Board of Directors

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Dr. Simone Meikleham, Chief of Staff


Dr. Meikleham was born and raised in Northern Ontario. She attended the University of Western Ontario and has been practicing in the North since her graduation in 1996. For the last 13 years she has been working at MHC and the Northeastern Manitoulin Family Health Team.  She has been honoured to provide care in both Wikwemikong and Whitefish River First Nation as part of that work. She received a certificate for Added Competence in Emergency in 2007. She has been a member of both the Emergency and Inpatient committees and looks forward to the challenge of being Chief of Staff starting September 1, 2020. 


Dr. Meikleham is an assistant professor with NOSM and enjoys direct patient care as well as mentoring future generations of physicians. 


Passions include excellence in patient care via a model of collaboration with all partners on Manitoulin Island and beyond.


Personal interests include gardening, hiking, snowshoeing and travelling.

Dr. Maurianne Reade, President of Professional Staff


Dr. Reade is a rural family physician, educator and health care leader based in Mindemoya. Following medical school at the University of Alberta and an early career in western Canada, she has made Manitoulin Island her home since 2001. Dr. Reade is a member of several collaborative teams providing patient care at MHC, at the Manitoulin Central Family Health Team and at the M’Chigeeng Health Centre.  


Dr. Reade is an Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and loves to share her passion for rural medicine with medical learners. In addition to her usual clinical practice, she is interested in emergency preparedness, point of care ultrasound and working with Debajehmujig Storytellers on medical education projects. Dr. Reade received a Certificate of Special Competence (Emergency Medicine) in 2012 and the Physician Leadership Institute Certificate in 2019.   

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Dennis McGregor, Chair - Board of Directors


Dennis McGregor was appointed to the Board in 2015 and was elected Chair of the Board in June 2021.  Previous to becoming Chair of the Board, Dennis held the position of Vice-Chair for two years.  During his tenure, Dennis has also held the position of Chair and Vice-Chair for the Resource, Nominating and Executive committees, as well as serving on the Strategic Planning and Governance Committees.  


He worked as a Marketing Manager for a major Insurance company in Toronto for 15 years, before returning to his home community of Whitefish River First Nation (Birch Island) in 1992, where he went on to work as the Band Economic Development Officer for another 17 years until semi-retirement in 2010. Dennis has served on numerous community boards including: Mnidoo Mnising Employment & Training, Whitefish River Development Corporation, Waubetek Business Development Corporation, and the Great Spirit Circle Trail. Dennis recently retired from Cambrian Insurance in Little Current and brings a strong business, economics, and insurance background to his Board role.  


Dennis and his partner, Georgina, enjoy travelling, camping, and volunteer work in their community.



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Jane Hohenadel, Vice-Chair - Board of Directors


Jane was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2016 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board.  During her tenure on the Board, Jane has served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of Quality Assurance as well as a member of the Audit, Strategic Planning, Governance, Executive and Resource Committees.


Jane has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and graduate degrees in Epidemiology and Statistics. She has over 20 years of experience in the health care system in Ontario, both in the public health and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) sectors as an epidemiologist and decision support specialist.


Jane and her husband, Randy, have lived in the Municipality of Gordon/Barrie Island since 2008.

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Barbara Baker, Member - Board of Directors


Barbara, raised on the Manitoulin during the summer months for most of her life, moved to Little Current with her husband Dale in November of 2013. Recently retired from TELUS, Barbara has a solid financial background and owns her own financial business known as $umthing that teaches basic money management and computer skills.


Barbara has an event planning background and has worked on large events from World Skating Championships, Pope Visits and G7 Summits. Barbara is a great believer in giving back to whatever community she lives in, and has been a board member for a variety of community groups in the provinces in which she has lived.


Barb is currently the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Resource Committee and a member of both the Executive and Governance committees of the Board. During her tenure, Barb has held the position of Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Sal Brunetti, Member - Board of Directors


Sal Brunetti is a CPA, CA, CMA Professional with 30 plus years of experience in accounting/finance and logistics. Sal is currently working with Manitoulin Transport Inc. as the Director of Pricing and is a member of the Gore Bay Rotary Club.


Sal enjoys cycling, skiing and travelling.


As a member of our Board, Sal is currently the Chair of the Resource Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. 

