Member Profiles

Founding Members

bhandari_mohitMohit Bhandari

University of Toronto graduate in Medicine, Dr. Bhandari completed both his Orthopaedic and Master’s of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics training at McMaster University. To broaden his clinical trauma exposure, he trained with world experts in Los Angeles, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, he serves as a Professor and Division Head of Orthopaedic Surgery and has recently been appointed to the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University.

Dr. Bhandari was recently listed among the top 10 cited orthopaedic surgeons over the past 20 years. He currently holds funding from the National Institutes of Health and Canadian Institutes of Health, and US Departments of Defence for large multicenter trials of tibial fracture management. He has received over 25 million dollars in research funding in recent years.

Val Sarjeant

Val Sarjeant is a Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) Specialist with the City of Hamilton.  He has worked for 30 years in various HSW roles primarily in the government sector and is a  graduate of the Safety Engineering Technology program at Humber College.   An advocate for safe and healthy communities Val is the Chair for Hamilton Safe Communities Coalition and the MentorAction Working Group


Paddy Doran

Canon Paddy Doran is a retired Anglican cleric with a history of support for peaceful human relationships, even if it means speaking out, as modeled by Jesus, his hero. He has been married for over 40 years, and has one daughter and one son. Paddy is a McMaster Graduate and has been an Anglican cleric for 35 years. He is an Environmental activist and spiritual seeker, and is presently Executive Director of Canterbury Hills.


Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson is the Executive Director of Lynwood Charlton Centre, a Hamilton based children’s mental health centre. He has held the positon for over 32 years and has been employed by LCC for over 40 years. He is actively engaged in a number of community based initiatives, including MentorAction. He is a graduate of McMaster and Nova Universities.


Abu Noman Tarek

Abu Noman Tarek has been serving as an Imam, Teacher, Chaplain, Educator and Consultant in Canada for over 10 years in different religious and educational institutions.

 Imam Tarek holds 3 Bachelor degrees in 1) Islamic Studies specialized in Hadith, 2) Literature, Arts & History, and 3) Computer Science & Engineering, and 2 Master’s degrees in Science of Hadith, and Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. He received both his traditional and academic learning in Bangladesh and other renowned universities in other parts of the world including Canada. In 2011, he was nominated for “Strong Role Model – Peacemaker Award” for his outstanding work for different communities.
 Currently he is the coordinator of Muslim Social and Welfare Services of Greater Hamilton, and  Imam-Director of Religious Affairs of Muslim Association of Brantford. He is an active member of the Canadian Council of Imams. Imam Tarek is married and blessed with a daughter.

Eric Baker

Eric Baker is a registered physiotherapist at the non-profit interdisciplinary North Hamilton Community Health Centre. Eric is interested in working to reduce violence in our community both professionally after assisting many clients that have been impacted by experiences of violence, and personally as a father living in Hamilton with two young children.



Mark Newman

Mark is a veteran broadcast and print news reporter currently with Hamilton Community News. He has a strong sense of social justice which compelled him to become a member of MentorAction.




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