968-1970), Vice-Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research (1972-1974) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, a position he held for sixteen years, beginning in 1974. In 1990, he was appointed Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. Throughout his university career, Mr. Hamelin developed many exchange programs and collaborations with African universities where he came to understand the challenges the people of Africa face. In 2001, after leaving his position as Rector, Mr. Hamelin contributed to the formation of CACHA in collaboration with Dr. Don Kilby.

Antoinette Strazza

Antoinette Strazza has a post secondary education in Correctional Intervention and Psychology that led her to build a professional career in the education of health issues to various populations. She most recently held the position of Health Promotion Coordinator for the University of Ottawa's Health Services. In this role, she coordinated and set standards for all Health Promotion Programs intent on providing a variety of avenues to disseminate health information to students. She also has a Master's Degree in Education with Concentration in Counseling.