board of directors 

ANGELA GRANT BUECHNER

PRESIDENT and TREASURER
TERM 2020-2021 and 2022-2023

Angela started her career as a Birth Doula, completed a degree in Biology & Psychology, and then completed her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at the University of Toronto. As a Registered Nurse, she has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a major, Toronto teaching hospital ever since.

After 10 years as a bedside nurse in the NICU, a few years teaching Childbirth Education for Peel Public Health, and two exclusively breastfed children, Angela became an IBCLC in 2009. She continued working in the NICU as a Lactation Consultant, and then shortly after began her private practice to continue supporting members of the community.

Angela is a published author of a textbook chapter on Breastfeeding Challenges in the NICU, she is a member of a hospital Baby-Friendly Initiative committee, was a Breastfeeding Educator for Health Care Professionals, and has presented at the International Lactation Consultants Association Conference.

After her third child & maternity leave, Angela started building Nutmeg Consulting, her team of 20 wonderful, non-judgmental Birth & Postpartum Doulas and Lactation Consultants who offer virtual, in-home or hospital support to their clients. She also created Birth, Babies & Breastfeeding Virtual Academy online courses for new and expecting parents.

Angela also spent 5 years as part of a Board of Directors for a non-profit organization and held several roles, including Assistant Coordinator, and President. She looks forward to helping to grow the presence of the CLCA and to inspire and support IBCLCs across Canada!


Raha Afshariani

education director
term 2019-2021 and 2022-2023

Raha is an internationally trained medical doctor who graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (Iran) with a pediatrics specialty degree. She worked at Shiraz University for a duration of 12 years as a lecturer and coordinator of breastfeeding workshops. 

Raha follows integrative thinking as her methodology and pedagogy, she believes that making decisions in a difficult condition brings innovation and creativity. With the respect of connecting mother earth and meditation, Raha uses the spiritual aspects of breastfeeding when consulting.

As an IBCLC she follows her love and passion to be an advocate of community-based breastfeeding promotion for the sake of nursing mothers and their babies. Through an advanced lactation training program, Raha has been awarded the right to use the title of Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC) by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice of the USA since 2011. She has also done some research activities related to breastfeeding.

Raha moved to Canada in 2012 and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. She founded a breastfeeding corporation named R and R consulting. R and R consulting guides and educates families, with emphasis on both maternal and paternal roles, on achieving successful breastfeeding practices.

Throughout her career Raha has been well known for enthusiastically dedicating herself to her job while paying special attention to codes of ethics. Her innovative teaching has always been a merit that has benefited both students and the educational system.

OOMA PRIESTMAN

Communications director
TERM 2021-2024

(bio coming soon)


Secretary 
term 2022-2023


 

treasurer
TERM 2022-2023


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