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Toronto West Stroke Network

Within the Toronto West Stroke Network (TWSN), the Regional Stroke Centre is located at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH), University Health Network.  The TWSN and TWH are responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of stroke care throughout the region and across the continuum of care.  The Regional Stroke Centre provides emergency medical management of stroke/TIA, specialized inpatient acute stroke unit care, and urgent and non-urgent secondary stroke prevention services and follow-up.

The map below includes all the acute stroke and rehab organizations within the TWSN that provide specialized stroke services.  Click on each marker for contact information and a link to their website.

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Meet the Regional Team

The network is supported by a regional team consisting of:

  • Nicola Tahair 
    Regional Stroke Program Director
  • Jaclyn Gilpin 
    Regional Education Coordinator
  • Jocelyne McKellar
    Rehab & Community Re-engagement Coordinator
  • Donna Cheung
    eStroke Rehabilitation Referral Coordinator
  • Nandanie Amarasinghe
    Stroke Program Administrative Assistant


Contact us:

Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
399 Bathurst Street, 5th Floor, West Wing, Room 425
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 2S8
Tel: 416-603-5800, ext. 6271
Fax: 416-603-7733
Email: info@tostroke.com

Meet the Stroke Nurses

The TWSN stroke nurse operates from the Regional Stroke Center located at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH). Their role encompasses multiple clinical aspects within TWH, such as facilitating the triaging process and serving as the primary point of contact for EMS. Moreover, they also offer patient and staff education and assistance to formulate protocols in community hospitals.

  • Janice Williams
    Nurse Practitioner, Stroke Program
  • Anne Cayley
    Nurse Practitioner, Stroke Program
  • Relu Wiegner
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinics
  • Tim Stewart
    Nurse Practitioner, Stroke Program
  • Farhana Akthar
    Nurse Practitioner, Stroke Program

Meet the Toronto West Stroke Outreach Team

The Stroke Outreach Team is an interprofessional team comprised of an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech-language pathologist, and registered dietitian. They provide collaborative consultative services for patients in the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic and TIA and Minor Stroke unit, including assessment, education, and facilitated access to community support where appropriate, with the goal of optimizing the safety and functional abilities of patients so they can live as independently as possible. They also provide leadership and education to support development and implementation of best practice stroke care related to the assessment, rehabilitation and recovery needs of persons with stroke in hospital and the community. In addition, they carry an acute care stroke caseload within the Regional Stroke Centre’s Neurovascular Unit.

  • Lyndsey De Souza
    Stroke Outreach, Occupational Therapist
  • Molly Firth
    Stroke Outreach, Registered Dietitian
  • Rachel Wong
    Stroke Outreach, Physical Therapist
  • Scotia McKinlay
    Stroke Outreach, Speech-Language Pathologist

Meet the TWSN Executive Committee

The TWSN Executive Committee provides leadership and supports the implementation and continuous improvement of an integrated system of care within the region.  It contributes to the Toronto Stroke Networks Steering Committee’s mandate for the oversight and coordination of a broader Toronto stroke system.  The TWSN Executive Committee provides regional advice and perspective to support the shared strategic plan and workplan of the TSNs.

  • Ilsa Blidner – Chair, Toronto West Stroke Network
    President, Ilsa Blidner Consulting Inc.
  • Rachel Boissonneault – Administrative Executive Lead, Toronto West Stroke Network
    Senior Clinical Director, Krembil Neuroscience Centre
  • Dr. Leanne Casaubon – Medical Director, Toronto West Stroke Network
    Medical Director, Regional Stroke Program, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
  • Nicola Tahair – Regional Director, Toronto West Stroke Network
    Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network