Tammy Bennardo – President
Tammy is the Supervisor at Sault Area Hospital’s Medical Device Reprocessing Department. She has been working in health care for 22 years and 11 of them in Medical Device Reprocessing. Tammy has her MDRAO certification, Olympus CERT and CMDRT, from CSA.
Tammy is the President of the THETA chapter and has served on the executive since 2007. She has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Chapter Representative and Vice President for the THETA Chapter. She is very proud to work and serve in Northern Ontario and feels she has brought the North Eastern perspective to the Provincial table.
Tammy has been very active in MDR education and has taught the MDRAO Techniques Course and is currently a facilitator for the Online Course. She helped to develop the online course and videos, some of which were filmed in the SAH MDRD in Sault Ste. Marie. She is proud of the MDRAO online course and its Canadian textbook and workbook which are soon to be available in the French language. As the Canadian Standards are instrumental to MDR, Tammy sits on the CSA Technical Committee.
Ensuring that medical devices are clean and sterilized properly for her family and the patients she serves is the driving force behind her dedication to continuing education and MDRAO.
Tamiza Samji – Vice President
Tamiza started her journey at Cambridge Memorial Hospital as an MDRD technician after completing her CSAO certification in 2005. Prior to working at CMH she owned and operated two businesses for 15 years. Tamiza also worked in endoscopy at St. Mary’s Hospital. From 2008-2013 she was the fill-in team lead and then promoted to permanent team-lead in the MDRD.
Tamiza takes pride in her role and enjoys helping and education current and new team members. In 2014, she obtained her certification for Certified Endoscope Reprocessing Trainer through Olympus Canada both for medical and surgical scopes.
In April of 2015 Tamiza joined the Hamilton Health Sciences team as a MDRD supervisor for the Juravinski site. She is currently the educator for MDRD at Hamilton Health Sciences for the Juravinski and McMaster sites.
Tamiza has been a member of the MDRAO DELTA Chapter since 2010 and currently holds a position as Secretary for the DELTA Chapter. She has a passion for continuing education and very recently acquired her CMDRT certification. Tamiza firmly believes in the critical role that MDRD has in the health care field and understands the challenges that we face on a daily basis.
Tamiza has a positive attitude and excellent work ethic. She hopes to raise awareness of the importance of Medical Device Reprocessing and the commitment of MDRAO and the important part it plays in education and the benefits of being an MDRAO member.
Deo Macadangdang – DELTA Chapter Representative
Deo Macadangdang is currently the Educator at Hamilton Health Sciences, General site.
He is a graduate of Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing in the Philippines and a Registered Nurse.
He was the MDRD Supervisor at HHS for General and Juravinski sites prior to moving as Educator.
Deo is also a CSA certified MDRT and currently the Treasurer for MDRAO Delta Chapter.
Garry Bassi – ETA Chapter Representative
Garry is the Director of Medical Device Reprocessing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, He has been working in the field of Medical Device Reprocessing since 2013.
Garry started his journey when he graduated from the United Kingdom with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Delivery) and completed his dissertation paper on “The effectiveness of Potassium Permanganate as a disinfectant against E.Coli in third world countries”. Garry was intrigued by the way microbes can be destroyed from his studies and knew from day one that he wanted to be dealing with something related to this field.
He started his career in the Pharmaceutical industry formulating, tableting and encapsulating various drugs and vitamins, and eventually moved into the Food Industry working with large industrial sterilizers. Garry has completed his CSA CMDRT certification and has worked in the private Medical Device Reprocessing field for 4 years.
He sits on the CSA Z8000 Health Care Facilities sub working group for Medical Device Reprocessing. Garry was the past course coordinator for Seneca college for the Medical Device Reprocessing certification and has also instructed the course at Seneca.
Garry has a passion for teaching and education and is continually looking for opportunities to move the MDRD industry a step higher, and is passionate about helping audit the reprocessing facilities associated with hospitals and out of hospital clinics to make communities safer for our next generation.
Nathalie Legault – GAMMA Chapter Representative
Nathalie works as the MDRD Educator at The Ottawa Hospital, she divides her time between The Ottawa Hospital’s three campuses. The Ottawa Hospital is a Canadian academic health science center that serve 1.2 million people across Eastern Ontario. Nathalie is a graduate from Ottawa University, where she received a BA of Science in Nursing.
After graduation, Nathalie worked as a community health nurse for two years and went on to do her certificate in Business Administration at Ottawa University after which she went on to practice in palliative care for 6 years at the Elizabeth Bruyère Health center where she gained expertise as a team leader.
