Marjan Kasirlou is committed to making politics the engine to empower people, mobilize communities and improve the quality of life of fellow citizens. She is running to be the voice of the people of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Marjan is Iranian-Canadian. She moved to Canada as an International Educated Nurse with her family and created her nest in Oak Ridges, Richmond Hill. She overcomes immigration challenges by embracing perseverance, resilience, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She steps further by mentoring newcomers and immigrants to reach their full potential.
Marjan is a registered nurse with over two decades working in the hospital, pharmaceutical industry, education, and leadership. She started her journey by working in the first response team, then nephrology by collaborating with Baxter AG to launch peritoneal dialysis in the Middle East. She negotiated with the Ministry of Health and key opinion leaders in the healthcare industry in Iran to make Peritoneal Dialysis accessible for people and lead the home dialysis program throughout the country.
Currently, she is Home Dialysis Coordinator in Humber River Hospital and serves Ontario Renal Network. She helped dialysis programs to create the environment for the provision of patient-centered, evidence-based, and quality home dialysis. Marjan coordinated and lead the provision of dialysis for older adults in Nursing Homes and Long Term Care facilities for the first time in Ontario. She has always been an advocate for older adults and demonstrated her dedication to helping Long Term facilities especially centers where have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marjan always values public service and take every opportunity to volunteer. She has been elected and served the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Region 7 as Communication Executive Network Officer for 2019-2021. She also has been elected as RNAO Provincial Resolutions Committee for 2021-2023. She advocated for public health with a focus on the social determinants of health by taking upstream approach. She believes in equitable access to healthcare, and social services for everyone, especially the most vulnerable population. Her political journey started by meeting with MPPs as a healthcare professional and advocating for transforming long-term care homes, Pharmacare, dental care, harm reduction services, reducing homelessness, violence prevention, tax fairness, income security, and protecting the environment with a focus on global warming.
Marjan is committed to continuous learning that is reflected in her professional journey. She possesses two degrees in Nursing and an MBA. Marjan is the June Awrey Award winner in leadership and the Member of the Dean’s Honour Roll at York University.
Marjan conducted research studies with focus on healthcare. She presented articles in national and international symposiums. Her latest article has been presented in CANNT in fall 2020. Marjan published educational materials for patients and nurses. She wrote articles in papers and published a dialysis newsletter. She also collaborated in publishing RNAO Region 7 seasonal newspaper.
Marjan is dedicated to making a human connection, partnering with the community, and negotiating public health and social service improvements. She developed a resolution on building healthy public policy to battle loneliness in older adults that carried in RNAO 2019 AGM. Through this resolution and parallel advocacies by RNAO, Ontario’s Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility announced a commitment to an investment of $14.1 million to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre Programs in communities across the province. Marjan is devoted to continuing fighting for what Ontarians deserve.
Doug Ford’s cuts and irresponsible leadership must come to an end. I will be a strong voice for the people of Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, aiming to leverage politics to provide equitable access to resources and to improve the lives of Ontarians. Marjan Kasirlou