ORA Black Network


To address anti-Black racism within the rehabilitation sector, promote cultural competency and advocate for equality and inclusion of Black clients and rehabilitation providers.


  1. Offer choice to support the diverse needs of clients and remove barriers to recovery
  2. Promote equality through increased awareness and understanding
  3. Inform and influence Diversity & Inclusion best practice
  4. Challenge and disrupt discrimination within the sector
  5. Facilitate and support networking and business development


The Black Network (BN) Working Group is the catalyst shaping and growing the ORABN.

We are….

headshot portrait of Sade Akande-JonesSade Akande-Jones is an Occupational Therapist with 17 years of experience currently working in private practice.  Sade has worked across the healthcare continuum and age ranges. Her practice is focused on individuals with traumatic brain injuries, neurological conditions, complex orthopedic injuries, chronic pain and mental conditions.  She also provides supervision and support to new hires and graduates in the MVA field.  Sade is actively involved in the education of student Occupational Therapists at the University of Toronto supporting the Fieldwork and Mentorship courses.  In addition to her involvement with the ORA Black Network, Sade is also a member of the Black OTs of Ontario leadership team.


headshot portrait of Lindis Collins-BacchusLindis Collins-Bacchus is a Trinidad born, British trained private physiotherapist, with 35 years experience working in the UK, and in Canada since 1988. Her practice focus is to work with neurologically challenged and complex injury clients. She is a Master Bobath clinician and a strong collaborative therapist. Lindis has a longstanding commitment to volunteering in the Black community and volunteers in Toronto with the African Canadian Heritage Association and the Yensomu African Rites of Passage program. She is affiliated with multiple community groups in Toronto, Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, Ghana and in the UK and is a member of the Black Physiotherapists Association in Toronto. In 2019 Lindis received an award as one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in 2019.



Maxine Fyffe-Roberts is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and founder of Essentially You Inc – which provides Social Work and Attendant Care/PSW services to clients across Ontario. She has over 28 years of Social Work, Senior Social Services Management, Case Management and business leadership experience. Maxine has worked across the spectrum of health care. She holds an MSW and is also a Certified Social Work Practice Teacher. Maxine has been an ORA Board member since 2018 and has played an instrumental role in the ORA Advocacy with government, and more recently as catalyst for our Black Network. She is a marathon runner (including 2 x Boston finisher), and is also involved in fundraising runs in support of brain injury community organizations.




Nakema Walker is Service Director, Toronto and Peel, Bartimaeus Rehabilitation Services, Inc.Prior to this role she was an RSW for 7 years.  Her major is in mental health, with minors in Criminal Justice, as well as drug and alcohol abuse counselling.  She also worked with individuals with mental health issues and special needs, and with male young offenders in custody. She is a member in good standing with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA). She is passionate about racial equity, and enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, giving presentations about black history.







BookStudy: White Fragility                                          Sept. 23 – Oct. 28, 2021



November 18, 2020Focusing the Intake Lens: What are we missing if our process is ‘colour blind’?

Recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4209724769586747405

February 24, 2021            Recognizing Racial Disparities in Rehab: Patients & Providers

Recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/9199304140555340303

June 16, 2021     Rolling Out the Red Carpet: Launch of the ORA Black Network




To find out more or get involved in the Black Network:

Email     [email protected]


We are so grateful to ally Jim Vigmond of Oatley Vigmond LLP for his generous donation of seed money to support the launch of the Black Network and future ORA Anti-Racism initiatives.