Creativity & Humanism

The Importance & Impact of Identities in the Next Generation of Health Care Education & Practice: 

A Conversation with jeewan chanicka

📅 Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, from 3-4:30pm EST

💻 Delivered Virtually

Our identities shape how we experience the world and how people see and respond to us. Some identities afford privilege, while others lead to marginalization. In systems of education and health care, identities can determine who is successful and who is unsuccessful. Transformation requires us to turn our gaze towards ourselves to consider the identities we hold in relation to the students and patients that we serve, identifying ways in which we may be complicitl creating barriers for those whose identities are different from our own. We need not feel defensive or embarrassed about our identities, as this learning is not about feelings of blame, shame, or guilt. Instead, this learning will help us to do better for the students and patients that we serve, giving us the chance for innovation and the opportunity to change the trajectory of health care education and practice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this virtual event, participants will be able to:


The event will consist of three to four interview questions to be asked by the session facilitators. There will be an open Q & A period with any time remaining.  Depending on numbers and interest, we may have smaller discussion / breakout groups.


jeewan chanicka

Director of Education, Waterloo Region District School Board

Former Superintendent of Equity, Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression and Superintendent of Schools, Toronto District School Board

Board Member, Centre for Courage & Renewal


Conrad Sichler

Dr. Conrad Sichler is a family physician in the Faculty of Family Medicine at McMaster University whose work for the past 20 years has been mostly in the area of mental health and addiction medicine, with an increasing focus on the treatment of trauma.  He teaches mindfulness, treats health care providers with addictions, and has been privileged to study with and learn from a number of Anishinaabe elders.  He plays guitar and drums, sings, and writes songs.


Sandra VanderKaay 

Sandra VanderKaay is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and a CanChild Scientist. Sandra’s areas of research include clinical reasoning and ethical decision-making in occupational therapy practice, and she collaborates on research regarding tiered approaches to school-based rehabilitation services. Sandra has been a registered occupational therapist since 1996 and has worked primarily in pediatrics.