Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970 and completed his residency at Vancouver General Hospital. Following this, he trained in pediatrics in Quebec City and then at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981. In 1981, Dr. Newman became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, as well as Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Newman was a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and acted as Chief of Emergency Services for a short period. During his time at the Hospital for Sick Children, he founded the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984. He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, where he evaluated the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast, and Canada. In 2013, Dr. Newman was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service to the community.
Esther obtained a bachelor degree in science from the University of Toronto and in Social Work from Ryerson University. With her many years of experience as a hospital social worker, in 1997, Esther created an annual publication entitled “The Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®”. The Guide along with its companion website www.senioropolis.com , is a primary resource for professionals, seniors and their families looking for retirement and resource information. In September 2015, Esther’s appointment to the Stakeholders Advisory Council of Ontario’s Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority was renewed for a third term. A seasoned lecturer and former educator at U of T School of Continuing Studies, Esther shares her knowledge on Senior Living Options and related topics through article/blog contributions, media interviews and lectures/workshops.
Esther is the mother of 3 breastfed children who herself required assistance with nursing her firstborn. As such, she has firsthand understanding of the importance of breastfeeding for both mother and child and of the need for a world-renowned clinic such as IBC. For many years she was a member of La Leche League and attended regular meetings. Over the years, Esther has volunteered much time advocating for both IBC and with Dr. Newman, for breastfeeding mothers on a provincial level.
Nancy has helped mothers breastfeed their babies as a La Leche League Leader for over 22 years. She has led breastfeeding classes and has helped families both in their homes and at a hospital breastfeeding clinic. She has spoken to high school students, university students and health professionals about breastfeeding. She has also written several articles about breastfeeding and other parenting concerns that have been published in Canadian magazines.
Nancy is the mother of two breastfed children. She overcame difficulties nursing her first child, and recognizes the importance of informed and supportive breastfeeding help for mothers and their families.
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