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Derek Debassige, Member - Board of Directors


Derek Debassige, a McMaster trained Physiotherapist, is proprietor and Clinical Director of the Manitoulin Physio Centre located on the M’Chigeeng First Nation.


He has worked to create a broad skillset, aiming to service the diverse needs of a northern rural setting. Having set his sights on integrating service delivery across private and public sectors, he has developed a unique access point to physiotherapy services. Currently his multi-disciplinary team provides outpatient and home-based occupational therapy and physiotherapy services, on and off First Nation communities.


Prior to joining the Manitoulin Health Centre Board of Directors, Derek served as Board member for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and also served as former Chair of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. As well, he was elected councillor on his home First Nation’s council.


In 2008, he was recipient of the Health Recognition Award from the Union of Ontario Indians. In 2009, he was recognized as Waubetek Business Development Corporation's Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and, in 2010, he received the First Nations Business Award of Excellence from the Northern Ontario Business Awards. In 2016, he received the McMaster University Distinguished Rehabilitation Science Alumni Award and most recently, in 2019, Derek’s leadership and advocacy efforts were recognized by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.


Derek is currently the Chair of the Quality Assurance and Nominating Committees and the Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Michelle Hart, Member - Board of Directors


Michelle Hart is a retired pharmacist who was born and raised in Mindemoya. She returned to the Island after graduating from the University of Toronto with a BSc in Pharmacy and completing a residency in hospital pharmacy. Along with her two brothers, she owned and operated three Guardian Pharmacies and Mindemoya Foodland for 30 years.  Her husband was a OPP officer on Manitoulin Island for his whole career. Together they raised three children while being very active in their community.


Michelle Hart joined the Manitoulin Health Centre Board in September 2021. She is on the  Fundraising Committee and the Quality Assurance Committee. She has been a board Member of the Assiginack Family Health Team since it’s inception and has been volunteering with Public Health as a vaccinator for the Covid mass vaccination clinics. 


Michelle love to be outdoors cycling, kayaking and skiing. She also considers herself an avid amateur quilter.

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Cora Hayden, Member - Board of Directors

Cora Hayden was elected to the Board of Directors of Manitoulin Health Centre in 2011 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Resource and Nominating Committees. During her tenure, Cora has served in the capacity of Vice-Chair of the Board, as Chair of the Resource, Governance and Quality Assurance Committees, and as a member of the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees.


Cora returned to Manitoulin in 2010 after more than 40 years in Sudbury. She has a background in business administration and accounting and has worked in the private and public sectors, with the majority of her experience in the not-for-profit area. Cora has participated as a volunteer in many areas, including Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers, Sudbury Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Canadian Cancer Society. She was honoured  with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for community service in 2002. Currently she participates on her community recreation committee and the Friends of Misery Bay Provincial Park, and works part-time in the judicial system.


Cora and her husband, Art, live in the Evansville – Elizabeth Bay area.

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Sue Lafreniere, Member - Board of Directors


Sue joined the Board of Directors as the MHC Auxiliary Representative in June 2020. 


Born and raised in Sudbury, Sue and her family moved to the Island in 1984. Sue and her husband, Skip owned and operated two businesses for 22 years. Sue is currently employed by TD Canada Trust and has enjoyed various roles during her 13 year tenure. Sue is also a volunteer with the Manitoulin Health Centre Little Current Auxiliary, holding the position of Secretary for the past 15 years.


Sue enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys cooking, reading and walking her dog Mia.


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Gerrilynn Manitowabi – Member, Board of Directors


From Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Gerrilynn was appointed to the Board in August 2021. She recently moved back to Wiikwemkoong in early 2021 after 17 years of living in various locations across Canada. She now works at the Naandwechige-Gamig Wikwemikong Health Centre as the Associate Director. Previously, Gerrilynn worked in policy at the First Nations Health Authority in Vancouver, BC, and in research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health in Saskatoon, SK. She attended Western University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, and her Master of Public Health degree. 


Prior to joining the Manitoulin Health Centre Board of Directors, Gerrilynn was a Board member at Youth CO, a Vancouver non-profit organization, and at the Wikwemikong Nursing Home. 


Gerrilynn is currently the Vice-Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee.


In her free time, Gerrilynn enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, playing hockey and reading. 