Nathalie further pursued her studies by doing her Registered Nurse Perioperative Nursing at Algonquin College after which she pursued a career in the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus Main Operating Room for 6 years. In 2005, Nathalie completed her CSAO course and her Certified Endoscopy Reprocessing Trainer Program (CERT) after which she started working in her current career as an MDRD Educator.
Candia Anderson – LAMBDA Chapter Representative
Candia Anderson was born and raised in Thunder Bay but owned and operated a Bed & Breakfast in Atikokan before joining the hospital in 2009.
Candia started working part time in the MDRD/Stores department in 2015 and obtained her certification as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician in May 2016. She is now employed full time and the Lead Hand of MDRD/Stores at AGH.
Candia’s volunteer work in Atikokan has included being a tutor at the adult learning centre, coaching ringette and now days she is the Unit Chair for Unifor Local 229.
Sara Roberts – SIGMA Chapter Representative
Sara Roberts is a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician with 11 years experience at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance.
Sara has been a long time member with MDRAO and is currently the Sigma Chapter President. She has been involved in planning and executing successful education days and facility tours for the Sigma Chapter.
Sara has a passion for knowledge and is always seeking education opportunities for herself, her Chapter and her workplace. Sara promotes the MDRAO education course and has attended several MDRAO conferences. Sara is dedicated to continuous learning and would love contribute more to the MDR profession.
Colleen Landers – THETA Chapter Representative
Colleen has been a dedicated member of the Medical Device Reprocessing Association of Ontario since 1990, where she established the northern Ontario Theta Chapter. Colleen was on the MDRAO executive for twelve years holding positions of Secretary, Education, Vice President, President and Past President at the provincial level. Colleen contributed as a classroom coordinator for the past 28 years and has educated over 5000 students in the province. In 2008 Colleen assisted as a volunteer in writing and publishing the first Canadian textbook and workbook on “Medical Device Reprocessing” and has reviewed and updated this textbook and workbook as a volunteer each year to the CSA standards. In 2018, she is assisting the association in putting the classroom course online and is editing and preparing the course.
Colleen has been Past President, President, Secretary, Treasurer and Educator for the chapter and served as the provincial Theta rep for 2 years back in 2008. She has organized the THETA chapter for the last 28 years, providing 4 meetings a year and chaired all 8 education days. Under Colleen’s guidance the THETA chapter has grown over the years and is one of the most active chapters in the MDRAO.
She sits on the Canadian Standards as a volunteer for the Medical Device Reprocessing Standards Technical committee for the past 18 years and on the Perioperative committee for 4 years. Colleen won the CSA Healthcare Award in 2005 for her work on the Canadian Standards and won the Isabel Campbell award and Acart Award for the MDRAO. She sits on the CAMDR board as educator and was an Accreditation Canada surveyor for past 5 years.
Colleen believes that education of reprocessing staff will reduce patient risk and works at providing that education throughout Ontario to achieve this goal.
Denise Bosnjak – Past President
Denise Bosnjak is the Manager of the Medical Device Reprocessing Department at Hamilton Health Sciences at both the General and Juravinski sites. She began her career as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician over 35 years ago. After working as a Team Leader for 5 years she accepted an MDR Supervisor role that lead to a Manager position. She has completed the Business Administration Program at Mohawk College, the HHS Leadership Continuing Education Program through McMaster University, recently obtained her Green Belt, Six Sigma Certificate, and is a current CMDRT.
She has been a member of the MDRAO for many years. Her involvement encompassed several positions on the DELTA Chapter including Secretary, Vice President, and President roles. She has been on the Board of Directors for the past 8 years as the Director of Education, Vice President and President.
She is an MDRAO course facilitator, teaches the MDR course at Mohawk College, and performs MDR audits throughout HHS and in the Community.
Tammara Champoux – Vendor Representative
Tammara has been working in the Health Care industry for over 26 years and during that time has been employed by Getinge Canada Limited. Some may also know the former company names MDT or Wilmont Castle. A few of Tammara’s many achievements include partnering with hospital project teams to plan and execute a successful new build and reconstruction project outcome, Writing and implementing internal company policy and procedures for ISO certification, and consulting MDR staff to help them prepare for accreditation.
Tammara is a Graduate of Humber College where she successfully completed the Medical and Surgical Consulting program finishing 3rd in her class with a 98% average. Tammara also completed her Project Management studies at Humber College.
Along with making many friends and gaining the respect and trust of clients and her co-workers, Tammara has witnessed many positive and exciting changes in the healthcare industry. She truly understands the importance and differences our roles in this industry make to help keep patience safe and reduce unnecessary infections or complications during their hospital experience.