Dr. Reena Kilian (she/her) MD CCFP is a family physician, wife, mother and co-founder of the ROSE project. Her practice focuses on primary care for individuals with cognitive impairment. Excellent communication skills and advocacy for vulnerable populations are her two passions in medicine. She started this project in response to the lack of PPE for her colleagues who care for vulnerable people in the community. Trust, kindness, respect, independence and collaboration: these are the values through which she engages with others in her work and personal life.
Dr. Reena Kilian
Dr. Denyse Richardson (MD, FRCPC) is an Associate Professor and Clinician Educator at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physiatry and cross-appointed to The Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies. She has a full-time medical practice in Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), working with and advocating for persons with disability. She also completed a Masters in Education, specializing in Health Professions Education and is dedicated to education at all levels of health professions education, as well as patient and public education.
Dr. Denyse Richardson
Since graduating from Ryerson University with a BA in Arts and Contemporary Studies, Helen has been running her small business, Helen Mends. Helen Mends uses the idea of regenerative agriculture in sewing by making replacements for disposable items from recycled materials and by mending textiles. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram @helenmendsto .
Kunaal Mohan is a co-founder of the ROSE project, an OAA intern architect, and Buddhist teacher-in-training. Working with communities is his passion in life. As an architect, he has worked primarily in the public and institutional sectors (affordable housing, community centers, hospitals, libraries), and gained extensive experience in project management, design development, and community leadership. Through the ROSE project, he hopes that every community will be able to make their own PPE to protect their community members.
Dorina Simeonov is a visual communicator, knowledge mobilizer and policy enthusiast. She is the Policy and Knowledge Mobilization Manager at AGE-WELL, Canada’s technology and aging network. She has a formal education in the health sciences with a focus on methods and policy. She is a fierce mental health advocate and also the Operations Officer for Art the Science, a Canadian not-for-profit organization committed to celebrating the connections between art and science.
Maria is a medical student at the University of Toronto and an Arts & Design student at OCAD University. She is a multimedia visual artist, fierce fashion fanatic, and a global surgery advocate. She’s interested in exploring the relationship between art and medicine and understanding their symbiotic nature. Follow her on Instagram @cryingoverfrilledsilk to see her works.
For the past 18 plus years, Dr. Rizvi has been immersed in the world of textiles and more recently Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). He has a PhD in the field of Material Sciences and has been involved in a number of projects, ranging from the modification of wound-dressings, development of hypodermic-needle-resistant-gloves, to recycling/regeneration of textile fibres from the textile waste. He has been affiliated with The University of Manchester, McMaster University and is currently working with George Brown College.