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Judy McKenzie, Member - Board of Directors


Judy joined the Board of Directors as the Mindemoya Auxiliary President in April 2015. Judy is currently the Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Quality Assurance and Fundraising Committees. 


Judy moved to the Island in 2007 after retiring from a career in Transportation in Sudbury. She worked in Sales and as a Regional Sales Manager.


Judy and her husband, Ralph quickly became involved in volunteer work on the Island. She volunteers for the United Church Women, the Providence Bay Curling Club and Community Living Manitoulin. Judy also still belongs to a Sudbury branch of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), a national charitable women’s organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service and citizenship programs.


Judy enjoys knitting, scrapbooking, gardening and curling.


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Terry Olmstead, Member - Board of Directors


Terry Olmstead joined the Board in June 2015 and served as Chair from 2016 – 2021.  In his role as Chair of the Board, Terry has served on the Audit, Ethics, Executive, Fundraising, Governance, Nominating, Resource, Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance committees.


Terry is a Human Resources Professional with 35+ years of experience in Logistics, Retail Operations and Manufacturing.  Currently Terry provides Human Resources Consulting services through Teros H.R. & Compliance Services Inc. to the Manitoulin Group of Companies and other clients. Previously, he held the role of Director of Human Resources, Manitoulin Transport Inc. 


He has been a speaker at several HR Industry Conferences focusing on the area of Harassment & Discrimination and has developed many Internal Training Programs.


Terry is currently a member of the Sudbury and Toronto Chapters of Human Resources Personnel Association.    

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Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, Member - Board of Directors


Anishinaabe-kwe n'daaw, Wiikwemkoong ndoonjibaa. Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry is Anishinaabe-kwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.


She was elected to the Board in January 2021. She was born on Manitoulin Island and raised in Wiikwemkoong. Marcia is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Anishinabek Nation, a political advocate and secretariat to 39 member First Nations across Ontario with a combined population of approximately 65,000 citizens.


She was the CEO of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games, Interim Executive Director of the Indigenous Sport Body, Health and Wellness manager of an Aboriginal Health Access Centre (AHAC), and has additional experience as a Communications Officer with the former Indigenous Health Research Development Program, and has also worked with the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising.


Her education includes a Master of Business Administration, a post-baccalaureate diploma in management, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and Sociology. She is a former varsity athlete with the Brock women’s lacrosse team, and enjoys sport development, coaching, and active living pursuits with her husband and three daughters.


In 2017, Marcia was awarded Brock University’s Distinguished Graduate Award from the Faculty of Social Sciences for “Inspiring indigenous youth through sport and culture.”

Lee Turley – Member, Board of Directors


Lee joined the Board of Directors in August 2021.  A Haweater, Lee was born and raised on Manitoulin Island and currently lives with his husband and daughter on the East end of the Island, where they are currently growing a hobby farm.


Lee has a nursing background and holds dual registration with the College of Nurses as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Practical Nurse.  He is passionate about holistic healing.


Lee is currently the Director of Care at Mnaamodzawin Health Services in Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation.   Lee has been fortunate to travel within Ontario, to several communities providing Long Term Care operations, in his capacity of Nursing Administration and oversight of operations within the homes.  Throughout his career he has held positions of Floor Nurse, Staff Educator, Co-Director of Care, Director of Long Term Care, and Administrator.  Lee continues to mentor and train PSW students and nurses in his role as an instructor with Kenjgewin-Teg Educational Institute 


Lee’s personal interests include hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking, gardening, and animals.

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Debby Turner, Member - Board of Directors


Debby Turner was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2012 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Quality Assurance and Fundraising Committees. Previously, Debbie served on the Fundraising and Nominating Committees, as well as Chair of the Fundraising and Quality Assurance Committees.


Debby was born and raised on Manitoulin and has spent most of her life here. Debby owns and operates a 5th generation family business which has been serving Manitoulin for over 134 years.


Debby has been active in the Community through years of volunteering with the Little Current Figure Skating Club, the Ski Club, Community Service Advisory Committee, Downtown BIA, Classic School of Dance, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Downtown Beautification, and Centennial Bridge Committee.


Debby is married with 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys skiing, sailing, gardening and time spent at their cottage.